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E-NEWS BULLETIN 8 September 2017 A week’s links to the making of the world


Police on high alert after 2 ‘Uber taxis’ set alight in Johannesburg

Police were on “high alert” in Sandton on Thursday evening after two vehicles, believed to be Uber taxis, were set alight near a Gautrain station.

Hundreds of shacks demolished in shack marked for removalKhayelitsha

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.

The Right to Say No to Mining! Yes to our future!SADC tribunal

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.

Land at the centre of President Zuma’s Radical Economic Transformation

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.

The Real Price of Platinum: Squalor In the Shadow of Immense Wealth
Commemorating Marikana August 2012


“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,”

When privacy laws and corporate surveillance collide

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.

SAFTU condemns possible use of gigabaPIC funds to bail out bankrupt SOEs

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.

MDDA CEODeputy minister concerned about threats against acting MDDA CEO

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.


Local news from Khayelitsha, East London, Port Elizabeth, Alexandra and Orange Farm in English and isiXhosa

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The Conflict In Syria Was Always Israel’s War

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.

Charlie Hebdo May Now Be charlie hebdoCriticized Because It Mocked White Texans Rather Than Muslims

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.

zapataFarmworkers protest corporate murder, exploitation

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.

A ‘fearless’ Indian journalist silenced

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

NUM womenProposed ILO convention on gender based violence – take action now!

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.

Why the Arrest of IT Trainers in Turkey Affects Us All

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.

tech teacherPrivatization and Capitalism: Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues

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.

The great Saudi sell-off: why bankers and lawyers are flocking to the Gulf

The kingdom’s privatisation plans dwarf those of Thatcher or even the post-Soviet ‘Wild East’. And they will change the country out of all recognition.

I’m a McDonald’s worker and this is why I’m going on strike

mcdonaldsWe 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.

homeless in mcdonald'sPoverty, illness, homelessness – no wonder McDonald’s UK workers are going on strike

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.

Meet The Millennial Who’s Trying To Save The Labor Movement With A Facebook For Unions

larry-williamsLarry 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.


Bookmark this: Over 400 links Google doesn’t want you to visit

gogleThe 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.

robotHow to Regulate Artificial Intelligence

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…

A San Francisco official is pushing for a ‘robot tax’ — here’s what that means

A robot tax won’t end up in robot social welfare. Instead, it would benefit the ordinary human worker whose job was taken over by an intelligent machine


bolshevikThe Black Bolsheviks

Ernest Mandel: a life for the revolution

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.