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e-News bulletin 4 December 2020

 


Go-Bet closure leaves 130 workers jobless

The union representing the Go-Bet workers says it wants the workers to be preferred creditors as the company still owes them their Covid relief money.
MZI VELAPI

 

Why Maradona will always remain our working class hero

From his roots in a Buenos Aires slum to his irreverence for FIFA and his support for socialist governments of Latin America, Maradona was an icon for the left.
MARTIN JANSEN
                SOUTH AFRICA
Women from informal settlements in Durban and surrounding areas did a 6pm Saturday until 6am Sunday protest to address gender-based violence.
SIZWE SIBIYA | SCROLLA

Coligny ‘sunflower’ case tells us white lives matter more than black lives in small-town South Africa

Last week the Supreme Court of Appeal reversed a decision of the High Court and acquitted two white farmers of the murder of 15-year-old Mathlomola Jonas Mosweu near the town of Coligny. The judges (in three separate judgments) all agreed that the police botched the investigation. But the judgment remained silent on the impact that racial attitudes in the town may have had on the way the matter played out.
PIERRE DE VOS | DAILY MAVERICK

The leopard cannot change it spots: Sanral’s is digging the grave of N2 Toll Road through Amadiba

The mandate of the 23 January imbizo is being betrayed by the Chief of Amadiba, Lunga Baleni. The imbizo told Sanral to stop all works with N2 until the communities have decided where they can put their N2 Wild Coast Toll Road. But the leopard could not change his spots. Chief Lunga Baleni, is also a director of the mining company looking to mine the land.
AMADIBA CRISIS COMMITTEE

Ndabeni-Abrahams not doing a 'Stella' job at SABC, say MPs during debate

The blame game and political point scoring over the jobs crisis at the SABC continued in the National Assembly on Tuesday when MPs debated the temporarily suspended retrenchments at the public broadcaster.
THABO MOKONE | TIMES LIVE

Paulo Freire and popular struggle in South Africa

The Brazilian educator’s ideas influenced the Black Consciousness Movement and wider struggles against apartheid. For trade unions and grassroot campaigns, they remain important today.
ZAMALOTSHWA SEFATSA | NEW FRAME
               INTERNATIONAL

Iran In The Crosshairs

While it is not socialist, Iran can be considered one of the principle anti-imperialist nations in the world, along with Cuba, Venezuela, Belarus and North Korea. Because of its anti-imperialism, the U.S. has reserved the full force of its wrath for Iran.
ERIC WALBERG | COVERT ACTION MAGAZINE
On Wednesday 25 November, five strikes broke out in the Iranian oil sector. This is a part of a continuing strike wave, which in October saw the largest number of strikes since the Iranian revolution of 1979.
ESAIAS YAVARI | IN DEFENCE OF MARXISM

Greek General Strike Against Attacks On Right To Demonstrate

Tens of thousands of public sector workers and employees in Greece also went on a nationwide 24-hour general strike. They were protesting against the devastating coronavirus policies and demanded the confiscation of private hospitals.
KATERINA SELIN | WSWS

Demonstrators Rally Against French Security Bill In Paris

French parliament late on Tuesday passed a bill on global security, criminalising the publication of images of police officers online. French police on Saturday deployed tear gas against demonstrators at a Paris rally against the 'Global Security' bill in France.
MAXIM MINYAEV, HENRY BATYAEV | SPUTNIK NEWS

Jeff Bezos’s company has made vast profits, but at a huge cost to workers and the planet. #MakeAmazonPay says: enough
CASPER GELDERBLOM | THE GUARDIAN

Racism in universities is a systemic problem, not a series of incidents

To combat racism, universities need to stop focusing on incidents and overhaul the structures that perpetuate them.
KEHINDE ANDREWS | THE GUARDIAN

On Thursday over 200 million workers held a one day general strike in India. They were joined by farmers in mass actions across the country against the right-wing government of Narendra Modi.
MARIA AURELIO | LEFT VOICE

“This Is a Revolution, Sir”

Workers in India last week launched a general strike that brought out an estimated 250 million people, arguably the largest in human history. Now, they’re joining hands with farmers to protest Narendra Modi’s pro-corporate, far-right agenda.
THOMAS CROWLEY | JACOBIN MAG

Top-secret testimonies implicate Rwanda’s president in war crimes

For years, UN investigators secretly compiled evidence that implicated Rwandan President Paul Kagame and other high-level officials in mass killings before, during and after the 1994 Rwandan genocide.
JUDI REVER, BENEDICT MORAN | M&G

Impunity, chaos and poor accountability costs lives in the Zimbabwean gold mining sector

On November 15, artisanal miners were buried alive in mine shafts by a Chinese company which was sub-contracted by a Belarusian mining company at Premier Estates on the outskirts of Mutare.
SIMISO MIEVU | CNRG

PODCAST

Nigerians Reject US Imperialism With #EndSARS Protests

Abiodun Aremu is secretary of the Joint Action Front, a coalition of Nigerian pro-labor civil society organizations. He joins Jacqueline Luqman from Lagos, Nigeria, to explain how #EndSARS is a rejection of neoliberalism, militarism, and the bloody history of U.S. imperialism and European colonization.
THE REAL NEWS

