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by Shane Hopkinson
A. Callinicos, Against the Third Way: an anti-capitalist critique, Cambridge, Polity Press, 2001, 152 pp.
Shane Hopkinson is a member of the Australian Democratic Socialist Party.
The third Conference of the European Anti-Capitalist Left took place in Brussels, Belgium, on December 12-13, 2001.
This call was issued from the second World Social Forum, held in Porto Alegre, Brazil, January 31-February 5, 2002.
This is the text of the Final Declaration of the Tenth Meeting of the Forum of São Paulo.
By Murray Smith
The fact that the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) is not part of any international organisation makes it all the more important to have an international perspective. The three axes of the party's international work are participation in the movement against capitalist globalisation, solidarity with workers and oppressed peoples and developing the party's international links, in Europe and beyond. Just as the International Socialist Movement (ISM) has no interests other than those of the SSP, so it has no hidden international agenda. But as with other questions, the ISM has a specific role to play as a Marxist platform. In international terms this means not only playing an active role in developing all aspects of the party's international work. It also means deepening our analysis of international events and taking an active part in the debates that involve all those across the world who are working to build new parties and new international links.
By Lisa Macdonald
By Liu Yufan
Liu Yufan is a leader of the Hong Kong socialist group Pioneer.
- Fusion with the world market
- Accession to World Trade Organisation
- Economic and political crises
- Conditions for a political revival of the working class
Today's China can no longer be considered a post-capitalist country in any sense. On the contrary, full-scale capitalist restoration has already been completed in two stages: first the qualitative changes in the class character of the state, then similar changes in the socioeconomic arena.
By Boris Kagarlitsky
Boris Kagarlitsky is a contributing editor of Links. His books include Square Wheels: How Russian Democracy Got Derailed and The Mirage of Modernisation.
- The Western view: from optimism to pessimism
- Privatisation and corruption
- The norms of "political capitalism"
- Putin's 'dictatorship of the law'
The Western press discovered corruption in Russia in the late 1990s. At this time, the Western reader was deluged with reports describing not just the crimes of the "Russian mafia"—whose origins were invariably traced back to the old political police, the KGB—but also bribe-taking, embezzlement and illegal transfers of funds abroad by top-ranking bureaucrats. The high point of the criticism was a scandal, which the press termed "Russia-gate", concerning Russian accounts in the Bank of New York. The family and close associates of President Boris Yeltsin were linked to the illegal transfer of funds to the West. Later, former Kremlin chief of staff Pavel Borodin was even arrested in the US on charges brought against him in Switzerland during the heat of Russia-gate. The Russian prosecutor's office, however, was clearly reluctant to collaborate with its Swiss and US counterparts, and the affair began to dissipate.
This is the text of the perspectives resolution adopted by the United States International Socialist Organization (ISO) convention in January.
By Francisco Pascual
Francisco Pascual is the executive director of the Resource Center for People's Development, Manila, and a member of the International Coordinating Committee and coordinator of the International Secretariat, International South Group Network. This paper was presented at the Asian Workshop on "Women and Globalisation", November 22-24, 2001, in Manila.
by Doug Lorimer
Much has changed in international politics since September 11 and the United States invasion of Afghanistan. But these changes need to be understood in context, to be situated within what has not changed. Several articles in this issue analyse aspects of US imperialism's drive for a new version of the post-World War II "American century".