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E-NEWS BULLETIN 10 November 2017 Links to present possibilities


SAFTU in solidarity with the CPUT students’ demand

student marchThe Federation of South African Trade Unions reaffirms its total support for the demand for free, universal and decolonised education. In particular SAFTU pledges its solidarity with students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology against the continued use of the paramilitary security company Vetus Schola.

Russian Revolution centenary festival

10-12 November, Workers’ Museum, Newtown Johannesburg

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Seven things you should know about October


salman binSaudi Arabia royal purge: Why it matters so much to the world beyond its borders

The Saudi night of the long knives was followed by the sudden appearance of Saad Hariri in the Kingdom, announcing that he was resigning as prime minister of Lebanon. Then came the news that the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas had been summoned to Riyadh.

China and the US: Rational Planning and ‘Lumpen’ CapitalismsinoUS

The clarity and coherence of a deep strategic thinker like President Xi Jinping contrasts to the improvised, contradictory and incoherent utterances from the US President and Congress. This is not a matter of mere style but of substantive content.

China Shifts Course, Is A Global Financial Crisis Brewing?

China’s president Xi and Peoples’ Bank of China chair, Zhou, have announced, post-convention, that China’s real growth will slow and have warned a global ‘Minsky Moment’ (i.e. financial crisis) may be brewing.

Xi takes full control of China’s future

Xi Jinping has been consecrated as China’s most powerful leader since Mao xi jinpingZedong after a new body of political thought carrying his name was added to the Communist party’s constitution.

Family planning bureau position on civil service exam attracts many

Millions of Chinese this week have been scrambling to apply to take China’s annual civil service exam, dubbed one of the most grueling exams in the country, with the most popular position on offer being the China Family Planning Association (CFPA).


American television producer jailed for trying to ‘overthrow’ Zimbabwe’s President Mugabe with a tweet

Police claim that she had tweeted, “We are being led by a selfish man and a sick man,” and charged her under Zimbabwe’s new cybercrimes law.

Twitter Suspends Accounts Linked to Venezuelan Government after Maduro Criticizes Pence

Vmaduro penceenezuelan officials reported Saturday that Twitter has suspended about 180 accounts linked to the government of President Nicolás Maduro following a diplomatic flare–up between Maduro and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.


Photojournalist flees persecution by Palestinian Authorityalhaj

Mohammad Alhaj told The Electronic Intifada that in August he was contacted by the PA’s intelligence service offering him a job as an informant, ostensibly to spy on other journalists and media workers.

Waking up to the horrors of Israeli militarization

israeli president and myanmargeneralOn Monday October 30, an historical protest took place in front of the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament. Approximately 100 people gathered to protest the sale of arms and military training by Israel to Myanmar, where these weapons and tactics are being used in the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in the west of the country.

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Report finds ‘Made in Europe’ label tied to garment and shoe production in European sweatshops

A new report, Europe’s Sweatshops, documents endemic poverty wages and other stark working conditions in the garment and shoe industry throughout Eastern and South-Eastern Europe.

Foxconn: Conning and Rising

Foxconn suspended operations in an Indian plant in February 2015 on the pretext that it had sold the plant to Rising Star. Over 700 of the 1300+ employees were coerced into taking voluntary retirement. The remaining workers refused to take the retirement package offered, and instead demanded that they get their job back.