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Lenosphere Round Up 7.24 – 7.31

Friday, August 1, 2008

Paul P. (aka Pauly) (U.S.) gives us a video from Socialism 2008 of Brian Jones speaking on Martin Luther King Jr.’s last struggle.

Mohammad (Egypt) blogs on the Mahalla 49:

A full report from the H.R.W. can be found here …

DJN (Canada) blogs:

A new edition of Chris Harman’s amazing book has been produced by Verso Books. Those of us in Canada can now snag a copy for $22 instead of double the price at which I bought my older copy. Harman’s book is the sort of thing that anybody searching for the “big picture” needs to read. It is all the better because it is incredibly readable, written in a style that eschews the dry, boring academic histories, and makes the subject the opposite of what we’ve probably all experienced in high school history classes.

And Lenin (U.K.) reviews the book.

Roobin (U.K.) blogs on the latest blow to Labour:

The Labour party is on the way out. It cannot save itself before 2010. The only other party able to take power is the Tories. There is not a movement back in favour of neo-liberalism, in fact, if anything, the Tories, for the time being, are trying to tack to the left of the Labour party. Meanwhile the SNP are building a movement that reaps the social democratic vote in Scotland.

With a Tory government and a social democratic electorate represented by nationalists in Scotland, the SNP’s moment will arrive. They will have the best, maybe only ever chance to separate the United Kingdom by constitutional means.

Sean Purdy (Brazil) blogs:

On this day in 1947, US President Harry Truman signed the National Security Act, which among other things, created the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA has been responsible for the some of the most appalling crimes against humanity and as the secret kidnappings and torture of supposed terrorists in the “War Against Terror” demonstrates, it is still at it.

CF (Fance) blogs on Obama and his “progressive” nature:

Barack Obama serait “un vrai progressiste” selon certains socialistes français, voire “un homme de gauche”. D’ailleurs sa popularité en France ne s’explique pas seulement par sa jeunesse et son charisme. Il jouit d’une très bonne image dans nos banlieues, non seulement parce qu’il est fils d’un couple mixte (avec en plus des antécédents musulmans) mais parce qu’il a la réputation de bien connaître et de se soucier des gens des quartiers pauvres.

C’est bien évidemment plus compliqué que cela. Obama est entre autres choses le candidat préféré d’une partie des plus grandes entreprises cotées à Wall Street. Il s’est prononcé en faveur de la peine de mort dans certains cas (est-ce par conviction ou par intérêt électoral ?). Ses propositions pour étendre la couverture médicale des Américains sont moins audacieuses que celles de plusieurs de ses ex-concurrents démocrates comme Clinton et Edwards. Il propose d’augmenter les dépenses militaires. Il s’est empressé dès son investiture d’affirmer son soutien sans faille à Israël. Il tient des propos belliqueux à l’égard de l’Iran comme n’importe quel néo-con. (Pourtant, on entend bien, il est “mieux que McCain”.)

Dave (U.K.) blogs on Italian legislation targeted against immigrants:

That on top of Nick Davies’ report last week on the fascist infiltration of the Italian police, well worth a read and not just for the cheap shudders.  It reminds us that fascism isn’t just about racism, it’s about smashing up any progressive or working-class movement that threatens the national elite and their rule.  The enemy within, as well as the foreigner.

Mustafa (Egypt) blogs on the release of detained youth activists:

اصدرت النيابة العامة قرارها بالافراج عن شباب 6 ابريل المعتقلين فى اسكندرية يوم 23 يوليو الماضى ..وقد اتى القرار بعد الضغط الاعلامى والحزبى على النائب العام ..بالاضافة الى انة كل جريمة هؤلاء الشباب انهم رفعوا اعلام مصر فى الشارع . وليكم بعض صور مظاهرة التى اقامها الشباب اما نقابة الصحفيين .

Snowball (U.K.) blogs on Tony Cliff:

I am not sure if this is helpful or just boosting the profits of one particular capitalist bookseller, but anyone who wants the complete selected works of revolutionary Marxist Tony Cliff (3 volumes) for under 20 quid, might like to check out here. Of course, those socialists who have the money should buy direct from the socialist publisher and bookseller, Bookmarks.

Lebanese Socialist (Lebanon) links an article from AFP:

Hundreds of people were still homeless on Sunday after the latest bout of deadly sectarian fighting in the northern Lebanese port city of Tripoli.

Army reinforcements were sent to Tripoli on Saturday after militants from the rival Sunni Muslim and Alawite (Shiite) communities agreed to halt clashes that erupted early Friday, killing nine people and wounding dozens more.

Fighters battled with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons causing massive damage to property and sending hundreds of people fleeing for cover from the neighbouring districts of Bab al-Tebbaneh and Jabal Mohsen.

Francis (Germany) blogs:

Wir konsequenten Kriegsgegner müssen schon im Vorfeld Fahne zeigen, denn die Bürgerlichen um Dr. Elvira Högemann. werden wie im Irak-Krieg mit Hilfe der Versöhnler und der Antideutschen auf den Krieg reagieren mit „Keine Gewalt”- Parolen und dem Verbot der Nennung der Aggressoren USA und Israel. Um die Schwankenden auf die Seite der Angegriffenen zu ziehen, ist es notwendig für uns, so früh wie möglich in Erscheinung zu treten.

AkaiRed (Japan) blogs:

Staring May 2, 2008, South Korean people took to the streets holding candle lights in protest to various policies (import of US beefs in danger of being infected with mad cow disease, privatizations of public broadcasting, health, and public corporations, and the grand-canal project) put forth by the Lee Myung-bak (LMB) government.

The protesters came from all walks of life including elementary school students to 80 years old seniors, ordinary working people to opposition parties National Assembly representatives. More than a million people just in the greater Seoul area alone gathered on June 10 for a peaceful candle light protest.

John Mullen (France) blogs on the appeal of Che to capitalists and activists alike:

Encore aujourd’hui, Ernesto “Che” Guevara a beaucoup pour attirer les anticapitalistes. Il apparaît tout d’abord, et même ses ennemis le reconnaissent, comme un homme intègre qui a tout sacrifié pour ses idées révolutionnaires. Comme celui qui a été au bout de lui-même pour lutter pour une cause qui lui apparaissait juste. Comme celui qui écrivit en 1965, dans sa lettre d’adieu à Fidel Castro : “Dans une révolution on triomphe ou on meurt”.

John Molyneux (U.K.) blogs:

I intend to argue a) that democratic centralism is ESSENTIAL for a revolutionary workers party to perform effectively as a leader of the working class in struggle; b) that far from being anti-democratic it is really the MOST democratic form of party organisation.

Toolab (Egypt) blogs on peasant solidarity with the working class in Egypt:

تضامنوا مع فلاحى مصر

• لمنع طردهم من أراضيهم الزراعية.
• ووقف انهيار الجدوى الاقتصادية لحرفة الزراعة إلى مادون حد الكفاف.

تناشد لجنة التضامن مع فلاحى الإصلاح الزراعى – مصر.. والشبكة المصرية للعمل الفلاحى كل الشرفاء فى مصر والمنطقة العربية والعالم دعم الفلاحين المصريين لمواجهة المحنة التى يتعرضون لها فى السنوات الأخيرة:

أولا : لوقف الحملة الجارية لطردهم من أراضيهم التى يزرعونها من نصف قرن أو يزيد.

وثانيا : لوقف الانهيار المتسارع للجدوى الاقتصادية لمهنة الزراعة إلى ما دون حد الكفافوذلك من خلال النشرالصحفى والإلكترونى وتوجيه الرسائل بمختلف الأدوات والوسائل

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