e-News bulletin 1 March 2019

 

 
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SOUTH AFRICA

bread-strikePremier Blue Ribbon Salt River strike enters fourth month

Premier employees at Blue Ribbon bread in Salt River have been on a protected strike since 28 November over wages and working conditions. Their grievances include the withdrawal of a paid lunch hour and reducing Sunday rates from double pay to one and half times normal rate. groundup.org.za/

chwsUnions Join Management to Deny Workers Rights

Health unions in the Northwest, Hospersa and Nupsaw, joined management and threatened to fire community health workers who wanted to attend a national meeting to be held on 27 February. karibu.org.za/

callerCellphone data rules change this week - here's how it will work at Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom

From the beginning of March, South Africans have to be warned if they use out-of-bundle data, and they will also be able to roll over data. businessinsider.co.za/
 

INTERNATIONAL

rojavaThe Rojava Revolution and a call to end the isolation of jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan

In the north and eastern parts of Syria, a revolution as progressive, profound and potentially as far reaching as any in history is taking place. There, an alternative system to the state, capitalism and patriarchy is being built—statement of support by Ilrig. ilrigsa.org.za/

bernieThe Magic Socialist

All aboard for another cruise on the new and improved U.S.S. Magic Socialist with your captain Bernie Sanders at the helm! A satirical piece on Bernie Sanders's announcement of a second tilt at the US presidency. greanvillepost.com/
 

VENEZUELA

chavezJohn Pilger, Venezuela and the parallels with apartheid South Africa

Should the CIA stooge Guaido and his white supremacists grab power, it will be the 68th overthrow of a sovereign government by the United States, most of them democracies. A fire sale of Venezuela’s utilities and mineral wealth will surely follow, along with the theft of the country’s oil. counterpunch.org/

An Ocean of Lies on Venezuela: Abby Martin & UN Rapporteur Expose Coup

On the eve of another US war for oil, Abby Martin, a US journalist, debunks the most repeated myths about Venezuela and uncovers how US sanctions are crimes against humanity with UN Investigator and Human Rights Rapporteur Alfred De Zayas.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

palestinian-solidarityIsrael pharmaceutical firms test medicines on Palestinian prisoners

The Times of Israel also reported that a Hebrew University lecturer's finding that Israeli military firms are testing weapons on Palestinian children and carry out these tests in the Palestinian neighbourhoods of occupied Jerusalem. middleeastmonitor.com/
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NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

roboDon’t Fight the Robots. Tax Them.

Many companies invest in automation because the tax code encourages it, not because robots are more productive. South Korea already taxes robots. nytimes.com/


US-jackboot-iraqWe won't be war profiteers': Microsoft workers protest $480m army contract

Workers say augmented reality headsets provided to US army risk ‘turning warfare into a simulated video game’. theguardian.com/
 

ENVIRONMENT

Game Over? Report Card on Our Planet’s Environment

Climate news is getting worse. 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record; 2015-2017 are the other three. The Arctic experienced its second-warmest year ever. counterpunch.org/

honeyOf Insects and Men

Something like 41 percent of insects are in decline and about a third are going extinct. It is the largest extinction on Earth in the last 299 million years. This catastrophic decline and extinction of insects are bad omens for civilization. counterpunch.org/


nrg-in-germanyThe Rigors of Organizing: On the Road with the German Climate Resistance

The German environmental movement is known for its radicalism and its innovation, particularly in the interplay of direct action versus organizing in smaller rural communities, and how one makes common cause with those who feel like they benefit the most from mining. 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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