[Imc-zimbabwe] What's new at Links: Summit of Americas; Thailand; Evo Morales; World at a Crossroads; Tamils; S. Africa; Michael Lebowitz; Climate & Capitalism
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Apr 22 23:28:33 PDT 2009
What's new at Links: Summit of Americas; Thailand; Evo Morales; World at
a Crossroads; Tamils; S. Africa; Michael Lebowitz; Climate & Capitalism
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`Capitalism is putting an end to humanity and the planet' -- ALBA on
the 5th Summit of the Americas <http://links.org.au/node/1000>
Translated by Federico Fuentes
Cumaná, April 17, 2009 -- The heads of state and governments of Bolivia,
Cuba, Dominica, Honduras, Nicaragua and Venezuela -- member countries of
the Bolivarian Alternative for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA) --
consider that the proposed Declaration of the 5th Summit of the Americas
is insufficient and unacceptable for the following reasons:
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1000>
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 the cold-blooded murder by soldiers on the streets of
Bangkok, 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>
Left activists discuss solutions at World at a Crossroads
international socialism conference <http://links.org.au/node/999>
By Simon Butler
Sydney -- April 18, 2009 -- Several participants at the World at a
Crossroads conference, held in Sydney on April 10-12, remarked that the
conference could not have been better named. As the world economy
lurches into a deep recession, and the looming climate emergency reaches
a crisis point, the world truly is at a crossroads. The future will be
decided in the conflict between the greedy capitalist elites and those
around the world fighting for a far better world -- a world free of
racism, war and environmental plunder.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/999>
Malaysian socialists: `Unite to turn workers' frustration into a
political struggle for socialism' <http://links.org.au/node/997>
By M. Saraswathy
[M. Saraswathy is deputy chairperson of the Socialist Party of Malaysia.
She was a featured guest at the World at a Crossroads conference,
organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Resistance, and
held in Sydney, Australia, April 10-12, 2009. Below is M. Saraswathy's
speech to the final session of the conference: ``World at a Crossroads
-- Fighting for our future''.]
Cuba si! Yankee no! Uh! Ah! Chavez no se va!
Red salute from Malaysia to all friends and comrades!
The Socialist Party of Malaysia thanks the Democratic Socialist
Persective, Socialist Alliance and Resistance for inviting us to this
valuable World at a Crossroads conference.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/997>
The Tamils need support <http://links.org.au/node/1003>
The following editorial appeared in Green Left Weekly issue #791, April
April 18, 2009 -- One of the great crimes of modern times is occurring
on the island of Sri Lanka without a word of protest from governments
the world over. The Tamil people are facing genocide. Already this year,
the death toll of Tamil civilians exceeds 4000. Often dozens, and in
some cases hundreds, are slaughtered in a single day in Sri Lankan Army
bombings of the so-called safe zone, into which as many as 300,000
people are crowded.
Those Tamils who flee this zone are being placed into concentration
camps by the Sri Lankan Army.
This brutal reality is almost entirely unreported, and not simply
because the Sri Lankan government refuses to allow journalists access to
the scene of its crime. Instead, the mainstream media is once again
siding with the powerful.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1003>
South African election: Zuma elite will maintain ANC's
pro-capitalist course <http://links.org.au/node/1002>
By John Appolis and Dale McKinley, for the Anti-Privatisation ForumApril
16, 2009 -- We are now in a world radically different from what it was a
mere four months ago. The world economy is collapsing, torn apart by an
economic recession. Thousands of workers are being thrown out of work;
millions find themselves hungry in the midst of plenty of food; millions
are homeless in the midst of houses being repossessed and standing
empty. Factories that once produced bricks and cement are standing idle
when millions require shelter. Neoliberal capitalism has over the past
30 years inflicted untold misery onto the world's poor whilst
simultaneously making a very small minority filthy rich.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1002>
Video: Michael Lebowitz: Venezuela's socialism of the 21st century
April 16, 2009 -- Michael Lebowitz has recently been in Australia as a
featured guest of the World at a Crossroads conference, held in Sydney
April 10-12, organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Green
Left Weekly. Lebowitz is professor emeritus of economics at Simon Fraser
University in Vancouver, Canada. He is a program coordinator with the
* Watch <http://links.org.au/node/1001>
Canadian socialists: `The goals that unite us are vastly more
important than our differences' <http://links.org.au/node/998>
By Ian Angus
[Ian Angus is an associate editor of Socialist Voice (Canada). He was a
featured guest at the World at a Crossroads conference, organised by the
Democratic Socialist Perspective and Resistance, and held in Sydney,
Australia, April 10-12, 2009. Below is Ian Angus' speech to the final
session of the conference: ``World at a Crossroads -- Fighting for our
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/998>
Evo Morales: `I declare myself Marxist ... now let the OAS expel
April 16, 2009 - During his intervention at the seventh ALBA Summit,
Bolivia's president Evo Morales recalled the 1962 documents of the
Organisation of American States (OAS) that resulted in Cuba being
expelled from the organisation, and outlined the importance of
reflecting on the motives of that expulsion.
The resolution indicates that the adherence of any member country to
Marxism-Leninism, and the association of any member government of the
organisation with the communist bloc, broke the unity and solidarity of
the hemisphere. Therefore, given that the government of Cuba identified
itself as Marxist-Leninist, it was incompatible with the purpose of the
OAS and was therefore excluded from participating.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/996>
Michael Lebowitz: What would Marx say today?
Is it time to dust off a copy of Das Kapital and revisit Marx's analysis
of capitalism's ills?
Michael Lebowitz has recently been in Australia as a featured guest of
the World at a Crossroads conference, held in Sydney April 10-12,
organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Green Left Weekly.
He was interviewed by the ABC Radio's Late Night Live on April 14, 2009.
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>
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