e-News bulletin 25 May 2018

 

 
E-NEWS BULLETIN 25 May 2018 Links to present possibilities

SOUTH AFRICA

r2k posterAfrica Day Statement: Surveillance and harassment of journalists in Africa must end!

R2K has raised concerns about the mounting evidence of surveillance abuses which have targeted journalists, whistle-blowers, activists and members of the broader public in South Africa. But similar stories are being reported in other African states. r2k.org.za/

cracked house in MarikanaRight to protest prevails in Marikana – the march to Tharisa mine is going ahead!

​Marikana Youth Development together with Right2Know Gauteng will march to Tharisa mine on Friday 25 May 2018 to issue a memorandum with a range of demands. r2k.org.za/

workers silhouettesSouth Africans are among the hardest workers in the world

On average, South African employees work 43.3 hours per week, the fifth hardest working country in a sample of countries by the OECD. Turkey has the employees who work the most hours, followed by Colombia, Mexico and Costa Rica. Comparatively, Germans, Danes, Norwegians and Dutch worked the fewest. qz.com/
 

INTERNATIONAL

US teacher protestInside the Closed Facebook Groups Where the Teacher Strikes Began

Facebook has been invaluable to teachers and school employees organizing their walkouts. Its ease of use and accessibility have encouraged the explosive growth of movements across geographical distances that make in-person meetings impractical, and across the boundaries of school districts that often reflect social and economic stratification. inthesetimes.com/

The Killing of Journalists Continues: 34 Have Already Died in 2018

These figures do not include those wounded, such as the several journalists shot in the recent deadly Israeli attacks on Gaza in the last two months. buzzflash.com/

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PALESTINE

gaza lineThe Day of Shame

On Bloody Monday, when the number of Palestinian killed and wounded was rising by the hour, Uri Avnery asks what would he would have done if he was a youngster of 15 in the Gaza Strip. counterpunch.org/

America's Jerusalem Embassy for Mass Murder, Occupation and Wider War

How obscenely ironic. Embassies traditionally symbolize diplomacy and peace. The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem was occasioned by a grotesque baptism of murder of Palestinians, heralding wider war in the Middle East. informationclearinghouse.info/

The West’s pampering of Israel will lead to the next Gaza massacre

The contrasting images coming out of Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories on Monday could not have been starker – or more disturbing. Faced with protests at the perimeter fence in Gaza, Israeli snipers killed dozens of unarmed Palestinians and wounded more than 2,000 others, including children, women, journalists and paramedics, in a hail of live fire. jonathan-cook.net/

great return marchHow Long Will We Pretend Palestinians Aren’t People?

Remember how they were to blame for their own exodus seven decades ago, because they followed the instructions of radio stations to leave their homes until the Jews of Israel were ‘driven into the sea’. Only, of course, the radio broadcasts never existed. counterpunch.org/

Anti-semitism: Israel’s get-out-of-jail-free card

The silencing of critics of Israel using anti-semitism as the pretext is far from restricted to the current wave of attacks on Jeremy Corbyn and his Labour party. It is now used to intimidate anyone who steps out of line on Israel. jonathan-cook.net/

apartheid israelIsrael's new African friends will pay a price for this betrayal

There are now 15 African countries with permanent embassies in Israel, with four African embassies having opened up in Israel in the last three years alone. middleeasteye.net/

[VIDEO] Palestine Is Still the Issue

John Pilger was attacked in 2002 by a virulent trolls' campaign in the US, including death threats, for making his film Palestine Is Still The Issue. The film was finally vindicated by the Independent Television Commission as a work of "thoroughness and historical integrity". With the present-day massacre of Palestinians by Israeli snipers on the border with Gaza the film tells a timeless truth. johnpilger.com
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NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

zuckerbergAmerica to be hit by Europe's big data law on Friday

The new law has received attention in the run up to the day when it jumps from paper to the law of cyber-land because of the Facebook data scandal, which highlighted how the U.S. has neither a major data law or a specific data protection authority. nydailynews.com/


Amazon is selling facial recognition to law recoknitionenforcement — for a fistful of dollars

Law enforcement agencies in Oregon and Orlando are using a facial recognition tool provided by Amazon. This is how it works washingtonpost.com/

german facebook centreGermany Acts to Tame Facebook, Learning From Its Own History of Hate

At a Facebook deletion center in Berlin, the agents, who work for a third-party firm, remove illegal hate speech from the social network. nytimes.com/

[VIDEO] Data Collection, Tech, Privacy & Workers Ownership & Public Control

The issue of the collection of data by tech companies like Google, Facebook, Amazon and the role of workers and unions to defend privacy rights was the focus of a panel during RightsCom in Toronto on May 18, 2018.
 

BOOKS

The Mass Murder We Don’t Talk About

paul kagameJudi Rever’s In Praise of Blood: The crimes of the Rwandan Patriotic Front explores how Washington helped obscure the full story of the genocide that devastated Rwanda during the 1990s and consequent warfare in Central and East Africa. nybooks.com/
 
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