[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 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, 
Bosnia, Slovenia

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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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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/"[1] 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.

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    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.

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    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.=

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    '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.

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    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).

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    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/?

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    Slovenia: Founding congress of the Initiative for Democratic
    Socialism <http://links.org.au/node/3778>

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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