[Marxism] What's new at Links: Nelson Mandela coverage, Venezuela election, European left, Front de Gauche, Palestine

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Dec 10 21:40:24 MST 2013

What's new at Links: Nelson Mandela coverage, Venezuela election, 
European left, Front de Gauche, Palestine

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    Cuba's Raúl Castro praises Nelson Mandela's 'unwavering dedication
    to the revolutionary struggle' <http://links.org.au/node/3627>

See also "Cuba and the South African anti-apartheid struggle 

For more on *Nelson Mandela, click HERE* 

December 10, 2013 -- Cuban President Raúl Castro was among the speakers 
at today's memorial to Nelson Mandela. "Let us pay tribute to Nelson 
Mandela", Castro said. "The ultimate symbol of dignity and unwavering 
dedication to the revolutionary struggle, to freedom and justice, a 
prophet of unity, peace and reconciliation. As Mandela's life teaches 
us, only the concerted effort of all nations will empower humanity to 
respond to the enormous challenges that today threatens its very 
existence." We also air a video clip of the 1991 meeting between Mandela 
and Fidel Castro in Cuba.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3627>

    'To truthfully honour Mandela, we must renew the freedom struggle of
    the working class and rural poor' <http://links.org.au/node/3622>

By the *National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa*

December 8, 2013 -- The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa 
(NUMSA) joins the people of South Africa, and the world, in mourning the 
passing on of our freedom fighter, political prisoner, people's hero, 
people's servant, leader of our people and founding father of our 
post-1994 democratic dispensation, President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3622>

    Nelson Mandela's years in power: Was he pushed or did he jump?

By*Patrick Bond*
December 5, 2013 -- The death of Nelson Mandela, at age 95 on December 
5, 2013, brings genuine sadness.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3620>

    Nelson Mandela: Between fact and fiction <http://links.org.au/node/3557>

By *Dimitris Fasfalis*
There are many ways in which the capitalist rulers of the world manage 
to contain the empowering hope borne by revolutionary leaders: slander, 
silence -- and in some cases outright embezzlement. The latter is the 
case today with Nelson Mandela.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3557>

    Venezuela: Chavistas celebrate important victory in municipal
    elections <http://links.org.au/node/3629>

By *Ewan Robertson*, Caracas
December 10, 2013 -- Supporters of Venezuela's revolutionary government 
celebrated their victory in the municipal elections held on December 8. 
Analysts have commented that results indicate President Nicolas Maduro 
has "reconnected" with the social base of the Chavista movement.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3629>

    Solidarity saved me from Hitler: Now it must save Palestine

By *Suzanne Weiss*
December 8, 2013 -- In October 2013 I accompanied Suzanne Weiss in a 
trip back into the history of rural France under Nazi occupation. 
Suzanne's interviews there provided a framework for the following talk 
given by her to Solidarity for Palestine Human Rights at the University 
of Western Ontario on November 20, 2013.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3626>

    Europe: Socialism and the European left -- an interview with Murray
    Smith <http://links.org.au/node/3623>

*Joonas Laine* of the Finnish publication /Revalvaatio/ interviews 
*Murray Smith* on socialism, the European Union and the perspectives of 
the European Left.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3623>

    Philippines, Malaysian socialists: 'Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013,
    Mabuhay!' <http://links.org.au/node/3621>

By the *Partido Lakas ng Masa* (Party of the Labouring Masses, Philippines)
December 7, 2013 -- The Partido Lakas ng Masa salutes Nelson Mandela, 
the great freedom fighter, who led the struggle to smash apartheid in 
South Africa. The dismantling of the political institutions of the 
apartheid state is a historic contribution of Nelson Mandela to the 
struggle of the international working-class movement.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3621>

    Venezuelanalysis: 10 years reporting on the Bolivarian Revolution

*Tamara Pearson* interviews *Gregory Wilpert*
December 4, 2013 -- Though activists, academics and other readers rely 
on /Venezuelanalysis.com/ (VA) daily and weekly for contextual, 
thorough, on the ground, non-corporate perspectives on the Bolivarian 
Revolution, few people know the site's story.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3619>

    France: 'Third pillar' established in Front de Gauche

By *Dick Nichols*

December 5, 2013 -- The formation of a "third pillar" in the Front de 
Gauche (Left Front) was finalised at a November 23-24 conference in 
Saint-Denis of delegates from four of the Left Front's smaller 
affiliates: Alternatives (Les Alternatifs), Convergence and Alternatives 
(Convergence et Alternatives), the Federation for a Social and 
Ecological Alternative (Fédération pour une Alternative Sociale et 
Ecologique) and the Anti-Capitalist Left (Gauche Anticapitaliste).

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