Amcu won a major victory on Workers Day no less when the Labour Court ordered that the Chief Inspector of Mines must by 18 May gazette minimum guidelines for mining companies on managing the Covid-19 pandemic under the terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act.
The current debate on the medical role and cost of the Cuban Health Brigade in combating the Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fault lines of inequality in our society and also the limits of our consciousness on social solidarity.
Movements have been: pushing states to take action, fighting for the needs of marginalised groups, developing mutual aid, organising strikes and rent strikes – and fighting for a better world afterwards. This stuff matters!
As a white man watching the Michigan protests of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home orders, all I could think was: Black people don’t get to do this Muslims don’t get to do this. Latinos don’t get to do this. People who don’t look like this don’t get to do this.
In the pandemic, “illegal” workers are now deemed “essential” by the federal government. The best way to guarantee food security in the future is to legalize migrant workers in order to keep them in the U.S., and to offer a pathway to legalization as an incentive for new agricultural workers to come. ALFREDO CORCHADO | NEW YORK TIMES
Public health data for the cities of Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Fortaleza show a shift in recent weeks from the wealthy boroughs that seeded the outbreak to the gritty urban outskirts. SLATTERY, EISENHAMMER, PEROBELLI | REUTERS
Experts have been consistent in telling the public that one of the best means to stop the spread of the coronavirus is the practice of good hygiene. But how can you abide by these instructions when you do not have access to clean water?
Venezuelan Minister of the Interior, Nestor Reverol, made public this Sunday the dismantling of a terrorist assault by sea, originating in Colombia, and aiming to disembark on the coasts of the state of La Guaira.
There is a bloodless quality to the way that we talk about the debt of the poorer nations. There is nothing poetic here. The numbers are alienating, their outcome shocking. VIJAY PRASHAD | TRICONTINENTAL: INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
An epistemic break has occurred, a rupture in the seemingly entrenched mechanisms of neoliberalism. Tech giants offer a new dystopia in the wake of the pandemic. Socialism presents a hopeful alternative. Which post-capitalist world will emerge?
Many of the new surveillance powers now sought by governments worldwide threaten freedom of speech. People will be chilled and deterred from speaking out if they fear scrutiny from cameras, drones, face recognition, thermal imaging, and location trackers. It is all too easy for governments to redeploy the infrastructure of surveillance from pandemic containment to political spying.
The issue of when and how life, and most of all, the economy will be able to return to “normal” is becoming more serious. The plans and proposals on how this can be done, range from the outright genocidal to the seemingly scientific and humane. GEORGI MARINOV | LEFT EAST
The danger of conspiracy theories is their ability to breed apathy and resignation, offering an easy narrative that makes people susceptible to influence and limits social change. There is another way. ARAGON ELOFF | NEW FRAME
The Black Death depopulated Europe, killing as much as 60 percent of the population in the middle of the fourteenth century. By carrying off so many peasants, the Black Death made a major contribution to eroding the foundations of the dominant economic system of the time. JOHN FEFFER | FOREIGN POLICY IN FOCUS
For all their obvious differences in the record of the pandemic, there is one thing all countries have in common: the global Corona-pandemic hit immigrant populations, the poor, and Black and Brown people the hardest. MAHENDRAN, MUNA, MENDIVIL | KARIBU
The UK’s Palestine Solidarity Campaign won what it said was a historic legal victory for the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement on Wednesday. BDS campaigners celebrated as the Supreme Court in London struck out an anti-divestment rule imposed by the government in 2016. ASA WINSTANLEY | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
Caledon FM radio show on the pitfalls of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, one disappointing fact being that the jobs, which have traditionally allowed people entry into the middle class, are now disappearing. RESEARCH ICT AFRICA
This documentary takes a look at hacking in the place where technology and activists meet. Where the need to circumvent state surveillance and surveillance capitalism is grave. Where people see an unfair system in society and find a way to hack it. This is the true hacker habitat. RåFILM
This is a very effective but flawed film, combining a biting critique of “green” capital-driven renewable energy creation and big capital influence on the agendas of major U.S. environmental groups with a Malthusian message.
The film is controversial because it makes two big claims: first, that renewable energy is a sham; second, that big environmental organizations—by promoting solar and wind power—have sold their souls to billionaire investors.
RICHARD HEINBERG | POST CARBON INSTITUTE
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