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e-News bulletin 2 October 2020

 

 

Farm workers live in fear of the farmer

Against all the talk of “white genocide”, here is a story of a violent and abusive white farmer.
JOSEPH CHIRUME

Zimbabwe teachers resume strike on first day of schools reopening

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

New law to bar foreigners doing business in Gauteng townships

The Gauteng provincial government wants to stop foreign nationals from operating some businesses in the townships as part of plans to revitalise the economy in a number of the region’s most densely populated areas.
LOYISO SIDIMBA | IOL

250,000 domestic worker jobs lost in lockdown

Statistics South Africa survey shows dramatic effects of Covid-19 measures
MARECIA DAMONS | GROUNDUP

Backlog of over 19,000 disability grant applications since lockdown

SASSA has started processing a backlog of thousands of applications for disability grants. The process was stopped due to the lack of access to health facilities needed for the application process during lockdown.
MARY-ANNE GONTSANA | GROUNDUP

Activists threaten to take over unused land and farms

Farms and unused parcels of land sitting empty for years in rural areas will be occupied and instead used for housing and other recreational facilities, said farm workers and dwellers at a virtual colloquium.
MARY-ANNE GONTSANA | GROUNDUP
 
                COVID-19

Gauteng community health workers still waiting for full pay

Despite promise of an increase, workers say they are still earning only R3,500 a month while the health MEC who made the promise is now suspended.
ZOE POSTMAN | GROUNDUP

Covid-19 has made inequality worse, researchers find

Women, people in rural areas, the unskilled and the less educated have been hardest hit by job losses.
JUSTIN BROWN | GROUNDUP

The pandemic pushes hundreds of millions of people toward starvation and poverty

While many Western governments managed to hold the line through stimulus programs, poorer nations are floundering amid massive public debt and shortfalls in state revenue. All the while, the roughly 2 billion people who eke out a living in the world’s informal economies face varying degrees of deprivation.
ISHAAN THAROOR | WASHINGTON POST

 

Most countries failing women and girls with Covid response, UN finds

Most countries are failing to adequately protect women and girls during the fallout from Covid-19, according to a new UN database that tracks government responses to the pandemic.
LIZ FORD | THE GUARDIAN

 

The Overwhelming Racism Of COVID Coverage

Thailand worked hard and fought back COVID-19 with public health. Instead of seeing that, however, the NYTimes asked if it was something in their blood. We’re talking about oriental blood magic, in 2020.
INDI SAMARAJIVA | MEDIUM
               INTERNATIONAL

October 1: International Day of Action on Africom

The International Day of Action on AFRICOM aims to raise the public's awareness about the U.S. military's existence in Africa, and how the presence of U.S. forces exacerbates violence and instability throughout the continent.
BLACK ALLIANCE FOR PEACE

Palm oil labor abuses linked to world's top brands, banks

Malaysia and Thailand produce about 85% of the world’s estimated $65 billion palm oil supply, not without child labor, outright slavery and allegations of rape.
MARGIE MASON, ROBIN MACDOWELL | AP

Whitewashing the Destruction of Libya: Douglas Murray’s Libya Whitewash

The role of the British and American governments in the destruction of Libya and the attendant migration crises is elided in new book by David Cameron schoolmate. 
NU'MAN ABD AL-WAHID | BLACK AGENDA REPORT

Schools in England told not to use material from anti-capitalist groups

The government has ordered schools in England not to use resources from organisations which have expressed a desire to end capitalism.
MATTHA BUSBY | THE GUARDIAN
               OPINION

Why is the nationalist right hallucinating a ‘communist enemy’?

From Trump to Bolsonaro, reactionary leaders are invoking a communism that no longer exists as a way of attacking the left.
RICHARD SEYMOUR | THE GUARDIAN 

Why China is capitalist

Toward an anti-nationalist anti-imperialism: the Chinese state’s false promises to unilaterally guide the world into a socialist future must be fully rejected by anti-capitalists.
ELI FRIEDMAN | LAUSAN

               ISRAEL PALESTINE

US ‘brokered’ agreements on Israel: Wind of change or toxic blast of extortion?

Israel’s advocates claim that a wind of change is blowing through Africa, as more impoverished countries on the continent are linked to normalisation agreements with Israel. This is not a wind of change. This is a toxic gust reeking of economic exploitation and political blackmail.
SURAYA DADOO | M&G

Normalizing the abnormal

The official Arab World seems to be intent on betraying the Palestinian people through an ongoing process of normalization that was launched by the late Egyptian president Anwar Sadat in the late 1970s, and continued by the Jordanians and the PLO in the early 1990s.
HAIDER EID | MONDOWEISS

Israel’s ‘silent transfer’ of Palestinians out of Palestine

By allotting a fragile residency status in East Jerusalem, Israel has succeeded to revoke and subsequently uproot more than 14,200 Palestinians.
IBRAHIM HUSSEINI | AL JAZEERA

BDS Victory: Columbia University Votes to Boycott Israeli Companies

The university’s student body voted 61% in favor of divesting from companies that are complicit with Israeli crimes against Palestinians.
THE PALESTINE CHRONICLE

Israelis appeal against training of India police accused of abuse

A petition filed in Israel’s top court seeks to prevent the training of Indian officers accused of Kashmir abuses.
USAID SIDDIQUI | AL JAZEERA
               ENVIRONMENT

Did Xi Just Save the World?

In a little-noticed speech this week, China permanently changed the global fight against climate change.
ADAM TOOZE | FOREIGN POLICY
               NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

Union win: Swiss Uber Eats workers reclassified as genuine employees

Delivery workers will immediately receive a base wage of approximately US$22.50 per hour, four weeks of annual leave, protection in the event of illness or accident, and access to unemployment insurance.
INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT WORKERS' FEDERATION
 
 
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