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Police used rubber bullets and stun grenades to disperse angry community careworkers who were protesting inside the offices of the Eastern Cape Health Department.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRICK

E Cape hospital workers struggle for protection

Healthcare workers at Frere hospital in East London say that their working conditions have not changed since they last protested in June.
MANDLA MNYAKAMA
RAMATAMO SEHOAI
 
According to the Zimbabwe Domestic and Allied Workers Union, their members now face much longer and unpaid working hours as the covid-19 regulations force them to be at 'work' round the clock.
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE
               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Cost of preventing next pandemic 'equal to just 2% of Covid-19 economic damage'

The key programmes the scientists are calling for are: much better regulation of the wildlife trade, disease surveillance and control in wild and domestic animals, ending the wild meat trade in China, and cutting deforestation by 40% in key places.
DAMIAN CARRINGTON | THE GUARDIAN

Children over 10 transmit the new coronavirus more easily than adults, South Korea study finds

Children between the ages of 10 and 19 are more likely to spread the coronavirus within a household than younger children or adults, according to a new epidemiological study from South Korea.
NICOLA SMITH | THE TELEGRAPH

Coronavirus: after a surge in cases, South Africa becomes Africa’s clear leader in infections

After adding more than 138,000 confirmed cases in just two weeks, South Africa has emerged as Africa’s coronavirus hotspot, accounting for nearly half of the continent’s total cases, and becoming one of the top 10 infected countries in the world.
JEVANS NYABIAGE | SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST

Cooking up a storm: restaurant staff protest across South Africa

Protests by restaurant employees objecting to some of the Covid-19 restrictions were held in various centres across South Africa on Wednesday. Restaurants want government to lift the curfew and do away with the ban on smoking and alcohol.
POSTMAN, MAJOLA, HENDRICKS, CHIRUME, NOWICKI, | GROUNDUP

Can we dialogue, Solidarity Fund? Poor Working Class Women are the Shock Absorbers of the Socio-Economic Crisis Accompanying Covid 19

The moment requires government, the Solidarity Fund and civil society organisations to dialogue and work on people led solutions for resolving the worsening food and social crisis. It is worrying and unacceptable that we have not been able to have an integrated and comprehensive response as a country to the worsening food crisis.
NATIONAL FOOD CRISIS FORUM PRESS RELEASE

"How do you smile at patient number 200?" The #Care4carers campaign in South Africa

Fikile Dikolomela-Lengene is a nurse clinician, as well as deputy president of the Young Nurses’ Indaba Trade Union (YNITU) in South Africa. She talks in this interview about the launch of the #Care4carers report, which reveals just how deeply the erosion of work rights of nurses and community health workers is undermining patient care and the pandemic response in the South African healthcare system. 
FIKILE DIKOLOMELA-LENGENE | GLOBAL LABOUR UNIVERSITY

                SOUTH AFRICA

Eskom unbundled: Contradictions in the plan will exacerbate the energy crisis

Three international energy research organisations have worked with Eskom trade unions to compile a report – Eskom Transformed: Achieving a Just Energy Transition for South Africa – due for release on 23 July 2020. This is the first of a three-part series on the analysis contained in the reports.
JACO OELOFSEN | DAILY MAVERICK

X-Ray: The critical state of the health sector in SA

The country’s health sector is confronting a mammoth challenge. Health officials are having to respond to questions of whether or not the country has enough hospitals, medical equipment, beds, or staff. Corruption Watch highlights almost 700 whistle-blower accounts received since its launch in early 2012 until the end of 2019.
CORRUPTION WATCH

Courts thwart king’s attempt to control land

Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini’s Ingonyama Trust tried to take control of thousands of hectares of land worth almost R1 billion, which was awarded to several communities in the greater Mthonjaneni (Melmoth) area as land restitution.
TANIA BROUGHTON | GROUNDUP

Two years after landmark silicosis settlement, no one has been paid

An advocacy group for ex-miners who have suffered debilitating lung impairment while working on South Africa’s mines has expressed concern at the slow progress of the trust that is responsible for compensating affected miners.
JAMES STENT | GROUNDUP

How serious is the Islamic State threat to attack South Africa?

