e-News bulletin 15 February 2019

 

 

E-NEWS BULLETIN 15 February 2019 Links to present possibilities

SOUTH AFRICA

cosatu-nat-strike-gpCosatu strike reveals weaknesses of the federation

Thousands of trade union members affiliated to the Congress of South African Trade Unions marched through the country on Wednesday in what the trade union federation called “a show of power”. Load shedding and the crisis in Eskom, however, took centre-stage. wwmp.org.za/elitsha/

DUTSONA: No clarity on the broken Free Education Policy, yet

President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his second State of the Nation Address that he was concerned about reports of violence on campuses. He delivered his speech in the midst of ongoing student protests around the country. thedailyvox.co.za/

myolwaR4.8m for nine pit toilets

“It is strange that the department prioritised building toilets first when there is not a single classroom. Where are our children suppose to learn? Inside toilets?” Myolwa Senior Primary SGB chairperson. city-press.news24.com/

phakamile“I am living and working for the next meal”

Khumbuzile Phakamile survives by selling empties to shebeens and trying to find gardening jobs for a pittance. groundup.org.za/

heineken black pain[petition] Tell Heineken to stop abusing labour broker workers in South Africa

We are calling on Heineken CEO and board chairman Jean-Francois van Boxmeer to rehire the 55 workers, who were dismissed from the Heineken brewery in Sedibeng, as permanent Heineken staff with living wages. Heineken must also stop exploiting their workers by ending the practice of using labour brokers. amandla.mobi/
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INTERNATIONAL

yellow-vestsAs Macron Prepares New Repressive Measures, Yellow Vests and Red Unions Strike Together

On Tuesday, February 5, as the Macron government pushed harsh repressive laws against demonstrators through the National Assembly, the Yellow Vests joined with France’s unions for the first time in a day-long, nation-wide “General Strike.” counterpunch.org/

ken-aro-wiwaOil giant Shell finally faces its day in court for complicity in rapes and murders in Nigeria

Through the early 90s, the Anglo-Dutch Shell petroleum company egged the Nigerian state to crack down violently on members of the Ogoni community and activists who were protesting the ecological destruction of their homeland by its pipelines and factories. peoplesdispatch.org/


bangladeshi-policeOver 11,600 Bangladesh garment workers lose jobs and face repression

A massive wave of protesting garment workers demanding an increase of minimum wages swept across Bangladesh’s garment industry in December 2018 and January 2019. State repression following the protest has resulted in arrests and mass terminations of workers in more than a hundred garment manufacturing units. industriall-union.org/

davos-sniperGlobal Economy on the Brink

On the eve of this year’s World Economic Forum gathering, some of the most powerful, wealthy, and more prescient capitalists have begun to speak out to their capitalist cousins, raising red flags about what they believe is an approaching crisis. zcomm.org/


islamic-revolutionThe Iranian Revolution Turns Forty: Dare to Know, Have the Courage to Act!

Cries of regret are commonly heard all over Iran, in rural areas as well as in urban centers. These voices are openly heard on the streets of big cities and small towns, among the downtrodden and affluent classes alike. Every year on the anniversary of the revolution the question is asked for how much longer the regime will last, a question that is as old as the revolution itself. counterpunch.org/


ituc-copenhagenITUC tries to heal its wounds

The International Trade Union Confederation Congress became a toxic affair when the movement was divided by the election of the new Secretary-General. Now, a leadership team of both new and familiar faces is trying to bridge the divide. arbetet.se/

 

VENEZUELA

jorge-areazaVenezuela’s Foreign Minister: “Washington Hijacked Guaidó”

An interview with Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza who says the self-proclaimed president Guaido has not accepted the Pope’s offer to negotiate since he is being directed by Washington. therealnews.com/

pence-boltonWhy does the United States of America want to overthrow the government of Venezuela?

A look at what drives the US to persist in its interventions—diplomatic, economic and military—against the Venezuelan government. peoplesdispatch.org/


In Caracas, ordinary Venezuelans speak about Venezuela's crisis

Citizens of Venezuela have had to sign a petition, queuing for hours as if to cast votes, to denounce U.S. imperialism. This alternative news source pries apart the curtains the Western media so assiduously is drawing over the country.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

forced-removal“Largest Land Grab Since 1948” — Israel to Expel 36,000 Palestinians From Negev

Given the Israeli state’s rejection of their existence, government officials have called the Palestinians living in these villagers “violators” and “squatters” – accusing them of illegally occupying “state lands.” mintpressnews.com/


ilhanThere Is a Taboo Against Criticizing AIPAC — and Ilhan Omar Just Destroyed It

Rep. Ilhan Omar, of Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District, was slammed by Democrats and Republicans alike over her suggestion, in a pair of tweets, that U.S. politicians back the state of Israel because of financial pressure from AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee). theintercept.com/
 

NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

taser-assemblyTech Is Splitting the U.S. Work Force in Two

A small group of well-educated professionals enjoys rising wages, while most workers toil in low-wage jobs with few chances to advance. nytimes.com/


ms-deliveryRevolt of the gig workers: How delivery rage reached a tipping point

Most gig workers toil alone as they ferry passengers, deliver food and perform errands. But in recent weeks, some of these app-wielding workers have joined forces to effect changes by the multibillion-dollar companies. sfchronicle.com/

 

ENVIRONMENT

ocasio-cortezRep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Releases Green New Deal Outline

The Green New Deal legislation laid out by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Ed Markey sets goals for some drastic measures to cut carbon emissions across the U.S. economy. In the process, it aims to create jobs and boost the economy. npr.org/

polar-bearCapitalism’s Ownership of Global Warming

Somebody’s got to pony-up for climate change/global warming mitigation. Who better than deep pocket capitalists? counterpunch.org/
 
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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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