The teachers’ union and Khayelitsha Education Forum say they are not opposed to the introduction of classroom assistants that would facilitate lesson plans for teachers who are working from home due to covid-19 vulnerability.
The chilling deaths of three teachers from different schools in Khayelitsha due to the coronavirus and the general unsanitised schooling environment contributed to a number of protests by community members and parents beginning on the 1st of June across the Western Cape.
“Families have no idea what their loved ones are really going through. There is not a single healthcare worker who will ever be the same after this thing. We are emotionally broken.” SUZANNE VENTER | CITY PRESS
Academic freedom cannot be a defence for bad science. This, especially where the “findings” are driven by bigotry and subterfuge rather than science. Defenses of Nicoli Nattrass’s race speculations on the grounds of her academic freedom cannot overlook the racist quality of her work.
In response to the Turkish invasions, hundreds of thousands of women from different communities in Northern Syria have taken to the streets. On the International Day against Violence against Women, all the women’s organizations in Northern Syria organized large rallies across the region with the slogan ‘Occupation is Violence’. DILAR DIRIK | NEW INTERNATIONALIST
In 1974, the United Nations General Assembly passed a New International Economic Order (NIEO). The resolution laid out a clear plan for the structural transformation of the world system, but neoliberalism won out. We are certainly in need of a NIEO. VIJAY PRASHAD | TRICONTINENTAL INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH
With the pandemic rolling on unchecked, the fragility of the entire U.S. food system and the vulnerability of its workforce is coming into stark relief. COVID-19 outbreaks are now reaching far beyond the meatpacking industry. STAN COX | COUNTERPUNCH
The impact of COVID-19 in capitalist countries is more than 20 to 50 times worse than in socialist countries or in countries with high levels of social mobilization. The longer and wider this virus spreads, the clearer this political difference becomes. SARAH FLOUNDERS | WORKERS WORLD
On 1 July, Israel’s extremist government decided to keep everyone in the dark about if and how it will make use of the “golden opportunity” offered by the Trump administration to embark on de jure annexation of large swathes of the occupied Palestinian West Bank. AL-HAQ
Employers are rushing to use digital tracking technology to reduce virus transmission in the workplace. But privacy experts worry that businesses will start using their newfound surveillance capabilities for purposes far beyond public health. MOHANA RAVINDRANATH | POLITICO
Nigeria has a powerful tradition of socialist theory and practice that deserves to be better understood by the international left. That tradition has helped shape the best features of Nigeria’s contemporary political scene. ADAM MAYER | JACOBIN
During the 1920s, when the Russian Revolution was struggling with new problems — international isolation, the introduction of the NEP, and the open political struggles within the party after Lenin’s death — Trotsky intervened through various writings on the cultural problems of the transition. ARIANE DIAZ | LEFT VOICE
Ever since the US government turned its economy to the control of a “federal reserve” (which is not federal or government but private bankers), it had forfeited the control of its economy to what Eisenhauer warned about: “a military-industrial complex”. MAZIM QUMSIYEH | POPULAR RESISTANCE
It is the deadly longevity of anti-Black racism that we must grasp in order to understand the deeply painful anti-Black racist experiences that African Americans continue to endure in the 21st-century U.S., and the massive multiracial protests that have ensued. GEORGE YANCY | TRUTHOUT
the minute we individualize what are structural problems of police violence and focus upon rooting out “wrong thought”, we necessarily default to witch hunts of individuals through McCarthyesque callouts instead of understanding racism as a byproduct of structural inequalities. JULIAN VIGO | COUNTERPUNCH
White liberals are participating in the erasure of their own guilt and complicity. They are offering a comfortable alternative to the destruction of systemic racism, an alternative which posits that the system can still exist in the same form if we just be a bit kinder, a bit nicer, a bit more inclusive, a bit more ‘woke’. RUTH FOWLER | COUNTERPUNCH
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