[Marxism] What's new at Links: Nepal, Zimbabwe socialists, green energy, Western Sahara, Tamils, Germany's genocide in Namibia, Idi Amin
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Mon Mar 26 01:31:04 MDT 2012
What's new at Links: Nepal, Zimbabwe socialists, green energy, Western
Sahara, Tamils, Germany's genocide in Namibia, Idi Amin
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Discussions with the United Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist):
Lessons for the Philippine left <http://links.org.au/node/2789>
By *Reihana Mohideen*
March 20, 2012 -- While Nepal is very different from the Philippines in
many key aspects of the country's economy, society and politics,
nevertheless the experience of the Maoist movement in that country holds
valuable lessons for the Philippine left -- both the Maoists and the
non-Maoist revolutionary movements.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2789>
International solidarity helps keep the 'Zimbabwe 6' out of jail
By *Lisa Macdonald*
March 22, 2012 --<http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/171>Six Zimbabwean
activists who were convicted for watching a video of the Arab Spring in
February 2011 won a partial victory on March 21 when they were given
suspended jail sentences of two years, ordered to each do 420 hours of
community service and pay a fine of US$500 each. The six activists were
convicted in the Harare Magistrates Court on March 19 of trumped-up
charges of "conspiracy to commit public violence". They had faced up to
10 years' imprisonment, a sentence demanded by the state prosecutor,
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2787>
Green energy alone won't save the Earth without system change
By *Ian Angus*
March 21, 2012 -- The most popular techno-fix for global warming is
green energy. If energy companies would only deploy wind, hydro, solar,
geothermal or nuclear, then emission-intensive fossil fuels will
eventually disappear. But will that actually work?
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2791>
Western Sahara: 'No one will give us our freedom'
By *Ryan Mallett-Outtrim* and *Laura Gilbie*
March 11, 2012 -- After two decades of political deadlock, Africa's
oldest refugee population is losing faith in UN mandated peace
negotiations. "No one will give us our freedom --- we must take it!,"
Sahrawi journalist Embarka Elmehdi Said told /Green Left Weekly/. Said
sees little hope for a peaceful resolution to the crisis that has
gripped Western Sahara since its independence from Spain in the 1970s.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2790>
Tamil rights: Surprise but uneven changes in voting at the UN Human
Rights Council <http://links.org.au/node/2788>
By *Ron Ridenour*
March 22, 2012 -- The UN Human Rights Council voted today to criticise
the Sri Lankan government for "not adequately address[ing] serious
allegations of violations of international law" when conducting its
final phases of war against the guerrilla army Liberation Tigers for
Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which ended, May 18, 2009, with massive
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2788>
Germany's genocide in Namibia <http://links.org.au/node/2786>
Africa's /Pambazuka News/ has devoted an entire issue to Germany's
1904-08 genocide of the Nama and Herero peoples (in Namibia).
By *Eric Van Grasdorff, Nicolai Röschert* and *Firoze Manji*
March 20, 2012 -- On March 22, 2012, Germany's parliament will debate a
motion to acknowledge its brutal 1904-08 genocide of the Nama and Herero
peoples. Germany's refusal thus far, and its less than even 'diplomatic'
treatment in 2011 of the Namibian delegation at the first-ever return of
the mortal remains of genocide victims, demands a reassessment of
suppressed colonial histories and racism.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2786>
Zimbabwe: Activists found 'guilty' on trumped-up charges -- protests
keep them out of jail! <http://links.org.au/node/2785>
*STOP PRESS: *March 21, 2012 -- The final verdict is two years' jail,
suspended for five years (on condition that no similar "offence" is
committed), 420 hours of community service (about six weeks Mon.-Fri.)
and an US$500 fine each. The sentence is designed to be a chain on their
ankles, but clearly the state does not feel confident to smash them.
That is certainly a victory for the mass showings at the courts in
Harare, and the international solidarity campaign that included the
sending of protests messages from around the world and the holding of
pickets and demonstrations. Viva, viva comrades there for resisting the
intimidation, and also for the many forms of international solidarity.
/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ would like to thanks
its many readers of their participation in the campaign.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2785>
Uganda: How the West brought Idi Amin to power
Introduction by *Tony Iltis*
March 22, 2012 -- The reception in Uganda to the /KONY 2012/ viral video
has been unanimously negative. From journalists, academics and bloggers
to local NGO workers and local people at a public screening in the
northern town of Lira, Ugandans have reacted angrily to their country's
politics and problems being simplified into a childish narrative to
serve foreign propaganda needs.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2784>
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