[Marxism] What's new at Links: Farber & Cuba, Basques, MLK muted, BDS & solidarity, ex-SWP, China, Venezuela & land, US teachers to stand

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Jan 21 22:35:13 MST 2014

What's new at Links: Farber & Cuba, Basques, MLK muted, BDS & 
solidarity, ex-SWP, China, Venezuela & land, US teachers to stand

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    Samuel Farber discusses Cuba's future -- but ignores the blockade

By *Chris Slee*
January 21, 2014 -- Samuel Farber has recently written an article on 
"The Future of the Cuban Revolution".[1] This article contains some 
useful information on "the emergence of new tendencies and debates" in 
Cuba. But Farber's article is fundamentally flawed. It contains not a 
single word about the 55-year-long campaign by the United States 
government to overturn the Cuban revolution!

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3677>

    Basque Country: Huge march advances struggle for peace, national
    rights <http://links.org.au/node/3673>

By *Dick Nichols*
January 19, 2014 -- For decades the People's Party (PP) of Spanish Prime 
Minister Mariano Rajoy has believed it has a reliable gun in its 
political holster---unbending opposition to anything that could be 
portrayed as linked to Basque Homeland and Freedom (ETA), the 
left-nationalist armed organisation responsible for more than 800 deaths 
in its 50-year-long fight against the Spanish state.
However, since ETA's declaration two years ago of a permanent ceasefire, 
this particular weapon has started to backfire on the Spanish state's 
ruling conservative party.

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    Martin Luther King Jr's radicalism muted by MLK archives' corporate
    sponsors <http://links.org.au/node/3674>

By *Raj Patel*
January 20, 2014 -- This Martin Luther King day, why not celebrate by 
reading one of MLK's last speeches, the one delivered at Carnegie Hall 
on February 23, 1968, to fête the 100th anniversary of the birth of 
W.E.B. Du Bois?
Well, you can't.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3674>

    Mike Marqusee: Further on BDS and 'singling out' Israel

By *Mike Marqusee*
January 17, 2014 -- Further to "If not now, when?" On BDS and 'singling 
out' Israel <http://links.org.au/node/3653>", opponents of the boycott, 
divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against apartheid Israel accuse 
its supporters of unfairly "singling out" Israel while neglecting a host 
of other deplorable regimes. It seems that until we simultaneously 
campaign against all outstanding injustices, any campaign against a 
particular injustice will remain illegitimate. Presumably, however, the 
liberal critics of BDS have no objection to the Palestinians themselves 
"singling out" Israel and campaigning against the particular injustice 
that affects them. So they're permitted to call for international 
support but we are not permitted to answer that call.

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    Britain: Creation of new ex-SWP group welcomed

By the *Socialist Resistance executive committee*
January 17, 2014 -- *Socialist Resistance* welcomes the news that the 
comrades who left the Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in December as a 
consequence of the ongoing crisis over the abuse of women in that 
organisation have launched *Revolutionary Socialism in the 21st century* 
group (RS21). We recognise that they have done this in order to continue 
the struggle for revolutionary politics and we look forward to 
establishing both practical and political collaboration with them.

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    China: Behind workers' declining share of the economy

By *Hao Qi*
January 2014 -- In the past two decades, China's economic growth has 
been increasingly dependent on investment.1 
<http://links.org.au/node/3670#en1> To maintain the growth of 
investment, China must sustain a fairly high rate of profit, and the 
fall in labour's share has been seen as a crucial factor to sustain 
profitability.2 <http://links.org.au/node/3670#en2> Using a raw measure 
of labour's share---the compensation of employees as a percent of 
GDP---as shown by the bottom solid line in Chart 1, labour's share has 
experienced a major decline from 51.4 percent in 1995 to 42.4 percent in 

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    Venezuela: Pace of land expropriations to continue for 'agrarian
    socialism' <http://links.org.au/node/3669>

By *Ewan Robertson*, Merida
January 13, 2014 -- This year the Venezuelan government plans to 
continue its pace of land expropriations in order to move towards what 
it terms "agrarian socialism".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3669>

    United States: Chicago Teachers Union votes for independent
    political and electoral activity <http://links.org.au/node/3668>

By *Marilena Marchetti*
January 14, 2014 -- The Chicago Teachers Union wants to shake up the 
city and state political establishment. In a sweeping majority vote, 
representatives of the union's 23,000 members passed a resolution to 
launch an independent political organisation (IPO). The goal of the 
initiative is to unite progressive groups, non-profit organisations and 
trade unions around political campaigns that have the potential to 
sustain social movements and activism, rather than empowering Democratic 
Party candidates who have turned their back on teachers and public 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3668>

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