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Housing time bomb for poor
IOL News 13 October 2015

Durban - eThekwini is sitting on a housing time bomb that could see thousands of poor people who were given council flats at massive discounts lose their homes because they cannot keep up with the escalating levy payments.

Eskom decision puts government renewable programme at risk
Nersa to consider Eskom’s shock decision.
Antoinette Slabbert (Money Web) 9 October 2015

South Africa’s highly successful pogramme to procure renewable energy from independent power producers (IPPs) skidded to a halt after the Eskom board decided to stop issuing so-called budget quotes, required for financial close on these projects.

Moneyweb has obtained a copy of a letter by Juan la Grange, Eskom senior manager in the office of the Group Executive for Transmission Thava Govender, in which Eskom says due to liquidity problems it won’t issue further budget quotes to IPPs until March 31 2018.

This has sent shock waves through the renewable energy industry.

Worker unrest in China’s factories reaches new heights
China Labour Bulletin 6 October, 2015

Strikes and worker protests in China increased noticeably during the third quarter of this year as the manufacturing sector in particular continued to stall. CLB’s Strike Map recorded 593 incidents during the quarter, 219 of which were in manufacturing.

Pest blights India's GM cotton crop
Business Report 9 October 2015

Mumbai/New Delhi - Two Indian states are suffering the first major pest infestation since the country adopted genetically modified cotton in 2002, raising concerns over the vulnerability of the lab-grown seeds that yield nearly all of the cotton in the world's top producer.

Numsa on the the 14 October 2015 Anti-Corruption March
NUMSA Press Statement 6th October 2015

The origins and foundations of South Africa’s unique corruption
There is concrete evidence, and also an admission by a key individual with a conscience, Ronnie Kasrils, about the extent of the sell-out deals the ANC made with capital during the 1990s, namely that the ANC would only get political power, without economic power, and that no radical measures would be embarked upon to restructure and to transform the South African economy.

SA climate plans 'inadequate'
Sipho Kings 5 October 2015

South Africa's plans to lower carbon emissions will still see these increase by 80% over 1990 levels, according to research by Climate Action Tracker.

Karoo shale gas ‘way below estimates’
IOL ScTech2 October 2015

The amount of shale gas that is commercially viable in the Karoo is way below the current estimate and nowhere near the oft-quoted fifth biggest reserve in the world.

Subsistence fisherfolk have their backs against the wall
Berea Mail 2 October 2015

A Durban activist feels Transnet and the municipality are putting tourism ahead of fisherfolks’ livelihood, despite a high level of unemployment in the city.

The Hard-Landing Has Arrived
Chinese Coal Company Fires 100,000
Tyler Durden (Zero Hedge) 29 September 2015

The global commodity collapse is finally starting to take its toll on what China truly cares about: the employment of the tens of millions of currently employed and soon to be unemployed workers.

On Friday, in a move that would make even Hewlett-Packard's Meg Whitman blush, Harbin-based Heilongjiang Longmay Mining Holding Group, or Longmay Group, the biggest met coal miner in northeast China which has been struggling to reduce massive losses in recent months as a result of the commodity collapse, just confirmed China's "hard-landing" has arrived when it announced on its website it would cut 100,000 jobs or 40% of its entire 240,000-strong labor force.

DA tackles City Manager over Stables ‘secrecy’
Berea Mail 24 September 2015

The Democratic Alliance in eThekwini Municipality strongly condemns the Durban City Manager’s ongoing refusal to answer questions regarding the removal of the New Market Stables in Durban.

Jiangsu shipyard workers on strike over wage arrears
Non-payment of wages is behind three quarters of China’s 1,600 strikes this year
David Hundorf (China Worker) 21 September 2015

A strike at Sinopacific’s shipyard in Jiangsu’s Dayang city entered its third day, with over one-fifth of the 5,000-strong workforce taking part in the action. The workers at the privately owned shipbuilder walked out on Wednesday 16 September after a three-month delay in the payment of wages.

Joint Media Statement 21 September 2015

Organised labour in the Basic Education sector, strongly believes that the ANA in its current form, is not in the best interest of our learners or for the provision of quality education. It must be noted that no South African learner will be disadvantaged by not writing the ANA as it has never been used for promotional purposes.

Security kicks out ‘Death’ from world’s biggest arms fair

Russia Today 20 September 2015

Security guards chased and then pinned down a protester dressed as Death at a weapons’ fair in the British capital. The activist was protesting the sale of arms to countries with poor human rights records.

Business Day denied nuclear cost reports
Carol Paton (Business Day) 18 September 2015

THREE reports by top international consultancies which explore the cost of building 9,600MW of nuclear power in SA have been classified as secret and will not be made available to the public, the Department of Energy has said.

SA businesses scared to condemn corruption: Vavi
Zwelinzima Vavi (MSN News) 15 September 2015

Business leaders in South Africa were scared of condemning corruption publicly, former Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) secretary general Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

‘Groundless’: Kremlin spokesman blasts Washington’s reports on Russia’s ‘international isolation’
Russia Today 16 September 2015

International isolation of Russia is impossible and the price of all statements that suggest the opposite is very relative, Dmitry Peskov has said in comments on the latest White House press briefing.

