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e-News bulletin 6 November 2020

 

 

 

Residents of newly occupied settlements demand basic services

Residents of newly occupied areas in Cape Town struggle to maintain a dignified life without water, electricity and sanitation services.
JOSEPH CHIRUME

Covid numbers at Eastern Cape universities spike

Students in the Buffalo City Municipality have accused the Walter Sisulu University of putting them at risk of infection by locking them up in their hostel without conducting any tests.
MANDLA MNYAKAMA

Retail employees humiliated by boss’s daughter demand compensation

Women employed by a prominent flower retail business in Port Elizabeth who were humiliated in September by the boss’s daughter want the company to compensate them.
JOSEPH CHIRUME
                SOUTH AFRICA

‘We sacrifice our families for Clover all year’

The strike at the dairy company continues, with exhausted workers demanding an end to compulsory weekend and public holiday work as well as overtime being forced on them.
ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME
Scopa visited the UIF this week and expressed concern about its lack of capacity.
BUSINESS INSIDER

People pay R50 bribe to post office staff to get their R350 Covid-19 grant

In Dutywa in the Eastern Cape, Social Relief of Distress (Covid-19) grant beneficiaries have been sleeping outside the post office, hoping to get served when it opens.
NOMBULELO DAMBA HENDRIK | GROUNDUP
Nehawu says it will convene a national day of action against government's austerity plans, with marches to be directed to both the union building and national parliament on 26 November 2020.
BUSINESS TECH

Ramaphosa’s plan: Economic recovery for the few, ecological devastation for many

While Ramaphosa spoke of our economic recovery from Covid-19 being “green” and “sustainable”, in action his plan is doing the opposite. 
ALEX LENFERNA | DAILY MAVERICK

'The enemy is within the ANC,' says former intelligence chief

ANC cadres, led by retired army general Maomela Motau, presented the party with what they called the 'turnaround strategy 2025'.
ZIMASA MATIWANE | TIMES LIVE

Bridgestone closes Port Elizabeth plant – 252 workers affected

The plant’s last day of operation will be 15 November, and follows a consultation with workers and unions.
BUSINESS TECHK

VIDEO
Justice for Fikile Ntshangase, her family and the people of Somkhele

We call on President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister Bheki Cele to deliver justice for Fikile Ntshangase, the environmentalist who was murdered at her home in Somkhele, KZN.
GROUNDWORK
A fiercely debated program of land reform could address racial injustice—or cause chaos. Speculatively held land is still someone’s property. It will be difficult to secure foreign investment if the world is afraid to buy property that can become valueless at the whim of a government
ARIEL LEVY | THE NEW YORKER
 
ROLAND NGAM | DAILY MAVERICK

Can you smoke dagga before work?

An employee dismissed for smoking cannabis before coming to work has been reinstated at a cosmetics and fragrance company.
TANIA BROUGHTON | GROUNDUP
               INTERNATIONAL

Can Facebook Be Used to Steal an Election?

The US has faced three unprecedented crises and there in the middle of all three is the Dark Trinity: Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
STEVEN HILL | COUNTERPUNCH

Modern Piracy And U.S. Sanctions

Washington announced in August that it had confiscated 1.1 million barrels of gasoline from four tankers en route between the two countries, which are both under illegal US sanctions.
ORINOCO TRIBUNE

Radical Neoliberalism Was Born And Will Die In Chile

Whether social democrats and conservatives in Chile like it or not, the seed of Sunday’s resounding electoral outcome was planted way back in 1999, in Bolivarian Venezuela and accelerated by the restoration of democracy to Bolivia.
PATRICIO ZAMORANO | COUNCIL FOR HEMISPHERIC AFFAIRS

Hindutva’s War on Women: The gendered face of ‘saffron fascism’

In India today, femicide is actively legitimised by the state and Hindu nationalism. Within the project of right-wing Hindu nationalism, toxic masculinity, misogyny and targeting of women and religious minorities are routine.
AMRITA | DAILY MAVERICK
In Namibia, activists, students, working youth, and artists have taken to the streets of Windhoek and other towns in the past few weeks in protests sparked by the murder of a young woman.
HEIKE BECKER | ROAPE
With amost 10,000 soldiers stationed on the continent, France is today the country with the greatest permanent military presence in Africa.
K. PHILIPPE GENDRAULT | BLACK AGENDA REPORT

Robert Fisk, veteran UK journalist, dies aged 74

image captionRobert Fisk was best known for his coverage of the Middle East, where he began reporting from in the 1970s.
BBC
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Industrial Food Production and the Pandemic

In a world without industrial agriculture encroaching on prime forest, in a world without the corporatization of a wild-food industry, Covid-19 would probably never have left the bat cave.
EVE OTTENBERG | COUNTERPUNCH
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Israeli army razes entire village in occupied West Bank

Bulldozers and diggers demolish Palestinian village of Khirbet Humsa, leaving 74 people, including 41 minors, homeless.
AL JAZEERA

West Bank witnesses largest demolition in years

Statement by Yvonne Helle, the Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim for the occupied Palestinian territory.
OCHA

               ENVIRONMENT

Arctic sea ice loss could trigger huge levels of extra global warming

Ice losses in frozen regions are known to trigger “climate feedback” loops. For instance, white ice reflects much of the sun’s energy, so when it is replaced by dark open water that absorbs heat, more warming occurs.
ADAM VAUGHAN | NEW SCIENTIST

               NEW TECHNOLOGIES / NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

Does working from home weaken the working class?

Flexible hours and working from home have been seen as impossible demands. But as companies have been forced to adapt to lock-down this perceived common sense has been shattered. 
@BLUEBIRDBETA | NEWS SYNDICALIST

Google AI Tech Will Be Used for Virtual Border Wall, CBP Contract Shows

Google technology will be used to aid the Trump administration’s efforts to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents related to a federal contract.
LEE FANG, SAM BIDDLE | THE INTERCEPT
               THEORY

After Capitalism: Democratic Eco-Socialism?

The logic of contemporary capitalism is not merely about dispossession, but about ecocide, that is, the obliteration of the conditions necessary to sustain human and non-human life on planet Earth.
VISHWAS SATGAR | GLOBAL DIALOGUE

Engels’s Dialectics of Nature in the Anthropocene

Engels’s contributions to our understanding of the overall ecological problem remain indispensable, rooted in his own deep inquiries into nature’s universal metabolism, which reinforced and extended Marx’s analysis.
JOHN BELLAMY FOSTER | MONTHLY REVIEW

               FILM

Some of the biggest names in British television have blocked the general release of Coup 53, a film they allege undermines their reputations by suggesting they kept government secrets when they first told the story in 1985 of the CIA engineered overthrow of Iranian president, Mohammad Mossadegh.
VANESSA THORPE | THE GUARDIAN

 
 
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