[Marxism] What's new at Links: CPA & migrants, party democracy & Comintern, Babeuf, Mali, Canada's NDP, anti-war mvt, Thomas Mapfumo, Socialist Alliance

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Feb 26 00:51:32 MST 2013

What's new at Links: CPA & migrants, party democracy & Comintern, 
Babeuf, Mali, Canada's NDP, anti-war mvt, Thomas Mapfumo, Socialist Alliance

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    'They will make splendid allies': The Communist Party of Australia
    and its attitude towards migrants <http://links.org.au/node/3230>

February 22, 2013 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
<%5C>-- Below are two chapters from Australian socialist Douglas 
Jordon's thesis on the Communist Party of Australia. They deal with the 
CPA's sometimes inconsistent attitude to migration and racism within the 
Australian working class. As such issues continue to feature heavily in 
Australian politics and trade union activity, something the left must 
always deal with, these chapters provide useful lessons and experiences 
for socialists today. The chapters are availabe for download as PDF 
files or can be read on screen below the introduction. <%5C>

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3230>

    John Riddell: Party democracy in Lenin's Comintern -- and small
    Marxist groups today <http://links.org.au/node/3229>

By *John Riddell*

February 20, 2013 -/- /How did Communist parties handle issues of 
internal discipline and democracy in Lenin's time? An intense discussion 
now under way within the British Socialist Workers' Party (SWP) raises 
issues related to the nature of internal democracy in the Communist 
International (Comintern) during 1919--23, the period of its first four 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3229>

    Day of the people: Gracchus Babeuf and the communist idea

By *Doug Enaa Greene*

/Dedicated to the Babouvists of today./

    /"We Communists, united in the Third International, consider
    ourselves the direct continuators of the heroic endeavors and
    martyrdom of a long line of revolutionary generations from Babeuf --
    to Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg."/<http://links.org.au/#_ftn1>

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3228>

    No sign of peace or reconciliation in France-controlled Mali

By *Roger Annis*
February 26, 2013 -- France perpetrated two large deceptions in 
conducting its military intervention into Mali six weeks ago. These have 
been universally accepted in mainstream media reporting.The first is 
that the unilateral decision to invade Mali on January 11, 2013 was 
hastily made, prompted by imminent military threats by Islamic 
fundamentalist forces against the south of the country where the large 
majority of Malians live.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3235>

    Canada: New Democratic Party poised for power, but to what effect?

By *Richard Fidler*
February 19, 2013 -- In the summer of 2012 I drafted an article on the 
New Democratic Party (NDP) for the purpose of introducing a discussion 
among some comrades seeking information about the party that now forms 
the official opposition in Canada's House of Commons. While by no means 
a definitive study, the article draws on a number of books, academic 
papers and other documents addressed to the history and nature of 
Canadian social democracy, all of which are referenced or linked in the 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3234>

    Ten years since the biggest protests in history

February 22, 2013 -- Green Left TV -- The /Green Left Report/ hosts a 
roundtable discussion and debate on the millions-strong protests prior 
to the US war on Iraq, held around the world on February 15, 2003. The 
roundtable includes some key activists at the time who reflect on the 
strengths and weaknesses of the protests in Australia and lessons for 
progressive struggles today.*Pip Hinman* was a leader of the anti-war 
movement in Sydney at the time; *Nick Deane* convened a local peace 
group; and *Jim McIlroy*, who has been an anti-war activist since the 
Vietnam war, was part of the Brisbane protests. Also featured is an 
interview with *Simon Butler*, who led Books Not Bombs protests of high 
school and other young people opposed to the war.

    Zimbabwe: Thomas Mapfumo's liberation music

Aired January 24 and February 7, 2013 --There above radio documentaries, 
produced by the US world music station Afropop Worldwide, explore the 
legendary career of Thomas Mapfumo, a singer, composer and bandleader 
whose 1970s music set the stage for the birth of a new nation, Zimbabwe. 
Using rare, unreleased recordings and recollections by Mapfumo, key band 
members and prominent Zimbabweans who lived through the liberation 
struggle against the racist white regime of Ian Smith, this program 
traces the development of "chimurenga" (liberation) music.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3232>

    Australia: Socialist Alliance perspectives for 2013

February 22, 2013 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
-- The following document was adopted by the Australian Socialist 
Alliance at its 9th national conference, held January 18-20, 2013. It 
first appeared in /Alliance Voices/, the public discussion bulletin of 
the Socialist Alliance..

1. The international capitalist economic crisis is creating a wave of 
austerity across Europe and the advanced capitalist economies. Austerity 
measures, dictated by the international financial institutions (the IMF 
and World Bank) or carried out by governments on behalf of corporate 
interests, are driving millions into poverty, cutting welfare, slashing 
public spending on health and education, and slashing jobs and wages. So 
great is the crisis that millions of young people see no future in this 
inhuman system.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3231>

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