Archive | October 12, 2016

Zapatistas Demand Indigenous Unity to Fight Capitalist Slavery*

Zapatistas Demand Indigenous Unity to Fight Capitalist Slavery*

EZLN Subcomandante Marcos, now known as Galeano, in Chiapas in 2005 | Photo: EFE

EZLN Subcomandante Marcos, now known as Galeano, in Chiapas in 2005 | Photo: EFE


The Zapatistas argued at the 20th anniversary National Indigenous Congress that resource exploitation will ultimately destroy the people.

As the iconic Subcomandante Marcos – also known as Subcomandante Galeano – made a rare appearance, the Zapatistas renewed their call Tuesday for Indigenous unity across Mexico in the face of what the movement criticizes as runaway social and environmental destruction for the benefit of a few, while the people – especially Indigenous communities – suffer the consequences.

“Today, they truly want to destroy us with the slavery of capitalism, and at the same time finish off and destroy Mother Earth and nature,” Subcomandante Moises said Tuesday on behalf of the movement during the fifth National Indigenous Congress led by the Zapatistas in San Cristobal de las Casas, in the southern state of Chiapas.

“Talking among ourselves as Indigenous peoples was and is very important, today more than ever,” continued Moises, who Subcomandante Marcos introduced as a new subcomandante in 2013.

“Because capitalist destruction against Mother Earth is now extended, and that means that we will also be destroyed, because we live off her.”

Subcomandante Marcos — known as Subcomandante Galeano since 2014 when he announced that “Marcos, the character, is no longer necessary,” — participated in the congress, joining working groups and roundtable discussions alongside other participants. The iconic leader’s public appearances have been less frequent since he announced the Zapatistas decided to “kill” Marcos to avoid his image overshadowing the collective voice of the movement. His new name, Galeano, is a reference to Jose Luis Solis Lopez “Galeano,” a teacher and EZLN leader killed on May 2, 2014, by a paramilitary group.

At the launch of the congress, which is scheduled to wrap up Thursday, Subcomandante Moises called for urban and rural movements to come together in the struggle for anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist alternatives.

“We the exploited need to bridge the countryside and city and build the world we want,” he said.

“We believe that we need to dedicate our efforts and sacrifices to work together and organize ourselves.”

The EZLN declared war against Mexico on January 1, 1994, in conjunction with the launch of the controversial North American Free Trade Agreement, known widely by its acronym NAFTA. The movement quickly launched into the international spotlight as an example for autonomous social movements around the globe. After more than two decades, the masked EZLN militants and their struggle continue to be iconic symbols of the fight for alternatives to global capitalism in all corners of the world.


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Men tired of Gang Stereotypes Launch ‘cook for refugees’ Campaign*

Men tired of Gang Stereotypes Launch ‘cook for refugees’ Campaign*

By Harriet Agerholm, May Bulman

A group of young men from an underprivileged Paris suburb have launched a social media campaign challenging others to feed homeless refugees and migrants.

The trend has spread across the city and beyond. At least seven other districts in Paris and have taken up the challenge, as have neighbourhoods in Toulouse and Marseilles.

Paris has seen a visible increase in the number of refugees sleeping rough on its streets. Charity workers have said there are now around 1,000 living in makeshift camps around the city.

Despite the promise of an official refugee camp in the city, the numbers of homeless are expected to increase after the demolition of the Calais “Jungle” next week.

Malik Diallo, a delivery driver from Sarcelles, in the northern suburbs of Paris, decided to take action after he saw a woman and a young child lying in the street.

He and a group of friends cooked 150 plates of hot food. They made Tchep – a West African rice dish – and prepared sandwiches.

Laden with food and drinks, they headed towards the Stalingrad area and handed out their offerings to those sleeping rough.

“None of us had done this before: we had no idea how this would happen,” Mr Diallo told French weekly, L’Express.

“This experience has touched us all, it’s very moving,” he added.

They posted a ten-minute video of the event on Facebook and challenged another neighbourhood, Sablons, to feed the migrants in the same way. The clip attracted more than 70,000 views and was shared hundreds of times.

“This will show what [our] neighbourhoods are really like – and the image is very different from what people usually see, which is all about drugs and violence,” Mr Diallo said.

