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      What's new at Links: Honduras coup, GLW's 800th, Marta Harnecker, Iran,
      East Timor, Communism in Australia, Tamils

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      Honduras: Obama's first coup d'etat? <http://links.org.au/node/1124>

      By Eva Golinger
      [As of 11:15 am, June 28, Caracas time, President Manuel Zelaya is
      speaking live on Telesur from San Jose, Costa Rica. He has verified the
      soldiers entered his residence in the early morning hours, firing guns
      and threatening to kill him and his family if he resisted the coup. He
      was forced to go with the soldiers who took him to the air base and flew
      him to Costa Rica. He has requested the US government make a public
      statement condemning the coup, otherwise, it will indicate their
      compliance. At 5 pm, Roberto Micheletti, head of Honduras' Congress was
      sworn in as de facto president. At 7 pm, the Organization of American
      States condemned the coup. US secretary of state Hillary Clinton has
      formally condemned the coup. For continuing updates, visit Eva
      Golinger's web site at http://www.chavezcode.com/.%5d

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1124>


      Australia's Green Left Weekly celebrates its 800th issue
      <http://links.org.au/node/1123>

      Congratulations on reaching the 800th issue. It is not easy these days
      for independent left journals to sustain themselves, when they are so
      badly needed. Look forward to hearing about the 1000th.

      -- Noam Chomsky, radical US activist, writer and intellectual

      As so much of the corporate media becomes a parody of itself, the agents
      of power not of people, we need the view from ground more than ever and
      Green Left Weekly more than ever.

      -- John Pilger, journalist and documentary maker

      June 28, 2009 -- The need for a radical green and left alternative to
      the monopolised corporate media is even greater today than when the
      first issue of Green Left Weekly came out in February 1991. From the
      outset we knew this non-profit project could survive only with the
      dedication and support from those inspired by a vision of democratic and
      ecologically sustainable socialist change.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1123>


      Marta Harnecker: Ideas for the struggle #12 -- Don't confuse desires
      with reality <http://links.org.au/node/1122>

      [This is the final article in a 12-part series of articles. Click HERE
      for other articles in the series <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/368>.]
      By Marta Harnecker, translated by Federico Fuentes
      Unfortunately, there tends to be a lot of subjectivism in our analysis
      of the political situation. What tends to occur is that leaders, driven
      by their revolutionary passion, tend to confuse desires with reality. An
      objective evaluation of the situation is not carried out, the enemy
      tends to be underestimated and, on the other hand, one's own potential
      is overestimated.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1122>


      Socialist Alliance: In solidarity with the people of Iran
      <http://links.org.au/node/1121>

      June 26, 2009 -- The Socialist Alliance
      <http://www.socialist-alliance.org/> of Australia stands in solidarity
      with the millions of Iranians who are bravely demanding their rights in
      the streets despite huge state-sanctioned repression. These are the
      biggest protests in Iran since the 1979 protests in which the US-backed
      Shah was deposed.
      Millions of people, old and young, ethnic and religious minorities, have
      taken to the streets, day in and day out since the disputed election on
      June 12. They have bravely defied the repressive regime of Mahmoud
      Ahmedinejad to demand the most basic of rights: the right to freely and
      transparently elect their representatives.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1121>


      Marta Harnecker: Ideas for the struggle #11 -- Popular
      consultations: spaces that allow for the convergence of different
      forces <http://links.org.au/node/1120>

      [This is the eleventh in a series of regular articles. Click HERE for
      other articles in the series <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/368>.]
      By Marta Harnecker, translated by Federico Fuentes
      I have previously argued the case for the need to create a large social
      bloc against neoliberalism that can unite all those affected by the
      system. To achieve this, it is fundamental that we create spaces that
      allow for the convergence of specific anti-neoliberal struggles where,
      safeguarding the specific characteristics of each political or social
      actor, common tasks can be taken up that aid in strengthening the struggle.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1120>


