e-News bulletin 10 May 2019

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E-NEWS BULLETIN 10 May 2019  Links to present possibilities

 SOUTH AFRICA 

time-coverSA hangs its head in shame as Time magazine highlights inequality

A picture depicting the chasm between the country's rich and poor made the cover of Time magazine and the fact we live with every day of our South African lives comes out like a shameful secret. timeslive.co.za/

farmworkers-strikeFarmworkers in Grabouw strike for R250 daily wage

The workers at Oak Valley Farm are also demanding an end to labour brokering and that the hostels, where they say only African and not Coloured workers are housed on the farm, be converted into family units. wwmp.org.za/

floydWhatsApps expose Floyd Shivambu and the ‘red boys’

A series of cryptic messages add further weight to claims that the EFF deputy president used his political profile for financial gain. dailymaverick.co.za/
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 INTERNATIONAL 

world-spendGlobal military spending tops $1.8 trillion, highest on record

The US will spend $7 trillion on its military over the next decade, equivalent to the amount which will be spent on education, infrastructure and public health programs combined. wsws.org/

firefighterFirefighters protest prison for rescuing refugees

UK firefighters will protest outside the Italian embassy in London today, on Europe Day, in support of a Spanish firefighter facing prison for rescuing refugees. fbu.org.uk/

h&mWill H&M shareholders take the opportunity to lift workers out of poverty?

The shareholder proposal submitted by Clean Clothes Campaign calls for all the profits made by H&M in 2018 to go into a special living wage fund. textiletoday.com.bd/

Namibia has the most free press in southern Africa

Namibia has reclaimed its spot as the country in Africa with the highest press freedom ranking - a position it held in 2017 as well. While number one in Africa, the sub-Saharan country ranks at 23 globally. frayintermedia.com

dutch-indonesiaDutch Memorial Day: Maintaining colonial innocence by excluding people of color

Colonial thinking as a form of racial supremacy is never far away in the Netherlands. On a day that commemorates civilian casualties of war, Indonesian civilian casualties were not commemorated because they had no citizenship under colonial rule. theconversation.com
 

 ISRAEL-PALESTINE 

gaza-rubbleIsrael's siege of Gaza: When does it become a genocide?

No matter how much Zionists attempt to manipulate our stories, we must not let them blame Hamas for Israel’s "genocidal intent". The perpetrator is Israel. middleeasteye.net/

 

 LABOUR 

orange-tmFrench telecom giant Orange on trial over staff suicides

The toll is shocking: 19 suicides, 12 suicide attempts and eight cases of serious depression among employees over a three-year span at France’s main telephone and internet company. Its management is accused of emotional harassment. o.canada.com/

uber-lyft-driversThe Ride-Hail Strike Got Just Enough Attention to Terrify Uber

It was likely the largest-ever gig worker protest to date—and politicians noticed. slate.com/

Australia joins global Uber outcry

Global protests against ride share giant Uber have been held in Australia, where drivers are calling for government intervention to ensure fair pay and better conditions. 9news.com.au/


fancy-s-babyA Sex Workers Union Is Organizing Against Instagram Discrimination

The Adult Performers Actors Guild is standing up for sex workers who are tired of being banned from Instagram with no explanation. vice.com/

 NEW TECHNOLOGIES 

Alexa has been eavesdropping on you this whole time

Amazon has been eavesdropping on with its assistant Alexa in microphone-equipped Echo speakers. And it’s hardly alone: Bugging our homes is Silicon Valley’s next frontier. washingtonpost.com/

word-cloudBig Tech and the Rise of Surveillance Capitalism

Smart phones, smart TVs, tablets and soon even smart homes, are invading every last nook and cranny of our individual and collective privacy. The very thing that was suppose to set us free and serve us, as internet creator Tim Berners Lee had hoped, has now evolved as Lee said “into an engine of inequity and division'. counterpunch.org/
 

 ENVIRONMENT 

nomvula-mokonyaneCourt bid to halt environment minister’s doubling of sulphur dioxide emission

Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane is facing court action after her department doubled the amount of toxic sulphur dioxide that industry can pump into the air from coal boilers. dailymaverick.co.za/

wwf-parisLoss of biodiversity is just as catastrophic as climate change

The world needs to recognise that loss of biodiversity and human-induced climate change are not only environmental issues, but development, economic, social, security, equity and moral issues as well. theguardian.com/

forest-clearance-indonesiaHuman society under urgent threat from loss of Earth's natural life

Human society is in jeopardy from the accelerating decline of the Earth’s natural life-support systems, the world’s leading scientists have warned, as they announced the results of the most thorough planetary health check ever undertaken. theguardian.com/

arctic-councilU.S. Pressure Blocks Declaration on Climate Change at Arctic Talks

The Arctic Council issued a short joint statement on Tuesday that excluded any mention of climate change. It was the first time since its formation in 1996 that the council had been unable to issue a joint declaration spelling out its priorities. nytimes.com/


Climate Change -The Facts (BBC)

After one of the hottest years on record, Sir David Attenborough looks at the science of climate change and potential solutions to this global threat. Interviews with some of the world’s leading climate scientists explore recent extreme weather conditions such as unprecedented storms and catastrophic wildfires. They also reveal what dangerous levels of climate change could mean for both human populations and the natural world in the future.
 
 
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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.