Marx on Immigration

Workers, Wages, and Legal Status

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Monthly Review Volume 68, Issue 09 (February 2017)

2013 Immigration Reform March

Photo credit: Values & Capitalism.

On April 9, 1870, Karl Marx wrote a long letter to Sigfrid Meyer and August Vogt, two of his collaborators in the United States.1 In it Marx touched on a number of subjects, but his main focus was the “Irish question,” including the effects of Irish immigration in England. This discussion seems to have been Marx’s most extensive treatment of immigration, and while it hardly represents a comprehensive analysis, it remains interesting as a sample of Marx’s thinking on the subject—at least on one day in 1870.Read More »

Bernie Sanders: Trump ‘Is a Fraud’ Sending Nation in ‘Authoritarian Direction’

by Jon Queally, staff writer

Common Dreams | 05 February, 2017

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont appeared on CNN Sunday and called President Donald Trump a "fraud"—one who is simultaneously leading the nation in an "authoritarian direction" while also actively betraying many of the working- and middle-class Americans who believed his promises that he would take on powerful interests on their behalf. (Photo: Screenshot/CNN/YouTube)Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont appeared on CNN Sunday and called President Donald Trump a “fraud”—one who is simultaneously leading the nation in an “authoritarian direction” while also actively betraying many of the working- and middle-class Americans who believed his promises that he would take on powerful interests on their behalf. (Photo: Screenshot/CNN/YouTube)

“I don’t mean to be disrespectful,” Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) told CNN‘s Jake Tapper on Sunday morning, “but this guy’s a fraud.”

The immediate reference was to a meeting President Donald Trump held with Wall Street executives on Friday in which he vowed—in what Common Dreams reported as a “spectacular betrayal”—to repeal key elements of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill enacted in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.Read More »

‘Spectacular Betrayal’ as Trump Hands Economy ‘Back Over to Wall Street’

by Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

Common Dreams | 03 February, 2017

Executive orders seen as “a cave-in to the power of Wall Street and the financial lobby.” (Photo: Dave Center/flickr/cc)

President Donald Trump is handing the U.S. economy “back over to Wall Street” on Friday, with a regulatory rollback that critics say could put consumers and the financial system at risk.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Trump signed executive orders Friday “establish[ing] a framework for scaling back the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial-overhaul law” and rolling back an Obama-era regulation requiring advisers on retirement accounts to work in the best interests of their clients. That rule was set to go into effect in April.

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Thousands of US airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria went unaccounted, finds investigation

A Journal of People report

Source: Internet

Thousands of airstrikes in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria were unaccounted for, and the US Central Command has been misleading the public in its assessment of the overall progress in the war on terror by their failure to account for these air strikes, found a Military Times investigation.
The investigation revealed:
Open source data of US Air Force strikes does not contain all the missiles fired, and the incomplete data continues to be used by the US Department of Defense (DoD) on multiple occasions in official reports and media publications. Read More »

Domestic helpers and prostitutes are trapped in debt bondage in Hong Kong

A Journal of People report

A Hong Kong, February 1 2017 datelined Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters, that covers humanitarian news, women’s rights, trafficking, property rights, climate change and resilience,
feature mentioned:
Domestic helpers and prostitutes are trapped in debt bondage. These women are migrants. The prostitutes work in notorious Wanchai’s red-light district.
Citing a U.S. government report, Trafficking in Persons, the “Ex-pimp helps trafficked women cook their way to new HK life” headlined feature by Sylvia Yu Friedman said:
“About 340,000 migrant women, mostly from the Philippines and Indonesia, work as domestic helpers in Hong Kong.Read More »

Harlem Pays Tribute to Fidel, Cuba’s Revolutionary Leader

telesur | 05 February, 2017

Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban revolution, died in November 2016, at age 90.

Fidel Castro, leader of the Cuban revolution, died in November 2016, at age 90. | Photo: Reuters

Over 200 New Yorkers from Harlem and other parts of the city paid tribute to Fidel Castro Sunday, as part of a ceremony convened by the New York-New Jersey Cuba Si! Committee following the death of the revolutionary leader on Nov. 25, 2016.

“All the work in his life was dedicated to making a better world,” said Cuban Permanent Representative to the U.N. Anayansi Rodriguez at the Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center where the event took place.

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Venezuela Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Chavez-Led Uprising

telesur | 02 February, 2017

Late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Feb. 2, 1999 — the date most people associate with the beginning of Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution. This was the day former president Hugo Chavez first took office.

But for Venezuelans, there’s another date that’s just as important to the beginning of their Revolution: Feb. 4, 1992.

On Saturday, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela celebrated the 25th anniversary of a civil-military rebellion of over 2,000 people led by Chavez.

The uprising confronted then-president Carlos Andres Perez. Chavez, then a Lt. Col. in the Venezuelan armed forces, united soldiers and civilians against neo-liberal measures instituted by Perez, which left millions in poverty. His administration was marked by loose restrictions on multinational petroleum companies exploiting crude oil fields and police repression on working class movements promoting privatization. Read More »

Modernizing surgery

Granma | 03 February, 2017

Photo: Juventud Rebelde

With the prestige gained over years of individual and collective experience in the treatment of illnesses through minimal access surgery, Cuban experts are aware of the necessary challenge of continually modernizing and mastering knowledge related to the development of new technologies, such as robotics, in the field of surgery.

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