[Marxism] What's new at Links: Mali, Hitchens, Le Blanc on MLK, Greek left & Syriza, Free Somyot!, 35% off Lebowitz, UK SWP, Evo Morales, S.Africa farmworkers

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Wed Jan 23 00:27:51 MST 2013

What's new at Links: Mali, Hitchens, Le Blanc on MLK, Greek left & 
Syriza, Free Somyot!, 35% off Lebowitz, UK SWP, Evo Morales, S.Africa 

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    France launches war in Mali to secure resources, stamp out national
    rights struggles <http://links.org.au/node/3189>

By *Roger Annis*
January 18, 2013-- France, the former slave power of west Africa, has 
poured into Mali with a vengeance in a military attack launched on 
January 11. French warplanes are bombing towns and cities across the 
vast swath of northern Mali, a territory measuring some one thousand 
kilometres from south to north and east to west. French soldiers in 
armoured columns have launched a ground offensive, beginning with towns 
in the south of the northern territory, some 300 kilometres north and 
east of the Malian capital of Bamako.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3189>

    Christopher Hitchens: The guilty bastard <http://links.org.au/node/3185>

    */Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens/*
    By Richard Seymour
    New York: Verso Books, 2012
    134 pages

Review by *Doug Enaa Greene*
January 19, 2013 -- First impressions do matter. Now it is said that 
first impressions can be unfair, not giving us a chance to understand a 
person's complexity. In the case of Christopher Hitchens, my first 
impression of him was that of a witty tool for the George W. Bush 
administration's wars. In 2005, I first saw Hitchens while randomly 
flipping through television channels and finding a debate between him 
and George Galloway on the Iraq War.

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    Paul Le Blanc on Martin Luther King: Christian core, socialist
    bedrock <http://links.org.au/node/3188>

By *Paul Le Blanc*
The life and example of Martin Luther King, Jr. are central to any quest 
for a better world---in part because he so effectively illuminated, and 
helped people struggle against, the realities of racism, highlighting 
the link between issues of racial and economic justice.  I will argue 
here that his outlook represents a remarkable blending of Christian, 
democratic, and socialist perspectives.

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    To the crucible: an Irish engagement with the Greek crisis and the
    Greek left <http://links.org.au/node/3187>

By *Helena Sheehan*
January 21, 2013 -- A monumental drama is playing out before our eyes. 
It is a true Greek tragedy. The plot: A society is being pushed to its 
limits. The denouement is not yet determined, but survival is at stake 
and prospects are precarious. Greece is at the sharp end of a radical 
and risky experiment in how far accumulation by dispossession can go, 
how much expropriation can be endured, how far the state can be 
subordinated to the market. It is a global narrative, but the story is a 
few episodes ahead here.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3187>

    Thailand: Protest letter demands: 'Free Somyot'!

January 17, 2013 -- The following protest letter, signed by 381 
organisations and individuals inside and outside Thailand, was submitted 
to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and other Thai authorities on 
January 17. The letter was organised by the Thai Labour Campaign. Many 
more individual letters are due to be delivered on and before January 
23, organised by Amnesty International, Australia Asia Workers Links and 
Clean Clothes Campaign. Readers of /Links International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ are urged to send their own letters to the addresses 
below. Please cc a copy to freesomyot at gmail.com 
<mailto:freesomyot at gmail.com>

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3186>

    Special offer: 35% off 'The Contradictions of "Real Socialism"' by
    Michael A. Lebowitz <http://links.org.au/node/3184>

January 18, 2013 -- Since Monthly Review Press published *Michael A. 
Lebowitz*'s /The Contradictions of "Real Socialism": The Conductor and 
the Conducted /it has generated quite a bit of discussion. Building on 
concepts he developed in /The Socialist Alternative/, Lebowitz examines 
the record of "real socialism"---the post-revolutionary societies of the 
20th century, particularly in Russia and Eastern Europe. He makes a 
provocative argument that has implications for how we understand 
socialist planning and the struggle for socialism in the 21st century.*
Now, Monthly Review Press is offering a special discount of 35% off the 
list price and has asked /Links International Journal of Socialist 
Renewal/ to make this offer available to its readers. This offer is good 
until the end of January.*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3184>

    Britain: Reflections on the crisis in the Socialist Workers Party

/"As an important part of the English-speaking left, the SWP over the 
years has influenced many individuals and groups. Without correction, 
the actions by the current leadership, along with the errors regarding 
women's oppression and left organising, risk damaging the project of 
building a new left for the 21st century."

By *Paul Kellogg*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3183>

    Evo Morales: Ten commandments against capitalism, for life and
    humanity -- 'Manifesto of Isla del Sol' <http://links.org.au/node/3182>

January 15, 2013 -- On December 21, 2012, at a solstice celebration in 
Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes, Bolivia's president *Evo Morales* 
introduced the /Manifesto of Isla del Sol/.  His talk, translated below, 
includes the full text of the manifesto.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3182>

    South Africa: Harvesting discontent -- farmworkers rebel; Stop rural
    slavery! Respect the farmworkers! <http://links.org.au/node/3181>

By *Mercia Andrews*
January 13, 2013 -- The protests and mobilisation that started in the 
small town of De Doorns on November 6, 2012, galvanised the anger of 
farm dwellers against decades of discontent at extreme exploitation and 
oppression that persist on farms, in rural towns and South Africa's 
agricultural sector.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3181>

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