[Marxism] What's new at Links: Free the Basque prisoners, Bolivia, COSATU disintegration, La Via Campesina on migration

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Apr 8 02:04:46 MDT 2015


What's new at Links: Free the Basque prisoners, Bolivia, COSATU 
disintegration, La Via Campesina on migration

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    Global campaign: ‘Free Otegi, bring Basque prisoners home’
    <http://links.org.au/node/4362>

By *Emma Clancy*
March 28, 2015 -- An international campaign for the release of jailed 
Basque pro-independence leader Arnaldo Otegi was launched at a 
conference in the European Parliament in Brussels on March 24. A 
statement calling for Otegi’s release was announced at the conference, 
which has been endorsed by international figures including former Latin 
American presidents, Nobel Prize winners, political representatives and 
former political prisoners.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4362>


    Bolivia: Voters reaffirm ‘process of change’ but warn governing MAS
    <http://links.org.au/node/4365>

By *Richard Fidler*
April 6, 2015 -- Up to 90% of the electorate voted in Bolivia’s 
“subnational” elections March 29 for governors, mayors and departmental 
assembly and municipal council members throughout the country. These 
were the second such elections to be held since the new constitution 
came into force in 2009, the first being in 2010.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4365>


    South Africa: Slow-motion disintegration of COSATU likely to
    continue <http://links.org.au/node/4364>

By *Terry Bell*, Cape Town
April 6, 2015 -- The fact that COSATU general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi 
has refused to accept his dismissal from the federation should have come 
as no surprise to readers of this blog. This column has pointed out for 
months now that the central executive committee (CEC) of COSATU has no 
constitutional authority to finally dismiss, suspend or expel any office 
bearer or affiliate; that only a national congress may do that.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4364>


    La Via Campesina declaration on migration and rural workers
    <http://links.org.au/node/4363>

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By *La Via Campesina*, World Social Forum, Tunis 2015
March 25-28, 2015 -- The migration of peoples across arbitrary barriers 
is an integral part of human history. Rooted in the search for better 
living conditions, this movement of peoples from one place to another 
was later transformed into a social, economic and political process that 
has largely served to benefit ruling elites -- the slave traders of the 
past and the multinationals of the present. Today, as capital demands 
exceptional freedoms for itself -- combined with greater restrictions on 
the poor -- wars, social exclusion, economic injustice and the global 
climate crisis are forcing millions of human beings to seek refuge 
across internationally imposed boundaries.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4363>

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