Brazil’s credit downgrade may herald more ‘fallen angels’
Marc Jones (Business Day) 14 September 2015

With Brazil’s sovereign debt rating relegated to junk by Standard and Poor’s (S&P) this week, investors fear that messy politics and flagging growth will erode the credit score of other once-buoyant economies.

Pressure builds on Walmart in Shenzhen as trade union activists fight back
China Labour Bulletin 9 September 2015

Sacked Walmart workers in Shenzhen are joining forces to put pressure on the world’s largest retailer to curtail its harassment of labour activists and genuine trade unionists.

Yu Zhiming, a democratically elected member of the union committee at Walmart Store No. 5722 in Shenzhen’s Nanshan district, took the company to arbitration court for illegal dismissal earlier this year and won. He has now teamed up with veteran Walmart worker activist, Wang Shishu, who is also suing the company after being dismissed for a second time earlier this year.

Turkey:Pro-Kurdish HDP party offices attacked across the country
Build a mass and united workers’ movement to stop the ongoing war!
Sosyalist Alternatif (CWI Turkey) 10 September 2015

Having suffered a serious setback at the general elections on 7 June, President Erdoðan declared a brutal war against Kurdish people. This is the so-called ‘Plan B’ of Erdoðan and his ruling AKP (Justice and Development Party). They aim to form a government on their own after new general elections are due in early November, by whipping up anti-Kurdish sentiments in the hope of dealing a blow to the pro-Kurdish HDP (People’s Democratic Party) and reinforce Erdoðan’s authoritarian powers. The President made his ambitions explicit when he declared,“None of this would have happened if we had won 400 seats in the parliament”.

Pensioners’ grant theft ‘not illegal’
IOL News 9 September 2015

Cape Town - It is open season for crooks to rip off pensioners and steal their grant money – as the SA State Security Agency (Sassa) admits it is not in a position to determine which deductions are authorised by pensioners and which are not.

No reply to The Mercury’s pollution enquiry
Tony Carnie (The Mercury) 7 September 2015

THE Isipingo River lagoon in Durban – the scene of countless sewage and industrial spills – has been polluted with foul-smelling substances once again, this time by a company whose name has not been released by city officials.

Mining’s 10-point plan deceives
Christopher Rutledge 4 September 2015

Most of the points in government’s deal over mining are designed to protect shareholder profits, writes Christopher Rutledge.

Johannesburg - If the intention of the Mining Industry Growth and Development Task Team was to save jobs, or heaven forbid, create jobs, then the tripartite agreement reached between the exclusive club of the Chamber of Mines, the government and National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) this week has failed.

Russian nuclear power activist to visit Wentworth
Local activists to speak out against nuclear power plant plan.
South Lands Sun 31 August 2015

AMID protests against nuclear power plant deals in South Africa and rumours of a plant in the South Durban Basin, Russian environmentalist, Vladimir Slavyak heads to Wentworth this week to highlight his concerns.

Trade Union General Strike Across India

A. K. Padmanabhan, President of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions, discusses the demands of the workers' struggle and the history of the trade union movement in India since 1991 -
The Real News Network 1 September 2015

Security provident fund cheats
IOL News 28 August 2015

Durban - Some of the country’s lowest paid security guards are being robbed of R1.5 billion, over five years, by their bosses who are failing to pay over provident fund deductions and instead pocketing the money, according to the fund.

SA is failing to tackle carbon emissions
Melanie Gosling (The Mercury) 26 August 2015

SOUTH Africa’s lack of ambition in cutting greenhouse gas emissions has come under fire for setting the country up to fail in meeting its international obligations to keep the global temperature increase below 2°C.

The UF supports calls for a further probe into Prasa
United Front 25 August 2015

The United Front (UF) supports the call that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela made in her report on the Public Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) for the National Treasury’s Chief Procurement Officer to conduct a forensic investigation on all the agency’s contracts or tenders issued between 1 April 2012 and 30 June 2015. Considering that the bulk of the 32 complaints Madonsela investigated took place before Prasa announced in June 2012 that it was to spend R136-billion to acquire new trains and modernise its infrastructure, what we heard about maladministration and improper conduct in relation to procurement, could just be a snapshot of what may be organised and well-orchestrated looting of public resources by politically-connected mafias.

SDCEA to take up nuclear plant fight
SDCEA continues to fight industrialisation.
Southlands Sun 25 August 2015

THE South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) is taking legal action to halt the industrialisation of Clairwood Racecourse and is gearing up South Durban communities to fight the proposal of a nuclear plant at the old Durban International airport.

Varsities in SA hit Brics wall
South African universities failed to make the top 10 in the latest rankings of universities in Brics countries.
Katharine Child 24 August 2015

Quacquarelli Symonds, which publishes global university rankings, has for the third time ranked 404 universities from Brics countries - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

China came out tops claiming seven of the top 10 places, with India, Brazil and Russia each winning one.

25k Indian farmers seek president’s permission to hang themselves
Russia Today 14 August 2015

Over 25,000 farmers in India have sought permission from their president to commit suicide on Independence Day, report local media. The move was sparked by the government’s failure to pay the farmers for land lost to the construction of the Gokul Barrage.

