[Marxism] What's new at Links: Scotland referendum, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Brazil, COSATU, NATO, US SWP & Zionism, Catalonia, US Labor Party

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Sep 24 03:11:06 MDT 2014


What's new at Links: Scotland referendum, Aotearoa/New Zealand, Brazil, 
COSATU, NATO, US SWP & Zionism, Catalonia, US Labor Party

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    Scotland: 45% vote Yes despite ruling class panic; Business as usual
    is not an option; Labour for Independence statement
    <http://links.org.au/node/4062>

By *Alister Black*, Glasgow
September 20, 2014 --- After two years of campaigning, Scotland's 
independence referendum has ended. It saw victory for the No side, the 
opponents of independence, with 55% compared to 45% who backed a Yes to 
independence. The referendum saw an unprecedented level of political 
engagement and debate throughout Scotland. This was reflected in the 
huge and unprecedented turnout of 84.59%, reversing the trend of recent 
decades of dwindling poll turnouts. Some rural areas even recorded 100% 
turnout.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4062>


    Aotearoa/New Zealand: Corporate parties, media gang-up to defeat
    Internet MANA <http://links.org.au/node/4065>

By *John Minto*
September 22, 2014 -- It was always going to be a hard task for MANA 
party leader  Hone Harawira to hold onto his Te Tai Tokerau seat when 
the political establishment united in a coalition to defeat him and the 
chance for Internet MANA to bring more MPs into parliament.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4065>


    'Democratise the land!': Brazil's Landless Rural Workers' Movement's
    letter to presidential and state governor candidates
    <http://links.org.au/node/4060>

By the *National Direction of the */*Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais 
Sem Terra*/, São Paulo

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    Brazil: Marina Silva's rise is a result of the left's failures
    <http://links.org.au/node/4059>

By *Federico Fuentes*
September 16, 2014 -- A fortnight out from Brazil's October 5 national 
election, the big news has been the significant surge in support for 
Marina Silva, a former Workers' Party (PT) government minister and 
environmental activist, with some polls predicting she could end up 
winning the presidential race.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4059>


    South Africa: Workers need to speak with 'one voice', but whose
    voice? <http://links.org.au/node/4058>

By *Terry Bell*, Cape Town
September 14, 2014 --  The labour movement is coming under increasing 
pressure as the global economic crisis continues to bite. On the South 
African front the pressure is growing as the Congress of South African 
Trade Unions (COSATU) labour federation fails to deal with the internal 
divisions that threaten to tear the federation apart. Or at least 
further fragment the country's largest union organisation.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4058>


    NATO's new cold war redraws left, liberal views on imperialism and
    war <http://links.org.au/node/4057>

By *Roger Annis*
September 18, 2014 -- Just under 25 years ago, the Cold War ended with a 
capitalist triumph. The nationalised economies and political structures 
of the Soviet Union and eastern Europe collapsed and a transition to a 
harsh, anti-social capitalism began. In the years that followed, an 
eastward expansion was undertaken by the North Atlantic Treaty 
Organization (NATO), the military alliance of the imperialist countries 
of Europe and North America. Many of the countries of eastern Europe 
joined the alliance, in explicit defiance of agreements by NATO with 
post-Soviet Russia not to expand in this way.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4057>


    Decline and fall: The US SWP's final embrace of Zionism
    <http://links.org.au/node/4056>

By *Art Young*
September 18, 2014 -- At its peak in the 1960s and early 1970s the 
Socialist Workers Party (SWP) in the United States was the largest group 
to the left of the Communist Party and a major pole of attraction for 
radicalising youth. It was also the most dynamic and creative Marxist 
organisation in the USA.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4056>


    Catalonia and the Spanish state on collision course
    <http://links.org.au/node/4061>

By *Dick Nichols*
September 17, 2014 -- This year's September 11 Catalan national day 
(/Diada/) demonstration, in support of the Catalan parliament's planned 
November 9 popular consultation on Catalan statehood, was the biggest 
since the present cycle of mobilisations for the country's right to 
national self-determination began four years ago.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4061>


    United States: Marxists and the lost Labor Party of 1923
    <http://links.org.au/node/4054>

By *Eric Blanc*
September 10, 2014 -- Discussions on how to break working people from 
the hold of the Democratic Party have acquired a new immediacy as a 
result of the recent electoral victories of independent working-class 
candidates in Seattle, Washington, and Lorraine, Ohio, as well as the 
campaign for Chicago union leader Karen Lewis to run as an independent 
for mayor. Those interested in promoting independent politics today may 
benefit from studying the rich experience of the labor party movement in 
the United States of the early 1920s.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4054>

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