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e-News bulletin 12 June 2020

 

 

 

20 confirmed Covid-19 cases in E Cape schools

Just in one week of schooling, the Eastern Cape Department of Education (ECDoE) has confirmed that 20 people have tested positive for covid-19.

The food crisis and hunger pandemic

The measures taken by government to slow the spread of COVID-19 have unmasked the face of racialised and gendered inequalities hiding in the folds of democracy.

COVID-19 and the Food Crisis in South Africa

                SOUTH AFRICA

The CCMA in a time of Covid-19: delaying and denying justice?

If the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration can’t even read its emails, it may as well close down.
BHAVNA RAMJI, KOMNAS PORIAZIS | GROUNDUP

An emergency budget needs bold decisions, including a bigger public sector

The finance minister is meant to table an emergency budget on June 24 given the devastating effects of the virus, which will be with us for a long time to come. Yet South Africa has long required a budget that addresses a multitude of emergencies. 
DOMINIC BROWN |  M&G

“Patients are suffering” due to severe staff shortage, says NEHAWU

“Stop the politics and work together with us” Eastern Cape Health Department tells union over covid-19 outbreak at Livingstone Hospital in Port Elizabeth.
MKHUSELI SIZANI | GROUNDUP

R14m defamation case between Australian miners and critics will make legal history

The Cape Town high Court will decide if the defamation case involving huge damages claims against much smaller opponents and critics is no less than an attempt to intimidate and silence them or commit them to long and expensive litigation to prevent further criticism and possible judicial adjudication.
JOHN YELD | GROUNDUP

People with HIV nearly three times as likely to die from coronavirus – new South African data

The Western Cape Department of Health considered almost 13,000 cases, including 435 deaths, to produce what it says is the first analysis of the interplay between HIV and the Covid-19.
BLOOMBERG

Residents of Kliptown, where the Freedom Charter was signed, still don’t have decent toilets

“We cannot adhere to social distance and hygiene standards in a place where 20 people share a single toilet.”
CHRIS GILILI | GROUNDUP

               INTERNATIONAL

‘Rubber Bullets’ Are Not Rubber

“Rubber bullets” is a bit of a misnomer. In actuality, they often feature a metal core or components with a thin polymer coating, and some are made entirely of hardened foam or plastic.
AMANDA ARNOLD | THE CUT

A Mass Uprising Is Here, Protect It From The Ruling Class

The breadth of the uprising is astounding with antiracism protests in all 50 U.S. states and more than 500 cities plus more than 13,500 arrests in 43 cities.
KEVIN ZEESE, MARGARET FLOWERS | POPULAR  RESISTANCE

From Minneapolis to the world

As the globe was colonised, the count of who was considered human narrowed, first along religious, then racial lines. Now, the fires of rebellion against this system are burning again.
NEW FRAME

Greek Protesters Set U.S. Embassy on Fire At Protest for George Floyd

Solidarity protests against the murder of George Floyd spread to Athens where protesters demonstrated and threw Molotov Cocktails at the U.S. embassy.
OH GROTH | LEFT VOICE

Interview with Evo Morales: Bolivia Under Dictatorship: US The Real Power

A little more than six months after the coup d’état against President Evo Morales in Bolivia, now exiled in Argentina, he warns of the serious situation his country is facing under a de facto government headed by the self-proclaimed President Jeanine Añez.
STELLA CALLONI | INTERNATIONALIST 360

How Western Media Confines US Imperialism To The Past

The Western media tends to ignore and erase US imperialism in the present day, only to acknowledge it in hindsight, when it is already too late and the damage is done.
SJOHN McEVOY | BRAZIL WIRE

Southern African spying laws leave citizen’s privacy at risk

New research – A Patchwork for Privacy. Mapping communications surveillance laws in southern Africa – shows gaps, loopholes and risk of abuse in state surveillance laws in twelve countries of southern Africa.
MURRAY HUNTER | MEDIA POLICY AND DEMOCRACY PROJECT

               ISRAEL / PALESTINE

Lessons from Palestine: America’s People of Color Need a Sustained Resistance Movement

The notion of an ongoing resistance by people of color in the US sounds outlandish but might be what is needed in order to rid America of its racist and violent attitudes.
MIKO PELED | MINT PRESS NEWS

US city bans brutal Israeli military training of police forces

Durham council voted unanimously 6-0 to adopt the ban, after a petition by activists garnered more than 1,400 signatures amid days of global protests against racism and police brutality sparked by the killing of Floyd.
MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Edward Said's spectre and the end of Oslo

What Edward Said predicted in the 1990s came to be. The PLO's two-state project has failed.

HAIDAR EID | AL JAZEERA

Israel’s Intent to Annex Part of West Bank May Spark New Wide-scale Middle East Crisis Amidst Global Pandemic

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas announced that the Palestinian state will no longer adhere to the agreements they signed with Israel and the United States. It is a reaction to Israel’s intentions to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank. If Abbas’s intentions are consistently implemented, it would be a paradox for Palestine to abolish itself.
PAUL ANTONOPOULOS | GLOBAL RESEARCH

NEW TECHNOLOGIES | NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

Working from Home Post-Coronavirus Will Give Bosses Greater Control of Workers’ Lives

A consensus is growing in the corporate world that working from home will be the new normal after coronavirus. Companies will sell it as a perk — but it will mean handing the boss even greater control over our lives.
LUKE SAVAGE | JACOBIN MAG
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