e-News bulletin 2 June 2017

E-NEWS BULLETIN 2 June 2017 A week's links to the making of the world
 
SOUTH AFRICA

Betrayal of the Promise: The Anatomy of State Capture

gigaba-zumaSouth Africans have been bombarded with revelations of how the state has been hijacked to amass wealth for a connected power elite involving President Jacob Zuma and the Gupta family. An academic research partnership has consolidated all available information into a frightening compendium on state capture, mapping the deals, the key players and the modus operandi for commandeering control of state institutions and parastatals. dailymaverick.co.za/

Black Sash condemns scandalous profiteering by CPS

CPS’s profits, of R1,1 billion before tax, was revealed in an audited statement filed in compliance with a Constitutional Court order made in the AllPay 2 judgment handed down in 2014. The audited statement of expenses and income provides very little detail of how so much profit was made from an unlawful contract. - Black Sash press statement - blacksash.org.za/

abahlali baseMjondoloJustice for Baby Jayden

On Monday, the Foreman Road community in Clare Estate, Durban, came under serious police assault after a road blockade that had been organised earlier that morning. That protest was disruptive but it was also peaceful. Baby Jayden Khoza, two weeks old, lost his life during the brutal police assault on the community. - Abahlali baseMjondolo Movement press statement - abahlali.org/


MTN, Vodacom, Telkom and Cell C: 30 days to r2k logoprovide surveillance stats

The Right2Know campaign has filed Access to Information (PAIA) requests regarding how the network operators hand over sensitive customer information. www.r2k.org.za/
AFRICA

Honest Acounts 2017: How the World Profits from Africa's Wealth

honest accounts2017Research for this report calculates the movement of financial resources into and out of Africa and some key costs imposed on Africa by the rest of the world. We find that the countries of Africa are collectively net creditors to the rest of the world, to the tune of $41.3 billion in 2015.1 Thus much more wealth is leaving the world’s most impoverished continent than is entering it. globaljustice.org.uk/...pdf [1.3MB]
INTERNATIONAL

How did the left radicalism of my Manchester youth give way to Islamism?

grunwick 1976Were I 20 today, would I be attracted to Islamism or desire to become a soldier of Islamic State? It seems shocking, even insulting, especially to those who lost their lives in the Manchester Arena on Monday night, just to ask that question. theguardian.com/commentisfree/

Outsourced UCSF workers sue state regents

UCSF IT workersA group of former University of California San Francisco information technology workers are suing the state, claiming discrimination and harassment when they were forced to train lower-cost foreign workers to replace them. mercurynews.com/

How to read the 2 September strike in India?

On 2 September 2016, ten out of eleven national trade union centers in India went on strike. Only the trade union wing of the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party abstained. Another all-India strike had been organised on exactly the same day in 2015. It is not only the repetition of the labour protest that is striking, but also that the twelve demands identified by trade unions in 2016 are an exact reiteration of the issues raised in 2015. global-labour-university.org/
The leftwing movement of criticism of Israel is getting more and more mainstream by the second. Everyone is walking the path; they’re just getting there a little later. The Washington Post, a hotbed of neoconservative ideas for the last 15 years, has another article harshly critical of Israel today, written by an Israeli. And guess what: that article along with yesterday’s article by the two prestige Jewish academics calling for boycott of Israel are the two “most-read” articles on the Post list this morning! - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/washington-unrepairable-society/#sthash.oCjj9TSf.dpuf
‘Most-read’ article at Washington Post calls Israel ‘savage, unrepairable society’ - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/washington-unrepairable-society/#sthash.oCjj9TSf.dpuf
The Washington Post, a hotbed of neoconservative ideas for the last 15 years, has another article harshly critical of Israel today, written by an Israeli. And guess what: that article along with yesterday’s article by the two prestige Jewish academics calling for boycott of Israel are the two “most-read” articles on the Post list this morning! - See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/10/washington-unrepairable-society/#sthash.oCjj9TSf.dpuf

Mass Illegal Terminations! Time to intervene and stop!

The recent media news about Indian IT Industry is very alarming. The rising number of complaints to Forum for IT Employees (FITE) is proving that the 7 major companies plan to reduce 5% of their workforce which roughly comes to around 56,000 employees. SIGN THE PETITION

NEW TECHNOLOGIES and MEDIA

New Study Finds Link Between Infant Handheld #ScreenTime and Speech Delays

baby geekIt’s not uncommon to see toddlers and even babies along with their parents staring into separate handheld screens. A new study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Conference in San Francisco this week adds evidence to a growing body of scientific literature on the impacts of early screen time on mental development. eduresearcher.com/

Automation Could Cost 7.5 Million US Retail Workers Their Jobs

The U.S. retail industry employs some 16 million Americans, a full 10% of the country’s working population. And contrary to popular belief, 71% are full-time employees. New automation technologies could replace 6.0 million to 7.5 million of those jobs. 247wallst.com/

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