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    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 6, 2008
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      The financial crisis: A socialist perspective

      By Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin

      September 30, 2008 -- The Bullet -- 'They say they won't intervene. But
      they will.' This is how Robert Rubin, Bill Clinton's treasury secretary,
      responded to Paul O'Neill, the first treasury secretary under George W.
      Bush, who openly criticised his predecessor's interventions in the face
      of what Rubin called 'the messy reality of global financial crises.'[1]
      The current dramatic conjuncture of financial crisis and state
      intervention has proven Rubin more correct than he could have imagined.
      But it also demonstrates why those, whether from the right or the left,
      who have only understood the era of neoliberalism ideologically - i.e.
      in terms of a hegemonic ideological determination to free markets from
      states - have had such a weak handle on discerning what really has been
      going on over the past quarter century. Clinging to this type of
      understanding will also get in the way of the thinking necessary to
      advance a socialist strategy in the wake of this crisis.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/666>

      Climate change -- the case for public ownership

      By Trent Hawkins

      Arising out of the UK Climate Camp in August 2008 there has developed an
      interesting debate between Ewa Jasiewicz, an activist in Britain, and
      well-known radical columnist George Monbiot about the role of so-called
      "state solutions" to climate change. Jasiewicz's article, published on
      the Guardian website[i] and entitled "Time for a Revolution", was an
      attack on Monbiot for a "controversial presentation [at climate camp]
      ... in which he endorsed the use of the state as a partner in resolving
      the climate crisis".

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/654>

      Nepal: Prachanda in New York -- A Maoist vision for a new Nepal

      `A Maoist Vision for a New Nepal' -- MP3 recordings of a talk by Nepal's
      Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal (Prachanda), followed by questions and
      answers, presented to the India China Institute of New School
      University, New York City, on September 26, 2008. The MP3 audio clips
      were first presented on the Hegemonik site, and are posted here with

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/652>

      Peru: Hugo Blanco -- My arrest <http://links.org.au/node/665>

      By Hugo Blanco

      Cuzco, Peru, October, 3 2008 -- First, I would like to express my
      profound gratitude to all of the people and institutions who, upon
      hearing of my arrest, demanded my liberation.* Every one of those was
      important. But among those that touched me most, I should mention the
      pronouncement made by my Canadian brothers and sisters with whose
      support I am able to continue publishing Lucha Indígena the call from
      the Conacami (The Peruvian National Confederation of Communities
      Affected by Mines) with whom I share the anxious desire for a political
      project that emanates from the indigenous, campesino and grassroots
      organisations; and the support of Wilbert Rozas, the mayor who
      instituted the indigenous communities' municipal government and went
      immediately to Paruro after learning of my arrest. Thanks to this
      solidarity, I was quickly--though temporarily--released.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/665>

      Canadian election: Left and labour movement discuss way forward

      A selection of articles from Canadian socialists discussing the October
      14 federal election and the debates and discussions in the Canadian and
      Quebec left and labour movements on electoral tactics.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/663>

      The global financial crisis: implications for Asia

      By Reihana Mohideen

      The Wall Street crisis seems light years away from the side streets of
      Manila's urban poor slums. For the labouring masses in the Philippines
      the capitalist system has been in crisis for some time now, unable to
      deliver life's basic necessities: jobs and a living wage; affordable
      quality healthcare and education; and food security.
      According to official National Statistics Office data poverty levels
      have increased between 2003 and 2006, and 2008 is expected to be the
      worst year since the 1998 Asian economic crisis. Between April 2007 and
      April 2008 the labour force grew by only 81,000, while the number of
      unemployed rose by 249,000, i.e. triple the increase in the labour
      force. In 2008 the number of employed persons fell by 168,000 and there
      was no employment generation in April of this year. Jobs were being lost
      at a time when prices and inflation were skyrocketing.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/660>

      France: `Red postie' Olivier Besancenot makes international
      headlines <http://links.org.au/node/659>

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/659>

      Racism, domination and revolution in Bolivia

      By Adolfo Gilly

      September 22, 2008 -- Mexico -- "The problem in Bolivia is that the
      country is undergoing a process of reforms, without abandoning the
      democratic framework, but both the opposition and the government act as
      if they were facing a revolution", stated Marco Aurelio García, a close
      international affairs advisor to [Brazil's president] Lula, according to
      an article by José Natanson in the newspaper Pagina 12.
      Allowing myself to not take this declaration literally, but instead in
      an ironic sense, Marco Aurelio García, an intelligent and well-informed
      man, can't help but realise that if the two protagonists of the Bolivian
      confrontation believe that they are dealing with a revolution, this
      belief is the best confirmation that, in effect, it is. The
      vice-president of Bolivia, Álvaro García Linera, on the other hand, has
      said that what is happening is "an increase in elites, an increase in
      rights, and a redistribution of wealth. This, in Bolivia, is a revolution."

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/658>

      Walden Bello: A primer on the Wall Street meltdown

      By Walden Bello, Focus on the Global South
      [Read more on the capitalist economic crisis HERE
      September 25, 2008 -- The Wall Street meltdown is not only due to greed
      and to the lack of government regulation of a hyperactive sector. It
      stems from the crisis of overproduction that has plagued global
      capitalism since the mid-seventies.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/657>

      Human Rights Watch report on Venezuela: An echo of US propaganda

      Statement by the Australia-Venezuela Solidarity Network
      September 30, 2008 -- As a broad network of organisations and
      individuals that has closely studied the significant changes in
      Venezuelan society since 1998 - including organising eight study tours
      to Venezuela involving more than 150 Australians from diverse
      backgrounds -- we are obliged to respond to the biases, distortions and
      lies contained in the Human Rights Watch report A Decade Under Chavez:
      Political Intolerance and Lost Opportunities for Advancing Human Rights
      in Venezuela, released in September 2008.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/656>

      India: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it explode?

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/655>

      Australia's Socialist Alliance urges a 10-point plan to cut
      atmospheric CO2 <http://links.org.au/node/653>

      September 25, 2008 -- The Australian federal government's climate change
      adviser, Professor Ross Garnaut, has released his recommendations for
      medium-term cuts to Australian greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/653>

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