Your weekly round up of alternative news you ought to know Friday 3 June 2016
 
SOUTH AFRICA
  1. Zuma maintains grip as South African rebellion fizzles out
  2. Rich People in Glass Houses
  3. SOS and MMA welcome SCA Judgment on DTT Encryption
  4. SABC stop self-censorship!
  5. Declaration of the 2016 NUMSA National Bargaining Conference
INTERNATIONAL
  1. France: Refineries under blockade as more strikes start today
  2. Work Struggles at Amazon in Germany and Beyond
  3. Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China’s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence
  4. China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works

Palestine

Palestine and the Scandal of Liberal Democracy 

 
Zuma maintains grip as South African rebellion fizzles outSouth African President  Jacob Zuma seemed in danger of being ousted two months ago after the nation’s highest court ruled he failed to uphold the constitution. Now he appears as powerful as ever, tightening his grip on the ruling African National Congress as a campaign to oust him falters.  read more...moneyweb.co.za
 
 
Rich People in Glass Houses
Bench Marks Foundation's response to Ivanhoe Mines' statement singling out community activist Mr Aubrey Langa, Mining Watch Canada and civil society groups in general, for the troubles it faces in the Limpopo area.  read more...bench-marks.org.za
SOS and MMA Welcome SCA Judgment on DTT Encryption Saga
The Save Our SABC coalition and Media Monitoring Africa welcome the judgement handed down by the Supreme Court of Appeal which found that the Minister of Communications acted irrationally in her 2015 Amendment of the Broadcasting Digital Migration (BDM) Policy, 2008.  read more... soscoalition.org.za
 
SABC stop self-censorship!

The Right2Know Campaign is highly dismayed by the SABC’s decision not to show footage of people burning public institutions in any of its news bulletins. This is a form of self-censorship and it’s unjustifiable.   read more... r2k.org.za
 
Declaration of the 2016 NUMSA National Bargaining Conference, 24 April 2016
The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa  concluded a highly successful National Bargaining Conference under the theme: “End the Economy for the 1%, Secure our Jobs on a Living Wage!” read more... numsa.org.za
 
France: Refineries under blockade as more strikes start today
Sea ports, railways, the Paris Metro and possibly airports will be hit by the walkouts over a variety of industry-specific disputes in the run-up to the Euro 2016 football championship, which kicks off on June 10. The strikes take place against the backdrop of mass protests against the government’s plan to raise weekly working-time limits from 35 hours to 46 hours, dubbed the El Khomri law. read more... morningstaronline.co.uk
 
 

Work Struggles at Amazon in Germany and Beyond

Workers in the logistics sector have tremendous leverage because they work at the global intersection between production and circulation of goods. However, they and their unions are seldom prepared for the transnational tactics used by corporations to undermine worker struggles, such as building distribution centres abroad or sourcing deliveries from non-striking centres. read more... column.global-labour-university.org
 
Rise of the robots: 60,000 workers culled from just one factory as China’s struggling electronics hub turns to artificial intelligence
The manufacturing hub for the electronics industry, Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is seeking a drastic reduction in labour costs as it undergoes a makeover after an industrial explosion killed 146 people in 2014. read more... scmp.com
 
China’s scary lesson to the world: Censoring the Internet works
First there was the Berlin Wall. Now there is the Great Firewall of China, not a physical barrier preventing people from leaving, but a virtual one, preventing information harmful to the Communist Party from entering the country.   read more... washingtonpost.com
Palestine and the Scandal of Liberal Democracy
An assault on democracy has begun in the United States of America and Europe. Its source is not the ‘Islamic fundamentalism’ that is regularly branded a threat to democracy, or right-wing demagogues who use fear of immigrants and radical Islam to foment hate. It comes, rather, from the mainstream of these societies. read more...amec.org.za
 
 
 
 
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