Your weekly round up of alternative news you ought to know • 5 August 2016
The fate of two Palestinian villages
This is an urgent request for action as the communities of two Bedouin villages are under the immediate threat of demolition.
Earlier this year we wrote to you about two Bedouin villages under threat of demolition. Almost six thousand of you wrote to your MPs asking them to demand the foreign secretary protests in the strongest terms to the Israeli government to save these two villages. Thank you to everyone who has taken action already.
Unfortunately, the situation has deteriorated. We need to take urgent action. Please share this information widely, and if you have not already done so, write to your MP today.
2. SAMWU Shop steward shot dead outside union’s office
3. How South African Civil Society Scored a Victory for Freedom of Expression
4. Capitalism demands too much – Not the workers
5. Study links wage increase to job losses on farms
Zimbabwe 1. ‘Illegal’ and criminalised: undocumented Zimbabwean migrant workers as ‘unfree’ labour in Witbank, South Africa
Middle East 1. Happy fifth anniversary, Hillary Clinton, You’ve destroyed Libya…We Await Your Next War 2. Israeli anger as Qatar backs campaign for global boycott 3. Stop Living in Denial, Israel is an Evil State
Croatia 1. When Fascist Right-wingers Take Over the Arts: Croatia as a Cautionary Tale
USA 1. Taxi Industry Speaks! How to level the playing fields with Uber and Lyft 2. There’s a Problem with ‘Crowd Labor’ 3. Silencing America As it Prepares for War 4. Chasing Edward Snowden – Documentary
Britain 1. A Failed Experiment
SOUTH AFRICA:Hlaudi fires TV boss “The SABC’s head of television, Verona Duwarkah, has been fired, allegedly because she refused to rubber-stamp the multimillion-rand new TV shows – spearheaded by SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng – being awarded to hand-picked celebrity producers and artists.“read more…http://cit
SOUTH AFRICA:Samwu shop steward shot dead outside union’s office “A murder case is being investigated after a Samwu shop steward was shot dead outside the union’s head office, allegedly by security guards, Gauteng police said on Tuesday.
The shooting took place around 13:00 on Friday afternoon, when a group of people got into a scuffle with security while trying to enter Samwu’s head office in central Johannesburg, Lieutenant-Colonel Lungelo Dlamini said.”
SOUTH AFRICA: How South African Civil Society Scored a Victory for Freedom of Expression
“South African civil society recently succeeded in making the state broadcaster reverse a policy decision it had made concerning the censorship of violent protest images in news reporting. Media Freedom and Diversity Organiser Micah Reddy of the Right to Know (R2K) Campaign tells CIVICUS how they succeeded.“ read more…http://www.civ
SOUTH AFRICA:Capitalism demands too much – Not the workers
“Every time workers down tools, a statement from the employers’ association always hits the ground running, demonising workers. “ read more…https://gro
SOUTH AFRICA: Study links wage increase to job losses on farms
“The 2013 increase in the minimum wage for farm workers did cause a drop in employment, new research by the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit at the University of Cape Town suggests.
However, the researchers were unable to determine exactly how many jobs the wage increase cost. The study also found that the average wage for rural farm workers increased, meaning that the legislation was being followed.“
MIDDLE EAST : Happy Fifth Anniversary, Hillary Clinton, You’ve Destroyed Libya… We Await Your Next War “Convention confetti raining down on smiling faces should not conceal the bloody truth that trails Hillary Clinton. As the balloons rise to celebrate her triumph, her victims continue to fall.
Following the bidding of her oligarchic backers in the hidden government, she has always been fervently eager to lend her immoral authority to the massacre of foreign peoples and the destruction of their central governments. Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Serbia, etc. – the list is as long as her moral turpitude is deep.”
ZIMBABWE: ‘Illegal’ and criminalised: undocumented Zimbabwean migrant workers as ‘unfree’ labour in Witbank, South Africa “Restrictive immigration enforcement practices have seen an increasing convergence between immigration and criminal justice systems with undocumented (im)migration becoming more illegalised and criminalised. Criminalising migrant ‘illegality’ gives legal legitimacy to discrimination and exclusion of undocumented migrant workers. It creates legalised unfreedoms and produces undocumented migrant workers as a subordinate workforce without legal status – a palatable fodder for exploitative employers, particularly in the informal sector.” read more…http://col
MIDDLE EAST: Israeli anger as Qatar backs campaign for global boycott “The Israeli government has reacted angrily to plans by the Gulf state of Qatar to support a group backed by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn which wants to impose a global trade and cultural boycott on the Jewish state.”read more…http://www.tel
MIDDLE EAST: Stop Living in Denial, Israel Is an Evil State “Israel may not be Nazi, nor even a fascist state. Yet it is a member of the same terrible family, the family of evil states. Just consider these acts of evil perpetrated by the state.“ read more…http://www.haa
CROATIA:When Fascist Right-wingers Take Over the Arts: Croatia as a Cautionary Tale “The formation of a coalition government led to the appointment of a minister of culture who began to aggressively attack artists and intellectuals in all their institutions, in order to impose a worldview that can only be described as fascistic. Yes, it happened this year – in Croatia.” read more…http://www.haa
USA: Taxi Industry Speaks! How to level the playing field with Uber and Lyft “San Francisco taxi industry representatives state their views on what rules would help level the playing field between themselves and Uber and Lyft.”read more…https://www.you
USA: There’s a Problem With ‘Crowd Labor’ “If the online labor platform Mechanical Turk is any indication, the workplace of the future has no walls, no national borders, and virtually no limits to growth. Mechanical Turk, or MTurk, is a rapidly expanding “crowd labor” service run by Amazon, which harnesses the networked nature of our world to create a mammoth transnational hiring hall. But is this digital workplace without limits also operating without sensible labor rules?” read more…http://www.dai
USA:Silencing America As it Prepares for War “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, preparting to kill him. It was a baptism in the American way, alond with the salivating violence of the Chicago police at the Democratic Party’s rigged convention. The great counter revolution had begun.” read more…http://joh
USA: Chasing Edward Snowden Full Documentary “This movie briefly covers NSA analyst-turned whistleblower Edward Snowden and his escape from American authorities to Hong Kong and later to Russia, after leaking classified information about global surveillance programs used by the American government to spy on people around the world and other nations activities. The movie also presents the journalists who had an exclusive access to Snowden and also the members of WikiLeaks, who helped him in moments of his escape.”read more…https://www.you
BRITAIN: A Failed Experiment “The sorry tale of free school fraudster Sajid Hussain Raza is drawing to its conclusion.
The founder of Kings Science Academy in Bradford — now Dixon Kings Academy — faces a possible jail sentence alongside two former colleagues after being found guilty of pocketing Department for Education grants to the tune of around £150,000.”