[A-List] What's new at Links: World Cup, Palestine solidarity, Thailand, China, Malaysia, David Harvey, Indonesia, Angola, Greece
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Tue Jun 15 00:04:42 MDT 2010
What's new at Links: World Cup, Palestine solidarity, Thailand, China,
Malaysia, David Harvey, Indonesia, Angola, Greece
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2010 World Cup: Africa's turn or turning on Africa? A political
economy of FIFA's African adventure <http://links.org.au/node/1738>
By *Ashwin Desai* and *Goolam Vahed, *PowerPoint slideshow by *Patrick
The awarding of soccer World Cup 2010 to South Africa was hailed as a
great "victory" for the African continent and the cause of much
celebration. It heightened expectations not only about the spectacle
itself but about the benefits that would accrue to South Africa and the
rest of Africa. This essay examines the notion of the successful bid as
an "African victory" in the context of global power relations in
football, South Africa's alleged function as a sub-imperialist power on
the continent, and xenophobic attacks on African immigrants in South Africa.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1738>
`Intensify pressure!' -- (updated June 8) Call by Palestinian
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee gains support
By the *Palestinian BDS National Committee* (BNC)
Occupied Palestine, June 1, 2010 -- Palestinian civil society calls for
intensifying boycott and sanctions as Israel massacres humanitarian
relief workers and international solidarity activists.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1725>
New book: `Thailand's Crisis and the Fight for Democracy'
June 11, 2010 -- Associate Professor *Giles Ji Ungpakorn* (pictured
above) is a political commentator and dissident from Thailand. In
February 2009 he had to leave Thailand for exile in Britain because he
was charged with /lèse majesté/
<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L%C3%A8se_majest%C3%A9> for writing a book
criticising the 2006 military coup. His latest book will be of interest
to activists, academics and journalists who have an interest in Thai
politics, democratisation and NGOs.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1741>
World Cup in South Africa: Six red cards for FIFA
By* Patrick Bond*, Durban
A barrage of flag-waving, /vuvuzela/-blowing hypernationalist publicity
cannot drown out at least six critiques of the World Cup:
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1740>
`People's Daily' columnist -- `Time to defend Chinese workers'
By *Li Hong*
June 7, 2010 -- Wherever exists exploitation and suppression, rebellion
erupts. If the exploited are a majority of the society, the revolt draws
even nearer and comes with a louder bout. For the past 30 years
witnessing China's meteoric rise, multinationals and upstart home
tycoons have rammed up their wealth making use of China's favourable
economic policies as well as oversight loopholes. In sharp contrast,
tens of millions of Chinese blue-collar workers who have genuinely
generated the wealth and created the prosperity have been left far behind.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1737>
Malaysia: PSM congress debates relationship with opposition Pakatan
June 9, 2010 -- The Socialist Party of Malaysia's 12th Congress was held
in Kuala Lumpur on June 5-6, 2010. Three hundred delegates from nine
states, and allied organisationd and grassroots committees, attended.
The congress was officiated by the PSM's national chairperson Comrade
Nasir Hashim. Three papers were presented on the environmental crisis
facing the world, leadership transition in PSM and the Malaysian
governments economic policies. Resolutions (see below) were debated on
the second day touching on idelogical questions, local government
elections and the PSM's relationship with the opposition Pakatan Rakyat
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1736>
Video: David Harvey -- `The crises of capitalism'
On April 26, 2010, Marxist geographer professor* David Harvey* spoke to
the the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and
Commerce (RSA) to explain how capitalism came to dominate the world and
why it resulted in the current financial crisis. He asks: is it time to
look beyond capitalism towards a new social order?
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1735>
Indonesian solidarity with the people of Palestine
/Protest in solidarity with the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the people of
Palestine, outside the US embassy, Jakarta, Indonesia, on June 7, 2010.
Organised by the Working People's Association (Perhimpunan Rakyat
Angola: >From liberation to `capitalismo selvagen'
By *David Sogge
*June 2010 -- What's in a name? For the ruling party of Angola, it
seems, quite a lot. In December 2009, that party formally abandoned its
original name from 1956, /Movimento Popular de Libertação de Angola/,
the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola. Henceforth it would
be known merely by the old initials: MPLA. Evidently the party thought
it best to bury and forget terms like "movement" and "liberation".
Besides, it had long ago dropped the word /Popular / from new nation's
first name, the /People's / Republic of Angola.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1733>
(Updated June 13) Support for Palestinian unions' call for
international unions to ban Israeli trade and ships
*Palestinian trade union movement calls on international dockworkers'
unions to block loading/offloading Israeli ships until Israel complies
fully with international law and ends its illegal siege of Gaza*
By the *Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National Committee*, Palestine
June 7, 2010 -- The Palestinian trade union movement, as a key
constituent member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions National
Committee (BNC) calls on dockworkers' unions worldwide to block Israeli
maritime trade in response to Israel's massacre of humanitarian relief
workers and activists aboard the Freedom Flotilla, until Israel complies
with international law and ends its illegal blockade of Gaza.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1732>
What next? The Freedom Flotilla and the struggle to break the siege
of Gaza <http://links.org.au/node/1731>
By *Rafeef Ziadah*
June 5, 2010 -- While people around the world are still in shock at the
killing by Israeli commandos of innocent human rights activists on board
the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, those who have been following Israeli state
actions for some time are not surprised. This is an ongoing pattern of
Israeli state terrorism and collective punishment. While we mourn the
dead on the boats, we must not forget that the flotilla itself is in
response to an even greater brutality -- the slow starvation of more
than 1.5 million people trapped in an open air prison called the Gaza Strip.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1731>
Greece: At the forefront of Europe's class struggle
By *Dimitris Fasfalis*
June 7, 2010 -- Workers in Greece today stand in the forefront of the
converging European class struggles against big capital's attempt to
make working people pay the costs of its crisis.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/1730>
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