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What's new at Links: Israel's war on Gaza, MH17, Venezuela:'Trotsky vs Stalin'?, Marta Harnecker on El Salvador, Podemos, James Kilgore

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   (Updated July 23) Asia-Pacific socialists: 'Stop Israel's war crimes
   in Gaza!' <http://links.org.au/node/3954>

*Joint statement by Asia-Pacific left organisations*
July 23, 2014 -- Israeli military forces have escalated their offensive on the Gaza Strip. Israeli warplanes have increasingly targeted houses, civilian-populated areas and civilian facilities in the Gaza strip. Israeli warplanes have destroyed a number of houses while their residents were inside, without any prior warnings, killing and wounding many Palestinian civilians.

 * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3954>

   Ukraine: MH17 tragedy shows need for peace, not warmongering

*/Green Left Weekly/* editorial
July 19, 2014 -- The apparent shooting down of Malaysia Airlines passenger flight MH17 is an unspeakable tragedy and a criminal act that has sent shock waves around the world. /Green Left Weekly/ offers our condolences to the families of all its victims. Nobody yet knows who was responsible for this crime, despite Western media and governments pointing the finger at either the rebel forces in Ukraine's east, which the West accuses Russia of arming, or the Russian military itself... Yet many Western governments, with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott joining in, are exploiting this tragedy and using it to escalate rhetoric and tensions with Russia, raising the prospect of the war expanding.

 * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3967>

   'Do unto apartheid Israel what you did to apartheid South Africa':
   trade unions protest attack on Gaza <http://links.org.au/node/3959>

Resolution on Palestine adopted by *Unite Union* (Aotearoa/New Zealand)
July 18, 2014 -- Over 170 Palestinian political parties, unions and other organisations including the Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions issued a call in July 2005 for a global campaign of boycotts and divestment against Israel similar to those imposed against South African Apartheid.

 * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3959>

   Venezuela: Chavista debate more than 'pragmatists vs radicals',
   'Trotsky vs Stalin' <http://links.org.au/node/3968>

By *Federico Fuentes*
July 21, 2014 -- The publication of a document highly critical of the government of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, authored by one of the longest-serving ministers in former president Hugo Chavez's government, has triggered an unprecedented debate among Venezuelan revolutionaries.

 * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3968>

   Marta Harnecker: El Salvador, a new progressive hope in Latin
   America <http://links.org.au/node/3962>

*Marta Harnecker* interviewed by*José P. Guerrero*[i], translated by *Federico Fuentes* July 22, 2014 -- The new El Salvador government faces the challenge of deepening the pro-majority changes that have occurred, while updating the historic experiences of a fighting and conscious people seeking social transformation, said contemporary critical thinker Marta Harnecker, in an interview with weekly newspaper/El Siglo XXI./

 * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3962>

   Ukraine: Despite MH17 disaster, Kyiv regime escalates shelling of
   east <http://links.org.au/node/3961>

By *Roger Annis*
July 19, 2014 -- I learned of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 when my plane landed in Montreal the same day, July 17, on my way home from Moscow. The Moscow-Munich leg of my flight departed one hour before the (delayed) departure of Flight MH17 from Amsterdam at 12:30 pm local time. I reckon the respective flight paths crossed each other somewhere just west of Ukraine.

 * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3961>

   Spain: Podemos MEP Pablo Iglesias condemns 'hijacking of democracy'
   by big business <http://links.org.au/node/3960>

July 2, 2014 -- *Pablo Iglesias* is one of the five members of the European Parliament elected from the lists of Podemos, a barely 100-day-old political party that in the May 2014 European elections won more than 1 million votes in Spain.

   South Africa: James Kilgore on 'returning to where the heart is'

   [*Editorial note:* This essay was the winner of the Daniel Singer
   Prize for 2013. *James Kilgore* lived in South Africa from
   1991-2002. During that time he was a fugitive from US justice --
   arising from activities as a member of the Symbionese Liberation
   Army <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbionese_Liberation_Army> --
   living under the pseudonym "John Pape". He worked as an educator and
   researcher for trade unions and social movements. In 2002 he was
   arrested in Cape Town <https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/26285>,
   then extradited to the United States where he served six and a half
   years in prison. Following his release he has campaigned for prison
   reform and has written a number of novels
   <http://links.org.au/node/1518>. In July 2012 he returned to South
   Africa for the first time since his arrest. Here he presents his
   reflections on the journey.]

 * Read more <http://links.org.au/node/3958>

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