e-News bulletin 29 July 2016

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Your weekly round up of alternative news you ought to know 29 July 2016

 
 

CONTENT:
South Africa:
1. Hlaudi and the return to the Bantustan
2. Minimum wage mooted as remedy for dismal growth
3. Democracy triumphed and Hlaudi lost
4. Telkom rings mobile use changes

5. 2016 local elections: A new era in South African politics?

Turkey:
1. A war of two coups
2. Thousands of Turkey coup prisoners ‘raped, starved and hogtied’
3. The solution is democratisation, not a state of emergency!
4. Turkish Academics Fear Growing Witch Hunt Following Failed Coup

International:
1. 48 Palestinian prisoners hunger strike against Israeli policy of detention without charge

Africa:
2. A Lesotho reporter recounts hours of tense and intimidating interrogation
3. East Africa’s biggest independent publisher battered by job cuts and political pressure
4. Mugabe Attempts to Terrorize the People

USA:
5. Democrats oversee record level of extreme poverty in Philadelphia
6. Hillary Clinton Endorsed By New York Times & Communist Party USA
 

 

Turkey: A war of two coups

“On the night of 15-16 July, Turkey went through a cataclysm that stunned the world: a huge section of the armed forces of the country (TSK in its Turkish acronym) attempted to take power from the government of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and the AKP, came very close to its objective, but was ultimately defeated.”

read more… http://edi

 

Thousands of Turkey coup prisoners ‘raped, starved and hogtied’

“Amnesty International says it has credible evidence Turkish police are holding detainees, denying them food, water and medical treatment and in the worst cases some have been subjected to severe beatings and torture.”

read more…http://www.mir

 

A Lesotho reporter recounts hours of tense and intimidating interrogation

The trouble started at about 17:00 on June 23, when my phone rang while I was having my hair done at Maserus My Vision salon. It was a police officer, Senior Superintendent Teboho Khesa, and he wanted to know where I was.”

read more…http://www.dail

 

Ramallah: 48 Palestinian prisoners hunger strike against Israeli policy of detention without charge

“A mass hunger strike across Israeli prisons continued on Saturday in protest of Israels detention of Palestinians without charge or trial, with at least 48 Palestinian prisoners now participating in the open strike in support of hunger-striking prisoners Bilal Kayid and brothers Muhammad and Mahmud al-Balboul, according to a statement released by the Palestinian Committee of Prisoners Affairs.”

read more… http://www.maa

South Africa: Hlaudi and the return to the Bantustan

“In the bad old days when baases were baases and Bantoes were Bantoes, homeland leaders and puppet councillors were the source of much entertainment.

Tales abounded of their flaws and general stupidity.

Most were, after all, put in those positions because they were malleable and low on cerebral fuel.

To compensate for their feebleness, they spoke extravagant English and made wild promises.

Whether speaking at functions or addressing people living in rural areas, they consulted a thesaurus for the most bombastic words and concepts.

Their assurances about what they would do with their nonexistent power were the stuff of legend.

read more… http://cit

 

South Africa: Telkom rings mobile use changes

“Telkom is positioning itself as a data-driven mobile network operator a move that is set to shake up the industry.

The fourth mobile network operator in the country, with 2.7-million subscribers at the end of March, is overhauling its mobile data and voice packages as it aims to simplify its services and gain market share.” 

read more… http://www.bdl

 

Turkey: The solution is democratisation, not a state of emergency!

“Declaring a state of emergency following a coup attempt that aimed to completely suspend democracy will solve none of the countrys problems but only serve to realise the system of governance envisioned by the coup plotters.

Turkey is being subject to a nationwide state of emergency for the first time since the 12 September 1980 coup. Occasional states of emergency were implemented on a regional basis until 2002, but they were synonymous with extrajudicial murders, massacres, disappearances in custody and torture.”

read more…http://www.equ

 

Zimbabwe: Mugabe Attempts to Terrorize the People

Zimbabwe is in a messy situation after Mugabe allies launched a terror campaign to instill fear and send a warning to ordinary suffering people who dare attempt to protest. The youth of ZANU-PF Mugabes party threatens to crush the popular revolt.”

read more…http://www.thec

 

USA: Hillary Clinton Endorsed By New York Times & Communist Party USA

“The very first sentence of the New York Times editorial endorsing Hillary Clinton trashes Republican presidential candidates as being the purveyors of empty propaganda slogans.

read more… https://new

South Africa: Minimum wage mooted as remedy for dismal growth

“A minimum wage of reaching up to R5,000 could be just what SA needs to boost its economy.

This is according to a new report titled A National Minimum Wage for South Africa, released on Monday at the University of the Witwatersrand.

read more…http://www.bdli

 

South Africa: Democracy triumphed and Hlaudi lost

“The Labour Courts ruling that four of the axed SABC journalists must be reinstated is the first victory in a larger battle against those in the broadcaster who feel that the Constitution does not apply to them, trade union Solidarity said.

The four journalists are Foeta Krige, Suna Venter, Krivani Pillay and Jacques Steenkamp.

The court ruled earlier today that the dismissal of the four was unlawful.

read more…http://cit

 

South Africa: 2016 local elections: A new era in South African politics?

“A short analysis by Ousmane Niang on the 2016 local elections in South Africa “

read more…http://www.ros

 

Turkish Academics Fear Growing Witch Hunt Following Failed Coup

“Most academics in Turkey don’t want to talk; not even anonymously.

“I rarely, if ever, speak on the condition of anonymity,” a former philosophy professor told me, nervously — and unnecessarily — apologizing for his uncharacteristic request to remain unnamed. Just a few months ago, he was dismissed from his job after signing the controversial Academics for Peace petition, which supported peace negotiations with the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK). Now he considers his career in Turkey to be over.”

read more…http://www.tru

 

Kenya: East Africas biggest independent publisher battered by job cuts and political pressure

“Nation Media Group is the largest independent publisher and broadcaster in East Africa, but all is not well at this icon of free media in Africa, which is struggling to stay in business and to remain independent while doing so.”

read more… http://www.dail

 

USA: Democrats oversee record level of extreme poverty in Philadelphia

“The Democratic National Convention will open Monday in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The four-day gathering, which will officially nominate Hillary Clinton as the Democratic presidential candidate, is being held in South Philadelphia at an indoor area far removed from the citys central district and the 35,000-50,000 protesters expected each day.”

read more… https://www.wsw