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The Panitch-Gindin Attack on the Greek Left

by Bob Lyons
The international response to Leo Panitch’s first foray into justifying the Tsipras faction’s betrayal of the Greek people’s NO to austerity and NO to the diktats of European imperialism, was one of almost universal approbation.  And, with great justification, much derision.
To put it bluntly, the European left, from Tariq Ali to Kevin Ovenden, heaped great, steaming mounds of scorn on what Ovenden termed a piece not equal to the level of a serious debate.

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Capitalist Austerity or Socialist Revolution – Greece and Beyond!

Presentation to the Socialist Action workshop at the Toronto People’s Social Forum held on July 11, 2015 at Ryerson University

by Barry Weisleder, Federal Secretary, SA/LAS

Let’s begin by saluting the workers and farmers, women and youths of Greece. They are waging a valiant struggle against the reactionary agenda of the European Union bosses and bankers. The victory of the NO, in Greek the word is Oxi, in the historic referendum on July 5, is a victory for the entire world working class. It is a sign of hope. While we have heard, in the last 24 hours, disturbing news of further concessions to the E.U. by the Greek government, to be sure, the struggle continues. Around the world, socialists and progressives should organize mass actions to demand cancellation of the odious debt, and to support the struggle for socialist transformation as advocated by the anti-capitalist electoral front, Antarsya, and by our comrades in OKDE-Spartacos, the Greek section of the Fourth International. Continue reading Capitalist Austerity or Socialist Revolution – Greece and Beyond!

Polishing the Turd: Leo Panitch and the defense of Tsipras’ betrayal.

(caption above reads: Tsipras – the people voted No!)

By Bob Lyons

I will readily admit that the “polishing the turd” concept is a direct theft from union activist David Bush, as it is a bon mot particularly apt in describing a section of the social democratic left who have leapt to the defense of the Tsipras Eurocommunist factions betrayal of the Greek working class and popular sector historic NO in the referendum of 7 July. Continue reading Polishing the Turd: Leo Panitch and the defense of Tsipras’ betrayal.

Greek Socialist Speaks About Anti-Austerity Fight

Toronto Socialist Action presents a public forum

Greek Socialist Speaks about anti-austerity fight

Special guest: Michael Skourtis

Based in Athens, Michael is a leader of OKDE-Spartakos (Organization of Communist Internationalists in Greece), Greek section of the Fourth International, and of ANTARSYA, the revolutionary electoral coalition. He is editor of the OKDE magazine Spartakos, an organizer of the annual Athens anti-racism festival, and is involved in the ‘social kitchens’ of the Athens anti-poverty movement. For weeks in 2011 he participated in the Occupation of Syntagma (parliament) Square. Michael will discuss the post-June 17 election situation, workers’ resistance to the capitalist austerity drive, and opposition to the fascist Golden Dawn party.An open Q & A, and discussion period will follow the presentation.Wednesday, August 22 7 p.m.
OISE, 252 Bloor St. West, Room 2-211
(at the St. George Subway Station)

Everyone is welcome. $4 donation requested, or PWYC.
Forum endorsed by: Toronto Forum on Cuba, Youth for Socialist Action, NDP Socialist Caucus, International Council of Latin American and Caribbean Women of Canada – Latin@s, and Socialist Unity League (LUS) Mexico.

For more information, e-mail: barryaw@rogers.com visit the SA web site at:
www.socialistactioncanada.org or call 416-535-8779

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Photo: http://willyloman.wordpress.com/2011/05/29/photos-of-greek-protests-may-25th-2011/