[Marxism] What's new at Links: NUMSA on Freedom Charter, Boris Kagalitsky, Ukraine, Kurds, Tariq Ali on Palestine, (neo)extractivism

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Aug 20 02:04:07 MDT 2014

What's new at Links: NUMSA on Freedom Charter, Boris Kagalitsky, 
Ukraine, Kurds, Tariq Ali on Palestine, (neo)extractivism

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    South Africa: 'Return to the Freedom Charter'! -- NUMSA leader Irvin
    Jim's Ruth First Memorial Lecture <http://links.org.au/node/4004>

    */"The revolutionary task of the moment: building democratic organs
    of the working class, trade unions, the civic movement and a
    revolutionary socialist vanguard party to defeat South African
    colonial and racist capitalism." /*/-- /Irvin Jim.*/

August 14, 2014 -- *Irvin Jim*, general secretary of the National Union 
of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), presented the 12th annual Ruth 
First Memorial Lecture at the University of Witswatersrand in 
Johannesburg, in memory of the revolutionary activist who was 
assassinated by the apartheid regime in 1982.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4004>

    Boris Kagarlitsky: Eastern Ukraine people's republics between
    militias and oligarchs <http://links.org.au/node/4008>

By *Boris Kagarlitsky*, Moscow; translated by *Renfrey Clarke*
August 16, 2014 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- 
The war between the Ukraine government and the republics of Novorossiya 
[New Russia] is gradually taking on the character of a positional 
stand-off. The resources of both sides are exhausted, and fighting 
reserves are at an end. For the people's republics, defending themselves 
against the many times larger military forces of the Kiev regime, the 
well-known principle of "a government needs to win, but for an 
insurrection it is enough not to lose" operates with full force.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4008>

    Kurds mobilise to fight 'Islamic State' over vast front

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. (The "front" is enormous: for example, the direct 
distance from Aleppo to Kirkuk is over 650 kilometres.)

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4002>

    Interview: Tariq Ali on Gaza, BDS, ISIS and Iraq

/Also: On August 11, 2014, the British left organisation Counterfire 
sponsored a public forum on Palestine featuring Tariq Ali./

*Tariq Ali* interviewed by *Al McKay*, an editor-at-large of 
/E-International Relations/.
August 18, 2014 -- /E-International Relations/ -- *Tariq Ali* is a 
longstanding editor of the /New Left Review/. He has written seven 
novels and a number of screenplays, in addition to many works on history 
and world politics. His latest books are /On History: Tariq Ali and 
Oliver Stone in Coversation/ and /The Obama Syndrome/. In this 
interview, Tariq Ali discusses the recent Israel-Palestine conflict, the 
BDS movment, the rise of ISIS, and Obama's commitment to long-term US 
involvement in Iraq.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4009>

    Bolivia: Beyond (neo)extractivism? <http://links.org.au/node/4007>

By *Federico Fuentes*
August 9, 2014 -- Labelling the government of Bolivia as 
"pro-extractivist" or "neoextractivist" ignores the reality that Bolivia 
has made significant advances in breaking with the extractivist 
framework inherited from previous governments and enforced by the 
existing global relationship of forces.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4007>

    Ukraine: Proposed Communist Party ban threatens democratic rights

By *Dick Nichols*

August 9, 2014 -- "This political force should be liquidated", said 
Pavlo Petrenko, Ukraine's justice minister, quoted in the July 9 edition 
of /Capital/ (Kiev's equivalent of the /Australian Financial Review/). 
Petrenko was referring to the Communist Party of Ukraine (CPU). For a 
time in the 1990s, it was the most supported party in Ukraine and it 
still won 13% of the vote at the 2012 parliamentary poll.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4006>

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