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E-News Bulletin
Friday 22 January 2016
Labour news you cannot afford to miss !

WhatsApp faces possible regulation in South Africa

Over-the-top (OTT) internet services, such as WhatsApp, could be regulated in South Africa depending on the outcome of planned Parliament hearings this month.
Ukrainian government officials celebrate Nazism, anti-Semitism

Several recent incidents in Ukraine have further exposed the far-right nature of the forces unleashed by the 2014 Maidan “revolution”
Gandhi the Imperialist

Gandhi fought for Indian rights in South Africa, but his concern for the black majority was minimal.
Masters Programme “Labour Policies and Globalisation”

The 1-year programme is part of a wider project to promote cooperation between trade unions and the research community and to strengthen the analytical and policy development capacity of trade union. The application round for the 13th intake 2016/17 is open now.
Stephen Hawking Says We Should Really Be Scared Of Capitalism, Not Robots

“If machines produce everything we need, the outcome will depend on how things are distributed.”
Catastrophic Climate Change: Caused by Capitalism

The much-publicized commitments made at the recent United Nations Climate Conference (the “Paris Agreement”) are far short of what will be needed to prevent catastrophic climate change.
A Crisis Worse than ISIS? Bail-Ins Begin

While the mainstream media focus on ISIS extremists, a threat that has gone virtually unreported is that your life savings could be wiped out in a massive derivatives collapse.
Kellingley: two days in the death of three centuries of coal mining

On Friday 18 December the last shift at the last colliery in the UK cut its last tonnes of coal. Brian Parkin, former research officer for the National Union of Mineworkers, was at the pit top at Kellingley colliery…


Google is becoming U.S. K-12 schools’ operating system

Step into any U.S. public school and chances are Google is everywhere. Students have their own Google accounts.
Will China pull down the world?

The world’s stock markets are spiralling down.  The US equity market has fallen 10% in the last month, a figure that is called a ‘correction’ in investor terminology.


Apploitation in a city of instaserfs

How the “sharing economy” has turned San Francisco into a dystopia for the working class.
The “white-slaver” awakens: It’s not Disney to whom George Lucas should be apologizing

George Lucas ended his 2015 in controversy, describing Disney—owners of the Star Wars franchise—as “white slavers” . He quickly apologized. To Disney.


One year after Charlie Hebdo, my friend tells me: ‘This just isn’t the same Paris’

Ed Vulliamy was in the French capital in the wake of last year’s attack. He went back to find Parisians torn between fear, defiance and a desire to carry on.
New tax laws will ‘poison’ Zuma’s relationship with workers

Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it is “deeply incensed and disappointed” to hear that President Jacob Zuma has now officially signed all tax legislation from 2015 into law.


Obama seeks Silicon Valley aid to spy on social media

White House officials met with Silicon Valley executives Friday to discuss the US government’s expanding efforts to monitor and intervene in online social media and other forms of internet communication.


Syria: It’s Not a Civil War and it Never Was

The weapons are foreign, the fighters are foreign, the agenda is foreign. As Syrian forces fight to wrest control of their country back and restore order within their borders, the myth of the “Syrian civil war” continues on.


Migrant Mindworkers and the New Division of Academic Labor

The reorganization of higher education has been made possible by a new division of labor that is rational- izing and deskilling college teaching.


Stop Kidding Yourself – The Police Were Created to Control Working Class and Poor People

In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the population.