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MARTIN JANSEN

Transport Workers

An Elitsha video feature examining the difficulties of commuting under the lockdown restrictions. Public transport has always been hazardous and time consuming but now under the pandemic, public transport is more dangerous than ever.

Understanding the Covid-19 Pandemic and its social consequences

The pandemic must be examined not only medically, but particularly in relation to its social, human and ecological effects. This is necessary to understand the relationship between diseases emanating from viruses and other causes, and ‘diseased societies’ which provide fertile grounds for the social havoc that follows medical pandemics like covid-19.
MAMA, MOTALA, SENEKAL
 

Marginalised workers demand better working conditions under Covid-19

A group of workers demonstrated outside the Department of Labour offices against their deteriorating work conditions under covid-19.
RAMATAMO SEHOIA

Dismissed workers thrown deeper into poverty

Dozens of angry general workers who had been dismissed from their jobs with Langverwacht Landscaping demonstrated outside the Magistrates Offices in Stellenbosch.
VINCENT LALI

Uncollected rubbish gives residents headaches

C Section Informal Settlement residents at Duncan Village in East London protest that uncollected mounds of stinking rubbish near their shack homes are a health hazard.
ELITSHA REPORTER

Duncan Village residents not happy with relocation

Residents of Duncan Village informal settlement say they are not happy with being moved to temporary relocation units.
MANDLA MNYAKAMA
Eastern Cape Community Careworkers vowed to sleep outside the Health Department if their demands are on met.
NOMBULELO DAMBA-HENDRICK

The United Eastern Cape Community Healthcare Workers want an answer to their demand for permanent employment

On Monday 6 July at 9am, Eastern Cape Community Health Care Workers handed over a memorandum to the Eastern Cape Department of Health to demand permanent employment and a living wage.
UNITED EASTERN CAPE COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE WORKERS

The United Eastern Cape Community Health Care Workers want an answer to their demand for permanent employment

This proved to us that although we are at the forefront in the fight against TB and HIV, and now against COVID-19 the Department of Health still undervalueS our work.
UNITED EASTERN CAPE COMMUNITY HEALTHCARE WORKERS

Re-blocking could cause conflict in Alex community

Informal settlement residents and property owners in Alexandra township could be set on a collision course with each other as the national government intends to re-locate residents to curb the spread of covid-19.
RAMATAMO SEHOAI

Zimbabwean food industry inspected for Covid compliance

A joint inspection survey by trade unions and the government reveals that most food producers in Zimbabwe are complying with covid-19 regulations but testing remains a challenge.
CHRISTOPHER MAHOVE
                SOUTH AFRICA

Two million women have lost their jobs since Covid-19 hit SA

Women are facing a double disadvantage due to job losses during the lockdown, and black women are affected the most. This is according to a survey conducted by 30 researchers from five SA universities.
UNATHI NKANJENI | TIMES LIVE

Basic Income Grant on the table for South Africa’s unemployed poor

As South Africa weathers the storm of increased hunger, poverty and unemployment during the pandemic, the government has announced its intention to introduce a Basic Income Grant for unemployed non-grant recipients between the ages of 18 and 59.
SANDISIWE SHOBA | DAILY MAVERICK

A UBIG policy announcement is a good start – towards a people’s victory

The South African Food Sovereignty Campaign welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Social Development, Lindiwe Zulu, regarding a policy commitment to introduce a universal basic income grant in South Africa, and claims plaudits.
SAFSC PRESS STATEMENT

Starvation will kill faster than the virus

In Ekurhuleni in the east of Gauteng, residents face hunger, unemployment, domestic violence and a lack of medical services – along with the threat of Covid-19 infection.
NATION NYOKA | NEW FRAME

Public schools are under siege: It’s time to drastically revise their funding model

Funding public schools properly requires revising the tax system, the only effective way to redistribute the product of our collective labour to the benefit of everyone. Reimagining our schools requires being bold enough to imagine budget justice.
VISAGIE, BLACK, GUZULA | DAILY MAVERICK

Mining communities bear the burden of disease

Despite a court order, residents near mines were ignored when Covid-19 guidelines were drawn up. Now the virus devastates the very people made vulnerable by their operations.
NEIL OVERY | NEW FRAME

Brutal evictions worsen South Africa’s urban crisis

The ANC and DA are both imposing militarised evictions, ruling in neocolonial fashion as if the people were the enemy. A progressive approach would embrace the social value of land occupations.
NEW FRAME

               INTERNATIONAL

When secret coronavirus contracts are awarded without competition, it's deadly serious

Under cover of the pandemic, the U.K. government has awarded contracts worth billions of pounds for equipment on which our lives depend, without competition or transparency.
GEORGE MONBIOT | THE GUARDIAN

Beware Of Right Deviations That Have Emerged From The Crisis Of US Imperialism

COVID-19’s devastating impact on the United States coupled with an economic collapse and a mass uprising against racist policing has activated a long-standing political tendency within the imperialist world: libertarianism.
DANNY HAIPHONG | B;LACK AGENDA REPORT

