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e-News bulletin 13 November 2020

 

 

 

Child labour rife in Zimbabwe

The high levels of poverty in Zimbabwe are pushing children into working to survive. Scenes of young children foraging for plastic bottles at dump sites have become commonplace in the capital Harare.
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE

Domestic workers caught between a rock and a hard place

More than 250,000 domestic workers lost their jobs between the first and second quarters of this year. Behind the stats are the domestic workers forced into begging and competing with each other at robots.
JONATHAN GROSSMAN
                SOUTH AFRICA

Puffery and confusion mark SA’s recovery plan

A closer look at the numbers in the medium-term budget reveals recycled projects, a U-turn on previous commitments – and shattered hopes for mass economic upliftment.
DUMA GQUBULE | NEW FRAME
Gwede Mantashe, South Africa’s mines minister, tells the KwaZulu-Natal community affected by the proposed expansion of Tendele Coal’s Somkhele mine, that it should either accept compensation for relocating, or face the prospect the mine will close.
DAVID MCKAY | MINING MX

Limpopo mines destroy communities

Residents in villages situated near mining activities are exposed to dangerous hazards that claim their health, damage their homes and threaten their livelihoods.
MAGNIFICENT MNDEBELE | NEW FRAME

Doctor accused of ramming car into protesting healthcare workers outside clinic

About 100 Nehawu and Treatment Action Campaign members and healthcare workers protested outside the Mabandla Clinic in Gunguluza on Thursday for better working conditions and higher wages.
THAMSANQA MBOVANE | NEW FRAME

Truda Foods staff expose bleak working conditions

At a factory in the Eastern Cape, workers talk of inadequate toilet breaks, an allegedly unsafe environment and humiliating strip searches.
ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME

SPII Unemployment Analysis Policy Brief: Third Quarter Labour Force Survey

SPII has produced a quarterly analysis of the critical unemployment figures, trends and trajectories from the last quarter of the Labour Force Survey, before the impact of Covid-19 would have had a significant impact.
Download {517KB pdf)
STUDIES IN POVERTY AND INEQUALITY INSTITUTE
               INTERNATIONAL

AOC says she may quit politics as Dems pin losses on progressives

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez told the New York Times in an interview that she might quit politics, depending on the hostility of her own party towards progressive causes.
KELSEY VLAMIS | BUSINESS INSIDER

Why Capitalism Was Destined to Come Out on Top in the 2020 Election

No matter who “won” the U.S. election, what will not change is the capitalist organization of the country’s economy. The great majority of enterprises will continue to be owned and operated by a small minority of Americans.
RICHARD D WOLFF | COUNTERPUNCH

Media Silence Marks Ongoing OPCW Cover-Up Of Syria Chemical Weapons Scandal

The suppression of evidence in order to push for war in Syria is the biggest global scandal that isn't. “This is the U.S. government bombing Syria based on allegations that were later found by the investigating team to be false.
ALAN MACLEOD | MINTPRESS NEWS

France Has Assassinated 22 African Presidents Since 1963

France has consistently connived and been in collaboration with other Western powers to assassinate African presidents they deem a threat to their interests.
TAKUDZWA CHIWANZA | AFRICAN EXPONENT

Evo Morales returns to Bolivia from exile in Argentina

Thousands of cheering and flag-waving supporters welcomed Morales in Bolivia a year after he was removed from power.
AL JAZEERA

VIDEO
Unions on strike in Peru

Labor unions in Peru took to the streets of Lima to protest against two emergency decrees that, if passed, would erode public sector workers' rights. The police used water cannons to disperse the demonstration.
REDFISH

PETITION

Colombia: Condemn death threats against leaders of the education union FECODE

On 26 October, death threats were sent to all 15 members of the Executive Committee of FECODE, the Colombian Federation of Education Workers, as well as to the President of the Trade Union Confederation CUT and former teacher and FECODE leader.
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

US – UK Intel Agencies Declare Cyber War on Independent Media

British and American state intelligence agencies are “weaponizing truth” to quash vaccine hesitancy as both nations prepare for mass inoculations, in a recently announced “cyber war” against information sources that challenge official narratives.
RICHARD ALLDAY | COUNTERFIRE
 

Covid-19: A Worker's Self-Defence Manual - Counterfire pamphlet

This pamphlet is aimed at giving you information about Covid-19, and knowledge of your rights, so that you can, as far as possible, adopt a ‘Zero-Covid’ approach to health and safety in your workplace.
RICHARD ALLDAY | COUNTERFIRE
 
               ISRAEL PALESTINE

Under cover of US elections, Israel wipes entire Palestinian community off the map

