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No hay diques para tanto mar

Por Ana Carbajosa

“¡Esto hay que pararlo! ¡Esto hay que pararlo!”. La alcaldesa de la isla italiana de Lampedusa, Giusi Nicolini, desesperada ante la llegada a sus costas de bolsas llenas de cadáveres de inmigrantes, no encuentra consuelo. Nueve días han pasado y más allá de condenas y lamentos no hay sobre la mesa soluciones capaces de salvar vidas y poner orden en la gestión de los flujos migratorios. En parte, porque no hay una receta única y mágica. Pero, también, porque lejos de exigir soluciones, los electorados sintonizan cada vez con mayor facilidad con los discursos antiinmigración que han encumbrado a partidos extremistas en toda Europa en tiempos de crisis. Read more…

The Lampedusa boat sinking was no accident

By Vittorio Longhi

The last thing you can call these tragedies is fatal accidents. The umpteenth tragedy involving African migrants off the tiny island of Lampedusa could and should have been prevented, like the countless other deaths that have occurred over the last years in those waters. Nearly 20,000 people have died since 1988 along southern European borders, making the Mediterranean a true graveyard for migrants. Read more…

The “Implacable” War Against Migrants

By David Bacon

The immigration debate in the United States almost always treats the migration of people into this country as something unique. It is not. The World Bank estimates the total number of people worldwide living outside the countries where they were born at 213,316,418 in 2010. A decade earlier, it was 178,050,184, and a decade before that, 155,209,721. Read more…

A tear in the essential fabric of the nation

By Vittorio Longhi

The story of Maria Elena Durazo is the perfect example of what I mean by migrant workers’ potential for organising and for reinvigorating the labour movement. Nationally and globally. The daughter of Mexican immigrant farm workers, she was the head of the hotel workers’ union in Los Angeles in the 1990s, and since then she has become “one of the most prominent labour leaders advocating an overhaul of the country’s immigration policies,” according to an NYT article published last week. Read more…

Another strike at Arabtec in Dubai, another mass deportation

Another strike at Arabtec, Dubai, another repression by the police, another mass deportation.

The strike that started last Saturday  in Abu Dhabi, where Arabtec is building the new Louvre museum for the region, in partnership with the French government.

The action might end up with termination letters and repatriation for the tens of Indian, Bangladeshi and Pakistani workers who were asking peacefully for little pay increase. Their monthly salaries go from 100 to 300 US dollars. Let alone the squalid, segregating living conditions in labour camps. Read more…

Behind racism in Europe

Is racism in Europe just a matter of ignorance and prejudice? What are the structural, the deep reasons for rampant xenophobia and attacks against minorities and foreigners in general?

In this op-ed, Joel Schalit makes a very good analysis of the easy scapegoating of immigrants, from Sweden to Switzerland, to Italy, revealing the failings of the whole economic and political system.

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‘The Immigrant War’ on Counterfire

Vittorio Longhi’s The Immigrant War makes a compelling case for why migrant labour needs to be defended against attack. In doing so conditions for all workers would be raised, finds Paul Hartley. Read more…

Wretched of the World

By Joel Schalit

They’re ideal leftwing subjects. Irreplaceable, they can make demands of employers. Exploited, they’re inclined towards solidarity with one another. Foreign, they’re intensely marginalized, for cultural, as well as economic reasons. Impoverished, their hunger inspires them. In other words, they have something to fight for; not just anything, but social equality. Such are the building blocks of class consciousness.

The kind which Vittorio Longhi sees as being integral to today’s migrant, and why, under the right conditions, these new, transnational subjects constitute their own revolutionary class in the making. Read more…

It’s hell alright, but is it a war?

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‘The Immigrant War: A global movement against discrimination and exploitation’ provoked a fair bit if discussion since it was published in December. Here we argue that it is a good introduction to what is now the vast literature on the subject, and also throws out some stimulating challenges as to where the debate should go in the future.

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Launch of The Immigrant War at Waterstones Brussels

The launch of The immigrant war by Vittorio Longhi was held at Waterstones, Brussels on 24 January with guest speakers Jean Lambert, Green MEP for London, and Anneliese Baldaccini, Migration Policy Officer for Amnesty International.

 

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