[Marxism] What's new at Links: Thailand, repression in Malaysia, SA water, Egypt, China & capital, Libya debate, NZ, Tariq Ali, Islam, Fukushima

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Jul 4 01:02:37 MDT 2011

What's new at Links: Thailand, repression in Malaysia, SA water, Egypt, 
China & capital, Libya debate, NZ, Tariq Ali, Islam, Fukushima

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    Thailand's election: A slap in the face for the military, Democrat
    Party and royalist elites <http://links.org.au/node/2389>.

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*

July 4, 2011 -- The results of Thailand's July 3 general election are a 
slap in the face for the dictatorship. They prove without any doubt that 
the majority of people have rejected the military, the Democrat Party 
and the royalist elites. Pheu Thai, the party closely allied to the Red 
Shirt movement, has won a clear majority. The result is all the more 
remarkable, given that the election was held under conditions of severe 
censorship and intimidation of the Red Shirt democracy movement by the 
military and the military-installed Democrat Party government of Abhisit 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2389>

    (Updated July 3) Malaysia: Socialists abused in custody; Philippine
    socialist detained; More arrests <http://links.org.au/node/2385>

By the *Socialist Party of Malaysia*
July 1 -- The PSM is alarmed that its detained members are undergoing 
torture and inhumane interrogation from special Bukit Aman officers who 
have been brought specifically to extract information as most of those 
detained have preferred to use their rights under the law to speak to 
the court and not to the police.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2385>

    Malaysia: Government arrests socialists ahead of Bersih 2.0
    pro-democracy rally <http://links.org.au/node/2377>

*[Urgent appeal for protest letters to be sent to the Malaysian 
government, please visit 
http://www.parti-sosialis.org/en/en/articles/1585 for details of where 
they can be sent. See also*<http://links.org.au/node/2380>*"**Malaysia: 
Protests demand release of democracy activists* 
<http://links.org.au/node/2380>*"**.] *

June 27, 2011 -- At least 30 members of the Socialist Party of Malaysia 
(Parti Sosialis Malaysia, PSM) -- including member of parliament Dr 
Michael Jeyakumar -- have been detained by police. The Malaysian 
government is whipping up a massive red-scare campaign around the 
/Bersih 2.0/ rally planned for July 9 (see statement below), and is 
increasingly resorting to repression to try to prevent an expected huge 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2377>

    South Africa: Two warriors die, alongside the right to water

By *Patrick Bond*
July 3, 2011 -- Two of South Africa's greatest water warriors were not 
actually killed in conflict, though at the time of their deaths on June 
22 and 23, both were furious with their traditional political party 
home, the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2388>

    Egypt: Left debates the Arab Spring, democracy and imperialism

By *Nicola Pratt*
June 29, 2011 -- Egyptian, Arab and international socialists and 
progressive forces met in Cairo June 3-5, to discuss the future of the 
Arab revolutions in light of imperialism, Zionism and global capitalism. 
The Forum in Solidarity with the Arab Revolutions was organised by a 
number of progressive groups in Egypt and represented the first attempt 
to revive the annual Cairo Conference against Imperialism and Zionism, 
which was shut down by the Egyptian authorities in 2009.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2387>

    China, Brazil, Indonesia: Capital is a fickle lover

By *Walden Bello*

June 22, 2011 -- "China is today the ideal capitalist state: freedom for 
capital, with the state doing the 'dirty job' of controlling the 
workers", writes the prominent Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Zizek. 
"China as the emerging power of the twenty first century ... seems to 
embody a new kind of capitalism: disregard for ecological consequences, 
disdain for workers' rights, everything subordinated to the ruthless 
drive to develop and become the new world force."
Capital, however, is a fickle lover.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2386>

    The Egyptian revolution: phase two <http://links.org.au/node/2384>

By *Jesse McLaren*
June 27, 2011 -- My previous article looked at the first phase of the 
Egyptian revolution, and the struggles that led up to it, which has won 
significant political reforms -- from the removal of Mubarak, to the 
promise of free and fair elections, to the partial opening of the Rafah 
border, to partial freedom of speech and assembly. But basic political 
reforms are not complete, and the social and economic demands tied to 
them have not been met. This is phase two of the Egyptian revolution.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2384>

    Left debates Libya: Imperialist nature of war is now clearer

*[For more left views on Libya, **click HERE* 
<http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/222>*for articles and associated 
*By *Michael Karadjis*
June 23, 2011 -- Renfrey Clarke has written a very detailed and 
thoughtful piece of discussion, and despite my disagreement with it, I 
welcome the fact that people are willing to put forward unpopular 
positions (among the left) and have them thrashed out, especially when 
it is done in such a careful and thorough way.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2383>

    Aotearoa/New Zealand: 'The Mana revolution has begun'

By *Joe Carolan*
June 27, 2011 -- Hone Harawira's victory in the Te Tai Tokerau 
by-election means that the Mana Party is now the newest party with 
parliamentary representation in Aotearoa [New Zealand].This achievement 
is impressive, given the range of forces ranged against us -- the Maori 
Party, the Labour Party machine, supported by the National Party, and 
most of the mainstream media and political commentators.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2382>

    'One on One' with Tariq Ali <http://links.org.au/node/2381>

June 20, 2011 -- Tariq Ali talks to Riz Khan on Al Jazeera's /One on 
One/ program about growing up in Pakistan, his student days at Oxford 
University, the anti-war movement, the US empire and paths of the 
international left.

    (Updated July 3) Malaysia: Protests demand release of democracy
    activist/s/ <http://links.org.au/node/2380>

/July 1, 2011 -- Emergency protest outside Malaysian Airlines offices in 
Sydney to demand the release of 30 Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) 
detained since June 25 and accused of waging "war against the king"... 
the "evidence" a few political t-shirts in their posession! These 
arrests are part of a crackdown on oppositionists in the lead up to the 
July 9 Bersih 2.0 democracy march in Kuala Lumpur. Photos by Peter Boyle./

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2380>

    Review: `The Muslim revolt: A journey through political Islam'

By *Rupen Savoulian*

June 25, 2011 -- Since the September 11, 2001, twin tower attacks, there 
has been renewed interest in the questions of Islam, political Islamism 
and jihadism. Books have been published by the truckload, seminars 
bringing together various political scientists and experts have been 
held, reams of paper analysing the origins and trajectory of political 
Islam have been published, and the airwaves resonate with talkback from 
pundits about the impact of Islam and Islamism in the world. How can one 
make sense of all this? Where does one begin?

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2379>

    The deep green meaning of Fukushima <http://links.org.au/node/2378>

By *Don Fitz*
June 26, 2011 -- Humanity must decrease its use of energy. The decrease 
must be a lot (not a little bit) and it must happen soon. A failure to 
do so will lay the foundation for the destruction of human life by some 
combination of climate change and radiation.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2378>

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