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Hypocrisy and racism underlie US, Canadian and European Union policy on refugees

By Diane Johnston

The difference in how the U.S., Canada and the European Union treat today’s Ukrainian refugees compared with migrant workers underscores the need to fight the increased racism and demand full and permanent immigration status for all.

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Eurocentrism and racist conceptions underpin NATO’s lies and disinformation


Syrian and Iraqi refugees crossing the Aegean Sea  in late 2015.

The conception of “the world” and the “international community” the U.S., Canada and the European Union espouse is not only self-serving, but exclusionary and racist to the core | MARGARET VILLAMIZAR

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Border stories: Anglo-European chauvinism and racism in dealing with Ukrainian refugees

Foreign students in Ukraine brutalized and terrorized at borders. Germany asks Poland to stop sending refugees. Oligarchs, MPs, neo-Nazis flee for their lives | Press review by TONY SEED*


African students await evacuation from Ukraine.

“Civilized” Europe is not only Russophobic but anti-Black and colonial.

Amid a deluge of reports and footage of racial discrimination in Ukraine, representatives from the Caribbean and Africa spoke to the unjust treatment of Ukrainian refugees of African origin during the debate on the UN General Assembly resolution concerning Ukraine. Videos showing Africans being pushed back from trains and border crossings have gone viral on social media (for example, here), causing an uproar and sparking statements of concern by African politicians and officials.

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Justice for Haitian refugees: Montreal action condemns US administration

Mistreatment of Haitian refugees in Del Rio, Texas

Solidarité Québec-Haiti and Debout pour la dignité organized a protest in Montreal on Saturday, September 25 to vehemently denounce U.S. racism against Haitians, as well as the deportations that are in violation of international law. The MLPC joined the demonstration and called on all Quebeckers and Canadians to join the denunciation and demand justice for Haitian refugees.

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Workers Speak Out – Permanent Status for All!

Viirtual Meeting
Wednesday, June 23
8:00 pm AT; 7:00 pm ET; 5:00 pm MT; 4:00 pm PT

Organized by the Workers’ Centre of CPC(M-L)

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Workers from different sectors of the economy will speak on their experience of organizing to uphold the rights of migrant workers and the difficulties they face. Workers from different sectors will speak themselves from health care to seniors care, about how they arrived in Canada and on the conditions of their lives and work. Information will also be provided about the conditions faced by internal migrants forced to leave their homes to find work in the mines, on construction sites, in the tar sands, amongst other places

It is thanks to the workers who speak out and organize for the affirmation of the rights of all that the truth of what happens in Canada becomes known and together we can advance the fight for the rights of all.

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Canada’s sham humanitarianism on display to push regime change in Venezuela

(June 17) – Straight off the G7 and NATO summits where the self-appointed rulers of the so-called free world plotted against the rights and lives of peoples around the world, the Trudeau government is sanctimoniously putting on a “humanitarian” show to cover up the dirty U.S. war against the Venezuelan people. On June 17 it is hosting what it calls an “International Donors’ Conference in Solidarity with Venezuelan Refugees and Migrants.”

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September 20 Day of Action

The Trudeau Liberal government is developing a plan for COVID-19 recovery that they will announce when parliament reconvenes on September 23. Organizers are calling on everyone to join in actions on September 20 to demand the plan include a single-tier immigration system, where everyone has the same rights. All migrants, refugees and undocumented people in the country must be regularized and given full immigration status now without exception. All migrants arriving in the future must do so with full and permanent immigration status. Continue reading

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Immediately reopen Canada’s border to refugees!

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By DIANE JOHNSTON

The Safe Third Country Agreement, signed by Canada and the U.S. in 2002, came into force in December 2004. Under that agreement, Canada and the U.S. each declare the other country safe for refugees and close the door on most refugee claimants at the Canada-U.S. border. Continue reading

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Reality Check 1: Operation ‘Brave New Canadian’ – The Haitians

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This demonstration outside the Riding Office of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal did not make the front page of the monopoly media, let alone the inside pages. The demonstration demanded an end to the deportation of non-status persons of Haitian origin – The Action Committee on Non-Status Persons

The Canadian government is cynically using an orchestrated media operation centring around Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and a Saudi teenager flown to Canada in a special plane from Thailand on January 12 to receive asylum to camouflage how it is trampling on the rights and dignity of immigrants, refugees and migrant workers.

Every day dozens of people are being deported from Canada to Haiti. Non-status persons of Haitian origin awaiting deportation are experiencing insufferable harassment on the part of the Canadian government. One day the government is deporting them, the next day it is not. One day their application for asylum is refused, their deportation date is set, and the next it is annulled and they are told that they will be called back in a couple of weeks. This is an inhumane and untenable situation. Continue reading

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United States. People’s resistance defends the rights of all and opposes politics of division and arbitrary police powers


Migrant solidarity action in Los Angeles, November 2018. (ANSWER)
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The program to resettle Syrian refugees in Canada (1): Canada accepts US veto

In an interview with the CBC, U.S. President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice confirmed that Canada used the U.S. biometrics system to screen each of the 25,000 Syrian refugees that came to Canada. “What we would do is share with our Canadian colleagues the info that we have uncovered and allow them to make judgments based on that,” said Rice. In this case the judgement was to automatically exclude that refugee. Continue reading

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Debate on immigrants and refugees: State of political discourse

By JULIAN ICHIM*

2015-Kitchener_Centre-Julian_IchimOn September 15, I participated in a debate on immigrants and refugees held at the Victoria Hills Community Centre in Kitchener, Ontario. I did so to contribute to and help articulate a political perspective. This includes the necessity to challenge the hegemonic ideology of imperialism that “Might Makes Right” promoted by both the party in power and the parties in opposition.

The start of the discussion revealed that the so-called major political parties have no analysis or ideology and that the purpose of this debate was not to argue ideas or politics but rather to have a feel-good moment. Each candidate had to show how sorry they feel for the refugees and relate anecdotal evidence and irrelevant stories about their great grandparents to prove it. Feelings and a stream of stories do not a discussion or an analysis make. Continue reading

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Graphic details. Gaza’s untold story

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August 26, 2015 marked the first anniversary of Israel’s offensive on the Gaza Strip, during which 2,219 Palestinians were killed. However, a large part of the story is left untold. Over half of those killed were refugees who were displaced from their homes in Yafa, Salama, Isdud, and many other villages and towns, as a result of and following the Nakba in 1948. The majority of those killed lived in refugee camps in the Gaza Strip within a 30 mile (50 km) radius of their homes of origin. A total of 1,236 refugees were killed during the 2014 offensive, including at least 309 children. Continue reading

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