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    What s new at Links: Mali, Hitchens, Le Blanc on MLK, Greek left & Syriza, Free Somyot!, 35% off Lebowitz, UK SWP, Evo Morales, S.Africa farmworkers * * *
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      What's new at Links: Mali, Hitchens, Le Blanc on MLK, Greek left &
      Syriza, Free Somyot!, 35% off Lebowitz, UK SWP, Evo Morales, S.Africa
      farmworkers

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      France launches war in Mali to secure resources, stamp out national
      rights struggles <http://links.org.au/node/3189>

      By *Roger Annis*
      January 18, 2013-- France, the former slave power of west Africa, has
      poured into Mali with a vengeance in a military attack launched on
      January 11. French warplanes are bombing towns and cities across the
      vast swath of northern Mali, a territory measuring some one thousand
      kilometres from south to north and east to west. French soldiers in
      armoured columns have launched a ground offensive, beginning with towns
      in the south of the northern territory, some 300 kilometres north and
      east of the Malian capital of Bamako.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3189>


      Christopher Hitchens: The guilty bastard <http://links.org.au/node/3185>

      */Unhitched: The Trial of Christopher Hitchens/*
      By Richard Seymour
      New York: Verso Books, 2012
      134 pages

      Review by *Doug Enaa Greene*
      January 19, 2013 -- First impressions do matter. Now it is said that
      first impressions can be unfair, not giving us a chance to understand a
      person's complexity. In the case of Christopher Hitchens, my first
      impression of him was that of a witty tool for the George W. Bush
      administration's wars. In 2005, I first saw Hitchens while randomly
      flipping through television channels and finding a debate between him
      and George Galloway on the Iraq War.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3185>


      Paul Le Blanc on Martin Luther King: Christian core, socialist
      bedrock <http://links.org.au/node/3188>

      By *Paul Le Blanc*
      The life and example of Martin Luther King, Jr. are central to any quest
      for a better world---in part because he so effectively illuminated, and
      helped people struggle against, the realities of racism, highlighting
      the link between issues of racial and economic justice. I will argue
      here that his outlook represents a remarkable blending of Christian,
      democratic, and socialist perspectives.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3188>


      To the crucible: an Irish engagement with the Greek crisis and the
      Greek left <http://links.org.au/node/3187>

      By *Helena Sheehan*
      January 21, 2013 -- A monumental drama is playing out before our eyes.
      It is a true Greek tragedy. The plot: A society is being pushed to its
      limits. The denouement is not yet determined, but survival is at stake
      and prospects are precarious. Greece is at the sharp end of a radical
      and risky experiment in how far accumulation by dispossession can go,
      how much expropriation can be endured, how far the state can be
      subordinated to the market. It is a global narrative, but the story is a
      few episodes ahead here.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3187>


      Thailand: Protest letter demands: 'Free Somyot'!
      <http://links.org.au/node/3186>

      January 17, 2013 -- The following protest letter, signed by 381
      organisations and individuals inside and outside Thailand, was submitted
      to Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and other Thai authorities on
      January 17. The letter was organised by the Thai Labour Campaign. Many
      more individual letters are due to be delivered on and before January
      23, organised by Amnesty International, Australia Asia Workers Links and
      Clean Clothes Campaign. Readers of /Links International Journal of
      Socialist Renewal/ are urged to send their own letters to the addresses
      below. Please cc a copy to freesomyot@...
      <mailto:freesomyot@...>

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3186>


      Special offer: 35% off 'The Contradictions of "Real Socialism"' by
      Michael A. Lebowitz <http://links.org.au/node/3184>

      January 18, 2013 -- Since Monthly Review Press published *Michael A.
      Lebowitz*'s /The Contradictions of "Real Socialism": The Conductor and
      the Conducted /it has generated quite a bit of discussion. Building on
      concepts he developed in /The Socialist Alternative/, Lebowitz examines
      the record of "real socialism"---the post-revolutionary societies of the
      20th century, particularly in Russia and Eastern Europe. He makes a
      provocative argument that has implications for how we understand
      socialist planning and the struggle for socialism in the 21st century.*
      Now, Monthly Review Press is offering a special discount of 35% off the
      list price and has asked /Links International Journal of Socialist
      Renewal/ to make this offer available to its readers. This offer is good
      until the end of January.*

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3184>


      Britain: Reflections on the crisis in the Socialist Workers Party
      <http://links.org.au/node/3183>

      /"As an important part of the English-speaking left, the SWP over the
      years has influenced many individuals and groups. Without correction,
      the actions by the current leadership, along with the errors regarding
      women's oppression and left organising, risk damaging the project of
      building a new left for the 21st century."
      /

      By *Paul Kellogg*

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3183>


      Evo Morales: Ten commandments against capitalism, for life and
      humanity -- 'Manifesto of Isla del Sol' <http://links.org.au/node/3182>

      January 15, 2013 -- On December 21, 2012, at a solstice celebration in
      Lake Titicaca, high in the Andes, Bolivia's president *Evo Morales*
      introduced the /Manifesto of Isla del Sol/. His talk, translated below,
      includes the full text of the manifesto.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3182>


      South Africa: Harvesting discontent -- farmworkers rebel; Stop rural
      slavery! Respect the farmworkers! <http://links.org.au/node/3181>

      By *Mercia Andrews*
      January 13, 2013 -- The protests and mobilisation that started in the
      small town of De Doorns on November 6, 2012, galvanised the anger of
      farm dwellers against decades of discontent at extreme exploitation and
      oppression that persist on farms, in rural towns and South Africa's
      agricultural sector.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3181>

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