[Marxism] What's new at Links: Chavistas win again, Typhoon Pablo, TAC @ 14, System change, SYRIZA, S. Africa, public transport

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Dec 18 23:44:12 MST 2012

What's new at Links: Chavistas win again, Typhoon Pablo, TAC @ 14, 
System change, SYRIZA, S. Africa, public transport

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    Venezuela: Chavez's socialist party wins 20 of 23 states in regional
    elections; PSUV activists debate party's role

By *Tamara Pearson*, Merida
December 16, 2012 -- With all votes counted to the point of results 
being irreversible, the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has 
won 20 states, and the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD) 
coalition, three states in the December 16 regional elections.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3149>

    Philippines left: In wake of Typhoon Pablo, global South demands
    'reparations and climate justice' <http://links.org.au/node/3148>

By *Partido Lakas ng Masa* (Party of the Labouring Masses), Philippines
December 11, 2012 -- The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM) extends full 
sympathy to the victims of Typhoon Pablo: to the families of those 
killed and missing, and to the millions suffering from the destruction 
of their homes and crops and those still waiting for relief. The PLM 
demands answers to serious questions raised by the government's response 
to the catastrophe.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3148>

    South Africa: Treatment Action Campaign turns 14

December 10, 2012 -- The *Treatment Action Campaign* (TAC) was launched 
on December 10, 1998, the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration 
of Human Rights. TAC turns 14 years old on international human rights 
day. This birthday comes at a time where many celebrate the good 
progress made with regards to expanded access to antiretrovirus 
medicines (ARVs), but its not yet /uhuru /[liberation]. This does not 
mean the war against HIV and AIDS is over as many of us tend to forget 
where we come from and much focus is still needed on the road ahead. 
Many global leaders have started to reverse their commitment to see this 
struggle through and get to the zero-infection, zero-deaths and 
zero-discrimination target.

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    How to change a destructive system <http://links.org.au/node/3146>

By *Sam Wainwright*
[Sam Wainwright is an elected municipal councillor in Fremantle, Western 
Australia, and a member of the//Socialist Alliance. This is a talk he 
gave on the topic of how to achieve social change in Australia.]
December 9, 2012 -- It's pretty obvious for anyone that cares to look 
that capitalism is a socially destructive and ecologically unsustainable 
system. Based on the unequal distribution of wealth, it condemns 
billions to living in poverty worldwide.
In more wealthy places like Australia, where workers have much higher 
incomes, capitalism invents products for us to spend money on just as 
quickly as we win a wage increase. That we have one of the highest youth 
suicide rates in the world is but one proof that it doesn't provide 
people with a meaningful existence.
Now the worsening climate crisis -- caused by capitalism's endless 
accumulation of profit and wealth -- threatens the very basis of life on 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3146>

    Greece: Stathis Kouvelakis on tasks facing SYRIZA following its
    electoral breakthrough <http://links.org.au/node/3145>

December 7, 2012 -- The London branch of SYRIZA hosted a public meeting, 
"Shock therapy and popular uprising: Greece at the Crossroads", on 
December 7, 2012. Videos of the four keynote speakers Costas Douzinas, 
Stathis Kouvelakis, Seumas Milne and Marina Prentoulis are 
available.*Stathis Kouvelakis* sets out the tasks facing SYRIZA 
following its electoral breakthrough.**

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3145>

    South Africa: The tortuous road from 1996 to Mangaung

By *Terry Bell*
December 13, 2012 -- The tortuous road to the governing African National 
Congress' (ANC) centennial conference at Mangaung ends next week. And, 
not to put too fine a point on it, much of the country is /gatvol/ [fed 
up] with the route it has taken and where it has arrived.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3143>

    Free public transport and beyond <http://links.org.au/node/3141>

By *Stefan Kipfer
*December 3, 2012 -- Epochal crises allow us to see clearly the 
irrationalities of capitalism, notably its systematic inability to 
develop to the fullest human capacities and provide the basis for 
sustainable and respectful relationships to the rest of nature. The 
current world economic crisis has thrown to the dustbin of history the 
aspirations and capacities of millions of human beings -- those laid 
off, driven off the land or relegated to permanent precariousness.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3141>

    SYRIZA activist Yiannis Bournous on historic responsibility of the
    left in Greece <http://links.org.au/node/3142>

December 14, 2012 -- *Sibylle Kaczorek* and *Jody Betzien*, from the 
Australian Socialist Alliance <http://www.socialist-alliance.org/>, 
interviewed *Yiannis Bournous* in Athens. Yiannis is a leading activst 
in the Coalition of the Radical Left (Syriza), Greek's rapidly growing 
left party. Yiannis is also a member of the central political committee 
of Synaspismos, one of Syriza's affiliate groups, and a member of the 
executive board of the European Left party. He spoke on the situation in 
Greece and Syriza's perspectives.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3142>

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