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In the midst of a pandemic against which they are frontline combatants, care work in the Eastern Cape remains a temporary job.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRICK
Eastern Cape care workers were promised new jobs but care work will remain a temporary job in the province.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRICK

Unemployed graduates protest in Pretoria

Young unemployed people, mainly graduates clad in their graduation gowns and armed with their certificates, converged at Pretoria’s Church Square where they demonstrated to raise awareness of their plight.
RAMATAMO SEHOAI
Two years after the report by the Panel of Experts on Policing and Crowd Management was completed, it has yet to be released to the public.
MZI VELAPI
Media freedom is under threat in Zimbabwe under cover of lockdown regulations to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE
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               COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Worker fired over sick leave for Covid-19 anxiety

A Clover employee was fired after revealing his fears over Covid-19 in the workplace and being placed on sick leave for tension headaches and anxiety.
ANNA MAJAVU | NEW FRAME

Pandemic profiteering: Activists sound the alarm over Big Pharma

Big Pharma is already showing signs of putting revenue ahead of saving lives in the race to find a Covid-19 vaccine, according to experts.
PONTSHO PILANE | M&G

Popular movements mobilise under lockdown

Notwithstanding some ad hoc local collaborations, there has been no systematic engagement with community organisations from a government which is too distant and disorganised to directly access communities and ameliorate social distress.
TASNEEM ESSOP, KARL VON HOLDT | DAILY MAVERICK

Government has used lockdown to decide who may protest

Uneven enforcement of restrictions on gatherings leaves protesters confused.
STANLEY MALEMATJA | GROUNDUP

Endorse the National Petition to close all
 schools until safe & transform education


The government must close ALL (public & private) schools until Covid-19 infections are significantly reduced and the pandemic is under control.

COVID-19 Crisis Shows Internet Should be Public Utility

Millions of office workers, tech workers, and educators have been forced to adjust to working from home. This transition has several challenging components, not least of all the cost of equipment, space, and a decent internet connection. 
SARAH DULLAERT, MATT MALEY | SOCIALIST ALTERNATIVE

                SOUTH AFRICA

Easing the state of disaster may lift the lid on community protests

The service delivery grievances that fuelled a surge of protests in February will still be there after lockdown.
KATE ALEXANDER, LEFA LENKA | BUSINESS DAY

The Politic of Blood’: Political Repression in South Africa'

The unnamed author traces the history of violence in South African governance, from its colonial root, along its repressions of mass rebellion against apartheid, on to the branches of ethnic nationalism deployed against African immigrants and Abahlali baseMjondolo in Durban.
TRICONTINENTAL

@uLerato_pillay: How the xenophobic network around #PutSouthAfricaFirst was born and then metastasised

South Africans on Twitter are witnessing the rise of an influential anti-immigrant lobby and thousands, captured by a make-believe character, ‘Lerato Pillay’, have unwittingly become complicit in the explosion of a weaponised conversation.
JESSICA BEZUIDENHOUT | DAILY MAVERICK

Ingonyama Trust says bill to address women's access to land tenure should not apply to its land

This was the submission delivered by the chairperson of the Trust on the ULTRA bill that aims to improve women's access to land tenure.
JAN GERBER | NEWS24

Marikana massacre: Children of miners killed still waiting for justice to be served, 8 years on

Children of mineworkers slain in Marikana in 2012 have lost faith that those responsible for the deaths of their fathers will be held accountable.
ALEX MITCHLEY | NEWS24

Judge Farlam: Someone could come forward to solve Marikana ‘mystery’

The police had not originally planned to go ‘tactical’ and confront striking mineworkers on the afternoon of 16 August 2012. Marikana Commission of Inquiry chairperson Judge Ian Farlam said someone may come forward to explain why the SAPS was determined to end the strike that day.
GREG NICHOLSON | DAILY MAVERICK
               INTERNATIONAL

The French colonial designs in Mali

As Mali slowly disintegrates, France, which stands to benefit from this week's coup, and the United Nations are turning a blind eye.
PAPE SAMBA KANE | AL JAZEERA

English landowners have stolen our rights. It is time to reclaim them

Landed power, built on theft, slavery and colonial looting, crushes our freedoms. A new campaign seeks to decolonise the countryside.
GEORGE MONBIOT | THE GUARDIAN

How the Guardian betrayed not only Corbyn but the last vestiges of British democracy

The Guardian, like the rest of the corporate media, has derided and vilified as “populism” the emergence of any real political alternative.
JONATHAN COOK | MONDOWEISS

Summary executions and widespread repression under Bolivia’s interim government reports rights advocates from Harvard and University Network for Human Rights

Advocates call for a stop to state repression and violence, a turn to accountability, and a clear path to free and fair elections.
HARVARD LAW HUMAN RIGHTS PROGRAM BLOG

Bolivia: Political Strike Shuts Down Country

Coup president, Jeanine Áñez’s main achievement was to unleash a shameless wave of racist repression against Morales’ Movement for Socialism and the Aymara and Quechua Indigenous peoples.
MICHAEL OTTO | WORKERS.ORG
 
               OPINION
There is a much better way to deal with drug use and dependency: mounting evidence indicates these are best addressed as a social and public health issue, and not as crimes.
EDWIN CAMERON | TIMES LIVE

The cancellation of a speech reflects an intense debate on the left: Is racism the primary problem in America today, or the outgrowth of a system that oppresses all poor people?
MICHAEL POWELL | NY TIMES

Global South Perspectives to Combat Profit Shifting and Wage Evasion

This video is a recording of a webinar held on 6 August on global south perspectives to combat profit shifting and wage evasion, with the Alternative Information & Development Centre (South Africa), Asian People’s Movement on Debt & Development (Philippines), and Churches and Mining (Brazil) and Public Services International (PSI).
AMANDLA MEDIA
               ENVIRONMENT

Air pollution is much worse than we thought

The extraordinary level of suffering humanity is currently experiencing from air pollution is not necessary for modernity; it could be reduced, at a cost well below the net social benefits, with clean energy technologies on hand.
DAVID ROBERTS | VOX

               ISRAEL / PALESTINE

The real deal for Israel and the UAE is weapons

Estimates are that Israeli exports of arms and cybersecurity technology to the UAE comes to a few million shekels annually, all of it occurring under the radar in the absence of formal diplomatic relations.
HAGAI AMIT | HAARETZ

Pushing Palestinians back to armed struggle

The only thing standing between Israel and the Palestinians reverting to using armed struggle to advance their goals is the current Palestinian leadership.
SAM BAHOUR | HAARETZ
               HISTORY

In Memory of Leon Trotsky

Lev Davidovich Trotsky was, alongside Lenin, one of the two greatest Marxists of the twentieth century. His whole life was entirely devoted to the cause of the working class and international socialism. And what a life!
ALAN WOODS | MARXISM.COM
               ARTS

The Power and Impact of Ernest Cole's Rediscovered

With the arrival of thousands of his rediscovered negatives in the Magnum archive, Ernest Cole's lens shows apartheid South Africa up close in freeze-framed inhumanity.
MAGNUM PHOTOS
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