[Marxism] What's new at Links: Kurds & ISIS, 22% for Seattle socialist, Scotland, WWI, Tariq Ali, Evo for BDS, Paul Le Blanc on Ian Birchall on Leninism

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Wed Aug 13 02:44:13 MDT 2014


What's new at Links: Kurds & ISIS, 22% for Seattle socialist, Scotland, 
WWI, Tariq Ali, Evo for BDS, Paul Le Blanc on Ian Birchall on Leninism

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    Kurds mobilise to fight 'Islamic State' over vast front
    <http://links.org.au/node/4002>

By *Dave Holmes*

August 12, 2014 -- The Kurdish people are facing an unprecedented 
challenge. Across a vast swathe of northern Syria and Iraq, the region's 
Kurds are locked in a desperate and heroic struggle with the genocidal 
forces of the so-called Islamic State (IS). Fighting is raging from 
Aleppo and Kobane in Syria to Mosul and Kirkuk in Iraq --- and all 
points in between.

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    United States: Seattle socialist wins 22% in primary poll
    <http://links.org.au/node/4000>

US Socialist Alternative candidate *Jess Spear* has won more than 20% of 
the vote in the August 5 primary election, against Frank Chopp, a 
20-year Democrat incumbent in the Washington State parliament and 
speaker of the house. The actual general election for the seat will take 
place in November 2014. The campaign builds on the victory of *Kshama 
Sawant*, who won a position on the Seattle city council. This letter and 
report was sent to  supporters of Spear.

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    Review: 'In Place of Fear II: A Socialist Programme for an
    Independent Scotland' <http://links.org.au/node/4001>

    */I/* <http://www.inplaceoffear.com/>*/n Place of Fear II: A
    Socialist Programme for an Independent Scotland/*
    By Jim Sillars
    Vagabond Voices Publishing, 2014

Review by *Alex Miller*
August 13, 2014 -- Jim Sillars is a well-known and well-respected figure 
on the Scottish political scene. He was elected (UK) Labour Party MP for 
South Ayrshire in 1970 but subsequently shifted away from mainstream 
Labour Party politics as a result of his commitment to devolution from 
Westminster and the setting up of a Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. 
(It's worth remembering that the infamous "40% rule" that blocked the 
narrow majority vote in favour of devolution in the 1979 referendum was 
the work of UK Labour Party MP Tam Dalyell).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4001>


    Tariq Ali: The US global empire (video) <http://links.org.au/node/3999>

July 29, 2014 -- *Tariq Ali* examines the United States' drive to create 
and maintain its global empire.


    Capitalism's world war and the battle against it
    <http://links.org.au/node/3998>

July 28, 2014 -- *John Riddell* is the author and editor of numerous 
books, including, most recently, /Toward the United Front: Proceedings 
of the Fourth Congress of the Communist International, 1922/. Here, he 
explains how the First World War broke out 100 years ago, how the 
socialist movement reacted, and how a revolutionary anti-war opposition 
emerged.

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    Bolivia's president calls for boycott, divestment and sanctions
    against Israel <http://links.org.au/node/3997>

August 7, 2014 -- Bolivia's leader *Evo Morales* is among a list of 
recognised names including former Honduras president Mel Zelaya and 
Nobel peace prize winner Adolfo Pérez Esquivel calling for support to 
the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

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    Leninism, No? Paul Le Blanc replies to Ian Birchall
    <http://links.org.au/node/3996>

August 6, 2014 -- *Paul Le Blanc* is a veteran socialist and author, 
most recently, of /Unfinished Leninism: The Rise and Return of a 
Revolutionary Doctrine/. In response to an article by British socialist 
*Ian Birchall* published at the /Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st 
Century/ website [published by the socialist group of the same name, 
abbreviated as RS21], Le Blanc wrote this commentary to contribute to 
the discussion of "Leninism".

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    Responding to capitalist global disaster: World War I and today
    <http://links.org.au/node/3995>

The following talk was delivered to the US International Socialist 
Organization's Socialism 2014 conference in Chicago, June 28, 2014.
*John Riddell*
By August 5, 2014 --- On August 5, 100 years ago, a Bosnian nationalist 
assassinated the crown prince of Austria-Hungary, setting in motion a 
chain of events that led a month later to the outbreak of the First 
World War.

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