[Marxism] What's new at Links: Syria, China; Marx, Engels & ecology; Lenin; climate failures; Foro Social Latinamericano; Greece; Bolivia

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Mar 5 01:42:34 MST 2012

What's new at Links: Syria, China; Marx, Engels & ecology; Lenin; 
climate failures; Foro Social Latinamericano; Greece; Bolivia

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    Arab Spring, Syria and the left: 'No support for authoritarian
    regimes, no support for imperialism' <http://links.org.au/node/2765>

/Tariq Ali spoke to /Russia Today/on March 3, 2012, on the situation in 
the besieged town of Homs, bombarded by the Syrian military. //"The 
Assad regime carries on as if it doesn't realise how hated it is by some 
sections of the population; the opposition, which is armed now 
increasingly by the West via its conduits in Qatar, Saudi Arabia and 
Turkey, are turning nasty."

    "The left outside has to commit itself to fight against
    imperialism's habits, as the United States and its North Atlantic
    allies try to re-erect their four pillars: oil, Israel, stable
    allies (i.e. the Gulf Arab monarchies) and the encirclement of Iran.
    We have to be vigilant on two fronts: (1) to not let our
    anti-imperialism lead to the defence of authoritarian regimes in the
    region and (2) to not let our enthusiasm for rebellion lead to
    cheering on the cruise missiles from US warships. These two sirens
    should worry us as we make our hesitant way alongside the rebirth of
    a new left in the Arab world."//-- Vijay Prashad /

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2765>

    China: 'A sixteen-point proposal on China's reform'

By *Martin Hart-Landsberg*
March 2, 2012 -- China is widely celebrated as an economic success 
story.And it is as far as GDP, investment and export growth is 
concerned.However, as we know well from our experience in the United 
States, such economic indicators often reveal little about the reality 
of people's lives. In China workers are subject to intense working 
conditions with a disproportionate share of the benefits of production 
going to a top few.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2764>

    An exchange on Marx and Engels and 'small is beautiful'

By *Samar Bagchi*; response by *John Bellamy Foster *and *Fred Magdoff*
February 2012 -- I am a regular reader of /Monthly Review/. I read with 
interest the recent articles on ecology and Marxism (Fred Magdoff and 
John Bellamy Foster, "What Every Environmentalist Needs to Know About 
Capitalism," /MR, /March 2010, and Fred Magdoff, "Ecological 
Civilization", /MR/, January 2011).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2763>

    Lenin: 'democratic, socialist and revolutionary'

March 1, 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 Pluto Press' Get Political! campaign urging 
activists fighting for the 99% to draw inspiration from the lives and 
writings of the giants of 20th century political change, including VI Lenin.
Below is Bryan Palmer's review of the new collection of Lenin's 
writings, edited by Paul Le Blanc.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2762>

    After the Durban climate talks: State and market climate failures
    amplified by civil society failure <http://links.org.au/node/2761>

By *Patrick Bond*, Durban
February 28, 2012 -- In 2007, former World Bank chief economist Nick 
Stern termed climate change the worst "market failure" in history -- 
since those who pollute with greenhouse gases are not charged, and since 
they threaten future generations and vast swathes of natural life -- and 
at that moment, even the 1991 ravings of another former World Bank chief 
economist, Larry Summers, made sense.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2761>

    `Foro Social Latinamericano', Green Left Weekly's Spanish-language
    supplement, Feb.-March 2012 issue <http://links.org.au/node/2760>

February 27, 2012 -- For environmentalists, Indigenous rights activists, 
feminists, socialists and all progressive people, Latin America is a 
source of hope and inspiration today. The people of Venezuela, Cuba, 
Bolivia and Ecuador, among others, are showing that radical social 
change is possible and a better, more just society can be imagined and 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2760>

    Appeal for solidarity with the people of Greece

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>

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