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e-News bulletin 8 May 2020

 

Empolweni residents rebuild their houses and lives

49 of the approximately 170 families forcibly removed from Empolweni informal settlement have re-built their homes, thanks to a court ordering their return.

Queues at Khayelitsha Mall get worse

The long queues at Khayelitsha Mall were especially long and winding this week as the coronavirus temporarily closed two other retail centres in the biggest township in the Western Cape.

                SOUTH AFRICA

Labour Court orders DMRE to gazette Covid-19 guidelines for the mining industry

Amcu won a major victory on Workers Day no less when the Labour Court ordered that the Chief Inspector of Mines must by 18 May gazette minimum guidelines for mining companies on managing the Covid-19 pandemic under the terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act.
ED STODDARD | BUSINESS MAVERICK

Covid-19: Emergency workers resort to making their own protective equipment

Emergency Medical Service workers in Khayelitsha resorted to using plastic sheets, duct tape and bed covers to protect themselves while transporting patients at the weekend.
LALI, MAREGELE | GROUNDUP

4km queue as people line up for food

Drone footage showing the thousands of people standing in a queue that stretched for 4km in Centurion, Gauteng.
RTE

As World Bank learnt valuable health lessons from Cuba, so too can SA

The current debate on the medical role and cost of the Cuban Health Brigade in combating the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines of inequality in our society and also the limits of our consciousness on social solidarity.
ROBERT VAN NIEKERK | IOL
           INTERNATIONAL

This State in India Shows Us Why Fighting COVID-19 Requires Working-Class Power

Kerala’s approach to pandemic relief offers valuable lessons not only for India but also — perhaps especially — for advanced capitalist countries which have been hit the hardest by the outbreak.
SAMANTHA AGARWAL | TRUTHOUT
Movements have been: pushing states to take action, fighting for the needs of marginalised groups, developing mutual aid, organising strikes and rent strikes – and fighting for a better world afterwards. This stuff matters!
INTERFACE JOURNAL

Freedom Rider: Fighting COVID-19 with Mass Action and a People’s Strike.

The people’s mass fightback against the system that failed to protect them from the coronavirus and corporate predators begins May 1.
MARGARET KIMBERLEY | BLACK AGENDA REPORT

Armed Right-Wing Protesters Are Extending The Economic Lockdown, Demonstrating White Privilege

As a white man watching the Michigan protests of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders, all I could think was: Black people don’t get to do this Muslims don’t get to do this. Latinos don’t get to do this. People who don’t look like this don’t get to do this.
JOHN PAVLOVITZ | STUFF THAT NEEDS TO BE SAID

In the pandemic, “illegal” workers are now deemed “essential” by the federal government. The best way to guarantee food security in the future is to legalize migrant workers in order to keep them in the U.S., and to offer a pathway to legalization as an incentive for new agricultural workers to come.
ALFREDO CORCHADO | NEW YORK TIMES

Imported by the rich, coronavirus now devastating Brazil's poor

Public health data for the cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza show a shift in recent weeks from the wealthy boroughs that seeded the outbreak to the gritty urban outskirts.
SLATTERY, EISENHAMMER, PEROBELLI | REUTERS

COVID-19 Will Kill More People Worldwide Due To Water Shortages

Experts have been consistent in telling the public that one of the best means to stop the spread of the coronavirus is the practice of good hygiene. But how can you abide by these instructions when you do not have access to clean water?
LUIS CEJA | TRUTHOUT

Military Spending In 2019 Hits Highest Increase In A Decade

Earlier this week a new analysis was reported showing the world’s military spent a combined $1.9 trillion last year with the U.S. being the top spenders.
MARLEE KOKOTOVIC | NATION OF CHANGE

Bay of Pigs Type Terrorist Assault Neutralized By Venezuela

Venezuelan Minister of the Interior, Nestor Reverol, made public this Sunday the dismantling of a terrorist assault by sea, originating in Colombia, and aiming to disembark on the coasts of the state of La Guaira.

