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As the outcry by thousands of care workers whose bodies continue to be on the frontline against covid-19 gets louder around the country, their conditions of work remain unchanged.
LILITA GCWABE
A video report of the march, produced by News24, is included below.

Dismissed workers not happy with CCMA outcome

Fifteen workers who were dismissed in January by Desai’s Bakery in Port Elizabeth have written a letter of complaint to the CCMA accusing one of its commissioners of bias against them.
JOSEPH CHIRUME

Police fire teargas and rubber bullets at anti-racism protest – photos

The illusion of South Africa’s rainbow nation has become even more unreal at many ex-model C schools as anti-racism protesters are labelled fascist.
LILITA GCWABE

Zimbabwean teachers’ struggle against poverty continues

Teachers in Zimbabwe are on strike to demand a salary of USD520 per month and for the provision of PPE for them and learners.
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE

War against women rages on: Housing activist raped and murdered

Community members and activists filled up the hall during the memorial service last week for Wongeka Vimbayo.
LILITA GCWABE
                SOUTH AFRICA

SA’s unemployment is a national disgrace

A quarter century of failed economic policies tipped South Africa over the brink when Covid-19 hit. There is a solution, if the government is prepared to mobilise its resources.
DUMA GQUBULE | NEW FRAME

Eskom has cut 2,000 jobs in 10 months – with more to come

"There’s more to come. And that’s of course without resorting to forced retrenchments” - Eskom CEO.
BUSINESS TECH

Wake-up call for SA’s coal-dependent energy sector

The energy sector in South Africa remains one of the most coal-dependent and largest per capita polluters in the G20. Fossil fuels still account for 92% of South Africa’s total energy mix, with more than 85% of electricity coming from coal.
SHEREE BEGA | M&G

Sasol’s excessive non-exec pay irks activist shareholders

The out-of-town allowance non-execs receive for attending one board meeting in the current financial year exceeds Sasol’s minimum annual wage.
ANN CROTTY | MONET WEB

Battle for land ends after 22 years

The 300 families in the Prudhoe community are to return to a piece of land for which they have been fighting since 1988, when the community lodged a claim under the restitution of Land Act.
ASHRAF HENDRICKS | GROUNDUP

Using comics to change our minds and (hopefully) the world

The telling of stories is a tried and tested way of bringing people together and engaging young minds. Using the medium of comics creates visual interest and allows for the visual representation of ideas, concepts and emotions in a straightforward yet profound way.
DALE MCKINLEY, MANDI MOUSSORIS  | DAILY MAVERICK

Smart set top box wins Sentech’s Hack the Future contest

Michael Aldridge, who led the winning team, works as the head of technical operations at Cape Town TV, a community television station. The smart STB turns any TV monitor into a mini-computer. This can help bridge the country's digital divide,
LEBONE MANO | IT WEB

'We are not recognised': Healthcare workers protest pay and working conditions

A group of 200 healthcare workers from communities across the metropole, marched to the Western Cape provincial legislature on Wednesday morning. The group, lead by the service delivery and community health worker forums, handed over a memorandum to a Western Cape health department representative. Personal protective equipment and an additional R2 000 Covid-19 danger allowance were among their demands.
BERTRAM MALGAS | NEWS24
               INTERNATIONAL

War Crimes Report Means Get The Fuck Out Of Afghanistan

The much-anticipated report on potential war crimes by the Australian Defence Force in Afghanistan has been released, recommending 19 current or former soldiers be investigated for up to 39 murders.
CAITLIN JOHNSTONE | POPULAR RESISTANCE

Empire Update: Afghanistan/Somalia Withdrawal Scam; Trump Weighs WWIII

Covering the Grand Finale of Trump's promise to end the Afghanistan War; what's really behind the Somalia troop withdrawal; US-backed monarchy sparks new potential war in Africa; State Department takes new action for Israel against BDS movement; and potential for Trump to start war with Iran on his way out.
EMPIRE FILES

CORE Nigeria: “We Will Fight For Our Total Liberation”

A video of a police murder circulated on WhatsApp and posted on Twitter sparked the #EndSARS revolt of youths in Nigeria, which was drowned in blood with the massacre of at least 36 people on 20 October.
BABA AYE | PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL
 
An estimated 250 million workers went on strike Thursday, and millions of farmers joined the protest. It was the second strike this year and the fifth in the past six years since Modi took over as Prime Minister in 2014. This period has seen an onslaught on workers’ rights and living standards.
SUBODH VARMA | NEWS CLICK
This year’s 16 days campaign to end violence against women emphasizes the need for countries worldwide to urgently ratify ILO Resolution 190 and adopt domestic legislation in order to prevent work-place related violence.
CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN
 