Anger burns in streets as Tianjin toll climbs
The Australian 14 August 2015

‘People were shouting names and screaming.’ The explosions wounded hundreds of Tianjin residents.

China yuan may see more volatility, says central bank economist
Business Day 16 August 2015

BEIJING — China’s move to weaken the yuan last week could head off further similar adjustments, and the yuan is likely to move in both directions as the economy stabilises, Ma Jun, chief economist at the central bank said on Sunday.

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) shocked global markets by devaluing the yuan by nearly 2% on August 11.

SA nuclear plan stirs fears of secrecy, corruption
Fin 24 14 August 2015

Johannesburg - Fears are growing that agreements to build nuclear power plants that could be the most expensive procurement in South Africa's history will be made behind closed doors, without the necessary public scrutiny.

Energy report classified as secret
IOL News 12 August 2015

The government’s five-point plan to solve the energy crisis made a brief appearance before the parliamentary energy committee - but was withdrawn because the document was classified as secret.

India blocks more than 800 sites in web porn crackdown
Jason Burke (Mail & Guardian) 4 August 2015

Indian authorities have moved to block more than 800 pornography websites in the first major crackdown on the internet in the world’s largest democracy.

Chaos erupts again on China’s stock markets
Editorial from socialist newspaper Offensiv, weekly of the CWI in Sweden 30 July 2015

Just when the world’s elite were sounding the ‘all clear’ the Shanghai stock exchange plummeted again. On Monday 27 July Chinese stocks fell by 8.5 percent – the biggest decline in a single trading session since the year 2007, and the second biggest fall ever in China. Even the following day stocks in Shanghai and Shenzhen fell again.

'Kickback' scandal engulfs Transnet
AmaBhungane Reporters 31 July 2015

NEWSFLASH: Neotel confirms CEO and CFO have taken special leave pending an investigation of suspected commission payments in Transnet contracts.

Telkom directors' pay rises as employees face job cuts
MSN Money 28 July 2015

Telkom, who's embroiled in a fight with unions over a plan to cut jobs, more than doubled its executive directors’ wage bill in fiscal 2015.

Nkandla tour: MPs leave shocked by ‘rip off’
Yadhana Jadoo 24 July 2015

Where did that R249 million of taxpayer’s money go to? That is the lingering question some MPs want answered following their in-loco inspection of President Jacob Zuma’s Nkandla homestead in KwaZulu-Natal.

Turkey HDP condemns Suruç massacre; calls for international solidarity
Nazmi Gur 20 July 2015

Peoples Democratic Party, posted at Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal and Green Left Weekly -- At least 30 people were killed and more than 100 injured on July 20, when a suicide bomber from the self-styled Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) group attacked a cultural centre in the Kurdish town of Suruç, on the Turkish side of the border from Kobane.

Youth jobs: subsidy has little impact
Magomotsi Magome 19 July 2015

A study by the University of Cape Town’s Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the government’s youth wage subsidy in the first two quarters after its inception on January 1 last year.

Petersburg Activists Protest Proposed Nuclear Waste Storage Facility

David Frenkel (The Russian Reader) 16 July 2015

Yesterday, July 15, activists protested the proposed construction of Russia’s largest radioactive waste storage facility in Sosnovy Bor, a town eighty kilometers west of Petersburg that also hosts the Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant. A second plant, Leningrad Nuclear Power Plant–2, is also currently under construction in the town.

Greeks Rally Against Bailout Terms
Sputnik News 15 July 2015

Thousands of anti-austerity protesters rallied in Athens on Wednesday to vent their anger against the bailout terms accepted by Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

China launches sweeping crackdown on rights lawyers
More than 100 arrests ! Human rights lawyers branded “enemies of the state” !
China Worker 14 July 2015

Xi Jinping has once again shown his authoritarian credentials with what appears to be a nationally coordinated weekend crackdown on human rights lawyers, described as ‘unprecedented’ by many observers. At least 107 lawyers, activists and their relatives have been detained or interrogated by police in 15 Chinese cities since Thursday, 9 June.

China: Taxi drivers and factory workers strike in record numbers

Overall distribution of strikes and worker protests in China during the second quarter of 2015

China Labour Bulletin 13 July 2015

China’s taxi drivers and factory workers took the lead in staging strikes and protests across the country in the second quarter of 2015 as threats to their livelihood continued to mount. Construction workers continued their protests over wage arrears but numbers were down slightly compared with earlier in the year.

Anti-poverty groups query development finance
Business Report 10 July 2015

Anti poverty groups question using private finance for development needs.

Washington - Governments increasingly are turning to private investors to build infrastructure and deliver public services, but European anti-poverty groups question the benefits of relying on this financing tool to achieve development goals.

Judge strikes a blow for indebted
IOL News 9 July 2015

Stellenbosch mother Lisinda Bailey and businesswoman Wendy Appelbaum after Judge Siraj Desai's judgment. Photo: Brenton Geach
Cape Town - In a landmark ruling, Cape High Court Judge Siraj Desai struck a blow for poor people exploited by microlenders.

