No to Soviet planning on IJburg

Ana Sebastian, reads with Jo from her novel and meets Papa Sakho. Ana is a writer migrating between Buenos Aires and Amsterdam. She lived 15 years in Amsterdam, and then moved back to Buenos Aires 15 years ago. Home is where you are also not at home anymore.. E.g. in de Kinkerbuurt. (various languages)

Free lance workers of IJburg unite! Meeting in the Blue House. (Dutch)
ZZP’ers veroveren de markt die IJburg heet, verslag van de samenzwering in het Blauwe Huis.
Inleiding door EliasTieleman. Hij is van de firma Orgacom. Aan de hand van de ZZP-krant
Rondje mensen met ideeen. Onzichtbare ZZP’ers.
Wij willen flexibel werken, in tijd en ruimte.
Wethouder Hoek krijgt vraag om compensatie.. “IJburg is geen geval van Soviet planning!”
Het Eilandgevoel als bindend element van ondernemende pioniers.
Positieve overdracht door Elias aan marktmeester Stef Spigt.

Pooja on Radio Patapoe, a wild radio woman from Nepal. Her program Enter the dragon, is on Saturday from 6 – 8 pm.
Did Nepal ever have a queen?

Note from the USA

In Italy Berlusconi turns illegals into criminals. The maximum sentence is 4 years. Meanwhile in the USA a similar shift to criminilazie migrants seems to be making headway.

300 hard working people who never committed a crime were arrested and given 5 months prison sentences. Their crime: being poor, coming from a country impoverished by the unfair US trading policies and State Department support for local oligarchies and dictators. See New York Times.

US government calls this an “astonishing success”:

  • economically hurting 300 families, by throwing their breadwinners in prison,
  • economically hurting the meatpacking plant, their employer, the largest producer of kosher meat in the US, by suddenly taking 300 of their workers away
  • economically hurting every US taxpayer – because WE are now going to have to pay for housing and feeding those 300 people in federal prison for 5 months, instead of being beneficiaries of the taxes they pay on their earnings

In the times of $4/gallon of gas, foreclosures on homeowners, and other economic maladies that plague US society today, how can an action as economically hurtful as this one be called an astonishing
success?

What is so successful about it? Where are the gains? Law needs to be in service of human prosperity, not the other way around.

It is all about sending a message. It is all about showing that we will be tough on illegal immigration. It is all about politics. There is no difference between this action and the monster processes tried before Stalin’s judges in USSR of 1930-s: behind both there was a malignant will of the waning regime. CHANGE. We need change.

Ivo Skoric
1773 Lexington Ave
New York NY 10029
212.369.9197
ivo@balkansnet.org
http://balkansnet.org

Winds of change

Introducing our guests: Irene Steinert and Albano Cordeiro. In French this time. Papa Sakho and of all us are in shock about the violence in South Africa, that’s what we will talk about. And play music from the struggling years. Albano Cordeiro analizes the situation. (en Francais)

Irene Steinert, Hollando-Parisienne, tells about her visit to the Westbank, the Freedom Theatre and the project Butterfly, Dance for Freedom. Culture of Resistance (Dutch)

And Mustafa visited his son for the first time in three years! (Dutch, French)

M boolo mooy dolle, together as one

The African orchestra Balansa Vibrations played in Akhnaton music club in down town Amsterdam on Friday 9th of May. Captain Ousman Jay talked with Jo van der Spek (in English) and with Papa Sakho (in Wolof). His motto: M boolo mooy dolle: Together as one.

Papa Sakho reports from the information evening of All Included about African-European migration. More on the campaign: http://www.noborder.org

Live jazz jam from cafe the Engelbewaarder in Amsterdam, headed by Sean Bergin.

Na 3 jaar gaat Mustapha zijn zoon zien!

Aller jusqu’au bout. Going all the way

In Bamako, the capital of Mali, 200 people gathered to discuss issues of migration and expulsion. The conference was organized by who have been deported back from Europe.
Vincent of was in Bamako and reports (in Dutch).
A round table with Vincent (NL) , Papa Sakho (Senegal), Tatiana (Argentina) (Uganda) and Martin Hansen (D).

IMG_5034.JPG a été créée le 6 octobre 1996 suite à des expulsions massives de Maliens immigrés dans le monde entier (France, Angola, Arabie Saoudite, Libéria, Zambie, etc.). A cette époque, les expulsés, démunis et humiliés par leur mésaventure, se réunissaient au Haut Conseil des Maliens de l’Extérieur (HCME). C’est ainsi que Ousmane Diarra, expulsé d’Angola, prit l’initiative de les réunir pour tenter de leur venir en aide en créant l’Association des Maliens Expulsés (AME). Un collectif de soutien mobilisant plusieurs organisations et individus se mit en place pour mener des actions communes.

Radio documentaire . 40 minutes

Inge tells us about the two hungerstrikers in Dutch prisons: Mohamed and Ahmed. (In Dutch) Zie