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    What s new at Links: Gaza massacre; economic crisis; French new left party; El Salvador; Pakistan; Venezuela; Mexico photos; Zimbabwe debate; Nicaragua;
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 2, 2009
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      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)
      <http://links.org.au/node/823>

      [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
      <http://links.org.au/node/817>

      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'
      <http://links.org.au/node/814>

      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
      <http://links.org.au/node/819>

      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
      <http://links.org.au/node/818>

      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'
      <http://links.org.au/node/816>

      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
      development organisation.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/816>


      Lessons of Zimbabwe: An exchange between Patrick Bond and Mahmood
      Mamdani <http://links.org.au/node/815>

      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
      destabilisation <http://links.org.au/node/812>

      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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