[Marxism] What's new at Links: NUMSA explled from COSATU, Podemos, Syria, Lift PKK ban, Burkina Faso, European economy ... more

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Nov 11 17:46:29 MST 2014

What's new at Links: NUMSA explled from COSATU, Podemos, Syria, Lift PKK 
ban, Burkina Faso, European economy ... more

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    South Africa: NUMSA's expulsion from COSATU is 'an attack on the
    poor and an attack on workers' <http://links.org.au/node/4141>

Statement by the *National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa*
November 9, 2014 -- What we have warned the South African workers and 
broader public about has come to pass. The National Union of 
Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) with its 350/,/000 members was 
expelled as an affiliate by the Congress of South African Trade Unions 
(COSATU) in the early hours of Saturday morning (after 1 am), November 
8, 2014, at a Special Central Executive Committee meeting (SCEC). This 
expulsion took place through a vote which was 33 for our expulsion and 
24 against.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4141>

    Spain: Podemos on road to sweeping away two-party system

By *Julian Coppens, *Extremadura, western Spain**

November 7, 2014 -- About 8000 members of the new organisation Podemos 
packed the Palacio Vistalegre in Madrid on October 18 and 19, 2014, for 
the final stages of the Citizens' Assembly "Si se puede" (Yes we can). 
The assembly, with 150,000 taking part online, discussed draft documents 
for the foundation of the Spanish state's newest and fastest growing 
political force.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4137>

    South Africa: The political significance of NUMSA's expulsion from
    COSATU <http://links.org.au/node/4142>

By *Dale McKinley*, Johannesburg
November 10, 2014 -- It is arguably the most important political 
development of South Africa's post-1994 era. In the early hours of 
November 8, South Africa's largest union, the National Union of 
Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA), was expelled by the majority of 
the leadership belonging to South Africa's largest union federation, the 
Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU). The political 
significance of NUMSA's expulsion derives from three key, inter-related 
areas of impact.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4142>

    Syria: As Nusra plays at ISIS-lite, the US excels as Assad's
    airforce <http://links.org.au/node/4140>

By *Michael Karadjis*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4140>

    South Africa: 'We will continue to mobilise the working class for
    socialism', NUMSA's defiant response to COSATU

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4139>

    Germany: Lift the ban on the PKK! <http://links.org.au/node/4138>

By *Florian Wilde*, Die Linke member
November 3, 2014 -- The West has suddenly begun supporting various 
Kurdish organisations in its fight against the Islamic State. So why is 
the largest Kurdish organisation of all, the Kurdistan Workers Party 
(PKK), still outlawed? This article discusses current developments in 
Kurdistan and gives a brief overview of the history of the Kurdish 
liberation movement and the PKK's illegal status in Germany. It argues 
for a radical left strategy focused on defeating the ban on the PKK.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4138>

    Burkina Faso's revolution: 'Blaise dégage! Sankara vit!' (Get out
    Blaise! Sankara lives!) <http://links.org.au/node/4136>

By *Amber Murray*
November 3, 2014 -- An incredible political transformation has 
been taking shape in the /"/Land of the Upright or Incorruptible 
People", Burkina Faso. Twenty-seven years after the assassination of 
revolutionary leader Thomas Sankara, Burkinabés turned out in their 
hundreds of thousands, for several days of protest, chanting "/trop 
c'est trop/" (enough is enough), echoing in the process a long history 
of trade union activism against political repression in the country, as 
well as protests staged through the Balai Citoyen collective. After four 
days of the popular anger, President Blaise Compaoré vacated his post.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4136>

    South Africa: 'Labour movement is at a crossroads', nine COSATU
    affiliates declare <http://links.org.au/node/4135>

November 5, 2014 //

By the *nine COSATU affiliates*
After the 11th COSATU Congress in 2012, the Federation was gripped by a 
paralysing ideological, political, administrative and organisational 
crisis. We have analysed this crisis, and at our first joint press 
conference, stated the following, as the basis of our common approach:
1. To explicitly clarify what the progressive forces inside COSATU are 
campaigning for and what they are seeking to achieve.
2. To provide a clear set of demands to serve as the basis for 
mobilising a majority of workers in COSATU for a decisive break with 
class collusion and for trade union independence.
3. To regenerate a vibrant worker controlled organisational culture in 
COSATU with a leadership that is committed to the highest democratic and 
accountable processes.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4135>

    European economic stagnation: diagnoses and treatments

By *Dick Nichols*

November 4, 2014 -- For 48 hours it looked as if Thursday, October 16, 
2014 might join similar October Thursdays in 1907, 1929 and 1979 as 
another dramatic moment when share market panic triggered economic downturn.

However, it was not to be. The three trillion dollar slump in world 
share market values in the first two-and-half-weeks of October has so 
far been partially reversed by a coordinated effort of "calm 
engineering" by central bankers. But how long can that treatment---whose 
message to the gambling fund managers is that interest rates will stay 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4134>

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