[Marxism] What's new at Links: Transitional method, Idle No More, Venezuela, Chavismo, Syria, Free Somyot! (Thailand), India & gender violence, France Palestinan workers

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Jan 30 02:12:46 MST 2013

What's new at Links: Transitional method, Idle No More, Venezuela, 
Chavismo, Syria, Free Somyot! (Thailand), India & gender violence, 
France Palestinan workers

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    In defence of the transitional method <http://links.org.au/node/3202>

*See also "How socialists work to win mass support 
<http://links.org.au/node/2532>".] *

By *Dave Holmes*
[This talk was presented on January 18, 2013 at the Socialist Alliance 
(Australia) national conference, held in Geelong.]
January 18, 2013 -- Socialist Alliance is currently engaged in a process 
of discussion and clarification with Socialist Alternative, with a view 
to exploring the possibilities of greater cooperation and unity. How 
this will ultimately develop is an open question. But I think it is fair 
to say that on both sides today there is a much greater interest in the 
political positions and approach of the other.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3202>

    Canada & Quebec: Idle No More movement -- the high stakes of
    Indigenous resistance <http://links.org.au/node/3198>

By *Geneviève Beaudet* and *Pierre Beaudet*, translated from the French 
original at /Nouveaux Cahiers du Socialisme /by *John Bradley*
January 25, 20133 -- The blossoming of the Idle No More movement signals 
the return of native [Indigenous] resistance to the political and social 
landscape of Canada and Quebec.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3198>

    Venezuela: Prospects for 2013 <http://links.org.au/node/3197>

By *Steve Ellner*
January 16, 2013 -- The illness of Hugo Chávez creates uncertainty over 
the future direction of his government, and specifically its commitment 
to revolutionary change and socialism. Throughout the 14 years of his 
presidency, the key to Chávez's political success was the constant 
deepening of the process of change, which invigorated the rank and file 
of his movement. Chávez's political capital, which enabled him to decree 
radical changes, was well earned. It stemmed from the extreme courage he 
demonstrated with the coup attempt he led in 1992 and the one that was 
led against him in 2002, as well as the compassion he has shown for the 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3197>

    Venezuela: What is Chavismo? <http://links.org.au/node/3196>

By *Elias Jaua*, former vice-president of Venezuela, translation by 
*Rachael Boothroyd*
[Jaua was appointed Venezuela's foreign minister soon after this article 
was written.]
January 4, 2013 --The Bolivarian civic-military organisation that began 
to be constructed as a political force under the leadership of 
Comandante Hugo Chavez is rooted principally in the rebellions of the 
people and the military in 1989 and 1992 respectively. However, the 
structure of the Bolivarian Movement 200 (MBR200) as a presence in the 
streets began to take place at the beginning of 1994, when Hugo Chavez 
was released from prison and began a social and political pilgrimage 
throughout the country.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3196>

    Syria: Military and political stalemate <http://links.org.au/node/3195>

By *Tony Iltis*
January 14, 2013 -- The latest United Nations figures put the death toll 
from the conflict in Syria a third higher than previous estimates by the 
UN and anti-government activists. On January 9, Al Jazeera reported: 
"About one million people inside Syria are going hungry due to the 
difficulty of getting supplies into conflict zones ... The UN's World 
Food Programme (WFP) is handing out rations to about 1.5 million people 
in Syria each month, still short of the 2.5 million deemed to be in 
need, Elisabeth Byrs, WFP spokeswoman, said."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3195>

    Socialist Alliance: Free Somyot and all political prisoners!
    Democracy for Thailand! <http://links.org.au/node/3194>

**[***Please continue to **send protest notes to the addresses contained 
in this link.* <http://links.org.au/node/3186>**]**

*Socialist Alliance* (Australia) statement

  * *Free Somyot Prueksakasemsuk and all political prisoners in Thailand! *
  * *Abolish the anti-democratic lese majeste law! *
  * *Democracy for Thailand!*

January 24, 2013 -- The Socialist Alliance of Australia condemns in the 
strongest possible terms the January 23 sentencing of workers' rights 
and free speech advocate Somyot Prueksakasemsuk to a total of 11 years' 
jail under Thailand's draconian anti-democratic "lese majeste" law 
(Article 112 of the Criminal Code). Somyot and all political prisoners 
in Thailand should be released immediately and unconditionally.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3193>

    India (video): Kavita Krishnan on the new movement against gender
    violence <http://links.org.au/node/3192>

January 22, 2013 -- Green Left TV -- Indian socialist feminist *Kavita 
Krishnan* spoke to Green Left TV's *Pip Hinman* about the new movement 
against gender violence in India. Kavita is secretary of the All India 
Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA). Filmed and edited by Pip Hinman 
and *Peter Boyle* for Green Left TV.

  * Watch <http://links.org.au/node/3192>

    Jean-Luc Mélenchon: The Guardian interview (video)

/On December 17, 2012, the British /Guardian/posted the above interview 
with the leader of France's Front de Gauche (Left Front), Jean-Luc 

  * Watch <http://links.org.au/node/3191>

    Palestinian workers in Israel's illegal settlements: Who profits?

January 2013 -- In order to work in Israel's settlements, Palestinians 
must obtain work permits from the Israeli Civil Administration, which 
also entails the approval of the Israeli internal security service (the 
Shin Bet). This permit can be annulled at any time, especially when 
workers demand their rights or try to unionise, or if they (or one of 
their family members) engage in any kind of political activity. This 
situation exposes Palestinian workers to extortion by the Israeli 
internal security service.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3190>

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