[Marxism] What's new at Links: London riots, Israel's J14, Zim petition, Thailand, Bolivia, NZ ecosocialism, 'New Nepal', Populat front, Vietnam

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Aug 15 01:58:44 MDT 2011

What's new at Links: London riots, Israel's J14, Zim petition, Thailand, 
Bolivia, NZ ecosocialism, 'New Nepal', Populat front, Vietnam

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    Tariq Ali on riots in England: Why here and now?; Neoliberalism's
    chickens coming home to roost <http://links.org.au/node/2442>

By *Tariq Ali*, London
August 9, 2011 -- Why is it that the same areas always erupt first, 
whatever the cause? Pure accident? Might it have something to do with 
race and class and institutionalised poverty and the sheer grimness of 
everyday life?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2442>

    Israel: Mass protest movement offers hope

By *Guy Gillor*
August 8, 2011 -- The 2011 global uprisings remind us how infectious the 
revolutionary spirit can be. In the last three weeks, a social movement 
within Israel has sprung to life in an almost spontaneous manner. A 
small housing protest that started on July 14 has swept hundreds of 
thousands of people into protest across the country. As in many other 
countries, people in Israel face rapidly increasing living costs and 
privatisation of public assets.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2440>

    Marxism and ecology: World at a Crossroads conference

July 22, 2011/-//- /The second *World at a Crossroads; Climate Change, 
Social Change <http://climatechangesocialchange2011.wordpress.com/>* 
conference will be held in Melbourne Australia, September 30-October 3, 
2011. /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ is proud to be 
one of the co-sponsors of the conference and urges all its readers to 
attend, if at all possible. *Click here to register* 
The conference aims to contribute towards understanding and collective 
action, in Australia and internationally, to urgently address the 
climate and social emergencies that we must overcome if humanity and the 
planet are to not only survive, but thrive.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2420>

    Zimbabwe: Petition to drop false charges against political activists

/August 14, 2011 -//- The following petition is being circulated in 
Australia. Please feel free to adapt the text for use in your country 
(e.g. insert details of your local Zimbabwe embassy and your own 
government's foreign ministry./

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2449>

    Thailand: A new 'settlement' between Yingluck Shinawatra's
    government and the elites? <http://links.org.au/node/2448>

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
August 14, 2011 -- We are starting to see the results of a "new 
settlement" between the Pheu Thai party [led by Prime Minister Yingluck 
Shinawatra] and the elites, in order to "resolve" the Thai crisis in the 
interests of the latter. This may or may not be a formal agreement, but 
we are already seeing the effects.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2448>

    Bolivia: Evo Morales' fight to control the military

By *Federico Fuentes *

August 7, 2011 -- Speaking to CNN en Espanol on July 27, Bolivia's 
President Evo Morales said, "When presidents do not submit to the United 
States government, to its policies, there are coups." His comments are 
backed by attempts by the US and Bolivia's right wing to bring down his 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2447>

    Israel's J14 movement: Can it break out of the Zionist box?
    Palestinians fight for equality in J14 <http://links.org.au/node/2446>

/August 6, 2011, saw the largest demonstration in Israel's history, in 
Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other cities. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis 
poured onto the streets to demonstrate against high housing prices and 
rising costs of commodities. Meanwhile, Israel's Palestinian citizens, 
who make up 20% of the population, are joining the movement that began 
on July 14./

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2446>

    Aotearoa/New Zealand: Building an eco-socialist network in New
    Zealand <http://links.org.au/node/2444>

Statement by *Socialist Worker central committee*

August 11, 2011 -- The crises of global capitalism, coupled with 
catastrophic climate change and peak resources, is going to bring about 
profound social, ecological and political upheavals.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2444>

    'New Nepal' still waiting to be born <http://links.org.au/node/2443>

By *Jim Weill* and *Eric Ribellarsi*
July 27, 2011 -- We have arrived in Nepal, the centre of a radical 
Maoist revolution. We stood here last year, when half a million Nepalis 
declared their hope and determination to make a revolution. There has 
been a double stalemate since then, both in the constituional assembly 
and within the Maoist party [Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), 
UCPN(M)]. Every aspect of political life is marked by the need to break 
out, push aside roadblocks and take a leap.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2443>

    On the meaning of 'popular front' <http://links.org.au/node/2441>

By *John Riddell*
August 8, 2011 -- In a comment posted July 16 to my article "Honduras 
Accord: A Gain for Ottawa?" Todd Gordon warns against the danger of 
"popular-front style organization" and a "popular front electoralist 
strategy" (see his comment below this article). Socialists often use the 
term "popular front" or "people's front" as a form of condemnation. But 
what exactly does the term mean, and how does apply it to poor, 
oppressed countries like Honduras?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2441>

    Vietnam: Extraordinary petition by 'patriotic personalities'

By *Michael Karadjis*

July 29, 2011 -- Below is an extraordinary document initiated by some 20 
prominent Vietnamese academics, former military figures, former 
officials, writers etc, who express great unease about the current 
situation for Vietnam, faced on the one hand by increasingly aggressive 
Chinese actions in the East Sea (also known as the South China Sea), and 
on the other by an economic situation characterised over the last few 
years by mounting crisis and severe inflation, which is hammering 
people's living standards.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2439>

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