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Your weekly round up of alternative news you ought to know 10 June 2016
  1. Shadow play: State Security, Marikana and a bogus union
  2. Killer cop gets 20 years’ jail
  3. Bold plans for SABC TV
  4. Israel’s attempts to commodify South African Water – YCLSA press statement
  1. Silencing America as It Prepares for War
  2. Workers Forum 2016 Declaration, Istanbul, Turkey
  3. Africa’s Pinochet: The case of Hissène Habré and the role of US Imperialism
  4. Privatising education with fear and intimidation
  5. Let’s Stop Google from Gobbling Up Our Schools
  6. Are Software Engineers the Latest Exploited Migrant Workers?
  7. Shorter Workweeks Will Defeat the Robots

Muhammad Ali On Imperialist War

“Why should they ask me to put on a uniform and go 10,000 miles from home and drop bombs and bullets on Brown people in Vietnam while so-called Negro people in Louisville are treated like dogs and denied simple human rights? No I’m not going 10,000 miles from home to help murder and burn another poor nation simply to continue the domination of white slave masters of the darker people the world over. This is the day when such evils must come to an end. I have been warned that to take such a stand would cost me millions of dollars. But I have said it once and I will say it again. The real enemy of my people is here. I will not disgrace my religion, my people or myself by becoming a tool to enslave those who are fighting for their own justice, freedom and equality. If I thought the war was going to bring freedom and equality to 22 million of my people they wouldn’t have to draft me, I’d join tomorrow. I have nothing to lose by standing up for my beliefs. So I’ll go to jail, so what? We’ve been in jail for 400 years.”

Shadow play: State Security, Marikana and a bogus union

Reports and evidence that the country’s State Security Agency and its Special Operations Unit are implicated in a number of covert actions including placing undercover agents in SARS, Lonmin’s management structures at the time of the Marikana Massacre as well as orchestrating the establishment of a rival union in the volatile Platinum Belt, paint a disturbing picture of a shadowy network of spies who have infiltrated and are influencing various levels of South African society.  read more…

Killer cop gets 20 years’ jail

A former North West policeman who killed three men when he fired into a crowd with live ammunition during a water delivery protest in Mothutlung two years ago, has been sentenced to 20 years’ effective imprisonment. read more…

Bold plans for SABC TV

Last week was yet another big week for the SABC as the public broadcaster announced sweeping changes that will take the South African television industry by storm as early as July 1. read more…

YCLSA Shocked by Israel’s attempts to commodify South African Water

The Young Communist League of South Africa [uFasimba] is shocked by the attempt by Israel to turn water into a commodity, this was the message that the recent propaganda week of the Israeli embassy aimed to deliver. read more…

Silencing America as It Prepares for War

John Pilger: Returning to the United States in an election year, I am struck by the silence. I have covered four presidential campaigns, starting with 1968; I was with Robert Kennedy when he was shot and I saw his assassin, preparing to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, along with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention.  The great counter revolution had begun.  read more…

Workers Forum 2016 Declaration, Istanbul, Turkey

Twenty workers from different sectors came together in a forum to express their problems and demands. The participants of the forum included workers who joined the greatest worker resistances after the 80’s such as the Netaş firm strike, the Zongultak Miners strike and Tekel workers’ resistance. read more…

Africa’s Pinochet: The case of Hissène Habré and the role of US Imperialism

A special tribunal in Dakar, Senegal, convicted former Chadian dictator, Hissène Habré on several criminal charges including crimes against humanity, committed during his brutal eight years in power. He was also convicted of war crimes, rape, sexual slavery, torture and kidnapping. He was sentenced to life imprisonment. read more…

Bridge International Academies Adds Fear and Intimidation to Its Business Strategy

The flailing reputation of the Pearson-backed ‘edu-business’ has fallen to a new low after it was caught spreading false accusations to have a Canadian academic researcher jailed while studying its Ugandan operations.  read more…

Let’s Stop Google from Gobbling Up Our Schools

In October of 2006, Google launched its Apps for Education, with Arizona State University being its first client. Today there are more than 25 million individual users in both K-12 and higher ed institutions, and 74 of the top 100 universities use Google apps for their university communications and software applications.  read more…

Are Software Engineers the Latest Exploited Migrant Workers?

Before Elton Kent ever set foot in New York, his career was going swimmingly. A son of India’s upper-middle-class, he had cut his teeth at a start-up, and finagled that into a prized job offer as a software engineer at the most prestigious firm in India: Accenture. Then, he says, in 2012, another stroke of good fortune came: Management was going to transfer him to New York City.  read more…

Shorter Workweeks Will Defeat the Robots

There are two ways to deal with a situation in which the number of people who want to work exceeds the number of jobs. The first is to increase demand in the economy, thereby increasing the demand for workers. We could in principle do this with increased government spending, but people don’t like budget deficits.  read more…

The world’s richest man offers survival advice to humanity’s most impoverished

On Tuesday, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, whose net worth is said to be a whopping $79 billion and who daily earns an additional $20 million on interest alone, advised those living in extreme poverty to get a hen house.  read more…