Posted: February 9, 2017 by Admin in ACT Party, capitalist crisis, Capitalist ideology, Economics, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, Internationalism, Labour Party NZ, National Party NZ, New Zealand politics, Open Borders/Immigration Controls, Uncategorized
by Daphna Whitmore
While Trump’s visa bans and a wall across the US-Mexico border are rightly seen as abhorrent, Labour and the Greens advocate a pretty high wall of immigration restrictions here in New Zealand.
Labour is facing criticism of its long simmering anti-immigration campaign and it is being called out as hypocritical for denouncing Trump while indulging in dog whistle politics.
Andrew Little peddling Labour’s nationalistic brand
The latest comments come from Peter Dunne who notes that Labour “talks about new migrants as problems, rather than as people”. He goes on to point out this “is exactly the same ‘us versus them’ narrative that contributes to reactionary and damaging policy regarding immigration”.
A few days earlier Graeme Edgeler on The Spinoff website suggested folks take a look at the Citizenship (Western Samoa) Act 1982. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 7, 2017 by Admin in 'Race' and 'difference', At the coalface, Capitalist ideology, Class Matters, Cultural studies, Democracy movements, Film reviews, Human rights, Information technology, Intellectuals, Mass resistance, Morbid symptoms, Political & economic power, Racism and anti-racism, State repression, United States - history, United States - politics, Victimisation, Women's rights & women's liberation, Workers history, Workers' rights
by The Spark
Before electronic computers, and multifunctioning calculators, there were human computers. Black and white women mathematicians were tasked with turning numbers into meaningful data for NASA. Their calculations made possible many ground-breaking missions. These calculations, done by hand, with pencil and paper, often took more than a week to complete, filling six to eight notebooks with data and formulas.
Hidden Figures follows three black women “computers”: Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monae) – and their work at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia in the ‘60s.
All three of these women were brilliant mathematicians living and working in segregated and sexist Virginia. The film gives a sense of the indignities and humiliations these women endured. At one point Katherine Johnson is sent to a new department to calculate the trajectories for Alan Shepard’s space flight. The men – all white – were not Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 3, 2017 by Admin in Alienation, At the coalface, Banking and financial services, British politics, capitalist crisis, Capitalist ideology, Commodification, Economics, Imperialism and anti-imperialism, World economy
Tony Norfield will be giving a lecture next week at King’s College, London, on Wednesday 8 February.
The session is from 6pm to 8pm, and is part of a series of seminars at King’s on Contemporary Marxist Theory.
The seminars are open to the public, but arrive in time to get signed in if you want to attend.
342N Norfolk Building (entrance on Surrey St)
King’s College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS
This paper discusses how the financial system both expresses and reinforces the power of major countries. Developing Marx’s theory by examining bank credit creation, bond and equity markets, the paper shows how what Marx called the ‘law of value’ is modified by the evolution of finance. To understand imperialism today, one has to recognise how financial markets help the centralisation of ownership and control of the world economy. They are also an important way in which the US and the UK siphon off the world’s resources. The question of Brexit and the City of London is also discussed.
The following is taken from the 2017 World Report (Israel/Palestine) by Human Rights Watch:
Israeli security forces demolish structures in the ‘unrecognized’ Bedouin village of al-Araqib, Israel, June 29, 2016. (Azez Abu Madigem)*
“Bedouin citizens of Israel who live in “unrecognized” villages suffered discriminatory home demolitions on the basis that their homes were built illegally, even though most of those villages existed before the State of Israel was established, and others were created in the 1950s on land to which Israel transferred Bedouin citizens. Israeli authorities refused to prepare plans for the communities or approve construction permits, and rejected plans submitted by the communities themselves that would allow them to build lawfully. Many Bedouin communities were uprooted by the establishment of Jewish towns and cities, and a succession of Israeli governments has moved them from place to place, failing to provide adequate housing.
“In al-Araqib, an unrecognized village that has been embroiled in a years-long legal battle with the state, authorities demolished all the residents’ shacks 10 times between January 1 and August 18, according to the Negev Coexistence Forum for Civil Inequality. Israeli authorities demolished Read the rest of this entry »