By Murray Hunter* | Geopoliticalmonitor.com IDN-InDepth NewsViewpoint
KANGAR, Malaysia (IDN) - Late last month, 171 Chinese national bus drivers who were employed by the Singapore Government-controlled bus and underground railway company (SMRT) took industrial action by staging a two day walkout. The bus drivers were protesting their relatively lower wages vis-à-vis other foreign workers doing the same job, as well as the poor sanitary state of their accommodations.
This was reportedly the first strike in Singapore since 1986.
The SMRT management took it upon themselves to immediately revoke the work permits of 29 of the drivers, resulting in their immediate deportation on December 3 . Five drivers were charged under a Singapore law that prohibits any industrial action without giving 14 days prior notice. One was also charged with inciting people to strike by posting comments on a Chinese social network site and he received a six-month jail sentence after pleading guilty.
By Beatrice Mariotti *
BERLIN (IDN) - As European countries strive to find a solution to Lampedusa that has come to symbolize much disdained African migration to Europe, little attention is being paid to African women and children in Europe, who are faced with new forms of slavery and colonialism which they experience day in and day out in democratic states of the 'North', which are otherwise mindful of human rights.
By Jerome Mwanda
NAIROBI (IDN) – The United Nations has taken the wind out of the sails of world's rich countries that never tire of complaining about the citizens of developing lands burdening their rather stressed economies, by pointing out that about 80 per cent of refugees around the world live in poor countries.
By Douglas Goold*
TORONTO (IDN) - Canada is a nation of immigrants and diasporas. A generation ago, the overwhelmingly percentage of immigrants to Canada were American or European. In 1967, Canada also adopted a "points system" for immigrants. Four years later, Canada was the first country to officially adopt a policy of multiculturalism. These two changes laid the basis for a radical change in who became Canadian citizens. Now, Asia predominates.