[Marxism] What's new at Links: Vavi expelled, WWI, Cuba health, Kurds, Sinn Fein, Podemos gains, Paris COP21, Pilger wrong, SYRIZA, power in Middle East

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Wed Apr 1 02:00:58 MDT 2015

What's new at Links: Vavi expelled from COSATU, WWI, Cuba health, Kurds, 
Sinn Fein, Podemos gains, Paris COP21, Pilger wrong, SYRIZA, power in 
Middle East

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    South Africa: United Front condemns COSATU's expulsion of Zwelinzima
    Vavi <http://links.org.au/node/4361>

March 31, 2015 -- As expected, yesterday the Central Executive Committee 
(CEC) of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) decided to 
expel Zwelinzima Vavi from his position as its general secretary. The 
United Front (UF) regards this decision as the final nail in the 
regrettable terminal decline of what was once a mighty, principled, 
independent and militant federation of workers’ trade unions.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4361>

    1915: When socialist women united against WWI

By *John Riddell*
March 28, 2015 -- Eight months into World War I, socialist women united 
across the battle lines in adopting the first international socialist 
appeal to stop the war. Their statement, translated below, ended, “Down 
with capitalism, which sacrifices untold millions to the wealth and 
power of the propertied! Down with the war! Forward to socialism!”

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4354>

    Cuba eradicates syphillis, HIV transmission to babies

March 20, 2015 -- Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) will 
visit Cuba soon to review if the country can be certified to have 
eliminated the transmission of HIV and syphilis from mother to child.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4360>

    Kurdistan: Political and cultural revolution unfolds in Rojava

By *Evangelos Aretaios*
March 15, 2015, 2015 -- News of the fight of the Syrian Kurds has 
reached many in Europe and the US over the last year as TV channels 
around the world have covered the resistance of the Kurds against 
/Daesh/ (self-proclaimed “Islamic State”) in Kobane. The fighting was 
indeed a great human endeavour, often portrayed in heroic, almost 
mythological terms. Behind the men and women fighters of this heroic 
resistance lies a large but still unknown political and cultural 
revolution that is in full effervescence in Rojava, Syrian Kurdistan.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4358>

    Ireland: Sinn Féin launches a 'People's Pact' for Westminster
    election <http://links.org.au/node/4356>

March 30, 2015 -- Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD points out that 
Sinn Féin's progressive politics is the only alternative to austerity.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4356>

    Spain: Podemos leads left gains in Andalusia poll

By *Dick Nichols*, Barcelona
March 25, 2015 --The March 22 regional elections in Andalusia, Spain’s 
most populous and second-poorest region, opened this year's critical 
election calendar.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4355>

    Paris COP21: Seattle-style shutdowns or another climate cul de sac?

By *Patrick Bond*, Tunis
March 29, 2015 -- Looming ahead in eight months’ time is another 
"Conference of Polluters" (technically, the Conference of the Parties to 
the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, COP). The 
last 20 did zilch to save us from climate catastrophe. Judging by early 
rough drafts of the Paris COP21 agreement recently leaked, another UN 
fiasco seems inevitable.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4353>

    Ireland: Sinn Féin fights welfare attacks in north, power sharing
    threatened <http://links.org.au/node/4352>

March 19, 2015 /-/- On March 9, Sinn Féin announced it would oppose the 
new welfare reform bill in the Northern Ireland Assembly, accusing its 
government partner – the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) – of acting in 
bad faith on protecting welfare recipients.

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    John Pilger wrong on former Yugoslavia <http://links.org.au/node/4351>

By *Chris Slee*
March 27, 2015 -- In his article, "New threats of war and fascism",[1], 
John Pilger rightly denounces the history of US military intervention 
around the world. But he gives a distorted account of the events leading 
up to NATO's war against Serbia in 1999. He fails to recognise that the 
previous actions of the Serbian government created the conditions which 
made NATO's attack on Serbia possible.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4351>

    Interview with SYRIZA leader: 'The aim is a truly united Europe'

*Antonis Markopoulos* interviewed by *Chris Spannos*
March 21, 2015 /-- /Since the Greek political party SYRIZA, the 
Coalition of the Radical Left, formed a government with the rightist 
Independent Greeks party on January 25, 2015, it has faced many challenges.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4350>

    Adam Hanieh: Power, wealth and inequality in the Arab world

By *Adam Hanieh
*March 1, 2015 -- Over four years since mass uprisings ousted sclerotic 
regimes in Tunisia and Egypt it can seem that the initial hopes 
represented by these movements lie in tatters. Libya, Syria, Yemen and 
Iraq remain mired in bloody armed conflicts that have led to the deaths 
of hundreds of thousands and displaced millions more within and across 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4348>

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