[Marxism] What's new at Links: Syria & the US-Russia deal, Norway, Die Linke, Ecuador, Pakistan, sweatshops, Egypt & history, Catalonia

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Sep 25 02:04:16 MDT 2013

What's new at Links: Syria & the US-Russia deal, Norway, Die Linke, 
Ecuador, Pakistan, sweatshops, Egypt & history, Catalonia

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    Syria: War threat, the US-Russia deal and some left delusions

By *Michael Karadjis*
September 25, 2013 -- For two and a half years, the Bashar Assad regime 
has waged a barbaric war against the Syrian populace, using long-range 
missiles, fighter aircraft, helicopter gunships, tanks, artillery, 
cluster bombs and almost certainly chemical weapons, not to forget 
everyday machine gunning and torture, in a bid to crush the heroic 
uprising of Syria's "wretched of the earth", the peasants and urban 
poor, against his gangster-capitalist regime.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3529>

    Why Norway's 'red-green' government was defeated by the right-wing
    coalition <http://links.org.au/node/3527>

By *Asbjørn Wahl* and *Roy Pedersen*
September 20, 2013 -- The red-green coalition government in Norway, 
whose political platform when it took power in 2005 was called the most 
progressive in Europe, experienced a bitter defeat in the country's 
parliamentary election on September 9. A coalition of four centre-right 
and right-wing parties, including a right-wing populist party, gained a 
solid majority and are now negotiating the political platform for a new 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3527>

    Germany: Far-left Die Linke becomes third biggest party in
    parliament <http://links.org.au/node/3526>

September 23, 2013 -- Despite dropping a few percentage points since 
2009, the socialist Left party (Die Linke) celebrated becoming the third 
biggest party in Germany's parliament after the September 22 general 
election. For a party well-used to being excluded from post-election 
celebrations, the atmosphere at Die Linke's election party was first of 
tense excitement, and then of triumph.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3526>

    (Updated Sept. 24) Syria: West's hypocritical war drive slowed

By *Barry Sheppard*
September 15, 2013 -- The proposal by Russia, accepted by the regime of 
Bashar Al-Assad, for Syria's chemical weapons to be turned over to an 
international authority (presumably the United Nations) for destruction, 
has temporarily put off Washington's plans for war against Syria.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3525>

    Ecuador: Some observations on the controversary over oil development
    in Yasuní-ITT <http://links.org.au/node/3524>

By *Gerard Coffey*
September 16, 2013 -- The remarkable proposal by Ecuador to leave about 
900 million barrels of heavy crude in the ground in exchange for 
international contributions amounting to about half its value, was 
recently abandoned by President Rafael Correa.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3524>

    Pakistan 'anti-terrorism' court jails left-wing activists for 10
    years for protesting <http://links.org.au/node/3523>

By *Haseeb ur Rahman*
September 21, 2013 -- In January 2010, a terrible disaster unfolded in 
the Hunza Valley in Gilgit Baltistan (a formerly self-governing 
territory occupied by Pakistan since 1948) when a massive landslide 
blocked the Hunza River and formed a gigantic 19 kilometre-wide lake 
that submerged four villages. Some 25 people lost their lives and 6000 
people were displaced. Following an international solidarity campaign, 
Baba Jan was released after a year in detention but his companions were 
kept in jail.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3523>

    Who really benefits from sweatshops? <http://links.org.au/node/3522>

By *David L. Wilson*
September 19, 2013 --Consumers are ultimately the ones responsible for 
dangerous conditions in garment assembly plants in the global South, 
Hong Kong-based business executive Bruce Rockowitz told the /New York 
Times /recently. The problem is that improved safety would raise the 
price of clothing, according to Rockowitz, who heads Li & Fung Limited, 
a sourcing company that hooks up retailers like Macy's and Kohl's with 
suppliers in low-wage countries like Bangladesh. "So far", he said, 
"consumers have just not been willing to accept higher costs".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3522>

    John Riddell: Five precedents for understanding Egypt's July coup

By *John Riddell*
September 15, 2013 -- Two months after Egypt's generals ousted its 
elected Muslim Brotherhood government, there is still a wide spectrum of 
views among socialists regarding the meaning of this event (see 
"Socialists need to rethink the military takeover 
<http://links.org.au/node/3485>"). This discussion can be deepened by 
considering a few precedents from socialist history -- some well known, 
others obscure.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3521>

    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>

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