Eight years ago, a fire in the Tazreen Fashions factory in Bangladesh trapped hundreds of workers in a building without fire exits. At least 112 workers died and many more were injured for life after jumping from upper floors. A group of severely injured workers spend their days protesting to call attention for their destitution.
CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Bus drivers protest for Covid relief

More than 300 Algoa Bus Company employees in Port Elizabeth want to know what has happened to TERS payments. They also accuse the company of not doing enough to safeguard drivers from Covid-19.
MKHUSELI SIZANI | GROUNDUP

The Colossal Problem of Publicly Funded Vaccines in Private Hands

The pharmaceutical industry has profited from billions of dollars in government scientific research without returning anything to the taxpayers.
MICHAEL HILTZIK | LA TIMES

COVID vaccines: calling the shots

Before the COVID-19 pandemic engulfed the world, the big pharmaceutical companies did little investment in vaccines for global diseases and viruses. It was just not profitable. Now there are billions to be made in selling effective vaccines to governments and health systems, in double-quick time, a batch of apparently effective vaccines has emerged.
MICHAEL ROBERTS BLOG

               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Calling on International Civil Society to Join Them: Palestinians, Israelis Call for a Single Democratic State

After decades of chasing after the chimera of a “two-state solution,” and after decades of asserting Palestinian rights with no viable political expression, the time for an effective campaign of decolonization and liberation is now, and it is urgent.
ONE DEMOCRATIC STATE CAMPAIGN

Why is the PA helping the occupation again?

The Palestinian Authority’s structure has helped Israel continue the occupation, including the building and expansion of settlements. Key issues relating to Palestinian rights – such as the right of return for Palestine’s refugees and the status of Jerusalem – have been shoved aside.
AHMED ABU ARTEMA | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA

Jewish-Led Groups Condemn Pompeo For Declaring Boycott-Divestment Movement Anti-Semitic

Jewish peace activists led a wave of stinging rebuke of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after he declared the peaceful BDS movement "anti-Semitic" while visiting an illegal Israeli settler colony built on stolen West Bank land.
BRETT WILKINS | COMMON DREAMS
ENVIRONMENT

Sea level rise may erode development in Africa

Sea level rise and extreme weather associated with climate change are threats to human health, safety, food and water security, and socioeconomic development in Africa,
HOPE MAFARANGA | EARTH BEAT

The 'market' won't save us from climate disaster. We must rethink our system

Expecting the free market to fix global warming is like trying to pound nails with a saw.
ROBERT S. DEVINE | THE GUARDIAN

Bags And Balloons: Plastic Pollution Choking Sea Life

A dead manatee in Florida was found to have swallowed so many plastic bags they formed a cantaloupe-sized ball in its stomach, while a baby turtle had its intestines perforated by tiny plastic fragments. They are some of 1,800 marine mammals and turtles found to have ingested or been entangled by plastic along American coastlines since 2009.
TERRA DAILY

Megaprojects flagged as Trojan horse to develop remaining rainforests

With goals to halt and end deforestation far off track, researchers warn of threat from plans to build infrastructure and mines in tropical forest regions.
MICHAEL TAYLOR | THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION
SCIENCE

Meave Leakey: 'Definitely, Africa is where it all began'

The renowned fossil hunter on the anti-African prejudice in palaeontology, her dream discovery, and bathing her daughter beside a baby hippo.
ZOE CORBYN | THE GUARDIAN
REMEMBERING

Maradona Goal of the Century - Víctor Hugo Morales commentary

The legendary live commentary of Maradona's Goal of the Century described with so much emotion the second goal by Diego Maradona, that for many Argentines this commentary is intimately linked to that goal, that game, that day and the Mexico 86 world cup.

In Defense of Communism: Diego Maradona, the Anti-imperialist

One can say many things about the life of Diego Maradona, his various addictions and mistakes. However, nobody can deny his staunch and consistent anti-imperialist stance.
IN DEFENSE OF COMMUNISM

Gary Lineker 'hopes Diego Maradona will find comfort in the hands of God' after death aged 60

"By some distance the best player of my generation and arguably the greatest of all time." #RIPDiego.'
MARK DUELL, JAMES GANT | DAILY MAIL

Don’t Mourn, Organize!

Two letters by the labor singer Joe Hill, who was executed 100 years ago today.
JOE HILL | JACOBIN
 
 
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