e-News bulletin 29 March 2019

E-NEWS BULLETIN 29 March 2019 Links to present possibilities

SOUTH AFRICA

kwinikaPolice union president beaten and tortured by SAPS officials

South African Policing Union president, Mpho Kwinika, was arrested on trumped up charges and taken to the Sunnyside police station in Pretoria where eight police officials beat him for several hours. They broke his arm, burst his eardrum and he has suspected broken ribs - statement by SAFTU. The police's possible motives for the assault is a subject for speculation. saftu.org.za/

Equality court sets new policing precedent

The Western Cape equality court has ruled that poverty constitutes grounds for unfair discrimination in finding that the allocation of police resources in the province unfairly discriminated against black and poor people on the basis of race and poverty. mg.co.za/


bheki-celeKZN political killings spark police crackdown

Police Minister Bheki Cele on Thursday said the task team investigating political killings in KwaZulu-Natal has to date made 161 arrests. dailymaverick.co.za

amadibaThree years on, authorities must bring ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe’s killers to justice

Environmental and human rights defender, Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe, was shot dead in front of his teenage son in 2016. Authorities are still failing to share the details of their investigation and bring suspected perpetrators to justice. amnesty.org.za/

srwp-logoSRWP Gauteng condemns the brutal capitalist ANC government for attacking the working class of Boipatong

On Wednesday the Boipatong community united with members of the SRWP, the United Front, and NUMSA members who are on strike at Arcelor Mittal to march to the local municipality to demand answers over the fact that they have been without electricity for three weeks. wwmp.org.za/

mantasheMinerals Council to challenge ‘untenable’ Mining Charter BEE rules

The council's primary concern is the provisions on how previous empowerment transactions are not recognised in the renewal and transfer of mining rights so that mining companies would have to top up their BEE shareholding after such changes. dailymaverick.co.za/

minersMining royalty payments system ‘a sham’, says Corruption Watch

Mining communities have long complained about getting a raw deal. A new report by Corruption Watch details how the system of royalty payments is failing them. dailymaverick.co.za/

Eskom’s Suffocating Stranglehold

Eskom’s cluster of 12 coal-fired power stations in Mpumalanga is the biggest source of nitrogen dioxide pollution in the world, according to Greenpeace. health-e.org.za/

Crossroads-Philippi“This is not a man’s world”: protesters demand construction jobs for women

Residents of Lower Crossroads in Philippi, Cape Town, brought construction of a new school to a halt on Tuesday, demanding more jobs for women and for residents. groundup.org.za/

CHW-NUPSAW-march-CTCommunity healthcare workers demand recognition as public servants

About 200 community health workers organised by NUPSAW marched to the Western Cape Health Department in Cape Town on Tuesday. groundup.org.za/

fat-catsTop public officials earn more than the president

Top executives in at least 24 government-funded agencies were paid more than R3-million in the 2017/18 financial year — more than the salary allocated to Jacob Zuma in his final year as state president. groundup.org.za/

boundariesPersonal Income Taxation in South Africa: The Struggle Against Inequality and Poverty in an Era of Crisis

This brief by the Economic Justice Programme of AIDC focuses on the failures of tax policy in South Africa to function as a redistributive tool where the more you earn, the more tax you ought to pay. The reasons for government’s failure to undo income inequality through taxation are linked to compromises made during the 1994 negotiated settlement. aidc.org.za/
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INTERNATIONAL

Palang-PracharathPro-Military Party Confirmed to Win Most Votes in Thai Election

Thailand’s pro-military party won the most votes in Sunday’s election, authorities confirmed on Thursday, bolstering its claim to legitimacy as it competes with an anti-junta alliance to form a government. dailymaverick.co.za/

la-rinconada“Blood Gold” in La Rinconada, Devil’s Paradise in Peru’s Andes where human rights do not exist

La Rinconada is considered one of the most horrific places on earth: a crime gang-run city, spreading through a valley and up the hills, with no running water, no sewerage, no electricity. globalresearch.ca/

strasbourg-demoIFJ/EFJ hail adoption of Copyright Directive and urge EU Member States to adopt laws that ensure fair and proportionate remuneration for journalists

The new directive aims to award journalists a fair share of the revenue press publications generate online using their work and the right to be represented by their unions in disputes. ifj.org/
 

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China: Release Jailed Labour Rights Activists Exercising Rights to Freedom of Association

The Chinese government is prosecuting workers, labour activists and their supporters for exercising their freedom of association. The petition calling for the dropping of the charges is organised by the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions and Globalization Monitor. labourstartcampaigns.net/

VENEZUELA

latin-russiansChina Takes on U.S. Over Venezuela After Russia Sends Troops: It’s Not Your ‘Backyard’

