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e-News bulletin 14 August 2020

 

Life stinks for East London township residents

Overflowing sewage pollutes numerous settlements around the Eastern Cape city and makes living there unbearable. MANDLA MNYAKAMA
Three families in Extension 7 Alexandra were left homeless and begging for shelter after the Johannesburg Metro Police Department demolished their houses.
RAMATAMO SEHOAI
There seems not to be an end in sight for the ailing health system in Zimbabwe as the government takes a hardline against the strike.
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE
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COVID-19 and Gender-Based Violence in South Africa

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.
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

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

Opening schools during Covid-19 is a pyrrhic victory – and teachers are the cannon fodder

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

Angry educators and parents across the US protest the reckless return to classrooms

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

                SOUTH AFRICA

Massive problems with new proposed internet rules for South Africa

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

Zulu King Goodwill announces partnership with AfriForum to fight land expropriation

“Anyone who wants to be elected by us must come and kneel here and commit that I will never touch your land” – King Goodwill Zwelithini
NEWS24

State looting calls ANC legitimacy into question

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

               INTERNATIONAL

Lebanon's corrupt, colonial system leads to explosion catastrophe

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

Lebanon: Beirut explosion rocks corrupt regime.

This tragedy was a disaster waiting to happen, and will provoke the anger of the masses against the corrupt clique at the top of society.
ALAN WOODS | IN DEFENCE OF MARXISM

'Execute Them': Lebanon Protesters Demand Revenge After Blast

Mock gallows nooses tied to brooms: Lebanese protesters on Saturday clamored for bloody revenge against a leadership they blame for the massive blast that engulfed their capital.
AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Lebanese Protesters Occupy Government Buildings As Army Uses Live Ammunition

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

How do you save a truly corrupt country like Lebanon? It’s a question with an almost impossible answer

The poison that is killing the country will require an international reaction not seen in decades if it is to be leached out.
ROBERT FISK | INDEPENDENT

Tensions Rise in Bolivia as Far-Right Groups Mobilize Against National Strike

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

Era Of US Domination Of Latin America Coming To An End

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

A Company Of Thieves Run By Washington To Steal Syrian Oil

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

The Infinite Greed, Power And Controls Of Giant Corporations

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

General Strike: The Eviction Crisis Escalates

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

Garment workers on poverty pay are left without billions of their wages during pandemic

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
               OPINION

How Socialists Won Our Democratic Rights

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

ATOMIC BOMBINGS AT 75: John Pilger — Another Hiroshima is Coming — Unless We Stop It Now

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

US: Crimes against Humanity at Home and Abroad

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

[Podcast] After 300 Years, It’s Time To End Capitalism, Not Reform It

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

Happy Birthday, Fidel Castro. We’ll Forever Remember Your Solidarity With Our Struggle

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
               ENVIRONMENT

John Bellamy Foster: Marx's Ecology – review

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
If one looks under the hood of “clean energy” battery-driven EVs, the dirt found would surprise most.
TILAK DOSHI | FORBES
               NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

Millions of Americans Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic — And Robots and AI Are Replacing Them Faster Than Ever

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

Empower Home-Based Workers By Investing In Co-operatives

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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