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E-NEWS BULLETIN 3 May 2019  Links to present possibilities


mathunjwaDeregistration threat to Amcu calls for active union solidarity

The Department of Labour’s threat to deregister the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union is a cause for concern. A failure to resolve this matter will only further entrench the view that the department is intent on punishing those it sees as opposed to the ANC.

cwao-logoCWAO Statement on the state’s threat to AMCU

The Department of Labour’s threat to deregister AMCU is a continuation of that attack on worker organisations and must be resisted by all progressive forces. The internal problems of trade unions must always only ever be the responsibility of their members to resolve. State interference must not be tolerated.

idaiTime for the South African government to declare a Climate Emergency!

On the 22nd of April, with regions in Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi still reeling from Cyclone Idai and braced for Cyclone Kenneth, KwaZulu-Natal experienced heavy rainfall resulting in devastating flooding, claiming close to 80 lives – statement by the South African Food Sovereignty Campaign.

red-antsHuge shack demolition in Johannesburg

Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and an army of Red Ants — carrying crowbars, riot shields and rubber bullet guns — demolished about 1,000 shacks on two properties in Rabie Ridge on Tuesday morning.

reclaimersJohannesburg’s informal reclaimers marching in protest on May 2

African Reclaimers Organisation marched in Johannesburg on Thursday, May 2 in a large-scale protest against the city’s refusal to recognise them, answer their demands and offer fair treatment and compensation.

farmworkers-speakoutFarmworkers tell of slave-master relationship with farmers after 25 years of democracy

Farmworkers and their organisations organised a speak-out in Robertson, Western Cape, on May Day to highlight the new wave of evictions that is said to be linked to calls for expropriation of land without compensation.

zwelithini-mabuzaWhy the ANC is bent on conferring colonial and apartheid-era rights on rural chiefs

Several bills before Parliament will entrench the colonial and apartheid-era powers given to often-illegitimate traditional leaders to exert absolute sway over their ‘subjects’. This includes control over land distribution and mining rights. It is the mining rights, in particular, that have sparked a new scramble for Africa, a scramble marked by corruption and self-enrichment.

iecSA youth plan to skip vote 25 years after freedom

More than half of 18-30 year-olds are missing from the electoral roll in a country that embraced democracy 25 years ago when Nelson Mandela came to power in the first multi-racial elections.

The Disappeared – more than 15 million eligible voters will not vote on SA’s future

Next Wednesday, 10-million South Africans who are eligible to vote won’t be at the ballot stations because they did not register. By polling and historic voter turnout patterns, about five million more people who have registered are unlikely to make to the polls.

ramaphosa-wefPresident Shocked Is Too Rich To Lead

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s now-infamous quotes about being ‘shocked’ and ‘appalled’ by various details he encounters while out on election campaign for the African National Congress show why he’s alienated from the population and shouldn’t lead it: he’s too rich.

sos-logoSOS Coalition Press Statement on ICASA and Minister of Communications

The SOS Coalition is seriously concerned by media reports that Minister of Communications, Ms Stella Nadabeni-Abrahams is threatening the independence of The Independent Communications Authority of South Africa, (ICASA) by withholding the first tranche of annual funding to the regulator.

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barrick-outWe Thought It Was Merely a Stone, But It Carried Away Our Wealth

Why is Canada, otherwise so particular about putting forward a face of liberalism and decency, at the lead of trying to overthrow a government by force? A close look at Canada’s government and its business interests, particularly the many Canadian mining corporations, reveals something quite different than the casual liberalism of its reputation.



st-clairIt Looks Like Another Failed US Coup in Venezuela

The imperialist neocons infesting the Trump administration may think they can invent their own reality through propaganda, as Bush’s “brain” Karl Rove used to claim about the Bush/Cheney administration, but when it comes to Latin America, they fail to realize how deeply the people of that continent loath and resent the U.S.

guaido-marquez-penceMike Pence Confirms: ‘We Are With’ Coup Plotters in Venezuela

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Tuesday that the Trump administration is firmly on the side of the coup plotters in Venezuela as violent clashes between the elected government and opposition forces led by Juan Guaido quickly escalated.

As Venezuela Coup Attempt Fails to Overthrow Maduro, Guaidó Calls for More Street Protests

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is claiming to have defeated a coup attempt launched by opposition leader Juan Guaidó, the president of the Venezuelan National Assembly.


jaffa-gateBefore Zionism: The shared life of Jews and Palestinians

Before the advent of Zionism and Arab nationalism, Jews and Palestinians lived in peace in the holy land. Menachem Klein’s new book maps out an oft-forgotten history of Israel/Palestine, and offers some guidance on how we may go back to that time.



$15-and-a-unionWhy the Labor Movement Has Failed—And How to Fix It

Traditional worker organizing has failed on every level. But new approaches are finding success, pointing the way to a more just future.



climate-emergency‘Activism Works’: UK Parliament Makes History in Declaring Climate Emergency

The motion put forth by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn follows a wave of actions demanding urgent action on the climate crisis.

monsterPlastic monsters from around the world return home to Nestlé

Greenpeace activists delivered a 20-meter long plastic monster covered in Nestlé branded plastic packaging to the company‘s global headquarters in Switzerland on April 16, 2019.


This newsletter is intended as a special and alternative news, information and knowledge source for all who are interested in issues relevant to promoting political, social and economic equality and the eradication of poverty. The articles contained herein are obtained from various electronic media platforms and do not necessarily reflect the views of WWMP.