[Marxism] What's new at Links: Catalonia, Crisis theory, Volodymyr Ishchenko, Ukraine, climate, US red-green elections, Post-Berlin Wall, Rojava revolution, Vavi on NUMSA, Gerry Adams, Scotland, Britain's communists

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Tue Nov 18 23:48:12 MST 2014


What's new at Links: Catalonia, crisis theory, Volodymyr Ishchenko, 
Ukraine, climate, US red-green elections, post-Berlin Wall, Rojava 
revolution, Vavi on NUMSA, Gerry Adams, Scotland, Britain's communists

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    Rebellious Catalan vote rocks Spanish establishment
    <http://links.org.au/node/4153>

By *Dick Nichols*
November 12, 2014 -- On November 9, 2.305 million residents of Catalonia 
defied a November 4 Spanish Constitutional Court ban and voted on what 
future political status they wanted for their country, which is 
presently one of the 17 "autonomous communities" (regional governments) 
within the Spanish state.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4153>


    Mike Treen: A critique of crisis theory <http://links.org.au/node/4156>

November 10, 2014 -- The following is based on talks given by *Mike 
Treen*, national director of the New Zealand Unite Union, at the annual 
conference of the socialist organisation Fightback, held in Wellington, 
May 31-June 1, 2014, and a seminar hosted by Socialist Aotearoa in 
Auckland on October 12.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4156>


    Volodymyr Ishchenko on Ukraine: Maidan, the far right and civil war
    <http://links.org.au/node/4155>

By Volodymyr Ishchenko
November 4, 2014 -- How significant was the participation of the far 
right in Maidan? Unfortunately, this question quickly falls  victim to 
extreme politicisation due to two phenomena: first, active propaganda 
aimed at discrediting Maidan by its opponents, including the Russian 
media, and second, by whitewashing attempts by Maidan's (left-) liberal 
or moderate nationalist supporters.

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    Climate: Are US-China announced emissions cuts enough to halt global
    warming? <http://links.org.au/node/4154>

By *Maxime Combes*
November 14, 2014 -- An unheard of agreement. Seen by some as historic, 
taking the words of US President Barack Obama and not putting them into 
perspective. On November 12, the media and commentators welcomed almost 
unanimously the joint US-China announcement on greenhouse gas emissions. 
But what is it really?

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4154>


    United States: Impressive red-green electoral campaigns in New York,
    Maine <http://links.org.au/node/4152>

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November 13, 2014 -- In a mostly dismal election year, *Howie Hawkins 
*and *Brian Jones* gave the US left something to cheer about with their 
Green Party campaign for the governor and lieutenant governor of New 
York. (Jones is also a member of the International Socialist 
Organization). By getting almost 5 per cent and 200,000 votes, 
Hawkins-Jones had the most successful independent left-wing campaign in 
New York state in more than 50 years.


    Eastern Europe: For whom the Wall fell? Balance sheet of the
    transition to capitalism <http://links.org.au/node/4151>

By *Branco Milanovic*
November 3, 2014 --  As I was leaving Berlin less than a week before the 
25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, and as celebrations 
there were going strong, I decided to look at the balance sheet of 
transition countries (even if the term is no longer fully adequate) over 
the past quarter century.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4151>


    The Rojava revolution's radical democracy
    <http://links.org.au/node/4150>

November 10, 2014 -- *Saleh Muslim Mohamed* (pictured), co-president of 
the Democratic Union Party (PYD) representing the independent 
communities of Rojava (Syrian Kurdistan) and its armed wings, the 
People's Defence Units (YPG) and Women's Defence Units (YPJ), visited 
the Netherlands. Muslim spoke about the fight of Rojava against the 
Islamic State (ISIS) and the development of democratic autonomy during 
the Rojava revolution. *Jonas Staal* interviewed him afterwards.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4150>


    South Africa: 'I can't defend the expulsion of NUMSA' -- COSATU
    general secretary <http://links.org.au/node/4149>

November 13, 2104 -- Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) 
general secretary *Zwelinzima Vavi* (pictured above) was absent from the 
COSATU media briefing on November 11, in the aftermath of the November 8 
expulsion of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). 
In the letter below, he explains why.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4149>


    Gerry Adams: 'The good old IRA' <http://links.org.au/node/4148>

November 7, 2014 -- November 1, 2014, was the anniversary of the 
execution by the British of 18-year-old Kevin Barry. He was hanged on 
November 1, 1920. Kevin Barry was one of the "Forgotten Ten" --- Irish 
Republican Army (IRA) volunteers who were all executed in Mountjoy 
prison and buried there by the British government. He and nine other 
freedom fighters were afforded a state funeral a few years ago when 
their remains were moved from Mountjoy to Glasnevin.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4148>


    Philippines socialists: 'We are squarely behind NUMSA and the
    principles it is fighting for' <http://links.org.au/node/4147>

November 12, 2014
To the comrades of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa 
(NUMSA),
The Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM, Party of the Labouring Masses), a 
socialist political party in the Philippines, sends its strongest 
solidarity to the comrades and leaders of NUMSA who are now fighting for 
the renewal of militant trade unionism and socialism in South Africa.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4147>


    Scotland: Socialists call for 'independence alliance'
    <http://links.org.au/node/4146>


By *Ken Ferguson*
November 11, 2014 -- Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) national 
spokesperson Colin Fox has written to Scottish National Party (SNP) 
leader elect Nicola Sturgeon and Scottish Green Party leader Patrick 
Harvie inviting them to support "Independence Alliance" candidates from 
the Yes campaign in the 2015 Westminster general election.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4146>


    Review: 'Britain's Communists: The Untold Story'
    <http://links.org.au/node/4145>

    /*Britain's Communists: The Untold Story*
    /By John Green (with contributions from Andy Croft and Graham Stevenson)
    Artery Publications 2014, 335 pages.

Review by *Alex Miller*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4145>


    Ukraine: Election confirms right-wing government and its austerity
    and war aims <http://links.org.au/node/4144>

By *Roger Annis*
November 11, 2014 -- The general election to Ukraine's parliament (the 
/Verkhovna Rada, /or Supreme Council) on October 26 was another step by 
the country's wealthy power brokers to consolidate their pro-Europe, 
pro-austerity economic course and related war against the rebellious 
population in the east of the country. A large, neo-conservative and 
far-right majority now controls the Rada.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4144>

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