[Marxism] What's new at Links: Pakistan, Right to choose, Bosnia, Ukraine, Italy &Tsipras, Boris Kagarslitsky, Venezuela, Capital, Michael Lebowitz, Costa Rica, Nigeria, Rwanda

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Thu Apr 17 21:08:00 MDT 2014

What's new at Links: Pakistan, Right to choose, Bosnia, Ukraine, Italy 
&Tsipras, Boris Kagarslitsky, Venezuela, Capital, Michael Lebowitz, 
Costa Rica, Nigeria, Rwanda

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    Farooq Tariq, Awami Workers Party: 'Left unity a precious gain amid
    right-wing advances in Pakistan' <http://links.org.au/node/3800>

April 10, 2014 -- One of the international guests at the 10th national 
conference of the Socialist Alliance, to be held in Sydney June 7-9, 
2014, will be *Farooq Tariq*, general secretary of the Awami Workers 
Party (AWP) in Pakistan. Conference organiser and /Green Left Weekly/ 
correspondent *Peter Boyle* interviewed Tariq on April 10.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3800>

    Australia: 'Zoe's law' prepares ground for US-style attacks on
    women's right to choose <http://links.org.au/node/3796>

By *Pat Brewer*
April 8, 2014 -- The New South Wales (NSW) parliament is due to debate 
the final passage of the anti-woman legislation known as "Zoe's law" 
[Crimes Amendment (Zoe's Law) Bill 2013]. Originally introducedby the 
far-right Christian Democratic Party's Fred Nilein the upper house 
(Legislative Council) and later taken up by Liberal Party MP Chris 
Spence in the lower house (Legislative Assembly), where it has already 
passed, it has yet to be voted on by the Legislative Council. As yet it 
has not been scheduled for a vote but it is likely to pass given the 
support it has among many members from both major parties, the Liberal 
Party and the Australian Labor Party.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3796>

    Hope in Bosnia-Herzegovina revolt; Graphic new doco on wave of
    people's power <http://links.org.au/node/3809>

By *Charles Reeve*
April 2, 2014 -- The perspective of yet one more nationalist clash at 
the gates of Europe, in Ukraine, doesn't seem to displease the world's 
masters and those who write for them. Things are going differently, at 
least until now, with the revolt gripping Bosnia-Herzegovina. This 
movement began in the first week of February with workers' 
demonstrations against the consequences of privatisation and an increase 
in unemployment. These demonstrations took place in Mostar and 
especially in Tuzla, an industrial city with a long tradition of 
struggle dating from the "socialist" era. Tuzla was also one of the rare 
places where the nationalist madness had little following, even in the 
worst moments of the war of the 1990s.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3809>

    Ukraine: Government risks whirlwind to halt protests in east

By *Roger Annis*
April 15, 2014 -- Moves by the Ukraine government to crack down on 
protests against its rule in the east of the country appear to have 
quickly faltered and backfired. Protest actions are widening.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3808>

    Greater unity, optimism as Italian left backs Alexis Tsipras

By *Roberto Musacchio, *translated from Italian by *Veronika Peterseil*
April 10, 2014 -- The project is called "The Different Europe with 
Alexis Tsipras". It name is written on a red background. Predictions 
indicate it could surpass, maybe even easily, the 4% electoral threshold 
in the coming European elections.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3807>

    Boris Kagarlitsky on Ukraine: From the Maidan to the revolution?

By *Boris Kagarlitsky*, translated by *Renfrey Clarke*, for /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal/
April 13, 2014 -- In Ukraine, a genuine revolution is unfolding. This 
may seem strange, but it is something very characteristic of the history 
of that country.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3806>

    A comradely response to Mike Gonzalez's 'Letters from Venezuela'

April 11, 2014 -- *Dan Gent*, writes from Venezuela having witnessed the 
events surrounding the opposition riots. It is offered as a comradely 
response to Mike Gonzalez's "Letters from Venezuela". This piece was 
originally published on the /Comrade Markin blog/, where there are more 
photos that Dan has taken in Venezuela. Dan was a participant in the 
most recent solidarity brigade organised by the Australia-Venezuela 
Solidarity Network.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3805>

    PolyluxMarx: A guide to reading Karl Marx's 'Capital'

April 14, 2014 -- For several years now, people have been starting to 
dust off Marx and return to his analysis of society. This is mainly due 
to the social turmoil in global capitalism, weaknesses in prevailing 
explanations of economic relationships and the harrowing crises the 
world has faced since the 1990s. In particular, a younger generation of 
readers -- untainted by former ideological battles -- is starting to 
read /Capital/. Whether in universities, educational institutions, 
unions or in their own living rooms, small groups are discussing Marx's 
critique of political economy.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3804>

    Michael Lebowitz: Venezuela's economic problems; Trans-Pacific
    Partnership an imperialist assault <http://links.org.au/node/3803>

April 4, 2014  -- Michael Lebowitz, a Canadian economist who has written 
extensively on Latin America and is a former resident in Venezuela, 
talks to Newsclick on the economic problems facing Venezuela and the 
recent protests there.

    Federico Fuentes: ¿Cogestión es Revolución? Workers' participation
    during the first Chávez administration (1999-2006)

By *Federico Fuentes*
April 12, 2014 -- Attempts to analyse Venezuela's experiments in 
/cogestión/ (generally translated as "co-management") during the first 
Hugo Chávez administration (1999-2006) have tended to centre on form 
rather than content. Almost all have concluded that the government 
ultimately abandoned cogestión, and with its support for workers' 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3801>

    Costa Rica: Rout of the status quo <http://links.org.au/node/3799>

By *Elena Zeledon*, San Jose, Costa Rica
April 8, 2014 -- The election of Luis Guillermo Solis on April 6 as 
president of Costa Rica, with 77% of the votes, represents the end of an 
historcal period and opens the door to unprecedented opportunities for 
the left.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3799>

    Nigeria: Africa's number one economy -- for wealth evaporation

April 10, 2014 -- Jim O'Neill -- the Goldman Sachs banker who in 2001 
coined the idea of Brazil-Russia-India-China or "BRIC" serving as 
"building bricks of the 21st century world economy" -- has another 
bright idea. [With South Africa this bloc is now known as BRICS.] He 
recently announced a new fascination with the 
Mexico-Indonesia-Nigeria-Turkey (MINTs) countries, which "all have very 
favourable demographics for at least the next 20 years, and their 
economic prospects are interesting".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3798>

    Rwanda: The World Bank and IMF role in the 1994 genocide

By *Eric Toussaint*
April 7, 2014 -- Twenty years ago, beginning April 7, 1994, in less than 
three months, nearly 1 million Rwandans were exterminated -- the exact 
figure has not yet been determined -- because they were (or thought to 
be) Tutsis. Tens of thousands of moderate Hutus were also slaughtered. 
This was indeed a genocide, that is, the deliberate destruction of an 
entire community through mass murder in the aim of preventing their 
biological and social reproduction. In this context, it is crucial to 
investigate the role played by international financial institutions.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3797>

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