[Marxism] What's new at Links: Nepal appeal, Socialist Alliance councillor, Bizhan Jazani, ANZAC film, Greece, S.Africa, Spain, Marta Harnecker

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Wed Apr 29 01:02:43 MDT 2015

What's new at Links: Nepal appeal, Socialist Alliance councillor, Bizhan 
Jazani, ANZAC film, Greece, S.Africa, Spain, Marta Harnecker

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    Nepal: Urgent appeal for earthquake victims

By *Bharat Nepal*, Sydney
April 28, 2015 -- As you all know a very devastating earthquake hit 
Nepal on April 25. More than 5000 people were killed and more than 6000 
are still missing. Outside of Kathmandu is also badly affected, however 
due to remoteness damage has still not been fully appraised. If you can 
please support by donating to the following account, all money raised 
will be sent to National Disaster Relief Fund in Nepal.

Organisation name: Australia Nepal Public Link Inc.
National Australia Bank
BSB 082 342
A/c. no. 83 719 7693
Please state: Earthquake support as transaction ID

  * Read more at http://links.org.au/node/4398

    Australia: ‘People are capable of running society themselves’--
    socialist councillor Sue Bolton <http://links.org.au/node/4390>

April 23, 2015 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- 
Socialist Alliance councillor *Sue Bolton *spoke to *Dave Holmes *about 
her work as an elected socialist local councillor in Moreland, a 
municipality in Melbourne, Australia.

*You were elected to the Moreland City Council for Socialist Alliance in 
October 2012. Many of the themes and issues raised in your campaign 
struck a chord with a wide range of people.*
There were two main reasons why I was elected. One was that our campaign 
theme, “community need not developer greed”, struck a chord with 
residents who didn’t know either Socialist Alliance or me because many 
residents are directly effected by developer greed.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4390>

    Devotion and resistance: Bizhan Jazani and the Iranian Fedaii

    By *Doug Enaa Greene*

    April 30, 2015 -- The popular image of the Iranian Revolution in the
    United States focuses on a series of stereotypical bearded mullahs,
    an exotic and backward oriental society, and of course the seizure
    of the US embassy by frenzied masses. While it is true that the
    current government of Iran is a theocratic Islamic state that
    hijacked the revolution that brought down the US-backed Shah. There
    is another story, of brave and dedicated communist revolutionaries
    who sought the liberation of their people from capitalism,
    imperialism and the establishment of a revolutionary socialist
    state. Communists like the brilliant Bizhan Jazani, who thought
    seriously and sincerely about how to make a revolution in Iran.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4397>

    ANZACs: New film reveals what should not be forgotten -- or forgiven

Film by *John Rainford* and *Peter Ewer*
April 24, 2015 -- As the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC's ill-fated 
Gallipoli campaign approaches, this timely short film cuts through the 
myth making, and shows with damning facts how lives were used as fodder 
as strategic and tactical blunders led to the slaughter of so many.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4396>

    Greece: European powers tighten the noose

By *Stathis Kouvelakis*
April 25, 2015 -- Events in Greece have taken a dramatic turn, and 
insolvency is at the gates. On April 20, the Greek government issued a 
decree forcing local authorities to place cash reserves at the Bank of 
Greece. Two days later, Dimitris Mardas, the deputy minister of finance 
in charge of state revenue, declared that €400 million was missing to 
pay for pensions and salaries at the end of the month. A few hours 
later, he said the money was found and that he was now trying to 
constitute cash reserves. But according to sources, Mardas informed 
SYRIZA members of parliament at a meeting that same day that the state 
reserves wouldn’t be able to make all payments in May.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4395>

    South Africa: Xenophobia or Afrophobia? <http://links.org.au/node/4394>

By *Denja Yaqub*, assistant secretary, Nigeria Labour Congress

April 20, 2015 -- Until 1994, for over a century, South Africa was 
locked against the rest of Africa and indeed the country and her people 
were not easily accessible to the rest of the world as the white 
minority used its might to impose racial segregation, which denied the 
majority black of everything, including quality of life. The rest of the 
world rose in support of the black majority in popular agitation for the 
liberation of a country held in the worst and unusual form of domination 
in all spheres of life.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4394>

    Spain: Will fall of former IMF boss destroy People’s Party?

By *Dick Nichols*, Barcelona
April 27, 2015 – On April 16, a central member of the Spanish economic 
and political establishment came crashing down. Rodrigo Rato, former 
deputy prime minister in the 1996-2004 People’s Party (PP) government of 
José María Aznar and head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) from 
2004 to 2007, was detained on suspicion of tax evasion, concealment of 
assets and fraud. At the same time it became public that Rato had also 
taken advantage of a 2012 government amnesty for tax cheats.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4393>

    Marta Harnecker interviewed: From Allende’s Chile to Chávez’s
    Venezuela <http://links.org.au/node/4391>

*Marta Harnecker* interviewed by *Isabel Rauber*, introduction and 
translation by *Richard Fidler*
April 21, 2015 -- Marta Harnecker (above), a Marxist writer and lecturer 
of Chilean origin, is one of the foremost international exponents of the 
revolutionary process in Latin America today. In the following interview 
she outlines some of the lessons she has derived from her experience 
with the Popular Unity government of Chile’s Salvador Allende (1970-73) 
that are applicable to current attempts in Latin America to build “an 
alternative society to capitalism that is essentially democratic”.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4391>

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