[Imc-zimbabwe] What's new at Links: Thailand, factory occupations, Cuba's energy revolution, Capitalism and climate change, Luis Bilbao, Pakistan, Bolivia
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Tue Apr 14 18:23:49 PDT 2009
What's new at Links: Thailand, factory occupations, Cuba's energy
revolution, Capitalism and climate change, Luis Bilbao, Pakistan, Bolivia
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Thailand: Red Shirt democratic movement faces armed might of the
ruling elites <http://links.org.au/node/993>
By Giles Ji Ungpakorn, Turn Left Thailand
April 13, 2009 -- For the fourth time in forty years, troops have opened
fire on pro-democracy demonstrators in Bangkok. Each time, the aim has
been the same: to protect the interests of the conservative elites who
have run Thailand for the past 70 years.
For those watching, it may be tempting just to assume that the present
chaos is merely about different coloured T-shirts and supporters of
different political parties, as though they were mirror images of each
other. This is not the case.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/993>
(Updated April 14) Ireland & Britain: Car workers occupy plants over
jobs -- Support Visteon workers! <http://links.org.au/node/991>
April 9, 2009 -- Visteon workers in Enfield, having been threatened with
mass arrest by a court order, agree to leave peacefully under the
recommendation of the union on April 9, 2009. Some workers feel that
ending the occupation is a mistake, despite an agreement by the Visteon
management to enter into negotiations.
* Watch and read more <http://links.org.au/node/991>
La revolucion energetica: Cuba's energy revolution
By Laurie Guevara-Stone, photos by Mario Alberto Arrastia Avila
April 2, 2009 -- A new revolution is sweeping the island of Cuba, which
is making massive progress on energy efficiency and renewable
generation. Indeed, such is the success of the two-year old program on
this small island of 11 million people, that many other countries could
learn from its efforts to be energy independent and curb climate change.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/987>
Audio: Capitalism and Climate Change -- Ian Angus
Ian Angus is the editor of climateandcapitalism.com and a founder of the
Eco-socialist International Network. He is also associate editor of
Canada's Socialist Voice and the director of the Socialist History
Project. Ian toured Australia (Perth poster, left) in the run up to the
World at a Crossroads conference held in Sydney on April 10-12, 2009,
which was organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective
* Listen <http://links.org.au/node/994>
Luis Bilbao: The grand duel -- At the Fifth Summit of the Americas,
a crucial battle is to be waged <http://links.org.au/node/992>
By Luis Bilbao, translated by Gonzalo Villanueva for Links International
Journal of Socialist Renewal. It was first published in America XXI.
April 9, 2009 -- The time has arrived: to align with the North to engage
in the futile business of saving capitalism, or define positions and
accelerate towards South American unity, the complementary solidarity of
the region's economies and authentic sovereignty towards the good life
for all. That is the option for which there is no possible postponement.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/992>
Fourth International: Draft report on climate change
By Daniel Tanuro
Below is a reworked version of the report on climate change and climate
campaigns, drafted by Daniel Tanuro and presented at February 2009
meeting of the International Committee (IC) of the Fourth International.
This report has been adopted as the basis of a resolution to be written
for the coming Fourth International world congress.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/990>
Beards, Cuban and Pakistani <http://links.org.au/node/989>
By Farooq Sulehria
March 30, 2009 -- Fidel Castro finds beards a practical advantage: "You
don't have to shave every day. If you multiply the fifteen minutes you
spend shaving every day by the number of days in a year, you'll see that
you devote almost 5500 minutes to shaving. An eight-hour workday
consists of 480 minutes, so if you don't shave you gain about ten days a
year that you can devote to work, to reading, to sports or to whatever
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/989>
Bolivia's 'communitarian socialism' <http://links.org.au/node/988>
By Federico Fuentes
April 1, 2009 -- The historic enactment of Bolivia's new constitution
that grants unprecedented rights to the country's indigenous majority,
approved by over 61% of the vote on January 25, represented the
beginning of "communitarian socialism", according to President Evo Morales.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/988>
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