In the early days of the nationwide lockdown, two informal recyclers were arrested for breaking regulations by trying to collect plastic. They remain behind bars today as their legal representatives battle to obtain a letter to force the facility to allow them to visit the waste pickers. CHANEL RETIEF | DAILY MAVERICK
By dumping the language of “flattening the curve” and instead declaring a spike in infections “inevitable””, the government has been able to justify the opening of the economy at the expense of the health of workers, school children and the working class more broadly. Now the country’s insufficient testing capacity is being used to justify new regulations that (a) force workers who have tested positive back into workplaces faster, and (b) remove the obligation on employers to send symptomatic workers for testing. CWAO
Millions of learners in South Africa are going hungry as the one meal they receive a day via their school feeding scheme has been removed under the Covid-19 lockdown. Section 27 and Equal Education are heading to court in an urgent attempt to force government to feed hungry children. ZUKISWA PIKOLI | DAILY MAVERICK
The activists said they would approach the courts if the minister tried to procure nuclear power or request information from nuclear vendors without following proper regulatory processes and seeking input from the public. REUTERS
The Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s attachment to ‘clean coal’ and new nuclear as immediate options for a post-Covid-19 economic recovery would be comical if they were not financially ruinous. Their fixation on these non-competitive, non-commercial technologies is now wasting scarce public resources. ANTON EBERHARD | DAILY MAVERICK
Members of a far right militia group were arrested Monday evening in Albuquerque after a standoff at a statue of a notoriously brutal conquistador in the New Mexico city turned violent with a demonstrator advocating for the removal of the monument shot and sent to the hospital. EOIN HIGGINS | COMMON DREAMS
Never underestimate US business community’s capacity for hypocrisy. As demonstrators began flooding streets, corporate PR departments flew into rapid response mode, issuing a flurry of agonized, apologetic pledges to do more to combat racism and inequality. TONI GILPIN | LABOR NOTES
India shocked by Himalayan border clash in which unarmed troops fought in the dark. The killings were sparked when a patrol of Indian soldiers encountered Chinese troops in a steep section of the mountainous region they believed China’s People’s Liberation Army had retreated from SAFI, ELLIS-PETERSEN, DAVIDSON |THE GUARDIAN
Disaster brings change. Many grassroots organizations and movements are trying to seize the moment to propose alternatives, and in some cases, to begin implementing them. Some are breathing new life into proposals made before the COVID-19 crisis began. DAVID BACON | FOOD FIRST
Covid-19 has brought to the fore the gross global inequalities that exist and has highlighted massive deficiencies in the capitalist system. As a result, there are growing demands that we should never return to “normal” in a post-pandemic world. TERRY BELL
Samidoun Network in occupied Palestine and in the diaspora urges all supporters and friends of Palestine to take action on 1 July in support of the mobilization taking place in Ramallah, occupied Palestine, to confront Israel’s declared plans for the annexation of much of the occupied West Bank of Palestine. SAMIDOUN
The eruption of national protests against police brutality following the murder of George Floyd have shed new light on Israel’s training of local police officers across the country. MAX BLUMENTAL | THE GREYZONE
It is hard to ignore the striking parallels between the recent scenes of police brutality in cities across the United States and decades of violence from Israel’s security forces against Palestinians. JONATHAN COOK | MIDDLE EAST EYE
The militarisation of the US police and their use of deadly violence against suspected petty criminals – and often non criminals – is a relatively new phenomenon that has largely been imported from Israel. RAMZY BAROUD | AMEC
ECHR rules unanimously that France’s highest court’s criminal conviction of Israel boycott advocates violates the European Convention on Human Rights’ article on freedom of expression. PALESTINIAN BDS NATIONAL COMMITTEE
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