One resident in Sablons, which took up the challenge, told French daily, Le Parisien:

“Here, we know the value of solidarity. Our parents were migrants. We all experienced the misery.”

Paris’ makeshift camps, which are home to more than a thousand people, are routinely subject to evictions – “a few hundred” people at a time.

In 2015, nearly 80,000 people applied for asylum in France, with many living in the Calais camp.

France has called on the U.K to take responsibility for those living in the Jungle, many of whom have family ties to the U.K.

Yet the U.K. asylum process has proved lengthy. One refugee charity has launched legal proceedings against the Home Office for failing to accept unaccompanied minors.


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U.S. Feds Takes Over Puerto Rico’s Finances*

U.S. Feds Takes Over Puerto Rico’s Finances*

By Danica Coto

A federal control board on Friday took over Puerto Rico’s finances and several government agencies for the first time in the U.S. territory’s history in a bid to haul the island out of an acute economic crisis.

The seven-member board met in New York and was briefly interrupted by protesters who yelled,

“This is slavery!” and

“Stop pillaging Puerto Rico!”

The meeting was live-streamed over the internet following pledges that the board would operate with transparency.

It ordered Gov. Alejandro Garcia Padilla to produce a fiscal plan in two weeks and submit weekly and monthly revenue reports that detail how the government is adhering to its budget.

Members also voted on which Puerto Rico government agencies would come under the board’s oversight. They include the island’s central government, its largest public university, its heavily indebted utility companies, a Government Development Bank that is running out of cash and a public pension system underfunded by more than $40 billion.

“We’re working as quickly as possible,” said Jose Carrion III, who was elected board president, to reporters after the meeting.

The board was approved by Congress in June and is charged in part with helping restructure a portion of a nearly $70 billion public debt that Garcia has said is unpayable. Carrion is one of four Republicans on the board, along with three Democrats. Also on the board is a representative of Puerto Rico’s governor, who is barred from voting.

During a televised address on Thursday, Garcia urged the board to make the public pension system one of its priorities. He also requested that the board consider intervening in a trial in which a federal judge is expected to soon rule on whether Puerto Rico will have to pay its debts even though the U.S. legislation signed in June also protects the island from lawsuits through February 2017.

“In this process, we will try to make the board understand that, for the recovery to be real, it must deal with the fiscal aspects, while protecting the economic ones,” Garcia said Friday.

Puerto Rico has been mired in a decade-long economic slump brought about largely by decades of heavy borrowing. The island has defaulted on several multi-million-dollar bond payments since last year and faces a growing number of lawsuits from creditors trying to recover a portion of their investments. Several government agencies are now operating under a state of emergency that permits withdrawals only for essential public services.

Puerto Rico economist Gustavo Velez said the board will likely soon seek help from the capital markets to generate revenue.

“If it doesn’t, then it will have to impose severe austerity measures,” he said.

“There is no other way to finance the deficit. The government likely will not be able to pay salaries very soon. We’re in a downward spiral.”


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Germany To Cut Off Welfare Benefits For E.U. Citizens*

Germany To Cut Off Welfare Benefits For E.U. Citizens*

By  Tyler Durden

In what may be the latest indication that Merkel’s immigration policy blow-back is being heard by the government, Germany’s Handelsblatt reports that Merkel’s government plans to prohibit foreign E.U. citizens from receiving welfare benefits for five years if they haven’t worked in Germany before.

Labor Minister Andrea Nahles, a center-left Social Democrat, introduced a corresponding draft measure during a cabinet meeting of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition government on Wednesday, according to the news agency Reuters. Under the draft law, E.U. citizens can claim one-time assistance for the period of a month to pay for food and shelter. They can also receive a loan to cover the cost of the trip back to their home country if they fail to find work.

Nahles is seeking to close a loophole which arose from a ruling by the Federal Social Court in 2015. The court ruled that unemployed E.U. citizens have a right to welfare benefits after six months. Ms. Nahles said in the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on Wednesday that the “free movement of labor doesn’t mean one can claim German welfare benefits after a short stay without working.” She called for a legal framework within the European Union to coordinate member states social welfare systems to prevent people from making unjustified claims

Ms. Nahles has received backing for her draft measure from the arch-conservative Christian Social Union, or CSU, the sister party of Ms. Merkel’s center-right Christian Democrats. Gerda Hasselfeldt, head of the CSU’s Bavarian faction, said the draft law sends the “right signal.”