Hailed as a victory for those forced to use loans to survive, the judge declared emoluments attachment orders (EAO) against a group of Stellenbosch workers illegal and unlawful.

Some had almost half their salaries deducted, some were charged up to 60 percent interest and some of the loans were in contravention of the National Credit Act, Desai said.

China: Stock market crash can turn into a political crisis
Regime adopts panic measures as market crash threatens wider economic recession
Interview, with editor, Vincent Kolo 8 July 2015

SA's R600 million train blunder
Pieter-Louis Myburgh (News24) 6 July 2015

Johannesburg - South African railways officials imported brand new locomotives from Europe worth hundreds of millions of rand despite explicit warnings that the trains are not suited for local rail lines.

Numsa rejects Eskom’s price hike
North Eastern 30 June 2014

JOBURG – The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (Numsa) vehemently rejected Eskom’s application for the increase of electricity tariffs (Third Multi-Year Price Determination) for the periods 2015/16 to 2017/18.

Marikana load-shed as Zuma spoke
IOL News 26 June 2015

Johannesburg - As miners and their families prepared to watch the live broadcast of President Jacob Zuma reading out a summary of the long-awaited Marikana Report at Lonmin’s platinum mine offices, Marikana was load-shed.

During the broadcast, they could not hear or see Zuma.

Hong Kong: Fake democracy roundly rejected in legislative vote
Government proposals end in fiasco as Beijing loyalists misjudge voting rules
Socialist Action reporters in Hong Kong 23 June 2015

In the end only eight pro-government lawmakers voted for the government’s deeply unpopular electoral reform – branded as “fake democracy” – in Hong Kong’s legislature, the ‘Legco’, which voted on the package on Thursday 18 June.

Brazil: No to sackings and political persecution in Sabesp
Reinstate Marzeni now – Solidarity needed!
André Ferrari, LSR (CWI in Brazil) 23 June 2015

The state of São Paulo is undergoing the most serious water crisis in its entire history. Millions of inhabitants of the most populous state in Brazil, particularly the poorest sectors, are already being subjected to water rationing without the state government even admitting the fact, denying the severity of the crisis.

Society aims to fight prejudice, stop murders of albinos
Cape Times 15 June 2015

About 300 Albinism Society of South Africa members marched to KwaNgcedomhlophe Stadium in KwaZulu-Natal on Saturday to create awareness about albinism. The event paid homage to International Albinism Awareness Day, which was established last year in a bid to end discrimination, stigma and attacks against people with albinism.

UKZN slammed for using ‘race card’
IOL News 12 June 2015

Durban - A new book by a former UKZN academic has hit out at the university, accusing it of playing the race card.

IFP calls for GMOs to be banned in SA
Eye Witness News 11 June 2015

The party has called on govt to ban the products, pending an investigation into their toxicity.

Anger and fear as truck park gets the okay
IOL News 7 June 2015

Durban - The historic 91-year-old Clairwood Racecourse is now officially a logistics park after authorities gave the go-ahead this week – but residents are not pleased.

Diamond scandal hits De Beers
IOL News 8 June 2015

Johannesburg - A senior government diamond valuator in Joburg has accused his bosses of blocking his investigation into diamond giant De Beers – and then firing him to shut him up.

Danny Jordaan's damning letter to Fifa
Mail & Guardian 5 June 2015

A letter implicates the SA World Cup boss and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma in the $10-million payment now alleged to be a bribe.

South African 2010 World Cup boss Danny Jordaan asked Fifa to pay the $10-million that United States prosecutors allege was a bribe after he had “a discussion” with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, now the African Union chairperson.

Civil society groups call for more transparency from Eskom
Eye Witness News 2 June 2015

JOHANNESBURG – Unions and civil society groups at an electricity crisis conference in Johannesburg on Tuesday called for Eskom's war room to be more ‘inclusive’ and questioned how it was using its finances from the state.

Police accused of misinterpreting protest data
Alex News 28 May 2015

JOBURG – University of Johannesburg (UJ) academics have accused the police officials and government ministers that they misconstrued the Incident Registration Information System (IRIS) data, and in consequence misled parliament and the public.

Commonwealth Games will cost billions
IOL News 27 May 2015

eThekwini city manager Sbu Sithole
Durban - R3.4 billion: that’s the staggering amount South African taxpayers are set to pay out to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.

May 29: Let's stop the Brazil in defense of our rights
Workers are preparing for the national day of Stoppage and demonstrations next Friday
PSTU 27 May 2015

The time has come. Across the country, advance preparation for the national day of Stoppage and demonstrations, toward general strike. On Friday, functionalism, workers of public transportation, ports, factories, construction sites, universities, businesses and schools in several cities and capital should stop. The meeting held by the central trade unions that organize the day (CSP-Conlutas, CUT, CTB, new Central, UGT and the Inter-Union) on March 22 showed a large membership to day 29.

Anti-mining lobby seeks legal protection
South Coast Herald 26 May 2015

An urgent application for an order indicting six people has been issued.

Worst ever Internet censorship law planned for SA
Electronic Frontier Foundation 22 May 2015

The Draft Online Regulation Policy recently issued by the Film and Publication Board of South Africa is a regulation that is so bad that all of us should fight it.

