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¿Llamada de atención para Maduro?

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 16:41
Hace algunos días, al conocerse el resultado de las elecciones municipales celebradas en Venezuela, pocos repararon en el llamado urgente que Nicolás Maduro, les hizo a sus aliados para definir conjuntamente metas y estrategias. Rafael Uzcátegui, líder de Patria Para Todos, PPT, un minoritario partido chavista, mostró enseguida su disposición a atender este llamado aunque añadió que, en el pasado, esos encuentros ya habían tenido lugar y, sin embargo, no habían servido para mucho. Elocuente.

"Ordenamos el cese el fuego como gesto de reconciliación"

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 14:09
ENTREVISTA AL JEFE DE LAS FARC, RODRIGO LONDOÑO:
El jefe de las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) asegura que "pensando en el pueblo" y "como un gesto de reconciliación", la guerrilla declaró una tregua unilateral durante la época de Navidad. Pero Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri -alias "Timoleón Jiménez", o "Timochenko"- aclara que eso "no excluye nuestro derecho a la legítima defensa en caso de ser atacados".

Apuntes ante la actual coyuntura de destitución del Alcalde de Bogotá

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 13:20
La apuesta es por la democracia directa y la autogestión social
Posicionamiento del Grupo Libertario Vía Libre ante la destitución e inhabilitación del alcalde bogotano Gustavo Petro.

Reflexiones sobre el derecho a decidir

Tue, 12/17/2013 - 10:42
Los catalanes, parece ser, quieren decidir su futuro. Y para algunos eso no es un problema, sino una amenaza. Para otros la cuestión no está ahí, sino en los límites estrechos que, a derecha o izquierda, en castellano o en catalán, se le imponen a esa exigencia democrática fundamental: el derecho de los ciudadanos y ciudadanas a decidir la arquitectura institucional que les rodea.

Palestine-Israel, The cold wave and the snow could not stop the joint struggle

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 17:29
In spite of the unusual cold whether and snow, Friday demonstrations against the occupation and suppression and settlers infringements continued. Israelis failed to arrive to Qaddum but were there morally, Ni'ilin, and Bil'in were easier to arrive and so was Sheikh Jarakh where activists from the west Jerusalem waded the heavy snow. The struggle of the Bedouins and supporters against their transfer caused the freezing of the Prawer plan law continue focused on the efforts to release the 13 demonstrators in Hura two weeks ago still not released from jail. The struggle against the concentration camps for the African refugees took a turning point when about 150 of them defied the cold whether and started a 200 kilometer march to the Israeli Parliament in Jerusalem with activists make efforts to give logistic support. In solidarity with them Bedouin activist from Arakib village (already destroyed more than 50 times decided to join the marchers. [http://www.anarkismo.net/article/26567]

“Estar presos así, tan inocentemente”: Sobre los cuatro soldados de La Marina acusados de rebelión

Mon, 12/16/2013 - 13:06
Sobre el montaje judicial en contra de los soldados Yeison Orlando Castañeda Rojas (de la vereda El Cauchal), Wilmer Javier Pérez Parra (de la vereda Las Juntas), Isidro Alape Reyes (de la vereda Aguas Claras) y Bilman Useche Pava (de la vereda Las Juntas), presos sin condena desde Septiembre del 2011. Este atropello es parte de los abusos que se están viviendo en el Sur del Tolima en el marco de la militarizació del territorio. Este artículo había sido preparado a fines de Octubre pero desde entonces estábamos a la espera de que se anunciara una nueva audiencia. Hasta la fecha, no hay audiencia y la fiscalía sigue dilatando el proceso.

Mandela, the ANC and the 1994 Breakthrough: Anarchist / syndicalist reflections

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 16:39
Mandela, the ANC and the 1994 Breakthrough: Anarchist / syndicalist reflections on national liberation and South Africa’s transition
Shawn Hattingh and Lucien van der Walt


The destruction of the apartheid state form, with its odious policies of coercion and racism, was a major triumph for the working class in South Africa and elsewhere, showing that ordinary people can challenge and defeat systems that seem quite unbreakable. Mandela did play a heroic role, but was also the first to admit that “It is not the kings and generals that make history but the masses of the people, the workers, the peasants, the doctors, the clergy." And indeed, it was the black working class, above all, that through struggle tore down many features of apartheid by the late 1980s, such as the pass law system, the Group Areas Act and numerous other odious laws and policies.

The 1994 transition in South Africa was a political revolution, a break with the apartheid and colonial periods of state-sanctioned white supremacy, a “massive advance” in the conditions of the majority. It introduced a new state, based on non-racialism, in which South Africa was to be a multi-racial, multi-cultural but unified country, founded on human rights; welfare and social policy and legislation was transformed; capitalism was kept in place, but despite this, there were very massive and very real changes, political and material, that made qualitative differences in the daily lives of millions of black and working class people. And for millions, it is precisely the association of Mandela with that victory and with those changes that makes him so emotionally powerful.

Yet at the same time, Mandela’s policies and politics had important limitations that must be faced if the current quandary of South Africa, nearly 20 years later, is to be understood. Mandela never sold out: he was committed to a reformed capitalism, and a parliamentary democracy, and unified South Africa based on equal civil and political rights, a project in which black capitalists and black state elites would loom large. These goals have been achieved, but bring with them numerous problems that must be faced up if the final liberation – including national liberation – of South Africa’s working class is to be achieved.

The 1994 breakthrough was a major victory, but it was not the final one, for a final one requires a radical change in society, towards a libertarian and socialist order based on participatory democracy, human needs rather than profit and power, and social and economic justice, and attention to issues of culture and the psychological impact of apartheid.

As long as the basic legacy of apartheid remains, in education, incomes, housing and other spheres, and as long as the working class of all races is excluded from basic power and wealth by a black and white ruling class, so long will the national question – the deep racial / national divisions in South Africa, and the reality of ongoing racial/ national oppression for the black, Coloured and Indian working class – remain unresolved. And so long will it continue to generate antagonisms and conflicts, the breeding ground for rightwing populist demagogy, xenophobia and crime. By contrast, a powerful black elite, centred on the state and with a growing corporate presence, has achieved its national liberation.

Chavez vs. Mandela: Why did the media scorn one and mourn the other?

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 14:42
For those many who identify with a progressive or liberatory politics, 2013 will be remembered as a year where two recognized leaders of the Left passed away.

Elections in Nepal and questions for people's struggles

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 14:21
The recent elections in Nepal appear to spell a heavy retreat for the country’s Maoist movement. After initiating a People’s War in 1996 that lasted ten years and saw it in control of the majority of the countryside, the popular Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) formed a front with mainstream political parties to overthrow the monarchy and institute a democratic republic in the 2006 People’s Movement. Thereafter, the CPN(Maoist) emerged as the largest party in the 2008 Constituent Assembly (CA) elections.

Nepal Elections: Defeat for Maoists, Victory for United Left

Sun, 12/15/2013 - 13:38
About the author: Farooq Tariq is General Secretry of Awami Workers Party Pakistan.
was present as an International Observer to the November 19 general elections in Nepal, invited by the National Election Observation Committee (NEOC). Polling was unexpectedly peaceful. Interestingly enough only 226 out of the 601 Constituent Assembly seats are directly elected. That is, the majority of seats are elected through a proportional voting system.