[Marxism] What's new at Links: Thai coup, Euro election: Ireland, Britain, Denmark, Crimea & East Ukraine, Asia, India, Comintern, chemicals & disease

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Wed May 28 01:36:00 MDT 2014

What's new at Links: Thai coup, Euro election: Ireland, Britain; 
Denmark, Crimea & East Ukraine, Asia, India, Comintern, chemicals & disease

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    Thailand: Growing resistance to coup smashes political myths

By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
May 26, 2014 -- The most striking thing about the latest coup d'etat in 
Thailand is the speed and size of the anti-coup protests. For the last 
three days, immediately following the coup, mass protests of ordinary 
people have simultaneously erupted in many areas of Bangkok but also in 
Chiangmai and other towns. This is history in the making.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3871>

    (Updated May 28) Asia-Pacific socialists, progressive activists: 'No
    to another coup in Thailand!' <http://links.org.au/node/3865>

May 23, 2014 --We, the undersigned organisations, strongly condemn the 
latest coup d'état staged by Thai military under the leadership of 
Prayuth Chan-ocha.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3865>

    Ireland: Left surge in South's local and European elections

By *Henry Silke*, Dublin
[Stop Press, May 28: In further counting, Sinn Fein has won a third MEP 
seat, meaning it is represented in each Euro electoral district in the 

May 27, 2014 -- Over the past few days there has been a minor earthquake 
in Irish politics. Sinn Fein has made a breakthrough into mainstream 
southern Irish politics, almost doubling its vote to 17% nationally in 
municipal polls (and more than 20% in the European election). This was 
alongside a surge of electoral success from those further to the left 
and independents.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3875>

    Britain: UKIP leads race to the gutter <http://links.org.au/node/3870>

By *Liam Mac Uaid*
May 24, 2014 -- From the coverage of the English local election results 
and the relentless Nigel Farage mania you would think that the United 
Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) had romped to first place with the 
Conservative Party (Tories) a close second. You'd also be forgiven for 
thinking that the Labour Party had received a hammering and the Liberal 
Democrats (Lib Dems) don't exist. The main story in most of the press, 
from the BBC to the /Daily Telegraph/, is that Labour is in crisis as a 
result of the election.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3870>

    Denmark: Fresh openings for Red-Green Alliance as it marks 25 years

By *Liam Flenady*
May 24, 2014 -- Denmark's Red-Green Alliance (RGA) marked 25 years since 
its founding at a national conference on May 16 to 18, 2014. A radical 
left unity project marking 25 years in existence is itself a cause for 
celebration, but this conference was able to celebrate much more. After 
about 20 years as a fringe party in Danish politics, the RGA has 
recently emerged as a significant force.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3869>

    Crimea: Be wary of attempts to use rights of Tatars to justify
    violence and war <http://links.org.au/node/3868>

By *Roger Annis*
May 24, 2014 -- The situation of the Tatar population of the Crimea 
peninsula is being cited to discredit the decision in March by the 
people of the Crimea region to secede from Ukraine and join the Russian 
Federation. This article looks at some of the history of the Tatars and 
also at the real situation today as best it can be discerned from afar.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3868>

    Ukraine: 'Socialist prospects in south-eastern Ukraine'

May 25, 2014 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ is 
translating and posting the following article in the interests of 
providing information and promoting discussion. It is provides an 
important contribution to understanding the character and direction of 
the popular rebellion against austerity that has arisen in eastern 
Ukraine following the overthrow of the Ukraine government and President 
Viktor Yanukovych in late February 2014.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3866>

    Sonny Melencio: Asia needs ALBA-style regionalism not US 'pivot' and
    'ASEAN integration' <http://links.org.au/node/3864>

*Peter Boyle* interviews *Sonny Melencio*
May 22, 2014 -- Sonny Melencio is chairperson of the Partido Lakas ng 
Masa (PLM, Party of the Labouring Masses). At its recent national 
convention, the PLM launched a discussion about /Bayanihan Socialism/, 
which drawing on lessons from the Latin American experience links the 
egalitarian principles of socialism with national and Indigenous 
historical experiences and traditions, as a means to popularise the 
ideas of socialism to a mass audience in the Philippines. Melencio is 
also involved in a new coalition against the established "political 
dynasties" in the Philippines, called Alliance for Truth, Integrity and 
Nationalism (ATIN).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3864>

    India: Modi 'promised the moon' but his real agenda will emerge --
    Kavita Krishnan <http://links.org.au/node/3863>

*Peter Boyle* interviews *Kavita Krishnan*
May 21, 2014 -- Kavita Krishnan has become a well-known international 
spokesperson for the movement against sexual violence in India that grew 
after an horrific gang rape of a student in Delhi in 2012. She is also a 
national leader of the Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) 
Liberation, which won more than a million votes but failed to win any 
seats in the general election in India, which the right-wing 
Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), led by Narendra Modi, 
won by a landslide.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3863>

    Weighing the legacy of Lenin's Comintern: John Riddell replies to
    Paul Kellogg <http://links.org.au/node/3862>

*By John Riddell*
May 15, 2014 -- Paul Kellogg's review in /Socialist Studies/ of my 
edition of the Communist International's 1922 world congress raises two 
probing questions regarding the legacy of the Communist International 
(Comintern) in Lenin's time.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3862>

    Deadly consequences of continued production of industrial chemicals

By *Coral Wynter*/
The central problem of our age has therefore become the contamination of 
man's total environment with such substances of incredible potential for 
harm---substances that accumulate in the tissue of plants and animals 
and even penetrate the germ cells to shatter or alter the very material 
of heredity upon which the shape of the future depends. -- /Rachel 
Carson,/Silent Spring/, 1962

May 22, 2014 -- There is an epidemic of diseases now sweeping the 
industrialised countries. These include obesity, diabetes type 2, high 
infertility rates affecting both men and women, high blood pressure, 
thyroid and central nervous system as well as cancers, mainly breast and 
prostate cancers. In addition to all of this, immune deficiencies.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3861>

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