[Marxism] What's new at Links: Kshama Sawant, John Bellamy Foster, Venezuela & Chile, British Miners' Strike, BDS, Scottish independence, Belgium

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Wed Jan 8 00:37:44 MST 2014


What's new at Links: Kshama Sawant, John Bellamy Foster, Venezuela & 
Chile, British Miners' Strike, BDS, Scottish independence, Belgium

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    United States: Socialist councillor Kshama Sawant's inauguration
    speech <http://links.org.au/node/3656>

By *Kshama Sawant*, Seattle
This city has made glittering fortunes for the super wealthy and for the 
major corporations that dominate Seattle's landscape. At the same time, 
the lives of working people, the unemployed and the poor grow more 
difficult by the day. The cost of housing skyrockets, and education and 
healthcare become inaccessible.
This is not unique to Seattle. Shamefully, in this, the richest country 
in human history, 50 million of our people -- one in six -- live in 
poverty. Around the world, billions do not have access to clean water 
and basic sanitation and children die every day from malnutrition.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3656>


    John Bellamy Foster: Marx and the rift in the universal metabolism
    of nature <http://links.org.au/node/3652>

By *John Bellamy Foster*
[This article is an expanded and slightly altered version of a keynote 
address under the same title presented to the Marxism 2013 Conference in 
Stockholm on October 20, 2013. That address built on ideas introduced in 
the author's Rosa Luxemburg Lecture, "The Great Rift," presented to the 
Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung in Berlin on May 28, 2013.]

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    Venezuela and Chile: Election wins advance left agenda
    <http://links.org.au/node/3657>

By *Roger Burbach*
January 7, 2014 -- Elections in Venezuela and Chile in December 2013 
molded the political panorama of Latin America for the coming year, 
providing a new opening for left-leaning governments and the advance of 
post-neoliberal policies in the region.

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    United States: How socialist Kshama Sawant defeated her capitalist
    opponent <http://links.org.au/node/3655>

January 5, 2014 -- Just a few weeks after *Kshama Sawant* was victorious 
running as a socialist for the Seattle City Council, and on the eve of 
her inauguration on January 6, 2014, we interviewed *Anh Tran*, Sawant's 
assistant for the campaign. Tran also served as the volunteer 
coordinator for Sawant when she ran for the Washington State Legislature 
in 2012, so talking to Tran we were able to get a sense of the wider arc 
of the Seattle election.

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    Britain: Looking back in anger -- the miners' strike 30 years on
    <http://links.org.au/node/3654>

January 5, 2014 -- With new papers released by the National Archives 
about the British miners' strike the Anticapitalist Initiative's*Chris 
Strafford* caught up with *Harry Paterson*, author of the upcoming book 
/Look Back in Anger: The Miners' Strike in Nottinghamshire 30 years on/, 
to discuss what we have learnt.

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    Mike Marqusee: 'If not now, when?' On BDS and 'singling out'
    Israel's apartheid <http://links.org.au/node/3653>

By *Mike Marqusee*
January 4, 2013 -- This is an edited version of a letter I've just sent 
to a relative in the United States who's been trying to figure out the 
boycott, disvestment and sanctions (BDS) issue in the wake of the recent 
onslaught against the American Studies Association's decision to support 
the academic boycott of apartheid Israel.

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    Scottish Socialists respond to government's independence proposal
    <http://links.org.au/node/3651>

December 7, 2013 -- *Colin Fox*, Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) national 
co-spokesperson and Yes Scotland advisory board member, presents the 
SSP's overview of the Scottish government's white paper on independence.


    Belgium: Left parties to form united electoral ticket
    <http://links.org.au/node/3650>

Statement by the *LCR-SAP secretariat*
December 31, 2013 -- The end of the tunnel is far from being in sight. 
We are only at the beginning of a gigantic offensive by European 
capitalism against the world of labour, youth and women. Since 2008, in 
the European Union (EU), more than 2 billion private bank debts have 
been transformed into public debts, and these debts serve as the pretext 
for a ferocious austerity.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3650>

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