[Marxism] What's new at Links: Resounding 'Oxi' to austerity; Solidarity with Greece from Asia-Pacific, Venezuela; Tsipras speech; Varis Yaroufakis; Georg Lukas; Turkey and HDP; Sinn Fein mayors; ISIS; "banks are made of marble"
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Wed Jul 8 01:49:58 MDT 2015
What's new at Links: Resounding 'Oxi' to austerity; Solidarity with
Greece from Asia-Pacific, Venezuela; Tsipras speech; Varis Yaroufakis;
Georg Lukas; Turkey and HDP; Sinn Fein mayors; ISIS; "banks are made of
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Greece: Astonishing and resounding 'Oxi' (No) to EU austerity
By *Colin Fox*
July 5, 2015 -- /Colin Fox/, posted at /Links International Journal of
Socialist Renewal/ -- So much for it being a close vote! The Greek
people today delivered a resounding blow to the European Central Bank's
plan to implement further hardship and austerity on the Greek people.
More than 61.3% of Greeks voted "No" (38.69% voted Yes). This represents
a huge success for Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and an extraordinary
vindication of the SYRIZA government and its record since January 25th.
Despite falling living standards and increased hardship, epitomised by
the enforced "bank holiday" this week which restricted customers to €60
per day, the Greek people have again resoundingly backed their radical
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4496>
Greece: Vote #OXI -- Alexis Tsipras' speech at the final rally
before 'Greferendum' [English] <http://links.org.au/node/4494>
Athens -- Greece's Prime Minister *Alexis Tsipras* addressed tens of
thousands of people late on July 3, 2015, in the final rally to call for
a #OXI (No) vote in the July 5 referendum against the European Union's
blackmail and austerity.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4494>
'Your struggle is our struggle': Asia-Pacific left solidarity with
the people of Greece and SYRIZA <http://links.org.au/node/4493>
July 3, 2015 -- Posted at /Links International Journal of Socialist
We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with the people of Greece and
the SYRIZA-led government as they prepare for a referendum on July 5,
2015, on whether to accept the continuation of the program of neoliberal
austerity or chart a new course free from the debilitating stranglehold
of the “troika” — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central
Bank, and the European Commission. We support the call of SYRIZA for a
"no vote" as the only option for the people of Greece, especially the
working classes, to assert sovereign control over the country's economy
and their own future.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4493>
Turkey: As Erdogan manoeuvres to retain power, country faces
uncertain future <http://links.org.au/node/4499>
By *Dave Holmes*
July 7, 2015 – /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ -- One
month after Turkey’s June 7 parliamentary elections, the country still
does not have a government. Ahmet Davutoglu of the Justice and
Development Party (AKP) remains caretaker prime minister. President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan remains the dominant figure in the AKP and is
actively manoeuvring to retain his party’s leading position. The
president is supposed to be an impartial figure above party politics but
Erdogan pays scant regard to such constitutional niceties.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4499>
Varis Yaroufakis: 'I wear the creditors’ loathing with pride'; New
minister 'a change in style, not substance'
By *Varis Yaroufakis*, Greece's former minister of finance
July 6, 2015 -- The referendum of July 5, 2015, will stay in history as
a unique moment when a small European nation rose up against debt bondage.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4497>
Ireland: Sinn Fein's mayor of Dublin joins those in Belfast, Derry
and Cork <http://links.org.au/node/4495>
July 4, 2015 -- The election of a first-ever Sinn Fein mayor in Dublin
has underlined the party’s progress in city councils across the island
ahead of the centennial commemorations of the 1916 Easter Rising.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4495>
'US fuelled the rise of ISIS' conspiracy theories a back-handed
attack on Syrian uprising <http://links.org.au/node/4492>
By June 8, 2015 -- In early June, journalist Seamus Milne penned a piece
for the/Guardian/ entitled, "Now the truth emerges how the US fuelled
the rise of Isis in Syria and Iraq". Of course, we all wait for “the
truth”. The nickname “truth” has been used by every kind of religious
organisation for centuries – indeed they all had opposing “truths”.
Generations of Americans saw the reflection of their own imperialist
leaders in Superman fighting for “truth, justice and the American way”.
For decades Soviet citizens were told their leaders spoke only “the
truth” in a newspaper by that name.
Milne, in other words, is in good company.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4492>
‘But the banks are made of marble...' <http://links.org.au/node/4491>
/"But the banks are made of marble, with a guard at every door, and
the vaults are stuffed with silver, that the worker sweated for ..."
-- /"The Banks are made of Marble" was written circa 1948 by Les
Rice and recorded by Pete Seeger among others.
By *John Rainford*
July 2, 2015 – /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ --
Across Africa, western Asia and Latin America in the 1980s, the growth
of per capita GDP was brought to a halt. This was not a recession, it
was a severe depression, and its cause was profligate lending by banks
in the 1970s.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4491>
Venezuela: Maduro, ALBA express solidarity with Greece, reject
'financial blackmail' <http://links.org.au/node/4490>
By *Lucas Koerner*
July 1, 2015 -- /Venezuelanalysis.com/, posted at /Links International
Journal of Socialist Renewal/ – Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro
voiced solidarity with the Greek government of Alexis Tsipras after the
latter refused a payment of $1.8 billion to the International Monetary
Fund (IMF). “I want to officially express solidarity to Prime Minister
Alexis Tsipras and the Greek people on behalf of Venezuela”, said the
socialist leader on his weekly television program shortly after the IMF
deadline late June 30 evening.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4490>
Greece: OXI! Vote No! to austerity on July 5
July 1, 2015 -- Posted at //Links International Journal of Socialist
Renewal/ /-- "We say no! For a Greece of dignity, for a Europe of
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4489>
Georg Lukacs: Lessons for struggle today <http://links.org.au/node/4486>
*Doug Enaa Greene's* lecture on Hungarian Marxist Georg Lukacs
(1885-1971) and the lessons we can use for today's struggles. The work
of Lukacs, who was one of the preeminent communist philosophers of the
last century, offers valuable insight on how revolutionaries understand
the nature of capitalism, political organising and strategy. Presented
to the Center for Marxist Education.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4486>
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