What's new at Links: Financial crisis; climate change; Nepal; Peru; Canada; Venezuela; red postie; Bolivia; India
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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.'
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.
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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".
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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
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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.
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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.
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France: `Red postie' Olivier Besancenot makes international
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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.
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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.
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India: What happens to a dream deferred? Does it explode?
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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.
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