What's new at Links: Gaza massacre; economic crisis; French new left party and more
- What's new at Links: Gaza massacre; economic crisis; French new left
party; El Salvador; Pakistan; Venezuela; Mexico photos; Zimbabwe debate;
Nicaragua; Climate change
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Palestinians, solidarity activists condemn Israel's mass slaughter
in Gaza, call for protests and sanctions (updated Dec. 29)
[Please check the comments section below these statements for
demonstrations in your part of the world.]
Occupied Ramallah, Palestine -- December 27, 2008 -- Today, the Israeli
occupation army committed a new massacre in Gaza, causing the death and
injury of hundreds of Palestinian civilians [latest reports place the
death toll at more than 200], including a yet unknown number of
schoolchildren who were headed home from school when the first Israeli
military strikes started. This latest bloodbath, although far more
ruthless than all its predecessors, is not Israel's first. It culminates
months of an Israeli siege of Gaza that should be widely condemned and
prosecuted as an act of genocide against the 1.5 million Palestinians in
the occupied coastal strip.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/823>
Two paths in the face of the capitalism's global fracture
By Luis Bilbao, translated from the December 2008-January 2009 issue of
America XXI by Federico Fuentes, for Links International Journal of
Socialist Renewal. Luis Bilbao will be a featured international speaker
at the World at a Crossroads conference
<http://www.worldatacrossroads.org/>, in Sydney, April 10-13, 2009.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/817>
France: New Anti-Capitalist Party `a very exciting initiative'
December 22, 2008 -- There's been surprisingly little discussion in the
UK on the launching of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (Nouveau Parti
anticapitaliste or NPA) over the water in France. I thought I'd take a
look at this interesting and significant new development and so I spoke
to John Mullen, the editor of Socialisme International, to see if I
could find out more.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/814>
End of neoliberalism? Sorry, not yet <http://links.org.au/node/821>
By Patrick Bond
December 26, 2008 -- Those who declare that the Great Crash of Late 2008
heralds the end of free market economic philosophy -- "neoliberalism"
for short -- are not paying close enough attention.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/821>
El Salvador: Video -- Unidos por el cambio (Democracy and the 2009
Salvadorean election <http://links.org.au/node/820>
By Committee with the People of El Salvador (CISPES)(USA)
Recent polls in El Salvador show that the leftist FMLN party is 15%
ahead over the right-wing presidential candidate from the ruling party.
This only confirms what Salvadorans in the social movement, members of
the FMLN, and the general public have been saying all along: El Salvador
is the next in line to join the Latin American shift to the left!
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/820>
Pakistan: Joint left demonstration against India-Pakistan war drive
By Javed Ahmad
December 20, 2008 -- While the danger of war between India and Pakistan
is accelerates, a peace demonstration in Lahore on December 20 demanded
no war between the two countries. More than 100 activists of the Labour
Party Pakistan and the Communist Mazdoor Kissan Party (CMKP) demanded an
end of war fanaticism.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/819>
Venezuela 2008: Balance sheet of the revolutionary process
By Gonzalo Gomez
December 17, 2008 -- During 2008, our revolutionary process has had its
ebbs and flows. Overall, we had significant progress, especially in the
recuperation of sovereignty, with the nationalisations and the electoral
victories in the great majority of governorships and mayoralties. The
right-wing also had its successes, as it managed to retain and seize
several strategic places. The process is not linear, but the revolution
needs to move forward in a permanent manner or the hangover of a
counterrevolution will raze the achievements obtained, including the
crushing of the vanguard.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/818>
Photo essay: Oaxaca, Mexico -- `Living Under the Trees'
A photo essay by David Bacon
December 23, 2008 -- About 30 million Mexicans survive on less than 30
pesos per day -- not quite US$3. The minimum wage is 45 pesos per day.
The Mexican federal government estimates that 37.7 per cent of its 106
million citizens -- 40 million people -- live in poverty. Some 25
million, or 23.6 per cent, live in extreme poverty. In rural Mexico,
more than 10 million people have a daily income of less than 12 pesos --
a little more than $1. It's no accident the state of Oaxaca is one of
the main starting points for the current stream of Mexican migrants
coming to the United States. Extreme poverty encompasses 75 per cent of
its 3.4 million residents, according to EDUCA, a Mexican education and
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/816>
Lessons of Zimbabwe: An exchange between Patrick Bond and Mahmood
December 2008 -- Mahmood Mamdani is an inspiring intellectual and
political writer, one of Africa's greatest ever. But I think there are a
few points raised in his recent London Review of Books article,
``Lessons of Zimbabwe'' (see full text in the appendix at the end of
this article; quotes from Mamdani's article are in indented italics)
that are worth debating.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/815>
A government in pandemonium: The first nine month of Pakistan
Peoples Party rule <http://links.org.au/node/813>
By Farooq Tariq
December 22, 2008 -- Instability, price hikes, growing unemployment and
rising debts are the hallmarks of the first nine months of the Pakistan
Peoples Party (PPP) government. There are daily demonstrations across
Pakistan around one or another of these issues. There is a real danger
of a war between Pakistan and India after the Mumbai terrorist attack on
November 26. The statement by Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari
about the doubtful Pakistani identity of Ajmal Qasab, the only terrorist
captured alive, did not go down very well within the Indian
establishment. The joint war-room meeting of all the Indian government's
important officials is a very serious matter.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/813>
In defence of Nicaragua's sovereignty, in opposition to imperialist
December 21, 2008 -- This is an appeal in defence of Nicaraguan
sovereignty, in opposition to an imperialist destablisation campaign to
undermine, and possibly topple, the Sandinista government. The pretext,
phoney as usual, is the claim that the municipal elections in November
were rigged. But the real aim of this phoney campaign is to blackmail
and intimidate the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN)
government to back down -- and override the will of the majority as
expressed in the election and as recognised by the Supreme Electoral
Council that includes both FSLN and opposition party supporters.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/812>
Spend the trillions on climate! <http://links.org.au/node/811>
By Martin Khor
December 15, 2008 -- The two crises of our times -- economic recession
and global warming -- should be tackled together. The trillions of
dollars earmarked for economic recovery can be spent to fight climate
change. The economic crisis should not stop governments from serious
action to combat climate change, but should instead be an opportunity to
fund climate-related activities.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/811>
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