Migrant crisis in Europe: Who caused it?

first_imgBehind the horror stories about the treatment of migrants trying to reach Europe is the imperialist system of exploitation of their countries of origin, the policies exacerbating this exploitation and the imperialist wars that made their home countries unlivable for them and their children.Recently, these horror stories in the corporate media have focused on how migrant human beings are suffering during their journey through the Balkan peninsula. Most of these recent migrants are from Syria, Iraq and other countries of Southwest and Central Asia. The intention of most of these suffering people is not to stay in the Balkan countries that are themselves impoverished colonies of either Western Europe or the United States. The migrants want asylum in Germany or Britain where jobs are still available.Some who reached Germany wound up besieged by Nazis on the Aug. 20-21 weekend in the small city of Heidenau in Saxony in the East. “Nazis” is not just name calling. The so-called National Democratic Party of Germany, which organized the anti-immigrant riot and attempted pogrom, is the actual continuation of the Nazi Party. During that weekend the NDP mobilized its storm troopers, who nearly burned down the migrants’ temporary housing.As some working-class organizations in Germany have pointed out, the so-called democratic politicians in Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and party, as well as many Social Democratic Party politicians, have made the Nazis’ work easier. They’ve done this with their own vicious anti-migrant statements — similar to what politicians here say regarding migrants from Mexico and Central America. Think Donald Trump, who is only the worst of a reactionary pack in the United States.Now some of these government leaders in Germany are condemning the Nazi violence. But they created the atmosphere that allowed the Nazis to mobilize.The corporate media’s coverage omits the back story. Why? Because this story exposes the role of imperialism and the major imperialist countries.For example, when the International Monetary Fund imposes austerity on African countries to assure their debt payments, it results in less work and social benefits, which drives young workers out of Africa. A consequence is the drowning of hundreds, maybe thousands of people when boats capsize in the Mediterranean Sea.What drove this crisis to unprecedented heights was NATO’s bombing, invasion and subversion of Libya and Syria, starting in 2011.Libya’s economy had employed a million workers from sub-Saharan Africa before 2011. U.S.-NATO bombs and the arming of elements similar to the Islamic State overthrew the stable and relatively prosperous Libyan government of Col. Moammar Gadhafi, killing him and making the country hell to live in.In Syria, too, the U.S. and its NATO allies, especially Britain, France and Germany, as well as Turkey, provided arms to elements that consolidated into the Islamic State. To overthrow the Damascus government, the imperialists provoked a disastrous war that has torn apart the country, creating a mass exodus.The reactionary Hungarian regime, taking a page from the U.S. anti-immigrant book, is building an obscene fence on its borders to try to keep out the suffering migrants. As criminal as this act is, it is not Budapest that caused the crisis. Nor did the Greek, Macedonian and Serbian governments. The richer NATO countries and the U.S. government are to blame. They should be paying reparations to the Syrians and other migrants for the nightmare they, the imperialists, have caused. Such payments would not be charity, but reparations for their war crimes.Workers in Europe should not be misled by demagogues who make migrants scapegoats for the problems these workers face in their own countries. The European workers’ enemies are not their fellow workers who are forced to migrate, but the imperialists who have systematically undermined postcolonial governments that have been trying to exercise their independence and autonomy after at least a century of bondage.If all this sounds like a mirror image of what is happening regarding migrants to the United States from Mexico and Central America, this is no accident. Imperialism is the enemy of workers and farmers worldwide. There will always be reactionary politicians — Trump comes to mind, but he’s not alone — who try to play the demagogue and scapegoat migrants. Shut them down!The migrants are our class allies, and we should stand in solidarity with them, in Europe as well as in the United States.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

116 cars pack pits for Dubuque County Fair races

first_imgBy Jerry MackeyDUBUQUE, Iowa (July 31) – The 63rd annual Dubuque County Fair came to a close on Sunday, July 31 with racing action featuring a season-high 116 cars. The large crowd was treated to an excellent night of racing on a beautiful night for the County Fair curtain call.Tyler Droste won the Out-Pace Racing Products IMCA Late Model main ahead of Chuck Hanna and Joel Callahan while the Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modified top three were Justin Kay, Jason Schueller and Jeremiah Hurst.The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car winner was David Brandies with Jerry Miles second and Roger Ciesiel­ski third.The finish for the GSI Collision Specialists IMCA Northern SportMod feature saw Troy Bauer first, followed by Tyler Soppe and Dalton Simonsen.last_img

Community Shield talking points

first_img CECH’S MATES After 11 seasons and 15 major trophies at Stamford Bridge, Petr Cech left Chelsea for Arsenal this summer – much to the chagrin of Mourinho. Whether you claim the Community Shield is competitive or not, it is likely the 33-year-old will now line-up against his former team-mates at Wembley and he will have a point to prove having lost his long-held number one spot to Thibaut Courtois last year. MOUR MISERY FOR ARSENE? Wenger has sent out his Arsenal team to face a Mourinho Chelsea outfit on 13 occasions in the past – and has never triumphed. He even saw his Gunners lose 6-0 on his 1000th game in charge and the pair have had plenty of spats down the years. A win for Arsenal on Sunday would not only signal their intent to challenge for the title this season but would also remove an ageing monkey off the Frenchman’s back. HOW’S FALCAO? Once one of the hottest properties in European football, Radamel Falcao now has a massive question mark next to his name as he embarks on a season-long loan at Stamford Bridge. The 29-year-old managed just four goals when on a similar deal at Manchester United last season, with the Red Devils unsurprisingly deciding against paying upwards of £40million to make his move from Monaco permanent. Mourinho reckons he can bring the old Falcao back and, if the Colombian is given a chance on Sunday, it will be an early opportunity to see if he is as good as his word. YOUNG GUNNERS Emirates Cup success may not be high on many Arsenal fan’s wish-list this season but their impressive displays last weekend highlighted the ability in the next batch of young players coming through the ranks. Alex Iwobi, nephew of Jay-Jay Okocha, scored and shone in the 6-0 demolition of Lyon before Jeff Reine-Adelaide showed his talents by setting up the only goal and starring in the 1-0 win over Wolfsburg 24 hours later. Will they be given a chance this season? It remains to be seen but Wenger insists they will not be sent out on loan and Sunday could be a chance to further stake their claims for a place in his first-team squad. London rivals Chelsea and Arsenal do battle at Wembley on Sunday when they meet in the Community Shield. Press Associationcenter_img The traditional curtain-raiser to the new season should carry plenty of intrigue as Jose Mourinho’s Premier League champions take on Arsene Wenger’s FA Cup winners. Here, Press Association Sport looks at what are likely to be the main talking points on the day. last_img read more