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e-News bulletin 19 February 2021

 

 
                SOUTH AFRICA

Eastern Cape schools not ready to start the year

Reports by Sadtu regions in the Eastern Cape add to concerns raised by members of parliament over the state of readiness of schools to re-open in the province.
LILITA GCWABE

Community gardeners dig in against attempts to evict them

New Khayelitsha vegetable garden is on land set aside for a provincial housing project.
VINCENT LALI | GROUNDUP

Warning over South Africa’s updated minimum wage coming in March

The Transvaal(!) Agricultural Union will declare a dispute with the minister of labour and employment regarding the new minimum wage which they want to put on ice until the dispute can be settled.
BUSINESS TECH

South African president extends special COVID-19 grant. Why this is not enough

The need for a basic income grant was established at least two decades ago. It’s now time for real commitment from the government and concrete steps on how it will be implemented.
HANNAH DAWSON | THE CONVERSATION

SA’s once thriving rail industry being dismantled one stolen cable at a time

Rail infrastructure has virtually gone extinct. Train stations like New Canada, Westgate, Kliptown and many others around Johannesburg are shells, stripped down to the last metal.
DON MAKATILE | IOL

The terrifying collapse of newspapers is here

The long, slow structural decline of the sector in South Africa has reached the point of no return.
MONEYWEB

Earnings surge for Gold Fields and its offspring Sibanye, which is (shock!) expanding in SA

Gold Fields and Sibanye-Stillwater both reported a surge in annual earnings on Thursday, lifted by soaring commodity prices. Sibanye announced something rare: A new gold mine in South Africa and the expansion of its Marikana PGM mine.
ED STODDARD | DAILY MAVERICK
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Handling Covid-19 with no government clinic in sight

Bulungula Incubator is using its Xhora Mouth health point to respond to infections in this rural Eastern Cape area, where the nearest government clinic is a three-hour walk away.
BARRY CHRISTIANSON | NEW FRAME

The third wave of Covid-19 is coming. These are the lessons we’ve learnt and that hospitals must apply

While getting a vaccine is a matter of national and international concern, there are small, low-cost high-impact strategies that can be put in place in every hospital right now that will strengthen our healthcare system.
GILLES VAN CUTSEM | DAILY MAVERICK
Rich countries hoard available and future vaccines, as poor countries wait.
FRANCK KUWONU | AFRICAN RENEWAL

Latest Covid-19 Statistics from African Countries

As of February 17, confirmed cases of Covid-19 from 55 African countries reached 3,763,067. Reported deaths in Africa reached 99,412 and 3,318,841 people have recovered.
ALLAFRICA
with the pandemic still raging, Moderna’s successful vaccine is anything but accessible. The company has sold most of the early doses to rich countries. Poorer countries have been almost entirely shut out.
EMILY RAUHALA | WASHINGTON POST

Global South urges rich countries to lift monopolies on COVID-19 medical products

Ahead of critical talks at the World Trade Organization (WTO) civil society and trade unions from the Global South are calling on rich countries’ leaders to stop blocking a proposal to waive certain intellectual property rights on Covid-19 vaccines and other medical products.
PSI PRESS RE;EASE
A growing body of evidence suggesting that Vitamin D can play a critically important role in the prevention and treatment of Covid-19.
JONATHAN COOK | COUNTERPUNCH

California study highlights dangers of COVID-19 pandemic to the working class

they found that essential workers, whom they defined as those in the “food/agriculture, transportation/logistics, facilities, and manufacturing sectors,” experienced a 22 percent higher mortality rate
BRYAN DYNE | WSWS
               INTERNATIONAL
Since Saturday, a strong popular opposition has been growing in Myanmar against the military coup d’état that occurred February 1 with increasingly militant demonstrations.
PHILIPPE ALCOY | LEFT VOICE

US Meddling In Ecuador's Historic Election And Fake NGO 'Left'

Max Blumenthal speaks with Ben Norton, who is reporting from Ecuador, on the historic February 7 election, and how the US government, regime-change networks, and wealthy oligarchs are trying to prevent the return of the socialist Citizens' Revolution movement of former President Rafael Correa.
MODERATE REBELS

