Tag Archives: Racism

Deaths in Lampadusa: “Systematic Slaughter”

By Kevin Henry The recent deaths of more than 800 people who drowned when a small fishing boat capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa shocked people across Europe. This brings the death toll of immigrants from north Africa attempting to reach Europe by boat in 2015 alone to 1,600. Last year, around 170,000 migrants crossed the Mediterranean to get ...

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End state racism against asylum seekers

By James Hallinan After being forced to flee their country, asylum seekers end up being marginalized here and become one of the most vulnerable sections of society. They end up being stripped of some of their rights. They can’t work or get proper education, are placed in cramped accommodation, and have limited control over when or what they eat. Direct ...

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The Revolutionary Legacy of Malcolm X

By Eljeer Hawkins “The centerpiece of Malcolm’s political project was to internationalise the condition of Black peoples in the United States.”  Sohail Daulatzai, Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom beyond America, p.36 This February marks the fiftieth anniversary of the public assassination of Malcolm X. In the shadow of the nationwide revolt against endemic police violence, ...

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Fighting oppression – a Marxist viewpoint

Marxism is a philosophy and world view that seeks to materially analyse reality. Although it was not possible for Marx and Engels themselves to adequately address all questions of oppression, as well as other issues in their writings, they did specifically address women's oppression, racism linked to slavery and imperialism, and also the oppression of national groups, such as the Irish.

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US: Ferguson erupts in rage after police kill Michael Brown

On August 9, an unarmed teenager and college-bound student, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Beginning with an order from the police officer to Brown to get on the sidewalk, shortly thereafter a shot was fired. According to eyewitnesses, Brown raised his hands in the air to exhibit to police that he wasn’t a threat; yet gunfire from the officer continued, killing Brown instantly. As his body lay on the pavement, the community of Ferguson exploded in righteous indignation and anger at the naked violence of the police.

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