Category: Anti-Racism

  • Justice for Hassan Diab and the Unbearable Banality of Evil

    Great joy and relief came with the news this January 12th that French investigative judges issued an “order of final release” for Dr. Hassan Diab from a French maximum security prison. Dr. Hassan Diab is a Canadian citizen and sociology professor who lived in Ottawa. He was extradited from Canada to France in November 2014 even though the Canadian extradition judge Robert Maranger described the evidence presented against Dr. Hassan Diab as “very problematic,” “convoluted,” “illogical,” and “suspect. Keep reading »

  • An Injury to One is an Injury to All!

    We Will Not Let the Virus of Hate Spread Hate crawled up from the sewers of Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday and flooded the streets with thousands of white men bearing torches and chanting unbelievable hatred. Many thought we were past such horrors, that the days of torches and pitch forks held high by angry white men … Keep reading »

  • The Ordeal of Hassan Diab

    In December 2014, Hassan Diab, the former Carleton University sociology professor, husband to Rania, father of a lovely toddler daughter and one month before the birth of their delightful baby son, was whisked from his home by Canadian officials and extradited to France. The reason: suspicion that he was involved in the bombing of a … Keep reading »

  • For a World without Borders Toward Universal Citizenship

    Global Summit Calls for ‘World Without Walls’

    Convened by the Bolivian government and social movements, a global peoples’ summit on migrant and refugee rights attracted more than 4000 pro-migrant and refugee rights activists from 43 countries. Dubbed the World People’s Conference “For a World without Borders Toward Universal Citizenship,” it was held in the town of Tiquipaya, on June 20-21. Following two … Keep reading »

  • We Need Free Speech to Fight the Right

    “Free Speech or die, Portland. You got no safe space. This is America. Get out if you don’t like free speech.” Those were the chilling words of anti-Muslim terrorist Jeremy Christian at his arraignment for stabbing three people who tried to stand up to his harassment of two women of color, one of them wearing … Keep reading »

  • Migration and Capitalism, in the Age of Trump

    Toward the Freedom of Movement for People, Not Capital “We are people! We are not illegal!” — Kiwi Ilafonte This past May 1st, across the United States and here in Quebec, the spirit of May Day was alive and well. Immigrant workers have given International Workers’ Day a new breath of fresh air since the historic … Keep reading »

  • The Corruption of a Dream

    “Behind every great fortune there is a crime.” — Honoré de Balzac The SASSA scandal currently unfolding is probably the most dramatic expression of how far the African National Congress (ANC) has traveled since its days of opposition to apartheid. [SASSA stands for South Africa Social Security Agency, which is the agency that pays social … Keep reading »

  • A Day Without Immigrants

    Millions of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, who lead hard working and productive lives, are also union members. Donald Trump launched his political campaign in 2015 with a racist attack on Mexican immigrants, painting them as rapists and murderers. He made attacks on our Muslim sisters and brothers his political trademark – even going so … Keep reading »

  • Review: I Am Not Your Negro

    Now and then, and despite its capitalist and racial biases, our culture throws up something that can speak quite eloquently and uniquely about the times we’re living through. In this case, I’m referring to an amazing documentary film that has been released recently, “I Am Not Your Negro,” directed by Raoul Peck, an acclaimed Haitian director with major films to his credit. This latest work is well worth seeing and has been well received here. Keep reading »

  • Returning to the Home that is No More There

    Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o interviewed by Mahdi Ganjavi Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o (b. 1938), a Kenyan writer, is one of the most prominent African anti-colonial authors. He lived during the British colonial rule in Kenya, and was very young when he experienced the destruction of the village in which he was born, destroyed by the British colonizers. The … Keep reading »

  • Canadian Aid to Africa under Justin Trudeau

    The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is attempting to alter the narratives about our country’s relationship with the African continent. Be aware the initiative is largely ideological chimera void of concrete action, but even worse, it is blatant hypocrisy. The purported “new agenda” for Africa began with a trip to Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia by … Keep reading »

  • Ideology, Anti-Colonialism and Marxism

    Himani Bannerji interviewed by Mahdi Ganjavi Himani Bannerji is a professor in the Department of Sociology at York University, Toronto. Her research and writing life extends between Canada and India. Her interests encompass anti-racist feminism, Marxism, critical cultural theories, and historical sociology. Her publications include Demography and Democracy: Essays on Nationalism, Gender and Ideology (2011), Of … Keep reading »