E-NEWS BULLETIN 28 July 2017 A week's links to the making of the world
 
SOUTH AFRICA

Top court failed to consider farm evictees’ right to dignified housing

Dumping ground: The Wolwerivier relocation camp, 30km from the Cape Town city bowl, is home to hundreds of families that have been evicted from their homes and cleared off land in the name of Cape Town’s ‘development’ and ‘regeneration’ agenda. businesslive.co.za/

The ‘Boiketlong Four’ and the Criminalisation of Poverty and Protest:

Freedom for Dinah and Sipho, Justice for Papi!

boiketlongIn February 2015, four community activists from Boiketlong in the Vaal, south of Johannesburg, were sentenced to 16 years in prison each following a community protest. This is a very severe sentence and the conviction was based on shaky evidence. The ‘Boiketlong Four’ were arrested for allegedly attacking the local ANC ward councillor. mb3-org.com/

All we say to SANEF is, "be true to what you say on paper"

BLFIn response to a protest outside a white editor’s home, the South African Editors Forum (SANEF) sought court orders to stop Black First Land First activists from harassing, intimidating and threatening journalists and editors over their reporting. But SANEF did not show similar concern when Black journalists came under attack. Why the double standards? asks MONDLI HLATSHWAYO pambazuka.org/
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INTERNATIONAL

How Trump signed a global death warrant for women

Six months ago, one powerful white man in the White House, watched by seven more, signed a piece of paper that will prevent millions of women around the world from deciding what they can and can’t do with their own bodies. Donald Trump effectively signed the death warrants of thousands of women with further implications for the battle against HIV, tuberculosis and malaria. theguardian.com/


US House of Representatives approves new sanctions against Russia

putinThe House of Representatives has voted overwhelmingly to pass new sanctions against Russia, and require congressional approval before US President Donald Trump can ease or remove existing ones. The bill also includes sanctions against Iran and North Korea. rt.com/


Class War on the Waterfront: Longshore Workers Under Attack longshore ilwu

There are tens of millions of unemployed in this country. The labor movement should launch a new campaign for a shorter workweek at no loss in pay as part of a struggle for full employment to benefit all, not Trump and his Wall Street bankster cronies. In resisting the push for this contract extension to automate jobs out of existence, ILWU waterfront workers can stand up for all workers. counterpunch.org/

PALESTINE

The Gaza battle to defeat Palestinian resistance

hamzy baroudJudging by its size, the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli-Egyptian siege for over ten years, outweighs its size many times over in the ongoing political gamble involving the region’s most powerful players. The many players that are involved are all motivated by sheer self-interest and self-preservation. amec.org.za/

Schumer and Macron equate anti-Zionism with anti-schumer bdsSemitism so as to target BDS

The big news now is the draconian anti-BDS legislation in US Congress, threatening to make support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions a federal crime, entailing a possible maximum criminal penalty of $1 million and 20 years in prison... mondoweiss.net/

NEW TECHNOLOGIES <> NEW FORMS OF WORK

New Google algorithm restricts access to left-wing, progressive web sites

In the three months since Internet monopoly Google announced plans to keep users from accessing “fake news,” the global traffic rankings of a broad range of left-wing, progressive, anti-war and democratic rights organizations have fallen significantly. wsws.org/

Uber Needs to Share Its Salary Data

uber hqUber has spent much of 2017 in crisis mode thanks to a series of self-inflicted scandals—many of them involving the abhorrent treatment of women who work at the company. But it finally had a friendly news cycle this week: News broke that the nearly $70 billion company had closed its gender and race pay gaps. slate.com/

Facebook worker living in garage challenges Zuckerberg

facebook exploitedAs the Facebook CEO travels across the US to ‘learn about people’s hopes and challenges’, the cafeteria workers at his company struggle to make ends meet. theguardian.com/

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