China has denounced the United States for accusing it of operating concentration camps for Muslims in its far western region of Xinjiang, saying the accusations were divorced from reality. Randall Schriver, who leads Asia policy at the US Defence Department, said last week that China had put more than a million minority Muslims in "concentration camps", in some of the strongest US condemnation of what it calls China's mass detention of mostly Muslim Uighur people and members of other Muslim groups. Jacinda Ardern keeps quiet on comments to Chinese Government about human rights abuses Jacinda Ardern's balancing act: Appeasing China while standing up for Muslims Chinese Muslims threatened, chained in 'education camps' Some former detainees have described to Reuters being tortured during interrogation at the camps, living in crowded cells and being subjected to a brutal daily regimen of party indoctrination that drove some people to suicide. Some of the sprawling facilities are ringed … [Read more...] about China attacks United States over ‘concentration camps’ comment
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“Fromage not Farage”, “I’ve Seen Better Cabinets at Ikea”: the signs at the Put It to the People march were particularly British in their humour. The present crisis in the United Kingdom is, however, no laughing matter. It reflects very real social and political problems and deep divisions about the future of the country. The argument over remain or leave is also between the winners and losers in globalisation. In the 1960s former US secretary of state Dean Acheson said Britain had lost an empire and was yet to find a role. For a time it appeared Britain could be the pivot of Europe and the Atlantic world. Britain would be part of Europe on its own terms but also have a special relationship with the United States, with the British acting, as Harold Macmillan said, as the Greeks to the Americans’ Romans. Membership of the European Union has disappointed many and the special relationship is today as flimsy as the friendship between Donald Trump and … [Read more...] about Paths from the past: historians make sense of Brexit and our current political turmoil
Given the serious consolidation of racism in Britain, the Labour party, under a Left leadership, must put anti-racist politics front and centre of its vision and policies, writes Simon Hannah. By Simon Hannah Jeremy Corbyn, giving a speech from a lorry at a Solidarity with Refugees march in Parliament in London, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) There were chaotic scenes in Parliament on Monday, January 28th, as Labour scrambled around for a position on the Immigration Bill. Just days earlier, Diane Abbott had derided the legislation as “one of the most serious threats to all workers for decades”, yet it suddenly looked like Labour was going to abstain, a move that only a massive backlash from party members prevented. To understand what lies behind this prevarication we have to understand Labour’s history on immigration and racism. The British state is a thoroughly racist institution, mired in blood from decades of colonialism and … [Read more...] about What kind of Labour anti-racist movement do we want?
In what sets out to be an upbeat news story on how Lisbon “has become the most welcoming place for refugees” in an increasingly apathetic Europe, television news channel Aljazeera reported last Friday that “Portugal is in advanced talks with Germany about relocating thousands of people”. This tiny country is “bucking the trend” across the continent, said the station’s journalist Laurence Lee, in that it “finds itself in a minority of one … actively trying to encourage refugees to come and settle here”. The problem is “trying to get them to do it, and then trying to get them to stay”. The issue of ‘refugees fleeing Portugal’ is already well-documented. Ever since the mass-influx in 2015, there have been stories of people who simply disappeared overnight unimpressed with what they found here. But Lee’s reference to talks at an advanced stage with Germany to relocate thousands seems to have come out … [Read more...] about Portugal prepares to receive thousands of refugees
Former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke warned Thursday in his first presidential campaign stop that parts of the planet will soon become uninhabitable, driving a massive wave of climate 'refugees' across the U.S. border, if America's government doesn't adopt emergency measures within the next 12 years. O'Rourke, 46, had formally announced an hour earlier that he will seek the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, ending months of speculation over whether he would try to translate his newfound political celebrity into a White House bid. In the southwestern Iowa town of Keokuk, a sweater-clad Beto told a smallish crowd that by the time his 12-year-old son is his age 'we may not be able to live in cities that we call home today, like El Paso, Texas. We may not be able to grow our own food and fiber, feed and clothe ourselves in this country.' And in a silent nod to his differences with President Donald Trump on immigration issues, he downplayed the present national security threat of … [Read more...] about Beto: Earth doomed, we face ‘hundreds of millions’ of climate refugees