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e-News bulletin 28 August 2020

 

African nationals remain outsiders in SA

Having been unable to apply for any social security grants, food parcels or any payments from the rescue fund given to employers, African nationals living in SA are pushed to the margins.
LILITA GCWABE

Land occupiers homeless after sewage pipe burst

Land occupiers whose homes in Empolweni and Ethembeni were wrecked by a flood of sewage have appealed to the City of Cape Town for help but the City is refusing.
VINCENT LALI

Day care centres demand support

Affected by the pandemic and the lockdown, early childhood development centres around the country are calling for government support.
RAMATAMO SEHOAI

Men threaten female job-seekers

A group of unemployed women who queue by the roadside for job opportunities in East London complain that they are harassed by men who offer them money in exchange for sex.
MANDLA MNYAKAMA
Teacher unions claim schools in Zimbabwe were closed not only to curb the spread of covid-19 but also because of the teachers’ strike for better working conditions.
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE
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               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

The case against reopening South African schools during a pandemic

None of us alone has the answers to the problems we face. It is only together that we can work out how to move forward. In this task, let us begin with the ideas and the imaginations of those who are most important to schools: teachers, learners and communities.
C19 PEOPLE'S COALITION STATEMENT

                SOUTH AFRICA

Rising xenophobia needs to be challenged

Amid widespread economic decline and the alarming lowering of standards of political discourse in South Africa, opportunistic xenophobes are stoking the fire against migrants.
JAN BORNMAN | NEW FRAME

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has “had more than enough time” to appoint a board for PRASA, the Western Cape High Court has ruled.
TANIA BROUGHTON | GROUNDUP

Land reform leads to eviction after 80 years’ labour

An 88-year-old woman has been threatened with the culturally taboo removal of her family’s ancestral graves after being evicted from the farm she worked on for decades.
ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME

A slippery slope to fake news

We are this month being told SAfm is “celebrating its 84th birthday”; that participatory “talk radio” went on air in August 1936. It is simply untrue.
TERRY BELL BLOG
               INTERNATIONAL

Three Massacres In Colombia In 24 Hours

Seventeen people have been killed since Friday in the latest string of massacres under the government of Ivan Duque.
TELESUR ENGLISH

Germany Begins A Universal-Basic-Income Trial For Three Years

Germany is about to become the latest country to trial a universal basic income. As part of the study, 120 people will receive €1,200, or about R23,993 each month for three years — an amount just above Germany's poverty line.
ADAM PAYNE | BUSINESS INSIDER

Podcast

The Banal Evil Of US Imperialism: A View From Inside The CIA

As the US Empire falls, the US government continues its regime change attempts around the world in an effort to hang onto power. We see the same tactics applied over and over again.
MARGARET FLOWERS, KEVIN ZEESE | CLEARING THE FOG
               OPINION

China And The Decline Of US Power

Constant attacks by some US elites on China will, according to some observers, diminish and disappear once the US presidential election is over in November 2020. This is unlikely to happen. China appears to have moved ahead of the US.
CHANDRA MUZAFFAR | TRANSCEND MEDIA SERVICE

Reforms Are Won When Social Movements Inflict Real Costs On The Economic Elite

An interview with Kevin A. Young, co-author of Levers of Power, discussing the limits of electoral politics to advance a more egalitarian social contract and the strategies today’s social movements can employ to fight injustice.
JUSTIN VASSALLO | TRUTHOUT
               ENVIRONMENT

Gwede Mantashe is gutting electrification programmes while diverting hundreds of millions of rands to prop up the expensive and polluting lie of clean coal.
ALEX LENFERNA | NEW FRAME

Time is always an important factor in politics and history, but it has never mattered so much as on the issue of climate change. While some argue we’re running out of time, John Molyneux makes the case for wholesale system change as the only answer.
JOHN MOLYNEUX | REBEL NEWS

Major investment firm dumps Exxon, Chevron and Rio Tinto stock

A Nordic hedge fund worth more than $90bn has dumped its stocks in some of the world’s biggest oil companies and miners responsible for blocking green initiatives.
JILLIAN AMBROSE | THE GUARDIAN

               ISRAEL / PALESTINE
Palestinian refugee camps are seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases raising concerns over the potentially devastating effects the virus can have on disadvantaged communities like the Dheisheh refugee camp.
YUMNA PATEL | MONDOWEISS

Israel cuts fuel, Gaza goes dark

The Gaza Strip’s only power plant shut down on Tuesday after Israel stopped the transfer of fuel to the territory.
TAMARA NASSAR | ELECTRONIC INTIFADA
               HISTORY

A very English theft: how the countryside was taken from the public, using profits from slavery

With the colonial enterprise, the slave traders and colonialists were making quick money in the Caribbean and heading home to translate this wealth into landed property.
NICK HAYES | THE TELEGRAPH
               ARTS

Book Review
Walking The Tightrope: Latin America’s Pink Tide

Latin America’s Pink Tide: Breakthroughs and Shortcomings, edited by Steve Ellner, offers a critical ethical theoretical framework for assessing the performance of left and left-of-center governments in Latin America beginning with the election of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela in 1998.
FREDERICK B. MILLS | NEW POLITICS

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