Vanessa Burger 20 May 2015

After the shocking hit that ended key witness’ Sipho Ndovela’s life at the entrance to the Umlazi Magistrate’s Court on Monday, the suspect believed to be behind the year long hostel killing spree is to appear in the same court on charges of attempted murder tomorrow, Thursday 21 May. The case in question relates to a separate incident that occurred in 2014 and for which Ndovela was also to have testified. Had he lived.

Global fossil fuel subsidies cost the planet R63-trillion a year
Mail & Guardian 19 May 2015

The International Monetary Fund says environmental costs and taxes borne by society for fossil fuels are R63-trillion a year, or R2-million a second.

Americans, Europeans want non-MSM coverage of intl. news
Russia Today 19 May 2015

Getting their international news only from mainstream media is not what the majority of Americans and Europeans want, an opinion poll shows. Some 60 percent desire alternative sources of news coverage.

United Front Press Statement14 May 2015

The United Front strongly condemns the action of the police to arrest members of the Amadiba Crisis Committee and other community members in Xolobeni (Mpondoland, Eastern Cape) over their protests against the proposed titanium mining by the Australian-based Richtersveld Mining Company (RMC).

How communication workers taught the labour courts a lesson
Sarah Evans (Mail & Guardian) 14 May 2015

What happens when workers are excluded from a system that is supposed to protect them? The post office strike has become a case study.

“Loopholes” in South Africa’s industrial relations framework have resulted in a system where “precarious workers” are left outside of a system that should protect their rights, according to a paper presented this week.
Professor David Dickinson, from Wits University’s department of sociology, argues in his paper that workers who are not permanently employed are effectively treated as second-class citizens.

Police raids accused of being ‘state-sponsored xenophobia’
RDM News Wire 9 May 2015

The Right2Know coalition has called on government to stop the current police raids conducted as part of the state’s anti-xenophobia campaign‚ branding them state-coordinated xenophobia.

The Army vs. Thembelihle: Where the truth lies
Richard Poplak 5 May 2015

On 30 April, the army showed up. Xenophobic violence? Then why were most of those arrested foreigners? Crime? Then why were so few criminals busted? Politics? Now we’re getting somewhere.

Wild Coast mining bid violence
Tony Carnie (The Mercury) 5 May 2015

Violence has erupted on the Wild Coast following bitter opposition to plans by an Australian mining company to extract heavy minerals from the coastal dunes in Xolobeni, south of the Wild Coast Sun casino and holiday resort.

Brazilian teachers protest violently attacked by police

Esquerda Marxista 30 April 2015

State did not act on march warnings
IOL News 29 April 2015

Government allegedly ignored early warnings that groups were mobilising to disrupt the xenphobia peace march in KZN

China’s miners step up protests as industry downturn continues
China Labour Bulletin 29 April, 2015

Workers in China’s coal, iron ore, gold and silver mining industries have all taken to the streets in protest this year as the economic slowdown continues to impact on mining companies across the country.

Numsa to Eskom: Open your books to scrutiny
Numsa calls for inquiry into Eskom and says it must open its books for public scrutiny.
Mail & Guardian 23 April 2015

The National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa [Numsa] believe the crisis at Eskom was partly as a result of power struggles “among predatory elites” who wanted to control multimillion-rand contracts to allocate them to themselves and their friends.

Unpaid Russian Workers Unite in Protest Against Putin
New York Times 22 April 2015

Workers across Russia are starting to protest against unpaid wages and go on strike, in the first nationwide backlash against Mr. Putin's economic policies.

In the far east, the teachers went on strike. In central Russia, it was the employees of a metallurgical plant. In St. Petersburg, autoworkers laid down their tools. And at a remote construction site in Siberia, laborers painted their complaints in gigantic white letters on the roofs of their dormitories.

“Dear Putin, V.V.,” the message said. “Four months without pay.”

Zimbabwe: Riot police beat up anti-xenophobia protestor
Nehanda Radio 18 April 2015

HARARE – Just hours after President Robert Mugabe’s Zanu PF party issued a statement condemning xenophobic attacks in South Africa, riot police in Harare savagely assaulted a prominent human rights activist protesting the same issue.

Rights violation charge laid against Zulu king
Mail & Guardian 16 April 2015

King Goodwill Zwelithini faces another charge of hate speech and violating human rights - this time by the SA National Defence Union.
Tim Flack has laid a charge - with SAHRC - against Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini for inciting violence.

Protest Against Murder of Tamils & Muslims in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
Jagadish G Chandra New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) 13 April 2015

Over 50 people in Bangalore attended the protest on 12th April against the recent encounter killing in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. New Socialist Alternative (CWI-India) also participated in the protest.

Protests spread in support of China’s feminists
Police in Beijing change the charge against five jailed women activists to “disturbing public order”
Sally Tang Mei-ching, Socialist Action in Hong Kong 11 April 2015

“Feminism is not a crime” rang out across Hong Kong’s Times Square, along with chants of “free the five” as several campaign groups came together to protest in support of the Chinese feminists arrested one month ago.

