Gender-based violence, where mainly male partners or family members mete out violence against their spouses or female family members, is rife and the country has among the highest rates of femicide in the world. In this show we look at and discuss the crisis of gender-based violence in South Africa under conditions of the COVID-19 pandemic and what can be done about it.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, the International Labour Organisation predicted that measures to curb the spread of the disease would disproportionately affect women workers. This has certainly turned out to be true in South Africa. MIKE ROGAN, CAROLINE SKINNER | THE CONVERSATION
Even if the proposed plans to reopen schools were feasible (which they are not), the request itself smacks of field generals five miles behind the frontline egging on foot soldiers in the trenches to ‘be brave’. SARA BLACK, ASHLEY VISAGIE | DAILY MAVERICK
Protests continue daily across the US as teachers, school workers and parents rally against the bipartisan demand for a return to classrooms, as coronavirus cases hit five million and deaths top 162,000. NANCY HANOVER | WSWS
A report by the American Academy of Pediatrics noted that children rarely get severely sick from Covid-19, but another report, from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, highlighted a novel threat to children from a new Covid-19-related condition. NEW YORK TIMES
Five thousand plant workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nebraska, representing nearly 20 percent of cases statewide, and at least 21 of those workers have died. Workers testified in the state legislature, supporting an amendment to set protective standards at plants across the state. CONNOR GOODWIN | AMERICAN PROSPECT
The Draft Films and Publications Amendment Regulations, recently published for public comment in South Africa, have significant implications for online distributors in their current form. The regulations apply to the sale, hiring and streaming of content on various digital platforms in South Africa. BUSINESS TECH
Early admiration in South Africa for President Cyril Ramaphosa’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has quickly dissolved with representatives of the state stealing emergency funds on a massive scale. NEW FRAME
The catastrophic explosion in Beirut followed years of ignored warnings by government officials about the ammonium nitrate stored at the port. Lecturer and activist Rania Masri says that the disaster is the product of a corrupt, sectarian political system maintained by foreign powers. THE GREYZONE
Massive demonstrations rippled through Beirut on 8 August calling for revenge on the politicians who bear collective responsibility for the huge explosion at the port on 4 August. MENA SOLIDARITY NETWORK
A national strike and nationwide road blockades against the postponement of general elections, have intensified across Bolivia. The regime and its right-wing allies have also threatened to attack the protesters. INTERNATIONALIST 360
US efforts to undermine the independence of Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Bolivia and force them to serve the interests of the US government and transnational corporations are failing. KEVIN ZEESE, MARGARET FLOWERS | POPULAR RESISTANCE
Stealing the resources of the Syrian people and plundering their wealth has always been a major goal of the United States in Syria, even if it means supporting terrorism and violating the rules of international law. RUAA AL-JAZAERI | SANA
When greed and power are exercised by giant multinational corporations that escape the discipline of the nation-state, the potential for evil becomes infinite in nature. Enough is never enough. RALPH NADER
With an estimated 17 to 40 million Americans at risk of losing their homes by the end of September, and with the failure of the federal government to pass an eviction moratorium or an unemployment benefits extension, the greatest eviction and foreclosure crisis since the Great Depression has arrived. GENERAL STRIKE 2020
Millions of garment workers around the world have not received their regular wages, or have not been paid at all, for months since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, shows a new report by Clean Clothes Campaign. CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN PRESS RELEASE
The myth of modern democracy is that it was handed down from on-high. In fact, the ruling class resisted extending the franchise at every turn – and it was socialists who fought them for the right to vote. ADAM J. SACKS | TRIBUNE MAGAZINE
Hiroshima and Nagasaki were acts of premeditated mass murder unleashing a weapon of intrinsic criminality. It was justified by lies that form the bedrock of 21st century U.S. war propaganda, casting a new enemy, and target – China. JOHN PILGER | CONSORTIUM NEWS
The people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were sacrificed as an exclamation point on a proclamation to the world announcing the arrival of the US as the world’s new pre-eminent superpower. BILL HACKWELL, ALICIA JRAPKO | RESUMEN ENGLISH
A conversation with Professor Richard Wolff, an economist and the author of “Democracy at Work”, about the history of capitalism and how it is inherently unstable. He posits that the United States is now in a situation where capitalism is unlikely to survive. MARGARET FLOWERS, KEVIN ZEESE | POPULAR RESISTANCE
Fidel Castro inspired revolutionaries around the world — and also provided them with direct material aid. On what would have been Castro’s 94th birthday, veteran anti-apartheid fighter Ronnie Kasrils salutes the Cuban leader’s solidarity with liberation struggles in Southern Africa and beyond. RONNIE KASRILS | JACOBIN MAG
John Bellamy Foster details the ecological foundation of Marx’s critique of capitalism and argues that it has great relevance to understanding the environmental crisis we face today. MONTHLY REVIEW ONLINE
As automation lets companies do more with fewer people, successful companies don’t need as many workers. Though today’s big companies make billions of dollars, they share that income with fewer employees, and more of their profit goes to shareholders. ALANA SEMUELS | TIME
Despite working long, irregular hours for low pay and often with no proper contract, home-based workers are often the only income providers in their households – an interview with the international coordinator of HomeNet South Asia. DAVID BROWNE | EQUAL TIMES
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