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E-NEWS BULLETIN
 
Your weekly round up of alternative news you ought to know • 9 September 2016     
 
CONTENTS
SOUTHERN AFRICA:
1. Genocide in Plain Sight: Shooting Bushmen From Helicopters in Botswana
2. Union leaders’ court power bid backfires
3. Cosatu and the ‘conveyor belt’ threat
4. Strikers could be dismissed for misconduct – Parliament
5. Old Mutual-owned Futuregrowth’s decision is political

INTERNATIONAL
LABOUR

1. Federal Labour Court finds that third parties are not entitled to damages during a strike
2. Tens of millions of Indian workers strike in fight for higher wages

MIDDLE EAST:
1. Tell FIFA: Israel must ban settlement-based football clubs
2. VIDEO: Dutch MP refuses to shake hands with Netanyahu

MEDIA
1. Bypassing Chinese Internet Censorship: How I Built a Censored Microblog Aggregator
2. 13 Billion: Lucky for some?
3. #YouTubeisoverparty: Video site inexplicably removes ad money, angers users
4. Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after row over ‘napalm girl’ photo
5. Dear Mark. I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture.

AFRICA: Genocide in Plain Sight: Shooting Bushmen From Helicopters in Botswana
“In a healthy democracy, people are not shot at from helicopters for collecting food. They are certainly not then arrested, stripped bare and beaten while in custody without facing trial.

Nor are people banned from their legitimate livelihoods, or persecuted on false pretenses.

Sadly in Botswana, southern Africa’s much-vaunted ‘beacon of democracy’, all of this took place late last month in an incident which has been criminally under-reported. Nine Bushmen were later arrested and subsequently stripped naked and beaten while in custody.”  read more…http://www.cou
 

 
SOUTH AFRICA: Union leaders’ court power bid backfires
An attempted power grab by a faction of paper and chemicals union Ceppwawu failed in the high court in Pretoria this week, leaving the beleaguered union in an even deeper constitutional and financial hole.

Instead, Ceppwawu general secretary Simon Mofokeng and president Thamsanqa Mhlongo will have to rely on messy and protracted disciplinary hearings in the coming weeks to rid themselves of their rivals. The two have suspended 11 senior members and fired one more.  read more…http://www.iol

 
SOUTH AFRICA: Cosatu and the ‘conveyor belt’ threat
STATE CAPTURE. These are two of perhaps the most used words in recent political and social commentary in South Africa.

And here they seem to have a very specific meaning:  the attempt — or possible success — of a single family, the Guptas, in being able to exercise great and undue influence over the government.  In this case by allegedly controlling President Jacob Zuma who, in turn, ensures his control via ministerial appointments and patronage.  read more…http://www.fin24

 
SOUTH AFRICA: Strikers could be dismissed for misconduct – Parliament
Nehawu-affiliated workers who embarked on an unprotected strike at Parliament on Thursday could be fired if found guilty of misconduct.

Parliament said it found the reasons for the strike unconvincing and said it was not notified of it.

“The action is unprotected and staff are cautioned against committing misconduct by participating in such action. In instances where misconduct is committed, disciplinary action will be taken and this may lead to dismissal,” the institution said in a statement.  read more…http://www.new

 
SOUTH AFRICA: Old Mutual owned Futuregrowth’s decision is political
The African National Congress (ANC) is hopeful that asset manager Futuregrowth will engage with relevant Ministries and parastatals to discuss the concerns they have following its decision to stop lending money to South Africa’s top six state companies.

