[Marxism] What's new at Links: Population debate, Venezuela threats & solidarity, Leonard Peltier, `de-growth'?, food, banning the veil, carbon price, rate of profit, Ecuador

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Jul 26 01:38:19 MDT 2010

What's new at Links: Population debate, Venezuela threatened & 
solidarity, Leonard Peltier, `de-growth'?, food, banning the veil, 
carbon price, rate of profit, Ecuador

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    Australia: `Sustainable population?' -- Scapegoating migrants and
    refugees for the capitalist system's ills

By *Graham Matthews*
July 24, 2010 -- In one of her first policy changes after replacing 
Kevin Rudd as leader of the Australian Labor Party, Prime Minister Julia 
Gillard dumped Rudd's idea of a "big Australia". On June 26, Gillard 
said "Australia should not hurtle down the track towards a big 
population". Instead, she called for a "sustainable population". Almost 
four weeks on, however, Labor's policy has no details --- just lots of 
rhetoric designed to pander to fears that immigration (particularly 
asylum seekers) is causing a raft of social problems.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1807>

    Colombia & United States threaten attack -- Stop the lies and
    aggression against Venezuela! <http://links.org.au/node/1805>

A statement from the *Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network*
July 24, 2010 -- On July 22, Venezuela broke off all diplomatic 
relations with Colombia and placed its national borders on high alert. 
This follows accusations made by the Colombian government that Venezuela 
is harbouring "terrorists" from the Armed Revolutionary Forces of 
Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN), and hosting 
several "terrorist training camps" near the border region that divides 
the two countries.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1805>

    United States: The railroading of Leonard Peltier

/ /By *Mike Ely*
Join in demanding freedom for Leonard Peltier, so that at long last 
simple justice be done for him and the Indigenous peoples of North 
America.Petitions are also being circulated urging clemency and urging 
US Congress to investigate FBI misconduct on Pine Ridge and the "reign 
of terror" that existed between 1973 and 1976.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1806>

    Venezuela's process of struggle <http://links.org.au/node/1804>

*Jason Netek* looks at the political situation in Venezuela -- and why 
international solidarity is key to furthering the process of workers' power.
July 22, 2010 -- /Socialist Worker/ (USA) -- The Bolivarian Republic of 
Venezuela is the focal point of a political shift to the left that has 
affected most of the Latin American continent for just over a decade. 
For years now, we have heard denunciations of the nation and its 
president, Hugo Chávez, from TV personalities like Glenn Beck and Pat 
Robertson to establishment figures like George W. Bush and Barack Obama, 
all of whom liken the nation to a military dictatorship.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1804>

    Is `de-growth' compatible with capitalism?

/ /By *Alejandro Nadal*
July 15, 2010 -- A serious campaign in favour of "de-growth" has been 
going on for some time and has made important contributions. This 
movement has opened new avenues for debate and analysis on technology, 
credit, education and other important areas. It's an effort that needs 
support and attention, and we must applaud their initiators and 
promoters for their boldness and dedication.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1803>

    False food choices under capitalism <http://links.org.au/node/1802>

Below is the editorial of the /Socialist WebZine/, online magazine of 
the *Socialist Party of the United States*. Following that is an article 
by *Dan La Botz*, SPUSA's Ohio candidate forthe US Senate.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1802>

    Banning the veil: Rights of women or anti-Islamic racism and
    communalism? <http://links.org.au/node/1801>

July 21, 2010 -- On July 13, the parliament of France, on the eve of 
Bastille Day, voted 335 to one in favour of preventing Muslim women 
wearing a full face-covering veil in public. The July 13 /Le Monde/ said 
the new law was strongly supported by the right. The Socialist Party, 
Communist Party (PCF) and Green Party abstained. Anyone who chooses to 
wear a face covering on religious grounds now faces a fine of 150 euros 
or a "citizenship course". The law does not come into effect until 
spring 2011 to allow a period of "education". There is also a year in 
prison and a fine of 30,000 euros for anyone found guilty of forcing a 
woman to wear a veil, a penalty which is doubled if the "victim is a 
minor". The Indian organisation Radical Socialist issued a statement 
taking up this wave of Islamophobic legislation in Europe.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1801>

    Tackling climate change: Is putting `a price on carbon' enough?

By *Simon Butler*
July 18, 2010 -- Pressure is now bearing down on the Australian climate 
movement because there has been so little forward progress in the 
federal government's climate policy. The pressure is for the movement to 
accept, support and campaign for weak or inadequate climate policies on 
the grounds that something is better than nothing.Putting a price on 
carbon is not the best way to deal with climate change, but a growing 
chorus of media commentators, NGOs and politicians are nonetheless 
plugging it as the key solution.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1800>

    The debate on the rate of profit <http://links.org.au/node/1799>

By *Michel Husson*

July 2010 -- A polemic on the rate of profit has developed over the last 
few months. This article seeks to review this debate which turns around 
four essential questions.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1799>

    Ecuador: Indigenous struggle, ecology and capitalist resource
    extraction <http://links.org.au/node/1798>

/ /*Marlon Santi* interviewed by *Jeffery R. Webber*
July 13, 2010 -- On July 5, I sat down with Marlon Santi, president of 
the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador (CONAIE), in 
his office in Quito. We discussed the increasing contradictions between 
the demands of the Indigenous people's movement, on the one hand, around 
water rights and anti-mining resistance, and the positions of the 
government of Rafael Correa, on the other, which has labelled Indigenous 
resistance to large-scale mining and oil exploitation as "terrorism and 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1798>

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