[Marxism] What's new at Links: Strengthening the socialist movement, Socialist defeats Democrat, UN votes down blockade, Denmark, Ven. film, Canadian imperialism, Poland climate talks

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Thu Nov 21 00:28:50 MST 2013


What's new at Links: Strengthening the socialist movement, Socialist 
defeats Democrat, UN votes down blockade, Denmark, Ven. film, Canadian 
imperialism, Poland climate talks

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    Dave Holmes: Strengthening the socialist movement today
    <http://links.org.au/node/3595>

By *Dave Holmes*
[The following talk was presented at the Socialist Ideas Conference held 
in Melbourne, November 2, 2013, organised by the Socialist Alliance.]

November 18, 2013 -- In Australia, as in all the imperialist countries, 
the capitalist class is carrying out a massive assault on all the gains 
won by working people in more than 150 years. Every TV news bulletin 
these days features reports of cutbacks, selloffs and outsourcing, 
attacks on workers' rights and attacks on civil liberties --- as well as 
wars and massive misery abroad. With social democracy firmly in the 
neoliberal camp and the left marginalised, the capitalist class sees its 
chance and is pressing home the attack as vigorously as possible.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3595>


    United States: Seattle socialist Kshama Sawant defeats Democrat
    incumbent <http://links.org.au/node/3592>

/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ congratulates *Kshama 
Sawant* and US Socialist Alternative on their important and inspiring 
success in the Seattle City Council election.

November 15, 2013, Seattle, Washington -- Today's King County elections 
ballot count saw the Socialist Alternative candidate for Seattle City 
Council, Kshama Sawant, pulling further ahead of 16-year Democratic 
Party incumbent, Richard Conlin. The socialist candidate has now won 
88,222 votes compared to Conlin's 86,582. After today's count was 
released, Richard Conlin announced he was conceding the race.

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    Uncle Sam's UN blues: Washington's anti-Cuba policy isolated --
    again <http://links.org.au/node/3590>

By *Ike Nahem*
November 10, 2013 -- Annually, a near ritual unfolds in the Autumn 
session of the United Nations General Assembly: the assembled states and 
governments dutifully, in near-unanimous consensus, vote in favour of a 
Resolution on the "Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and 
Financial Embargo by the United States of America Against Cuba".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3590>


    Denmark: Red-Green Alliance big winner in municipal elections
    <http://links.org.au/node/3597>

By *Anne Rehder*, international secretary, Enhedslisten (Red-Green 
Alliance, Denmark)
November 20, 2013 -- Denmark's municipal and regional elections on 
November 19 were a historic success for the Red-Green Alliance (RGA or 
Enhedslisten). We are now a nationwide party with representatives in all 
regions and corners of Denmark. With an increase in votes from the 
previous election in 2009 from 2.3% to 6.9%. The RGA now has seats in 79 
municipalities and all regions of Denmark, up from only a presence in 10 
municipalities and one representative in the capital region around 
Copenhagen. The total number of city councillors has gone from 14 to 119 
and from one regional elected to 15.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3597>


    New film: 'Viva Venezuela: Fighting for Socialism'
    <http://links.org.au/node/3596>

November 19, 2013 -- In October 2012 Venezuela faced a choice: whether 
to deepen the Bolivarian Revolution that under the leadership of Hugo 
Chavez had brought dignity, health, education and hope -- or to return 
to a brutal, unequal, neoliberal society where oil wealth lined the 
pockets of multinational companies and Venezuela's elite. The people of 
Venezuela who voted for Chavez, voted to fight for socialism.

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    Canada: Behind Stephen Harper's imperialist agenda
    <http://links.org.au/node/3594>

By *Greg Albo*
November 17, 2013 -- It has become commonplace to observe that the 
Conservative government of Stephen Harper has been re-making the symbols 
and practices of the Canadian state. Canada, in this view, was once the 
social democratic heartland of North America. But under Harper, Canada 
has been transformed into a hyper-regime of neoliberal market 
fundamentalism. Nowhere, it is argued, is this makeover more evident 
than in Canada's dealings with the rest of the world.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3594>


    Poland: Corporate capture of UN climate talks
    <http://links.org.au/node/3591>

November 7, 2013 -- More than 135 groups internationally have condemned 
Poland and European Union for facilitating a corporate takeover of UN 
climate talks starting October 11, 2013, in Warsaw.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3591>

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