USAID Grants $3 Million to Solidarity Center’s Bogotá Office–Unionists Want to Know Why
by James Jordan (Alliance for Global Justice)…
A crying scandal. But I don't think it necessarily applies to Amnesty International or other Non-US Human Rights bodies. I have a vague memory of AI publishing an expose on labour rights precisely in the USA. The other question is why this has to be raised 2012 by a journalist rather than the US unions over the last two-three decades.
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In the MFL Palestinians and foreigners are not people
I don't know sometimes why we bother. The Palestine resolution hit the floor with concurrence and BDS included. Only one person spoke against with the false premise that "Israel is the only middle eastern country with free trade unionism"...after a few interventions in support of the committee recommendation someone moved to refer back to committee because "this was controversial" and the "press will attack us".…
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On the one hand there is the image of a normal Israel, as a Middle Eastern version of a Liberal-Democratic state, on the other there is something being born, an Israel which is talks about the one-percent and the 99-percent.
Is this what Real Democracy is beginning to look like?
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by James Jordan (Alliance for Global Justice)…
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Eric Lee, creator of UnionBook, LabourStart and TULIP (Trade Unions Linking Israel and Palestine), just posted a link to this item from TULIP. I thought it should be given a little more prominence.
Although I am no specialist on the Zionist history of Histadrut, I am quite impressed by the manner in which this pamphlet 1) manages to mention 'BDS' but once and 'Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions' not at all, and…Continue
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Representatives of governments from all the world will be present at the Rio+20 U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development, June 2012. What can we expect from this so-called “Earth Summit” from a social and ecological perspective? Nothing! Or, to be charitable, very little. This is not only due to the narrow-mindedness, greed, corruption, ignorance and selfishness of most of those…Continue
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After a fast read: Sam Gindin seems to be almost reaching the point some of us reached 20 years ago with the dialogue around social movement unionism/the new social unionism. Pity he doesn't quite get there because he could certainly add to the exchange and maybe take it further than we did. Nor does he even seem to consider the changing nature of technology, products, production, work, culture and society being brought about by computeration/…Continue
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Hopefully this is the beginning of a debate, discussion or dialogue, on what I recently thought was a radical step forward by the union internationals. Like the author of that piece, Mikael Book has been active for many years in the World Social Forum. I think he provides here one of many necessary extensions to that union document. Yesterday, by chance, I happened to see a union official from Rolls Royce in the UK welcoming the British…
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I am not sure what is 'amazing' about this new merger, sent out by Eric Lee, creator of both UBook and LabourStart.
It follows the merger of the ITUC and WCL into the ITUC, 2006, as well as various other national and international mergers over the last decade or more. It may be a welcome adjustment to the reality of de-industrialisation and falling union numbers in the Northern homeland. But, surely, the problem with the ITUC, Global Unions and their…Continue
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Thanks, Andy, for pointing us toward this item, if in French. A limited but nonetheless absolutely fascinating exercise, leading to the question of whether Another ITUC Survey is Necessary (Yes!) and if so Possible (Hmm!)
I would appreciate an opinion on it by some critically-minded political-economist or statistician. My probably…Continue
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Is this the very model of a 21st century internationalism? I am impressed by the extent to which it fits with the kind of ideas some of us have been promoting for a new kind of labour internationalism, surpassing that entrapped within the logics of capital, state, political parties or traditional union institutions. I will be watching this process. So should all of us concerned with what the labour movement generally can learn from the students and…Continue
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