What's new at Links: Naomi Klein & climate, Kurdistan & women, Marta Harnecker, Thailand, China's strikes, global wealth, Ireland, Tamils Malalai on Kobane
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What's new at Links: Naomi Klein & climate, Kurdistan & women, Marta
Harnecker, Thailand, China's strikes, global wealth, Ireland, Tamils
Malalai on Kobane

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Naomi Klein: 'Only mass social movements can save us' from climate
catastrophe <http://links.org.au/node/4110>

/*This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate* /
By Naomi Klein
\Alfred A. Knopf, 2014

Review by *John Riddell*
October 20, 2014 -/- /Despite endless conferences, treaties and solemn
promises, greenhouse gas emissions have risen 61% since 1990, and the
rate of increase is accelerating. As Naomi Klein tells us in her new
book, /This Changes Everything/, we are now experiencing an "early
twenty-first century emissions explosion".

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4110>

What kind of Kurdistan for women? (+ video)

By *Dilar Dirik*
October 20, 2014 -- "Azad?", freedom. A notion that has captured the
collective imagination of the Kurdish people for a long time. "Free
Kurdistan", the seemingly unattainable ideal, has many shapes, depending
on where one situates oneself in the broad spectrum of Kurdish politics.
The increasing independence of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG)
in South Kurdistan (Bashur) from the central Iraqi government, as well
as the immense gains of the Kurdish people in West Kurdistan (Rojava) in
spite of the Syrian civil war over the last year, have revived the dream
of a free life as Kurds in Kurdistan.

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4109>

(Video) Marta Harnecker talks about 21st century socialism to
TeleSUR English <http://links.org.au/node/4107>

October 17, 2014 -- *Greg Wilpert* interviews the well-known
theoretician of the Latin American left *Marta Harnecker*. The
Chilean-born author and activist is known worldwide for her writings on
Marxist philosophy, Venezuela and Hugo Chavez, and the challenges facing
the Latin American left in the 21st century.

* Watch <http://links.org.au/node/4107>

Thailand: Elections postponed, anti-reformists show their true
colours <http://links.org.au/node/4108>

By*Giles Ji Ungpakorn*
October 18, 2014 -- While the dictator Prayut (or Prayuth) Chan-ocha
(pictured above) was huddled with the Chinese and Japanese
representatives in Italy, he had previously told reporters not to
"speculate" when elections would be held again in Thailand. Many
analysts are predicting that elections will not take place at least
until 2016, thus rubbishing the initial promises of the junta to hold
elections next year. Meanwhile a panel of anti-reformist junta lackeys
were pontificating about the legacy of the 14th October 1973 uprising
against the military and how this would "influence" the present
anti-reform process.

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4108>

Review: Behind China's wildcat strike wave

*/I//nsurgency Trap: Labor Politics in Postsocialist China/*
By Eli Friedman
Cornell University Press/ILR Press, 2014.

By *Jane Slaughter*
October 15, 2014 -- China is the world centre of wildcat strikes---given
that no strike in China is officially allowed under the law. The
government doesn't issue statistics, but one source found 1171 strikes
and worker protests from June 2011 through 2013.

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4106>

Global wealth: 1% own 48%; 10% own 87% and bottom 50% own less than
1% <http://links.org.au/node/4105>

By *Michael Roberts*
October 15, 2014 -- This time last year, I outlined the results of the
/Global Wealth/ report published by Credit Suisse Bank. Compiled by Tony
Shorrocks and Jim Davies, formerly at the UN, that report showed that
the top 1% owned 41% of all the personal wealth in the world; the top
10% owned 86% and the bottom 50% of owned less than 1% of all the
wealth. This staggering level of inequality certainly attracted interest
and my post on this was the most popularly viewed one on my blog ever.

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4105>

Irish Republican News: Government thrashed in by-elections as
100,000 protest water charges <http://links.org.au/node/4104>

October 11, 2014 -- Crowds not seen in several years have demonstrated
against water charges on the streets of Dublin city centre on October 11
as voters delivered a stunning message of no confidence in two
by-elections to the Dublin parliament.

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4104>

Tamils: Former LTTE de facto state -- a resident's view

By *Chris Slee*, Melbourne
October 16, 2014 -- Ragu, a Tamil man now living in Australia, spent 16
years living in areas under the control of the Liberation Tigers of
Tamil Eelam (LTTE).

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4103>

Election monitoring in Lanka <http://links.org.au/node/4102>

By *Michael Cooke
*September 2014 -- For 25 years of the country's existence there has
been a war between the Lankan state and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil
Eelam (LTTE). For many Sinhalese, the 'barbarians' at the gate have been
the LTTE. The LTTE were officially vanquished in May 2009. The
government has reclaimed the territory held by the LTTE and the leaders
of the LTTE have been either killed or captured. Hundreds of thousands
of Tamil civilians have been displaced by the war.

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4102>

Malalai Joya: 'Fiery salutations to the brave women of Kobane'

By *Malalai Joya*, Afghanistan
\October 12, 2014 -- These days the bravery and resilience of the women
of Kobane has amazed people around the world. To defend their soil from
the criminal ISIS murderers, they are neither looking at the US and
NATO's support, nor appoint the West and the US to defend their homeland
from terrorists and foreigners, like a handful of mercenary analysts in
Afghanistan. The noble men and women of Kobane selflessly defend their
honour, freedom, and homeland with their own hands and have accepted to
make all kinds of sacrifices for this purpose.

* Read more <http://links.org.au/node/4101>

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