Sean Bergin 60: jazz lives!

Sunday 29th of June, live jazz in cafe de Engelbewaarder. Chief Sean Bergin turns 60 and jams with old and new friends.
Daughter Juna sings Wishing on a star.
And you can watch Victors tap dance! (Nokia or Quicktime)

Line up:
Sean Bergin (sax and flute),Rogerio Bicudo (guitar), Juna (voice), Victor de Boo (drum), Han Bennink (drums), Jacco Schoonderwoerd (bass), Leo Bouwmeester (keyboard), Boy Raaymakers (trompet), Roberto Haliffi (drums), Olaf Zwetsloot (sax), Chris Byrd (keyboard) and more

Song 1
Sean , Jacco, Victor, Leo
Song 2
with Juna singing
Song 7 Ik zou je het liefste in een doosje willen doen.
Juna sings it all. Leo on keyboard.
Song 11
Chris, Jacco, Roberto, Boy, Olaf
Song 12
Song 13
Rogerio, Sean (flute)

Last show before holiday. Paris burning

Sean Bergin 60!

Our guests: Arben (Macedonia), Mauricio Corbalan and Pio Torroja (Argentina) and Alan (Irak).
We speak with Albano Cordeiro in Paris about the fire in the detention center (see below) (French). Albano is active member of the League for Human Rights.

Manifestation devant le centre de retention de Vincennes 24 Juin (Video le Monde)

Sakho, Arben and Alan tell you how they look at migration (Dutch)

We’ll be back, August 15

We wish you a lot of sun this summer. with Sean Bergin and Rogerio Bicudo. And look back at the season of Radio M2M with Irene of the Blue House. And we look forward to the next season.

Sean Bergin (saxophone) celebrates his 60th birthday! Sunday afternoon 29th of June in Cafe de Engelbewaarder. On Monday 30th he plays with Rogerio Bicudo (choro-guitar) in the BIMhuis.

Amnesty international publishes report on detention centers: too long migrants are kept in prison, treated worse than criminals, complaints are not dealt with in a proper way. Amnesty states that detention can only be the last remedy, when migrants are to be deported.
Full report (PDF)


Schiphol Fire in France

On Sunday 22nd of June a fire raged in a detention centre for sans papiers, undocumented migrants, in Vincennes in Paris. Eighteen people are in hospital after they were inhaling smoke. It seems the fire broke out after inmates protested against the medical treatment in this prison. A Tunesian man of 41 had died the day before. According to the police he suffered a heart attack. There are 140 places in this prison, but in reality there are 260-270 people locked up. The two buildings have been destroyed completely. Most of the inmates were transferred to a nearby police academy. We have no news about escapees…
Watch a video (French)
Article et commentaires en francais.

The network for education on borders, RESF, says that the fire was to be expected.The ruling party UMP has accused RESF of provoking the fire. Some 30 people held a demonstration of solidairity in front of the prison. The UMP says RESF should be charged with inciting the fire.

CIMADE, the comittee for aid to refugees, has warned several times that the prisons are too crowded and too violent. CIMADE people regularly visit these prisons. They demand that all detained migrants should be released.(Liberation)

Another Camp Fire on Refugee Day

We celebrate International Refugee Day with Alen from Iraq, Jeffrey from Nubia and Patrick from Suriname. The European Union has decided that undocumented migrants can be detained for 18 months. We agree that we prefer to be free.

And we jam.

Radio Ruisriet, de Uitklap radio in het Blauwe Huis. Jo van der Spek vertelt het aan Barbara. IJburg als migrantenkolonie.
And how does Papa Sakho feel at home?

Alens verhaal begint in 1991. Wat betekent sociaal? What is social? Vraagt Alen

A bit of political analysis:Patrick Cockburn, expert journalist talks about what goes wrong in Iraq. Actual market leader in production of migrants…

And some more burning djembees for Frida.

From IJburg to Africa

FRONTEX. A meeting with Amadou M’Bow, human rights activist from Mauretania.
In Warsaw is the head quarters of Frontex, the European Agency that defends the borders of Europe and penetrates Africa. In Warsaw an international action took place on the 6th of June, see indymedia (Dutch and English)
Amadou spoke to the press. How the EU is constructing a wall in the heart of Africa as a reaction to Africans drowning in the ocean, on their way to the Canary Islands. About Frontex Amadou told us how European countries send experts and materials to stop Africans from crossing borders. With Papa Sakho he speaks (French) about an Africa without borders. “Le desir de se deplacer”.

