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What's new at Links: Haiti, population debate, Zizek debunked, France & hijab, Venezuela, Fifth International, feminism, John Bellamy Foster, Malaysian socialists, Pakistan

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    What s new at Links: Haiti, population debate, Zizek debunked, France & hijab, Venezuela, Fifth International, feminism, John Bellamy Foster, Malaysian
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 7, 2010
      What's new at Links: Haiti, population debate, Zizek debunked, France &
      hijab, Venezuela, Fifth International, feminism, John Bellamy Foster,
      Malaysian socialists, Pakistan

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      Haiti: The corporate vultures circle <http://links.org.au/node/1497>

      By Regan Boychuk
      February 3, 2010 -- Haitians' incredible plight has always been
      difficult to fully appreciate. Then the earthquake struck: hundreds of
      thousands dead, hundreds of thousands more hurt, a million homeless and
      two million in need of food. It defies imagination.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1497>


      `Population Justice' -- Blaming Third World women for global warming
      <http://links.org.au/node/1492>

      By Ian Angus

      January 31, 2010 -- For more than two centuries, the idea that the
      world's ills are caused by poor people having too many babies has been
      remarkably successful at diverting attention from the complex social
      causes of poverty and injustice.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1492>


      Slavoj Zizek's failed encounter with Leninism: 'The bread of justice
      must be baked by the people' <http://links.org.au/node/1500>

      By Paul Kellogg

      The Slovenian cultural theorist Slavoj z(iz(ek - most centrally in his
      Revolution At The Gates - has made it his business to reintroduce the
      Russian Marxist Vladimir Lenin to a new generation of activists. This
      article will challenge z(iz(ek's interpretation of the relationship
      between Lenin and democracy, Lenin and violence, and Lenin and Stalin.
      The net effect of z(iz(ek's analysis is not to resurrect Lenin, but to
      resurrect Stalin - an utterly irresponsible project given the nightmare
      of Stalinism from which we have only just emerged. The article will
      offer some suggestions for a more fruitful approach to "resurrecting"
      the political legacy of Vladimir Lenin.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1500>


      France: New Anti-Capitalist Party defends democratic right to wear
      hijab <http://links.org.au/node/1498>

      By Olivier Besancenot

      February 3, 2010 -- Le Figaro caricatured my words regarding the
      candidacy of Ilham Moussaïd, who is on our list in the
      Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur regional elections. After a serious and
      complex debate, the Vaucluse chapter of the New Anti-Capitalist Party
      (NPA) made a choice to include on its feminist, anti-capitalist and
      internationalist lists an NPA member who believes in wearing a headscarf
      on account of her religious convictions.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1498>


      The challenges facing 21st century socialism in Venezuela
      <http://links.org.au/node/1496>

      ``In Venezuela the biggest threat to the revolution does not come from
      the right-wing political opposition but from the so-called `endogenous'
      or `Chavista' right wing, in that chunks of the revolutionary bloc,
      including state elites and party officials, will develop a deeper stake
      in defending global capitalism over socialist transformation''' --
      William I. Robinson

      Interview with William I. Robinson, professor of sociology, University
      of California at Santa Barbara, by Chronis Polychroniou, editor of the
      Greek daily newspaper Eleftherotypia

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1496>


      Venezuela: Alberto Muller Rojas on the danger of bureaucracy
      <http://links.org.au/node/1495>

      Alberto Muller Rojas interviewed by Vladimir Villegas
      February 2, 2010 -- This interview was first published at Indymedia
      Venezuela on November 24, 2009. Vladamir Villegas is the former
      president of the state-owned Corporación Venezolana de Televisión
      (Venezuelan Television Corporation, VTV) network based in Caracas, and
      ex-Venezuelan ambassador to Mexico. Alberto Muller Rojas is the
      vice-president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV). It was
      translated by Sean Seymour-Jones and Tamara Pearson for
      Venezuelanalysis.com.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1495>