      New Anti-Capitalist Party of France: `With the people and workers of
      Iran!' <http://links.org.au/node/1119>

      Statement by the Nouveau Parti Anticapitaliste (NPA, New Anti-Capitalist
      Party of France), translated by Carmel McGlinchey, Luke Weyland and
      Annolies Truman
      Since June 13, the day after the rigged presidential election, millions
      of Iranians have gone into the streets with cries of "Down with the
      dictatorship!". The ferocious repression has already caused tens if not
      hundreds of deaths. Young people, women and the residents of the poorer
      areas who comprise the majority of the demonstrators have now been
      joined by the trade union movement.
      The union of bus workers declared its solidarity, in asserting: "As long
      as the principle of free organisation and elections is not applied, all
      talk of social liberation and the rights of the workers is only a joke".
      The workers of Iran Khodro, the first car manufacturer in the country
      (with 60,000 employees), engaged in a strike while adding their demands
      for salary increases and the right to strike to the demands raised in
      the streets.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1119>


      East Timor: Putting self-determination into practice
      <http://links.org.au/node/1118>

      June 19, 2009 -- Mericio Juvinal dos Reis, or Akara as he is commonly
      known, is the executive director of Luta Hamutuk, a non-government
      organisation based in Dili, East Timor. Akara was a featured guest at
      the World at a Crossroads conference, hosted by Green Left Weekly, held
      in Sydney in April 2009. Vannessa Hearman spoke with Akara about East
      TImor's ongoing struggle for genuine self-determination and development.
      East Timor won its independence formally in 2002, after a long and
      bloody struggle against Indonesian occupation from 1975 to 1999. In
      1999, a United Nations-sponsored referendum was held, in which the
      Timorese people voted to be independent from Indonesia. Luta Hamutuk was
      set up in 2005 by a group of young activists, including Akara. Akara had
      been involved in pro-independence activities as a student in Indonesia.
      He was a member of the Timorese Socialist Party but left in 2003.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1118>


      Communism in Australia <http://links.org.au/node/1116>

      By Dave Holmes
      [This talk was presented at the A Century of Struggle -- Laborism and
      the radical alternative: Lessons for today conference, held in
      Melbourne, Australia, on May 30, 2009. It was organised by Socialist
      Alliance and sponsored by Green Left Weekly, Australia's leading
      socialist newspaper. To read other talks presented at the conference,
      click <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/377>HERE
      <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/377>.]

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1116>


      Troops out of the Tamil homeland, release the prisoners!
      <http://links.org.au/node/1115>

      Statement by Socialist Resistance (Britain)
      June 21, 2009 -- The massive demonstration in London on June 20
      reflected the widespread shock and anger of the Tamil diaspora. The key
      demands that have to be raised are the right to live in the Tamil
      homeland, freedom for internees and political prisoners, and immediate
      withdrawal of the army, which is overwhelmingly Sinhalese. These demands
      can help refocus a movement focused on the demand for a ceasefire, and
      provide an antidote to the retreat of the LTTE leadership into building
      a transnational government committee in exile rather than a real
      movement. 300,000 children, men and women -- many elderly -- have been
      interned in concentration camps. Over 50,000 have been killed or
      disappeared. 10,000 political prisoners have being held, accused of
      being Tamil Tigers, who have no chance to face trial or otherwise be freed.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1115>


      Marta Harnecker: Ideas for the struggle #10 -- A strategy for
      building unity <http://links.org.au/node/1114>

      [This is the tenth in a series of regular articles.]
      By Marta Harnecker
      I have previously referred to the necessity of building unity among all
      left forces and actors in order to be able to group a broad
      anti-neoliberal bloc around them. Nevertheless, I do not think that this
      objective can be achieved in a voluntarist manner, creating coordinating
      bodies from above that end up as simple sums of acronyms.
      I believe that this unity can emerge through concrete struggles for
      common objectives. And that is why I think that we can help create
      better conditions for this unity if we put into practice a new strategy
      of anti-capitalist struggle.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1114>

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