My Bookmarx 10/21/2010
21 أكتوبر 2010 بواسطة Tamer Mowafy
African independence: A dream of freedom derailed|23Oct10|Socialist Worker
It’s fifty years since the high tide of the anti-colonial movement. Ken Olende looks at what happened to the ‘wind of change’, and hopes for a new era
BP: The Unfinished Crimes and Plunder of Anglo-American Imperialism
In the light of British Petroleum’s grotesque crime, as yet unfinished, against humanity in the Gulf of Mexico, it is well to recall briefly BP’s no less hideous crime perpetrated in its earlier incarnation as the Anglo-Persian Oil Company (APOC) and, later, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (AIOC).
Chink in the Armor
A story is breaking upon the nation as I write this. It is a story I have been forced to live for the last year and a half.
Workers Without Status in France Emerge as a Social Force <span class="“> – Annotated
Hundreds of striking workers without status, known as “travailleurs sans papiers,” set about occupying the steps of the Bastille Opera House in what was to be a crucial stand in their astounding strike.
France is the second immigrant nation in the world, after the United States. For more than a century, migrant workers – often from countries colonized by France and from Eastern and Southern Europe – came to build the country.
In 1972, the French state suddenly made it more difficult for workers to gain the right to stay in France by holding a job. Anthropologist Alain Morice points out that the first move to limit legal worker immigration took place before the oil shocks and the resulting economic crisis, arguing the move reflected both the xenophobia of the government of the day and, more concretely, a desire to clamp down on North African immigrant workers who – in the wake of the 1968 rebellion of workers and students, both French-born and immigrants, across France – had become active in struggles for better housing, against racism and for justice in Palestine. As had always been the case, they were also joining unions. Some of the activists were denied renewal of their visas and the term “sans papiers” was born. (Morice, Alain, “Le movement des sans-papiers ou la difficile mobilization collective des individualismes,” in Histoire politique des immigrations (post)coloniales, France 1920-2008, Boubeker and Hajjat eds, Editions Amsterdam, 2008).
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