[Marxism] What's new at Links: SYRIZA defies Troika, Left in Spain advances, Venezuela, Cuba, Armenia, Mexico, Syria

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Jul 1 02:09:37 MDT 2015

What's new at Links: SYRIZA defies Troika, Left in Spain advances, 
Venezuela, Cuba, Armenia, Mexico, Syria

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    Spain: Huge advance for left in local/regional elections, but
    'Spanish SYRIZA' sorely needed <http://links.org.au/node/4487>

*By Dick Nichols*
July 1, 2015 -- /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- On 
Saturday, June 13, the squares in front of scores of town halls across 
the Spanish state were jam-packed with enthusiastic crowds: tens of 
thousands were gathering to celebrate the inauguration of the 
progressive administrations created by the leftward swing in the May 24 
local government elections for the country’s 8122 councils.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4487>

    Greece: 'To authoritarianism and austerity, we respond with
    democracy' -- SYRIZA calls referendum on EU austerity

Speech by *Alexis Tsipras*, prime minister of Greece; translation by 
*Stathis Kouvelakis*

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4481>

    Australian Socialist Alliance conference: 'Fight austerity and
    racism!' <http://links.org.au/node/4470>

By *Alex Bainbridge*, Sydney
June 20, 2015 -- /Green Left Weekly/, posted at /Links International 
Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- The campaign against closure of 
Aboriginal communities and mobilisations against unconventional gas in 
/e/astern Australia are some examples of growing campaigns that are 
successfully challenging the agenda of capitalist governments in 
Australia, according to the 11th national conference of the Socialist 

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4470>

    Podemos in solidarity with SYRIZA's struggle against austerity

By *Podemos* (Spain)
June 30, 2015 -- In view of the situation in Greece, and following the 
breakdown in the negotiations by the Eurogroup, Podemos wishes to 
communicate the following:
Last Monday, the Greek government presented a proposal to the Eurogroup 
which included important concessions and was unanimously welcomed by the 
lenders as being reasonable and viable. In the following days, however, 
the international creditors led by the International Monetary Fund did 
not accept the Greek government’s proposal to tax the wealthiest sectors 
of society, restructure the debt and launch an investment plan to revive 
the economy.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4488>

    Greece: Tsipras slams EU's 'blackmail' and its attempt to 'hinder
    democratic processes' <http://links.org.au/node/4485>

By *Alexis Tsipras*, prime minister of Greece
June 28, 2015 -- Yesterday’s Eurogroup decision to not approve the Greek 
government’s request for a few days’ extension of the program -- to give 
the Greek people a chance to decide by referendum on the institutions’ 
ultimatum -- constitutes an unprecedented challenge to European affairs, 
an action that seeks to bar the right of a sovereign people to exercise 
their democratic prerogative.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4485>

    Venezuela: Millions vote in socialist party primaries

June 28, 2015 -- Millions of members of the governing United Socialist 
Party of Venezuela (PSUV) hit the ballot box on June 28 to vote for the 
left-wing party’s candidates for parliamentary elections to be held in 
December. "Here are these candidates, they are men and women who come 
from the people, they were nominated by the grassroots (of the party), 
now it is up to you to choose,” stated Venezuelan President Nicolas 
Maduro on June 26 during an event to celebrate the close of campaign.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4484>

    Cuba 'will always be ready to help sister nations', says ICAP
    president <http://links.org.au/node/4483>

June 15, 2015 -- *Kenia Serrano*, president of the Cuban Institute for 
Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) and a member of Cuba's National 
Assembly, attended the recent national consultation of the 
Australia-Cuba Friendship Society. /Green Left Weekly'/s *Denis 
Rogatyuk* spoke with her about recent developments of the Cuban Revolution.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4483>

    Armenia: What has sparked #ElectricYerevan?

By *Sergei Markedonov*
June 24, 2015 -/- /Fresh protests in Yerevan have their roots in a 
number of deep-rooted domestic issues in Armenian politics. But we make 
comparisons to other protest movements at our peril. On June 23, some 
6000 people marched towards President Serzh Sargsyan’s residence in 
Yerevan. Water cannons against protesters have been used against 
participants in what has already been dubbed #ElectricYerevan, in 
reference to the cause of the protests: rising energy prices.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4482>

    Mexico: President and his party re-elected; left divided and
    defeated <http://links.org.au/node/4479>

By *Dan La Botz*
June 15, 2015 -- Despite widespread disillusionment with the political 
system, an organised attempt to prevent the election from taking place 
in a few states and continuing economic doldrums, President Enrique Peña 
Nieto and his Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) were the big 
winners in Mexico's June 7 election, followed by the conservative 
National Action Party (PAN). Both parties are committed to continuing 
the deepening of the country's neoliberal, free-market economic reforms.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4479>

    Syria: Nusra’s massacre of Druze villagers condemned

By *Michael Karadjis*
June 15, 2015 -- The second week of June witnessed two major events 
concerning the relationship between the Druze religious minority and the 
Syrian revolution.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4478>

    Mexico: Elections and resistance <http://links.org.au/node/4477>

By *Nevin Siders Vogt*, Mexico City
June 22, 2015 – /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ – 
With the growing intersection among the campaigns for justice for the 43 
disappeared students and the resistance movements’ struggle against the 
privatisation of natural resources and nationalised industries, the 
rhythm of resistance activities has not slackened over the last year, 
despite the mid-term elections. This is why the People’s and Worker’s 
Political Organization (OPT) sees the urgency to taking stock and 
projecting what immediate steps to take. This report is based on the 
gathering Mexico City’s OPT branch in Tlalpan organised preparatory to 
the campaigns it will participate in for the latter half of the year.

  * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4477>

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