[Marxism] What's new at Links: Venezuelan election, ANZACs, COSATU, Thailand, HK dockers, Lenin, Lars Lih, Philippines & Chavismo

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Apr 24 21:58:34 MDT 2013

What's new at Links: Venezuelan election, ANZACs, COSATU, Thailand, HK 
dockers, Lenin, Lars Lih, Philippines & Chavismo

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    Venezuela: Nicolas Maduro promises 'revolution of the revolution',
    advance to `socialist mode of living' <http://links.org.au/node/3309>

By *Ewan Robertson*, Mérida, Venezuela
April 19 2013 --- Nicolas Maduro was sworn in as Venezuela's president 
for the constitutional period 2013--2019 today, promising to continue 
Hugo Chavez's legacy and spearhead "a revolution of the revolution". In 
the National Assembly in Caracas, Maduro took his presidential oath 
before assembly president Diosdado Cabello. "I swear by the whole people 
of Venezuela, by the supreme commander [Hugo Chavez], that I will abide 
by and make respected the constitution of the laws of the republic ... 
to construct an independent, free and socialist nation for all", Maduro 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3309>

    Australia & New Zealand: The imperialist reality behind ANZAC myth
    (updated 2013) <http://links.org.au/node/2277>

By *Phil Shannon*

    */What's Wrong With Anzac? The Militarisation of Australian History/*
    By Marilyn Lake & Henry Reynolds
    UNSW Press, 2010, 183 pages

On April 25 in Australia, it is not humanly possible to escape the 
slouch hats, the Dawn Service, the Last Post, the khaki uniforms and the 
military ceremonies endlessly recycled in the establishment media. The 
cult of Anzac Day is pervasive, the culture of war unavoidable.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2277>

    South Africa: Pro-government faction attacks COSATU's Zwelinzima
    Vavi <http://links.org.au/node/3312>

By *Benjamin Fogel*
April 12, 2013 -- the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) is 
in the midst of the biggest crisis in its 27-year history. This crisis 
has arisen from a South African Communist Party (SACP)-driven attempt to 
oust democratically elected COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, 
under the guise of corruption charges. The conflict's roots are in 
longstanding political contradictions and ideological tensions between 
COSATU and its Alliance partners -- the ruling African National Congress 
and the SACP. At stake is not only the leadership of COSATU, but its 
political and moral direction.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3312>

    Thailand: Puppets on a string, dancing to the tune of the military

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
April 21, 2013 -- As Thailand's Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra 
posed, smiling and holding hands with the butcher of Bahrain, Hamad bin 
Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa, Thai foreign minister Surapong 
Tovichakchaikul was acting out an extreme nationalist game with Cambodia 
over the Preah Vihear Temple.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3311>

    Hong Kong: 'We're all on the same ocean' -- dock workers' strike
    holds firm <http://links.org.au/node/3310>

April 17, 2013 -- A new video shows Hong Kong dock workers walking off 
the job March 29 and describing apalling working conditions at the 
world's third-busiest port, where their dramatic strike has brought 
transport to a virtual halt 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3310>

    Rediscovering Lenin <http://links.org.au/node/3308>

By *Phil Gasper*
April 2013 -- Lenin led a successful workers' revolution, but are his 
ideas about organisation still relevant today? Does it make any sense to 
identify oneself as a Leninist in the 21st century?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3308>

    Bolivarian Revolution inspires Philippines revolutionaries

By *Sonny Melencio*
April 15, 2013 -- The legacy of Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez 
has been overwhelming for revolutionary socialist organisations all over 
the world. In the Philippines, the Bolivarian Revolution led by 
Commandante Chavez inspired us in building a new political party that 
partakes of lessons and experiences that renews and revitalises 
socialism in the 21st century.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3306>

    Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network: The Venezuelan people have
    spoken! Respect the democratic process! <http://links.org.au/node/3305>

          The Venezuelan people have spoken: Nicolas Maduro is president

          End the opposition violence! Respect the democratic process!

          No US-backed intervention in Venezuela!

April 17, 2013 -- The *Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network* 
<http://venezuelasolidarity.org> joins with all those voices for 
democracy and peace to call for an immediate end to the 
opposition-initiated violence now occurring in Venezuela.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3305>

    Understanding Venezuela's election result: 'This time it was up to
    us to do it alone, and we won' <http://links.org.au/node/3304>

By *Tamara Pearson*, Merida
April 15, 2013 -- Things are chaotic here, as we recover from the 
surprise, disappointment and a bit of hurt from the election results, 
but also go out in the street to express our support for those results, 
and to defend the national electoral system, one of the best and most 
secure voting systems in the world in a country which just loves to vote.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3304>

    Lars Lih on the fortunes of a formula: From 'DEMOCRATIC centralism'
    to 'democratic CENTRALISM' <http://links.org.au/node/3300>

By *Lars Lih*
April 14, 2013 -- Vladimir Nevsky (1876-1937) lived the life (in the 
words of an autobiographical sketch written in the 1920s) of an 
"ordinary party worker", a /professional/, in the Bolshevik underground. 
Joining the party in 1897, he was a mid-level Bolshevik /praktik/ who 
played a visible role in 1917 conducting party work in the army. Like so 
many others in his generation, he was arrested in the mid-thirties and 
executed in 1937.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3300>

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