      Haiti: Anti-Brazil mobilisations grow in quake's wake
      <http://links.org.au/node/1494>

      Introduction and translation by Felipe Stuart Cournoyer
      February 1, 2010 -- Below is a translation of a news report that
      appeared in the January 31, 2010, issue of the Brazilian newspaper Folha
      de São Paulo. One of the most vexing issues in Latin America's relations
      with Haiti is the grievous lack of understanding on the part of
      anti-imperialist forces about the nature of the repeated imperialist
      occupations of the former French colony, and of the crushing of the
      Lavalas movement, including the ouster of the country's democratically
      elected president, Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1494>


      Fifth Socialist International -- Time for definitions
      <http://links.org.au/node/1491>

      By Luis Bilbao
      February 2, 2010 -- The first step has been taken. It has extraordinary
      strategic implications. It will shake up the left and right, the West
      and the East. It will blow in like a whirlwind through every political
      organisation, trade union or social, in every corner of the planet. On
      the evening of November 20, 2009, the day before the opening of the
      first extraordinary PSUV [United Socialist Party of Venezuela] congress,
      a feeling of vertigo swept over tens of thousands of people who heard
      Hugo Chávez, either on TV or on the internet, speak before delegates of
      parties from 30 or so countries, and launch a proposal that was as long
      desired as it was unexpected: to set to work to build the Fifth
      Socialist International.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1491>


      Beyond `feminine' and `masculine' <http://links.org.au/node/1490>

      By Anna Ochkina
      [Rabkor.ru published this reply by Anna Ochkina to a polemical article,
      "Masculine and Feminine", by Dmitry Zhvaniya. Anna Ochkina is deputy
      director of Institute for Globalisation Studies and Social Movements
      (IGSO) and deputy editor of Levaya politika (Left Politics) journal. She
      is a sociologist based in Penza, where she teaches at the university.
      Dmitry Zhvaniya is a journalist, based in St. Petersburg and a founding
      member of Dvizheniye soprotivleniya imeni Petra Alekseyeva (the Piotr
      Alekseyev Resistance Movement). Zhvaniya's article "Muzhskoe i zhenskoe"
      ("Masculine and Feminine") is available (in Russian) at
      http://www.rabkor.ru/debate/3933.html.%5d

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1490>


      Pakistan: An historic gathering of workers and peasants
      <http://links.org.au/node/1489>

      By Farooq Tariq
      February 1, 2010 -- An historic gathering took place at Faisalabad, the
      third largest city in Pakistan, on January 29, 2010. The event was
      jointly organised by the Labour Qaumi (National) Movement (LQM) and the
      Anjuman Mozareen Punjab (AMP -- Punjab Tenants' Association), two
      movements of workers and peasants that, by their defiant activities in
      several Punjabi districts, have caught the imagination of thousands. For
      the first time, these two important movements of workers and peasants in
      Punjab shared a common platform.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1489>


      Video -- John Bellamy Foster: The crisis of capital: economy,
      ecology and empire <http://links.org.au/node/1488>

      Professor of sociology and editor of Monthly Review, John Bellamy
      Foster, talks about the triple crises in the economy, the environment,
      and the imperial wars and occupations in Iraq, Afghanistan and beyond.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1488>


      Malaysian socialist: `We are growing in influence, especially among
      the working class' <http://links.org.au/node/1487>

      By Simon Butler
      January 22, 2010 -- For decades, there was no socialist party of
      significance in Malaysia. But in 2009, the Socialist Party of Malaysia
      (PSM) made some impressive gains. The party more than doubled in size
      and had members elected to state and national parliament for the first
      time. PSM activist Sivaranjani Manickam attended the Socialist Alliance
      national conference, held in Sydney in early January, 2010. She told
      Green Left Weekly that the recent growth in support for the party helped
      force the Malaysian government to finally grant it legal recognition
      after a 10-year battle.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1487>

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