[Marxism] What's new at Links: Marikana massacre, Wikileaks and Ecuador, Syria, Burger King, Venezuela, NSSP on Tamils

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Aug 29 04:02:24 MDT 2012

What's new at Links: Marikana massacre, Wikileaks and Ecuador, Syria, 
Burger King, Venezuela, NSSP on Tamils

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    South Africa: Marikana massacre -- a turning point?

By *Martin Legassick*

August 27, 2012 -- The massacre of 34, and almost certainly more, 
striking mineworkers at Marikana (together with more than 80 injured) on 
August 16 has sent waves of shock and anger across South Africa, 
rippling around the world. It could prove a decisive turning point in 
our country's post-apartheid history.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3002>

    Tariq Ali: Why Ecuador supports Wikileaks and Assange's rights

August 20, 2012 -- GreenLeftTV//Links International Journal of Socialist 
Renewal/ -- "Why is it that an Australian, facing prosecution from a 
European country, decides to appeal for asylum to a South American 
republic?" Tariq Ali asked and eloquently answered this important 
question when he spoke outside the embassy of Ecuador in London on 
August 19, 2012. Ali spoke just before Wikileaks founder Julian Assange 
addressed the press and supporters from the balcony of the embassy, 
where he has been granted political asylum by the progressive government 
of Ecuador.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2993>

    The geopolitics of the Syrian uprising/insurgency

By *Michael Karadjis*
August 13, 2012 -- The continuing mass uprising against Syria's Bashar 
Assad dictatorship on the one hand, and the growing intervention by the 
reactionary Gulf monarchies of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, along with 
Turkey, on the side of the growing armed insurgency on the other, has 
led to a situation where many on the left are sharply divided over who 
to "support".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2991>

    South Africa: 'Sorting fact from fiction at Marikana' -- Terry Bell
    on the massacre of mineworkers <http://links.org.au/node/3001>

August 27, 2012 -- *Terry Bell* is a widely respected labour reporter 
and activist based in Cape Town, South Africa. His "Inside  labour" 
columns in /Amandla!/ magazine and on his blog, /Terry Bell Writes/, are 
essential reading for those interested in developments in South Africa's 
labour movement. Below, with Terry Bell's permission, /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ posts some of his recent 
columns dealing with Marikana massacre and the background to it.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3001>

    Anti-Wikileaks crusade undermines anti-rape campaigns; George
    Galloway wrong on rape <http://links.org.au/node/3000>

By *Ash Pemberton *

August 24, 2012 -- The personal saga of Wikileaks editor-in-chief Julian 
Assange has been used to overshadow the ground-breaking journalism of 
Wikileaks in exposing the secrets of governments and corporations around 
the world. Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador on August 16 
after staying in Ecuador's British embassy since June to avoid 
extradition to Sweden. He remains in the embassy in a stand-off with 
British police who have backed down on their threat to raid the embassy.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3000>

    South Africa: (updated Aug. 26) Justice now for the Marikana workers
    and community! <http://links.org.au/node/2999>

August 24, 2012 -- In the aftermath of the terrible Marikana massacre on 
August 16, 2012, a number of statements have been released by South 
Africa's left condemning and explaining the murder of more than 34 
minerworkers on the day, and a number of others in the weeks previously. 
Below /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ publishes a 
selection of the most significant.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2999>

    Aotearoa/New Zealand: Call for international solidarity with Burger
    King workers <http://links.org.au/node/2998>

By *Joe Carolan*
August 24, 2012 -- Workers employed by the Burger King fast-food chain, 
organised by the Unite Union in Aotearoa/New Zealand, are suffering a 
sustained union-busting campaign, and are now fighting back.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2998>

    South Africa: The massacre of our illusions ... and the seeds of
    something new <http://links.org.au/node/2997>

By *Leonard Gentle*, director of the International Labour Research and 
Information Group (South Africa)
August 23, 2012 -- The story of Marikana has so far been painted 
shallowly as an inter-union spat. In the first few days after the 
August16 police killing of  34 striking mineworkers, employed by the 
Lonmin mining corporation, and the shock and horror of watching people 
being massacred on TV, there have correctly been howls of anger and 
grief. Of course no one wants to take responsibility because to do so 
would be to acknowledge blame.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2997>

    Venezuelan communist talks about struggle for socialis

By *Jim McIlroy*
August 14, 2012 -- Carolus Wimmer, a longstanding member of the Latin 
American Parliament and international relations secretary of the 
Communist Party of Venezuela, spoke at a Sydney forum on Latin America 
in revolt on August 11, part of a national speaking tour sponsored by 
the Communist Party of Australia. During his Australian tour, he also 
addressed meetings in Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2996>

    Revolutionary democracy in the economy? Venezuela's workers' control
    movement <http://links.org.au/node/2995>

By *Ewan Robertson*
August 3, 2012 -- Walking into the plush corporate style boardroom, I 
greeted workers from the Grafitos del Orinoco factory before sitting 
down to conduct the interview. On the white board next to the door, the 
latest decision of the workers' factory assembly was still in evidence: 
whether to pay themselves an end of year bonus. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 
the workers had reached an almost unanimous consensus, with only one of 
the factory's fifty-five workers not in favour.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2995>

    Sri Lankan socialist expresses solidarity with Tamil people,
    criticises India's role <http://links.org.au/node/2994>

August 21, 2012 -- Leader of the Nawa Sama Samaja Party (NSSP) of Sri 
Lanka, Dr Vickramabahu "Bahu" Karunaratne (picture above), was invited 
to address the Tamil Eelam Solidarity Organisation (TESO)  conference in 
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, on August 12, 2012. The conference was 
organised by parties in Tamil Nadu sympathetic to rights of the the 
Tamil people in Sri Lanka. At first Bahu was denied a visa by the Indian 
government but after widespread protests he was issued a visa.  The NSSP 
leader's speech is reproduced below.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2994>

    Ricardo Patiño Aroca: Why Ecuador granted Julian Assange political
    asylu <http://links.org.au/node/2992>

By *Ricardo Patiño Aroca*, Ecuador's foreign minister
August 16, 2012 -- On June 19, 2012, the Australian national Mr. Julian 
Assange appeared at the premises of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to 
request that the Ecuadorean State provide him with diplomatic 
protection, thus invoking the existing Diplomatic Asylum rules.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2992>

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