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Your weekly round up of alternative news you ought to know • 2 December 2016

1. Shame of SA’s hungry children
2. Journalist victimisation at the SABC
3. Right2Know statement on firing of Citizen Editor

1. Bernie Sanders: Big Business ‘took Trump hostage’
2. The Global Wealth Report 2016
3. Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality
4. Two different approaches that fail to protect Brazilian or British agricultural workers
5. Climate Change and the coming humanitarian catastrophe

1. Digital Democracy Manifesto by Jeremy Corbyn
2. Toolkit on ending violence against women transport workers
3. Facebook said to create censorship tool to get back into China
3.1 Why Facebook’s China adventure will need more than censorship to succeed
4. Schools partially funded by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg ordered to close in Uganda
5. Billionaires destroying public education
6. Amazon worker jumps off 12-storey building

1. BDS appeal for support


Shame of SA’s hungry children

Twelve million of South Africa’s 18 million children survive on R12 a day according to the SA Child Gauge 2016 report launched by the Children’s Institute this week…

Journalist victimisation nothing less than ring fencing the SABC’s feeding trough

In the latest of his vitally informative pieces on the SABC and the politically-deployed leadership that has caused it to lurch from crisis to crisis, trampling every tenet of decent journalism and management practice, Ed Herbst, reveals what happens to its victims…

R2K Statement on firing of Citizen Editor, Steven Motale

Publishers of The Citizen newspaper, fired their editor Steven Motale after an internal disciplinary process in which Motale claims no hearing was held. Motale was disciplined for publishing investigations into corruption allegations against former finance minister Trevor Manuel, as well as reports critical of finance minister Pravin Gordhan and ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu…


Bernie Sanders: Big Business ‘Took Trump Hostage and Won’


President-elect Donald Trump has bowed to corporate power and walked back his own campaign promises mere weeks after being elected, says Sen. Bernie Sanders in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday….

The Global Wealth Report 2016

The seventh edition of the Credit Suisse Research Institute’s Global Wealth Report confirms a course of the weak global wealth growth. In the past 12 months, global wealth has risen by 3.5 trillion dollars to 256 trillion dollars, which represents an increase of 1.4 percent. However, wealth creation has merely kept pace with population growth. As a result, in 2016, wealth per adult was unchanged for the first time since 2008, at approximately 52,800 dollars…

Why the media is a key dimension of global inequality

Global platform companies such as Google, Twitter, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple have a pervasive regulatory power. Yet these platforms have so far been driven by only one goal: profit. The story of expanding global media networks is often told as if they spread freedom everywhere, liberally and evenly. But when we ask freedom for whom, the tale gets more complex…

Two different approaches that fail to protect Brazilian or British agricultural workers

Many cases of labour exploitation have been uncovered, including slave-like conditions, in both countries. These exploitative conditions are typically found in the agricultural sector, and most of them are associated with outsourcing/subcontracting arrangements…

Climate Change and the Coming ‘Humanitarian Crisis of Epic Proportions’


Climate change—and resultant natural disasters, droughts, and sea level rise—”could lead to a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions,” according to senior military figures. The experts echoed a recent warning from the United Nations that without radical action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, “we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy,” as the number of global climate refugees climbs…


Digital Democracy Manifesto

by Jeremy Corbyn, leader of the Labour Party in England

We will deliver high-speed broadband and mobile connectivity for every household, company and organization in Britain from the inner city neighborhoods to the remotest rural community… Digital_Democracy.pdf

Take action against gender based violence at work

A toolkit on ending violence against women transport workers is available…

Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin.

Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper…

Why Facebook’s China adventure will need more than censorship to succeed

Facebook needs to invest in more than just censorship tools if it hopes to lift a seven-year ban in China, experts say, amid a tightening space for foreign technology companies in the world’s most populous nation…

Schools partially funded by Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg ordered to close in Uganda because they ‘risked the life and safety of 12,000 students’

A chain of 63 for-profit schools in Uganda, partially funded by the Zuckerberg and Gates foundations has been told to close by the government because they are ‘unsanitary and unqualified’ …

Billionaires destroying Public Education

The billionaire-backed privatization movement is stealthily advancing an undemocratic agenda, cloaked in deceptive rhetoric, that the public is not aware of and does not understand.

