[Marxism] What's new at Links: Marqusee on London riots, economy, Bolivia debate, Cuba, Agent Orange, Marxism, Venezuela CP, Palestine, Syria, Comintern, Baltics

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Aug 22 16:28:01 MDT 2011

What's new at Links: Marqusee on London riots, economy, Bolivia debate, 
Cuba, Agent Orange, Marxism, Venezuela CP, Palestine, Syria, Comintern, 

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    Mike Marqusee: Riots, reason and resistance

By *Mike Marqusee*
August 16, 2011 -- "Criminality pure and simple" was British Prime 
Minister David Cameron's initial verdict on the rioting. From the right 
came the mantra, "Down with sociology! Up with water cannon!" Don't 
think but do act -- harshly, punitively, peremptorily. In the wake of 
the riots, a powerful vested interest has been at work -- a vested 
interest in people not making links, not searching for causes, not 
weighing contexts. Above all, an interest in derailing the growing 
resistance to the government's austerity programme.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2458>

    Martin Hart-Landsberg: The troubled US economy means a shaky world
    economy <http://links.org.au/node/2461>

By *Martin Hart-Landsberg*
August 15, 2011 --- The US economy is in trouble and that means 
trouble for the world economy. According to the United Nations 
Conference on Trade and Development's /Trade and Development Report, 
2010/, "Buoyant consumer demand in the United States was the main driver 
of global economic growth for many years in the run-up to the current 
global economic crisis."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2461>

    Bolivia: How Jeffrey Webber's 'From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia'
    turns reality on its head <http://links.org.au/node/2460>

Review by *Federico Fuentes*

August 19, 2011 -- The Evo Morales government recently celebrated its 
2000th day in power in Bolivia -- a feat in its own right for a country 
that has had around 180 coups since 1825 -- any serious attempt to 
explain the underlying dynamics of this decade long political process 
should be welcomed. Combining his academic research and extensive 
fieldwork in Bolivia, Jeffrey Webber sets out to do exactly that in 
/From Rebellion to Reform in Bolivia/. Unfortunately, the end result 
leaves a lot to be desired.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2460>

    Cuba: Changes go deep -- democratic reforms

By *José Alejandro Rodríguez*, Havana
August 17, 2011 -- Apart from some exceptions, the powerful 
international media has ignored a recent Cuban parliamentary bill that 
would deepen democracy on the island. The reason is obvious: the news is 
not convenient. The initiative is made within socialist 
institutionalism, not in terms of the "transition" whose staging is 
highly anticipated and promoted by certain hegemonic interests in this 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2459>

    Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin: 'Agent Orange in Vietnam was a crime
    against humanity' <http://links.org.au/node/2457>

*Appeal of the Second International Conference of Victims of Agent 
Hanoi, Socialist Republic of Vietnam
August 9, 2011 -- The Second International Conference of Victims of 
Agent Orange/Dioxin, held in Hanoi from August 8 to 9, 2011, included 
participants from around the world: Agent Orange victims, victims of 
other toxic chemicals, scientists, lawyers and social activists. The 
conference is a significant and important historic event, marking the 
50th anniversary of the first spraying of the toxic chemical Agent 
Orange (1961-1971) by the US forces in Vietnam and Indochina.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2457>

    Marxism has an ecological heart <http://links.org.au/node/2456>

By *Ash Pemberton*
August 13, 2011 -- We all know there's a big problem with the 
environment and it needs drastic action to fix it. So does a Marxist 
analysis of the problem bring anything new to the table?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2456>

    Venezuela: Communist Party backs Hugo Chavez, builds workers'
    control movement <http://links.org.au/node/2454>

By *Rachael Boothroyd*, Coro

August 10, 2011  -- On August 7, the Venezuelan Communist Party (PCV) 
concluded its 14th congress in Caracas following three days of 
discussions. More than 526 national delegates and 43 international 
representatives attended the conference, which was convened in 
conjunction with the PCV's 74th anniversary.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2454>

    Does Palestinian Authority's UN 'statehood' bid endanger Palestinian
    rights? <http://links.org.au/node/2453>

By *Ali Abunimah*
August 8, 2011 -- The Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC), the 
steering group of the international boycott, divestment and sanctions 
(BDS) campaign, has issued further guidance in the run up to the 
Palestinian Authority's effort to gain UN membership for a "State of 
Palestine" in September.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2453>

    The Syrian 'common': an uprising of the working society

By *Yassin Al Haj Saleh*
August 14, 2011 -- There is a Promethean dimension to the struggle of 
Syria's protesters to wrench politics away from the self-deifying cabal 
[who rule] and to attempt to extend politics to all Syrians. The young 
Marx, who loved grandiose expressions, described Prometheus as "the most 
noble martyr in the philosophical almanac", because he stole the fire 
from the Olympian gods and gave it to humans. The gods punished him by 
sending the eagles of the Caucuses to tear at his liver forever. Like 
Prometheus, the uprising represents the most noble rebellion Syria has 
known since its independence 65 years ago. Like Prometheus, the wrath of 
the divine cabal is directed against the rebelling multitude. It is 
murdered, defamed, called names and insulted by the lowliest forces and 
motives in Syria.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2452>

    The Comintern's unknown decision on workers' governments

By *John Riddell*
August 14, 2011 -- English-language discussion of the Communist 
International's 1922 call for workers' governments has been based on a 
preliminary draft that was significantly altered before its adoption. 
Below, probably for the first time in English, is the amended text that 
the 1922 congress actually adopted.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2451>

    Baltic far right attempts to rewrite history

By *Rupen Savoulian*
August 12, 2011 -- Early in August, a major World War II anniversary was 
marked in Europe; August 1 was the 67th anniversary of the heroic Warsaw 
uprising by the Polish underground resistance movement against Nazi 
German occupation forces. I raise this anniversary to highlight the 
importance of commemorating the courageous struggles by the peoples 
oppressed by the Nazi regime, and to underscore the importance of 
historical debate for comprehending the tremendous social forces that 
have shaped the world today.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2450>

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