e-News bulletin 5 October 2018

E-NEWS BULLETIN 5 October 2018 Links to present possibilities

SOUTH AFRICA

wildcoast tollroadBombshell in "Heads of Argument" in N2 Toll Road Review Application

Amadiba Crisis Committee

“The Environmental Authorisation for the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road was wrong. It was unlawful not to look at the socio-economic impact of tolling. Second, you decided where the road should be in 2002 and gazetted this in 2004. In all meetings you then refused to tell rural communities where the road would go. You claimed it was not decided yet. Then you gazetted the road reserve again in 2016. Compared to 2004, the road ‘had not moved one inch’. facebook.com/


stop-violence-against=activistsDay of Action to STOP violence against activists

Solidarity with Abahlali baseMjondolo against ongoing attacks on activists
On Monday 8 October, abahlali will unite to demand an end to the attacks on activists, as well as to demand the prosecution of those who commit these acts and state protection for activists who are being targeted.
Please support this initiative to end the attack on activists by:
  1. If you are in Cape Town join us on the 8 October at St Georges Cathedral at 9:30, where we will assemble to march to Cape Town Police Station.
  2. If you are in Durban on Monday, shack dwellers, street traders and hostel dwellers will rally at Curries Fountain.
  3. Sign the petition to end the attack on activists.

Call termination rates announced

On International Right to Know Day, the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) issued the new reduced call termination rates: gov.za/ They come into force from 1 October.

The new struggles of precarious workers in SouthAfrica: nascent organisational responses of community health workers

Based on in-depth interviews largely with women working as community health workers (CHWs) and documents, the article shines the spotlight on CHWs, who remain a blind spot in the literature on South African labour studies. academia.edu/ (login as Facebook or Google user)

ISRAEL / PALESTINE

end israeli occupationEveryone Washes Their Hands as Gaza’s Economy Goes into Freefall

The moment long feared is fast approaching in Gaza, according to a new report by the World Bank. After a decade-long Israeli blockade and a series of large-scale military assaults, the economy of the tiny coastal enclave is in “freefall”. counterpunch.org/

boycottRevealed: Canary Mission Blacklist Is Secretly Bankrolled by Major Jewish Federation

One of the largest Jewish charities in the U.S. has been secretly funding a shadowy online blacklist targeting college students who criticize Israel. For three years, a website called Canary Mission has spread fear among undergraduate activists, posting more than a thousand political dossiers on student supporters of Palestinian rights. haaretz.com/


Israel has been stealing nuclear secrets and covertly making bombs since the 1950s. And western governments, including Britain and the US, turn a blind eye. But how can we expect Iran to curb its nuclear ambitions if the Israelis won't come clean? theguardian.com/

Mapping the state of the movement fighting inequality

fighting inequalityThe Fighting Inequality Alliance invites you to participate in a research project mapping inequality movements across 30 countries. If you know about or participated in any social justice movements, it takes about 20 minutes.The survey closes on 10 October.

Here is the survey and more background information
Local news from Khayelitsha, East London, Port Elizabeth, Alexandra and Orange Farm in English and isiXhosa
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NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

itfAmazon’s wage rise shows pressure for change from workers

The announcement that Amazon will raise wages in the USA and UK shows that the company’s workers are starting to win the argument for fair treatment. However, while this move is welcome it has only been made after widespread criticism of Amazon’s employment model, and serious problems remain across the company’s transport supply chain. pressreleasepoint.com/


whole foods mkt'They want us to be robots': Whole Foods workers fear Amazon's changes

Workers at “America’s healthiest grocery store” say management is trying to cut jobs and reduce wages as they reshape the 38-year-old grocery chain in Amazon’s image. theguardian.com/

gluThe gig economy: A challenge for the trade union movement

While the idea of earning extra money is attractive to workers, the reality is that the gig economy involves a hidden, very unequal labour relationship, and is part of a growing e-commerce sector that has few obligations to the general public, consumers and workers. global-labour-university.org/

ART

judge dreddFascist Spain meets British punk: the subversive genius of Judge Dredd

Ezquerra started his career drawing war comics in Barcelona before moving to the UK and working for the anthology 2000AD and others. He brought the iconography of fascist Spain to Dredd’s extremely weird and vivid design and combined it with his experiences of living in Croydon through the 70s and 80s: the punk movement on his doorstep and TV images of policemen charging striking miners. 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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