[A-List] What's new at Links: Cuba, Venezuela food, Venezuelan women's struggle, Tariq Ali on Mao, Germany 1923, Dickens

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Wed Dec 29 02:05:12 MST 2010

What's new at Links: Cuba, Venezuela food, Venezuelan women's struggle, 
Tariq Ali on Mao, Germany 1923, Dickens

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    Washington's war of terror against Cuba <http://links.org.au/node/2066>

By *Jane Franklin*
September 25, 2010 -- On September 19, 1960, Fidel Castro and Malcolm X 
had an historic meeting in Harlem's Hotel Theresa. Fifty years later 
people packed a meeting hall in the Adam Clayton Powell State Office 
Building across 125th Street to commemorate that meeting. Among them 
were Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla and Cuban 
ambassador to the United Nations Pedro Núñez Mosquera.
What a different kind of commemoration we could have had if such 
important leaders as Malcolm X, Patrice Lumumba, Martin Luther King, 
Jr., Fred Hampton and countless others had not been assassinated. When 
Malcolm X met with Fidel Castro they talked about Prime Minister Patrice 
Lumumba of the Congo, a leader whose importance for Africa and all of us 
was globally recognised. Only five days earlier, Lumumba had been 
overthrown by Colonel Joseph Mobutu with the support of the CIA. Four 
months later Lumumba was executed. And in less than five years 
assassination took away the life of Malcolm X himself.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2066>

    Venezuela: Food sovereignty project launched

By *Lisa Macdonald
*December 15, 2010 -- "Nature is our home and is the system of which we 
form a part, and therefore it has infinite value, but it does not have a 
price and is not for sale", said a November 3-5 meeting of the 
Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA) nations of Venezuela, 
Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador and Nicaragua.
The ALBA declaration reflects and assists the development of a powerful 
/campesino/ (peasant) movement for agro-ecology and food sovereignty in 
Venezuela and other Latin American nations. It is a movement that 
Australian social activists *Dianne James* and *Dr Scott John* are keen 
to support and pass on to others.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2061>

    Women and revolutionary transformation in Venezuela

By *Coral Wynter**
Yoly Fernandez* lives in a /barrio/ in the city of Valencia in 
Venezuela. She has been involved in community politics all her life and 
is a member of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), headed by 
Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez. Fernandez works in Mission MERCAL, 
the government agency that sells subsidised food to the population. I 
interviewed her in May 2010.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2059>

    Tariq Ali on Mao Zedong and communism in China

Review by *Tariq Ali*

    */Mao Zedong and China in the Twentieth-Century World/*
    By Rebecca E. Karl
    Duke University Press: Durham, NC 2010
    paperback, 216 pages, 978 0 8223 4795 8.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2065>

    The German Communist Party and the crisis of 1923

By *Graham Milner*
The German Communist Party (KPD) was founded in the very heat of 
revolutionary struggle. One of the party's major problems from the 
beginning was that it was formed as a separate organisation too late to 
influence significantly the course of the German Revolution of 1918-19. 
If there had been in existence at this time a mass revolutionary party 
along the lines of Lenin's Bolshevik party, then there could well have 
been a radical reconstruction of German society into a republic of 
workers' councils. Instead of such an outcome, the stunted 
bourgeois-democratic regime of Weimar came into being, in which most of 
the existing state machine, including the army, judiciary and civil 
service, was preserved intact.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2064>

    Los seres humanos como centro de nuestro socialismo

Por *Federico Fuentes*, traducido por *Janet Duckworth*

    Resena sobre libro, /La alternativa socialista: el verdadero
    desarrollo humano/, de Michael Lebowitz

La llegada de la crisis económica mundial a mediados de 2008, 
simbolizada por el colapso de algunas de las empresas más icónicas de 
Wall Street, condujo a un incremento vertiginoso de las ventas de /El 
Capital/, la obra maestra de Carlos Marx, porque mucha gente buscó una 
explicación de los acontecimientos apocalípticos que se estaban 

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2063>

    What the Dickens? --- a tale of two Scrooges

By *Christopher Phelps*

    /"Many thousands are in want of common necessaries; hundreds of
    thousands are in want of common comforts, sir."
    "Are there no prisons?", asked Scrooge./ /
    "Plenty of prisons", said the gentleman, laying down the pen again./ /
    "And the union workhouses?", demanded Scrooge. "Are they still in
    operation?"/ /
    "They are. Still", returned the gentleman, "I wish I could say they
    were not."/ /
    "The Treadmill and the Poor Law are in full vigour, then?", said
    Scrooge./ /
    "Both very busy, sir."/ /
    "Oh! I was afraid, from what you said at first, that something had
    occurred to stop them in their useful course", said Scrooge. "I am
    very glad to hear it."/

In holiday advertisements and popular culture, Ebenezer Scrooge has come 
to stand as the symbol of insufficient seasonal zeal --- and thus the 
hero of cynics who grumble, "Bah! Humbug!" when confronted by the 
madness of the waning month of the year.

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2062>

    Raul Castro: `Socialism is the only guarantee Cuba will continue to
    be free and independent' <http://links.org.au/node/2058>

Below is a translation of Cuba's President Raul Castro's speech, on 
December 18, 2010, at the close of Cuba's National Assembly session, 
where the /Draft Guidelines for the Economic and Social Policy of the 
Party and the Revolution/ document was debated.

*[For more analysis and discussion on the economic reforms in Cuba, 
click **HERE.]* <http://links.org.au/taxonomy/term/31>

    * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/2058>

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