COVID-19 Exposes The Weakness Of Capitalism

Capitalism, we are told, is the best system because it drives all those in charge of production (the owners and top executives of enterprises) to maximize profits and thus economic efficiency. Capitalists get profits, and the rest of us benefit from the efficiency of production within a capitalist system.
RICHARD D. WOLFF | ECONOMY FOR ALL

Job losses, homelessness, school closures and acute hunger set to rise dramatically without urgent support, Christian Aid warns.
HARRIET SHERWOOD | THE GUARDIAN

Billionaire Wealth Increases By Over Half Trillion Dollars During The Pandemic

In this interview with author, co-editor of Inequality.org and Director of the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies Chuck Collins, we examine the latest wealth gains made by billionaires during the pandemic.
ACTVISM

Free Speech Fantasies: the Harper’s Letter and the Myth of American Liberalism

Cancel culture, we are warned by the signatories of a public letter, is quickly and perniciously taking over American discourse, and will severely limit the free exploration of competing viewpoints.
ANTHONY DIMAGGIO | COUNTERPUNCH

Covid-19 dispatches: Domestic workers in Chile in the pandemic of the 21st century

In recent years millions of women - worldwide, but also in Chile - took to the streets to voice their call for equal rights, decent pensions and the freedom and autonomy to decide about their bodies, and against harassment at work.
LUZ VIDAL HULREQUEO | GLOBAL LABOUR UNIVERSITY

Why Workers Need A Voice On The Job Now More Than Ever

The COVID-19 pandemic has spurred multiple crises in the U.S. including a public health crisis and an economic one.  As unlikely as it may seem, we believe that rewriting the rules of how workers can act collectively is a key solution to both. 
SHARON BLOCK, BENJAMIN SACHS | ON LABOR

Economic Collapse, Pandemic: There Is No Plan (For You)

Unemployment, evictions, business failure, a pandemic and health crises are all here at once. The federal government doesn’t care.
HAMILTON NOLAN | IN THESE TIMES

A New Tonkin Gulf Incident In The Making?

While the American public, the media, and Congress have largely been focused on the Covid pandemic, demands for racial justice, and other domestic concerns in recent months, the US military has been mobilizing all of its capabilities for a massive show of force in waters abutting China.
MICHAEL T. KLARE | THE NATION

Trump’s Harsh Sanctions Lead To Iran-China Partnership

China will get a regular, heavily discounted supply of Iranian oil for the next 25 years, as well as an expanded role in Iranian banking, ports, railways, telecommunications and myriad other projects. Iran and China will also increase their military cooperation.
MARJORIE COHN | TRUTHOUT

Venezuela: The New Pirates Of Ancient Albion

London’s refusal to return Venezuela’s gold is a mere continuation of its historical colonialist plundering,
ARAM AHARONIAN | VENEZUELAN ANALYSIS

Nicaragua: How Phony Human Rights Groups Slandered A US-Targeted Nation

During the Nicaraguan coup attempt and ever since it failed, the North American and European human rights industry has falsely accused the Nicaraguan authorities of having brutally repressed peaceful opposition protests with disproportionate lethal violence.
STEFAN SEFTON | TORTILLA CON SAL
THE ANALYSIS NEWS PODCAST

Hachalu Hundessa: charismatic musician who wasn’t afraid to champion Ethiopia’s Oromo

Politically motivated killings are certainly nothing new for Ethiopia, but this particular murder has touched the biggest nerve in decades, in part because Hachalu Hundessa was perceived to be a man of the people.
ILANA WEBSTER-KOGAN | THE CONVERSATION
 

Corporate strategies to avoid responsibility for human rights abuses

The Mind the Gap consortium presents an innovative framework that establishes five corporate strategies leading to the avoidance of responsibility for harmful effects on people and communities around the world.
               RACIAL JUSTICE

The rise of white identity politics

The politics of identity, whether radical or reactionary, encourages people to repose their grievances into forms that make them less resolvable.
KENAN MALIK | PROSPECT MAGAZINE

The racist double standards of international development

The claim that we are making 'wonderful progress' against global poverty is a fallacy based on a colonial mindset.
JASON HICKEL | AL JAZEERA

Training The Warrior Cop: US Empire Is A Laboratory For Militarized Policing

In addition to the paramilitary attitude that any civilian is a potential terrorist insurgent, US police have brought numerous tactics and weapons back from their Israel trips for use against US civilian.
MORGAN ARTYUKHINA | SPUTNIK NEWS
               ISRAEL / PALESTINE

‘Optimism of the Will’: Palestinian Freedom is Possible Now.

Simply because the odds stacked against Palestinian freedom seem too great at the moment, does not justify the discounting of an entire nation, which has lived through many wars, protracted sieges and untold hardship. Moreover, the next generation is but a mere evolution of the consciousness of the current one.
RAMZY BAROUD | MEMO

Edward Said and the ‘rendezvous of victory’

As professor of literature and literary criticism and spiritual figurehead of the Palestinian cultural landscape, Edward Said was instrumental in making Palestine one of the predominant moral causes of our time.
HAIDER EID | MONDOWEISS
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