The many voices reflected in Corruption Watch’s 2018 annual report, which marks 25 years of freedom and democracy in South Africa, point to the impact of corruption on the lives of ordinary people, underlining how corruption erodes the pillars of our democracy. corruptionwatch.org.za/ [pdf 35 MB]
The apartheid did not start with him and will not end with his departure; it probably won’t even be dented. One of the most racist nations in the world cannot complain about its prime minister’s racism. israelpalestinenews.org/
Tens of millions of Chinese workers, students and civil servants are now using Study the Great Nation, often under pressure from the government. It is part of a sweeping effort by President Xi to strengthen ideological control in the digital age and reassert the party’s primacy, as Mao once did, as the center of Chinese life. nytimes.com/
The online retail giant, Amazon, has assembled an army of robots in its distribution centres. Will robots take over the world? Most researchers don’t think so. But how about our jobs? It could be fait accompli.
A new research paper by American and European climate scientists focusing on Arctic warming published Monday reveals that the rapidly warming air temperatures of the world’s northern polar region are having—and will continue to have—massive and negative impacts across the globe. commondreams.org/
Shawn Hattingh of Ilrig posits that to successfully fight and defeat the rise of authoritarian populist politics, a new system of direct democracy based around federated communes and workers’ co-operatives that produce to meet people’s needs has to be put in place. pambazuka.org/
Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today’s public debates. theconversation.com/
The transition to a capitalistic society did not happen naturally or smoothly. In order for capitalism to work, capitalists needed a pool of cheap, surplus labor. So what to do? Attack the peasantry for being lazy and force them into poverty! filmsforaction.org/
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