Brazil: Countrywide for President Rousseff’s impeachment
Russia Today 13 April 2015

Tens of thousands Brazilian demonstrators took to the streets on Sunday to protest the social and economic policies of President Dilma Rousseff. The marchers claim the country’s leader supports corruption and demand that she resigns or is impeached.

Cosatu: Cut salaries of senior government officials
Frank Nxumalo (SABC News) 2 April 2015

Public service unions belonging to the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) have challenged the government to cut the salaries of high ranking state officials instead of attacking union demands.

UF Response to the Expulsion of Zwelinzima Vavi
UNITED FRONT 31 March 2015

As expected, yesterday the Central Executive Committee (CEC) of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) decided to expel Zwelinzima Vavi from his position as its General Secretary. The United Front (UF) regards this decision as the final nail in the regrettable terminal decline of what was once a mighty, principled, independent and militant federation of workers’ trade unions.

End the de facto State of Emergency in Themelihle
United Front Press Statement 31 March 2015

The Thembelihle Crisis Committee, the United Front (UF), the Right to Know (R2K) Campaign and the Democratic Left Front call on all people of good conscience in South Africa to endorse the call for an end to the security siege of Thembelihle. Since the 25th of February 2015, Thembelihle has faced a de facto State of Emergency at the hands of the South African Police Services (SAPS) and other security agents. This undeclared, unofficial State of Emergency in Thembelihle is an attack on all our constitutionally guaranteed rights to and freedoms to organise, associate and freely express ourselves. We call for urgent action to put pressure on the SAPS to end the siege. We call for the creation of conducive conditions for free, open and democratic political activity in which the people of Thembelihle may express and exercise their right to protest, and have their demands for a decent life of dignity met.

Transnet mum on ecological damage to fish nursery
Tony Carnie (The Mercury) 31 March 2015

A THICK mass of emulsified oil has built up in Durban Harbour’s Silt Canal area after a factory fire last week, raising fears about potentially significant damage to one of the country’s largest sea fish nursery grounds.
Yesterday, the Transnet national ports authority said clean-up operations were continuing following the blaze at the African Sun Oil Refinery in Durban, but did not respond to queries on ecological damage to fish and other marine organisms.

Sun setting on Eskom's monopoly
Dependence on the utility may fade now that homes can feed solar power back into the grid.
Lynley Donnelly (Mail & Gurdian) 27 March 2015

Eskom may be in a shambles and electricity prices are likely to skyrocket, but for some domestic consumers solar power is saving them thousands of rands – and the planet thousands of kilograms of carbon – each month.

TPP: Corporations can sue states in private courts
Russia Today 30 March 2015

The recently leaked chapter from the US-led Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement (TPP) allows firms to sue the countries they are operating in via private courts, steering clear of national jurisdictions, WikiLeaks reported.

The struggle of the workers of Ajax
Toninho Filho 25 March 2015

The Ajax is a car battery factory that has existed for more than 50 years, whose headquarters is located in Bauru. In June last year, 340 employees were dismissed without FGTS deposit, payment of labor rights or social security transfers of officials with service time 5 to 10 years. At this point, the company already had a huge debt with the Companhia Paulista de Força e Luz which culminated in the power cut in December 2014-restored in March 2015, after an injunction.

Deadlines bedevil SA's infrastructure projects
Razina Munshi (Mail & Guardian) 23 January 2014

BUDGET and deadlines bedevil complex infrastructure projects in SA. But should taxpayers accept that Transnet's new multiproduct pipeline, for example, has exceeded its original budget by 84% and is four years behind schedule?

China: Demand release of arrested women activists
Has the commemoration of International Women's Day also now been outlawed in China?
Sally Tang Mei-Ching, Socialist Action (CWI in Hong Kong) 24 March 2015

The Chinese dictatorship celebrated International Women's Day by arresting women activists, a move that has caused outrage around the world. The arrests highlight the widening repression under Xi Jinping ¨CChina's paramount leader and also how women's rights are being stifled in China today. On 6 and 7 March, just before International Women's Day (8 March) and just as the annual red carpet meeting of the NPC (National People¡¯s Congress) was getting underway in Beijing, security forces arrested at least ten women activists for preparing protests to highlight gender oppression.

Spills law enforcing ‘broken down’
Kamcilla Pillay (Daily News) 23 March 2015

Investigations into an oil leak in the Durban Harbour – spotted on Friday by yachtsmen – have yet to yield any clues to its source or composition.

Russia rebounds, despite sanctions
The New Cold War 23 March 2015

Sanctions meant to punish Russia for snatching Crimea from Ukraine one year ago were supposed to hurt Russian business. And they did. Russian stocks, bonds and commodities had the worst performance in 2014 of those in any emerging market.

Oil giants break their picks trying to crack non-US shales
Business Day 20 March 2015

AFTER spending more than five years and billions of dollars trying to re-create the US shale boom overseas, some of the world’s biggest oil companies are starting to give up amid a world-wide collapse in crude prices.

Coal mine will blast peace for thousands near game park

Tony Carnie (The Mercury) 18 March 2015

Life will never be quite the same for several thousand people next to Africa’s oldest game reserve and wilderness area if a massive new coal mine is blasted open underneath or next to their homes.

