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    What s new at Links: Shorter work week, population and climate, El Salvador, Michael Lebowitz, Castro, S. Korea, Marta Harnecker, Tamils, Make Greed History,
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      What's new at Links: Shorter work week, population and climate, El
      Salvador, Michael Lebowitz, Castro, S. Korea, Marta Harnecker, Tamils,
      Make Greed History, Mexico

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      What's wrong with a 30-hour work week? <http://links.org.au/node/1077>

      By Don Fitz
      May 30, 2009 -- With millions of jobs lost during the first part of
      2009, who is calling for a shorter work week to spread the work around?
      In the US, the vehicle industry sets the pace for organised labour. The
      only discussion at the top levels of the United Auto Workers Union (UAW)
      is how quickly the gains won during the last 50 years can be given back.
      Does the UAW have no memory of the 1930s and 1940s when a shorter work
      week was at centre of organising demands?

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1077>

      Ten reasons why population control is not an answer to climate
      change <http://links.org.au/node/1076>

      By Simon Butler
      June 1, 2009 -- Climate change is the greatest challenge humanity has
      ever faced. The scientific evidence of the scale of the threat is
      overwhelming, compelling and frightening. Climate tipping points --
      points which if crossed will lead to runaway global warming -- are being
      crossed now. A discussion has surfaced about whether population-control
      measures should be a key plank in the climate action movement's campaign
      arsenal. Below are 10 reasons why such a decision would hinder, rather
      than help, the necessary task of building a movement that can win.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1076>

      El Salvador: The beginning of a new era -- and great challenges

      By Jay Hartling
      May 31, 2009 -- El Salvador -- On Monday, June 1, 2009 El Salvador will
      turn a new page in its history with the inauguration of the country´s
      first left government, joining the ranks of the majority of Latin
      America. Representing the Farabundo Marti para la Liberacion Nacional
      (FMLN, Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front) ), Mauricio Funes and
      Salvador Sanchez Ceren, president and vice-president elect, will face a
      national assembly in which the FMLN is outnumbered by more than 2:1. Out
      of a total of 84 seats, the FMLN only have 35. This will make broad
      sweeping changes difficult, but not impossible, and may force Funes to
      use the power of the presidential veto as a bargaining chip. It is
      important that those of us observing from a distance understand the
      complicated environment within which the new government will be operating.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1075>

      Michael Lebowitz: '21st century socialism needs a 21st century
      Marxism' <http://links.org.au/node/1073>

      May 23, 2009 -- Michael Lebowitz is a Canadian Marxist economist. He is
      the director of the "Transformative practice and human development"
      program at the Caracas-based left-wing think tank, the Centro
      Internacional Miranda. He is professor emeritus of economics at Simon
      Fraser University and author of Build it Now: 21st Century Socialism and
      the 2004 Isaac Deutscher-prize winning Beyond Capital: Marx's Political
      Economy of the Working Class. Christopher Kerr spoke with Lebowitz about
      capitalism's crisis and the socialist alternative.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1073>

      Fidel Castro's declarations of resistance

      Review by Alex Miller
      The Declarations of Havana,
      by Fidel Castro, with an introduction by Tariq Ali,
      Verso, 2008, 138 pages
      May 22, 2009 -- As Cuba celebrates the 50th anniversary of the
      revolution that overthrew the US-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista in
      1959, it is fitting that three of the most famous documents relating to
      the struggle against Batista and the early days of the revolution are
      published together in a single volume. The Declarations of Havana is
      part of Verso's new "revolutions" series.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1074>

      South Korea: The legacy of the 1980 Kwangju uprising

      On the weekend of May 15-18, 2009, the city of Kwangju, South Korea,
      held the Kwangju International Peace Forum to celebrate the struggle for
      democracy in South Korea and to support similar struggles elsewhere in
      Asia. Christopher Kerr of South Korea-based solidarity group Venceremos
      caught up with George Katsiaficas to discuss the legacy of the 1980
      Kwangju uprising.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1072>

      Marta Harnecker: Ideas for the struggle #3 -- To be at the service
      of popular movements, not displace them <http://links.org.au/node/1071>

      [This is the third in a series of regular articles. Click HERE for other
      articles in the series <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/368>. Please
      return to Links regularly read the next articles in the series.]
      By Marta Harnecker
      We have previously stated that politics is the art of constructing a
      social and political force capable of changing the balance of forces in
      order to make possible tomorrow that which today appears to be
      impossible. But, to be able to construct a social force it is necessary
      for political organisations to demonstrate a great respect for
      grassroots movements; to contribute to their autonomous development,
      leaving behind all attempts at manipulation. They must take as their
      starting point that they aren't the only ones with ideas and proposals
      and, on the contrary, grassroots movements have much to offer us,
      because through their daily struggles they have also learned things,
      discovered new paths, found solutions and invented methods which can be
      of great value.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1071>

      Socialist Party of Malaysia condemns Sri Lanka's slaughter of Tamils

      By the Socialist Party of Malaysia (Parti Sosialis Malaysia, PSM)
      May 27, 2009 -- Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared victory
      over Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) as the last LTTE
      strongpoints crumbled. The victory is for no one but only the
      chauvinistic nationalist Sinhalese government led by Rajapaksa, which
      had launched a brutal, merciless and cold-blooded military offensive
      against the Tamil population for several months, inflicting nothing but
      death, destruction and misery. The victory proclaimed by Rajapaksa will
      not put an end to the conflict that has lasted for several decades, but
      signals a new assault on working people in Sri Lanka -- Tamil, Sinhalese
      and Muslim.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1070>

      Scottish Socialist Party: `Make Greed History

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1069>

      `The only fight we lose is the one we abandon': Mexico's first
      openly lesbian MP on LGBT rights and people's power

      By Rachel Evans
      May 21, 2009 -- Coyacan, Mexico -- I interviewed Patria Jiménez in
      Coyacan's normally bustling markets. The onset of the swine flu crisis
      had emptied the streets and enforced a stiffness into Mexico's normally
      effusive greetings tradition. No kissing hello or shaking hands was
      encouraged. Jiménez ignored swine-flu protocol and greeted me warmly.
      In 1997, Jiménez made history by being elected the first openly lesbian
      member of Mexico's Chamber of Deputies. Representing the Workers
      Revolutionary Party (PRT), which was in an alliance with the Democratic
      Revolution Party (PRD), Jiménez was also the first openly lesbian
      candidate to be elected in Latin America. She is standing again within a
      coalition, Salvemos a México (We Will Save Mexico), for the July 2009
      federal elections. She remains a member of the PRT.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1068>

      Marta Harnecker: Ideas for the struggle #2 -- Convince, not impose

      [This is the second in a series of regular articles. Click HERE for
      other articles in the series <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/368>.
      Please return to Links regularly read the next articles in the series.]
      By Marta HarneckerPopular movements and, more generally, the different
      social protagonists who today are engaged in the struggle against
      neoliberal globalisation both at the international and national levels
      reject, with good reason, attitudes that aim to impose hegemony or
      control on movements. They don't accept the steamroller policy that some
      political and social organisations tended to use that, taking advantage
      of their position of strength and monopolising political positions,
      attempt to manipulate the movement. They don't accept the authoritarian
      imposition of a leadership from above; they don't accept attempts made
      to lead movements by simply giving orders, no matter how correct they are.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1067>

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