[DEBATE] : What's new at Links: Solidarity with Gaza, Cuba's 50th, French new left party, economic crisis, sport, Russia and feminism, Darfur
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Mon Jan 5 07:27:13 GMT 2009
What's new at Links: Solidarity with Gaza, Cuba's 50th, French new left
party, economic crisis, sport, Russia and feminism, Darfur
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Israel invades Gaza, Palestinians, solidarity activists call for
solidarity and resistance <http://links.org.au/node/833>
Palestinian citizens of Israel held a massive protest on January 3,
2009, in Sakhnin, an Arab city in northern Israel, against Israel's war
on the Palestinian people in Gaza. It was attended by up to 150,000
protesters. Crowds waving Palestinian flags and brandishing
pro-Palestinian placards chanted "Gaza will not surrender to the tanks
and bulldozers!" and "Don't fear, Gaza, we are with you!".
* Read more statements from a range of Palestinian and solidarity
Cuba, 50 years on ... and the same challenge of making a revolution
By *Lázaro Barredo Medina*
/Granma International/ -- October 30, 2008 -- "The dictatorship has been
defeated. The joy is immense. And yet, there still remains much to do.
We won't deceive ourselves by believing that everything will be much
easier from now on; perhaps it will be much more difficult." This is
what Commander in Chief Fidel Castro told the people on January 8, 1959,
the day of his entry into Havana. Many people could never imagine the
immense challenge that they would live to experience.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/831>
1959-2009: 50 years of the Cuban Revolution -- Fidel Castro: the
Untold Story <http://links.org.au/node/830>
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution, which triumphed on
January 1, 1959, here is filmmaker *Estela Bravo's* remarkable portrait
of *Fidel Castro* and the Cuban Revolution.
* Watch more <http://links.org.au/node/830>
`We are all Palestinians!' -- International left solidarity with the
oppressed people of Palestine <http://links.org.au/node/836>
Below /Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal/ publishes a
range of statements from left parties and groups around the world.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/836>
France: >From the Revolutionary Communist League to the New
Anti-Capitalist Party <http://links.org.au/node/835>
This contribution was written as part of preparations for the January
2009 congress of the Revolutionary Communist League (LCR). The congress
agenda includes the political "self-dissolution" of the LCR, to set the
stage for the new challenge of the New Anti-Capitalist Party (NPA). The
authors of this piece belong to the generation of activists from the
1960s and 1970s; so while principally addressed to members of the LCR,
it may be of interest to many others.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/835>
World economic crisis: No room for band-aid solutions in the Third
By *Reihana Mohideen*
December 29, 2008 -- According to recent Food and Agriculture
Organisation (FAO) figures, another 40 million people have been pushed
into poverty and hunger so far this year as a result of spiralling food
prices, and the total number of people suffering hunger and malnutrition
has reached 963 million worldwide.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/834>
Capitalism and sport: Sports for a few <http://links.org.au/node/832>
The competitive frenzy for winning in sports has been fuelled by
aggressive marketing. Together they ensure that while a minority is
trained with superlative sports facilities, the majority is deprived of
even basic amenities to play and breathe fresh air.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/832>
Present-day Russia needs a renewal of the feminist movement
By *Anna Ochkina, *translated from Russian for /Links International
Journal of Socialist Renewal/ by *Renfrey Clarke*
January 1, 2009 -- In the Soviet Union feminism was elevated to the
status of official state policy and ultimately was destroyed as an
ideology and a social movement. The dominant concept was one of a
general, global equality; as a result, a separate movement for the
rights of women simply could not exist. The feminist reference points of
Soviet social policy took the form of a set of rights for women:
employment in the workforce on an equal basis with men; political
rights; equality before the law, and so forth. The gaining of formal
rights, however, resulted in the restricting of particular, specific
rights of women, which in practice proved very difficult to realise.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/829>
Talking points and background on Israel's murderous assault on Gaza
By the *Coalition Against Israeli Apartheid (Canada)* and the *Palestine
Solidarity Committee (South Africa)*
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/827>
Arabic-language statement from Socialist Alliance (Australia)
condemns Israel's Gaza massacre <http://links.org.au/node/826>
<http://links.org.au/node/826>English version below.
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/826>
Can Washington `save Darfur'? <http://links.org.au/node/825>
By *Kevin Funk* and *Steven Fake*
Few humanitarian crises have occasioned as much media and activist
attention in the US as the conflict in the Darfur region of western
Sudan. Major politicians routinely pay homage to suffering Darfurians in
their speeches, well-heeled Darfur advocacy groups take out full-page
ads in the /New York Times/, and commentators regularly fill op-ed
ledgers around the country with righteous, indignant calls for the West
to act to end the suffering. Yet for all the rhetorical attention and
concern afforded to Darfur in the US, what is actually understood about
the US role in addressing the conflict?
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/825>
Venezuela, Cuba condemn Israel's massacres in Gaza
Dozens of protesters rallied outside the Israeli embassy in Caracas on
December 28, in opposition to what one speaker referred to as "genocide"
by the Israeli "occupation forces". The protests will continue in front
of the embassy, according to a rally organiser, Hindu Anderi. Anderi, a
Palestinian human rights activist, thanked the Venezuelan government for
its position on the conflict, but demanded concrete action, saying
"solidarity needs to mean taking measures that will affect Israel
economically and politically, because otherwise the condition of the
Palestinian people will not change".
* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/824>
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