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e-News bulletin 24 April 2020

 

 

 


Homes destroyed in Makhaza by law enforcement

Backyarders from Makhaza who occupied land near Empolweni were evicted and their houses demolished by law enforcement.

Wastepickers say they are neglected and go hungry because of lockdown

Wastepickers are one group of informal economy workers who have been hit hardest by the lockdown and lack of planning by government to provide relief for the poor in South Africa.

Wastepickers

Elitsha interviews wastepickers in Khayelitsha. They speak about the hardship of the work, compounded under conditions of the Covid-19 lockdown, and the pain of not having their work recognised by the municipality.
                SOUTH AFRICA

Ramaphosa mobilises SANDF in one of the country's biggest deployments in history

President Cyril Ramaphosa has informed Parliament he had authorised the deployment of an additional 73 180 members of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) to assist the police in battling the spread of Covid-19.
PIETER DU TOIT | NEWS24

Where Lockdown meets Crackdown – government action is a velvet glove slipped onto an iron fist

I witnessed Red Ants work a man over with a crowbar. An elderly man was shot point-blank in the neck by the cops, the rubber bullet lodging in the flesh above his collar. Red Ants destroyed another man’s house, took his phone, his stove, his furniture. They showed him no paperwork. There was no explanation. Why would they need to explain anything, anyway?
RICHARD POPLAK | DAILY MAVERICK
Almost 575 shacks and at least a dozen brick and mortar structures housing an estimated 1,000 men, women and children in settlements south of Johannesburg have been violently demolished and allegedly looted over two days by the Red Ants.
DIANA NEILLE | DAILY MAVERICK
Hundreds of Red Ants descended on Kokotela to execute an eviction order obtained by the City of Johannesburg, which says it is clamping down on illegal land invasion.
NTWAAGAE SELEKE | BUSINESS MAVERICK

KwaZulu-Natal’s elderly go hungry

As the lockdown enters its fourth week, communities struggle to feed their families. With grant payments set to be delayed, many fear starvation at home and chaos in the queues.
AMANDA KHOZA | NEW FRAME

‘Cash and food – not more soldiers’

The mobilisation of 73,000 additional South African National Defence Force personnel signals that the state has abandoned its attempts to enlist the country’s support for measures to contain the spread of the virus, and elected to do so by force, rather than through social solidarity and social justice.
RUTH HALL | DAILY MAVERICK,

‘Cash and food – not more soldiers’

The mobilisation of 73,000 additional South African National Defence Force personnel signals that the state has abandoned its attempts to enlist the country’s support for measures to contain the spread of the virus, and elected to do so by force, rather than through social solidarity and social justice.
RUTH HALL | DAILY MAVERICK,

We refuse to celebrate our hardship and your relief

Nearly one month into South Africa’s lockdown, the vast majority in society faces tremendous suffering and hardship. We have no income, we are scrounging for food, we are harassed by the police and SANDF, we are subjected to violence in the home. And only now the government responds with a social and economic policy.
CRY OF THE XCLUDED PRESS STATEMENT,

The locomotive of history steams on – will there be blood on the tracks After Corona?

We have heard it before: ‘The world has changed forever.’ We heard it after 9/11, after the fall of the Berlin Wall. But the more things change, it seems, the more they stay the same. This time it’s different. Future histories may well be written as ‘BC and AC’: Before Corona and After Corona.
BRYAN ROSTRON | DAILY MAVERICK
As the government grapples with finalising a plan to feed a growing number of desperately hungry people amid the Covid-19 national lockdown, shelters say they are seeing starving people who have not eaten for up to a week.
SUNDAY TIMES
Reports commissioned by the South African Human Rights Commission into the conditions of the City of Cape Town’s temporary Covid-19 homeless site in Strandfontein have recommended the facility be shut down.
LESTER KIEWIET | M&G

Why we’ll never see ‘harsh action’ for food parcel corruption

President Cyril Ramaphosa has vowed to deal “harshly” with those found to be involved in corruption in the distribution of food parcels meant for the poor during the ongoing lockdown. His statements amplify just how impotent Ramaphosa is in the face of his party’s corruption, and how he cannot survive politically without allowing it to continue.
JUSTICE MALALA | FINANCIAL MAIL

Toward a risk-based strategy for managing the COVID-19 epidemic: A modelling analysis

