[Marxism] What's new at Links: Agent Orange, Mandela, CIA, India, Thailand, totalitarianism, Venezuela, Palestine & BDS

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Dec 17 23:35:30 MST 2013

What's new at Links: Agent Orange, Mandela, CIA, India, Thailand, 
totalitarianism, Venezuela, Palestine & BDS

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    The terrible legacy of Agent Orange and dioxin

By *Coral Wynter*

December 16, 2013 -- Agent Orange was manufactured by Monsanto 
Corporation and Dow Chemicals to use as a herbicide and defoliant in the 
Vietnam War. Agent Orange is the combination of the code names for 
Herbicide Orange (HO) and Agent LNX.\

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3636>

    Ashwin Desai: Nelson Mandela's long walk <http://links.org.au/node/3628>

By *Ashwin Desai*, Johannesburg
December 10, 2013 -- Nelson Mandela's best-selling autobiography, 
published in 1994, is entitled /Long Walk to Freedom/. It tells the 
powerful story of the journey of a rural Transkei boy who was a cow-herd 
and son of a deposed tribal chief, to guerilla fighter to decades-long 
prisoner on an Island fortress and then to the first black and 
democratic president of his nation, South Africa.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3628>

    India: Scrap Article 377, defend LGBTI/queer rights through mass
    movements <http://links.org.au/node/3635>

By *Soma Marik*
December 15, 2013 -- In 1895, during the trial of Oscar Wilde, the 
German socialist Eduard Bernstein wrote a few articles in the German 
Social Democratic press on the issue. While confused by today's 
standards, Bernstein made a few cogent points.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3635>

    'I am no messiah': Mandela and the dangers of deification

By *Terry Bell*, Cape Town
December 13, 2013 -- As everyone from monarchs to the labouring masses 
this week sought to share in the Mandela memorial moment, the myth 
machine went into overdrive, the very machine Mandela had so disparaged 
when I sat with him in his Johannesburg office in 1992. One sentence he 
uttered then has resonated with me throughout the years: "I am no messiah."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3634>

    Thailand: There is no 'crisis of succession'

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*

December 14, 2013 -- The hypothesis that the present long-running unrest 
in Thailand is primarily caused by a "crisis of succession" assumes that 
the Thai monarch has real power and that he has been constantly 
intervening in politics. That is just not the case and the real cause of 
the crisis lies elsewhere.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3633>

     From Marxism to neoliberalism: Ronnie Kasrils on how Mandela & ANC
    shifted <http://links.org.au/node/3632>

December 12, 2013 -- /Democracy Now!/ 
-- Speaking from Johannesburg, leading anti-apartheid activist and 
former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils discusses the 
evolution of the African National Congress' economic views from its time 
as a liberation movement to leading South Africa after the fall of 
apartheid. Kasrils says the ANC was forced to make a "Faustian pact" 
with neoliberalism in order to bring apartheid to an end and avoid civil 
war. He also discusses recent reports that Mandela was a member of the 
South African Communist Party. Kasrils was on the National Executive 
Committee of the ANC for 20 years, serving as minister for intelligence 
services from 2004 to 2008.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3632>

    CIA and Mandela: Can the truth be told now?; Mandela and
    misremembering history <http://links.org.au/node/3631>

December 10, 2013 -- Back in 1990, FAIR (/Extra!/, 3/90 
noted that the media coverage of Nelson Mandela's release from prison 
failed to mention there was strong evidence that the CIA had tipped off 
South African authorities to Mandela's location in 1962, resulting in 
his arrest.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3631>

    On the causes of totalitarianism <http://links.org.au/node/3630>

By *Chris Slee*
December 12, 2013 -- Conservatives often claim that totalitarianism is 
the inevitable result of attempts to radically transform society. For 
example, Waleed Aly (a Monash University academic and prolific media 
commentator) equates communism, Nazism and radical Islam, claiming that 
they are all "utopian" movements that, if successful in gaining power, 
lead to totalitarianism.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3630>

    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>

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