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Friday 4 September 2015
Labour news you cannot afford to miss !

SOUTH AFRICA: Does govt have ‘Grabber’ technology? We demand answers!
“R2K is demanding answers after a series of news reports shed light on the use of a “super-surveillance gadget” called the Grabber, capable of mass surveillance without any oversight or protection for people’s privacy”
read more…http://www.r2k

USA: The Iran Deal Reality
“The U.S. deal with Iran – based on assumptions about an Iranian nuclear weapons program that American intelligence agencies have twice concluded does not exist – allows the U.S. to concentrate on provoking Russia and China while continuing to threaten Iran with destruction.”
read more…http://mlt

INDIA: Left parties claim strike a ‘great success’
“IThe Left parties said the central trade unions will now wait for Government’s response to the “eye opener” strike before deciding future course of action.”
read more… http://www.the

SOUTH AFRICA: South Africa’s 5 million working poor
“Every day millions across South Africa do arduous work in jobs that cannot keep them and their dependants out of poverty. These are the “working poor” and according to a new study, there are about five and half million of them.”
read more…http://gro


SOUTH AFRICA: Angolan asylum seeker to test SA’s love affair with China
“It is not a very likely place to find the cause of a potential diplomatic squabble, the makeshift bedroom in a kitchen stacked to the roof with cooldrink crates in one of the less affluent parts of Durban.”
read more…http://mg


GREECE: The left challenge to Tsipras’ surrender
“Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ decision to resign and push for national elections prior to a SYRIZA congress has forced a split in the party, with 25 SYRIZA members of parliament launching Popular Unity with a public letter on August 20.”
read more…http://soc


CHINA: China’s official trade union takes a holiday in dreamland
“While many workers in Europe were enjoying their six weeks annual leave over the summer, the Chinese government decided it would be a good idea if China’s workers had an extended weekend.”

read more…http://www.clb



USA: The greatest history lessons are those we have yet to learn
“I can’t quite remember at what age I realized I wasn’t “white.”I grew up in a largely Italian American community. As an ethnically ambiguous person I was often afforded white skin privilege.”
read more… http://eve


BAGDAD: Protests in Iraq bring fast promises, but little change
“Surrounded by the clamor of protest — a sea of Iraqi flags, vendors selling coffee and melon drinks, protesters singing the national anthem and railing against politicians — two friends paused and described their dreams.”
read more… https://www.bos


ASIA: It’s Official: China Confirms It Has Begun Liquidating Treasuries, Warns Washington
“On Tuesday evening, we asked what would happen if emerging markets joined China in dumping US Treasurys. For months we’ve documented the PBoC’s liquidation of its vast stack of US paper. .”
read more…http://www.glo


CHINA: Chinese Costco Shipping Piraeus, Greece Concession to China. Gateway to Europe. Railway to nowhere.
“How to study China-led globalisation through infrastructural interventions? This question prompts the investigation of logistical operations that fabricate the emerging trade network known as the New Silk Road.”

read more…http://www.tra


MOZAMBIQUE: Journalist Unions Slam Editor’s Killing
“The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the murder of senior Mozambican journalist Paulo Machava yesterday.  Mr Machava, editor-in-chief of online newspaper Diario de Noticias, was shot in the centre of the capital Maputo between 5.30am and 6am as he was exercising before work.”

read more…http://www.mor

SOUTH AFRICA: How current measures underestimate the level of poverty in South Africa
“Unlike many other countries, South Africa does not have one recognised “official” poverty line. Instead, a number of different thresholds are used, and there’s little clarity on the appropriateness of each threshold.”
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SOUTH AFRICA: Csaawu to raise R250 000 or face closure next month
“The Commercial Stevedoring Agriculture & Allied Workers’ Union (CSAAWU) has been going door to door on farms between Robertson and Ladysmith this week in a bid to raise enough money to keep its doors open”
read more…grou


GREECE: A New Beginning? – New Hope?
“Appointed on 27 August by Greece’s President, Prokopis Pavlópulos, Ms. Vassiliki Thanou-Christophilou, President of the Supreme Court and mother of three, was sworn in on Thursday 28, August, 2015 as interim Prime Minister.”
read more… http://www.cou


CHINA: China’s workers abandon the city as Beijing faces an economic storm
Liu Weiqin swapped rural poverty for life on the dusty fringes of China’s capital eight years ago hoping – like millions of other migrants – for a better future.  On Thursday she will board a bus with her two young children and abandon her adopted home.”
read more…http://www.the


USA: Colombia’s Killing Fields: Peace is War
Colombia has received more US military aid–over $6 billion dollars in the past decade — than any country in the Western Hemisphere. For its part, Colombia allowed the Pentagon to build seven military bases, more than all the other countries in the region combined.
read more… http://www.the


CENTRAL AMERICA: People-power and the ‘Guatemalan Spring’
“An extraordinary groundswell of people-power driving historic political and social changes in Guatemala is making the “Guatemalan Spring” look increasingly irresistible.”
read more… http://www.alj


BRITAIN: UK Labour Party steps up purge of suspected Corbyn supporters
“Jeremy Corbyn is standing for Labour leader based upon the claim that the party can be won back from the right-wing course it has pursued since the mid-1980s.”
read more… http://www.wsws


GREECE: Greek Dockworkers Against the Troika
“Dockworker and Union Leader, Giorgos Gogos, who is also a member of the Central Committee of SYRIZA says the workers are very ready for the struggle against privatization and austerity in the Memorandum.”
click here to watch… http://the


PENNSYLVANIA: ‘Kids for cash’ judge gets 28 years in Pennsylvania bribery case
“A long-serving judge has been ordered to spend nearly 30 years in prison for his role in a bribery scandal that prompted the state’s high court to overturn thousands of juvenile convictions.”
read more…http://www.the