“Germany cannot afford to allow immigration into the social security system,” Ms. Hasselfeldt told Reuters.

On the other hand, considering the ECB’s dire need to find more debt to monetize, paying for immigrants’ welfare benefits, especially if funded through the issuance of new debt, may not be the worst outcome for Europe where as Ray Dalio recently calculated, the ECB has only 8 months of QE “runway” left if the central bank fails to change the parameters of its debt monetization program.



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U.K.’s Home Office wants to ID Pregnant Women*

U.K.’s Home Office wants to ID Pregnant Women*

TwinfoetusmainBy Tilly Grove

Pregnant women will be asked to prove their nationality before giving birth in NHS hospitals, under a new scheme backed by the Home Office.

The St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust is piloting the scheme that will require patients looking to give birth to provide photo ID or proof of their right to remain in this country.

‘Hostile environment’ to immigration

It comes in a month where Home Secretary Amber Rudd announced that businesses will need to publish the proportion of international workers they employ. Schools, meanwhile, are asking parents to confirm whether or not their children were born in the U.K.

One parent who received such a letter described how he believed this was part of a “Home Office push to create a ‘hostile environment’ for immigration”.

It is easy to see how policy after policy singling out foreign nationals in the UK will make migrants, or those who can be perceived as migrants, feel unwelcome. Refusing to provide healthcare unless a valid passport or proof of ID/immigration status is shown seems to fit right in with that.

‘Maternity tourism’

According to the trust’s October board papers, seen by Health Service Journal, the measures are being introduced due to fears about so-called ‘maternity tourism‘. The head of the trust’s Private and Overseas Patients department, Jo Johnson, said in the documents:

The problem is escalating with obstetrics and we have just been made aware that individuals are currently offering paid assistance to women in Nigeria to have their babies for free on the NHS at St George’s.

The response from the trust is a “blanket process for every woman referred or self-referred to St George’s for obstetric care”. The board papers stress that:

No one will be discriminated against. The intention is for this to become standard procedure.

NHS trusts should already charge patients from outside of Europe, unless they have lived in the UK long enough to be eligible for treatment. But billing for procedures is costly in itself, and there has not been a targeted effort to claim back costs on maternity care until now. According to Johnson, four in five overseas patients abscond or refuse to pay.

What this will mean in practice is that women booking their labour procedure will have to prove their right to use the NHS. Those unable to show a form of photo ID or proof of their right to remain “will be referred to the trust’s overseas patient team for specialist document screening, in liaison with the UK Border Agency and the Home Office”.

Unfortunately, the Home Office and UKBA do not have a particularly reassuring record with dealing with pregnant migrants.

Health tourism: the reality

According to The Telegraph, the latest figures suggest that 50,000 women a year who give birth in NHS maternity hospitals are temporary migrants or visitors, amounting to a cost of around £180m a year. This is not an insignificant amount, but it is also not the greatest strain on the NHS budget, which is itself billions. That is much more likely to be done by cuts to NHS funding.

The real concern, then, is more likely who has a right to NHS care – or who deserves it. Those who come from outside Europe are already meant to pay for treatment, but if women are travelling all the way to the UK while pregnant in order to give birth, questions must be asked about what kind of conditions they are leaving behind.

If the board documents are correct and ‘conmen’ are charging women in Nigeria to help them have their babies on the NHS, it sounds as though these are vulnerable women going through a great deal in order to give birth in the health service of another country.

Their travel will not be cheap, especially if they are having to pay others to help them. It is not simply about receiving free healthcare. It sounds like an act of desperation.

Not free for all

It is believed that eventually, this will be the model used for all treatment accessed, including A&E and ambulance services. Though just proposals at this stage, it certainly makes sense when considering the other recent policies of the government so far.

How this will play out for, say, British nationals who do not have access to a photo ID or those who travel to the U.K. and are unable to pay has not been reported. Realistically, it is unlikely to be the Home Office’s main concern.


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