[Marxism] What's new at Links: Get political campaign, Tariq Ali on Syria, Russia, Greece, Bolivia, S.African social mvts, Tamils, Lenin debated

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Mon Feb 27 00:41:26 MST 2012


What's new at Links: Get political campaign, Tariq Ali on Syria, Russia, 
Greece, Bolivia, S.Africa, Tamils, Lenin debated

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    Get political! Occupy activists urged to engage with writings of
    Trotsky, Lenin and Luxemburg <http://links.org.au/node/2756>

*[Read more from /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ on 
Lenin <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/121>, Trotsky 
<http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/582> and Rosa Luxemburg 
<http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/176>.] *

February 23, 2012 -- Fifty key figures on the left including Ian Angus, 
John Riddell, Patrick Bond, Paul Le Blanc, China Miéville, Ken Loach, 
Lindsey German, Alex Callinicos, Suzi Weissman, Michael Yates and 
Immanuel Ness have backed a Pluto Press campaign urging activists 
fighting for the 99% to draw inspiration from the lives and writings of 
three giants of 20th century political change: Leon Trotsky, Rosa 
Luxemburg and VI Lenin.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2756>


    Tariq Ali on Syria: 'Western intervention would be disastrous; Assad
    must go'; Western hypocrisy condemned <http://links.org.au/node/2754>

*Tariq Ali* warns that the consequences of Western military intervention 
would be "worse than in Libya". "The fact is that the overwhelming 
majority of people in Syria want the Assad family out..."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2754>


    Russia: The people are not silent, but what comes next?
    <http://links.org.au/node/2748>

By *Aleksandr Buzgalin *and*Andrey Kolganov*, translated by *Renfrey Clarke*

February 16, 2012 -- This article was written gradually, as events in 
Russia unfolded. The first version appeared after the first 
demonstrations in Moscow in December, on Bolotnaya Square and Sakharov 
Prospekt. The latest variant is taking shape in the hours following the 
rallies that took place throughout the Russian capital (and not only 
there) on February 4.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2748>


    Appeal for solidarity with the people of Greece
    <http://links.org.au/node/2759>

February 13, 2012 -- The people of Greece face an unprecedented economic 
and political crisis. They are being driven to poverty and mass 
unemployment by the demands of the so-called Troika -- the European 
Union, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the International Monetary 
Fund, which has imposed Lucas Papademos, former vice-president of the 
ECB, as prime minister.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2759>


    Bolivia: Challenges face Morales' goal of 'governing by obeying the
    people' <http://links.org.au/node/2758>

By *Federico Fuentes*
February 19, 2012 -- A new twist in the turbulent saga surrounding a 
proposed roadway through Indigenous land has reignited a debate raging 
throughout Bolivia since the middle of last year. The controversial 
highway -- which would cut through the Isiboro-Secure National Park and 
Indigenous Territory (TIPNIS) -- has been at the centre of protests and 
counter-protests. It has polarised Bolivian society and divided 
Indigenous groups that are the heart of the Evo Morales government's 
social base.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2758>


    'Uneven and combined Marxism' within South Africa's urban social
    movements <http://links.org.au/node/2757>

By *Patrick Bond*, *Ashwin Desai* and *Trevor Ngwane*

February 2012 -- The political dynamics of contemporary South Africa are 
rife with contradiction. On one hand, it is among the most consistently 
contentious places on earth, with insurgent communities capable of 
mounting disruptive protest on a nearly constant basis, rooted in the 
poor areas of the half-dozen major cities as well as neglected and 
multiply-oppressed black residential areas of declining towns. On the 
other hand, even the best-known contemporary South African social 
movements, for all their sound, lack a certain measure of fury.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2757>


    UN will deny Tamils justice <http://links.org.au/node/2755>

By *Ron Ridenour*
February 20, 2012 -- Brace yourselves Tamils in and from Sri Lanka! The 
United Nations Human Rights Council will not grant you justice at its 
19th session, on February 27-March 23, 2012 or, perhaps, in any 
foreseeable future.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2755>


    Bolivia's García Linera: 'Moving beyond capitalism is a universal
    task' <http://links.org.au/node/2753>

Introduction by translator *Felipe Stuart Cournoyer*
February 19, 2012  -- Bolivia's vice-president *Álvaro García Linera* 
brought a message of hope and anti-imperialist commitment to Mexico in 
the first week of February. Speaking to an overflow assembly of students 
and university personnel at Mexico City's UNAM (National Autonomous 
University), he said that the government led by President Evo Morales 
welcomes social-movement protests and conflict. The more, the better.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2753>


    The Lenin wars: Over a Cliff with Lars Lih
    <http://links.org.au/node/2752>

*[Click HERE to follow the entire debate on Tony Cliff's /Lenin/ 
<http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/665>.]*

By *Paul Le Blanc*
February 19, 2012 --  There has been a competing set of political 
agendas underlying the recently initiated historical debate over how to 
understand Lenin and the Bolsheviks. From the standpoint of 
revolutionary socialism, this aspect of the debate is hardly cause for 
dismay. As activists we are appropriately attempting to get a handle on 
"what is to be done". This does not absolve us of the responsibility to 
get the history right. But for Marxists the point is not simply to 
understand history, but also make use of such understanding to help 
change the world.

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    Lars Lih: Falling out over a Cliff <http://links.org.au/node/2751>

*Remarks on the 1905 Congress and the 1912 conference of the Russian 
Social Democratic Worker Party (RSDWP)*
By *Lars T. Lih*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2751>

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