e-News bulletin 15 Dec 2017

 


E-NEWS BULLETIN 15 December 2017 Links to present possibilities
SOUTH AFRICA

SANDF document outlines draconian draft state of emergency regulations

nkaneng marikanaDraft regulations for a State of Emergency were outlined at a “workshop” attended by 30 Department of Defence officials in October this year. The mooted changes allow for all internet and cell phone communication to be blocked and citizens to be arrested, searched, jailed; their property seized without a warrant. The Presidency and the South African National Defence Force claim to know “nothing about this”. dailymaverick.co.za/

r2kNo to State of Emergency regulations! Statement by Right 2 Know

R2K is outraged to see confirmation that a government task team has been working in secret to draft new ‘State of Emergency’ regulations – effectively to create pre-conditions for a future clampdown on public life in South Africa. Today the Right2Know Campaign is demanding that the relevant government departments bring this information to light. r2k.org.za/

Memorandum to the Premier of Gauteng and the Mayor of Johannesburg by #OutsourcingMustFall and SAFTU

saftu outsourcingmustfallThe South African Federation of Trade Unions and #OutsourcingMustFall marched in Johannesburg on Thursday 14 December 2017, to protest against the exploitation of workers through the outsourcing of work, retrenchment of employees, the increasing use of casual workers and of labour brokers, in both the private and public sectors. saftu.org.za/

SABC staff to resume strike over wagessabc

"The SABC offered both unions a 4.5% increase for the last six months of the financial year” - an offer the two unions in the negotiations reject. mybroadband.co.za/
16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM

#NotOurLeaders Roundup - Parties weak to respond. Call for strong leadership

16 daysSince 25 November, during the 16 Days of Activism, the #NotOurLeaders has covered 20 cases of politicians from a spectrum of political parties and people in senior government positions who have faced allegations of sexual misconduct. The nature of the misconduct has included demanding sex for jobs or promotions, verbal and physical harassment, sexual assault, and rape - including rape of children.

The #NotOurLeaders campaign would like to see action: Make your opinion count!
INTERNATIONAL
 
Whatever domestic constituency he is appealing to, Trump could not, and would not, have made his announcement without regional backers. middleeasteye.net/

De-Dollarization Continues: China, Iran to Eliminate Greenback from Bilateral Trade

foreign ministers China IranDe-dollarization for Beijing, Moscow and Tehran has become a strategic priority. Eliminating the unlimited spending capacity of the Fed and the American economy means limiting US imperialist expansion. mintpressnews.com/

Why Do They Hate Us? America Has Taken Nearly 70% of the World's Wealth Gains Since 2012

America's super-rich are taking not only from their own nation, but also from the rest of the world. Data from the 2017 Global Wealth Databook and various war reports help to explain why Americans are alienating people. commondreams.org/

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

US farmersThe US farmer suicide crisis echoes a much larger farmer suicide crisis happening globally: an Australian farmer dies by suicide every four days; in the UK, one farmer a week takes his or her own life; in France, one farmer dies by suicide every two days; in India, more than 270,000 farmers have died by suicide since 1995. theguardian.com/

The slow death of Ecuadorian Banana workers

The global banana supply chain is under a lot of pressure from food retailers, forcing down producers’ prices. Workers and the environment suffer the consequences. Rights violations create serious health risks for the banana workers of Ecuador. global-labour-university.org/

Zimbabwe – crawling between imperialist masters

mugabe xiThe changes at the top of the ruling clique in Zimbabwe are the merely superficial expressions of a deep economic and social crisis which has been festering for years and which the ruling cabal could no longer control. Zimbabwe’s economic survival has for many years depended on loans and investment from China, however, a number of recent developments have caused the Chinese to refuse to keep pouring loans and investments into what appears to them to be a bottomless bucket. leftcom.org/

feenganangCameroon - Call for the immediate release of Cameroonian-American academic, writer and activist Patrice Nganang

The South African Communication Association joins other academic and professional organisations, including PEN USA, the African Literature Association and others in strongly condemning the detention of Professor Patrice Ngagang, whose alleged “transgression” is criticising the Government of Cameroon. /FreePatriceNganang/
PALESTINE

Zionism in the Light of Jerusalemjerusalem

Donald Trump’s official recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is an embarrassment. A salutary embarrassment. It’s an embarrassment for the Zionist political and media elite that prefers to operate behind smiles and handshakes, and not flaunt their power. counterpunch.org/

Thank you President Trump, you have finally ended US double-speak on Middle East 'peace'

damascus gate 071217US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel consolidates five decades of US foreign policy that has steadily facilitated Israel's settler-colonial encroachment into East Jerusalem and the West Bank generally. Now what next for the Palestinians? middleeasteye.net/

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FILM

pilger quiet mutinyWhy the Documentary Must Not Be Allowed to Die

John Pilger reflects on the power of documentaries to reveal truths and rues the diminishing space given to them by commercial broadcasters. counterpunch.org/
THEORY
What is Racial Capitalism and Why Does It Matter?
Historian Robin D. G. Kelley recorded November 7, 2017 at University of Washington, Seattle U.S.

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