China has defended Russia's recent deployment of troops to Venezuela amid U.S. statements suggesting Moscow and Beijing had no right to support a Latin American government disavowed by Washington. newsweek.com/

bolivar-chavez-maduroThe Global Left and the Danger of a Dirty War in Venezuela

Leftists the world over agree there is no justification for U.S. sanctions or military intervention in Venezuela, but differences emerge on whether to support the call for free and fair elections. mintpressnews.com/

Abdulhay Ahmed Saloojee memorial lecture 2019

Friday 5 April | 6 - 9 pm

With Michael Löwy, a French-Brazilian Marxist sociologist and philosopher. He is the author of books on Karl Marx, Che Guevara, Liberation Theology, György Lukács, Walter Benjamin, Lucien Goldmann and Franz Kafka. Read more
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The Venezuelan Ambassador,
Ms Mairin Moreno Merida (left).
will be present and speak at the event.


Venue Joseph Stone auditorium, corner Protea St. & Klipfontein Rd, Athlone, Cape Town
RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or WhatsApp 08I 552 4551 by 2 April.

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ISRAEL-PALESTINE

airstrikeIsraeli occupation forces continue military escalation inside besieged Gaza

On Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, Israeli forces conducted a series of airstrikes and attacks on various parts of Gaza, including Khan Younis and Rafah while Israeli tanks and troops were seen enmassed at the border. peoplesdispatch.org/

kasrilsPut the squeeze on Apartheid Israel – do not succumb to Zionist pressure like the Vienna Museum

Former MK commander and Minister of Intelligence, Ronnie Kasrils, writes about the banning of a BDS event in Vienna, Austria, where he was due to speak. The reason given was that BDS promotes anti-Semitism. dailymaverick.co.za/

hajar-harbPalestinian Centre for Human Rights appeals against prosecution of journalist

The Magistrate’s Court in Gaza on Monday held the sentencing hearing of journalist Hajar Harb, who was put on trial and convicted in abstentia following her investigation of corruption in medical referrals. pchrgaza.org/

kagame-netanyahuIsrael wants to be ‘in Africa’ but to keep Africans out of Israel

Israel was the most condemned country by the UN in 2018. It has, therefore, been currying favour with African states to bolster its defense of ‘injustice’ and ‘crimes’ against Palestinians in. trtworld.com/
 

NEW TECHNOLOGIES | NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

russian netizensRussia wants to cut itself off from the global internet. Here’s what that really means

It’s going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of the world electronically while keeping the internet running for its citizens. The plan is going to be tricky to pull off, both technically and politically, but the Kremlin has set its sights on self-sufficiency. technologyreview.com/

Facebook Bans White Nationalism in Effort to Curb Racism

The social media giant’s policies have long excluded posts on white supremacy, but Facebook said it didn’t apply the same lens to expressions of white nationalism because it wanted to be able to include “broader concepts” of nationalism such as American pride and Basque separatism. dailymaverick.co.za/

facebookFacebook restricts campaigners’ ability to check ads for political transparency

The monitoring tools, which involve asking users to install a browser plug-in and collecting data on the adverts they see, has helped expose many of the advertising tactics used by politicians. Facebook's blocking of these tools has come despite assurances it would implement best practices against misinformation. theguardian.com/

Add your name to the open letter calling on Facebook to honour its commitments.

google-oculistBig Google is watching you

‘Late capitalism’ is a phrase to describe the savage absurdity of our present moment in history. It’s an ultimately optimistic term that glances over our subsumption in a world of artificial intelligence and machine learning, or rather 'surveillance capitalism'. thespinoff.co.nz/


ILWU Dockworkers battle plan to bring driverless trucks to the Port of Los Angeles

A fierce struggle over automation has erupted at the Port of Los Angeles, as local union officials representing some 12,000 dockworkers demand that one of the world’s largest shipping firms abandon a plan to introduce driverless electric cargo trucks. latimes.com/


martyCleanup On Aisle 9: Robots Arrive At Grocery Stores Near You

A Dutch food retailer Ahold Delhaize, has started deploying robots named Marty, six-foot-tall pillars with googly eyes to roam its stores, beeping and scanning the floor for trash and spills. wbur.org/

 

ENVIRONMENT

cyclone idaiThe human devastation of climate change: Why Cyclone Idai should be a wake-up call for us all

While many politicians, world leaders and big corporations speak about the future effects of climate change, poor and impoverished nations are already struggling to battle the consequences of rising global temperatures. dailymaverick.co.za/
 

HISTORY

epifanioEpifanio Camacho: a Militant Farmworker Brushed Out of History

The National Farmworkers Association in the U.S. waged a struggle in the 1960s and 70s for fair wages that is renowned for the non-violent tactics used. Some workers believed more militant tactics were necessary. One of them was Epifanio Camacho who recently published his memoir. counterpunch.org/

 
Disclaimer:

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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