[Marxism] What's new at Links: France, NPA & Left Front, race in Cuba, Comintern & revolutionary memory, Basques, anti-fracking mvt, Lebowitz on devaluation, Fiji, Zimbabwe, S.Africa

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Feb 20 00:28:27 MST 2013


What's new at Links: France, NPA & Left Front; race in Cuba, Comintern & 
revolutionary memory, Basques, anti-fracking mvt, Lebowitz on 
devaluation, Fiji, Zimbabwe, S.Africa

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    France: New Anti-Capitalist Party congress wrestles with challenge
    of the Left Front <http://links.org.au/node/3227>

By *Dick Nichols*
February 15, 2013 -- /Links international Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
-- The four years since the founding of France's New Anti-Capitalist 
Party (NPA) have been a roller coaster rise and fall for the 
organisation, which was created in 2009 on the initiative of the 
Revolutionary Communist League (LCR), the former French section of the 
Trotskyist Fourth International.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3227>


    Excerpt from new book, 'Race in Cuba: Essays on the revolution and
    racial inequality' <http://links.org.au/node/3219>

    The following is an excerpt from *Esteban Morales Domínguez'*s new
    book, /Race in Cuba: Essays on the revolution and racial inequality/
    released February 2013 by *Monthly Review Press*. It is posted with
    the kind permission of Monthly Review Press.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3219>


    'Toward the United Front': Recovering revolutionary memory for 21st
    century socialism (+ video <http://links.org.au/node/3226>

    February 16, 2013 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist
    Renewal/-- On February 3, 120 socialists took part in a Toronto
    meeting to celebrate publication of /Toward the United Front:
    Proceedings of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International,
    1922/, available in paperback from Haymarket Books. This 1300-page
    volume is the seventh book of documents on the world revolutionary
    movement in Lenin's time edited by John Riddell. Riddell's address
    to the Toronto meeting, below, explains the purpose of the book and
    the publishing project. The video of the event, filmed by /Left
    Streamed/, begins above and continues below. It was moderated by
    Abbie Bakan, with additional commentary by David McNally, Greg Albo,
    Suzanne Weiss and Paul Kellogg.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3226>


    Basque Country: Movement for sovereignty and socialism on the rise
    <http://links.org.au/node/3225>

February 18, 2013 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
-- Oskar Matute (pictured above) was elected to the Basque parliament in 
the election of October 21, 2012, as a candidate for Euskal Herria Bildu 
(EH Bildu, Basque Country Reunification). He was previously a member of 
parliament from 2002-2009 with Ezker Batua-Berdeak, a united-left 
grouping. His is spokesperson for Alternativa, one of the founding 
members of the EH Bildu coalition, which has achieved spectacular 
electoral results since its legalisation in May 2011. EH Bildu won 25% 
of the popular vote in the October 2012 Basque election -- capturing 21 
out of 75 seats.*Tristan Parish* and *Rachel Evans* spoke to *Oskar 
Matute* about EH Bildu and the Basque battle for independence, dignity 
and socialism.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3225>


    Anti-fracking movement goes global, climate-change mafia warns
    <http://links.org.au/node/3224>

By *Farida Iqbal*
February 10, 2013 -- The shale gas industry-commissioned white paper, 
/The Global Anti-Fracking Movement: What it Wants, How it Operates and 
What's Next/, makes for some very interesting reading. It was produced 
late last year by Control Risks, an "independent, global risk 
consultancy specialising in helping organisations manage political, 
integrity and security risks in complex and hostile environments".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3224>


    Michael Lebowitz: Working-class response to devaluation measures in
    Venezuela <http://links.org.au/node/3223>

By *Michael A. Lebowitz*
February 16, 2013 -- In view of the latest devaluation of the Venezuelan 
currency (see articles below), Venezuela-based Canadian socialist 
Michael Lebowitz has provided /Links International Journal of Socialist 
Renewal/ with the following paper.

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    Fiji: New workers' party formed <http://links.org.au/node/3222>

By *Byron Clark*
February 7, 2013 -- After a conference in Nadi last month attended by 
more than 400 delegates from all affiliates of the Fijian Trade Union 
Congress (FTUC), Fiji's trade unionists have begun forming a new 
political party. Felix Anthony, secretary of the FTUC and a one time a 
Fiji Labour Party MP who left the party last year citing a lack of 
internal democracy told Radio Australia; "The people of Fiji and the 
workers of Fiji have little choice and what we need really is a 
political voice that represents a cross section of people and more so 
the workers of Fiji. It's really a necessity that drives the trade 
unions at this time to consider a political movement and a political party."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3222>


    Zimbabwe socialists: 15 reasons to vote 'No' to the draft
    constitution <http://links.org.au/node/3221>

The COPAC constitution is a negotiated and elitist peace charter by the 
three parliamentary political parties and their Western backers. /
/

*Statement by the International Socialist Organisation (Zimbabwe)*

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    South Africa: Inauspicious start to the ANC's year; COSATU needs to
    get back to first principles <http://links.org.au/node/3220>

By *Terry Bell
*February 9, 2013 -- It was a not very auspicious start to 2013 for 
South Africa's governing African National Congress (ANC). Not only did a 
host of unwelcome baggage from the past come tumbling into the new year, 
but other, new, difficulties also emerged before the year was even a 
month old.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3220>


    Philippines: Socialist party supports Australian workers' blockade
    <http://links.org.au/node/3218>

February 12, 2013 -- A Philippine socialist party has thrown its support 
behind the Australian workers blockading the Werribee Water Treatment 
plant south-west of Melbourne.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3218>

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