[Marxism] What's new at Links: Le Blanc on Bensaïd, India, Thailand, Greece eyewitness, S. Africa, Nigeria,China, Kagalitsky on Odessa

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed May 14 01:21:53 MDT 2014

What's new at Links: Le Blanc on Bensaïd, India, Thailand, Greece 
eyewitness, S. Africa, Nigeria,China, Kagalitsky on Odessa

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    Paul Le Blanc reviews Daniel Bensaïd's memoir, 'An Impatient Life'

    */An Impatient Life: A Memoir/*
    by Daniel Bensaïd, translated by David Fernbach, with an
    introduction by Tariq Ali,
    Verso Books, 2014.

Review by *Paul Le Blanc*
May 11, 2014 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- 
Daniel Bensaïd (1946-2010) was one of the most respected theorists to 
emerge from the 1960s radicals of Western Europe. Always inclined to 
think "outside the box", waving aside venerable dogmas and shrugging off 
standard formulations, he found fresh ways, energised with the aura of 
unorthodoxy, to express and apply truths from the revolutionary Marxist 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3847>

    India: Modi's BJP a 'grave danger' to women and minorities, says
    Kavita Krishnan <http://links.org.au/node/3840>

May 8, 2014 --*Kavita Krishnan* is a central leader of the Communist 
Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) and editor of /Liberation/, the 
party's central publication. A former leader of the All India Students 
Association (AISA), Krishnan is joint secretary of the All India 
Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), which is active among women 
workers and agricultural labourers, and has led struggles for the 
dignity and rights of Dalit women, and against state repression.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3840>

    Thailand: Judicial coup a blow to democracy

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
May 8, 2014 -- The unelected, anti-democratic and illegitimate 
Constitutional Court has staged a coup d'état, overthrowing Prime 
Minister Yingluk Shinawatra on a mere technicality.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3839>

    Eyewitness Greece: 'They are stealing everything, even our homes'

By*Afrodity Giannakis*, Thessalonikki
May 12, 2014 -- "I wish I could leave Greece. I can't go on living here. 
I work very long hours and live more frugally than ever, but I still 
can't pay the bills, the income tax or the other taxes like the property 
poll tax. My tax debt keeps building up. I'll end up losing my home. 
They are stealing our homes and they are not communists. And people are 
getting sadder and madder every day. I can't go on like this."

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    The real story of South Africa's national election

By *Dale McKinley*
May 11, 2014 -- No sooner had the final results of the just concluded 
2014 national elections been announced than President Jacob Zuma gave a 
predictably self-congratulatory speech lauding the result as "the will 
of all the people". The reality however is that the African National 
Congress' victory came from a distinct minority of "the people". The 
real "winner", as has been the case since the 2004 elections, was the 
stay-away "vote".

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    Nigeria: Hypocritical West exploits Boko Haram's crimes

By *Tony Iltis*
May 11, 2014 -- More than 270 female secondary students were kidnapped 
on April 14 as they sat matriculation exams in the north-east Nigerian 
town of Chibok. The kidnappers were members of a religious cult that 
calls itself Jama'at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-da'wa wal-Jihad --- Arabic for 
Congregation of the People of Tradition for Proselytism and Jihad. The 
group is more commonly known by its Hausa nickname, /Boko Haram/, which 
translates --- very loosely --- as "Western education is filthy", 
although this is not a name that the group itself uses.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3844>

    New strike wave hits China <http://links.org.au/node/3842>

May 3, 2014 -- *Peter Boyle* spoke to *Kevin Lin*, who is doing research 
for his PhD at the University of Technology Sydney on the labour 
movement in China, about the background to a new wave of strikes in the 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3842>

    Boris Kagarlitsky: The ashes of Odessa <http://links.org.au/node/3841>

By *Boris Kagarlitsky*, translated for/Links international Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ by *Renfrey Clarke*
May 7, 2014 -- In the House of Trade Unions in Odessa on May 2 more 
people died than over several days of fighting in the Donbass, though in 
Kramatorsk the same day government forces also excelled themselves, 
killing 10 unarmed local residents who had tried to block the path of 
armoured vehicles.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3841>

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