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E-NEWS BULLETIN 15 September 2017 A week’s links to the making of the world


A history of violence: Police action in Hout Bay

Fourteen-year-old Ona Dubula‚ who was shot in the face at close range by police while he hid behind a table during a protest in Hout Bay on Tuesday‚ had surgery on Wednesday afternoon to remove a second rubber bullet that had been lodged under his tongue.

They shot at me as I ran away, says girl aged 9

A 9-year-old girl from Zithobeni, near Bronkhorstspruit was allegedly assaulted by two white men and tied to a tree on a farm.

Workers owed billions in unclaimed benefits

Workers across Southern Africa are owed billions in unclaimed benefits but it’s proving to be difficult to trace them. The Financial Services Board says that pension fund administrators have R42 billion in unclaimed pension and provident fund benefits.

Riddle of miners’ missing billionseCape ex-miner

There are 180,000 former mineworkers who have not yet managed to crack the wall of sophisticated financial waffle and labyrinth-like maze of bureaucracy and official inertia which stands in their way of claiming their pension savings.

NGOs threaten protests over ‘crippling’ bank charges

Several struggling NGOs have pleaded with banks to stop charging them crippling bank charges. Organised under the South African Non-Profit Organisations Federation, they claim they are subjected to high bank charges as if they are profit-making businesses.

r2klogoCybercrimes Bill is a threat to internet freedom

The Right2Know campaign rejects provisions in the Cybercrimes Bill that will hand over further powers to securocrats, putting them in control of internet governance in South Africa. These provisions will make the Internet less safe, not more safe.

The Expanded Public Works Programme: Perspectives of direct beneficiaries

Based on primary sources, including in-depth interviews, newspaper reports and internet sources, this article seeks to provide a qualitative review of the Expanded Public Works Programme from the perspective of the beneficiaries of municipal EPWP projects.

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

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America’s secret role in the kibuye rwandaRwandan genocide

The violence that shocked the world in 1994 did not come from nowhere. While the CIA looked on, its allies in the Ugandan government helped to spread terror and fuel ethnic hatred.

Labour protests hit France in key challenge for Macron

Some 4,000 strikes have been called under the action led by France’s biggest trade union, the CGT, with rail workers, students and civil servants urged to protest in cities from Paris to Marseille and Toulouse.

UK government oversees a 635% increase in arms sales to regimes that torture, abuse and kill citizenskiller PM

In the 22 months since the 2015 election, the Conservatives have licensed nearly £5bn-worth of weapons to repressive governments alone. Many of these governments torture, abuse and kill citizens.

Nuclear plans ‘should be wind farmrethought after fall in offshore windfarm costs’

The government is under pressure to reconsider its commitment to a new generation of nuclear power stations after the cost of offshore wind power reached a record low.

EU nations authorized their vessels to unlawfully fish in African waters

illegal trawlerFor more than three years, European Union members states authorized unlawful fishing activities off the coast of Africa in contravention of common regional laws and policies, a new report shows.

Film Makers Go to North Korea for a Haircut to Highlight the Hypocrisy of American Propaganda

In this short film two Australian film makers decided to go to North Korea for themselves to get a haircut and find out more about the North Korean culture.


A bloody decade of the iPhonei-slave

I look back at the first ten years of the iPhone and see a bloody decade of labour abuse, especially in Chinese factories such as those run by Foxconn, the world’s largest electronics manufacturer.

Fury at ‘Bodega’ tech startup that aims to put corner techie spazashops out of business

The company, founded by two former Google employees and launched on Wednesday, is marketing five-foot-wide pantries that users can unlock with their smartphones to pick up non-perishable items. There are no humans at the “stores”.

This $586.56 San Francisco Lawsuit Could Destroy The Entire ‘Gig Economy’

Many Silicon Valley tech giants enjoy subsidies from the labour of workers it contracts out. Contractors at GrubHub and Uber are now contesting whether they should be counted at employees rather than independent contractors.

As Amazon Pushes Forward With Robots, Workers Find amazonianNew Roles

Amazon’s warehouses, which now employ more than 125,000 people across the United States, are being outfitted with the latest in robots and tech, but not at the expense of human jobs.

Facebook hit with €1.2m fine in Spain for breaking privacy laws

The social network breached laws designed to protect citizens’ information and privacy on three occasions, according to the Spanish authorities.

How Facebook’s Zuckerberg Is Quietly Funding Africa’s Future Global Enslavement

fbk africa Why is Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg all of a sudden so concerned about Africa that he’s not only dumping tens of millions of dollars on numerous “African Initiatives” in 2016, but he’s even personally traveling to many African nations to see to it that these agendas and initiatives get done?

How Silicon Valley is erasing network individualyour individuality

Today’s ascendant monopolies aspire to encompass all of existence. They aim to build driverless cars, manufacture phones and conquer death. Amazon, which once called itself “the everything store,” now produces television shows… The architect of this firm, Jeff Bezos, even owns this newspaper.

Silicon Valley Education Foundation chief steps downchoudry

Muhammed Chaudhry, founder and CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, has stepped down as chief of the high-profile group dedicated to boosting education of the valley’s poorest students.

stquentinSilicon Valley’s Plan to Turn Inmates into Coders

The inmates will become part of Silicon Valley’s latest experimental employment arrangement when the Last Mile launches a program that will have them doing actual entry-level front-end coding work for companies on the outside.

The Internet Was Always A Common Carrier

Railways, telephone lines, and Internets have been vital to society and the economy and are thus common carriers. Given their importance, common carriers enjoy special protection under the law in exchange for facilitating open and neutral communication.


– an ITF education booklet

The 45-page booklet examines the issues faced by informal workers, new models and methods in organising, and the implications for the trade union movement.


Chile, September 11, 1973: The Inauguration of Neoliberalism, “Shock Treatment” and the Instruments of Economic Repression: The Junta’s Deadly “Economic Medicine”

“Regime change” was enforced through a covert CIA military intelligence operation, which laid the groundwork for the military takeover, the assassination of president Allende as well as the macro-economic reforms to be adopted in the wake of the military coup.


The Poets of the Black BCpoetsConsciousness Era

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the death of Steve Biko, leader of the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa. This movement was very influential in shaping South Africa’s literary history.