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e-News bulletin 11 December 2020

 

 

 

Workers at Truda foods locked in on-going labour dispute

Suspended Truda Foods workers in Komani (formerly Queenstown), Eastern Cape, say they have been asking for a meeting with the company CEO as the local managers do not listen to their grievances.
MZI VELAPI
                SOUTH AFRICA

Rural women take the Ingonyama Trust to court

Forced to sign lease agreements and pay rent for land they have been living on for years, residents have had enough and are taking the Ingonyama Trust to court.
CHRIS MAKHAYE | NEW FRAME

91 000 girls aged between 12 and 17 in SA ’married’

More than 91 000 girls, aged between 12 and 17, in South Africa were married in either customary or civil marriages, or divorced, separated, widowed or living with a partner, says Statistics South Africa.
IOL

Minimum wage should go up 4.5%, says Commission

Nine of the 12 members of the National Minimum Wage Commission have recommended a 4.5% increase to R21.68 an hour next year. The other 3, representing business, said the increase should be limited to the inflation rate.
JAMES STENT | GROUNDUP

Activists march to force signing of Copyright Amendment Bill

Access to information activists took to the streets on Thursday, 10 December to demand that the long-awaited for Copyright Amendment Bill be signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
LINDA DANIELS | DAILY MAVERICK

Who’s who in the funding zoo? Dismantling the cages of political party financing

The sooner we have complete transparency on political party funding the better. Until then we maintain a climate where corruption and patronage flourish.
THEMBA DLAMINI | DAILY MAVERICK
               INTERNATIONAL

Artists Against War

A Stop the War Online Xmas Fundraiser

Fri, 11 Dec 2020
9 – 10:30pm SAST



"Why are we living with the threat of world war? Russia, a nuclear power, is encircled by America and Europe; China, a nuclear power, is the brunt of unrelenting provocation.  Why do we in the West allow this? The answer lies in one word: propaganda. In the West, our propaganda industries - both political and cultural - rarely ask us to look in the mirror. Stop the War performs this vital task and deserves our support. Join me at Artists Against War on Friday." John Pilger
Disregard for black life through unjustified killings is not limited to the US, but happens around the world. Racism also shows itself through economic injustice, clearly shown in the disproportion of people of colour affected by Covid-19.
CHERISSE GASANA | INDUSTRIALL

The Slow-motion Assassination of Julian Assange - People of Conscience Must Stop It

Currently, there is an attempt using the machinery of the state to try and beat down a man in the darkness of Belmarsh prison and a British kangaroo court in London. Despite whatever charges Julian Assange may be accused of, it is well known that the WikiLeaks publisher was targeted for exposing the war crimes of the US government.
KIM PETERSEN | COUNTER CURRENTS

The Congo: Kabila And Tshisekedi, A Coalition In Peril

The deal between former President Joseph Kabila and his coalition, and current President Felix Tshisekedi and his coalition, has come to a predictable head. The country is in gridlock due to the internecine battles of the two coalition partners.
MAURICE CARNEY | FRIENDS OF THE CONGO

Pentagon to Biden: Latin America a major battlefield in war with China

Two reports in two weeks out of the US military, both making dire warnings of growing Chinese influence in the region. Together, they amount to a brief arguing that Washington must escalate its drive to assert imperialist hegemony over the lands to its south as part of its preparations for a global confrontation with China.
BILL VAN AUKEN | WSWS

How oil majors shift billions in profits to island tax havens

Shell and other oil majors are avoiding hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes in countries where they drill by shifting profits to thinly staffed insurance and finance affiliates based in tax havens,
TOM BERGIN, RON BOUSSO | REUTERS

Venezuela’s Legislative Elections

After Bolivia's vote to restore Morales's party, on December 6, it will be Venezuelan’s turn to challenge US hegemony by simply holding elections that the White House has been attempting to block for months.
CARLOS RON | VALDAI CLUB
The 2020 Credit Suisse Global Wealth report which has just been released. The report remains the most comprehensive and explanatory analysis of global wealth (not income) and of the inequality of personal wealth.
MICHAEL ROBERTS | CLIMATE AND CAPITALISM
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Auditor-General uncovers major problems with South Africa’s Covid-19 spending

The auditor general found that the IT systems, processes and controls used in government were not agile enough to respond to the changes required.
BUSINESS TECH

From Heroes to Zeroes: Nurses in New York Strike against Unsafe Conditions

More than 100 nurses from a New York hospital went on a two-day strike for safe staffing ratios and safe working conditions.
LUIGI MORRIS, B DAURELLE | LEFT VOICE

