[Marxism] What's new at Links: NUMSA, COSATU & South Africa; Reds must be green; Rojava; Ebola; climate activism; GDR; Ukraine

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Tue Nov 25 23:46:31 MST 2014

NUMSA, COSATU & South Africa; Reds must be green; Rojava; Ebola; climate 
activism; GDR; Ukraine

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    Zwelinzima Vavi: The 'root cause' of the crisis in COSATU

Speech by *Zwelinzima Vavi*, general secretary of the Congress of South 
African Trade Unions (COSATU), to mark the 40th anniversary of the 
/South African Labour Bulletin/
November 21, 2014 -- COSATU, posted at /Links International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/ -- First let me say congratulations to the /South 
African Labour Bulletin/ on its remarkable achievement of 40 years of 
uninterrupted critical publishing. Thank you for the honour of this 
invitation. For 40 years you have provided a voice to the voiceless; you 
exposed the brutality of the capitalist system that continue to brutally 
exploit workers; you have created space for policy debates that shaped 
the policies not only of trade unions but of the liberation movement as 
a whole.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4165>

    Why greens must be red and reds must be green

November 16, 2014 -- In these videos *Ian Angus* argues for a movement 
based on socialist and ecological principles, to save humanity and the 
rest of nature from capitalist ecocide.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4161>

    Rojava: Syria's secret revolution (BBC Our World)

November 14, 2014 -- BBC -- Is the Middle East's newest country a 
territory called "Rojava"? Out of the chaos of Syria's civil war, mainly 
Kurdish leftists have forged an egalitarian, multi-ethnic mini-state run 
on communal lines.

    Ebola epidemic exposes the sickness of the global economic and
    political system <http://links.org.au/node/4167>

By the *Peoples Health Movement*
November 2014 -- On August 8, 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) 
declared the Ebola outbreak a "public health emergency of international 
concern". The declaration came four months after the WHO reported a 
major Ebola outbreak in Guinea in West African. The epidemic broke in 
Guinea and spread to three of its neighbours -- Liberia, Sierra Leone 
and Nigeria. The cumulative number of cases and deaths as at November 12 
stood at more than 13,000 cases and 5160 deaths. Most public health 
experts agree that the official figures are a major underestimation of 
the extent and spread of the disease.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4167>

    Climate activism: 'It's not enough to criticise. Build movements
    that confront the crisis' <http://links.org.au/node/4166>

By *Gemma Weedall*
[This is based on a presentation Socialist Alliance's Gemma Weedall gave 
to Socialism 2014, a conference organised by the Socialist Party of 
Malaysia. ]
November 20, 2014 -- /Green Left Weekly/ -- Climate change is the 
biggest and most urgent threat facing humanity today. We are seeing 
global temperatures rise at an unprecedented rate, with 13 of the 14 
warmest years on record having occurred in the past 14 years. In fact, 
if you are under 37 years of age, you have never seen a year of below 
average temperature.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4166>

    United States: Lorain County labour defends political independence

By *Bruce Bostick*
November 17, 2014 -- In Ohio's most trade union-dense county, the 
dominant Democratic Party machine declared war on what has historically 
been its own base: labour. So last year, in opposition to the machine, 
the labour federation in Lorain County, the Central Labor Council (CLC), 
ran and elected several independent candidates.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4164>

    Heaven or hell? Books look back on the German Democratic Republic

    /*Stasi Hell or Workers' Paradise? Socialism in the German
    Democratic Republic -- What Can We Learn From It?*/
    By John Green & Bruni de la Motte
    Artery Publications, 2009
    50 pp.

    /*Red Love: The Story of an East German Family*/
    By Maxim Leo
    Pushkin Press, 2013
    272 pp.

Reviews by *Barry Healy*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4163>

    Democratic Left Front (South Africa): 'Defend NUMSA! Struggle for an
    independent, socialist workers' movement'

Statement by the *Democratic Left Front* (South Africa)
November 20, 2014 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
-- In December 1985, millions of oppressed and exploited in South Africa 
and indeed across the world celebrated the birth of a giant of the 
working class, the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU).

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4162>

    South Africa: World Bank shrugs at inequality and corporate
    subsidies <http://links.org.au/node/4159>

By *Patrick Bond*
November 20, 2014 -- /"//South Africa is achieving a sizable reduction 
in poverty and inequality through its fiscal tools" -- /that was the 
main claim by the World Bank's Pretoria-based country director Asad Alam 
last week, in the foreword to the November 2014 report, /Fiscal Policy 
and Redistribution in an Unequal Society./

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4159>

    Ukraine: 'Without peace, humanitarian crisis will be
    uncontrollable', warns European Left <http://links.org.au/node/4158>

Statement of a delegation of the *Party of the European Left* just 
returned from Kiev
November 17, 2014 -- A delegation of the Party of the European Left 
(EL), headed by two of its vice-presidents, Margarita Mileva and Maite 
Mola, returned on November 16, after a four-day visit to Kiev.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4158>

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