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e-News bulletin 23 October 2020

Over 130 villages are without water in Ngqushwa

Villagers in Ngqushwa in the Eastern Cape say they have marched and sent petitions to authorities but little relief has been provided to their shortage of water.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRIK

Home-based workers want protection

Heavily affected by the lockdown due to the covid-19 pandemic, home-based workers have not enjoyed what little relief government has provided.
JOSIE ABRAHAMS

Slow recovery of the informal economy still costing many livelihoods

The informal economy workers are one of the group of workers who are bearing the brunt of the pandemic as some have lost their livelihoods.
LILITA GCWABE
                SOUTH AFRICA

Activists protest against growing hunger in a land of plenty

Friday, 16 October, was World Food Day. The day was an opportunity to highlight the plight of hungry and undernourished people, a crisis which has been globally exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Parliament was also given an ultimatum to start acting decisively on the climate crisis.
SHANI REDDY, MARK HEYWOOD | DAILY MAVERICK

The KZN community safety MEC revealed that there had been 206 murders recorded since 2000. Of these, 119 were farm workers and 87 were farmers.
LWANDILE BHENGU | TIMES LIVE

New plan to privatise train routes in South Africa

President Cyril Ramaphosa has proposed the privatisation of some of South Africa’s key train routes in a bid to improve transport access to millions of South Africans
BUSINESS TECH

In a sign of the desperate times, the returning migrants brandish mobile phones and coveted food items bought in SA to sell back home.
CHARLES PENSULO | BUSINESS DAY
                COVID-19

Chance of a second coronavirus wave in South Africa: Mkhize

The health minister was himself speaking from quarantine after testing positive.
BUSINESS TECH

Anticipating a ‘Second Wave’ — and when and how South Africa should try to prevent or mitigate it

A resurgence of Covid-19 is certain to occur in South Africa, although indications are that a second wave is likely to be different to the wave currently sweeping over Europe.
SCIENCE COLLECTIVE | DAILY MAVERICK

IMF Seizes On Pandemic For Privatization In 81 Countries

The enormous economic dislocation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic offers a unique opportunity to fundamentally alter the structure of society, and the IMF if using the crisis to implement near-permanent austerity measures across the world.
ALAN MACLEOD | MINT PRESS NEWS

Covid-19 has exposed the catastrophic impact of privatising vital services

Global markets have failed to provide people with basic needs like housing and water, say present and former UN special rapporteurs.
LEILANI FARHA ET AL | THE GUARDIAN

WIEGO joins call for IMF to stop promoting austerity measures in the COVID-19 recovery perio

The global economy stands at a crossroads between further decades of austerity and debt crises, or adopting a macroeconomic framework compatible with fighting inequality, pursuing climate justice, realizing human rights and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
WIEGO PUBLIC LETTER
               INTERNATIONAL

Evo Morales’s leftwing party is celebrating a stunning political comeback after its candidate appeared to trounce rivals in Bolivia’s presidential election.
TOM PHILLIPS, DAN COLLYNS | THE GUARDIAN

We’re Still Fighting the Multinationals Who Drove the Coup

Ousted Bolivian president Evo Morales recounts his experience of last November’s military coup — and why his MAS party was poised to win this month’s presidential elections.
EVO MORALES | JACOBIN

Bolivia Is A beacon Of Light For Latin America

Brazilian journalist and activist Nathália Urban looks at the sensational Bolivian election, where the left appears set to return to power less than one year after being deposed in a coup.
NATALIA URBAN | SOURCE NEWS
 

One year ago, president Evo Morales of Bolivia was toppled by a right-wing coup. But on Sunday, his party won an absolute majority in national elections. The right-wing offensive in Latin America is reaching its limits.
NATHANIEL FLAKIN | LEFT VOICE

Media Responds With Apathy, Disappointment As Coup Government Concedes Defeat

Across the spectrum, corporate media has endorsed last year’s rightwing takeover of Bolivia, refusing to label it as a coup. Coverage of Sunday’s historical elections hasn’t been much better.
ALAN MACLEOD | MINT PRESS NEWS
 

Chile: Left-Wing Forces Seek New Start With The Plebiscite

Chile's Communist Party (PC) will do everything it can to guarantee a victory in the upcoming referendum on Sunday 25, as the country gets ready to decide whether it remains with the current constitution created by Augusto Pinochet's dictatorship or starts a brand new chapter of its history instead.
TELESUR ENGLISH
 
Large youth-led pro-democracy protests have hit the Thai military junta since August. In September crowds on protests swelled to over 100,000.
GILES JI UNGPAKORN | SOCIALIST WORKER

Women Oil Workers Take Over Hunger Strike at Ballsh Refinery

The oil workers have expressed their determination not to withdraw from their protest until they receive overdue salaries of more than a year.
ALICE TAYLOR | EXIT
 

Africa lost $836bn from 'illicit capital flight' from 2000-2015

A new report from the United Nations says the continent would be debt free if money hadn't left illegally. Much of the loss is through corruption, tax evasion and mis-invoicing of exports such as gold.
AL JAZEERA
               OPINION

The U.S. Did Not Defeat Fascism in WWII, It Discretely Internationalized It

The true legacy of WWII, far from being that of a liberal world order that had defeated fascism, is that of a fascist international developed under liberal cover in order to try and destroy those who had actually fought and won the war against fascism: the communists.
GABRIEL ROCKHILL | COUNTERPUNCH
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Zimbabwe seeks US investment by strengthening relations with Israel

President Mnangagwa appointed an Israeli citizen as Zimbabwe’s honorary consul in Israel, a move away from longstanding support expressed for Palestinians by the ruling ZANU-PF.
AMEC
               THEORY

Karl Marx’s Debt to People of African Descent

Karl Marx was among the few European theorists of his time who did not try to conceal his ‘debt’ to Africa but celebrated such knowledge as foundational. Agozino shows how people of African descent were central to the theory, practice and writings of Marx.
BIKO AGOZINO | ROAPE

               ARTS

Comic book
Noma and the curse of the 3 C’s (Capitalism, Covid-19, Climate Change)

In this comic book, super-hero Noma confronts the triple curse  of Capitalism, Climate Change and Covid-19 − in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa versions [pdf].
ILRIG

Book review
Black Spartacus: The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture review

An outstanding study of how ‘the first black superhero of the modern age’ led the world’s only successful slave revolution
IAN TOMSON | THE GUARDIAN

Book review
Azadi by Arundhati Roy review

The author tackles Kashmir, Hindu nationalism and the dangers of being outspoken in this startling collection of essays.
ASHISH GHADIALI | THE GUARDIAN
               SCIENCE

New Evidence That Grandmothers Were Crucial for Human Evolution

A computer simulation supports the idea that grandmothers helped our species evolve social skills and longer lives.
JOSEPH STROMBERG | SMITHSONIAN MAG
 
 
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