What's new at Links: Venezuela, Peterloo, US healthcare, Woodstock,
Arabic, Pakistan, Kanaky, sustainability, Vietnam, Clinton & Africa
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Venezuela: Socialist party prepares for 'transition to socialism';
PSUV discussion document <http://links.org.au/node/1197
By Federico Fuentes, Caracas
August 8, 2009 -- On August 1, United Socialist Party of Venezuela
(PSUV) members across the country participated in 1556 local assemblies
to discuss the reorganisation of the party's base into local
``patrols''. This push to strengthen revolutionary organising comes at a
time when attacks on Venezuela's revolutionary process revolution "from
outside and within have intensified", Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,
also president of the PSUV, said on August 4. After his re-election in
the December 2006 presidential elections, Chavez issued a call to build
a "new party... from the base" and at the service "of the people and the
revolution, at the service of socialism".
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1197
Win a trip to Venezuela! Drawn on August 30, 2009
Win a trip to Venezuela!
...and strengthen the solidarity movement with Venezuela's revolution
* Enter here <http://links.org.au/node/971
The 1819 `Peterloo' massacre: class struggle in the Industrial
By Graham Milner
August 16, 2009 -- The Industrial Revolution began in England, and the
emergence of the industrial working class brought to the fore a new
social and political force in world history. The bloody events of 190
years ago, on August 16, 1819, when a mass workers' protest in
Manchester demanding political reform and labour rights was broken up by
the army, with considerable loss of life, stand out as a stark warning
to socialist activists everywhere that the ruling classes will react
with violence and terror when their power and privileges are challenged.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1206
United States: Industry-backed opponents of healthcare reform react
with racism, violence <http://links.org.au/node/1205
By Don Fitz
August 14, 2009 -- St. Louis -- Did you hear about the town hall meeting
in St. Louis on August 6, where union thugs attacked a black
conservative and sent him to the hospital with multiple injuries? Well,
it didn't happen exactly like that. In fact, events were the opposite of
what talk show hosts Rush Limbaugh and Bill O'Reilly broadcast and what
the corporate media relayed across the US.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1205
Woodstock 40 years ago: Country Joe McDonald's and Jimi Hendrix's
antiwar classics <http://links.org.au/node/1204
40 years ago -- from August 15 to August 18, 1969 -- hundreds of
thousands of young people gathered for three days of ``peace, love and
music''. In the midst of the mass movement against the Vietnam War and
the youth radicalisation it unleashed, oppostion to US imperialism's
slaughter in Vietnam was personified by the performances of Country Joe
McDonald's ``Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die' Rag'' and Jimi Hendrix's
searing anti-patriotic ``Star-Spangled banner'' (below, press ``Read
more'' to watch).
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1204
The Flame, August 2009 -- Green Left Weekly's Arabic-language
With the help of Socialist Alliance members in the growing Sudanese
community in Australia, Green Left Weekly -- Australia's leading
socialist newspaper -- is publishing a regular Arabic language
supplement. The Flame covers news from the Arabic-speaking world as well
as news and issues from within Australia.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1203
Pakistan: Why was Tariq Mehmood was arrested? Demand his release!
By Farooq Tariq
On August 9, 2009, Tariq Mehmood, a human rights activists and general
secretary of the Labour Party Pakistan (LPP) in the Toba Tek Singh
district issued a press release to the journalists in Toba Tek Singh. He
alleged that eight Christian women were raped by Muslim fanatics in an
attack on Korian village in Gojra Tehsil on July 28 attack. He also
alleged that 40 women are still missing and no clue is yet found about
their whereabouts. He condemned this atrocious and horrific act and
demanded the government to probe the case. More than 60 houses were
burnt by fanatics in the village on the accusation of blasphemy. This
act led to another attack on Gojra Christian community and nine people
were burnt alive.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1201
Australia: ABC TV's `Foreign Correspondent' program censors
Venezuela's majority <http://links.org.au/node/1200
By the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network
August 12, 2009 -- The Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Foreign
Correspondent current affairs TV program screened on August 11, titled
"Hugo Chavez: Total Control" did nothing to shore up the ABC's
reputation for well-informed, accurate reporting. Eric Campbell's report
from Venezuela was riddled with inaccuracies, half-truths and
transparent biases that need to be corrected.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1200
Petition: Appeal for the immediate release of USTKE trade unionists
in Kanaky <http://links.org.au/node/1199
August 12, 2009 -- On August 6, a general strike in Kanaky (or the
French overseas territory of New Caledonia) was called off after an
accord between the trade union confederation USTKE (Federation of Unions
of Kanak Workers and the Exploited) and Air Caledonia was finally signed
by the airline. The signing of the accord, which had been negotiated on
June 11, put an end to 10 days of demonstrations, roadblocks and violent
confrontations with police, motivated as much by a desire for
independence and decolonisation, as by the issue of industrial justice.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1199
Sustainability: utopian and scientific <http://links.org.au/node/1198
By Mark Burton
To make the move to a sustainable future where people are no longer
threatened by an ecological catastrophe will require a number of things
-- above all a strong and broad movement with effective and intelligent
leadership and an accurate understanding of the current problems and how
they can be overcome. Sadly, only some parts of this constellation of
forces are in place today.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1198
Vietnam: Chemical companies, US authorities knew the dangers of
Agent Orange <http://links.org.au/node/1195
By Jon Dillingham
August 10, 2009, was the first Orange Day organised in Vietnam -- not
only to be remembered by victims of Agent Orange but to mark Vietnam's
common pain. Those responsible for exposing Vietnamese citizens and US
troops to toxic defoliants kept silent about known health implications,
a review of documents finds.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1195
Hillary Clinton in Africa: Promoting US corporate and military
By Firoze Manji
August 6, 2009 -- International media attention is focused on the August
3-14 visit of the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to seven
countries in Africa. Judging by the behaviour of representatives of many
African governments, there are great expectations that this visit --
following so closely after US President Barack Obama's two earlier
visits to Egypt and Ghana this year -- holds out vast hope for Africa.
But what is the significance of Clinton's visit? Does it really hold out
hope for Africa? There are three dimensions to this visit: The African
Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA); oil and natural resource
exploitation; and security.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1194
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