Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Urban Homelessness in Toronto

Toronto Mayor’s Housing Policies Costs Lives

By Yogi Acharya*
Eighty people have died in the last two years as a direct result of homelessness in Toronto. That’s one homeless person dying every 10 days. In 1985, people fighting homelessness started keeping track of these senseless, and entirely preventable deaths. Since that time, they’ve recorded over 800 deaths – lives sacrificed in service of a perverse economic logic that demands ever more cuts from the destitute and grants ever more comforts to the rich.
Talk to anyone who has used the City’s emergency shelter system, or anyone who works with people using shelters, and a grim picture emerges of chronic overcrowding, bug infested dormitories, the recurrent spread of contagious diseases, and the perpetual lack of sufficient beds.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Solidarity to Pablo Hasel

Spain: “They want to condemn me to 2 years in prison for writing songs”


Every day we have to endure all kinds of defenders of fascism and absolutely nothing happens; on the contrary, fascists are even defended by the police when they protest, they have TV channels, newspapers, public finance etc.
However, saying that those who throw families out on the streets deserve to be punished is considered defending terrorism. They accuse me of not feeling bad if something happens to those who condemn us to poverty and precariousness. They judge me because they cannot stand our struggle to end the constant injustices and the fact that my music makes people think.

Friday, January 12, 2018

How dare she?

Last Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces soldiers shot Hamed al-Masri, 15, in the head, wounding the unarmed boy from Salfit severely. On Friday, soldiers shot the unarmed Mohammed Tamimi, also 15, in the head, wounding the Nabi Saleh boy severely. Also on Friday, soldiers killed Ibrahim Abu Thuraya, a double amputee, shooting him in the head, too. On the same day Ahed Tamimi, 16, stood in the courtyard of her home with her girlfriend and slapped an IDF officer who had invaded her home.
Israel woke from its slumber angry: How dare she. The three victims of the barbaric shooting didn’t interest Israelis, and the media didn’t even bother to report on them. But the slap (and kick) by Tamimi provoked rage. How dare she slap an IDF soldier? A soldier whose friends slap, beat, abduct and of course shoot Palestinians almost every day.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Letter from jail

Prof. G.N. Saibaba is a former Delhi University professor who is currently serving life sentence for his alleged links to Communist Party of India (Maoist) and his health is in critical condition. He wrote a letter from Nagpur Central Jail. This time he wrote to Anjum. Anjum is one of the central figures of Arundhati Roy’s new novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness.

Dear Anjum,
How are you? I hope you are doing well along with the entire Ministry in Jannet Guest House. I hope you still remember me six months after my disappearance from Delhi. I know it’s easy to forget people who go to prisons or the otherworldly worlds. Life outside on the Earth has to go on.

Friday, December 22, 2017

Coal Miners' Strike Spreads In Kazakhstan As Workers Stay Underground

From: RFE/RL

SHAKHTINSK, Kazakhstan -- A strike by coal miners in north-central Kazakhstan has spread to more mines as hundreds of workers are refusing to return to the surface, demanding higher salaries and better benefits.

Kazakh Labor Minister Tamara Duisenova told reporters on December 12 that 684 miners at eight different mines have spent two nights underground in coal mines in the town of Shakhtinsk, in the Qaraghandy region.

Against Netanyahu, Trump and Macron : Support the Palestinian people !

Trump has once more fawned to the Zionists and to the most reactionary element of his own electorate by recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. But what can that do to change the revolt of the Palestinian people other than further stoke its anger against imperialist, Zionism and its allies ?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine: Our struggle – not Trump – will decide the fate of Jerusalem

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine described the declaration of US President Donald Trump as a declaration of war against the Palestinian people and their rights that makes the U.S. position clear as a hostile entity toward our people and a partner of the Zionist state in its crimes against the Palestinian people and land, and it must be addressed on this basis.
Further, the Front considered that Trump also launched a “bullet of mercy” on the so-called two-state solution, the settlement project and the delusions of the peace process. It called upon the Palestinian leadership to learn the necessary lessons from the devastating experience of reliance on negotiations and U.S. domination and announce the immediate withdrawal from the Oslo agreement and all subsequent and attendant obligations.