[Marxism] What's new at Links: Maduro in NYT, Egypt, S. Africa, 'NASA' study?, racism and counter-revolution, Ukraine, Sheppard reviews Tate, Spain, Bosnia, Slovenia
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Apr 2 01:43:47 MDT 2014
What's new at Links: Maduro in NYT, Egypt, S. Africa, 'NASA' study?,
racism and counter-revolution, Ukraine, Sheppard reviews Tate, Spain,
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Nicolás Maduro in 'New York Times': 'A call for peace'
The following article appeared as an op-ed in the April 2, edition of
the /New York Times/. It is reproduced at /Links International Journal
of Socialist Renewal/ in interests of solidarity.
By *Nicolás Maduro*, president of Venezuela.
April 2, 2014 -- /New York Times/, CARACAS, Venezuela --- The recent
protests in Venezuela have made international headlines. Much of the
foreign media coverage has distorted the reality of my country and the
facts surrounding the events.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3788>
Egypt: Take action now against mass death sentences
By *Egypt Solidarity*
March 25, 2014 -- A court in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya has
sentenced 529 defendants to death in a trial which has been condemned as
"grotesque" by Amnesty International. Take action now -- sign our
statement using the form at
. Signatures will be published and delivered to the Egyptian embassy by
April 28, the likely date for an appeal against the sentences.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3781>
South Africa: 'Challenge the neoliberal ANC government and its
capitalist allies' <http://links.org.au/node/3787>
Statement of the *Democratic Left Front*, South Africa
April 2, 2014 -- On the eve of the May 2014 national elections the
Democratic Left Front held its second conference since its formation in
2011 at Stay City in Berea, Johannesburg, from March 27-30, 2014. One
hundred and forty delegates representing a number of important popular
movements, independent trade unions, women, youth, socialist and
environmental organisations from around the country met and were
decisive in embracing the NUMSA break with the Tripartite [[African
National Congress, Congress of South African Trade Unions, South African
Communist Party] Alliance and the building of a mass united front and a
movement for socialism. We believe that this represents the most
significant opportunity for placing democratic, left socialist politics
at the centre of our country's political system.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3787>
What did that 'NASA-funded collapse study' really say?
By *Ian Angus*
March 31, 2014 -- If hundreds of newspaper and online reports are to be
believed, scientists at NASA's Goddard Space Agency have proven that
Western civilisation will collapse unless we radically reduce inequality
and shift to renewable resources.
That would be important news if it were true. Is it?
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3786>
Venezuela: Racism and the counter-revolution
By *Arlene Eisen*
March 27, 2014 -- It's late morning in Caracas, February 12, 2014. From
the restaurant inside the hotel around the corner from Plaza Venezuela
we can hear chanting, but it's too muffled to understand. Are they
yelling "/Maduro Salida/" or "/Maduro/burro Salida/" or something
else? From the window, we can see people, almost all smiling white
people, streaming down the street to join the first huge anti-government
demonstration that signalled the onset of the current outrages in Venezuela.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3785>
Ukrainian leftist: 'The enemy is within -- whether in Russia,
Ukraine or the West' <http://links.org.au/node/3784>
*Kolesnik Dmitry* is editor of a left-wing Ukrainian website. The
following inteview was published at /Counterfire/ on March 26, 2014 and
first appeared on the /In Defence of Marxism/ website. /Links
International Journal of Socialist Renewal /has published a range of
views from the left on developments in Ukraine and Crimea.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3784>
Barry Sheppard reviews Ernest Tate's 'Revolutionary Activism in the
1950s & 60s' <http://links.org.au/node/3783>
*/Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir/*
By Ernest Tate
Volume 1, Canada 1955-1965
ISBN 978-0-902869-69-1 (vol. 1); 078-0-902869-60-8 (vol.2)
Resistance Books, London, 2014
/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ readers can *read
an excerpt HERE* <http://links.org.au/node/3743>. To order a copy,
email terryconway at tiscali.co.uk <mailto:terryconway at tiscali.co.uk>.
Review by *Barry Sheppard*
March 30, 2014 -- European Trotskyists writing recently about this
movement tend to give short shrift to Trotskyism in North America, in
the US and Canada. An example is /An Impatient Life/ by French leader
Daniel Bensaid, who died this year.=
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3783>
'Venezuela se respeta/Respect Venezuela': Behind the economic war on
the Bolivarian Revolution <http://links.org.au/node/3782>
By Venezuela's *Ministry of People's Power*
March 2014 -- The passing away of Venezuela's President Comandante Hugo
Rafael Chávez Frías, the top leader of the Bolivarian Revolution, on
March 5, 2013, was perceived by Venezuelan people as an irreparable
loss, one of historical dimensions.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3782>
Spain: Left unity elusive in European poll pre-selections
By *Dick Nichols*
March 26, 2014 -- As the May 25 European elections approach, a question
that concerns left and progressive people in the Spanish state is just
how many left alternatives will end up running against the "parties of
government"---the ruling conservative People's Party (PP) and the
opposition Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE).
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3780>
Bosnia-Herzegovina: Tuzla -- the unknown workers' capital of Europe
By *Olivier Besancenot*
March 19, 2014 --Why does Bosnia-Herzegovina inspire so little interest
and curiosity in the media and the political class when, on the
contrary, Ukraine is front-page news? Is it because of its
non-membership in the European Union? Is it because its name evokes the
war that, 20 years ago, claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of
men and women -- more than 200,000 dead and 600,000 exiles -- in the
face of virtual indifference in the West as to what was happening one
and a half hours by plane from Paris? Or because it often wakes up to
the call of the /muezzin/?
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3779>
Slovenia: Founding congress of the Initiative for Democratic
By *Anej Korsika*
March 19, 2014 --On March 8, the Initiative for Democratic Socialism
(IDS) had its founding congress and officially transformed itself into a
political party. In the invitation to the congress we have written that
in the last 20 years all political parties in Slovenia have been
representatives of one and the same fraction, the fraction of capital.
We have emphasised that it is high time Slovenia gets a proper socialist
party that openly and consciously represents a socialist alternative to
both the crisis in Slovenia as well as the crisis in European Union.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3778>
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