This paper examines South Africa’s strategic options for addressing the COVID-19 epidemic. Given the protracted nature of the risk posed by the epidemic, this paper seeks to address the need to identify a pathway forward that matches the health prevention approach with the maintenance of a viable economy.
ALEX VAN DEN HEEVER | DAILY MAVERICK

Why South Africa needs basic income support now

We were in serious economic trouble before Covid-19. Now, households are running out of food. Children who were fed at school are now at home and need to eat.
LYNETTE MAART | GROUNDUP

A Universal Basic Income Is Essential And Will Work

A central bank-financed UBI can fill the debt gap, providing a vital safety net while preventing cyclical recessions.
ELLEN BROWN | WEB OF DEBT BLOG

The never-ending nightmare of going to the toilet in Burundi settlement

Most of the communal toilets in parts of Burundi informal settlement in Mfuleni, Cape Town, are blocked and filthy, leaving hundreds of shack dwellers to use three toilets.
VINCENT LALI | GROUNDUP

Village Main Reef to lay off 6,000 gold miners, says NUM

A troubled Chinese-owned gold producer in SA has signalled it might retrench thousands of workers.
ED STODDARD | DAILY MAVERICK

South Africa needs a post-lockdown strategy that emulates South Korea

We argue that South Africa needs to urgently prioritise its mass testing and contact tracing capacity, which gives it the best chance of saving the nation’s health and economy.
8 WITS UNIVERSITY ACADEMICS | THE CONVERSATION
           INTERNATIONAL

Ghana: President Akufo-Addo Announces Free Water, Electricity

Ghana's president has earned praise from the African community on social media following his announcement that his government will foot the water and water bills of all Ghanaians for the months of April, May and June.
NAHASON MUSUNGU | NAIROBI NEWS

Dozens Of Strikes Say, ‘No Safety, No Work!’

As the death toll climbs, workers deemed “essential” have staged at least 75 walkouts, sickouts, sit-ins and, most recently, car and social-distance pickets.  beverage bottling, nursing home care and more.
MARTHA GRAVEVATT | WORKERS WORLD

‘This Many Strikes Says That Something Fundamentally Is Changing in the Country’

CounterSpin interview with Mike Elk, a senior labor reporter on frontline labor action.
JANINE JACKSON | FAIR

The End of Public Education with Noliwe Rooks

America’s public education system, under successive administrations, continues to be segregated along racial lines, and what is taught often shaped by business goals and ideas. Chris Hedges interviews Noliwe Rooks on the threats to public education in the U.S.

Pandemic And Economic Crisis In Latin America

The coronavirus pandemic is the catalyst that just pushed the economy into a global recession. The capitalist crisis that has shaken the foundations of the world since 2008 is on its way to becoming the most acute, in historical terms. Before the onset of the pandemic, the world economy was so fragile that any accident could have pushed it toward the precipice. The coronavirus gave it that final push.
REVISTA EL PORTENO (CHILE) - CORRIENTE SOCIALISTA MILITANTE (ARGENTINA)

A Simple Democratic Transition Framework For Venezuela: End All Sanctions

On March 31, the US Secretary of State issued a press statement proposing a “pathway” by which all Venezuelans would live happily ever after. Mike Pompeo “call[s] on all Venezuelans to consider this framework carefully and seriously.” Seriously?
NINO PAGLICCIA | ONE WORLD PRESS

US ‘Plunders’ $342 Million Of Venezuelan Funds

The money has been transferred from a Venezuelan Central Bank account at Citibank to an account at the US Federal Reserve.
PAUL DOBSON | VENEZUELA ANALYSIS

As One Of Largest Bailouts In History Looms, 'Crisis Ridden' Corporations Reap Record Profits

Once again it appears that big business will get bailed out while the American people get sold out.
ALAN MACLEOD | MINTPRESS NEWS

Billionaire Taxes Decreased By 79% Since 1980

As we emerge from this pandemic, substantial tax increases are inevitable. Central to the program should be a tax that limits the hoarding of wealth by the billionaire class.
BOB LORD, CHUCK COLLINS | INEQUALITY.ORG
A shocking investigation from Clean Clothes Campaign and Germany based Bread for the World reveals that around 120,000 labourers across Europe are being forced to work in high risk environments in spite of workplace closures globally.
CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN

