[Marxism] What's new at Links: Scotland & UK election; Ian Birchall on John Riddell; Kurds; Castro on Obama; Kobayashi Takiji; Indonesia; Green parties in UK; Malaysia; Venezuela; Chicago; Netherlands SP; France; Namibia; Bolivia

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Apr 15 05:03:50 MDT 2015


What's new at Links: Scotland & UK election; Ian Birchall on John 
Riddell; Kurds; Castro on Obama; Kobayashi Takiji; Indonesia; Green 
parties in UK; Malaysia; Venezuela; Chicago; Netherlands SP; France; 
Namibia; Bolivia

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    How should leftwingers in Scotland vote in the UK general election?
    <http://links.org.au/node/4376>

April 14, 2015 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- 
The following articles were published in the April issue #86 of the 
/Scottish Left Review//, /as part of a round-up of the various positions 
being proposed by sections of the Scottish left to advance a left agenda 
during and after the British general election to be held on May 7, 2015.

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    Ian Birchall on John Riddell's 'To the masses': Essential resource
    on communism's early years <http://links.org.au/node/4371>

    */To The Masses: Proceedings of the Third Congress of the Communist
    International, 1921/*
    edited and translated by John Riddell
    Brill, Leiden & Boston, 2015
    1299 pages, €399.00

April 12, 2015 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- 
The following review by British socialist historian *Ian Birchall* 
introduces a major addition to our knowledge of the revolutionary 
movement of Lenin's time: *John Riddell*'s /To the Masses: Proceedings 
of the Third Congress of the Communist International, 1921/. Birchall's 
review is scheduled for publication in /Revolutionary History/, a 
journal with 43 published volumes.

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    Kurdish liberation movement committed to ‘democratic socialism for
    the 21st century’ <http://links.org.au/node/4369>

*Meral Cicek*interviewed by the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation 
<http://www.rosalux.de/english/foundation.html>’s 
<http://www.rosalux.de/english/foundation.html>*Florian Wilde*during the 
World Social Forum in Tunis, translated by 
<http://www.rosalux.de/english/foundation.html>*Leandros Fischer*

April 9, 2015 – /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ 
<http://links.org.au/node/4369> -- *Meral Cicek* (above) is from Cologne 
and is the chair of Kürt Kadın İlişkiler Merkezi, the Kurdish Centre for 
Women´s Affairs in Erbil.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4369>


    Raúl Castro: 'Cuba will continue to defend the ideas for which our
    people have sacrificed' <http://links.org.au/node/4379>

By *Raúl Castro Ruz*, president of Cuba
April 14, 2015 -- It was high time I spoke here on behalf of Cuba. I was 
told at first that I could make an eight-minute speech; although I made 
a great effort, along with my foreign minister, to reduce it to eight 
minutes, and as I’m owed six summits from which we were excluded, six 
times eight, 48 (laughter and applause), I asked President Juan Carlos 
Varela [of Panama] a few moments before entering this magnificent hall, 
to allow me a few minutes more, especially after we have been hearing so 
many interesting speeches, and I am not only referring to that of 
President Obama, but also that of Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, 
President Dilma Rousseff and others.

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    Kobayashi Takiji: Class struggle and proletarian literature in Japan
    <http://links.org.au/node/4378>

    /*The Crab Cannery Ship: and Other Novels of Struggle*/
    By Kobayashi Takiji
    Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 2013, 328 pages 

By *Doug Enaa Greene
*April 15, 2015 – /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- 
In 2008, one of the best-selling novels in Japan was an 80-year-old 
novel, /Kanikosen/ (/Crab Cannery Ship/) by the communist author 
Kobayashi Takiji, detailing the wretched working conditions on a fishing 
ship and the crew's strike and determination to overthrow their 
oppressors. The novel, previously selling a moderate 5000 copies per 
year, shot up to sales of 500,000, along with the release of four manga 
versions reaching many more readers.

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    Indonesia: People's Democratic Party holds first open congress
    <http://links.org.au/node/4377>

By *Alex Bainbridge*, Jakarta
April 13, 2015 -- The left-wing People's Democratic Party (PRD) held its 
eighth congress in Jakarta from March 24-26, 2015. This was the first 
time its congress was held openly. The open congress marks an important 
new stage of development for the party, which has a history of 
underground organising dating back to the era of the Suharto 
dictatorship that was overthrown in 1998.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4377>


    Socialist Resistance on the rise of the Green parties in England,
    Wales and Scotland <http://links.org.au/node/4375>

By *Terry Conway*
April 8, 2015 -- Membership and support for the Green parties across 
Britain – the Green Party of England and Wales (GPEW) and the Scottish 
Green Party (SGP) – has surged dramatically.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4375>


    Malaysia: Najib has 'jettisoned the liberalisation project',
    socialist MP Jeyakumar Devaraj says <http://links.org.au/node/4374>

By *Peter Boyle*
April 8, 2015 -- In the early hours of the morning on April 7, the 
Malaysian parliament reintroduced powers of indefinite detention without 
trial in the form of a new /Prevention of Terrorism Act/ (POTA). Such 
powers, previously under the /Internal Security Act/ and Emergency 
Ordinance — which were repealed in 2012 under popular pressure — have a 
notorious history of being used by British colonial and, after 
independence, Malaysian authorities to detain political dissidents.

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    Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network broadsheet: 'Venezuela is not
    a threat' <http://links.org.au/node/4373>

April 2015 -- Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network, posted at /Links 
International Journal of Socialisr Renewal/ with permission
[The following letter was written by Venezuela's President Nicolas 
Maduro and was originally published on March 17.]
By *Nicolas Maduro*, president of Venezuela

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4373>


    United States: Small victory for independent working-class politics
    in Chicago <http://links.org.au/node/4372>

By *Samantha Winslow*
April 9, 2015 -- Chicago teachers now have one of their own on the city 
council. Susan Sadlowski Garza, school counselor and Chicago Teachers 
Union executive board member, declared victory this week over incumbent 
John Pope. Absentee ballots are still being counted, but signs indicate 
she will squeeze past by less than 100 votes.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4372>


    Netherlands: Socialist Party now 'biggest left party' after
    provincial elections <http://links.org.au/node/4370>

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4370>


    Venezuela: 'No more coups! No more interventions! Repeal the
    Executive Order, Mr. President!' <http://links.org.au/node/4368>

April 9, 2015 -- The following letter, signed by 30 academics, municipal 
councillors, trade union officials, journalists, solidarity organisation 
convenors and political party leaders from around Australia, was 
initiated by the Venezuela Solidarity Campaign in Melbourne.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4368>


    France: Jean-Luc Mélenchon's assessment of March 22 and 29
    departmental elections <http://links.org.au/node/4367>

April 7, 2015 -- Front de Gauche (Left Front) leader *Jean-Luc 
Mélenchon*'s assessment of the March 22 and 29, 2015, departmental 
elections in France.


    Namibia 25 years on: What happened to our dreams?
    <http://links.org.au/node/4366>

By *Henning Melber*

[April 9, 2015 -- The following article appeared in the /Namibian/ 
newspaper’s//March 21, 2015/, /25th independence anniversary supplement. 
Henning Melber joined the South-West African Peoples Organisation 
(SWAPO) in 1974. It is posted at /Links International Journal of 
Socialist Renewal/with Melber’s permission.]

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    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>

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