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e-News bulletin 18 December 2020

 

This is our final edition for 2020, a bumper edition of the best local and international articles. Happy reading and invite your friends and comrades to subscribe via our website wwmp.org.za (on the left hand side).

If possible, then enjoy a happy festive season and break. Stay safe, stay healthy!

Aluta Continua!

No water for rural poor in a time of pandemic

Covid-19 and the lockdown has exacerbated poverty and inequalities in the rural areas of South Africa.
LILITA GCWABE

                SOUTH AFRICA

Public sector unions ‘shocked and angry’ after wage bill court loss

Salary hikes would not be ‘just and equitable’, and could imperil social grants and health-care funding, the Labour Court in effect said as it threw out an application by unions to force the government to pay their 2020 wage increases.
BUSINESS LIVE

Early Christmas gift for Tito Mboweni as court shoots down wage increases for public servants

The Labour Appeal Court has ruled that the last leg of the 2018 wage agreement, which proposes inflation-busting salary increases for 1.2 million public servants, is unlawful and contradicts the Constitution.
RAY MAHLAKA | DAILY MAVERICK

Why are established trade unions comfortable with the status quo and threatened by the rise of Saftu?

Frustrating as this may sound, it is the duty of the progressive forces to find common ground with all workers, including rank-and-file whites in Fedusa and those in Cosatu whose leaders have been captured to defend the status quo.
ZWELINZIMA VAVI | DAILY MAVERICK
The intersection of the second wave of Covid-19 infections with the festive season poses real risks for society – risks that the government seems unable or unwilling to address.
NEW FRAME

Scientists call for Mogoeng’s impeachment over vaccine conspiracy

The judge president argued that he has freedom of speech to say what he did about the devil and vaccines. But he above all people knows this right doesn’t exist in a vacuum.
ROB ROSE | BUSINESS LIVE
               INTERNATIONAL

 

Empire Files: Myth And Fact In Venezuela's Latest Election

We've all heard the same things about Venezuela coming from every corporate news outlet. Venezuela's a dictatorship and Maduro is a dangerous tyrant further consolidating power though fraudulent elections. Weirdly enough, not many dictatorships have elections, certainly not over 20 in the last 20 years like Venezuela has.
ABBY MARTIN | EMPIRE FILES

Wrecking The Left

Chris Hedges talks to journalist Diana Johnstone about the betrayal of the left with its historical role as the champion of social justice and peace now replaced with the boutique activism of identity politics, political correctness and what has become known as humanitarian intervention.
RT

Colombia: Global Education Union condemns threats, harassment, and killings of unionists

The attempts of groups controlling power in Colombia to wipe out social organisation and mobilisation, quell protests, and suppress the right to organise and proclaim the validity of the public education system has led to thousands of casualties.
EDUCATION INTERNATIONAL

Communist-led coalition sweeps local body elections in the southern Indian State of Kerala

The alliance led by the Communist Party of India (Marxist) has won more seats in local government bodies than the opposition groups combined.
PEOPLES DISPATCH

Grape crop brings in millions but farmworkers live a harsh life

Vineyards in Namibia are well watered, while people struggle for water. Two kilometres from the grape farms, farmworkers live in an unnamed settlement in reed and zinc structures and have endured decades without potable water and other basic services like electricity and sanitation facilities.
SONJA SMITH | DAILY MAVERICK
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Concern mounts for Eastern Cape health workers

Labour struggles have been a central issue in 2020 as retrenchments and strikes surged amid Covid-19 infections and deaths. Three unions representing frontline workers have called for an urgent intervention by employers. 
SIBONGILE PORTIA JONAS | M&G

PODCAST
The Science and Politics of COVID Vaccines

A primer on vaccines in general but COVID in particular – and how the new COVID vaccines work, what makes them revolutionary – and what obstacles -- structural, political and scientific – need to be understood – and possibly pushed out of the way.
JACOBIN RADIO

Covid used as pretext to curtail civil rights around the world, finds report

Free speech, LBGT+ rights and freedoms to peacefully assemble have deteriorated during the pandemic. According to Civicus Monitor, 87% of the global population were living in nations deemed “closed”, “repressed” or “obstructed”.
KATE HODAL | THE GUARDIAN

The Most Lethal Virus is Not Covid-19. It is War

Covid-19 has provided cover for a pandemic of propaganda. Today, the war drums have new and highly enthusiastic beaters in Britain, America and the “West”.
JOHN PILGER | CONSORTIUM NEWS
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Latin American Academics Endorse Boycott Of Complicit Israeli Academic Institutions