“The ANC is concerned by the posture adopted by Futuregrowth,” said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa in a statement.  read more…http://www.the

 
GERMANY: Federal Labour Court finds that third parties are not entitled to damages during a strike
Trade unions around the world are facing severe attacks from employers on the right to strike. In the ILO, employers challenged the findings of the CEACR (Committee of Experts on the Application of Conventions and Recommendations) that the right to strike should be part of Convention 87 on Freedom of Association. The recent decisions of the German Federal Labour Court (the BAG, in German) that third parties affected by a strike are not entitled to claim for damages, is therefore tremendously important far beyond German borders. Accepting third parties’ compensation claims in Germany would have been a further limitation on the right to strike.  read more…http://colu
 
INDIA: Tens of millions of Indian workers strike in fight for higher wages
A nationwide strike by tens of millions of Indian public sector workers has been hailed by union officials as “the world’s largest ever” industrial action, and cost the economy up to 180bn rupees (£2bn), according to an industry group.

Last-minute concessions by the finance and labour ministries, including a 104-rupee rise in unskilled workers’ daily minimum wage, could not ward off the strike against what unions said were the “anti-worker and anti-people” policies of Narendra Modi’s government.  read more…https://www.the

 
MIDDLE EAST: Tell FIFA: Israel must ban settlement-based football clubs
Several Israeli football clubs currently operate out of illegal settlements in the Occupied West Bank. They participate freely in the leagues and competitions of the Israel Football Association (IFA). This intolerable situation contravenes both international law and the Statutes of FIFA by which global football is governed.  read more…http://rci
 
MIDDLE EAST: VIDEO: Dutch MP refuses to shake hands with Netanyahu
Footage emerged early on Wednesday showing Dutch parliamentarian Tunahan Kuzu, wearing a Palestinian flag pin on his blazer, keeping his hands behind his back as Israel PM Netanyahu approaches to shake his hand.  read more…http://www.mid
 
CHINA: Bypassing Chinese Internet Censorship: How I Built a Censored Microblog Aggregator
As is known worldwide, the Chinese government enforces strict censorship on the internet. The Chinese censorship system, commonly known as the Great Firewall of China, is operated by the Ministry of Public Security and is officially named the Golden Shield Project. The system has been in operation since 2003.  read more…https://www.top
 
IRELAND: 13 Billion; Lucky for some? 
Cork is a pretty city on the river Lee in the south of Ireland where I lived for part of my childhood. Cupertino in the Silicon Valley is the HQ of Apple Inc. As an Irishman and former Silicon Valley software engineer (who is ironically typing this article on an Apple Mac) what is my problem? Doesn’t Apple provide 6,000 Irish jobs? Well it turns out Apple’s small investments in staffing and infrastructure in Ireland are dwarfed by the benefits Apple accrued from a special relationship with the Irish legal and taxation system which it has been milking for billions for years.  read more…http://www.iris
 
USA: #YouTubeisoverparty: Video site inexplicably removes ad money, angers users
 YouTube content creators are up in arms over the video website removing their ability to earn money through advertisements. Many are also confused as to why their work is no longer considered “appropriate.”

Beginning late Wednesday night, the Google subsidiary began removing monetization from many videos as part of a decision to better enforce its community guidelines, including what content is considered inappropriate for advertising.  read more…https://www.rt

 
USA: Mark Zuckerberg accused of abusing power after row over ‘napalm girl’ photo
Norway’s largest newspaper has published a front-page open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, lambasting the company’s decision to censor a historic photograph of the Vietnam war and calling on Zuckerberg to recognize and live up to his role as “the world’s most powerful editor”.

Espen Egil Hansen, the editor-in-chief and CEO of Aftenposten, accused Zuckerberg of thoughtlessly “abusing your power” over the social media site that has become a lynchpin of the distribution of news and information around the world, writing, “I am upset, disappointed – well, in fact even afraid – of what you are about to do to a mainstay of our democratic society.”   read more…https://www.the

 
USA: Dear Mark. I am writing this to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove this picture.
Dear Mark Zuckerberg.

I follow you on Facebook, but you don’t know me. I am editor-in-chief of the Norwegian daily newspaper Aftenposten. I am writing this letter to inform you that I shall not comply with your requirement to remove a documentary photography from the Vietnam war made by Nick Ut.  read more…http://www.aft