e-News bulletin 28 September 2018

E-NEWS BULLETIN 28 September 2018 Links to present possibilities

SOUTH AFRICA

amadiba crisisTeargas and handcuffs at Mantashe’s meeting near Xolobeni village

Human rights attorney Richard Spoor was arrested and charged with ‘incitement’ after an altercation with the Mining Minister during the his weekend tour to KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape to address community tensions over several coal and dune mining ventures. businesslive.co.za/

ACC protestAmadiba Crisis Committee - Statement on Mining Minister's Xolobeni visit

"Mr Mantashe. If you want to speak to us about mining, you must come without ANC bringing bus-loads of people from outside and without one hundred police with dogs.” facebook.com/amadibacrisiscommittee/

xolobeniAmnesty International - SAPS must investigate events at Xolobeni without delay

The excessive use of force by the South African Police Service during a peaceful anti-mining protest in Xolobeni, Eastern Cape, yesterday is intolerable and must be investigated immediately - .
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black sash logoCon Court Holds Minister Dlamini Personally Liable For Social Grants Crisis

The Court today ordered that Minister Bathabile Dlamini should pay a portion of the costs of the litigation resulting from last year’s social grants crisis. The Court also called on the NPA to consider whether Minister Dlamini lied under oath and should be prosecuted for perjury. blacksash.org.za/

rose hunterWhistle-blowers’ courage is undermined by FSCA being let off the hook

The undisputed facts of this case should be of grave concern to all South Africans. Between 2007 and 2013, the Financial Services Board (since replaced by the FSCA), the regulator of the financial services sector, cancelled the registrations of approximately 4,600 “orphan” pension funds that had ceased to have functioning boards of trustees. businesslive.co.za/

mzwanele manyiCourt rules Infinity Media Networks must reinstate employees

The news channel Afro Worldview – previously known as ANN7 - shut down in mid-August after its contract was terminated by pay TV operator MultiChoice. The Labour Court said that owners of the channel must reinstate people that were fired with immediate effect. fin24.com/


[audio] Capital Crimes: Illicit financial flows, tax evasion and transfer pricing

Workers On Wednesday 26 September with guests, Zwelinzima Vavi and Dick Forslund, an economist with the Alternative Information and Development Centre.

Colonialism did not end when European administrators and settlers relinquished political control over their assets and granted them independence. Value continues to be extracted from the developing world, particularly the African continent, in the form of profits that are not declared and value that is hidden and smuggled out to a metropole in the global North. wwmp.org.za/


Profitability and Crisis in the South African Economy

This journal article by Christopher Malikane shows that the economy experienced a crisis of absolute over-production of capital in the mid-1980s. This crisis was not only characterised by stagnation in the mass of profits, it was also characterised by a halt in capital accumulation. mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/

REGION

swaziland teachers protestCommunist Party of Swaziland: All Power to the teachers, students protesting Mswati’s crisis-ridden rule

Swaziland is in meltdown. It is increasingly clear that the regime cannot hold onto power indefinitely. Its grip is already slipping. More and more workers are ready to act against the autocracy and to make it unworkable. wwmp.org.za/
For the latest from the Communist Party of Swaziland (if that should not be eSwatini) check its Facebook page.

Entertainment and media outlook 2018 – 2022: An African perspective

An in-depth (196-page) analysis of the trends shaping the entertainment and media industry in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana and Tanzania, published by PwC. It's a 9.6MB pdf. pwc.co.za

INTERNATIONAL

yemenDestroying Yemen as Humanely as Possible

On September 12, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo certified that Saudi Arabia and the UAE are “undertaking demonstrable actions to reduce the risk of harm to civilians and civilian infrastructure” in their war on Houthi rebels in Yemen. This was demonstrable horseshit. counterpunch.org/


turnaround-H&MWorkers reveal poverty wages and labour law violations in H&M’s supply chain

Workers making H&M’s clothes live below the poverty line -- despite H&M’s promise of a living wage by 2018, and despite the brand’s recent deceptive claims of progress. Interviewed workers in India and Turkey earn about a third and in Cambodia less than one-half of the estimated living wage. In Bulgaria interviewed workers’ salary at H&M’s “gold supplier” is not even 10% of what would be required for workers and their families to have decent lives. turnaroundhm.org/

itf logoITF and ETF end talks with IKEA citing lack of meaningful action

The ITF and ETF have pulled out of further meetings with IKEA after the company showed little willingness to tackle labour abuses in its supply chain. tfglobal.org/