Left Advances in Brazil Bring Repression and Dirty Tricks

The movement to defeat Brazil’s right-wing authoritarian President Jair Bolsonaro made significant advances in the first round of recent local elections. 
AARON AMARAL, ALDO SAUDA | NEW POLITICS

Venezuela Calls On UNSC To Reject Unilateral Sanctions

Speaking at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday, Venezuela's Ambassador Samuel Moncada proposed the formation of an "International Alliance Against Unilateral Coercive Measures" to halt the crimes against humanity committed by the U.S. government.
TELESUR ENGLISH

PODCAST

Upcoming Venezuelan Election Is Another Rejection Of US Imperialism

On December 6, Venezuelans will vote for a new National Assembly. Just as it has done for the past twenty years, the United States is interfering in the election process and has already falsely claimed the elections are rigged.
MARAGRET FLOWERS | CLEARING THE FOG
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

COVID-19 Economy: A Deliberate Disaster

With nearly 12 million cases and a quarter million deaths in the US so far (over 55 million cases and 1.3 million deaths world-wide), the COVID 19 pandemic is ravaging civilization. The disease is on track to be the deadliest epidemic since 1918.
BRUCE LESNICK | COUNTERPUNCH
               OPINION

A Global Police State Is Emerging as World Capitalism Descends Into Crisis

The unprecedented concentration of capital at the global level has cemented the financial power of a transnational corporate elite that uses its economic power to wield political influence and control states.
WILLIAM ROBINSON | TRUTHOUT

The planet cannot begin to heal until we rip the mask off the West’s war machine

Making political sense of the world can be tricky unless one understands the role of the state in capitalist societies.
JONATHAN COOKE

Establishment journalists are piling on to smear Robert Fisk now he cannot answer back

Many of the crowd attacking Fisk when he can no longer defend himself are precisely the journalists who have the worst record of journalistic malpractice and on some of the biggest issues of our times, like Syria and the ouster of Evo Morales in Bolivia.
JONATHAN COOKE

Dispel the myth of a black African

From deep in the archive, a debate on who is a real African was had where the protagonists were President Thabo Mbeki, Max du Preez and the Mda sisters. Harvey weighs in on the debate that are "steeped in abstract and esoteric terms about African culture as if these magically, a priori, confer an African identity on some and not on others".
EBRAHIM HARVEY | M&G
               ISRAEL PALESTINE
Why does the West continue to use the two-state solution as its political parameter for a resolution to the Israeli occupation of Palestine while, at the same time, failing to take any meaningful measure to ensure its implementation?
RAMZY BAROUD | MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Israel Is (Again) Pushing For War On Iran

There is a campaign to push U.S. president Donald Trump into attacking Iran before he leaves office. It is likely that Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahoo, with the help of Secretary of State Mike Pompous, is the brain behind it.
MOON OF ALABAMA

Israeli blockade Has Cost Gaza $16.7 Billion

Israel's blockade of the Gaza Strip cost the Palestinian enclave's economy an estimated $16.7 billion in just over a decade, the United Nations said Wednesday.
THE NEW ARAB
ENVIRONMENT
An Eskom investigator found that exceedances of particulate matter atmospheric emissions of up to 10 times the allowable limit occurred consistently for extended periods over the past two years at Kendal Power Station.
CHRIS YELLAND | DAILY MAVERICK
More than 100 disasters have affected more than 50 million people around the world since March. Though the money needed to protect against these disasters in the countries at risk exists, it’s not getting to those who need it most.
JARIEL ARVIN | VOX
Singapore’s approval of chicken cells grown in bioreactors is seen as landmark moment across the meat industry.
DAMIAN CARRINGTON | THE GUARDIAN
New Zealand has declared a climate change emergency and committed to a carbon-neutral government by 2025, in what the prime minister Jacinda Ardern called “one of the greatest challenges of our time”.
PHIL TAYLOR | THE GUARDIAN
CHANGING FORMS OF LABOUR
The framework will enable a company to monitor and assess the return on its investments in its employees – in the same way as it measures returns on financial and intellectual capital [1.4MB pdf].
WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
This briefing paper aims to provide an overview of a) public sector salaries in the context of austerity with a focus on marginalised public sector workers and b) the trends of strike action over the last eighteen years and what we can learn from them [1.6MB pdf].
EDDIE COTTLE
RE-MEMBER

Football was only part of it: Diego Maradona transcended sport

Proud, defiant, political. To the world’s neglected and marginalised, he was a figure of hope.
UKI GONI | THE GUARDIAN

Engels Against Reformism in Germany and France

Friedrich Engels was born 200 years ago. Modern reformists like to cite Engels as an authority. But until his very last day, Engels fought against reformist ideas and for revolutionary principles.
DOUG GREENE | LEFT VOICE

Delving into the origins of Afrikaans

the oldest surviving Afrikaans document is an “Arabic-Afrikaans” Islamic scripture dated 1869, circulated at Bo-Kaap mosques. It was written by Abu Bakr Effendi, an Ottoman Sheikh ordered to Cape Town by British Colonial authorities to teach the Muslim community.
BIENNE HUISMAN | DAILY MAVERICK
 
 
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