[Marxism] What's new at Links: Aus Left debates feminism; Doha climate talks; John Bellamy Foster; Paul Le Blanc; Cuba & health; toilet apartheid

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Dec 12 01:56:47 MST 2012

What's new at Links: Aus Left debates feminism; Doha climate talks; John 
Bellamy Foster; Paul Le Blanc; Cuba & health; toilet apartheid

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    Left debate: Organising women against sexist violence

SDecember 9, 2012 -- An article that appeared on the website of the 
magazine of the Socialist Alternative organisation on November 22, 2012, 
has sparked an interesting debate across the Australian left on merits 
of socialists organising against violence against women/./

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3133>

    Doha climate talks: Bolivia declares, 'The climate is not for sale!'

The following address was presented on December 5 by *Jose Antonio 
Zamora Guitierrez* (pictured), minister of environment and water for the 
Plurinational State of Bolivia, to the UN Conference on Climate Change 
(COP18) in Doha, Qatar.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3130>

    John Bellamy Foster and Brett Clark: The planetary emergency,
    capitalism's ultimate crisis <http://links.org.au/node/3137>

By *John Bellamy Foster* and *Brett Clark*

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    Why is Cuba's health-care system the best model for poor countries?

By *Don Fitz*
December 8, 2012 -- Furious though it may be, the current debate over 
health care in the US is largely irrelevant to charting a path for the 
poor countries of Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific Islands. 
That is because the US squanders perhaps 10 to 20 times what is needed 
for a good, affordable medical system. The waste is far more than the 
30% overhead by private insurance companies. It includes an enormous 
amount of over-treatment, making the poor sicker by refusing them 
treatment, exorbitant over-pricing of medications and medical 
procedures, creation of illnesses, exposure to contagion through 
over-hospitalisation, and disease-focused instead of prevention-focused 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3136>

    Paul Le Blanc: International conference in China on Lenin's thought

Paul Le Blanc presents the keynote address to the international 
conference on "Lenin's thought in the 21st century: interpretation and 
its value", held October 20-22, 2012.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3135>

    Why socialists need feminism <http://links.org.au/node/3134>

/Audio of the talk, "Marxism and Women's Liberation", presented by US 
International Socialist Organization leader Sharon Smith at Socialism 
2012, on June 28, 2012./

By *Rosa Louverture*
December 1, 2012 -- The speech above, by a leading member of the US 
International Socialist Organization, Sharon Smith, represents an 
important contribution the discussions of socialists and activists on 
women's liberation. The struggle for socialism is a unifying struggle 
that encompasses many other movements to end all forms of oppression and 
exploitation. All progressive struggles are the business of socialists 
and socialist parties. At the same time, all struggles are strengthened 
by Marxist-educated, highly conscious activists.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3134>

    Venezuela's Doha climate talks delegate: 'Rich countries profit from
    pollution <http://links.org.au/node/3132>

December 7, 2012 -- Claudia Salerno, top negotiator for Venezuela at the 
UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, famous for her dramatic action at 
the conference three years ago in Copenhagen when she bloodied her fist 
while banging it on the table, demanding to be heard, says "this is not 
an environmental process. This is a process that is going to have impact 
in economics, so that is why it is so difficult for developed countries 
to make the necessary changes in their economics."

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    Small farmers, Indigenous peoples condemn Doha climate talks:
    'Governments produce blank pages for planet's future'

Statement by the international peasant movement *La Via Campesina*,
December 7, 2012 -- As the climate negotiations come to a close, the 
industrialised countries insist on inaction for the next decade, finding 
even more ways to escape their historical responsibility, create more 
carbon markets including one on agriculture and to keep business as 
usual of burning the planet.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3131>

    The commodification of crap and South Africa's toilet apartheid

By *Patrick Bond*, Durban
December 5, 2012-- The December 3-6, 2012, World Toilet Summit offers an 
opportunity to contemplate how we curate our crap. Increasingly the 
calculus seems to be cash, generating contradictions ranging from local 
to global scales, across race, gender, generation and geography. Nowhere 
are they more evident than in the host city, my hometown of Durban. 
We've suffered an 18-year era of neoliberal-nationalist malgovernance 
including toilet apartheid, in the wake of more than 150 years of 
colonialism and straight racial-apartheid.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3129>

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