[Marxism] What's new at Links: Battle of Chile, Allende and 21st century socialism, Catalonia, Chin Peng, Michael Lebowitz, Swaziland, S.Africa, capitalism and sexism

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Sep 18 01:02:11 MDT 2013

What's new at Links: Battle of Chile, Allende and 21st century 
socialism, Catalonia, Chin Peng, Michael Lebowitz, Swaziland, S.Africa, 
capitalism and sexism

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    The other September 11: 'The Battle of Chile', Patricio Guzmán's
    classic documentary <http://links.org.au/node/3513>

September 11, 2013 -- Patricio Guzmán's classic documentary, /The Battle 
of Chile/. Uploaded on the 40th anniversary of US-backed General Augusto 
Pinochet's bloody coup against the socialist government of Salvador 
Allende -- the other "September 11".

  * Watch at http://links.org.au/node/3513

    Catalonia: Showdown with Spanish state looms after huge protest

By *Dick Nichols*, Barcelona

September 16, 2013 -- On September 11, Catalonia's national day (the 
/Diada/), around 1.6 million Catalans linked arms to form the /Via 
Catalana/ (Catalan Way), a 400-kilometre human chain demanding a 
referendum on independence for the country.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3520>

    Malaysia: Chin Peng 'a determined, resourceful anti-colonial and
    anti-imperialist fighter' <http://links.org.au/node/3519>

By *Choo Chon Kai*, International Bureau, Socialist Party of Malaysia 
<http://partisosialis.org/en>/Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)
September 17, 2013 -- The Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) is deeply 
saddened over the passing of Chin Peng, secretary-general of the 
Communist Party of Malaya (CPM). We would like to express our 
condolences to Chin Peng's family and his comrades in the CPM. Chin Peng 
was a determined, resourceful anti-colonial and anti-imperialist fighter 
who led the heroic struggle against the Japanese occupation and British 
colonisation of Malaya. He played a significant role in the national 
liberation struggle of Malaya and he definitely has his place in the 
history of the independence of our country.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3519>

    Michael Lebowitz: Some explanations of the fall of 'real socialism'

By *Michael Lebowitz*
September 13, 2013 -- Why did "real socialism" and, in particular the 
Soviet Union, fall? Let me note a few explanations that have been 
offered. With respect to the Soviet Union, one very interesting 
explanation that has been suggested is that it's all the fault of 
Mikhail Gorbachev. And not simply the errors of Gorbachev but the 
treachery. Those who offer this explanation rely in particular upon a 
document which is sometimes described as his confession.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3518>

    Swaziland: Communist Party leader arrested during 'election' boycott
    campaign <http://links.org.au/node/3517>

Statement by the *Communist Party of Swaziland*
September 15, 2013 -- On September 14, Swaziland's police special unit 
Lukhozi arrested Communist Party of Swaziland (CPS) deputy general 
secretary Musa Dube while he was campaigning for a boycott of the 
"elections" being staged by the regime of King Mswati on September 20.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3517>

    Capitalism, sexual violence and sexism <http://links.org.au/node/3516>

By *Kavita Krishnan*

The brutal gang rape of a woman in December 2012 triggered a mass 
movement against violence against women in India. The perpetrators were 
sentenced on September 13, 2013 -- Sexual violence cannot be attributed 
simply to some men behaving in "anti-social" or "inhuman" ways: it has 
everything to do with the way society is structured: i.e., the way in 
which our society organises production and accordingly structures social 
relationships. Once we understand this, we can also recognise that 
society /can/ be structured differently, in ways that do not require -- 
or benefit from -- the subordination of women or of any section of society.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3516>

    South Africa: World's longest running current industrial dispute
    sets example for us all <http://links.org.au/node/3515>

By *Mike Marqusee*

    /*"Ex-Midrand Council Workers in Dispute Since 1994!*/*/Dismissed
    for fighting corruption in 1994 and still fighting today! 20 years
    of Sacrifice! 20 Years of Poverty! 20 Years of Solidarity!" /*/--
    //ex-Midrand Council workers' banner/**

September 13, 2013 --- South Africa's ex-Midrand Council workers are 
engaged in what is surely the world's longest running industrial dispute.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3515>

    Chile: Allende and 21st century socialism

        /... a revolution may well be carried out through peaceful
        means, but cannot be unarmed. So unarmed was the socialist
        revolution in Chile that Allende, a medical doctor and an
        intellectual, ended up putting on a helmet and grabbing a
        submachine gun and becoming his own soldier/ -- *Hugo Chavez*, 2012

By *Rolando Vergara* and *Miguel Sanchez*
September 11, 2013 -- September 11, 2013 marks the 40th anniversary of 
the military coup in Chile, the 40th anniversary of the heroic death of 
Salvador Allende in La Moneda palace, and it will also mark the 40th 
year of the Chilean diaspora spread around the world. It is, 
undoubtedly, a relevant historical date for Chileans, Latin Americans, 
and for progressive people around the world.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3514>

    The legacy of Chilean socialism and Salvador Allende

By *Roger Burbach*
September 11, 2013 -- The coup d'etat by General Augusto Pinochet in 
Chile on September 11, 1973, transformed the history of socialism. 
Almost a thousand days before, Salvador Allende and the Popular Unity 
coalition had taken office promising a "Chilean Road to Socialism" based 
on democratic principles. The government launched an agrarian reform 
program, recognised the right of workers to take over factories and run 
them collectively, took control of most of the country's banks and 
expropriated multinational corporations like Kennecott and ITT, all 
within the framework of the Chilean constitution.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3512>

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