By Jordan Shilton - 12 January 2013
British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband has intensified his party’s promotion of anti-immigrant chauvinism. In two speeches now, Miliband has decried what he terms are uncontrolled levels of immigration, while advocating a strengthening of national identity...The aim of Miliband’s remarks was to place the blame for the disastrous decline in living standards for the broad mass of the working class in recent years onto immigrants and shift the debate sharply to the right.
By Kumaran Ira - 11 January 2013
Three female Kurdish nationalist activists were found dead early Thursday morning in the Kurdistan Information Centre in Paris...The victims were the co-founder of the Kurdistan Workers’ party (PKK), Sakine Cansiz, close to jailed PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan; Fidan Dogan, a member of the Brussels- based Kurdistan National Congress; and a young woman, Leyla Soylemez.
In America, there are three words for that freedom: “Jobs, jobs, jobs!” That is the essence of American freedom – a job. Every free American is entitled to search for one, and to make every effort to find and occupy one – especially when the country is in a crisis. By doing so, Americans look out for their own good and everything that is important to them. What they earn, no matter how little that might be, is their property from which they and their families can live freely.
By Steve James - WSWS
Belfast and a number of towns in Northern Ireland have been gripped by sporadic loyalist protests over the last week. Rioting and political violence followed a decision by Belfast City Council to restrict the number of days on which Britain’s Union flag will fly over Belfast City Hall...At one point, council officials were locked in their rooms as a group of protesters broke into the City Hall. Shortly after, some homes in the Catholic Short Strand area of the city were attacked.
By David Camfield - Friday, 23 November 2012
Is it any surprise that some Chinese workers are willing to leave their homes...to work in a remote area of BC for wages that are higher than they would make in China? Treating some people as less deserving of jobs than others simply because they don't hold Canadian passports devalues their lives. It's an invitation to immigrant-bashing and racism...Instead of trying to exclude Chinese workers, BC unions should be thinking about how to build links of solidarity with them.
By Robert Stevens - WSWS
The tens of millions of pounds spent on the Royal Jubilee is in stark contrast to the demands of the ruling elite that working people — the target of the most severe austerity measures since the 1930s — must make “sacrifices” for the good of the nation. It is estimated that the cost of the celebrations...will be around £1.2 billion.
By Paul Bond and Julie Hyland - WSWS
At the time of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, the Sex Pistols anti-royal song “God Save the Queen” stormed to number one in the record charts, despite being banned by the BBC. If anything, antipathy to the royal family is more widespread today. But no trace of oppositional sentiment could be found at any level artistically on the occasion of the Diamond Jubilee.
The communists’ struggle would be child’s play if they only had to fight against lies, because these lies would quickly be dispelled by the real conditions. However, the sacrifices for state and capital are mainly legitimized with bitter truths: for the sake of peace, freedom and country, a person must sacrifice money and life – in war and in peace...Since communists have a tough nut to crack in the nationalism of their addressees, it is the constant subject of their criticism.
In short: nationalism is nowhere and in no form a means against imperialism, much less a recipe for the well-being of the masses, which nowhere in the world can be in accord with the well-being of the nation!
By Sarah Seltzer - AlterNet
Perhaps you were shocked this month when you read that years ago, thanks to its association with international workers and the anarchist movement, May Day was officially named Loyalty Day by the federal government to avoid the appearance of condoning dissent. It's creepy and Orwellian, but it's not that unusual...But this isn't a new American tradition. A simple search of other official national and state holidays shows that...we have some pretty appalling holidays on the books. Here are just a few.
By Andrew Gavin Marshall
The emergence and spread of education...is generally considered to be the result of the Enlightenment ideals and the emergence of democracies. The idea was that education was developed and designed for the purpose of enlightening individuals, spreading literacy and fostering intellectual pursuits which would yield for the benefit of the whole of society, a benevolent institution. Indeed, there are these elements to the history of education; but like with most things, there are other, deeper, elements to the story. So it begs the question: what is the purpose of education?
22nd April 2012 - SchNEWS Issue 812
Yesterday's counter-protest against the March for England exceeded all expectations. Although the fascists did march they did so inside a mobile police kettle continuously surrounded and occasionally bombarded by counter-protesters...Last year the police successfully kettled most of the anti-fascists, allowing the [fascists] free rein through the city. They took full advantage of the opportunity to hand out racist abuse and attack alternative looking types. Brighton anti-fascists were determined to avoid a repeat.
By Kim Petersen - Dissident Voice
Canada exists as a English-French state for much the same reason Israel exists as a Jewish state. Europeans came to take the land of Indigenous peoples — even by lethal force. In Palestine it was the Nakba, for “Canada” it was a genocidal event that included the wholesale extermination of the Beothuk.
Since its beginnings in the markets for American mortgages, the great financial crisis has gone on for over three years now, and for the moment, those in charge are rather satisfied with themselves...On the other hand, that mustn’t fool anybody into thinking that the crisis is “already” over.
By Spencer Sunshine - Shift Magazine
All progressive social movements have dark sides, but some are more prone to them than others. Occupy Wall Street and its spin-offs, with their populist, anti-elitist discourse (“We Are the 99%”) and focus on finance capital, have already attracted all kinds of unsavory friends: anti-semites, David Duke and White Nationalists, Oath Keepers, Tea Partiers, and followers of David Icke, Lyndon Larouche, and the Zeitgeist movement...