e-News bulletin 12 April 2019

 

E-NEWS BULLETIN 12 April 2019  Links to present possibilities

 SOUTH AFRICA 

upholding-demoUpholding Democracy

The many voices reflected in Corruption Watch's 2018 annual report, which marks 25 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa, point to the impact of corruption on the lives of ordinary people, underlining how corruption erodes the pillars of our democracy. corruptionwatch.org.za/ [pdf 35 MB]

Traditional leaders bill will facilitate land grabs by miners

Draft law entrenches the apartheid divide and makes a mockery of democracy by giving local chiefs complete say over their people - by Jo Seoka and John Capel. businesslive.co.za/
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A spectacularly huge metaphor in the heavens: The first image of a black hole, that was taken by the Event Horizon telescope, was released this week.

 INTERNATIONAL 

assangeJulian Assange Arrested in London After Ecuador Withdraws Asylum; U.S. Requests Extradition

The WikiLeaks founder, was arrested on Thursday inside Ecuador’s Embassy in London, where he had lived since 2012 under diplomatic protection. theintercept.com/

stop-killing-farmersFilipino activists call for an international day of outrage against massacre of farmers

Protests will be held globally against the killing of 14 farmers in the island of Negros and the larger impunity of the Duterte government. peoplesdispatch.org/

 

 ISRAEL-PALESTINE 

zionist-racismLevy: Netanyahu Isn’t the Problem. The Israeli People Are

The apartheid did not start with him and will not end with his departure; it probably won’t even be dented. One of the most racist nations in the world cannot complain about its prime minister’s racism. israelpalestinenews.org/

mike-leigh700 artists announce a cultural boycott of Israel

Over 700 British artists, from the worlds of literature, film, stage and music, have pledged to boycott Israel “as long as the state continues to deny basic Palestinian rights.” middleeastmonitor.com/
 

 NEW TECHNOLOGIES | NEW FORMS OF LABOUR 

In China, an App About Xi Is Impossible to Ignore — Even if You Try

Tens of millions of Chinese workers, students and civil servants are now using Study the Great Nation, often under pressure from the government. It is part of a sweeping effort by President Xi to strengthen ideological control in the digital age and reassert the party’s primacy, as Mao once did, as the center of Chinese life. nytimes.com/

Meet the Robots at Amazon

The online retail giant, Amazon, has assembled an army of robots in its distribution centres. Will robots take over the world? Most researchers don’t think so. But how about our jobs? It could be fait accompli.

 ENVIRONMENT 

Climate Catastrophe and Extinction Rebellion

Paul Street is an urban and labor historian who reflects on 'Climate Change', a phrase he eschews in favor of 'Climate Catastrophe'. counterpunch.org/

yukonResearchers Warn Arctic Has Entered 'Unprecedented State' That Threatens Global Climate Stability

A new research paper by American and European climate scientists focusing on Arctic warming published Monday reveals that the rapidly warming air temperatures of the world's northern polar region are having—and will continue to have—massive and negative impacts across the globe. commondreams.org/
 

 THEORY 

le-penWhat is authoritarian populism and why should it be combatted?

Shawn Hattingh of Ilrig posits that to successfully fight and defeat the rise of authoritarian populist politics, a new system of direct democracy based around federated communes and workers’ co-operatives that produce to meet people’s needs has to be put in place. pambazuka.org/

megastreamAcademics can change the world – if they stop talking only to their peers

Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today’s public debates. theconversation.com/
 

 HISTORY

child-labourThe Invention of Capitalism: How a Self-Sufficient Peasantry was Whipped Into Industrial Wage Slaves

The transition to a capitalistic society did not happen naturally or smoothly. In order for capitalism to work, capitalists needed a pool of cheap, surplus labor. So what to do? Attack the peasantry for being lazy and force them into poverty! filmsforaction.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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