[Marxism] What's new at Links: Lenin and Luxemburg, Allende & SWP, Spanish United Left, war on terror, Bolivia 2012, USA 2012, No to violence against women, Nigeria, Comintern, Marxism in China, Africa

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Wed Jan 9 00:19:43 MST 2013

What's new at Links: Lenin and Luxemburg, Allende & SWP, Spanish United 
Left, war on terror, Bolivia 2012, USA 2012, No to violence against 
women, Nigeria, Comintern, Marxism in China, Africa

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    Paul Le Blanc: Lenin and Luxemburg through each other's eyes

/August Thalheimer, a revolutionary who knew and worked with both of 
them, insisted on the formulation "not Luxemburg *or* Lenin -- but 
Luxemburg *and* Lenin", explaining that "each of them gave ... what the 
other did not, and could not, give"/.

By *Paul Le Blanc*
(Talk presented**at the International Conference on "Lenin's Thought in 
the Twenty-First Century: Interpretation and Its Value", Wuhan 
University, October 20-22, 2012.)
January 3, 2013 Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and Rosa Luxemburg first met in 
1901 but actually got to know each other amid the revolutionary workers' 
insurgencies sweeping through Russia and Eastern Europe in 1905-1906.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3174>

    Salvador Allende, Cuba and internationalism, 1970--73

By *John Riddell*
January 6, 2013 -- 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of the US-inspired 
rightist coup in Chile that overthrew the leftist government of Salvador 
Allende on September 11, 1973. The coup was a historic disaster for 
working people in Latin America and globally. Socialists worldwide saw 
it coming. How did they attempt to counter this danger?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3175>

    United Left national convention: 'This is the Spanish SYRIZA!'

By *Dick Nichols*, Madrid

January 4, 2013 -- On the last day of the 10th federal convention of the 
Spain's United Left (Izquierda Unida, IU), Juan Peña, young IU 
organisation secretary for the Castilian town of Valladolid, summed up 
his view of the impact of the /indignado/ (15M) movement on the IU, one 
of the oldest broad left formations in Europe: "15M brought IU good news 
and bad news. The good news was that our programmatic proposals hit the 
mark, shared by the people who poured into the streets. The bad news was 
that the people thought that these proposals were new, their own."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3173>

    Is the war on terror going to end? Obama says no...

By *Rupen Savoulian*
January 7, 2013 -- The US /National Defense Authorisation Act/, updated 
by the administration of US President Barack Obama for 2013, has been 
signed into law. It provides for the indefinite detention of any person 
suspected of "terrorism" offences, prohibits the transfer of the 
remaining Guantanamo Bay detainees from that facility and allows the US 
military to detain any person, even US citizens without any recourse to 
civilian courts and legal access.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3171>

    Bolivia's 'process of change': the balance sheet for 2012,
    challenges to come <http://links.org.au/node/3170>

By *Katu Arkonada*, translation and notes for /Bolivia Rising/ by 
*Richard Fidler*
December 18, 2012 -- 2012 has been a year of transition for the process 
of change in the Plurinational State of Bolivia, notwithstanding the 
many events, problems and contradictions encountered by the executive 
branch during the last 12 months of its administration. A year of 
transition because we have left behind the 2010-2011 biennial of 
consolidation following the 64% victory of President Evo Morales in the 
December 2009 election and are now entering a new biennial, 2013-2014, 
which will take us very rapidly to the presidential elections of 
December 2014.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3170>

    No to sexual assault! Socialist Alliance statement in solidarity
    with the international movement against violence against women

January 5, 2013 -- The *Socialist Alliance* (Australia) stands in 
solidarity with the growing movement in India fighting violence against 
women. Progressive forces in that country have braved police brutality 
and repression, mobilising massive turnouts at protests against gender 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3169>

    Nigeria: Condemn continued attacks on comrade Femi Aborisade

By *Baba Aye*, SWL national chairperson
January 3, 2013 -- The Socialist Workers League 
<http://socialistbulletin.wordpress.com/> (SWL Nigeria) is bothered by 
the continued attacks against Comrade *Femi Aborisade* (pictured), a 
leading member of the SWL and the editor of /Socialist Worker/, the 
League's newspaper, who is a senior principal lecturer at the 
Polytechnic Ibadan. Eight armed men stormed his house on December 29, 
2012. This was the second of such attacks within five weeks.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3168>

    United States: An ascending trajectory? Ten of the most important
    social conflicts in 2012 <http://links.org.au/node/3167>


By *Dan La Botz*
December 31, 2012 -- The most important social conflict in the United 
States in 2012---the Chicago Teachers Union strike---suggests that the 
rising trajectory of social struggle in the United States that began at 
the beginning of 2011 may be continuing. While the United States has a 
much lower level of class struggle and social struggle than virtually 
any other industrial nation---few US workers are unionised (only 11.8%) 
and unionised workers engage in few strikes and those involve a very 
small numbers of workers---still, the economic crisis and the demand for 
austerity by both major political parties, Republican and Democrat, have 
led to increased economic and political activity and resistance by trade 
unions, particularly in the public sector.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3167>

    Self-guided tours of revolutionary history: Fourth Congress of the
    Communist International (1922) <http://links.org.au/node/3166>

By *John Riddell*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3166>

    How workers rallied to aid the early Soviet republic: International
    Workers' Aid for Soviet Russia (+ study guide)

December 29, 2012 -- The following talk on work by the Communist 
International to gather material aid for the Soviet Republic was given 
by *Suzanne Weiss* at the fourth Toronto study session on /Toward the 
United Front/, a 1300-page edition the fourth Communist International 
Congress (1922).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3165>

    China: Lenin's ideas, Marxism discussed at international conference
    in Wuhan <http://links.org.au/node/3164>

By *Paul Le Blanc*
January 2, 2013 -- Wuhan, the capital of Hubei Province in central 
China, is graced by the prestigious Wuhan University, which has been the 
site of international conferences on two of the world's foremost 
revolutionary thinkers and organisers -- Rosa Luxemburg in 2006 and most 
recently Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. On October 20-22, 2012, it hosted the 
"International Conference on Lenin's Thought in the Twenty-First 
Century: Interpretation and its Value".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3164>

    Africa's 'rising' or overdue uprising? <http://links.org.au/node/3163>

By *Patrick Bond*

January 1, 2013

    *Either: *

        *1) *Africa owes its /*takeoff*/ to a variety of accelerators,
        nearly all of them external and occurring in the past 10 years:

          * billions of dollars in aid, especially to fight HIV/AIDS and

          * tens of billions of dollars in foreign-debt cancellations;

          * a concurrent interest in Africa's natural resources, led by
            China; and

          * the rapid spread of mobile phones, from a few million in
            2000 to more than 750 million today.

        Business increasingly dominates foreign interest in Africa.
        Investment first outpaced aid in 2006 and now doubles it.


  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3163>

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