The following is an excerpt from the new, expanded edition of The Death and Life of the Great American School System by Diane Ravitch…

Amazon Worker Jumps off 12-Story Building After Being Put on Big-Brother-Like ‘Performance Improvement Plan’

An Amazon worker was injured in a suicide attempt after jumping off a 12-story company building in Seattle. Authorities did not release the identity of the man, but the story indicates he wrote an email before he tried to kill himself…

PALESTINE: Boycott movement’s appeal for support

Hope? How can we cling on to hope, some may ask, when Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid is intensifying its brutal oppression to unprecedented levels and trying to sear into our consciousness the futility of resistance?

Despite decades of ethnic cleansing, dispossession, siege and denial of our human rights, we continue to resist oppression and to assert our quest for “the full menu of rights,” as Archbishop Desmond Tutu would say.

An inclusive, anti-racist, and strategic movement, BDS has today become a key part of our popular resistance and the most important form of international solidarity with our struggle for our rights under international law.

As our round-up of the year shows, the strategic impact of the BDS movement has increased to unprecedented levels in 2016.

Please donate to the Palestinian BDS National Committee (BNC) today to help us continue building the BDS movement for Palestinian rights

After failing to quell the BDS movement for years, Israel has finally adopted since 2014 a new strategy of legal warfare, cyber sabotage, espionage, and propaganda on steroids, evoking memories of McCarthyism.

A ministry of “Strategic Affairs” was established primarily to fight BDS. Israeli ministers have imposed a travel ban on me, threatened me and other BDS human rights defenders with “civil assassination,” and established a “tarnishing unit” to smear us, all in a desperate attempt to bully me and my colleagues into silence.

I am unnerved by their mafia-like threats and smears, but I am most certainly undeterred.

The oppressors’ attempts to colonize our minds with fear, complacency and despair have failed. With the inspiring solidarity of millions around the world, our struggle for freedom, justice and equality is stronger than ever. We march on, with passion, with resolve, and with boundless hope.

Help us in nourishing this hope by donating to the Palestinian BDS National Committee

While Israel’s regime is rejoicing at the rise of the similarly-minded xenophobic and supremacist right in Europe, the US, and elsewhere, we in the BDS movement are celebrating the gradual emergence of a broad, global, progressive intersectional community that includes movements for racial, economic, social, gender and climate justice.

With its shift to the unmasked far right, Israel’s “brand” is steadily deteriorating and its international isolation at the grassroots level is worsening, mainly due to effective and strategic BDS campaigning. From mainstream churches to large trade unions, from student governments to academic associations, and among artists, LGBTQ activists, feminists, indigenous groups, Black rights movements, progressive Jewish groups, and others, BDS is growing, organically and steadily, in the Arab world, in the Global South, as well as in the west.

Israel has used its enormous influence to enlist complicit governments in its war of repression against Palestine solidarity and BDS in particular. As a result, the governments of France, the UK, and Canada, along with several state legislatures in the US have duly adopted authoritarian and patently anti-democratic measures against BDS, a time-honored strategy for resisting injustice.

But Israel’s legal war on the movement has suffered a major setback. The European Union, Sweden, Ireland and Netherlands, as well as Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), among others, have defended the right to boycott Israel as a matter of freedom of speech.

Help us in confronting this new McCarthyism by donating to the BDS movement today

Martin Luther King Jr. once said, boycott is essentially “withdrawing … cooperation from an evil system.” If you think about it, this is hardly an act of charity. It is a profound moral obligation to do no harm. And that is the very first and necessary form of solidarity with the oppressed.

As in the struggles for Civil Rights in the US and against apartheid in South Africa, no repression can ultimately quash the power of well-rooted hope.

In friendship,

Omar Barghouti
Co-founder of the BDS movement for Palestinian rights