[Marxism] What's new at Links: Kagarlitsky, Ishchenko on Ukraine, climate, Swaziland, Chicago socialists, Australia, Ecuador, Tsipras
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Wed May 7 02:35:08 MDT 2014
What's new at Links: Kagarlitsky, Ishchenko on Ukraine, climate,
Swaziland, Chicago socialists, Australia, Ecuador, Tsipras
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Boris Kagarlitsky on eastern Ukraine: The logic of a revolt
/Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal /has published several
*views from the left on developments in Ukraine HERE*
<http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/187>. For more by *Boris Kagarlitsky,
click HERE* <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/629>.
By *Boris Kagarlitsky*, translated by *Renfrey Clarke* for /Links
International Journal of Socialist Renewal/
May 1, 2014 -- Russian bureaucrats have been honestly surprised at the
reaction by the official West---they did not expect such anger or
unanimous condemnation. European politicians are beside themselves with
fury. The mainstream press is relating appalling stories to its readers
of Russian aggression against Ukraine. The television shows interviews
with Kiev ministers and deputies who tearfully implore Europe to save
their country from the enraged bear.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3838>
Volodymyr Ishchenko: 'For Ukrainians, the main threat is capitalism'
April 30, 2014 -- Note from the editors: We publish the transcript of
*Volodymyr Ishchenko*'s interview on /This is Hell!/ radio station with
*Chuck Mertz* from April 19 and 20, 2014, organised in cooperation
between the Chicago-based radio station, /AntidoteZine.Com/, and
/LeftEast/. It includes two questions that Volodymyr answered in writing
after the show.
*Chuck Mertz: *On the line with us right now is Volodymyr Ishchenko. He
is a sociologist studying social protests in Ukraine. Volodymyr's most
recent writing includes the April 15 /Guardian/ post "Maidan or
Anti-Maidan: the Ukraine situation requires more nuance". Good evening,
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3835>
Ukraine: A call for solidarity against the neo-fascist violence of
'Black Friday' <http://links.org.au/node/3837>
his appeal and article are from Borotba ("Struggle"), an important
organisation of the Ukrainian left.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3837>
Climate change: Evidence of capitalism's death-wish
By *Renfrey Clarke*
April 26, 2014 --If modern industrial capitalism were a person, he or
she would be on suicide watch. The system that has brought us quantum
physics and reality television, modern medicine and the columns of
Andrew Bolt is set on a course which, by all the best reckoning, points
directly to its doing itself in.
If capitalism goes on --- everything goes. Climate, coastlines, most
living species, food supplies, the great bulk of humanity. And
certainly, the preconditions for advanced civilisation, perhaps forever.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3836>
Swaziland: (Updated May 6) More arrests as monarchy targets
democracy activists <http://links.org.au/node/3834>
Update, May 6, 2014: The Swaziland Solidarity Network (SSN) is
pleased to hear that the seven PUDEMO members who were arrested for
wearing PUDEMO t-shirts have been released on E15,000 bail each. It
is unfortunate, however that the president of the organisation,
Mario Masuku and student activist and secretary general of the
Swaziland Youth Congress (SWAYOCO), Maxwell Dlamini, were denied bail.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3834>
United States: Chicago Socialist Movement to challenge big-business
By the *Chicago Socialist Movement*
May 2, 2014 -- We're proud to announce the candidacy of one of Chicago's
most well-known and respected community activists, who is challenging
one of Chicago's most politically connected and unaccountable aldermen
for a seat on the city council.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3831>
Australia: Socialist Alliance May Day statement -- 'More pain for
workers, pensioners, poor' <http://links.org.au/node/3830>
By *Susan Price* and *Peter Boyle*, Socialist Alliance co-convenors
May 1, 2014 -- A casino was a fitting venue to host Australia's Prime
Minister Tony Abbott's keynote address to the 25th birthday dinner of
conservative think tank, the Sydney Institute, on April 28. Abbott's
speech, coming two weeks ahead of the annual budget, was full of
promises of "happiness", "security" and "a better life", but in reality,
Australian workers, pensioners and the poor will be lucky if they're
left with much more than the shirt on their backs once the government is
done fleecing them.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3830>
Ecuador: 'Markets are a terrible master', says President Rafael
By *Jonathan Nack*
April 29, 2014 -- Ecuador's President Rafael Correa explained what he
means when he describes himself as a "modern socialist" in an interview
with PBS TV journalist Charlie Rose on April 15, 2014 (above). "We
believe in societies with markets, but not in societies [ruled] by
markets -- that's the difference... One of the [biggest] problems in the
present time is that markets are controlling everything. We believe in
society with markets, but society must govern the markets... Markets
[are] a very good servant, but a terrible master", said Correa, during a
wide ranging interview with Rose.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3829>
Alexis Tsipras: 'On May 25, Europe will turn left'
April 26, 2014 -- *Alexis Tsipras*, leader of the Coalition of the
Radical Left (SYRIZA) in Greece and of the Party of the European Left's
campaign in the May 25 European Parliament elections, spoke in Portugal
with the Left Bloc.
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