[Marxism] What's new at Links: Thailand coup, "Anti-extractivism", eyewitness Greece, Left Unity, Canada, eastern Ukraine, Quebec, Malaysia

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed May 21 02:44:37 MDT 2014

What's new at Links: Thailand coup, "Anti-extractivism", eyewitness 
Greece, Left Unity, Canada, eastern Ukraine, Quebec, Malaysia

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    Thailand: Smells like a coup, tastes like a coup, looks like a coup

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
May 20, 2014 -- Today Thai army general Prayut Chanocha declared martial 
law without consulting the caretaker government or any other elected 
representatives. Troops took over all radio and TV stations and are 
positioned along major road intersections in Bangkok.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3860>

    South America: How 'anti-extractivism' misses the forest for the
    trees <http://links.org.au/node/3859>

By *Federico Fuentes*
May 20, 2014 -- A recent spate of high-profile campaigns against 
projects based on extracting raw materials has opened up an important 
new dynamic within the broad processes of change sweeping South America. 
Understanding their nature and significance is crucial to grasping the 
complexities involved in bringing about social change and how best to 
build solidarity with peoples' struggles.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3859>

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

By*Afrodity Giannakis*, Thessaloniki
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."

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3846>

    Britain: Left Unity moving in the right direction

By *Dave Kellaway*
May 10, 2014 -- Several hundred members joining in a week after a Ken 
Loach /Guardian/ article and a Salman Shaheen appearance on the /Daily 
Politics/ show ... new branches opening up every week and a 
well-attended national policy conference in Manchester ... a dozen or 
more candidates baptising our electoral intervention in the May local 
elections. This is Left Unity (LU) only six months after its founding 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3858>

    Breaking a path for the '60s radicalisation: John Riddell reviews
    Ernest Tate's 'Revolutionary Activism' <http://links.org.au/node/3857>

    */Revolutionary Activism in the 1950s & 60s: A Memoir/*
    By *Ernest Tate*
    Volume 1, Canada 1955-196

Review by *John Riddell*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3857>

    Discussion: The political rebellion in eastern Ukraine

By *Roger Annis*
May 17, 2014 -- There are sketchy and misleading reports in mainstream 
press that steelworkers in eastern Ukraine have mobilised, including 
into street patrols, to rebuff the political movement for autonomy in 
eastern Ukraine. On May 11, successful plebiscites were held in the 
southeast regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in which the big majority of 
those who cast ballots opted for political sovereignty from Ukraine.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3856>

    Aleksandr Buzgalin discusses eastern Ukraine: 'This is a revolution
    in some aspects' <http://links.org.au/node/3855>

The following interview was conducted on May 13, 2014, by the Real News 
A referendum for independence was held in the Ukrainian regions of 
Donetsk and Lugansk a couple of days ago. The organizers of the 
referendum have declared the region independent and reportedly issued 
calls to join the Russian Federation.
Here to give us an update on what's going on in Ukraine is *Aleksandr 
Buzgalin*. Aleksandr is a professor of political economy at Moscow State 
University. He is also editor of the independent democratic left 
magazine /Alternatives/, coordinator of the Russian social movement 
Alternatives, author of more than 20 books and hundreds of articles, 
translated into English, German and many other languages.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3855>

    Quebec election: A seismic shift within the independence movement?

By *Richard Fidler*
May 13, 2014 -- The defeat of the Parti Québécois and the election of a 
federalist Liberal Party government in the Quebec general election of 
April 7, 2014, raises important questions about the future of the Quebec 
movement for sovereignty and political independence. And it poses some 
major challenges to the left party Québec Solidaire, as it seeks to 
position itself in the developing struggle for the direction and 
programmatic content of the Québécois national movement.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3854>

    Behind Malaysia's biggest May Day rally since independence

By *Peter Boyle*
May 14, 2014 -- The 2014 May Day rally in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of 
Malaysia, was the biggest in the country since 1947 when the British 
colonial authorities violently repressed the labour movement, which had 
become one of the most strongly organised in Asia, having organised the 
majority of the workforce.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3852>

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