[Marxism] What's new at Links: Quebec students; US constitution; Tamils; LGBTI activists vs Pilger; BDS; population; Die Linke; Amnesty vs Afghans; Saudi Arabia; Lars Lih & Lenin

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Mon May 28 02:17:29 MDT 2012

What's new at Links: Quebec students; US constitution; Tamils; LGBTI 
activists vs Pilger; BDS; population; Die Linke; Amnesty vs Afghans; 
Saudi Arabia; Lars Lih & Lenin

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    Quebec: Up to 400,000 defy anti-protest law; protests spread

*For more analysis of the Quebec students' struggle, click HERE.* 

May 22, 2012 -- Today marked one of the largest protests ever to be 
recorded in Quebec's history. We are joined with *Jérémie Bédard-Wien*, 
who is a student organiser and who was on the ground today in Montreal.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2879>

    United States: Far right and Republicans attempt roll back of
    constitutional equal rights <http://links.org.au/node/2883>

By *Malik Miah*
May 25, 2012 -- The "Reconstruction amendments" --- the 13th, 14th and 
15th amendments to the United States constitution --- are being targeted 
in many of the far-right "Tea Party" and Republican campaigns against 
the rights of immigrants and women, marriage equality and gay rights, 
and voting rights for African Americans and other minority ethnic groups.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2883>

    Sri Lanka: Crimes against humanity with the West's complicity

By *Ron Ridenour*
May 25, 2012 -- The US-UK axis is quite adroit at launching aggressive 
wars against governments and peoples who do not buckle under. In the 
case of its ally Sri Lanka, it did not need to send troops to win the 
war against the Tamils' struggle for liberation. The Western powers have 
provided Sri Lankan governments and military with weaponry, war 
intelligence and training to win the long war against Tamil nationhood.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2882>

    LGBTI activists respond to John Pilger: 'Equal marriage rights and
    Bradley Manning are both big issues' <http://links.org.au/node/2881>

By *Rachel Evans* & *Karl Hand *

May 23, 2012 -- More than 1000 Sydney-siders hit the streets on May 12 
demanding equal marriage rights, but prominent left-wing journalist John 
Pilger has criticised the march in his recent article "Bradley Manning, 
not gay marriage, is the issue". He said: "A protest parade in support 
of gay marriage filled the city centre. The police looked on benignly. 
It was a showcase of liberalism. Three days later, there was to be a 
march to commemorate the /Nakba/ (The Catastrophe), the day of mourning 
when Israel expelled Palestinians from their land. A police ban had to 
be overturned by the Supreme Court."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2881>

    'Closing the doors of learning' to the Israeli state opens the doors
    of freedom <http://links.org.au/node/2880>

By *Patrick Bond* and *Muhammed Desai*
May 24, 2012 -- One of South Africa's largest tertiary institutions, the 
University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in Durban, is a site of multiple 
controversy but a near-disaster on May 21 deserves more reflection 
because it points us in a positive direction: away from allying with the 
Israeli state and its apartheid policies during a time of heightened 
racism. A representative of Israel had been invited to speak but was 
then disinvited, after the university was called on by staff and 
students to respect the "academic boycott" of Israel.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2880>

    Royal Society's tunnel vision on population and poverty

        */People and the Planet/
        *Royal Society Science Policy Centre Report
        April 2012


Review by **Ian Angus**

May 23, 2012 -- The radical ecologist Murray Bookchin once compared 
populationism to a phoenix, the mythical bird that periodically burns up 
and is reborn from its own ashes. No matter how often the "too many 
people" argument is refuted, it always returns, making the same claim 
that people are breeding too much and consuming too much, devouring the 
Earth like a plague of locusts.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2878>

    Germany: Die Linke's program in English (adopted October 2011)

May 23, 2012 -- Below is the full text of Germany's radical left Die 
Linke party's program in English. At the time of publication, this 
document was unavailable anywhere else on the web.

    Afghanistan: Amnesty International lauds war and occupation as
    'progress' for women <http://links.org.au/node/2876>

By *Tim Anderson*
May 20, 2012 -- Amnesty International has muddied the waters over the 
occupation of Afghanistan with its latest campaign urging NATO to "keep 
the progress going" on women's rights. The campaign was aimed at a NATO 
summit in Chicago and drew on one of the few remaining arguments for 
continued military occupation of that war-ravaged country.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2876>

    The Arab uprisings, democratic demands and the Saudi payroll


By *Rupen Savoulian*
May 21, 2012 -- In April 2012, a number of high-level political 
officials attended conferences in Paris and Istanbul organised by the 
Friends of Syria group. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton attended 
these meetings, and joined the foreign ministers from the NATO powers 
and Arab Gulf monarchies in denouncing the killings committed by the 
Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2875>

    Lars Lih: How Lenin's party became (Bolshevik)

By *Lars T. Lih*
May 17, 2012 -- Did Lenin seek to exclude Mensheviks from Russia's 
revolutionary organisation in order to forge a "party of a new type"?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2874>

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