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June 4, 2015

Tony Blair: From War to Racism

Seeing the news headlines on Tony Blair, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Blair to combat anti-Semitism and racism in Europe? It must be a joke!”

Unfortunately, it is true!


Seeing the news headlines on Tony Blair, the first thought that comes to mind is, “Blair to combat anti-Semitism and racism in Europe? It must be a joke!”

Unfortunately, it is true!

May 12, 2015

As the European Union (EU) is about the launch its long term plan for the ‘migrant crisis’, the leaked EU policy document shows the hypocrisies of our rulers and the repeated denial by the EU of its responsibilities in the root-cause of this crisis and the ongoing civilian deaths.

The Final plan is to be published on Wednesday May, 13.

As the European Union (EU) is about the launch its long term plan for imiigration and the ‘migrant crisis’, the leaked EU policy document shows the hypocrisies of our rulers and the repeated denial by the EU of its responsibilities in the root-cause of this crisis and the ongoing civilian deaths.

May 8, 2015

Speaking at a commemoration in Cobh, Co Cork, to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard liner by a German submarine U-20, President Higgins said: “The sinking was an immense human tragedy with the loss of almost 1,200 lives and that should never be forgotten”.

Speaking at a commemoration in Cobh, Co Cork, to mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Cunard liner by a German submarine U-20, President Higgins said:

“The sinking was an immense human tragedy with the loss of almost 1,200 lives and that should never be forgotten”.

Indeed, we shall never forget…

April 22, 2015

Petitioning RTE - Raidió Teilifís Éireann, Ireland's National Public Service Broadcaster: Interview a migrant to challenge Nigel Farage's racist views on migrants in Ireland

Online petition link: 
https://www.change.org/p/rte-raidi%C3%B3-teilif%C3%ADs-%C3%A9ireann-ireland-s-national-public-service-broadcaster-interview-a-migrant-to-challenge-nigel-farage-s-racist-views-on-migrants-in-ireland?just_created=true&lang=en-GB
 
 
November 17, 2014

‘Immigration control’ demands. as a response to economic crises and rising unemployment are not new. In the past and current times, immigration control has been repeatedly debated in many countries with pro-immigration control argument coming from both the reformist-central left and right wing neoliberal circles.

(Part 2 of a series on Racism - For Part 1 click)

‘Immigration control’ demands, as a response to economic crises and rising unemployment are not new. In the past and current times, immigration control has been repeatedly debated in many countries with pro-immigration control argument coming from both the reformist-central left and right wing neoliberal circles.

October 6, 2014

The US led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq seem to have little or no real impact on ISIS. Since the beginning of the airstrikes a number of civilians and some ISIS fighters are killed but the overall organizational structure and the fighting capacity of ISIS are intact. We are told by the US administration and the leaders of states who joined the coalition that “they will continue the airstrikes till ISIS is destroyed”. 

The US led airstrikes in Syria and Iraq seem to have little or no real impact on ISIS. Since the beginning of the airstrikes a number of civilians and some ISIS fighters are killed but the overall organizational structure and the fighting capacity of ISIS are intact. We are told by the US administration and the leaders of states who joined the coalition that “they will continue the airstrikes untill ISIS is destroyed”.

January 30, 2014

Should racism sometimes be ignored as part of the wider fight against it and not be given any air, social media etc. time?

Specifically, should we speak, write and share articles about the newly formed National Independent Party in Ireland, what should be our response to it?

Should we ignore certain racism?

Should racism sometimes be ignored as part of the wider fight against it and not be given any air, social media etc. time?

Specifically, should we speak, write and share articles about the newly formed National Independent Party in Ireland, what should be our response to it?

Unfortunately (and fortunately) this question does not have a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer.  Furthermore, under what circumstances should racism be ignored, if at all, and not be ignored?

December 23, 2013

Suddenly, there is a social media storm created by some angry customers and Marks & Spencer finds itself right in the middle of it. Various media in the UK and around the world report that “UK retailer faces boycott after report claiming Muslim employees can refuse to serve alcohol and pork.” Celebrity Atheist Richard Dawkins joined in the debate and attacked M&S over this issue.

Suddenly, there is a social media storm created by some angry customers and Marks & Spencer finds itself right in the middle of it.

Various media in the UK and around the world report that “UK retailer faces boycott after report claiming Muslim employees can refuse to serve alcohol and pork.”

