[Marxism] What's new at Links: Socialist Alliance, theories of the USSR, Venezuela solidarity, Portugal, Podemos, Ukraine, Zapatistas, New Zealand

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Jun 18 00:51:59 MDT 2014

What's new at Links: Socialist Alliance, theories of the USSR, Venezuela 
solidarity, Portugal, Podemos, Ukraine, Zapatistas, New Zealand

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    Australia: Socialist Alliance's 'International Political
    Perspectives' resolution <http://links.org.au/node/3907>

/"Despite repeated warnings from the majority of the world's scientists 
of the urgent need to slash greenhouse gas emission, the concentration 
of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere passed over 400 parts per million 
for the first time in human history -- signalling the globe's dangerous 
race to catastrophic and irreversible global warming."/

*Adopted by the 10th National Conference of the Socialist Alliance, June 
7-9, 2014. *

1. The 10th national conference of Socialist Alliance is taking place at 
a time extreme inequality, intensified conflict and ecological crisis on 
a global scale. The 85 richest individuals in the world now hold as much 
wealth between them as the 3.5 billion poorest people in the world. A 
world divided by such extreme inequality will never be at peace and this 
is fundamentally why wars and uprisings continue to break out in 
numerous countries. This unprecedented concentration of wealth and power 
also is an absolute block to the urgently needed transition to an 
ecologically sustainable future.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3907>

    Barry Sheppard: Three theories of the USSR

By *Barry Sheppard*
June 6, 2014 -- In this two-part article I examine the ramifications for 
today of the three theories of the USSR that emerged from the Left 
Opposition: state capitalism, bureaucratic collectivism and Leon 
Trotsky's theory of the degenerated workers' state.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3901>

    Asia-Pacific socialists: 'No US sanctions against Venezuela'

      End United States' interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela!

      No sanctions against Venezuelan citizens!

June 17, 2014 -- We, the undersigned parties and organisations in the 
Asia region, condemn the moves by the United States government to impose 
sanctions on Venezuelan citizens it deems to have "abused human rights".

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3909>

    Portugal and Europe after the European elections

Statement by *Left Bloc* (Bloco de Esquerda), Portugal; translated by 
*Federico Fuentes*.
June 8, 2014 -- Following the [September 29, 2013] local elections, the 
Left Bloc developed its European program via a thorough programmatic 
debate involving many independent activists. That culminated at our 
February 2014 national conference.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3906>

    Australia: Socialist Alliance's 'Australian Political Perspectives'
    resolution <http://links.org.au/node/3905>

*Adopted by the 10th National Conference of Socialist Alliance, June 
7-9, 2014*

1. Australia has escaped recession for more than two decades, despite 
the impact of the Asian and global financial crises on the world's 
economies. While Australia experienced strong economic growth in the 
years following the Global Financial Crisis (GFC), economic growth has 
now slowed to 2.8%, and is mainly driven by commodity exports, consumer 
spending and housing investment. With mining projects shifting from the 
capital investment stage into production for export, falling commodity 
prices, as well as increased global competition for commodity exports 
will likely impact on Australia's export income (and economic stability) 
in the years to come.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3905>

    Spanish state: 'Podemos has won new people over to the left, to
    oppose neoliberal policies' -- United Left

By *Daniel del Pino*, Madrid; translated from /Público/for /Links 
International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ by *Federico Fuentes*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3904>

    A class analysis of the Ukrainian crisis <http://links.org.au/node/3903>

By *Viktor Shapinov*, translated from the Ukrainian website /Liva/ (The 
Left), translated by *Renfrey Clarke* for**/Links International Journal 
of Socialist Renewal/
June 13, 2014 -- The social and class origins of the Ukrainian crisis 
have not been well researched. Attention has been focused mainly on the 
political side of events, and their socio-economic basis has been 
allowed to drop from sight. What were the class forces behind the 
overthrow of the Yanukovich regime, the installing of a new regime in 
Kiev, and the rise of the anti-Maidan and of the movement in the south-east?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3903>

    Mexico: Subcomandante Marcos steps down: What's next for the
    Zapatistas <http://links.org.au/node/3902>

By *Dan La Botz*
June 14, 2014 -- Subcomandante Marcos, the famous voice of the Zapatista 
Army of National Liberation (EZLN) announced 
<http://www.rebelion.org/noticia.php?id=185141> in the early hours of 
Sunday, May 26 that he ending his role as the group's spokesperson and 
military commander. Or as he put it, Subcomandante Marcos, a "harlequin" 
and a "hologram" created by the EZLN, has now ceased to exist.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3902>

    Ukraine: New president in Kyiv shells cities in east; NATO ups
    military threats <http://links.org.au/node/3900>

By *Roger Annis*

    */Breaking news:/*/Progressive and anti-war groups from Ukraine,
    Russia and Belarus held a two-day conference in Minsk, Belarus on
    June 7 and 8 and //issued a call//to build a broad-based, antiwar
    movement to halt the course to civil war of the governing regime in
    Kyiv and its NATO allies. See below this article for an English
    translation of the conference statement, or check the Ukrainian
    website /Liva.com/(The Left)./

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3900>

    Borotba on Ukraine: 'An alarm bell for pro-democracy and
    anti-fascist forces' <http://links.org.au/node/3899>

June 12, 2014 -- The following address was delivered by *Andriy Manchuk* 
on April 11, 2014, to a three-day, European-wide anti-fascist meeting in 
Athens, Greece. He spoke on behalf of Borotba group of Ukraine. Borotba 
is a significant association of left groups and activists in Ukraine 
formed in 2011.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3899>

    Aotearoa/New Zealand: Fightback on the MANA-Internet Party alliance

Statement by *Fightback*
June 10, 2014 -- The decision by the MANA Movement to enter into a 
formal alliance with the Internet Party has drawn criticism from right 
and left. Fightback has voiced criticism of our own.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3896>

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