Target Mauritania? US involvement and threats to peace in Mauritania

The turbulent political landscape of Mauritania is now being further destabilised by the Obama administration's prosecution of the 'war on terror' begun by Bush, says Jeff Shantz.

FULL STORY: *Third World Resurgence No. 233, January 2010, pp 26-30

Discrimination Against Latin American Workers During Pre-Olympic Games Construction in Vancouver

This article discusses a recent decision by the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal which found discrimination to be present against workers from Latin America employed on construction of the Canada Line rapid transit link, built in preparation for the 2010 Vancouver-Whistler Winter Olympics. The tribunal concluded that the workers’ race, color, ancestry and place of origin were factors in mistreatment by the employer and a prima facie case of discrimination was established with regards to the Latin American workers who were treated adversely compared to Canadian and European workers.

Racism and Borders: Representation, Repression, Resistance

Now available from ALGORA Publishing....
(also $19.95 from Amazon.com)
Despite claims about globalization, we see increasing surveillance, tightened restrictions and growing punitive regimes at international borders.

This critical collection examines processes of racialization in relation to border regulations and restrictions. It analyses border controls, racism, and representations of race, within multinational contexts as aspects of neo-liberal governance. It also looks at means by which people resist or challenge racialization.

This collection uses the lenses of sociology, criminology, art, literary criticism and political science to critically examine varied processes of racialization, criminalization and resistance in relation to borders with reference to multi-national contexts in the current period.

Their Laws—Our Loss

In events like the G20 protests and clampdown there emerge real opportunities for recognition and understanding that are not always so readily available behind the screen of “business as usual.” The learning curve shifts and some things become much more clear.

One of the interesting revelations of the G20 fallout is the extent to which many in the social movements or “the Left” are ruled by the morals, values and prejudices of the dominant classes.

G8/G20 The Real "Dangerous Classes"

As the state capitalist carnivals of the G8/G20 got underway in cottage country and Toronto widespread public outrage focused on the $1.3 billion security extravagance—the fences, security cameras, weapons, vehicles and mass policing that have become regular features of such elite get-togethers. While governments of the G8 claim the need for austerity, social spending cuts and belt tightening for the working classes, they have no shortage of public money to spend on their own comfort.

Policing Protest

Published by Linchpin, ~ February/March 2010
By Jeff Shantz
State Repression Columnist

Only a few days into the Olympic spectacle and much talk had turned to black blocs and a few broken insured Hudson Bay Company windows. Yet much of the discussion has been framed within a strange liberal duality of choices between militant demonstrations (said to be offensive to working class observers) and supposedly “peaceful” symbolic protests, like the march the night of the opening ceremonies (which is presented as more palatable to working class audiences). As if the actions of the demonstrators are the real question and determine the structure of events. Anyone who has ever been on a picket line might find this a bit strange —working class folks have never been involved in dust ups with the cops?— and it has me reflecting not so much on the specific actions in Vancouver as on the broader context for policing and protests.

Polemics for the People?

Published in Upping the Anti, Issue 9 (spring 2010)

Reviewed in this article
The Red Army Faction, A Documentary History, Volume 1: Projectiles for the People. PM Press/Kersplebedeb, 2009.
J. Smith and André Moncourt (editors).

Judi Bari and 'the feminization of Earth first!': the convergence of class, gender and radical environmentalism

Published in: Feminist review ISSN 0141-7789
2002, no70, pp. 105-122 [18 page(s) (article)]

This paper addresses feminist materialism as political practice through a case study of IWW-Earth First! Local 1, the late Judi Bari's organization of a radical ecology/ timber workers' union in the ancient redwood forests of Northern California. Rejecting the Earth First! mythology of timber workers as enemies' of nature, Bari sought to unite workers and environmentalists in pursuit of sustainable forestry practices against the devastating approaches favoured by multinational logging corporations. In so doing, she brought a working-class feminist perspective to the radical ecology of Earth First!

The World’s Largest Workplace: Social Reproduction and Wages for Housework

by PJ Lilley & Jeff Shantz


[Note: This article, from The Northeastern Anarchist (Issue #9) Summer / Fall 2004, was also designed as an A4 foldover pamphlet suitable for photocopying, this version, summer 2012, by Punching Out Press.

One of the all time great swindles of history is the massive free labor subsidy that capital has scored in working class homes. So much of our time, energy, interests, resources and money goes into the home-based work to re-produce our class....

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