South African adherents of the terrorist group are already cropping up among insurgents in northern Mozambique.
PETER FABRICIUS | ISS TODAY
               INTERNATIONAL

AFRICOM And The Guise Of Terrorism

AFRICOM is a deadly tool used to further U.S. interests in Africa. Terrorism is a useful pretext for the U.S. to assert its power, and the lives of millions of African people are bargaining chips that are played by the United States in the New Scramble for Africa.
TUNDE OSAZUA | BLACK AGENDA REPORT

The UK and US are Starting a New Cold War with Russia and China, So What are These Governments Trying to Hide?

The new Cold War launched by the West against China and Russia is escalating by the day.
PATRICK COCKBURN | COUNTERPUNCH

US Sanctions Are Part Of A Multi-Front War On Syria

The US is waging multiple fronts of war against Syria, including brutal sanctions while claiming concern over the wellbeing of Syrian civilians – the vast majority of whom are suffering as a direct result of US policies.
EVA BARTLETT | RT

Yemen crisis: Why is there a war?

Yemen, one of the Arab world's poorest countries, has been devastated by a civil war. The BBC ventures to explain what is fuelling the fighting, and who is involved.
BBC

“This Is Trump’s War”: U.S.-Backed Saudi Bombing in Yemen Continues as Coronavirus Spreads

Amy Goodman speaks to Yemeni scholar Shireen Al-Adeimi, who calls the ongoing crisis “Trump’s war. We’re seeing death rates that are just astronomical.”
DEMOCRACY NOW

The Unionization Attempt At No Evil Foods Holds Lessons For Workers

After losing a union election, employees at a growing vegan food company have insights into how to overcome the challenges of organizing in a liberal workplace.
SHANE BURLEY | WAGING NONVIOLENCE

Fighting the neoliberal university: a French perspective

HARARI-KERMADEC, IHADDADENE,  PORCHEROT | GLOBAL LABOUR UNIVERSITY

Portugal ends coal burning two years ahead of schedule

Portugal is the third EU country this year to announce early closure of its last coal plants, as rising carbon costs and competition from gas and clean energy bite.
FRÉDÉRIC SIMON | EURACTIV

Ghanaian activists sue government to save forest from mine

Environmental activists have sued Ghana's government to stop a proposed mining project in a protected national forest, which they say endangers their health and well-being.
KWASI GYAMFI ASIEDU | THOMSON REUTERS FOUNDATION
               RACIAL JUSTICE

Tens Of Thousands Walk Off Job In ‘Strike For Black Lives’

Organizers of a national workers strike say tens of thousands are walking off the job today in more than two dozen U.S. cities to protest systemic racism and economic inequality that has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic.
AARON MORRISON | PEOPLE'S WORLD
               DEBATE

Toward an Anti-Nationalist Anti-Imperialism

Twenty-first century China is capitalist. This represents a dramatic transformation for a country that had basically eliminated private ownership of the means of production by the end of the 1950s, while engaging in some of the twentieth century’s most radical political experiments during the following decade.
ELI FRIEDMAN
               ISRAEL / PALESTINE

Whether Israel annexes the West Bank or not, a two-state solution is no longer viable

The Palestinian struggle has evolved from being a struggle for national rights, a 19th-century ideal, to one focused on human rights, a timeless, universal ideal.
AHMED MOOR | THE GUARDIAN

Liberal Zionism Begins The Journey Towards A One-State Solution

Described as the “pope of liberal Zionism” and a “bellwether for the American Jewish community”, Peter Beinart has provoked a storm by renouncing the two-state solution and urging equality for all – Israelis and Palestinians.
JONATHAN COOK

UN rapporteur slams Israel for ‘collective punishment’ against Palestinians

A UN human rights expert says the Israeli regime must end its “collective punishment” against Palestinians, which is “most strikingly seen” in its persisting siege against the Gaza Strip.
PRESSTV

Israel's assault on everything Palestinian in Jerusalem has targeted Cultural & Heritage sites

Israeli occupation forces raided the Yabous Cultural Centre and The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music and confiscated documents and equipment, after detaining the centers' directors
PLO
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