[Marxism] What's new at Links: Dutch Socialist Party; Neville Alexander (1936-2012); Comintern on Syriza?; Paul Le Blanc on Lenin debate; Marikana; Thailand; Wikileaks (espanol); Sri Lanka; Philippines floods; left unity

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Sep 5 03:09:51 MDT 2012

What's new at Links: Dutch Socialist Party; Neville Alexander 
(1936-2012), Comintern on Syriza?; Paul Le Blanc on Lenin debate; 
Marikana; Thailand; Wikileaks (espanol); Sri Lanka; Philippines floods; 
left unity

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    Rise and rise of the Dutch Socialist Party: new perspectives for
    socialism or naïve, hip, left parliamentarism?

September 1, 2012 -- Although parliamentary elections are often billed 
as "historic", and results hailed as "landslides" and "political 
earthquakes", it usually turns out not to have been quite that dramatic 
when the dust settles. But the September 12 national elections in the 
Netherlands really do seem to be living up to expectations of that 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3010>

    South Africa: Hamba Kahle Comrade Neville Alexander (1936-2012)

August 30, 2012 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
publishes a number of tributes to Neville Alexander, a great South 
African revolutionary, who died on August 27, 2012. Following the 
tributes is an extensive biographical essay by the South African History 
Online project.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3004>

    John Riddell: What would Lenin's Comintern have made of SYRIZA? The
    Comintern as a school of socialist strategy

By *John Riddell*

September 3, 2012 -- In his review of my edition of the Communist 
International's Fourth Congress (1922),[1] Ian Birchall warns against a 
"scriptural approach" to the Comintern record, but also affirms that 
studying it "can be of great value". Where can this value be found? A 
controversy among Marxists over this year's elections in Greece points 
our way to an answer.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3012>

    Paul Le Blanc: The great Lenin debate -- history and politics

By *Paul Le Blanc*
September 1, 2012 -- The deepening of global crises, the intensification 
of popular protest and insurgency, and the spread of revolutionary 
possibilities have been generating renewed interest in Marxism and, 
along with that, a renewal of Marxism. A key figure in the Marxist 
tradition -- and in the renewal -- is the person who was central in the 
first revolution to be led by revolutionary Marxists: Vladimir Ilyich Lenin.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3011>

    South Africa: "A travesty of justice" -- miners charged with murder
    after police kill 34; Metalworkers condemn state murder

    STOP PRESS, September 2, 2012 -- Following national and
    international outrage, South African prosecutors have provisionally
    dropped murder charges against 270 miners whose 34 colleagues were
    massacred by police. Acting national director of prosecutions for
    the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Nomgcobo Jiba said that
    after having sought an explanation from the department's lead
    prosecutors, she had taken the decision to review the charge.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3009>

    Thailand: Urgent appeal -- please endorse open letter for the
    release of Somyot Prueksakasemsuk <http://links.org.au/node/3008>

By the *Thai Labour Campaign*
September 4, 2012 -- Somyot Prueksakasemsuk is to appear again on 
September 19 to hear the Criminal Court announce the date of the verdict 
of Somyot's criminal trial. At the same time, it will await the decision 
of the Constitutional Court on the request forwarded by the Criminal 
Court of the Constitutional Court's verdict as to whether or not the 
/lèse majesté/ law is unconstitutional in response to a petition by him 
and his lawyers. Somyot, however, speculates that the decision of the 
Constitution Court will not be delivered on that day and the verdict in 
on his specific case will be further postponed until the constitutional 
verdict is reached.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3008>

    La campaña contra Wikileaks debilita las campañas contra violaciones

[In English at http://links.org.au/node/3000.]
Por *Ash Pemberton*
29-08-2012 -- La odisea personal del jefe de WikiLeaks Julian Assange se 
ha utilizado para eclipsar el innovador periodismo de WikiLeaks que sacó 
a la luz los secretos de gobiernos y corporaciones de todo el mundo.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3007>

    The disappeared in Sri Lanka <http://links.org.au/node/3006>

By *Lionel Bopage *

    /A speech made on August 30, 2012, at a vigil to remember the
    disappeared in Sri Lanka on International Day of the Victims of
    Enforced Disappearances, at the State Library of Victoria,
    Melbourne, Australia. /

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3006>

    Video: Class and climate catastrophe in the Philippines

August 30, 2012 -- *Sonny Melencio*, chairperson of the Partido Lakas ng 
Masa (Party of the Labouring masses), reflects on the politics of class 
and catastrophic climate change in the wake of the 2012 Manila floods. 
Interview by *Peter Boyle*.

  * Watch <http://links.org.au/node/3005>

    Richard Seymour: The problem of left unity

By *Richard Seymour *

August 28, 2012 -- Dan Hind, enlivened by the Hellenic tumult, calls for 
a Coalition of the Radical Left in Britain. I love it. Of course I do. 
But isn't it, to any rational observer, a perfectly silly idea? Anyone 
who has spent much time listening to the British radical left these days 
would no more expect them to coalesce than they would expect grace, 
humility and talent from Gary Barlow. The latest rumble has been over 
Julian Assange, Wikileaks, US imperialism and the rape allegations, 
which has produced more mutual distrust and resentment on the left than 
I have seen for at least weeks. The disagreement seems to be between 
those who think the rape accusations against Assange have been 
politicised in order to facilitate his forward extradition to the US, 
and those who think Assange's supporters have greatly exaggerated this 
risk in order to justify his refusal to go and face these allegations in 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3003>

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