Of Human Greed – Taylor interviews Harvey

Of human greed: Laurie Taylor interviews David Harvey

The Humanist, Vol 125, Issue 4, July/August 201o

A search for the reasons for the economic meltdown has prompted a turn back to Marx. Laurie Taylor meets the “dialectical materialist” geographer David Harvey who, 40 years into his career, is suddenly being taken seriously Continue reading

Charter of Migrants Campaign

Promotion for the drafting of the World Charter of Migrants in Africa

10-17 October 2009
Tuesday 27 October 2009
by Hicham Rachidi
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The final declaration from the Conference of West African Civil Societies on Migration and Development, which was held in Dakar on 12-14 October, launched an appeal to Euro-African civil society organizations to help promote the drafting of the World Charter of Migrants and to reinforce the efforts of migrants and their organizations.

The Conference provided an opportunity for presenting the World Charter for Migrants initiative to participants from Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Senegal, Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Cape Verde, Cameroon and Gambia, together with migrants from France, Belgium and Germany.

The meeting in Dakar coincided with the 4th anniversary of the terrible incidents at Ceuta and Melilla in 2005 which ended with the killing of at least 14 migrants simply because they tried to climb over a mesh fence. Morocco’s involvement in “migration flow management” policies has been much criticized.

The participants discussed the consequences of these “migration flow management” policies and the mobilization of considerable resources for implementing such policies, which in Africa have been subjected to takeovers by NGOs working on development projects. Millions of euros are distributed to actors working on solidarity projects, officially to help with “development” in priority countries (AENEAS, Migration-Development), but are in fact used for the organization of campaigns to ‘inform’ and dissuade people from ‘emigrating’.

This leads, on the one hand, to the perversion of development aid and, on the other, to the corruption of civil society representatives who consequently become actors of obstruction, rather than of change. Indeed, civil society representatives in the South are carrying out tasks usually attributed to police officers serving the murderous politicians who have caused and continue to cause terrible tragedies. The participants at the Dakar Conference, aware of the stakes involved, stressed the importance of challenging these policies. The Final Declaration (see appendix to this document) is proof of a sincere commitment to the launch of a massive mobilization of the South to counteract these externalization policies.

The members of the World Charter of Migrants Coordination Team held a number of meetings in order to present the Charter and the drafting process and to establish an African coordination team. Davina Ferrera, Jelloul Ben Hamida and Hicham Rachidi met with migrants living in West Africa, many of whom are committed to international solidarity programmes in various African countries.

A first meeting was held with people who could become members of the World Charter of Migrants African Coordination Team. As people who could take the role of ‘resource members’, they are involved in international militant networks and have taken up the call from the International Coordination Team: Sarah Klingeberg (Italy/Germany/Senegal), Gwenaëlle de Jaquelot (France/Senegal/Mali), Oumo Zé (Belgium/Burkina Faso), Amadou Mbow (Mauritania/Senegal), Oussmane Diarra (Mali/Senegal), Lamine Niass (Senegal/Mauritania), Hicham Rachidi (Morocco/France), Davina Ferrera (Algeria/Spain/France), and Jelloul Ben Hamida (Tunisia/France).

A second meeting was held with Sedikki Daff, an activist working with the Alliance for a New Governance in Africa and also with migrants in shantytowns in the Dakar area (2,000,000 inhabitants). He told us of his concerns about the associative, or ‘alternative’, approach in Senegal (see the first part of this report). Mr Sedikki’s concerns were echoed by Liamine Niass who works with the collective of traditional fishermen and who, despite his efforts in Senegal, is systematically excluded by the ‘cartel’ that controls the associative networks in Senegal.

These two activists reassured us that they are prepared to participate in promoting and supporting the World Charter of Migrants campaign in Africa.

from: http://www.cmmigrants.org/spip.php?article46

A visit to the Island of Gorée and proposed meeting of the World Coordination Team in 2011 in this symbolic site, in order to continue the coordination work on existing proposals Continue reading

Val-Inco Strike Comes to a Close- Neigh

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Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 395
July 23, 2010

One Day Longer?

