[Marxism] What's new at Links: Fukushima 1 year on, International Womens's Day, Paul Le Blanc on socialist greats; Syria, SNC & Assad

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon Mar 12 01:03:09 MDT 2012

What's new at Links: Fukushima 1 year on, International Womens's Day, 
Paul Le Blanc on socialist greats; Syria, SNC & Assad

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    One year after Fukushima -- Japanese people appeal: 'Take action for
    a nuclear-free world!' <http://links.org.au/node/2776>

By the *All Japan 3.11 Action Committee *
March 11, 2012 -- Soon it will be one year since the 3.11 [March 11, 
2011] TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactor accident. Many people were 
forced to evacuate and still continue to live under hardship without 
sufficient compensation. Despite the fact that an increasing number of 
people (as high as 70%) in Japan now wish to put an end to nuclear 
power, the Japanese government is obsessively promoting nuclear power 
even after the Fukushima accident.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2776>

    International Women's Day: the struggle for equality continues

By *Socialist Alliance* (Australia)
March 8, 2012 -- This International Women's Day falls at a time when the 
environmental and economic crises of global capitalism are making life 
even harder for most women and the communities they live and work 
in.Capitalism's crisis is hitting hard in the US and across Europe. It 
is particularly dire in Greece where school teachers and other essential 
service workers are being thrown out of work or being forced to take pay 
cuts of between 40-50%. Working-class women are being hit especially hard.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2768>

    Paul Le Blanc: Why Occupy activists should read the greats of
    revolutionary socialism <http://links.org.au/node/2767>

The *New Left Project'*s *Ed Lewis* interviews *Paul Le Blanc*
March 6, 2012 -- Paul Le Blanc is professor of history and political 
science at La Roche College, Pittsburgh. He is the author of a number of 
books on revolutionary and radical politics, most recently /Marx, Lenin 
and the Revolutionary Experience/ and /Work and Struggle: Voices from 
U.S. Labor Radicalism/. He spoke to Ed Lewis about the Get 
Political campaign, which aims to bring radical activists of today into 
critical engagement with the ideas of Lenin, Trotsky and Rosa Luxemburg.

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    Syria and the Palestinians: 'Almost no other Arab state has as much
    Palestinian blood on its hands' <http://links.org.au/node/2766>

By *Michael Karadjis*
March 7, 2012 -- The declaration by Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of 
Hamas, that his movement was backing the popular uprising in Syria 
against the brutal regime of Bashar al-Assad was widely reported, as was 
the significance of his statement to worshipers at Cairo's Al Azhar 
mosque. Hamas, while ruling the Gaza Strip, had its exile leadership 
based in Syria; now Haniyeh was perhaps betting on a new strategic 
relationship with post-Mubarak Egypt. Haniyeh saluted "the heroic Syrian 
people, who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2766>

    Syria: Against the Syrian National Council

By *As`ad Abukhalil*
March 8, 2012 -- First, let us be clear: the Syrian people have every 
right to protest, peacefully and violently, against the brutal regime of 
Bashir Assad. And let us be clear: the Syrian regime has no right to 
stay in power, and this was true even before it began using violence to 
quell the uprising. And let us be clear: the Syrian regime is incapable 
of reforming itself. It is rather foolish to wait for a group to ascend 
to power before criticising it. There was no mystery as to the 
intentions and agenda of the Muslim Brotherhood or the Salafis, or even 
the Khomeini movement, before their taking the reigns of power. 
Similarly, the adversaries of the Baa'th Party began opposing it long 
before the former began conspiring to seize power by force.

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    Malaysian socialists on IWD: For women's liberation, equality and
    freedom <http://links.org.au/node/2771>

By *Nazreen Nizam*,**PSM women's desk coordinator
March 8, 2012 -- In conjunction with International Women's Day 2012, 
Parti Sosialis Malaysia [PSM, the Socialist Party of Malaysia] would 
like to commemorate women's pursuit of liberation, real justice, 
equality and freedom.
This year is the 101st year we are celebrating International Women's 
Day. Thanks to our leftist and progressive comrades who proposed such an 
idea, back in 1910. The United Nations theme for the Women's Day 
celebration this year is "Empower rural women -- End hunger and poverty'.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2771>

    Australia: Socialists release 'A Charter for Women's Rights' on IWD

March 8, 2012 -- On International Women's Day 2012 the *Socialist 
Alliance* <http://www.socialist-alliance.org/page.php?page=330> in 
Australia released its latest /A Charter for Women's Rights/, updated in 
line with the decisions of the 8th national conference of the Socialist 
Alliance. Download a PDF version of the charter *HERE* 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2770>

    International Women's Day 2012: Women march against US military
    expansion in the Philippines and the Pacific

Unity statement by *women in the Philippines*
March 8, 2012 -- On the occasion of the International Women's Day 2012, 
we, Filipino women declare in strongest terms possible, our opposition 
not only to increased US military presence on Philippines soil.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2769>

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