[Marxism] What's new at Links: NUMSA & ANC; US, Russia, Iran, Syria; Ukraine, Egypt, Thailand, India; Left in US elections, Trotsky & insurrection

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Fri Dec 27 18:35:07 MST 2013

What's new at Links: NUMSA & ANC; US, Russia, Iran, Syria; Ukraine, 
Egypt, Thailand, India; Left in US elections, Trotsky & insurrection

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    South Africa: NUMSA calls for new movement for socialism, end to ANC
    alliance <http://links.org.au/node/3642>

Declaration of the *National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa 
(NUMSA)* Special National Congress, held in Boksburg, December 17-20, 
2013. This document had been abridged.

NUMSA's Special National Congress convened from December 17 to December 
20, 2013. It was attended by 1200 delegates representing 338,000 
metalworkers from 50 Locals throughout the provinces of South Africa. 
NUMSA was proud to announce in the congress that it is the biggest union 
in the history of the African continent. In the last 17 months, since 
our 9th Congress in Durban, we have grown from 300,000 members to 
338,000 members. We are ahead of schedule in our goal to organise 
400,000 workers by the time of our 10th Congress in 2016.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3642>

    United States, Iran, Russia, Syria and the geopolitical shift:
    Anything for the region's oppressed? <http://links.org.au/node/3641>

By *Michael Karadjis*
December 19, 2013 -- In recent weeks and months, a pronounced 
geopolitical shift in US policy related to the Middle East has been 
widely discussed. This shift consists mainly of the US-Russia deal with 
Syria's Assad regime to get rid of its chemical arsenal, in exchange for 
the US dropping its brief threat of air strikes over Assad's chemical 
attack on August 21; and the high-level US-Iran negotiations over its 
nuclear arsenal, which led to a new agreement, involving a slight 
reduction on imperialist sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iranian 
concessions on its civilian nuclear program.

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    Democratic Left Front: Together, a new South Africa is possible

*Democratic Left Front salutes the **National Union of Metalworkers of 
South Africa special national congress*
By the **Democratic Left Front**, South Africa
December 23, 2013 -- There is a spectre haunting the ruling class and 
government in South Africa: it is the radical anti-capitalist movement 
that the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) has 
given birth to at its historic special national congress held last week. 
The Democratic Left Front (DLF) congratulates NUMSA for this congress 
that united metalworkers in spite of the sustained attempts to divide NUMSA.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3646>

    Ukraine: Russia or the European Union? Reject a choice between
    'lesser evils' <http://links.org.au/node/3645>

By *Aleksandr Buzgalin
*December 24, 2013 -- As this article is being written the outcome of 
the resistance remains undecided, but the author is certain that, one 
way or another, the present Ukrainian authorities will draw closer to 
the European Union. Meanwhile, one thing is clear: the profound problems 
of Ukraine, and of Russia's relations with it, will not be solved as a 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3645>

    Egyptian revolutionary socialist: 'We are facing a
    counterrevolution' <http://links.org.au/node/3644>

*Rana Nessim*and *Rosemary Bechler* interviewed *Sameh Naguib* (pictured 
above), a leading member of the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt, on 
October 24, 2013. The interview was published on the openDemocracy 
website on November 8. Nessim is associate editor for openDemocracy's 
/Arab Awakening/page.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3644>

    Thailand: Yingluck sleepwalks into the trap set by anti-democratic
    forces <http://links.org.au/node/3643>

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
December 21, 2013 -- Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and her Pheu 
Thai government were pressurised into dissolving parliament by a nasty 
coalition of Sutep Tuaksuban's Democrat Party, middle-class protesters, 
pro-military academics, conservative civil servants and NGO groups. This 
is the same coalition that supported the 2006 military coup.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3643>

    India: Fearless freedom for women won't be stopped by the wall of
    reaction <http://links.org.au/node/3640>

Editorial from the*Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) 
Liberation's */ML Update/
December 16, 2013 -- "What has changed since last December?" is the 
question everyone is asking a year after the brutal gang rape and murder 
that sparked off a massive movement. After all, the number of rapes and 
sexual assaults are higher than ever, and women certainly don't feel safer.

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    Egypt's revolution deepens in the face of state repression

*Haitham Mohamedain *(pictured speaking above) is a prominent member of 
the Egyptian organisation the Revolutionary Socialists and a leading 

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    United States: The electoral opening for the left

By *Jason Netek*, Chicago
December 16, 2013 -- There is a lot of debate among socialists in the 
United States about just how to engage in this country's rigged 
electoral game, if at all.
In a time when the revolutionary left is numerically small, some 
socialist groupings have made a fetish out of participating in 
elections, local and national, in attempts to realise their ambitions of 
becoming the party of the US working class all by themselves. Others 
have made a fetish out of not engaging in any kind of electoral work for 
lack of a viable mass workers' party or else as a permanent boycott of 
the objectively pro-capitalist electoral system in the United States.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3638>

    Leon Trotsky and revolutionary insurrection

By *Doug Enaa Greene*
December 15, 2013  -- "The entire labor of practical organization of the 
insurrection was placed under the immediate direction of the president 
of the Petrograd Soviet, comrade Trotsky. It can be stated with 
certainty, that the party owes the rapid coming over of the garrison 
into the camp of the soviets and the skillful work of the Revolutionary 
Military Committee above all and essentially to Comrade Trotsky."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3637>

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