The Vale-Inco Strike Comes to a Close

Scott Neigh

On July 7 and 8, 2010, striking members of United Steel Workers Local 6500 in Sudbury, Ontario, voted 75% in favour of a contract that ended a bitter strike against transnational mining giant Vale Inco. The 3300 strikers had been on the picket lines for almost one year (along with members of Local 6200 in Port Colborne, Ontario, who voted in favour by a similar margin).

Despite the immense effort and sacrifices made by workers over the course of the year-long ordeal, the settlement marks a defeat for a local with a reputation for strength in a town with a history of solidarity. It is a hard moment for those who are returning to work – who endured so much and still lost significant ground – but as the world faces the renewed neoliberal assault promised by leaders at the recent G20 summit in Toronto, it is important to ask critical questions that might strengthen all of our struggles in the difficult times ahead. Continue reading

Public Sector Workers’ Strike in South Africa – Photos, Rees

Rob Rees

Pictures: Friday, 1 June 2007, first day of Public Service workers’ strike, Johannesburg (Gauteng) march

Photo by Rob Rees, 072 225 7899, robrees2002@yahoo.co.uk

Public sector wage strike (PowerPoint) 13 June 2007, Johannesburg, Part 2

Public sector wage strike (PowerPoint) 13 June 2007, Johannesburg, Part 1

Public sector wage strike (PowerPoint) 1 June 2007, Johannesburg

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If you use any of Rob Rees’s images, please credit him and give contacts:

Rob Rees, 072 225 7899, robrees2002@yahoo.co.uk

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ITUC and Climate Change – Salleh and Waterman

The International Unions and Climate Change:

‘Historic Resolution’ or ‘Magical Thinking’?


My impression of the International Trade Union Confederation’s 2nd Congress (Vancouver, June, 2010) was that its procedures and resolutions showed it still to be locked into the second half of the 20th century. Continue reading

Dockworkers Respond to Flotilla Massacre – Dropkin

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Dockworkers, Worldwide, Respond to Israel’s Flotilla Massacre and Gaza Siege

By Greg DropkinThree weeks after the massacre on the Freedom Flotilla, ILWU dockworkers in the San Francisco Bay area delayed an Israeli Zim Lines ship for 24 hours, the Swedish Dockworkers Union began a week-long blockade of Israeli ships and containers, dockers in the Port of Cochin, India, refused to handle Israeli cargo, and the Turkish dockworkers union Liman-Is announced their members would refuse to service any Israeli shipping. In South Africa, Durban dockers had already boycotted a Zim Lines ship in response to the invasion of Gaza last year. On the 5th Anniversary of the United Palestinian Call for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions, Israel faces the prospect of targetted industrial action to implement boycotts. How did it happen, what does it mean, and how can the solidarity movement respond to the new opening? Continue reading

Alternative Int’l Labour Communication – Waterman

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Alternative International Labour Communication by Computer After Two Decades1

Peter Waterman




Will offline social movement organisations be willing to cede control as ordinary people increasingly leverage social networking tools to channel their own activities? The destruction of hierarchies online means that top-down organisations will face increasing pressure from members to permit more rank-and-file debate and input. This is a healthy process and a long time in coming. If traditional organisations are to embrace the dynamism of the social networking sphere and move beyond simply posting op-eds on Huffington Post [a US website – PW] written by union presidents or NGO executive directors, they will have to cede significant control. Organisations that resist this trend will become increasingly irrelevant, online and offline. (Brecher, Costello2 and Smith, 2009)

Rather than having more representatives or improving representation, rather even than having a form of direct democracy where ‘the people’ get to vote for many more purposes than merely electing leaders, the alterglobalisation movement suggests a form of democracy Continue reading