Defeat Of A Dirty Military Incursion Into Venezuela

Despite the global pandemic, the old playbook of the CIA and the Trump administration with their dirty coups remains operational.
PRASAD, ESTRADA, MALDANADO | PEOPLE'S DISPATCH
               OPINION

The Corporate-Dominated World Faces Not One, But Three Pandemics

The first is the Coronavirus Pandemic. The second is the Hunger Pandemic. The third is the Pandemic of Destruction of Livelihoods.
VANDANA SHIVA | COMMON DREAMS

It Takes a Revolution to Make a Solution: The Nineteenth Newsletter (2020)

There is a bloodless quality to the way that we talk about the debt of the poorer nations. There is nothing poetic here. The numbers are alienating, their outcome shocking.
VIJAY PRASHAD | TRICONTINENTAL: INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Coronavirus Decade: Post-Capitalist Nightmare Or Socialist Awakening?

An epistemic break has occurred, a rupture in the seemingly entrenched mechanisms of neoliberalism. Tech giants offer a new dystopia in the wake of the pandemic. Socialism presents a hopeful alternative. Which post-capitalist world will emerge?
NEIL VALLELLY | ROAR MAGAZINE

The Dangers Of COVID-19 Surveillance Proposals To The Future Of Protest

Many of the new surveillance powers now sought by governments worldwide threaten freedom of speech. People will be chilled and deterred from speaking out if they fear scrutiny from cameras, drones, face recognition, thermal imaging, and location trackers. It is all too easy for governments to redeploy the infrastructure of surveillance from pandemic containment to political spying.
MATTHEW GUARIGLIA | EFF.ORG

The impact of coronavirus could compare to the Great Depression

And a corresponding rise in nationalism and xenophobia may follow, just as it did in the 1930s.
WILLIAM GUMEDE | AL JAZEERA

The Covid-19 recession: lessons from past severe recessions

The covid-19 pandemic could lead to the most severe recession since World War II. This contribution discusses the mistakes made and what can be learned from severe recessions in the past.
HANSJORG HERR | GLOBAL LABOUR UNIVERSITY

Coronavirus: Scientific Realities vs. Economic Fallacies

The issue of when and how life, and most of all, the economy will be able to return to “normal” is becoming more serious. The plans and proposals on how this can be done, range from the outright genocidal to the seemingly scientific and humane.
GEORGI MARINOV | LEFT EAST

Beneath conspiracy theories, the class war

The danger of conspiracy theories is their ability to breed apathy and resignation, offering an easy narrative that makes people susceptible to influence and limits social change. There is another way.
ARAGON ELOFF | NEW FRAME

The Black Death Killed Feudalism. What Does COVID-19 Mean For Capitalism?

The Black Death depopulated Europe, killing as much as 60 percent of the population in the middle of the fourteenth century. By carrying off so many peasants, the Black Death made a major contribution to eroding the foundations of the dominant economic system of the time.
JOHN FEFFER | FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS

Coronavirus and ‘race’ – Why the one’s most harshly affected by COVID-19 worldwide are disproportionately Black and Brown

For all their obvious differences in the record of the pandemic, there is one thing all countries have in common: the global Corona-pandemic hit immigrant populations, the poor, and Black and Brown people the hardest.
MAHENDRAN, MUNA, MENDIVIL | KARIBU

 
               PALESTINE / ISRAEL

UK Supreme Court Boosts BDS

The UK’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign won what it said was a historic legal victory for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on Wednesday. BDS campaigners celebrated as the Supreme Court in London struck out an anti-divestment rule imposed by the government in 2016.
ASA WINSTANLEY | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
               NEW TECHNOLOGIES, NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

[PODCAST] 4IR, artificial intelligence and its impact on white collar work in South Africa

Caledon FM radio show on the pitfalls of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, one disappointing fact being that the jobs, which have traditionally allowed people entry into the middle class, are now disappearing.
RESEARCH ICT AFRICA
               CULTURE

HACKITAT - trailer

This documentary takes a look at hacking in the place where technology and activists meet. Where the need to circumvent state surveillance and surveillance capitalism is grave. Where people see an unfair system in society and find a way to hack it. This is the true hacker habitat.
RåFILM

Film Review:

‘Planet Of Humans’ Misplaces The Blame On Population Growth

This is a very effective but flawed film, combining a biting critique of “green” capital-driven renewable energy creation and big capital influence on the agendas of major U.S. environmental groups with a Malthusian message.
DAVID SCHWARTZMAN | POPULAR RESISTANCE

Planet Of The Humans’ – Transition To Solar And Wind

The film is controversial because it makes two big claims: first, that renewable energy is a sham; second, that big environmental organizations—by promoting solar and wind power—have sold their souls to billionaire investors.
RICHARD HEINBERG | POST CARBON INSTITUTE
 
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