Land occupiers in Monwabisi Park, Khayelitsha, were left homeless after the Anti-land Invasion Unit demolished shacks on the weekend. Khayelitsha residents, mostly backyarders who cannot afford the rent, have been erecting shacks on vacant land in the area for the past few weeks. groundup.org.za/
It was strong, powerful words like these by the Amadiba Crisis Committee, and echoed by peoples who are struggling against the domination of Transnational Corporations in the Southern Africa region that made last week’s Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal an inspiring and empowering experience.aidc.org.za/
Radical land transformation has been used as a jack-in-the-box that has regularly jumped up and taken centre stage of the government’s political discourse over the past twenty years. The pattern that has emerged over the two decades indicates more noise than an actual shift in political will. aidc.org.za/
“Since the massacre there have been seven suicides that I know of. Some of them were at the Koppie that day of the killing. People have become depressed, they see no value in life. I have lived in Marikana for 13 years and before 2012 I had heard of only two suicides,” thejournalist.org.za/
Four First National Bank (FNB) employees were fired by the bank for “political talk and using insulting language” after they made comments about race and DA leader, Mmusi Maimane’s wife on email and a WhatsApp group. The bank said it had intercepted their emails and WhatsApp conversations before dismissing them. thedailyvox.co.za/
The South African Federation of Trade Unions is shocked at Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba’s statement that he cannot guarantee that the government will not attempt to use workers’ pensions to capitalise state-owned companies and other projects. politicsweb.co.za/
Donald Liphoko, the acting CEO of the Media Diversity and Development Agency, reported signs of tampering at his home to the police. This was three days after he blew the lid on alleged mismanagement at the agency. news24.com/
Local news from Khayelitsha, East London, Port Elizabeth, Alexandra and Orange Farm in English and isiXhosa
Because Israel has staked first its survival and ultimately its growth into a dominant regional power on the disunity of its neighboring nations, it comes as no surprise that, faced with a winding-down of the Syrian conflict, it is now moving to escalate the war. mintpressnews.com/
It’s almost as if the glorification and praise for Charlie Hebdo that became morally mandatory in 2015 had nothing to do with free speech and everything to do with love of the anti-Islam content of Charlie Hebdo’s cartoons. theintercept.com/
Mexican farmworkers in northern Washington state struck Sarbanand Farms on Aug. 4 to protest the death of Honesto Silva Ibarra, who died of overwork and heat exhaustion in the blueberry fields. workers.org/
Gauri Lankesh, an Indian journalist, publisher and outspoken critic of right-wing groups, was shot dead by unknown attackers in front of her home in the southern city of Bangalore on Tuesday aljazeera.com/
Following a long-running campaign by the international trade union movement, violence and harassment against women and men in the world of work is on the agenda of the International Labour Conference in June 2018. industriall-union.org/
When the colleagues of Ali Gharavi and Peter Steudtner heard that they had been detained in Turkey, along with representatives of six renowned Turkish NGOs, they assumed there had been a misunderstanding. motherboard.vice.com/
More than two dozen education start-ups have enlisted teachers as brand ambassadors. Some give the teachers inexpensive gifts like free classroom technology or T-shirts. A math-teaching site owned by Amazon, offered Amazon gift cards to teachers who acted as company advisers. nytimes.com/
We will strike at the McDonald’s store in Crayford, South East London. At the same time, McDonald’s workers in Cambridge will strike too. All we’ll be asking for is that our billionaire employer does enough to put food on our own tables. inews.co.uk/
Tyrone works for a McDonald’s branch in Cambridge, UK. He left his unhappy family home a few months back. However hard he slogs, the wages he earns from McDonald’s do not put a roof over his head, or enough food on the table. The restaurant worker often has to skip meals. theguardian.com/
Larry Williams Jr. at age 29 is doing his best to resuscitate labour unions in the U.S.. He has created a digital platform called UnionBase, which he’s positioning as both a social network for union members and an organizing tool for unions. fastcompany.com/
The war on truth has reached a fever pitch as Google has made it their mission to annihilate the independent media. Many independent news sites across the political spectrum will have an uphill battle when it comes to getting their content in front of readers. Google has announced they will be making stories disappear from their monopolistic search engine. healthnutnews.com/
I propose three rules for artificial intelligence systems that are inspired by, yet develop further, the “three laws of robotics” that the writer Isaac Asimov introduced in 1942: A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm… nytimes.com/
Ernest Mandel was one of the most innovative Marxist thinkers of the twentieth century. He was a “professional revolutionary” who invested all his energy, knowledge and vast personal culture in the struggle for socialism and in the building of a revolutionary party and the Fourth International. This documentary looks back at Mandel’s life and 60 years of struggles: from the Civil War in Spain to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
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