[Marxism] What's new at Links: ALBA & social mvts; freedom & socialism; Pakistan (espanol); Bulgaria jails activist; Europe's 'lefts'; Alter Summit, Athens

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Wed May 29 04:08:08 MDT 2013


What's new at Links: ALBA & social mvts; freedom & socialism; Pakistan 
(espanol); Bulgaria jails activist; Europe's 'lefts'; Alter Summit, Athens

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    Latin America: Social movements map solidarity with ALBA alliance
    <http://links.org.au/node/3361>

By *Federico Fuentes*
May 27, 2013 -- An important summit of global significance, held in 
Brazil on May 16-20, 2013, has largely passed below the radar of most 
media outlets, including many left and progressive sources. This summit 
was not the usual type, involving heads of states and business leaders. 
Instead, it was a gathering of social movement representatives from 
across Latin America and the Caribbean -- the site of some of the most 
intense struggles and popular rebellions of the past few decades.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3361>


    Freedom and socialism <http://links.org.au/node/3360>

By *Kyle Matzpen*
May 27, 2013 -- By both its detractors and some of its supposed 
supporters, the name of socialism has been dragged through the mud. The 
word "socialism" is conjured up as a demon, a great dictatorial beast, 
bent on destroying all liberties and homogenising all differences. It is 
understood that under any system called socialism, the individual is 
reduced to nothing, while the state is risen on high to an omnipotent 
throne built on gulags, purges and secret police.

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    Pakistán: La derecha barre en las elecciones
    <http://links.org.au/node/3359>

[English at http://links.org.au/node/3352.]
Por *Farooq Tariq*
26/05/13 -- La derecha barrió como una ola en las elecciones generales 
del 11 de mayo en Pakistán. A nivel federal, la conservadora Liga 
Musulmana de Pakistán-Nawaz (PML-N) formará gobierno después de haber 
ganado el 35% de los votos.

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    Bulgaria: Free Jock Palfreeman! Australian activist wrongly
    imprisoned <http://links.org.au/node/3358>

*Jock Palfreeman* interviewed by *Tony Iltis*, Sofia
May 17, 2013 -- "I'm in Villawood!", Jock Palfreeman exclaimed, with the 
cheerful exuberance he displayed throughout an interview conducted 
through glass and wire-mesh partitions in the gloomy surroundings of the 
visiting room of Sofia central prison. He told /Green Left Weekly/ that 
it was the plight of refugees illegally detained in Sydney's Villawood 
detention centre by the Australian government that first radicalised 
him. His first protest, as a high school student in Sydney, was a 
blockade of the offices of Villawood's then operator Australasian 
Correctional Management on May Day in 2002.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3358>


    Europe's 'lefts' and the capitalist crisis
    <http://links.org.au/node/3357>

May 20, 2013 -- The situation of the "lefts" in Europe cannot be 
understood without starting from the crisis, its multiple dimensions and 
its effects on the social and political field. Hitting head-on all the 
organisations and parties linked to the history of the workers' 
movement, precipitating ruptures, it obliges political forces to 
recompose around new axes.

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    A peoples' manifesto: Roll back austerity and claim real democracy!
    <http://links.org.au/node/3356>

[The following is the manifesto to be discussed at the Alter Summit, 
June 7-8, 2013, in Athens.]
May 21, 2013 -- Europe stands on the edge of a precipice, looking into 
the abyss. Austerity policies drive the peoples of Europe into poverty, 
undercut democracy and dismantle social policies. Rising inequalities 
endanger social cohesion. Ecological destruction is worsening while 
acute humanitarian crises devastate the most affected countries. Women 
and young people are hardest hit.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3356>

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