Kennismaking met IJburgs Marktmeester Stef Spigt, architect van de sociale cohesie. Een inclusieve spin in het netwerk.

There’s nothing wrong in detention centers for undocumented migrants, according to Mrs. Albayrak, secretary of state. She reacts on accusations made by Jean-Marie and Mohamed and a guard in a recent TV report. Expert comment from our source

A detention center from the inside

Holland is European champion in detaining undocumented migrants. Some religious people bring regular vists to these prisons. But they have to sign a contract that they will never make public what they see and hear. One of the visitors has broken her contract. After one-and-a-half-year she published some of the stories she heard and saw inside. All in Dutch.

Bolivia against EU

The European Union has produced a directive that allows all memeber states to put undocumented migrants in prison for maximum 18 months. The EU parliament will vote on this soon. Protests are staged. Bolivia’s president Evo Morales joins the protest movement.

42 days? Try 18 months

This European targeting of illegal immigrants is hypocritical, draconian and undiplomatic.
Until the end of the second world war Europe was a continent of emigrants. Millions left for the Americas: some to colonise, others to escape hunger, financial crises, persecution, ethnic cleansing, war or totalitarian governments.
European citizens arrived in Latin and North America en masse, without visas or conditions imposed on them by the authorities. They were simply welcomed, and continue to be in Latin America. They came to exploit the natural wealth and to transfer it to Europe, with a high cost for the native population. Yet the people, property and rights of the migrants were always respected.

Contrast the European “return directive”, to be voted on in the European parliament this week. It imposes harsh terms for detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants, regardless of the time
they have spent in European countries, their work situation, their family ties or their achievements in integrating themselves into local society.

The EU is now the main destination for migrants around the world, because of its positive image of space, prosperity and public freedom. The great majority of migrants contribute to, rather than exploit,
this prosperity.
They are employed in public works, construction, cleaning, hospitals and domestic work. They take the jobs the Europeans cannot or will not do. Maintaining the relationship between the employed and the
retired by providing generous income to the social security system, the migrant offers a solution to demographic and financial problems in the EU.

For us, our emigrants represent help in development that Europeans do not give us (few countries reach the minimum objective of 0.7% of GDP in development assistance). Latin America received, in 2006, a total of $68bn sent back from abroad, more than the total foreign investment in our countries. My country, Bolivia, received more than 10% of its GDP in such remittances.

Unfortunately, the return directive is a huge infringement of the human rights of our Latin American friends. It proposes jailing undocumented immigrants for up to 18 months before their expulsion.
Mothers with children could be arrested, without regard to family and school, and put in detention centres, where we know depression, hunger strikes and suicides happen. How can we accept it?

At the same time, the EU is trying to convince the Andean Community of Nations (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru) to sign an “association agreement” that includes a free trade agreement of a similar nature to that imposed by the US. We are under intense pressure to accept demands for liberalisation of our trade, financial services, intellectual property rights and public works. Under so-called
“judicial protection” we are being pressured to denationalise water, gas and telecommunications. Where is the “judicial protection” for our people seeking new horizons in Europe?

If the return directive becomes law, we will not be morally able to deepen negotiations with the EU, and we reserve the right to legislate so European citizens have the same obligations for visas that Europe imposes on the Bolivians, according to the diplomatic principle of reciprocity.

The social cohesion problems that Europe is suffering now are not the fault of migrants, but the result of the model of development imposed by the north, which destroys the planet and dismembers
human societies. I appeal to European leaders to drop this directive and instead form a migration policy that respects human rights, and allows us to maintain the movement of people that helps both continents.

Evo Morales Ayma is the president of the Republic of Bolivia
Here in Spanish.

A meal with Pooja and Sonia

We reproduce the sound of a TV report on the way undocumented migrants are treated in Dutch prisons. NOVA They spoke with a guard who reveals the violence and humiliation of innocent detainees in Dutch detention centers for undocumented migrants. And Mohamed Boumedine appears in front of the prison boat in Rotterdam, where he started his hungerstrike after the death of an inmate in february. See

Our guests are Pooja, a video-theatre-radiomaker from Nepal and Sonia Boyce, mixed media artist from London. We talk about how undocumented migrants and knowledege workers live in Holland. A round table on migration, repression and human beings, with Sakho, Tati and Jo.
Sonia and Sakho about their art work.

Agury has a new house! Now how do we furnish it? A house warming party!

Andre`Haazes live from AZC Musselkanaal. Thanks to Mustapha!