Academics from 17 Latin American countries have signed a public declaration for the boycott of complicit Israeli academic institutions, in a show of solidarity with the Palestinian people.
LATIN AMERICA BDS COORDINATION

When the People Rose: How the Intifada Changed the Political Discourse around Palestine

On December 8, thirty-three years ago, the First Palestinian Intifada (uprising) broke out, and there was nothing ordinary about this historic event.
RAMZY BAROUD | COUNTERPUNCH
               OPINION

It is time to talk about caste in Pakistan and Pakistani diaspora

Pakistanis need to stop believing that Dalits live only in India. There are about 40 castes, 32 of which were listed as scheduled castes under the November 1957 Presidential ordinance of Pakistan.
SHAISTA ABDUL AZIZ PATEL | AL JAZEERA
The publication of Isabel Wilkerson’s widely acclaimed book returns to caste to explain U.S. racial hierarchy at a moment when wealth polarization, racial strife, and white supremacist revanchism are again on the rise.
CHARISSE BURDEN=STELLEY | BOSTON REVIEW

Agenda 2021: Resist The US/EU/NATO Axis Of Domination

The ascendancy of neoliberal forces to the executive branch of the U.S. state represents a development that potentially will be even a more dangerous period of aggression from the U.S. white supremacist settler state and its white supremacist colonial European allies.   
AJAMU BARAKA | BLACK AGENDA REPORT

Why agriculture shouldn’t be left to free market

The prices as well as the quantities of the agricultural produce in a free market would be far from socially optimal and are likely to be socially disastrous.
PRABHAT PATNAIK | PEOPLES' DISPATCH

ENVIRONMENT

Ramaphosa appoints long-awaited climate change commission

The 22-member climate change commission is charged with mapping a transition to a low-carbon, green economy.
LAMEEZ OMARJEE | NEWS24

Engen is ‘still killing us’, says Durban community body after explosion at refinery

An explosion at the Engen refinery in the South Durban Basin area was, say residents, ‘no surprise’, given the company’s alleged history of ‘cutting costs’ on maintenance and the government’s carelessness in enforcing regulations.
DESIREE ERASMUS | DAILY MAVERICK

Climate crisis: CO2 hits new record despite Covid-19 lockdowns

Drop in emissions this year is a ‘tiny blip’ in buildup of greenhouse gases, UN agency says
DAMIAN CARRINGTON | THE GUARDIAN

Wall Street Vultures Are Ready To Get Rich From Water Scarcity

The basis of all human life is now officially on the market. Call it the No Future futures index. Bloomberg reported on Sunday that California water futures are now officially on the Wall Street markets.
NICK MARTIN | THE NEW REPUBLIC
NEW TECHNOLOGIES

iPhone factory workers cause millions of dollars in damage

A major Apple iPhone supplier in India is under investigation after a riot broke out inside its factory. The riot was reportedly caused by workers who are upset about not getting paid.
RT AMERICA

Google Admits That ‘Others’ Can Access The Camera On Samsung & Android Smartphones

Hackers have successfully been able to access the front facing cameras on Google and Samsung phones without permission from the user and regardless of whether or not the phone was unlocked
ALANNA KETLER | COLLECTIVE EVOLUTION

NYC Drivers Cooperative Aims To Smash Uber’s Exploitative Model

The city’s first worker-owned ridesharing app gets ready to take on the big boys.
HAMILTON NOLAN | IN THESE TIMES
ARTS

The spy who never came in from the cold

Looking ack at the literary achievement of John Le Carré, who died at the weekend.
JOHN REES | COUNTERFIRE

Not a wonderful world: why Louis Armstrong was hated by so many

Casual listeners think of him as a gentle giant of jazz, but critics and African Americans often saw him as a sell out or ‘Uncle Tom’. A new book aims to show how radical ‘Pops’ really was.
ED PRIDEAUX | THE GUARDIAN

The Revolutionary Genius of Ludwig van Beethoven

250 years after his birth, Beethoven’s music still has an exhilarating, subversive power. His revolution of artistic form was intimately linked to his sympathy for the political revolutions of his time.
SIMON BEHRMAN | JACOBIN
SCIENCE

Reasons Cursive Should Be Taught Today & the Science Behind It

Fine motor skills are the building blocks our brains need to connect and make sense of the world around us. Cursive is a great example of many specializations taking place at once.
JACQUELINE | DEEP ROOTS AT HOME

 
 
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