Demonstration against the genocide in Mediterranean, today in Barcelona. Foto: Stop Mare MortumDeclaring that Europe is facing »a moment of truth« with hundreds of thousands of people risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea, the head of the United Nations refugee agency today urged the European Union (EU) to admit up to 200,000 asylum-seekers fleeing conflict zones like Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.
»Europe cannot go on responding to this crisis with a piecemeal or incremental approach. No country can do it alone, and no country can refuse to do its part,« the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said in a statement laying out a set of six guidelines ahead of a key round of emergency EU meetings on the crisis.
Communist Party of Britain»Britain has an obligation to help many more of the refugees fleeing Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya where US, British and NATO policies have wrought such devastation«, Anita Halpin told the Communist Party’s political committee on Wednesday evening (September 3). She denounced the British government’s obsession with keeping refugees out as »callous« and »shameful«.
»Prime Minister Cameron and his cruel Cabinet are trying desperately to wriggle out of their commitments under international law to allow and process claims for asylum, while the UKIP attitude appears to be that refugees should be left to perish while we discuss the long-term future of the Middle East and Africa«, Ms Halpin accused. She also slammed the EU for its ‘total inability’ to devise a coherent, humane response to the refugee crisis, which she said confirmed that the EU is primarily concerned with promoting big business profits. »For the capitalist monopolies and their EU member state governments, the so-called ›free movement of labour‹ is – like the free movement of capital – enforced in order to serve the interests of big business, not those of workers or the people generally«, she explained. »For communists and socialists, on the other hand, the mass movement of labour and capital should be planned, not left to market forces controlled by the monopolies«, Ms Halpin added.
Chinese president Xi Jinping. Screenshot: CCTVAll my countrymen and women, Your Excellencies heads of state and government and representatives of the United Nationsand other international organizations, Distinguished guests, All officers and soldiers participating in the parade, Ladies and gentlemen, Comrades and friends,
Today is a day that will forever be etched in the memory of people all over the world. Seventy years ago today, the Chinese people, having fought tenaciously for 14 years, won the great victory of their War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression, marking the full victory of the World Anti-Fascist War. On that day, the world was once again blessed by the sunshine of peace.
One of the most barbaric forms of modern work today in Greece is called 5-months employment. Thousands of workers, who were long-term unemployed in the previous period, are employed in the municipalities with flexible forms of employment and underpaid programs aiming to the “recycling” of the unemployed and at the same time gaining cheap labor force with no rights, in the service of the capital. The 5months programs are fixed-term contracts (for only 5 months) for unemployed people. They are paid with much lower wages than the normal worker and they are used to cover the huge lack of staff that the staff-reductions in public services and municipalities have brought.
I disagree because what we are witnessing is as far from an “invasion” as conceivably possible. We see instead fragments of desperation, human journeys made as a choice of last resort, crises too numerous to count. And all thanks to economic and geopolitical domination by a handful of “Western” bastards, devotees of the IMF, eurocrats, pension managers, filthy-rich shareholders for whom ‘enough’ is never enough, CEOs who think that the world revolves around their bank account, all of whom still profit from their most prized possession – their former African colonies.
The thousands of migrants (I prefer, in fact, to speak of “refugees”), side-effects of our capitalist society, are not simply baby animals – though our society certainly would probably treat them with more compassion if they were. They are our fellow creatures, our brethren. Most are fleeing war – our own dirty wars instigated in countries where “The West” has unscrupulously pillaged for centuries, countries which have now effectively imploded (Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan). Why such meddling - for humanitarian reasons? Yes, if you think such reasons include exploitation of oil and precious metals, pursuit of neocolonialism and geostrategic interests, or allowing multinational corporations to sink their claws into territories not their own...
Hungary has erected a vast fence and is mobilising troops to keep out refugees, not stinting on forceful methods. European leaders have responded to this humanitarian crisis merely with cold, “rational” calculations.
The »West Balkans Way«, taken by thousands of refugees who hope to enter Western Europe, has found itself thrust to the top of the agenda at the Vienna Summit, which opened this Thursday 27th August. Syrians, Afghans and Iraqis, fleeing persecution and war, pass in their thousands through Turkey, then onwards through Greece, Macedonia (which has now declared a state of emergency) and Serbia before hitting Hungary, the door to the Schengen Area.