The Cambodian Garment Worker Imprisoned for Speaking Out

Soy Sros spent nearly two months in prison after criticizing her employer’s response to the pandemic. She has been released, but her imprisonment has had lasting effects on her health and her workplace.
KIM KELLY | DISSENT MAGAZINE

The COVID-19 pandemic and the global resurgence of class struggle

As the last month of 2020 begins, working class resistance is erupting throughout the world in opposition to the mercenary response of the ruling class to the COVID-19 pandemic, its concerted drive to intensify capitalist exploitation, and its evisceration of democratic rights.
KEITH JONES | WSWS
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Israel’s war on Palestinian children

What would you think of a regime that allows the shooting of children, that abducts them in their sleep and razes their schools? That’s exactly what you must think of the regime here in our country.
GIDEON LEVY | HAARETZ

It is Time for the ICC to Finally Open the Investigation on Israel, Palestine

The Prosecutor found that the standard of proof for the commission of war crimes was met, and that opening the investigation was appropriate and in the interest of justice; nevertheless, instead of proceeding, she sought confirmation on the scope of the Court’s territorial jurisdiction. Nearly a year later, victims are still waiting for that decision, and remain in limbo.
RAJI SOURANI | THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE

REVIEW
A Little Bit Nazi

In The Memory Monster, the Israeli writer Yishai Sarid paints a grim portrait of an Israeli scholar who makes his living leading tours of the hell of the concentration camps. Sarid forces us to question the complacency and moral blindness that accompanies the centrality of the Holocaust in Israeli life.
MITCHELL ABIDOR | JEWISH CURRENTS
ENVIRONMENT

LAUNCH | Rise Against Repression Tribute Wall

Making visible and honouring African environmental and land rights activists and communities on the frontlines of resistance.
Mam’Fikile Ntsangase. Ken Saro-Wiwa. Mama Nthuwa (Flower). Father Vincent Machozi. Sikhosiphi ‘Bazooka’ Rhadebe. The communities of Tete, Chiadzwa, North Mara and many, many more.

Another milestone as criminal charges proceed against coal polluter Eskom

The National Prosecuting Authority has resolved to proceed with the criminal prosecution of major polluter and state-owned entity, Eskom, for criminal violations of air pollution laws at its Kendal coal power station.
CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS

Meet Leydy Pech, the Mayan Woman Who Stopped Monsanto and Won the 'Nobel For the Environment'

Leydy Pech , an indigenous Mayan beekeeper, led a coalition that halted the planting of genetically modified soybeans by Monsanto in seven states across the country. [AI translated from Spanish]
MÉXICO DESCONOCIDO
NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Interview with Christian Fuchs: No peace to Marx in communication and information studies as long as capitalism is alive!

Fuchs is the author of Social Media: A Critical Introduction, Rereading Marx in the Age of Digital Capitalism and Digital Labour and Karl Marx.

DIYAR SARAÇOĞLU | SENDIKA.ORG

On Google And Intellectual Freedom

There’s a lot to unpack about Jeff Dean firing Timnit Gebru after what appears to have been a substantial amount of time trying to find excuses to push her out of Google Brain, and failing to do so because she was very annoyingly very good at her job.
ALI ALKHATIB, BLOG
ARTS

‘Brazil is a racist country, statistically’: Luedji Luna, the bold voice of Bahia

Amid hostile rhetoric from her president, the singer is trying to foreground community and love in her new, rapturously received album.
DOM PHILLIPS | THE GUARDIAN

Reissued Shihab album sets the record straight

Matsuli Music’s re-release of Ibrahim Khalil Shihab’s Spring, lost or miscredited for more than 50 years, rewrites the history of the music and the jazz artist’s legacy.
GWEN ANSELL | NEW FRAME

John Lennon and the Politics of the New Left

Forty years after his murder in New York City, we remember John Lennon’s record of political engagement as a champion of the anti-war movement and a self-styled “instinctive socialist” — which brought him into conflict with Richard Nixon and J. Edgar Hoover.
JON WIENER | JACOBIN

How John Coltrane Introduced the World to His Radical Sound in the Groundbreaking Recording of "My Favorite Things"

The song is accessible, a commercially successful hit, and it is also an experimental masterpiece. “My Favorite Things” may be the perfect introduction to Coltrane’s experimentalism.
JOSH JONES | OPEN CULTURE

HISTORY

Few people know of the turbulent life that van Heijenoort led. His fourth wife whom he married twice, shot him three times in the head before shooting herself dead. But From Frege to Gödel: A Source Book in Mathematical Logic, 1879-1931 remains an essential purchase for all serious students of logic.
RAY MONK | PROSPECT MAGAZINE

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