[Marxism] What's new at Links: CWI skips Ireland's ULA, British left, UK SWP, "Leninism", Quebec, Venezuela & oil, Indonesia

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Feb 6 00:58:32 MST 2013

What's new at Links: CWI skips Ireland's ULA, British left, UK SWP, 
"Leninism", Quebec, Venezuela & oil, Indonesia

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    Ireland: Socialist Party leaves the United Left Alliance

*[Click HERE to read more on the development of the United Left 
Alliance.] * <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/519>

By *Henry Silke*
January 30, 2013 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
-- On January 26, the Socialist Party (affiliated to the Committee for a 
Workers International, CWI) posted an article on its website announcing 
the end its membership of the United Left Alliance. This was one of the 
least surprising political developments on the Irish left as the 
Socialist Party (SP) had been steadily moving away from the alliance for 
more than a year.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3203>

    Britain: Is the left coming together or falling apart?

By *Socialist Resistance* (Britain)

January 29, 2013 -- This is the editorial from the latest issue of the 
British socialist newspaper /Socialist Resistance/ -- Recent events on 
the [British] left give the impression that it is falling apart. Last 
summer, following George Galloway's outrageous comments on rape, Respect 
suffered the resignation of Kate Hudson, Andrew Burgin, Salma Yaqoob and 
others. Now, the Socialist Workers Party is tearing itself apart after 
its leadership tried to protect one of its own from allegations of rape 
in order to "defend the party".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3209>

    The Quebec left and student movement after the 'Maple Spring'

Translation, introduction and notes by *Richard Fidler *

January 29, 2013 --- The 2013 edition of the annual /Socialist 
Register/, a valuable publication, is devoted to "The Question of 
Strategy." It contains 19 articles by more than 20 authors on the Occupy 
movement, new left parties and electoral strategy in Europe, the new 
progressive governments and movements in Latin America, and so on. 
Oddly, however, there is not a single article on the strategic lessons 
of the Quebec upsurge in 2012 and the massive student strike that shook 
the province for some six months, helping to bring down the Liberal 
government. A surprising omission, especially in view of the fact that 
two of the /Register/'s three editors are Canadians. There is not even a 
mention of the Quebec strike and its strategic lessons in the editors' 
preface, dated August 2012, written following the strike and in the 
midst of the Quebec election campaign.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3208>

    Paul Le Blanc: Leninism is unfinished <http://links.org.au/node/3207>

February 1, 2013 -- The crisis in the British Socialist Workers Party 
(SWP) has stirred a sharp debate among party members about the 
allegations of sexual harassment and rape at the centre of the crisis 
and about how a revolutionary organisation deals with disputes and 
disagreements among its members and leaders. In response to an article 
titled "Is Leninism Finished" by SWP leader Alex Callinicos, Paul Le 
Blanc, author of numerous books, including /Lenin and the Revolutionary 
Party/, published the following comment on the website of the newspaper 
of the US International Socialist Organization.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3207>

    Venezuelan ecosocialist: Can the revolution be liberated from the
    oil economy?' <http://links.org.au/node/3206>

/January 30, 2013 -- Green Left TV -- Part 1: The international 
mainstream media is misreading the Venezuelan people on President Hugo 
Chavèz (currently battling serious illness), argues Professor *Miguel 
Angel Nuñez*, an adviser to Chavèz on agro-ecology, in an interview with 
Green Left TV. The interviewers are *Jim McIlroy* and *Coral Channel*, 
authors of /Voices from Venezuela/. While in Australia Nuñez addressed 
meetings on ecosocialism in Venezuela organised by the 
Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network. Filmed and edited by *Peter 

/Part 2: The progressive redistribution of oil revenue has allowed the 
Venezuelan revolution to achieve remarkable social progress, in health, 
education, housing and social justice. But there are major 
contradictions, not least for the environment, which feeds back into 
health, food sovereignty and wellbeing, explains Nuñez./

    Britain: Socialist Workers Party members debate 'Leninism', party
    democracy (updated Feb. 3) <http://links.org.au/node/3205>

The first document below was produced by opposition members of British 
Socialist Workers Party (SWP) (authors listed at its conclusion, the 
best known include *Richard Seymour*, *Neil Davidson* and *China 
Miéville*). The SWP is the dominant party within the International 
Socialist Tendency, with affiliates around the world. The SWP is 
presently in the midst of a major dispute over inner-party democracy. 
The article is a reply to SWP leader *Alex Callinicos*' recent article, 
"Is Leninism finished?"
Following that are two articles by *Tom Walker*, a former /Socialist 
Worker/ journalist who resigned from the SWP during the current dispute/./

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3205>

    Indonesia: Solidarity needed for trade unionists

January 30, 20133 -- Trade union activist Sulthoni Farras, a leader of 
the Indonesian union federation Progresip, union alliance Sekber Buruh, 
and member of Indonesian political organisation KPO PRP, is in danger of 
arrest for leading a strike in 2012. Another activist, Bona Ventura, may 
also face charges. The Indonesian government and bosses are using these 
kinds of tactics against a growing workers' movement in Indonesia. 
Solidarity is asking for messages of support and for signatures to a 
letter we will give at the Indonesian Consulate this Friday 1 February, 
2013. More details below.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3204>

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