[A-List] What's new at Links: Solidarity with Gaza from Bolivia & Venezuela, Jewish and Israeli opposition; Thailand, S. Africa, Apartheid Israeli, Tariq Ali, Malaysia
glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Wed Jan 21 21:32:09 MST 2009
What's new at Links: Solidarity with Gaza from Bolivia & Venezuela,
Jewish and Israeli opposition; Thailand, S. Africa, Apartheid Israeli,
Tariq Ali, Malaysia
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Bolivia breaks ties over Gaza, will take Israel to ICC/Bolivia rompe
relaciones diplomáticas con Israel en solidaridad con Gaza
January 14, 2009 -- Al Jazeera -- Evo Morales, the president of Bolivia,
says he is breaking off ties with Israel in protest against its war in
Gaza, which has left more than 1000 Palestinians dead. Morales said on
Wednesday that he would seek to get top Israeli officials, including
Ehud Olmert, the Israeli prime minister, charged with "genocide" in the
International Criminal Court.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/855>
Jewish and Israeli opposition to Israel's Gaza slaughter (updated
Jan. 17) <http://links.org.au/node/851>
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/851>
Thailand: Petition -- Defend freedom of speech. Stop the use of
`lese majeste' laws <http://links.org.au/node/859>
Please sign this open letter and ask others to sign.
Stop the use of lese majeste laws in Thailand. Defend freedom of speech
We, the undersigned, oppose the use of lese majeste in Thailand in order
to prevent freedom of speech and academic freedom. We demand that the
government cease all proceedings in lese majeste cases.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/859>
Palestine government salutes Venezuela's Hugo Chavez
President Hugo Chavez,
Your Excellency, President Hugo Chavez,
We, the people of Palestine, commend your courage to speak and act upon
your conscience regardless of your detractors' criticism or cowardice.
Mr. President, we have watched death rain upon our families and children
in Gaza for weeks; and yet we stand proud and ready for any outcome. We
are a resilient people who wish for peace but will fight rather than bow
to injustice. We live and die by the codes of our forefathers -- codes
of honor, integrity, truth and bravery.
Throughout history, in a just conflict, there always emerges a champion,
a single hero who, by his actions, embodies all the virtues the masses
aspire to. You have demonstrated that you are such a man.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/858>
South Africa's new opposition party: Face to face with `Terror'
The following was presented by social movement activist Ashwin Desai as
part of the December 18, 2008, Harold Wolpe lecture and debate with
Mosiuoa ``Terror'' Lekota, leader of the newly formed Congress of the
People (COPE). It was held at the Centre for Civil Society, University
of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban. COPE was formed by supporters of the former
president of the ANC Thabo Mbeki in protest at his replacement by Jacob
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/857>
COSATU leader Zwelinzima Vavi: Sanction and boycott apartheid
By Zwelinzima Vavi, general secretary, Congress of South African Trade
January 14, 2009 -- From our own experience, we know how painful and
dehumanising is the system of segregation, otherwise known as apartheid.
Apartheid is a system based on the assumption that one group or race is
superior to others and therefore has a right to all the privileges and
virtues associated with that particular status. It has a right to run
and determine the lives of others, excluding them from certain
privileges, merely because they do not belong to the "chosen" group.
What other definition would so fittingly define a system based on
different rights and privileges for Jews and Arabs in the Middle East?
The bantustanisation of Palestine into pieces or strips -- West Bank,
Ramallah, Gaza Strip and so on -- run by Israel and with no rights
whatsoever for the Palestinians, is definitely an apartheid system.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/856>
Young Israeli socialist speaks out for a free Palestine
January 7, 2009 -- Isaac Shuisha, an Israeli citizen and student
involved in the Palestine solidarity movement in Sydney, spoke to Green
Left Weekly's Simon Butler about the reasons behind Israel's assault on
Gaza and the campaign for a free Palestine. Shuisha is a member of the
socialist youth organisation, Resistance.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/854>
Israel -- an apartheid state <http://links.org.au/node/853>
By Tony Iltis
January 6, 2009 -- In a 1969 interview, then-Israeli PM Golda Meir,
referring to the creation of the State of Israel in 1948, said: "It is
not as though there was a Palestinian people ... and we came and threw
them out and took their country ... They did not exist."
Of course, the Palestinian people did, and still do, exist. This
inconvenient fact helps explain why Israel is forced to continuously
resort to brutal military force.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/853>
Tariq Ali on Israel's massacres in Gaza <http://links.org.au/node/852>
Tariq Ali addresses the Stop Gaza Massacres meeting in London, January
8, 2009. Organised by Stop the War Coalition UK.
Watch at http://links.org.au/node/852
Thailand: Activist Giles Ji Ungpakorn faces arrest for `insulting'
monarchy (now with excerpts from Coup for the Rich)
Readers of Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal are urged to
send letters of protest and calling for all charges against Giles Ji
Ungpakorn to be dropped. Send them to the Thailand's Prime Minister
Abhisit Vejjajiva at Government House, Bangkok, Thailand, fax number
+66 (0) 29727751. Please also write letters of protest to the ambassador
of the Royal Thai embassy in your own country.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/850>
Malaysian police detain anti-war protesters; PSM slams minister's
'double standards' <http://links.org.au/node/848>
January 10, 2009 -- The police have arrested 21 people, including member
of parliament for Klang MP Charles Santiago and several top leaders of
the Socialist Party of Malaysia (Parti Sosialis Malaysia -- PSM, at an
anti-war vigil at Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur. The vigil was organised
by Anti-War Coalition to show support to the victims of war and
aggression in Palestine and Sri Lanka.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/848>
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