A new environmental scoping report on the controversial Ibutho coal mining venture on the southern borderline of the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi game reserve does not say exactly how many people will have to be moved from their homes.

Solar Power Sees Unprecedented Boom in U.S.
Photovoltaics and solar thermal both enjoyed banner years, despite uncertainties
Daniel Cusick and ClimateWire 18 March 2015

U.S. solar power grew by 6.2 gigawatts in 2014, a 30 percent increase over the previous year and representing nearly $18 billion in new investment, according to data released this morning by the Solar Energy Industries Association and GTM Research.

One million in anti-govt demo in Brazil

Russia Today 17 March 2015

Leaks to cost Durban dear
Sihle Manda (The Mercury) 16 March 2015

YEARS of neglect of the city’s ailing and crippled water infrastructure have left the eThekwini Municipality with no option but to take drastic steps and pay big money.

More than 15 000 households contribute nothing to the city coffers for the water they use.

Searching for the Union: The workers’ movement in China 2011-13
China Labour Bulletin 16 March 2014

China’s workers have emerged over the last few years as a strong, unified and increasingly active collective force. Workers have time and again demonstrated the will and the ability to stand up to abusive and arrogant managements and to demand better pay and working conditions.

Maharashtra:Campaign for Affordable & Quality Public Transport

Venkatesh Harale CWI-India 13 March 2015

For over a month now, New Socialist Alternative, Pune has been campaigning and protesting against the recent public transport price hike. The 50% hike will hit many ordinary people hard and many in Pune are angry about this.

United Front 12 March 2015

As the Eskom debacle thickens, the United Front calls for a judicial enquiry into the management of the electricity utility and an urgent civil society conference on the electricity crisis.

Leadership Crisis in AAP & Fissures within
CWI-India 6 March 2015

It is indeed very disappointing to see the experiment of finding a party precisely for “Grass Roots Democracy” facing serious issues of personality clashes in the very first month since its spectacular victory in the Delhi assembly elections. While many on the left and progressive circles welcomed AAP’s victory as a halting influence to the blatantly communal BJP led by Modi which was winning one after another crucial elections since its pyrrhic victory in Lok Sabha elections last May.

China to slash coal consumption by 160mn tons in 5 years
Russia Today 9 March 2015

China intends to cut coal consumption by 160 million tons by 2020, and up its use of non-fossil energy to 15 percent by then. Air pollution has been linked to a spike in lung cancer in Beijing and a reduced life expectancy in some regions of 5.5 years.

Ripping off the state can be big business
(Lloyd Gedye) Mail & Guardian 6 March 2015

Government is allowing the construction firms that colluded on mega-state projects to get off lightly, writes Lloyd Gedye.

The government has been criticised many times for being too soft on corporate South Africa, especially when its members act against the best interests of the country and its citizens. Whether the businesses are Sasol and ArcelorMittal and involve attempts to get a “developmental” price for polymers and steel respectively, or telecommunications operators that have been taking South African business and citizens for a ride for decades with exorbitant communication costs, a recent example rams the point home.

South Africa: NUMSA's message to Australian workers
NUMSA 6 March 2015

NUMSA national treasurer Mphumzi Maqungo's address to the Australian Workers Union, Australia

March 3, 2015 -- Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal -- I greet you in the name of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA). I am here to give you an update since our general secretary, Irvin Jim, addressed your 2013 conference. I am happy to report that, despite the shrinking of South Africa's manufacturing sector, NUMSA has continued to grow.

eThekwini ANC whistleblowers in hiding after 'death threats'
Sibusiso Ngalwa 2 March 2015

The nullification of the results of voting at the eThekwini ANC elective conference has led to some party members going into hiding, claiming their lives have been threatened.

National Thousands march over death of Putin critic
Olga Rotenberg, Anna Smolchenko (Mail & Guardian) 2 March 2015

Tweet Tens of thousands of people marched in central Moscow on Sunday to honour slain opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, who was gunned down near the Kremlin.

Tembelihle: Urgent solidarity needed
United Front, Gauteng 26 February 2015

During a service delivery protest in Tembelihle, two primary school kids lost their lives as they were shot by rubber bullets.

SA covered up Israeli missile theft
Hadlee Simons 24 February 2015

South Africa's intelligence service covered up the theft and sale of locally produced missile technology to Israel, new cables have revealed.

NAPM hails AAP’s landslide victory
Expects greater, sustained dialogue with ‘aam’ people’s issues, movements and priorities over next 5 years
NAPM 11 February 2015

Ireland: anti-water tax activists arrested

Arrests of Anti Austerity Alliance elected representatives and We Won’t Pay activists is another cheap attempt to denigrate the movement against the water charges
Anti Austerity Alliance statement 11 February 2014

PWC promotes industrial scale tax avoidance
Russia Today 6 February, 2015

Accountancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) has deceived parliament and is facilitating and promoting “industrial scale” tax avoidance, MPs warned in a report published on Friday.

China’s miners take a stand as coal production falls
China Labour Bulletin 29 January, 2015

While environmentalists are hailing the drop in China’s coal production last year, it is the country’s miners who are feeling the immediate impact, with mines closing down and wages withheld for months on end.

