What's new at Links: 9/11, Chile, Honduras, climate talks & Africa, Cuba, Bolivia, Scottish SP, Paul Robeson
- What's new at Links: 9/11, Chile, Honduras, climate talks & Africa,
Cuba, Bolivia, Scottish SP, Paul Robeson
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The other September 11: US backed coup in Chile, 1973
An excerpt from John Pilger's documentary The War on Democracy, which
recounts the involvement of the United States government in the brutal
1973 military coup that overthrew the democratic socialist government of
President Salvador Allende -- paradoxically on September 11. It ushered
in a regime of torture and tyranny.
Below, see director Ken Loach's moving contribution to the 11"9'01 project.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1242>
Interview with Honduras resistance leader: `The US is sustaining the
During an August 17-19, 2009, international seminar on the economic
crisis hosted by the Party of Liberty and Socialism in Sao Paolo,
Brazil, Green Left Weekly/Links International Journal of Socialist
Renewal journalists Kiraz Janicke and Federico Fuentes, together with
journalists from Marea Socialista (Venezuela) and Alternativa Socialista
(Argentina), were able to interview Gilberto Rios from the international
relations commission of the National Popular Resistance Front against
the Coup about the growing resistance movement against the US backed
coup which ousted the democratically elected president of Honduras,
Manuel Zelaya, on June 28.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1236>
Call for a 'Seattle' approach to Copenhagen climate talks, Africans
demand reparations <http://links.org.au/node/1233>
By Patrick Bond
September 5, 2009 - Durban -- Here's a fairly simple choice: the global
North would pay the hard-hit global South to deal with the climate
crisis, either through the complicated, corrupt, controversial ``Clean
Development Mechanism' (CDM), whose projects have plenty of damaging
sideeffects to communities, or instead pay through other mechanisms that
must provide financing quickly, transparently and decisively to achieve
genuine income compensation plus renewable energy to the masses.
The Copenhagen climate summit in December is all about the former choice.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1233>
Hypocrisy over Cuba's `political prisoners'
By Tim Anderson
September 13, 2009 -- Political prisoners and Cuba can be a confusing
mix, in our times of mass propaganda. Three groups have attracted
international attention, over the past decade. The first group, 70 or so
(the ``dissidents''), were arrested in March 2003 by the Cuban
government and charged with taking money from a US program which aims to
overthrow the Cuban constitution. Amnesty International and many
European states, along with the US government, immediately declared them
``prisoners of conscience''. A number have since been released. The
second group of several hundred (``enemy combatants'') were collected by
the US government in Afghanistan and Pakistan over 2001-2002 and held
for many years in concentration camps at a US military base carved out
of the island of Cuba. International protest built up more slowly, and
eight years on many are still held without charge or trial.
The third group of five men (``the Cuban Five'') were arrested in the US
in 1998 and accused of being spies, for passing on information about
groups in south Florida that were preparing terrorist attacks on Cuba.
The US courts have rubber-stamped their convictions. On September 12,
2009, they completed 11 years in US jails.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1246>
Caracas to host world meeting of left parties, October 7-9, 2009
By Federico Fuentes, Caracas
September 5, 2009 -- Caracas will play host to one of the most important
international gatherings of left parties in years, when delegates from
across the world meet for the First International Meeting of Left
Parties over October 7-9, 2009.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1244>
Bolivia's vice-president defends MAS government's record
Interview with with Álvaro García Linera, vice-president of Bolivia, by
Maristella Svampa, Pablo Stefanoni and Ricardo Bajo, from August 2009
Bolivian edition of Le Monde Diplomatique. English translation and notes
by Richard Fidler.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1241>
How US warmongers exploited the 9/11 terrorist attacks
By Norm Dixon
[This article was first published on September 11, 2002, on the first
anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York and
Washington. Its observations remain relevant to this day.]
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1238>
Declaration of the Africa People's Movement on Climate Change
Nairobi, Kenya, August 30, 2009 -- We, the leaders of various people's
movements, community-based groups, academia, NGOs and civil cociety
organisations, met in Nairobi under the banner of the People's Movement
on Climate Change (PMCC) to discuss strategies to confront the climate
change crisis for Copenhagen and beyond from August 27 to 28 , 2009.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1237>
Eyewitness to Cuba: Report by the Scottish Socialist Party's
delegation to Cuba <http://links.org.au/node/1235>
In February 2009 for two weeks, a nine-strong delegation from the
Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) visited Cuba at the invitation of the
Communist Party of Cuba (CPC). Bill Bonnar reports on the visit.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1235>
Paul Robeson: `The artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery
By Harry Targ
On September 4, 1949, an angry crowd surrounded the 20,000 friends of
Paul Robeson who had come to hear him in an open-air concert at
Peekskill, New York. After the event right-wing, anti-communist inspired
mobs attacked supporters who were leaving the event. These attacks
included smashing the windows of Pete Seeger's automobile with several
family members inside. Sixty years later we remember the great
progressive Paul Robeson, his struggles for justice, and his refusal to
bow to the politics of reaction.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1234>
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