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      What's new at Links: Venezuela, MDGs, Thailand, Sweden, Cuba, FBI raids
      left, John Coltrane, Pakistan

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      Sweden: Far-right election gains met with spontaneous mass protests
      <http://links.org.au/node/1905>

      By *Johann Sommansson*
      September 23, 2010 -- The counting of votes in the September 19 Swedish
      parliamentary elections sent out shock waves. The far right made its
      parliamentary debut, and for the first time in modern Swedish political
      history an incumbent non-Social Democrats government has been able to
      win a national election. As such, the process of dismantling the Swedish
      welfare state is set to continue unabated.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1905>


      Thailand: What the September 19 mass Red Shirt rallies mean for Thai
      politics <http://links.org.au/node/1902>

      By *Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
      September 21, 2010 -- In the afternoon of Sunday, September 19, 2010,
      tens of thousands of Red Shirts returned to the Ratchaprasong
      intersection in Bangkok to remember the coup four years previously, and
      the deliberate murder in April and May this year of around 90 unarmed
      demonstrators, many of whom were gunned down by army snipers near
      Ratchaprasong.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1902>


      Cuba: The drive for efficiency within socialism
      <http://links.org.au/node/1911>

      By *Helen Yaffe*
      September 22, 2010 -- The announcement by the Cuban Trade Union
      Confederation on September 13, 2010, about plans to reduce the
      state-sector workforce by half a million was greeted by jeering
      headlines from journalists outside the island. Cuba is rarely of
      interest to the bourgeois press unless they believe there is some crisis
      to celebrate or that new measures can be interpreted as evidence of a
      shift from socialism to capitalism.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1911>


      (updated Sept. 26) United States: Solidarity needed! FBI raids left
      activists under guise of `anti-terrorism'
      <http://links.org.au/node/1909>

      /Against the Current/ -- On September 24, the FBI conducted raided the
      homes of antiwar and left activists in Minneapolis, Chicago, Michigan
      and North Carolina. These provocations, under the guise of
      "anti-terrorism", appear to have targeted leaders of the Freedom Road
      Socialist Organization, which publishes the /Fight Back! /newspaper and
      website. The articles below are from /Fight Back! News/, /Twin Cities
      IndyMedia /and /War Times/

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1909>


      Venezuela criticises `market totalitarianism' at UN Millennium
      Development Goal summit <http://links.org.au/node/1908>

      By *Tamara Pearson*, Merida

      September 22, 2010 � In Venezuela, �social investment has become a
      national strategy to achieve the Millennium Development Goals�, said
      Jorge Valero, Venezuela's ambassador to the United Nations, in his
      September 21 speech at the UN summit in New York analysing progress
      towards reaching the Millennium Development Goals.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1908>


      Venezuela: Opposition and media lies about lack of democracy exposed
      <http://links.org.au/node/1907>

      By *Francisco Dominguez*

      September 23, 2010 -- Venezuelans vote on Sunday, September 26, for the
      South American country's 165-seat National Assembly � its national
      parliament. This is the 16th national election or referenda since Hugo
      Ch�vez was first elected president in 1998.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1907>


      `A force which is truly for good' -- John Coltrane and the jazz
      revolution <http://links.org.au/node/1906>

      By *Terry Townsend*
      September 23, 2010 -- John William Coltrane (abbreviated as "Trane" by
      his fans) was born on this day in 1926. Since his untimely death on July
      17, 1967, saxophone colossus Coltrane has become an icon of
      African-American pride, achievement and uncompromising determination. He
      led a revolution in music that mirrored the turbulent growth of black
      militancy and revolutionary ideas within the urban black community.
      Today, Trane continues to inspire.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1906>


      Pakistan: �Cancel the debt to help flood victims'
      <http://links.org.au/node/1903>

      September 18, 2010 -- *Ammar Ali Jan* is a 23-year-old activist in
      Pakistan who visited Australia earlier this year to speak at the
      Resistance national conference. He is an organiser of the Progressive
      Youth Front (PYF), which campaigns for democracy and against corruption.
      He spoke to *Melanie Barnes* from Resistance about what�s been happening
      in Pakistan, especially the devastating impact of the recent floods.

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1903>


      Thailand: `The Red Shirts will fight on!' -- Eyewitness account,
      photos of Sept. 19 Red Shirt protest <http://links.org.au/node/1901>

      * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1901>

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