India: 500,000 Coalminers strike against privatisation!
Major Singh 3 February 2015

At the beginning of January 500,000 miners in the nationalised coal industry in India went on strike against governmental plans to privatise coal mining. This monumental show of strength in defiance of the Coal Ordnance law is indicative both of the tensions within Indian society and the pressure that is being brought to bear on the leadership of the working class to put up a fight.

Mine lays claim to Mpumalanga water catchment area
Fiona Mcleod, Franz Fuls 30 January 2015

Tweet The fate of land vital to South Africa's water security now rests with the ministers of mining and environmental affairs.

An Indian company claims it has the right to mine in the ecologically sensitive Wakkerstroom area. (Lorna Stanton)
An Indian company this week declared its intention to mine in a critical water catchment area in Mpumalanga, just one year after the area was proclaimed a protected area.

Thousands protest transport hikes in Brazil
Russia Today 28 January 2015

Thousands gathered to rally over rising transport fares at a Sao Paulo metro station on Tuesday night. Clashes erupted when demonstrators attempted to enter Faria Lima station without paying for tickets, staging a sit-in.

Narendra Modi govt cracks down on NGOs
Sanjib Kr Baruah and Rajesh Ahuja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi 26 January 2015

The Centre may act against some of the 188 NGOs red-flagged by the Intelligence Bureau for alleged misuse of foreign funds, suspected extremist links and proselytization.

Massive SYRIZA Rally
Left Party Heads Towards a Majority in Greece

TRNN Exclusive from Athens: Lawyer Dimitri Lascaris reports SYRIZA coalition commands a lead and enjoys the support of European labour and social movements as it heads to the polls on Sunday
Lawyer Dimitri Lascaris 23 January 2015

Cuba: The 'solarisation' of Granma province
Laurie Guevara-​Stone 21 January 2014

US President Barack Obama’s recent announcement that he wants to begin normalising relations with Cuba generated news around the world. But the Cuban province of Granma may soon be making headlines for another reason: its embrace of renewable energy.

Costs of Brazil World Cup stadium to be paid off around 3014
Times Live 20 January, 2015

Brazilian taxpayers hoping to see the Mane Garrincha stadium, expensively renovated in the capital Brasilia for last year's World Cup paid off, needn't hold their breath as it won't happen in their lifetime, authorities say.

Dig-out port: ‘Think again’
Sihle Manda (The Mercury) 20 February 2015

AN INTERNATIONAL ports expert has expressed serious reservations about Durban’s proposed dig-out port. He said plans for a dig-out port should be put on hold, with efforts rather directed at maximising the existing facilities and potential at Durban Harbour.

International adviser and expert on port development Jamie Simpson, of Canada, has warned Transnet and the eThekwini Municipality against pursuing the dig-out port, saying the current port has to “keep going”.
Simpson was a guest speaker at a ports and cities dialogue with Durban businesses, hosted by the municipality’s Edge (Economic Development and Growth eThekwini) at the Moses Mabhida Stadium yesterday.

Britain endorses Hong Kong’s fake election plan
Former colonial power kowtows to Beijing’s economic muscle
Vincent Kolo, (Chinaworker) 19 January 2015

After last autumn’s ‘youthquake’ in the shape of the Umbrella Revolution there are few people on the planet who do not know that Hong Kong’s so-called ‘democracy’ is a fiction. It is noticeable that Hong Kong’s former colonial rulers, the British government, belong to this stubborn minority.

A year of struggle in Brazil
LSR members intervene in struggles of 2014

LSR 16 January 2015

Durban’s ‘toilet bowl’ polluted sea
Tony Carnie (The Mercury) 12 January 2015

AFTER 45 years of flushing billions of litres of human sewage and industrial waste into a massive “toilet bowl” in the sea off Durban, fresh concerns have emerged that a growing build-up of seabed pollution may affect a far wider area of the KwaZuluNatal coastline.
Since the city built two massive sea pipelines to pump away domestic sewage and industry effluent in the late 1960s, repeated surveys by marine scientists have suggested that this dumping does not cause any major impacts on the marine environment or human health.
Nevertheless, the latest compulsory annual survey by the CSIR has revealed a gradual but significant increase in the number of “affected stations” – a term that refers to areas of the seabed literally crawling with an artificial abundance of pollution-tolerant sea worms that thrive on the nutrient-rich human waste, rotting food scraps and other detritus flushed daily from Durban’s toilets, baths and kitchen sinks.

World Cup makes way for white elephants
The carnival is well and truly over in Brazil as costly stadia lie unused, forcing local authorities to take out loans to keep up maintenance bills.
Ewan MacKenna 6 January 2015

The circus has long gone but the scars have not. Six months on from the Brazil World Cup, football wastelands pockmark the country, each with empty cathedrals to excess and greed. If only it hadn’t all been so predictable.
When it was all over back in July, there was a warm glow emanating from a tournament that was by and large seen as a success. There were few dissenting voices. But that’s the problem with judging a World Cup in its immediate aftermath. It’s like the queen thinking the world smells of paint because every room she walks into has been given a fresh lick. But the effects of the event last far longer than a month and now the glitz and glamour are done, there’s a lot of rubbish piled high awaiting a costly clean-up.

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