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Sydney, April 10-12 (Easter), 2009: World at a Crossroads - Fighting for Socialism in the 21st Century


World At a Crossroads:

Fighting for Socialism in the 21st Century

April 10-13 (Easter), 2009

Sydney

International speakers from:

VENEZUELA, ARGENTINA, CANADA, PAKISTAN, INDONESIA, MALAYSIA, PHILIPPINES, TIMOR LESTE, INDIA, AUSTRALIA …and more

(initial list of speakers below)

 

April 10-12, 2009

Sydney

Venue: Sydney Girls High, Cnr Anzac Pde & Cleveland St, Surry Hills, Sydney, NSW, Australia

 

For more info and to book your tickets:

Email: dsp@dsp.org.au  or sydney.resistance@gmail.com

Phone: (+ 612) 9690 1230

Visit: www.WorldAtACrossroads.org

 

 

 

A conference that brings together socialists and progressive activists from around Australia, Latin America, Asia-Pacific and North America in dozens of panel presentations and workshops over four days to discuss the urgent questions of our time, including:

 

* The capitalist economic crisis: Putting people and planet before corporate profits
* Stopping global warming: Social change, not climate change
* Emerging alternatives to capitalism: The Venezuelan revolution and anti-imperialist rebellion in Latin America

* Crisis in the Middle East: Resisting imperialism and war
* Organising to fight for a better world: Building mass movements, alliances and left parties

* and more…..see below for more info on panels and workshops, or visit www.WorldAtACrossroads.org

 

Initial list of international speakers:

 

MICHAEL LEBOWITZ, Venezuela & Canada - Reknowned Marxist economist; researcher at the Centro Internacional Miranda, Caracas, Venezuela; author of  Beyond Capital: Marx's Political Economy of the Working Class, winner of the Isaac Deutscher memorial prize (2004).

 

REIHANA MOHIDEEN, Philippines - Chairperson of Transform Asia, a gender and labour institute, Party of the Laboring Masses (PLM) International Department.

 

IAN ANGUS, Canada - Founder of the Ecosocialist International Network; editor of Climate and Capitalism, Marxist historian; and writer and activist on environmental issues.

 

LUIS BILBAO, Venezuela & Argentina – Marxist journalist and author, central participant in the construction of the mass United Socialist Party of Venezuela.

 

KAVITA KRISHNAN, India – Former president of the All India Students' Association (1999-2006), Central Committee member of the Communist Party of India (Marxist Leninist); editor of Liberation.

 

PLUS: Roger Annis, Socialist Voice and Haiti solidarity in Canada; Daphne Lawless and Vaughan Gunson, Socialist Worker-New Zealand; Tomas Freitas, Luta Hamutuk, Timor Leste; Nelson Davila, Venezuelan Ambassador to Australia; and representatives from the People's Democratic Party in Indonesia, the Socialist Party of Malaysia and the Labour Party Pakistan.

 

Topic streams include:

 

GLOBAL ECONOMIC CRISIS

Capitalism's crisis and socialist economic alternatives

Capitalist economic crisis: Its impacts and responses in South-East Asia

Models and experiences of public and social ownership

The history of anti-capitalist activism during economic crises

Understanding Marxist economics

Recessions, jobs and workers' control

 

GLOBAL WARMING & ENVIRONMENTAL CRISIS

Achieving a just transition to environmental sustainability

Constructing a red-green alliance to save the planet

The social roots of the climate crisis

Working for green unions in the 21st century

Food and water crisis: Capitalism, agribusiness and the food sovereignty alternative

Climate refugees and the "overpopulation" debate

Climate change solutions: What role for the market?

Sustainable cities: The social versus the individual

Constructing a red-green alliance to save the planet

 

LATIN AMERICAN REVOLUTION: ALTERNATIVES TO CAPITALISM

Latin America: Revolt, revolution and socialism in the 21st century

Building popular power: Workers' control, communal councils and the United Socialist Party of Venezuela

50 years of the Cuban Revolution

A history of Central American revolutions: Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador

Defeating capitalism and counter-revolution: The struggle for socialism in Venezuela

Latin American integration: Anti-imperialist cooperation or regional capitalist development?

Evo Morales and Bolivia's Indigenous revolution

 

CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST: RESISTING IMPERIALISM AND WAR

What solution to the crisis in the Middle East?

The world after Bush: Obama and US imperialism

Who are Hamas and Hezbollah?

The undeclared war against Pakistan

Israel - An apartheid state

Iraq and Afghanistan; The US' unwinnable wars for oil

War on terror or war on Muslims?

 

LEFT UNITY: ALLIANCES, MOVEMENTS AND REVOLUTIONARY ORGANISATION

Building socialist parties in the 21st century

Theory and practice of left unity in Australia and internationally

Socialists in parliament: Constructing left electoral alliances

The crisis of social democracy

Stalinism, Leninism and the legacy of the Russian Revolution

 

AND MORE, INCLUDING ...

Australia's radical history

Why be a Marxist today? Introduction to Resistance and the DSP

Women's oppression and liberation

Australia's black history: Struggles for Aboriginal rights

Same-sex marriage rights

Marxism and nationalism

Reports on the people’s struggles in Asia, Middle East, Latin America, Africa and Oceania

 

Organised by the Democratic Socialist Perspective and Resistance

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