[A-List] What's new at Links: Obama; Thailand; Kanaky; Sri Lanka; Venezuela; Cuba; Palestine; Lenin; El Salvador
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Tue Jan 27 16:32:38 MST 2009
What's new at Links: Obama; Thailand; Kanaky; Sri Lanka; Venezuela;
Cuba; Palestine; Lenin; El Salvador
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Black president in the White House: Not the `same old white
supremacy' but ...
By Mike Ely
For literally millions of people, for many of a new generation, the
awakening to politics starts in these moments. This is the world, the
arguments, the summations, the claims, the promises that they hear and
that they will see unfold in the days ahead. We need to understand this
moment, we need to also inhabit this world that they are seeing -- in
order to craft from among them a revolutionary force that can actually
connect with and represent their highest hopes.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/867>
Kanaky (New Caledonia): Anti-capitalism and independence
By Bernard Alleton, translated by Sam Wainwright for Links International
Journal of Socialist Renewal
The balance sheet of first year of the Kanaky PT (Workers Party) is
largely positive. In the municipal elections in March, four months after
it was formed, the PT ran candidates in fourteen of the territory's
thirty-three communes resulting in thirty elected representatives. This
demonstrates its genuine implantation. More generally, the PT knew how
to take on the lethargy of the other parties that claim to struggle for
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/872>
Thailand: Petition for freedom of speech; Interview with Giles Ji
Ungpakorn on the use of `lese majeste' laws
Please sign the petition (below the videos
<http://links.org.au/node/859>) and ask others to sign.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/859>
What does Obama mean for the world? <http://links.org.au/node/874>
By Barry Sheppard, San Francisco
January 23, 2009 -- More than 1 million people gathered in bitter cold
in Washington DC to witness the historical inauguration of an African
American as president. The crowd was disproportionately Black, but
majority white -- and jubilant. Celebrations were held in Black
communities throughout the country, and in other sectors of the population.
He was sworn in by his full name, Barack Hussein Obama, itself historic.
In the aftermath of the election, he enjoys overwhelming support
according to polls, far higher than his margin of votes. This indicates
a large swing of whites among those who voted for the Republican
candidate John McCain.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/874>
Obama and the change the world demands <http://links.org.au/node/873>
By Kavita Krishnan
The United States - and the world - has just witnessed Bush's exit from
and Barack Obama's entry into the White House. The mood at Obama's
inauguration - an event replete with symbolic resonances, situating the
Obama presidency in the history of the civil rights movement against
racism in the US - indicates the endurance of that groundswell of
popular hope in the US which powered Obama's election campaign. For a US
people reeling from financial crisis and the highly unpopular Bush
presidency, Obama has offered a promise of ``change''.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/873>
Sri Lanka: Behind the genocidal war against the Tamils
By Tony Iltis
January 17, 2009 -- The January 14 announcement by the Sri Lankan
government that its forces had completed the capture of the Jaffna
Peninsular, effectively bringing all of the historic Tamil nation in Sri
Lanka's north-east under military occupation, was a grim reminder that
the Israeli assault on the Gaza ghetto is not the only holocaust at the
start of the new year.
The Tamil people have been fighting for independence from Sri Lanka
since 1983 when an island-wide pogrom (the most violent of several that
had regularly occurred since 1956) convinced Tamils that they would not
attain equality or security under the Sinhala-chauvinist state that has
ruled Sri Lanka since independence in 1948.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/870>
Venezuela: Mass support for constitutional reform campaign
By Tamara Pearson
Over the January 17-18 weekend, committees from various sectors of
society swore to campaign hard to win the approval by public vote of the
amendment to the constitution to get rid of the two-term limit on all
elected offices in Venezuela. More than 20,000 people attended the
swearing in of the heads of logistical and operational patrols of the
United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in Caracas on January 17.
Venezuela's President Hugo Chávez stated at the event that there are now
about 100,000 "Yes committees" organised, or in formation, to campaign
in favour of changing the five articles of constitution so that all
popularly elected positions are not limited to two terms.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/869>
African American students discuss Cuba's healthcare revolution
Radio Open Source carried this interview with three medical students
from the United States studying in Cuba.
But the core of our long conversations is medicine, the Cuban way.
This is aggressive, free, hands-on healthcare that makes house
calls, and lingers for the feel of emotions and homelife. Doctors'
training -- like doctors' care -- is free: the payback required of
the students here from all over the hemisphere is only that they
return to under served areas of their home countries...Their
thinking on social determinants of health, on the primacy of public
health and the vital role of prevention strategies are unmatched in
the world. With spending of less than US$200 per person per year for
health care, they have achieved health outcomes no different than in
the USA where expenditures now exceed $7000 per person annually!".
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/868>
`What we expect from President Obama on Palestine' (+COSATU
solidarity message to the people of Gaza) <http://links.org.au/node/866>
Joint statement by the Palestine Solidarity Committee (South Africa) and
the Congress of South African Trade Unions
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/866>
Thailand: Activist Giles Ji Ungpakorn charged with `insulting'
[Please sign the petition HERE <http://links.org.au/node/859> against
the attack on freedom of speech in Thailand, which the use of lese
By Giles Ji Ungpakorn
January 20, 2009 -- Today, the police informed me that I have been
charged with lese majeste because of eight paragraphs in Chapter 1 of my
book A Coup for the Rich. The paragraphs are listed below. According to
the police charge sheet, the charges arise from the fact that the
director of Chulalongkorn University bookshop decided to inform the
police Special Branch that my book "insulted the Monarchy". The bookshop
is managed by the academic management of the university. So much for
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/865>
Good riddance, Dubya! <http://links.org.au/node/864>
* Street art/photo essay, see more <http://links.org.au/node/864>
Lenin on liquidationism <http://links.org.au/node/863>
By Chris Slee
In recent years there have been a number of cases where revolutionary
Marxist parties have initiated or participated in attempts at building
broad left parties. Examples include the Scottish Socialist Party; the
Socialist Alliance and later Respect in England; the Socialist Alliance
in Australia; Papernas in Indonesia; the participation of Italian
Trotskyists in the Party of Communist Refoundation; and the New
Anti-Capitalist Party initiated by the Revolutionary Communist League
(Ligue Communiste Revolutionnaire) in France. Sometimes Marxist groups
that participate in such broad formations are accused of
"liquidationism". This was a term used by Lenin to refer to the policy
of certain members of the Russian Social-Democratic Labour Party who
wished to dissolve ("liquidate") the RSDLP after the crushing of the
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/863>
El Salvador: Election results add to tension as presidential race
heats up <http://links.org.au/node/862>
January 20, 2009 -- Amanda Peters was on the spot as an official
observer, and as part of a delegation from CISPES (Committee in
Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). She spoke with community
radio's Latin Radical as the first results started coming in, and gives
her nervous prognosis for the presidential round coming up on March 15.
Also CISPES' assessment of the municipal and legislative elections.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/862>
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