[Marxism] What's new at Links: Marta Harnecker on left hegemony, POUM, Quebec, Tariq Ali on Syria, US blockade of Cuba, Ilan Pappe, Marikana, Pakistan left unity, Baba Jan free

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Wed Sep 26 01:38:23 MDT 2012

What's new at Links: Marta Harnecker on left hegemony, POUM, Quebec, 
Tariq Ali on Syria, US blockade of Cuba, Ilan Pappe, Marikana, Pakistan 
left unity, Baba Jan free

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    Marta Harnecker: Conquering a new popular hegemony

/"In recent years, and in increasingly more countries, growing 
multitudes have rebelled against the existing order and without a 
defined leadership have taken over plazas, streets, highways, towns, 
parliament, but, despite having mobilized hundreds of thousands of 
people, neither the magnitude of its size nor its combativeness have 
enabled these multitudes to go beyond simple popular revolts. They have 
brought down presidents, but they have not been capable of conquering 
power in order to begin a process of deep social transformation." 
--/*Marta Harnecker.*

By *Marta Harnecker*, translated by *Federico Fuentes*
This article seeks to reflect on the issues raised during the roundtable 
discussion, "State, revolution and the construction of hegemony", that 
occurred at the VI International Forum on Philosophy, held between 
November 28 and December 2, 2011, in Maracaibo, Venezuela.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3038>

    A state of affairs worth fighting for: historiography of the Spanish
    Civil War <http://links.org.au/node/2987>

By*Doug Enaa Greene*

September 24, 2012

    "There was much in it that I did not understand, in some ways I did
    not even like it, but I recognized it immediately as a state of
    affairs worth fighting for.[1]

This was George Orwell's first impression of revolutionary Barcelona at 
the end of 1936. In many ways, the phrase, 'a state of affairs worth 
fighting for,' sums up how an entire generation felt about the Spanish 
Civil War. Whether on the left or right, millions were passionately 
aroused by the war. Idealistic volunteers from more than fifty countries 
went to fight on behalf of the Republic. Hitler and Mussolini helped the 
Nationalist side in their fervent crusade to establish a 'Catholic Spain.'

The war that aroused the passions of volunteers did not subside after 
the triumphal march of Franco into Madrid. In the more than seventy 
years that have passed since the war's conclusion, historians have 
crossed swords and pens over the meaning of the Spanish Civil War. One 
of the most debated areas of the war regards the role of the Communist 
Party of Spain (PCE) and the Workers Party of Marxist Unity (POUM). Both 
of these parties played prominent roles in the war and informed the 
subsequent views of historians.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2987>

    Quebec: Major victory for student mobilisations, environmental
    activists <http://links.org.au/node/3036>

By *Richard Fidler*
September 21, 2012 -- Their demonstrations have shaken Quebec in recent 
months, and on September 20 students and environmentalists won major 

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    Tariq Ali on Syria: 'Total solidarity with the people, down with the
    dictatorship. This remains my position' <http://links.org.au/node/3035>

By *Tariq Ali*
September 16, 2012 -- /CounterPunch/, via /Green Left Weekly/ -- Angered 
by the non-stop, one-sided propaganda on CNN and BBC World, usually a 
prelude to NATO bombing campaigns (including the six-month onslaught on 
Libya, the casualties of which are still hidden from the public) or 
direct occupations, I was asked to explain my views on RTV [/Russia Today/].

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3035>

    Report to the UN: Cuba and the world versus the US blockade, 2012

September 21, 2012 -- For 21 consecutive times a resolution titled "The 
necessity of ending the financial and commercial embargo imposed by the 
United States against Cuba" will be voted on by the United Nations 
General Assembly at the end of October 2012.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3034>

    Video: Ilan Pappe on 'The forgotten Palestinians

September 16, 2012 -- Celebrated Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, whose 
landmark publication /The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine/ documented the 
removal of 700,000 Palestinians from their lands in 1948, has written a 
new book, /The Forgotten Palestinians/.

  * Watch <http://links.org.au/node/3033>

    South Africa: (Updated) Marikana Lonmin workers win 22% wage rise,
    but the struggle for justice goes on <http://links.org.au/node/3032>

September 20, 2012 -- A heroic struggle has tasted its first victory. 
The reported wage settlement with the mineworkers at Lonmin's Marikana 
platinum mine -- site of the terrible August 16 massacre of workers by 
police -- of R11, 000 is a massive victory, nothing less than the murder 
and sacrifice of so many workers dictated.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3032>

    Holandés: Una resaca en lugar de un terremoto

[English at http://links.org.au/node/3026.]

      *'Donde haya injusticia, allí nos encontraran'*

Declaración del *Partido Socialista* holandés después de las elecciones 
de 2012
Un combativo Emile Roemer se dirigió a cientos de miembros del Partido 
Socialista en la sede Paard van Troje (Caballo de Troya) de La Haya. El 
SP conservó sus 15 escaños, a pesar de la feroz competencia con el PvdA 
(Partido Laborista) y el VVD (liberales de centro derecha). "Sí. Estoy 
muy orgulloso de este partido y de los millones de personas que votaron 
por nosotros", dijo Roemer. "Y sí, yo también estoy decepcionado, lo que 
es lógico cuando hace tan poco tiempo estábamos tan alto en las 
encuestas. Pero la decepción durará alrededor de cinco minutos Nuestra 
campaña para las próximas elecciones comienza -como siempre ocurre en el 
SP- hoy ".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3031>

    Pakistan: Three left parties to unite <http://links.org.au/node/3030>

Statement by the *Awami Party Pakistan*, *Labour Party Pakistan* and the 
*Workers Party Pakistan*

September 19, 2012 -- Over the past few months, three left political 
parties have been holding meetings to discuss the possibility of a 
merger and creation of a new progressive force in Pakistan politics. 
Many of us have been striving for left unity for years, even decades.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3030>

    Pakistan: Baba Jan released from jail <http://links.org.au/node/3029>

By *Farooq Tariq*
September 17, 2012 -- Good news from Gilgit-Baltistan. We just got the 
confirmed reports that Baba Jan, federal youth secretary of the Labour 
Party Pakistan (LPP) and chief organiser for the Progressive Youth 
Front, Gilgit, has been released after nearly a year in jail. His bail 
was accepted on September 15 in the last of the charges registered 
against him.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3029>

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