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