[Marxism] What's new in Links: Socialism & democracy, Catalan left gains, What a socialist society might look like, Doha climate talks, Scotland, Egypt, S. Africa strike wave

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Wed Dec 5 00:14:59 MST 2012


What's new in Links: Socialism & democracy, Catalan left gains, What a 
socialist society might look like, Doha climate talks, Scotland, Egypt, 
S. Africa strike wave

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    Malaysian socialist MP: 'Socialism and democracy are indivisible!'
    <http://links.org.au/node/3126>

By *Jeyakumar Devaraj*
[The following paper was presented at the Socialist Party of Malaysia's 
Socialism 2012 conference in Kuala Lumpur, over the November 25-26, 
2012, weekend. Jeyakumar is a member of parliament for the PSM.]
November 24, 2012 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
<http://links.org.au/node/3126> -- Socialism has been painted as the 
antithesis of democracy -- and millions of people the world over believe 
this untruth.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3126>


    Catalan elections: A stride forward for national and social justice
    <http://links.org.au/node/3124>

By *Dick Nichols, *Barcelona
November 30, 2012 -- Most pre-election polls picked the main trends in 
the November 25 elections for the135-seat parliament of Catalonia. What 
they underestimated---massively---was the strength of those trends, and 
for two reasons. It was not clear how large the expected increase in 
voter participation would be and right until the last minute up to 30% 
of voters were undecided. As things turned out these critical elections 
stirred political passions so much that participation reached a record 
of just under 70% -- 5% above the previous high for a Catalan 
parliamentary contest. From early morning long queues formed at polling 
stations as 610,000 more people than in 2010 lined up to make their 
point (an increase of 11%).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3124>


    Mike Treen: What might a socialist world look like?
    <http://links.org.au/node/3125>

November 29, 2012 -- *Mike Treen*, life-long socialist and national 
director of the Unite Union, describes what a socialist society might 
look like.


    Patrick Bond: Doha climate talks another 'conference of polluters'
    <http://links.org.au/node/3123>

By *Busani Bafana*
November 27, 2012 -- There is no political will among rich nations to 
find funding for developing countries experiencing the brunt of changes 
in global weather patterns, and the current climate change conference 
will fail to do so, according to Professor Patrick Bond, a leading 
thinker and analyst on climate change issues.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3123>


    Scotland: Radical Independence Conference unites left
    <http://links.org.au/node/3122>

November 25, 2012 -- More than 800 delegates gathered in central 
Glasgow, Scotland on November 24 to attend the Radical Independence 
Conference and launched a campaign for a radical vision of Scottish 
independence. Speakers from a broad range of campaigns and struggles 
provided strategies for winning voters to independence whilet calling 
for a progressive social, economic and environmental transformation of 
the country in the interests of ordinary people.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3122>


    Egypt: Independent workers' federation rejects president's power
    grab <http://links.org.au/node/3121>

November 25, 2012 -- The Egyptian Federation of Independent Trade Unions 
(EFITU) issued this statement rejecting the Consitutional Declaration 
announced by President Mohamed Morsi and calling on workers to mobilise 
against the decree. Mass demonstrations have been called by opposition 
groups in protest at Morsi's announcement.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3121>


    South Africa after Marikana massacre: Strike wave and new workers'
    organisations challenge old compromises <http://links.org.au/node/3120>

By *Leonard Gentle*
November 12, 2012 -- Over the November 10-11, 2012, weekend striking 
mineworkers of the Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) corporation 
gathered at a mass rally in Rustenburg and howled their defiance of a 
series of ultimatums issued by the company. At De Doorns, farm workers 
are on a "wildcat" strike -- the latest of a series that has become a 
feature of the South African landscape over the last three months, 
knocking the African National Congress conference in Mangaung off the 
front pages. Something is stirring from below ... and it is time we got 
beyond the fear and trepidation that have become the stock response in 
the media.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3120>

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international left who are opposed to neoliberal economic and social 
policies. It aims to promote the renewal of the socialist movement in 
the wake of the collapse of the bureaucratic model of "actually existing 
socialism" in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

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