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T. Lin on Lenin, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, NZ, Burma, WSF or 5th
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How credible is Human Rights Watch on Cuba?
By Tim Anderson
February 11, 2010 -- In late 2009 the New York-based group Human Rights
Watch published a report titled New Castro Same Cuba. Based on the
testimony of former prisoners, the report systematically condemns the
Cuban government as an "abusive" regime that uses its "repressive
machinery ... draconian laws and sham trials to incarcerate scores more
who have dared to exercise their fundamental freedoms".
So how credible is this scathing report on Cuba? And who does Human
Rights Watch represent?
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1506
Vancouver Winter Olympics: A festival of corporate greed
By Roger Annis
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- On February 12, 2010, the
corporate sporting behemoth known as the 21st Winter Olympic Games
opened to great fanfare here. In a time of economic hardship and
government cuts to social programs across Canada, huge sums of public
money have been spent to stage this uber spectacle.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1501
Australia: Trade union solidarity with NT Aboriginal struggle
By Emma Murphy, Ampilatwatja, Northern Territory
February 12, 2010 -- From February 1-14, in a remote part of Australia's
Northern Territory (NT), a group of trade unionists and Aboriginal
rights activists from Victoria, New South Wales and the NT joined forces
with the Alyawarr people from Ampilatwatja community to help make
history. Many people around Australia have already been inspired by the
Alyawarr people's walk-off. On July 14, 2009, following a great
tradition from Aboriginal struggles of the past century, they walked off
their community and set up a protest camp.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1511
Lars T. Lih's contribution to a Leninism for the 21st century
Lenin Rediscovered: What Is To Be Done? In Context
By Lars T. Lih, Haymarket Books, Chicago 2008, 840 pages
Review by Barry Healy
If a spectre haunted 19th century Europe, as Marx said of the embryonic
communist movement, then the name of Lenin was no ghost for the 20th
century bourgeoisie, it was a terrifying reality. For the capitalists,
with Leninism the communist phantom came howling out of the underworld,
beginning with the 1917 Russian Revolution, sweeping whole continents
clean of capitalist rule.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1510
Malaysia: Two-party system - and a 'third force'?
By Jeyakumar Devaraj
February 11, 2010 -- Malaysia has only known one ruling coalition in the
past 52 years since independence. But the result of the March 2008
election has led to rising hope among many Malaysians that an enormous
change might be around the corner - a two-party system under which the
people are free to choose between two coalitions, which are both capable
of governing the country. The purpose of this paper is to locate the
institution of a two-coalition system against a wider historical
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1509
Burma: Regional left support for workers' struggle
February 13, 2010 -- The statement below has been signed by the Working
People's Association (Indonesia); Confederation Congress of Indonesia
Union Alliance; the Singapore Democratic Party; the Socialist Party of
Malaysia; Socialist Alternative (Australia); Socialist Alliance
(Australia); Socialist Worker New Zealand; Young Democrats (Singapore);
Partido ng Manggangawa (Philippines); Congress of South African Trade
Unions; Partido Lakas ng Masa (Philippines).
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1508
Beyond the World Social Forum ... the Fifth International
Eric Toussaint interviewed by Igor Ojeda for the Brazilian weekly paper
Brasil de Fato. Translated from French by Judith Harris and Christine
February 2010 -- According to Eric Toussaint, a doctor in political
science and one of the ideologists of the World Social Forum, now in its
tenth edition, effective political action calls for the creation of a
permanent national front of parties, social movements and international
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1507
LPP fifth congress: Bravura expression of growing left influence in
By Farooq Tariq
February 8, 2010 -- The two-day Labour Party Pakistan fifth congress
[held on on January 27-28] helped to advance the revolutionary process
in Pakistan. It brought together comrades from different traditions and
trends to discuss the central topic: "Building a mass working-class
party independent of the influence of the capitalists and feudal
elements." The congress was a bravura expression of the growing
influence and strength of emerging left-wing politics in Pakistan.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1505
Who is really avoiding justice in Thailand?
By Giles Ji Ungpakorn
February 6, 2010, is the first anniversary of the day I had to leave
Thailand and seek political exile in Britain. I left Thailand because it
had become a dictatorship with no regard to international standards of
justice, democracy or human rights. I was charged with lese majeste for
writing a book which criticised the illegal military coup in 2006.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1504
New Zealand socialists target bad banks and low wages
Representatives of New Zealand left organisations attended the
Australian Socialist Alliance's recent national conference. In the
following interviews, conducted by the Australian socialist newspaper
Green Left Weekly, they explain the political situation in New Zealand
and talk about the key campaigns they are involved in.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1503
New Zealand: What has happened to real wages since1982?
By Mike Treen
Official data on wage movements in New Zealand point to a real wage
decline of around 25% between 1982 and the mid-1990s that has never been
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1502
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