We Need Solidarity, Not Sanctions

According to the United Nations Charter, only the Security Council may impose sanctions. No individual nation may do so. Nevertheless, the United States currently imposes economic sanctions on 28 countries.
JOHN SCALES AVERY | TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE

Denmark and Poland are refusing to bail out companies registered in offshore tax havens

Governments around the world are scrambling to bail out their economies with huge stimulus packages amid the coronavirus crisis. Denmark and Poland are the first to exclude firms that incorporate themselves in famous tax havens, meaning they can avoid domestic business taxes.
BILL BOSTOCK | BUSINESS INSIDER

COVID-19: The Symptom Of The Capitalist Disease

The global capitalist system has produced fabulous wealth and so-called “development” for a handful of nations and their citizens along with degrading and dehumanizing poverty, violence and war on the vast majority of humanity. 
BLACK ALLIANCE FOR PEACE

COVID-19 Will Double Number Of People Facing Food Crises

The COVID-19 pandemic could almost double the number of people suffering acute hunger, pushing it to more than a quarter of a billion by the end of 2020, the United Nations World Food Programme warned today as it and other partners released a new report on food crises around the world.
WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME

Could COVID-19 Spell The End Of The Fracking Industry?

It has always been known that the oil and gas industry only survives by way of debt financing. Fracking is capital intensive, and very few companies involved ever actually even turn a profit in excess of the cost of capital.
DAHR JAMAIL | TRUTHOUT

The dangers of ending the lockdown

The rich want to end the lockdown. But before any government does this we need mass testing, proper equipment for essential workers and real protections for the most vulnerable.
JONATHAN NEALE | THE LEFT BERLIN

What will the world be like after coronavirus? Four possible futures

There are a number of possible futures, all dependent on how governments and society respond to coronavirus and its economic aftermath. Hopefully we will use this crisis to rebuild, produce something better and more humane. But we may slide into something worse.
SIMON MAIR | THE CONVERSATION

COVID-19 Is Bringing Us Into A Hyper-Surveilled, Highly Policed Fascist Dystopia

Numerous governments have exploited the virus to take away a staggeringly long list of freedoms, one that grows by the week. Covid-19 is going to cause societal disruptions for years.
RAINER SHEA BLOG
               PALESTINE / ISRAEL

Viral Occupation

As people live in fear and uncertainty of the unfolding crisis’ impact, governments and corporate capital are seizing the opportunity to tighten their control and generate profit.
WHO PROFITS

“Between the rock of the occupation and the hammer of coronavirus”

Though the COVID crisis may be an “exceptional” moment in recent world history, the conditions to which Palestinians are subjected reminds us that the Nakba is not a fact of the past, but is ongoing.
G.N. NITHYA | SOCIALIST PROJECT

Pandemic Lays Bare Israel’s Systemic Racism

In the aftermath of Israel’s 2002 invasion of the West Bank, a number of things became “normal:” nightly Israeli raids, endless Israeli blockades, radical restrictions on movement due to “security” and the demolition of homes with barely a protest. My fear is that once this coronavirus threat passes, some measures will also be normalized this time.
GDIANA BUTTU | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

US And Israel Team Up To Thwart War Crimes Probes

The US secretary of state’s threats to sanction two employees working for the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and their families last month may have been the opening salvoes of a new US-Israel war against the justice body in The Hague.
MAUREEN CLARE MURPHY | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
               NEW TECHNOLOGIES, NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

Whole Foods is reportedly using a heat map to track stores at risk of unionization

Amazon-owned Whole Foods is quietly tracking its employees with a heat map tool that ranks which stores are most at risk of unionizing
JAY PETERS | THE VERGE
               THEORY

Why Worker Writing Matters

it might be difficult to see how capitalism relies on our labour. Yet, without us working, capitalism as a system would shut down. For example, we can see this playing out for the moment during the COVID-19 crisis. As more of us are forced to work from home or are unable to work because of closures, the world economy is slowly grinding to a halt.
NOTES FROM BELOW

Lenin’s legacy at 150: Working class leadership in the fight for democracy

The world is a better place because of V. I. Lenin. An outstanding 20th-century working-class leader and revolutionary, he helped change history. The revolution in St. Petersburg, which Lenin helped lead in 1917, opened the door to a new era.
JOE SIMS | PEOPLES WORLD
 
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