Israeli forces demolished the entire Bedouin community of Khirbet Humsah in the northern Jordan Valley, leaving 41 Palestinian children homeless just as winter storms spread through the West Bank.
YUMNA PATEL | MONDOWEISS

Israel is racing to destroy Palestinian properties while Trump is in office

Some 76 Palestinian-owned properties, tents, sheds, structures and animal fodder were destroyed in the occupied Jordan Valley village of Khirbet Humsa.
YOUSEF ALHELOU | MIDDLE EAST MONITOR

Biden a veteran friend of Israel, settlement critic, may be at odds over Iran

Joe Biden is a true friend of the Jewish state, friends and even political adversaries of the emerging president-elect agree.
RAPHAEL AHREN | TIMES OF ISRAEL
               ENVIRONMENT

The world needs a climate justice charter and a deep, just transition to sustain life on our burning planet

On 16 October 2020, the Climate Justice Charter Movement handed over the world’s first climate justice charter to Parliament, demanding that it be adopted as per Section 234 of the Constitution. The charter lays out people’s visions and systemic alternatives for a democratic, deep just transition for South Africa.
JANE CHERRY, VISHWAS SATGAR | DAILY MAVERICK

Dear David Attenborough, beautiful Netflix documentary. But your ‘solutions’ destroy nature even more

When Attenborough claimed the Netherlands has increased its food production tenfold, while using fewer pesticides and artificial fertilisers, with lower CO2 emissions, he can't know where it's all coming from. 
THOMAS OUDMAN | THE CORRESPONDENT

How Can We Comprehend The Climate Crisis?

The science is clear. If we continue to emit greenhouse gases at the same rate we have been doing for the past decades, 80 years from now, our planet will be at least four degrees warmer than pre-industrial levels. And the warming won't stop there.
GUERO RUETER | ECOWAWTCH

Dumping Fukushima’s Water into the Ocean

Japan’s government may be planning to dump Fukushima Daiichi’s radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean. Currently, 1.2 million tonnes of radioactive water is stored.
ROBERT HUNZIKER | COUNTERPUNCH
               SCIENCE

Is There a God? Stephen Hawking Gives the Definitive Answer to the Eternal Question

"If you believe in science, like I do, you believe that there are certain laws that are always obeyed. If you like, you can say the laws are the work of God, but that is more a definition of God than a proof of his existence."
MARIA POPOVA | BRAINPICKINGS

Prehistoric female hunter discovery upends gender role assumptions

Researchers have generally thought that only prehistoric males hunted—but what if evidence against that idea has been lying in plain sight for decades?
MAYA WEI-HAAS | NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
               CULTURE

How memes in the DRC allow people to laugh at those in power – and themselves

Photoshopped images of politicians in compromising situations offer a carnivalesque commentary on the arbitrariness of power. These images galvanise people to laugh at those in power, but also those who are subjected to it.
LESLEY BRAUN, RIBIO BUSE | THE CONVERSATION
               HISTORY

Five Centuries of Pillage and Resistance: Latin America and Africa

In 1971 the Uruguayan journalist and writer, Eduardo Galeano, published, Open Veins of Latin America: Five Centuries of the Pillage of a Continent. This book was written with the intention of imparting certain facts that official history, the history told by the victors, hides or misrepresents.
NAPOLETANO, ALVAREZ, URQUIJO  | ROAPE

The World Turned Upside Down: Rodney’s 1972 masterpiece

In 1972 Walter Rodney published his masterpiece How Europe Underdeveloped Africa. Rodney’s book took a similar approach to Eduardo Galeano’s 1971 classic, examining four hundred years of European intervention and occupation in Africa.
LEO ZEILIG | ROAPE

Engels comes of age: the socialist who wanted a joyous life for everyone

Not only was he instrumental in shaping 20th-century Marxism, but his own vision of socialism feels more relevant to our contemporary concerns than does the pure political economy of Karl Marx.
TRISTRAM HUNT | THE GUARDIAN

               FILM

Home alone: how Almodóvar’s new film finds innovation in lockdown

It is based on a Jean Cocteau play from 1930, but Pedro Almodóvar’s The Human Voice could well be the movie that best captures our bizarre modern times.
STEVE ROSE | THE GUARDIAN

The Cinematography That Changed Cinema: Exploring Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick, Peter Greenaway & Other Auteur

You could call each of these films beautiful, but as every cinephile has felt, film doesn’t exist to achieve beauty: it exists to go beyond it.
STEVE ROSE | THE GUARDIAN

 
 
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