[Marxism] What's new at Links: Lefts statements on Syria, Anti-Assad & anti-imperialism, climate change, Lars Lih

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Wed Sep 4 02:18:37 MDT 2013

What's new at Links: Lefts statements on Syria, Anti-Assad & 
anti-imperialism, climate change, Lars Lih

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    Stop the US-led war on Syria! (Updated Sept. 1)

Statement by the *Socialist Alliance* (Australia)
August 28, 2013 -- The Socialist Alliance condemns the threatened US-led 
Western military assault on Syria. We call on the Australian government 
to reject this latest imperial aggression, to extract itself from its 
military alliance with the US and end its involvement in all aggressive 
multinational military operations.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3499>

    Middle Eastern left: 'We stand behind the Syrian people's
    revolution! No to foreign intervention!' <http://links.org.au/node/3498>

Statement by the *Revolutionary Socialists* (Egypt), *Revolutionary Left 
Current* (Syria), *Union of Communists* (Iraq), *Al-Mounadil-a* 
(Morocco), *Socialist Forum* (Lebanon)
August 31, 2013 -- Over 150,000 were killed, hundreds of thousands 
injured and disabled, millions of people displaced inside and outside 
Syria. Cities, villages, and neighborhoods were destroyed fully or 
partially, using all sorts of weapons, including warplanes, scud 
missiles, bombs, and tanks, all paid for by the sweat and blood of the 
Syrian people. This was under the pretext of defending the homeland and 
achieving military balance with Israel (whose occupation of Syrian land 
is, in fact, being protected by the Syrian regime, which failed to reply 
to any of its continuing aggressions).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3498>

    Britain: Solidarity with the people of Syria

Joint statement supported by British socialist organisations, the 
*International Socialist Network*, *Socialist Resistance*, *Workers 
Power*.and the *Anticapitalist Initiative*
August 30, 2013 -- The defeat of the government pro-war resolution in 
parliament [the British House of Commons] is important. Even though the 
Labour Party opposition voted against the Tory motion, it too had 
submitted a pro-war resolution, albeit calling for a pause until after 
the report from the UN weapons inspectors. That resolution was also 
defeated. These votes reflect the anti-war mood in Britain. But as far 
as the USA is concerned, the threat of war is still on the agenda 
possibly using bases in Britain.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3496>

    Roundtable on Syria; Michael Karadjis on arming the anti-Assad
    rebels <http://links.org.au/node/3495>

August 29, 2013 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
<http://links.org.au/node/3495> -- Below is a statement introducing an 
online symposium on Syria organised by the US Campaign for Peace and 
Democracy (CPD). Participants expressed a variety of views regarding 
what is going on in Syria, but four of the seven -- Michael Karadjis, 
Assaf Kfoury, Salameh Kaileh and Joseph Dahler -- were in agreement that 
the situation in Syria remains fundamentally a people's revolution 
against a repressive capitalist dictatorship.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3495>

    Latin America, Cuba: Against the attack on the Syrian people, no
    more deaths and lies <http://links.org.au/node/3494>

Havana, August 28, 2013 -- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the 
Republic of Cuba issued the following statement regarding the growing 
threats against Syria. The recent pronouncements of the US government 
and several NATO allies urging military action in Syria, ignoring the 
efforts of some states to reach a political solution to the conflict 
that is bleeding that Arab nation are alarming.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3494>

    European left statements against the threat of US-led war on Syria
    (updated Sept. 3) <http://links.org.au/node/3493>

Below are a number of statements (or news reports of statements) by 
European left parties on the crisis in Syria. More will be posted (or 
expanded) as they come to hand.They include *Die Linke *(Germany), 
*Syriza* (Greece), the *Party of the European Left* and the *New 
Anti-Capitalist Party* (France).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3493>

    Extreme weather, more extreme greenhouse gas emissions beckon urgent
    activism <http://links.org.au/node/3491>

By *Patrick Bond*, Durban
August 28, 2013 -- The northern hemisphere summer has just peaked and 
though the torrid heat is now ebbing, it is evident the climate crisis 
is far more severe than most scientists had anticipated. The latest 
report of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change -- a 
notoriously conservative research agency -- will be debated in Stockholm 
next month, but no one can deny its projections: "widespread melting of 
land ice, extreme heat waves, difficulty growing food and massive 
changes in plant and animal life, probably including a wave of 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3491>

    Socialism and the workers' movement: comments on Lars Lih on the
    narrative of their merger <http://links.org.au/node/3490>

[This is an edited text of a presentation made on June 9, 2013, at the 
"Organising for 21st century socialism" seminar, held in Sydney. Strauss 
is a member of theSocialist Alliancein Cairns.]

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3490>

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