[audio] #MeToo: McDonald’s Workers Strike to End Sexual Harassment

Emboldened by the #MeToo movement, McDonald’s workers staged a one-day strike at restaurants in 10 cities to pressure management to take stronger steps against sexual harassment in the workplace. Organizers say it was the first multistate strike in the U.S. specifically targeting sexual harassment. Download or stream [28:57 min]

ISRAEL / PALESTINE

sabraThe Sabra and Shatila Massacre: New Evidence

The Institute for Palestine Studies has made public documents from the secret appendix to the report of the Commission of Inquiry, headed by Israeli Supreme Court president Yitzhak Kahan, which was created to investigate the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre. Uncertainty has surrounded the exact nature of the interaction between the Lebanese Forces, which perpetrated the massacre, the Israeli military, which was in control of the camps and introduced the LF into them, and the US government, which provided guarantees for the safety of Palestinian civilians to the PLO as a condition for the evacuation of its forces from Beirut. palestinesquare.com/

 al-Khan-al-Ahmar‘Israel will erase my community unless the world spells out the cost’ — Khan al-Ahmar leader appeals to Europe

With the UN General Assembly convened in New York this week, one hot issue was the response to Israeli plans to demolish the Bedouin village of Khan al-Ahmar in the occupied West Bank, adjacent to Israeli settlements east of Jerusalem, by October 1. Israel has called on the residents to demolish their houses themselves, and its courts have rejected appeals by the village to stop the demolition. mondoweiss.net/

D.C.-Based Pro-Israel Group Secretly Ran Misleading Facebook Ads to Target Pro-Palestinian Activist

Despite their names, the Facebook campaigns were run by professional Washington D.C. political operatives who work for a group called the Israel on Campus Coalition, according to their promotional materials. propublica.org/

2rabin clinton arafat5 Years After the Oslo Accords, Independence Remains More Elusive than Ever for Palestinians

September 13, 2018, marks 25 years since the first of the Oslo Accords was signed by Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin on the White House lawn amid great fanfare. Many Palestinians hoped that they would finally be free of Israel’s then-quarter-century-old military rule and have a state of their own. socialistproject.ca/

israeli flagNow Israel Has a Race Law

Even if it had until the end of time, Israel and the Jewish nation will never be able to compensate the Palestinian nation for all the harm they have done to it. Nothing can be expected from an occupier that calls itself the victim, that blames everyone but itself for every injustice that it does - by Gideon Levy. (freed)haaretz.com

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NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

social creditsLeave no dark corner

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. For some, “social credit” will bring privileges — for others, punishment. abc.net.au/


waikikiHotel Workers Fret Over a New Rival: Alexa at the Front Desk

With advances in machine learning and other innovations in information technology like facial recognition, many service jobs are now potentially in jeopardy. Technology could drive a 30% decline in jobs in the food service and hotel industry from 2016 to 2030. That’s almost on a par with the 38% decline in manufacturing jobs from 1960 to 2012. nytimes.com/

NYTWA Statement on NYC Council Passing First-Time Regulations on Uber & Lyft After Months of Mobilizations by NYTWA Members

New York Taxi Workers Alliance members have been campaigning non-stop over several months and have been sounding the alarm about the economic crisis among drivers in every sector for years. Six New York City drivers have committed suicide in recent months, unable to survive the crushing poverty brought on by the over saturation of for-hire-vehicles on our streets. campaign.r20....
Watch a news report on the rally at City Hall of the New York Taxi Workers Alliance after another apparent suicide.

FILM

From the Troubles to riots in Birmingham and Brixton, Channel 4’s radical documentary project gave a voice to Britain’s ignored and stunned Thatcher’s Conservatives in the process. theguardian.com/

 
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This newsletter is intended as a special and alternative news, information and knowledge source for all who are interested in issues relevant to promoting political, social and economic equality and the eradication of poverty. The articles contained herein are obtained from various electronic media platforms and do not necessarily reflect the views of WWMP.

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