The Largest Strike In Human History

Delhi-based journalist, Radhakrishnan, explains why farmers are rising up, how they are organized, and how the neoliberal government of Narendra Modi has responded to the movement.
ANYA PARAMPIL | THE GRAYZONE

Twitter vs. India

Twitter has complied with some of India’s orders but refused to remove accounts of journalists, activists and others that the company says are appropriately exercising their right to criticize the government.
SHIRA OVIDE | NEW YORK TIMES

The Enemy Within: Neo-Nazis & The German State

Despite its dark history, the German state still has a problem with neo-Nazis. Today, neo-Nazi cells are regularly found in the police and military, and an investigation by redfish reveals how state agencies either failed to stop far-right attacks or worked hand-in-hand with the terrorists.
RED FISH

Global white supremacy cult: How the South African radical Right bolsters US extremism

Amid the maelstrom of footage emerging from the 6 January insurrection at the US Capitol in Washington DC, a video of a white South African rioter emerged. It is one piece in a long trail of evidence that connects white ethno-nationalist extremists in South Africa with QAnon conspiracists and white supremacy groups in the United States.
HALEY MCEWEN | OPEN DEMOCRACY

Factory tragedy shows need for international safety agreement and improved working conditions in Morocco

At least 28 garment workers died following heavy flooding in a sweatshop in Tangier, Morocco.
CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN

Why being endowed with oil is not always a boon: the case of Nigeria and Angola

In countries with weak governance institutions, natural resource wealth tends to be a curse instead of a blessing. A new book explains the manifestations of the oil curse in Nigeria and Angola since independence.
ROSS HARVEY | THE CONVERSATION

PETITION

The Reinstatement of the Nine Unlawfully and Illegally Dismissed Branch Executive Committee of Mine Workers Union of Namibia Rossing Uranium Limited

Rio Tinto understood the role of the union with regards to the Supreme Law of Namibia and Labour Act 11 of 2007. This all started to change when Rio Tinto sold all its shares in Rossing Uranium Ltd to China National Nuclear Corporation.
NEHOYA GEORGE MARTIN
               ISRAEL PALESTINE
Amid the COVID-1 pandemic, Israel insisted that the immunization of Palestinians is the responsibility of the Palestinian Authority. Since it occupies the Palestinian territories, Israel has a legal obligation to provide the vaccines.
TELESUR

Israel's Arrest Campaign Aims To Destroy A New Palestinian Movement

Since late 2019, Israeli forces have been waging a campaign of mass arrests, targeting hundreds of young women and men in Palestine. 
MAJD KAYYAL | MIDDLE EAST EYE

As a Rabbi Raised in South Africa, I Can’t Ignore Israel Is an Apartheid State

"What I was witnessing in Hebron and across Israel and the land it occupies, was also apartheid – a system of domination and control that systemically privileges Jewish lives over Palestinian lives."
BRIAN WALT | TRUTHOUT

The Witch Hunt Has Come For Ken Loach

First, the media and political opportunists tried to convince us life-long anti-racist Jeremy Corbyn was Hitler-in-waiting. Now, life-long anti-racist Ken Loach is being attacked by the same witch hunt.
KERRY-ANNE MENDOZA | THE CANARY

The Real Concern of Oxford Students is that Loach has Fought All His Life Against the Privilege and Wealth that these Parasites Represent

The Bigots of St. Peter’s College, Oxford Try to Ban Ken Loach from Speaking – All in the Name of ‘anti-Semitism’ of course!
TONY GREENSTEIN BLOG

What’s the point of Palestinian elections?

Since there is no sign that Abbas is ever willing to give up collusion with the occupation, the question is whether Hamas’ leaders have decided to join Fatah in administering the occupation on behalf of Israel.
ALI ABUNIMAH | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

The Guardian Revealed Its True Face in Sacking a Columnist for Criticising US Military Aid to Israel

The revelation that a leftwing journalist, Nathan J Robinson, has been sacked as a Guardian US columnist for criticising Israel on Twitter – and that he was pressured to keep quiet about it by Guardian editors – should come as no surprise.
JONATHAN COOK | INFORMATION CLEARING HOUSE
               ESSAYS

Farm to Table on Stolen Land: Cape Town dining’s colonial fantasies

Everything about Cape wine farms and restaurants, from their names and the Cape Dutch architecture to the memorabilia, such as colonial maps on the walls as artwork, points to “the old world”.
MARY FAWZY | VITTLES

Capitalism did not die: rethinking a failed liberation struggle

ROAPE’s John Saul writes about who won and who lost in the apparently seismic transition to a liberated South Africa in the early 1990s. He sees a parallel recolonization of South Africa both by global capital and by the self-interested actions of local political elites.
JOHN SAUL | ROAPE

What Happened to the Anarchist Century?