December 5, 2013

If you ever want to teach your children the meaning of the word hypocrisy look no further than our great business and political leaders... And think of wars, exploitation, workers rights, equality, imperialism and racism...

If you ever want to teach your children the meaning of the word hypocrisy look no further than our great business and political leaders... And think of wars, exploitation, workers rights, equality, imperialism and racism...

A sample set of examples:

September 21, 2013

Yet again, Britain is discussing the banning of Muslim veil.
Here are some of the arguments from some intellectuals, anti-Muslims and political circles:
- Freedom of choice and protection of young women from being forced to wear the veil.
- 'Modern British way of life' and the need for citizens to comply with it.

Yet again, Britain is discussing the banning of Muslim veil.
Here are some of the arguments from some intellectuals, anti-Muslims and political circles:
- Freedom of choice and protection of young women from being forced to wear the veil.
- 'Modern British way of life' and the need for citizens to comply with it.

''Jeremy Browne, a Liberal Democrat, said there needs to be a national debate about whether the state should step in to protect young women from having the veil “imposed” on them.

August 11, 2013

Switzerland: Double racism, double standards

Last week we read two seperate news items on racism from Switzerland...

The first one was about asylum seekers: “The town of Bremgarten in the Swiss canton of Aargau has banned asylum seekers from public swimming pools and sports facilities. The decision is symptomatic of Switzerland's increasingly restrictive asylum policy.... In a move described by the Swiss Refugee Council as "indefensible in both legal and humanitarian terms," the town of Bremgarten in the Swiss canton of Aargau has introduced several "exclusion zones" for asylum seekers, including public swimming pools, sports facilities, church and school grounds.”

Last week we read two seperate news items on racism from Switzerland...

August 16, 2012

It was the year of 1998, the former Chilean military dictator, mass murderer and torturer Pinochet had arrived to UK, a country that he called his “most favoured country in the world”. No wonder why he would choose Britain as his favourite place. He was kept there under a very comfortable house arrest, effectively under the protection of the British government. Court trials, endless diplomatic debates and meetings with his favourite person, Thatcher, kept Pinochet in Britain safe and well until he was allowed to return to Chile in 2000 and to die in his comfortable military hospital bed some years later.

April 23, 2012

This article was written for the Irish Marxist Review

Ever since the onset of the international economic crisis in 2008 and the consequent collapse of the Celtic Tiger and the Irish banking system we have seen the abject failure of the Irish trade union movement to mobilise serious resistance to the attempts by successive governments to make working people and the underprivileged pay for the crisis of the system

This article was written for the Irish Marxist Review

Ever since the onset of the international economic crisis in 2008 and the consequent collapse of the Celtic Tiger and the Irish banking system we have seen the abject failure of the Irish trade union movement to mobilise serious resistance to the attempts by successive governments to make working people and the underprivileged pay for the crisis of the system .

August 8, 2011

Unlike some news reporters saying that Lewisham is now on the map with these events happening now, it was in fact on the map with it's losses of essential community support services... Lewisham March 2011 to Lewisham August 2011

Unlike some news reporters saying that Lewisham is now on the map with these riots happening now, it was in fact on the map with it's losses of essential community support services: Connexions Centre

Lewisham March 2011 to Lewisham August 2011.

Lewisham Connexions centre, south London (March 2011)

Cuts: £1.6m (100%); 35 staff to lose their jobs on 1 April

August 8, 2011

Going a little back in the memory lane. Guardian had reported in great detail the cuts that will affect the much needed / critical social and public services in Britain... Read on as we see the anger on the streets tonight.

(Original Article from Guardian>>>)

Going a little back in the memory lane. Guardian had reported in great detail the cuts that will affect the much needed / critical social and public services in Britain... Read on as we see the anger on the streets tonight.

(Original Article from Guardian>>>)

August 8, 2011

Anger against the police burst out in Tottenham, north London last night after a protest about the police killing of local black man Mark Duggan. Around 200 of Mark's family and friends had marched earlier in the evening from Broadwater Farm estate to protest outside Tottenham police station about Mark’s death. He had been shot dead on Thursday evening.

(Republished from http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=25638)

Rage at the police hits the streets of north London

by Judith Orr

Anger against the police burst out in Tottenham, north London last night after a protest about the police killing of local black man Mark Duggan.