[Marxism] What's new at Links: Euro election in Spain, Netherlands; king sparks crisis in Spain, Gallipoli centenary, Michael Lebowitz on democracy and socialism

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Jun 11 02:35:45 MDT 2014


What's new at Links: Euro election in Spain, Netherlands; king sparks 
crisis in Spain, Gallipoli centenary, Michael Lebowitz on democracy and 
socialism

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    Spanish king abdicates: circuit breaker or fuse igniter?
    <http://links.org.au/node/3895>

By *Dick Nichols*

June 9, 2014  -- On Monday, June 2, as news spread of the abdication of 
the Spanish king, Juan Carlos of Borbon, a strange rustling sound could 
be heard across Barcelona. Hard to work out at first, it soon became 
clear what it was. It was the city---the capital of Catalonia---laughing.

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    Spain: Left parties call for referendum on monarchy
    <http://links.org.au/node/3894>


      Statement to Podemos Circles, Podemos voters and citizens in
      general following the abdication of Juan Carlos de Borbon

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    Murray Smith: Euro elections take place against background of crisis
    and social insecurity <http://links.org.au/node/3891>

By *Murray Smith*
June 6, 2014 -- The 2014 European elections were the first to have been 
held since the full extent of the financial and economic crisis and its 
consequences became apparent.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3891>


    Netherlands: Deckchairs quietly shuffled in EU poll fizzer
    <http://links.org.au/node/3890>

By *Will Wroth*, Rotterdam
June 5, 2014 -- Rabid anti-foreigner populist Geert Wilderswas expected 
to wipe the floor on the right; the "equally anti-EU" (according to the 
media image) <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert_Wilders>Socialist Party 
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geert_Wilders>(SP)would garner a protest 
vote large enough to put the pro-Brussels traditional left on the back 
foot; voter turnout would hit an historic low, itself a measure of 
public anger, disillusionment or disinterest. That was the consensus 
media guess as to likely Dutch results in the May 25 European election.

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    Spanish state: 'We must continue to widen the cracks that have begun
    to open up' <http://links.org.au/node/3889>

By *Josep Maria Antentas*, translated by *Federico Fuentes*for /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal/.First published in Spanish 
at /Dominio Publico/.
May 26, 2014 -- Six years have passed since the "official" start of the 
crisis, when Lehman Brothers collapsed in September 2008. Four years 
since [then president Jose Luis Rodriguez] Zapatero announced the first 
big package of cuts in May 2010. Three years since 15M (the May 15 
Movement) exploded onto the streets. Two years since the large 
demonstration for independence in Catalonia on September 11, 2012.

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    Class conflict in the shadow of Gallipoli: What government
    propaganda won't tell you <http://links.org.au/node/3888>

Review by *Chris Slee*

    /*In the Shadow of Gallipoli*/
    By Robert Bollard
    NewSouth, Sydney 2013

June 3, 2014 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- On 
April 25, 1915, Australian troops landed at Gallipoli on Turkey's coast. 
They were part of a British imperial force aiming to capture 
Constantinople (now called Istanbul) and the land alongside the narrow 
waterway linking the Mediterranean to the Black Sea. It was hoped that 
this would enable British ships to enter the Black Sea and bring 
supplies to Russia, which was an ally of Britain in World War I.

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    Michael Lebowitz: Democracy under capitalism and socialism
    <http://links.org.au/node/3887>

/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- *Michael 
Lebowitz*'s talk at the international seminar, "Socialism, democracy and 
visions for the 21st century", held in Hyderabad, India, on March 7-10, 
2014.The seminar was organised by Telangana Vidhyavantula Vedika 
(Telangana Intellectuals Forum), Center for Dalit Studies and Democracy 
Dialogues.

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the wake of the collapse of the bureaucratic model of "actually existing 
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