Self-identified anarchists and anarchist organizations remain important. Anarchist ideas must be maintained, nurtured, and sharpened. Revolutionary movements and societies beyond the state and capital will benefit from them.
GABRIEL KUHN | COUNTERPUNCH

Migrant organising as a pathway to union renewal

Across western and northern Europe, unions in diverse sectors have begun to organise temporary labour migrants. The same is true in Asia, where unions in several key destination countries have reached out to foreign workers. And, as the Asian experience shows, advocacy, servicing and organising are all valid and useful strategies for engaging with temporary labour migrants.
MICHELE FORD | GLOBAL LABOUR COLUMN

The Mechanics Behind The Egyptian Revolution

The Egyptian revolution, which flared from early 2011 to mid-2013, is usually presented in the media (and some academic circles) as a “Facebook Revolution” or at least as one gigantic event that was ignited and organized online. The truth is slightly different.
HOSSAM EL-HAMALAWI | ROAR MAGAZINE

The Arab Spring Failed But the Rage Against Misery and Injustice Continues

The dream of a better tomorrow expressed by millions during the Arab Spring in 2011 was to be brutally dispelled as the old regimes counter-attacked. Crueller and more repressive than ever, they reasserted themselves, or where they had fallen, they were replaced by chaotic violence and foreign military intervention.
PATRICK COCKBURN | COUNTERPUNCH
Though his fantasy of becoming emperor of Mars probably won't materialize, we have to scale back the unchecked power of deranged Bond villain types like Musk before it extends from Earth to the skies.
LUKE SAVAGE | JACOBIN
ENVIRONMENT

Increasing land use could turn Mount Kilimanjaro into an ecological island

Located in Tanzania, with a height of almost 6,000 metres, Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain. Over the years, there’s been extensive urbanisation and development at the base of the mountain, which could change what lives on the mountain.
ANDREAS HEMP, CLAUDIA HEMP | THE CONVERSATION

Just 7 Commodities Replaced an Area of Forest Twice the Size of Germany Between 2001 and 2015

Cattle, oil palm, soy, cocoa, rubber, coffee and plantation wood fiber — accounted for 26% of global tree cover loss from 2001 to 2015.
MICKAELA WEISSE, ELIZABETH DOW GOLDMAN | WRI

Fossil Fuels Kill Nearly Nine Million Annually

According to a new study by scientists from Harvard and three British universities, the staggering death toll is more than double the WHO's 2017 estimate of deaths caused by air pollution.
ECOWATCH
NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR
On Thursday, Facebook blocked all news sites from Australia. This is a result of a battle between media corporations but independent media are suffering as well. This article from the Australian socialist newspaper Red Flag currently cannot be shared on Facebook.
DANIEL TAYLOR | LEFT VOICE

Time to question our tech billionaire overlords

Moronic conspiracy theories about Bill Gates wanting to microchip the world only detract attention from the vast, unaccountable power he wields.
BREDA O'BRIEN | IRISH TIMES

What is Digital Fascism?

Unlike, classical fascism which used printed newspapers and radio, digital fascism transmits its hate messages through the Internet. These so-called social media are in fact anti-social media. They aren’t socially organised. Instead, a few monopoly corporations run Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and all the rest.
THOMAS KLIKAUER, NORMAN SIMMS | COUNTERPUNCH
REMEMBERING

George Shultz’s Character Study of Robert Gates

Cold war mandarin, George Shultz, died last week at the age of 100. He was almost singularly responsible for convincing President Ronald Reagan that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev wanted detente and arms control with the United States.
MELVIN GOODMAN | COUNTERPUNCH
 
 
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