[Marxism] What's new at Links: Transitional method, NUMSA, Venezuela after Chavez, Thailand, Spain, Egypt, COSATU, ecosocialism, Kurds

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Wed Feb 5 00:19:01 MST 2014

What's new at Links: Transitional method, NUMSA, Venezuela after Chavez, 
Thailand, Spain, Egypt, COSATU, ecosocialism, Kurds

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    How we can use the Transitional Program today: a response to
    Socialist Alternative <http://links.org.au/node/3696>

By *Chris Slee*
February 2, 2014 -- Allen Myers, a member of the Australian party 
Socialist Alternative, has written an article in that organisation's 
magazine /Marxist Left Review/ entitled "Trotsky's Transitional Program: 
its uses and abuses".[1] Myers is also a former leading member of the 
Revolutionary Socialist Party, some of whose members have joined 
Socialist Alternative.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3696>

    Forging a new movement: NUMSA and the shift in South Africa's
    politics <http://links.org.au/node/3687>

By *Leonard Gentle*
January 28, 2014  -- The decision of the National Union of Metalworkers 
of South Africa (NUMSA) to cut ties with the African National Congress 
(ANC) has received poor analysis. Comment has tended to focus on the 
possibility of a new political party in 2019 or whether all this means 
that suspended general secretary of the Congress of South African Trade 
Unions (COSATU) Zwelinzima Vavi will get his job back. The greater 
significance of the biggest trade union in the country throwing in its 
lot with a growing movement in opposition to the neoliberal order, and 
thus to the left of the ANC, rather than the line up to the right is 
being missed.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3687>

    Venezuela: A year since Hugo Chavez's death -- special edition of
    the AVSN broadsheet <http://links.org.au/node/3698>

February-March 2014 -- Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias was the president of the 
Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. As the leader of the Bolivarian 
Revolution, Chavez promoted a political doctrine of participatory 
democracy, socialism and Latin American and Caribbean cooperation. He 
was also a critic of neoliberalism, globalisation and United States 
foreign policy.

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    Thailand: February 2 election has solved nothing; unity of
    democratic forces needed <http://links.org.au/node/3693>

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
February 3, 2014 -- The February 2 general election cannot solve the 
Thai political crisis because those lined up against the government and 
the holding of democratic elections are fundamentally opposed to democracy.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3693>

    Spain: Si, se puede! 'White tide' defeats Madrid health
    privatisation plan <http://links.org.au/node/3692>

By *Dick Nichols*
February 1, 2014 -- Victories in the never-ending struggle against the 
sell-off of public services in southern Europe are rare. So when one 
comes along that is as big as the recent defeat of the Madrid regional 
government's scheme to privatise hospital and community health-centre 
management we should celebrate it to the full.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3692>

    Spain: 'Because it's my choice', statement on abortion rights to
    Spain's House of Commons <http://links.org.au/node/3691>

February 2, 2014 -- The following declaration of the "Freedom Train" in 
support of women's right to choose abortion and against the regressive 
changes to abortion laws by the national government of Spain was 
released prior to a big march from Atocha to the parliament on February 
1, 2014. A draft bill to restrict abortion to cases of rape or severe 
danger to the mother's health is being considered. Four years ago, Spain 
came in line with most of the rest of Europe when the then Socialist 
Party government legalised abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3691>

    Egypt: 'Al-Sisi's rule is clearly a period of counter-revolutionary
    offensive', say Revolutionary Socialists <http://links.org.au/node/3690>

By the *Revolutionary Socialists* (Egypt) political bureau
January 26, 2014 -- Greetings to the comrades and colleagues among the 
revolutionaries who came out onto the streets yesterday. Their presence 
and their bravery in facing the security forces in the midst of the 
mobilisation for Al-Sisi was of the utmost importance.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3690>

    South Africa: Nine COSATU unions call for Zwelinzima Vavi's
    reinstatement <http://links.org.au/node/3689>

January 29, 2014 -- This press conference has been called to explain why 
the nine Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) affiliated 
unions have taken the unprecedented step of coming together in an 
attempt to rescue and regenerate COSATU. Our main and overriding purpose 
is to work openly towards freeing COSATU from its current state of 
organisational and political paralysis, for it to become once again a 
vibrant, independent, progressive worker-controlled federation. The 
working class at this critical time demands nothing less!

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3689>

    Towards a European ecosocialist action network

By *Andrew Burgin*
January 25, 2014 -- The increasing ecological crisis and impending 
environmental catastrophe that we all face, is leading more on the left 
to recognise that we have to be both red and green in our politics -- we 
have to be ecosocialist. One without the other is not going to work.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3688>

    Kurds in Syria: 'We don't want to draw new borders', says Democratic
    Union Party <http://links.org.au/node/3686>

*Salih Muslim*, president of the Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party, 
interviewed by *Thomas Schmidinger*

January 29, 2014 -- Salih Muslim (pictured above) shares the presidency 
of the Democratic Union Party (/Partiya Yekitîya Demokrat/, PYD) 
with//Asya Abdullah. The PYD is a sister party of the Kurdistan Workers 
Party PKK and shares the same ideological background as its leader 
Abdullah Öcalan. The party is the ruling force in the Kurdish areas of 
Syria and took over three enclaves with Kurdish majorities in 2012.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3686>

    Witnessing a revolution: Report of Australian 2013 solidarity
    delegation to Venezuela <http://links.org.au/node/3684>

January 28, 2014 -- Attached below is a report, plus photos, on the 
activities undertaken during the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity 
Network's (AVSN) brigade to Venezuela last month (December 2013). A 2014 
solidarity brigade will run from *_December 2-14_, 2014*. Further 
information and registration forms will be available on the AVSN website 
soon, at www.venezuelasolidarity.org. For more information about the 
2014 brigade, please contact info at venezuelasolidarity.org

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3684>

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