e-News bulletin 24 November 2017

 

E-NEWS BULLETIN 24 November 2017 Links to present possibilities
SOUTH AFRICA

Independent report dispute Cash Paymaster Services disclosed full extent of profit

sassaA critical review by AIDC of the financial statement shows that CPS has not provided sufficient information to draw a definite conclusion on how much net profit it made from the unlawful contract to disburse social grants. aidc.org.za/

Government slammed over ICT bill

cweleCabinet last Friday approved the Electronic Communications Amendment Bill, which, if enacted, will see sweeping changes to legislation governing South Africa’s ICT sector that will give the telecommunications & postal services minister more power to intervene in the running of the sector. techcentral.co.za/

Icasa has revised its end-user and subscriber-service charter regulations, which are meant to reduce internet data costs for consumers. businesslive.co.za/

INTERNATIONAL

mugabeRobert Mugabe—how an anti-colonialist hero became an authoritarian nationalist

He went from being venerated by most of the country’s black workers and poor people to being hated by many who saw him as their tyrannical oppressor. socialistworker.co.uk/

The Staggering Scale Of Global Financial Inequality

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The scale of financial inequality across the world is simply mind boggling. Some 45.9 percent of global household wealth is currently controlled by just 0.7 percent of the planet's population. forbes.com/

Israel Says It Wants to Work With Saudi Arabia to Defeat Iran

The head of Israel’s armed forces revealed Thursday he’s willing to work with fellow Middle Eastern U.S. ally Saudi Arabia to thwart the interests of their common foe, Iran, which has been vying for influence in the region. newsweek.com/

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On Brink of Extinction? Time is running out for Israel and Saudi Arabia

Donald Trump seems to be capitalizing on Saudi weakness, fear, and the need to tighten the anti-Iranian alliance. What the American president wants in return for support of the Saudi purgative is as simple as it comes: huge investments in the US economy together with the purchase of US arms. 21stcenturywire.com/


Iran: Jailed trade union activist seriously ill

salehiSalehi was arrested on the eve of International Labour Day in 2015. He was charged with “propaganda against the government” and “membership in hostile associations”. This resulted in Salehi being sentenced to nine years in prison. socialistworld.net/


delhiMajor mobilisation of workers hits Indian capital

Over three days starting from 9 November, tens of thousands of workers staged a series of mass sit-ins and protests in the Indian capital city of New Delhi. aawl.org.au/


South Korean workers stage big rally

jeon tae-ilFor the 47th anniversary of the suicide of labour activist Jeon Tae-il, the Korean labour movement staged a massive rally in central Seoul on Saturday, November 12. At least 50,000 workers took part. aawl.org.au/

‘Working-class children get less of everything in education - including respect’

Interview with Diane Reay who grew up on a council estate, the eldest of eight, and became a Cambridge professor. Now she wants to talk about inequality in education. theguardian.com/

'All Out Class War': GOP Bill Cuts Taxes for Private Jet Owners, Hikes Taxes on Students

gloatingIncreasing taxes on those already drowning in student loan debt to give the rich a tax break denounced as "the height of Republican insanity" in the US. commondreams.org/


The FCC has unveiled its plan to repeal its net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission took aim at a signature Obama-era regulation Tuesday, unveiling a plan that would give Internet providers broad powers to determine what websites and online services their customers see and use washingtonpost.com/

PALESTINE

Declassified Israeli Transcripts Discuss Ethnic Cleansing

IDF“Perhaps if we don’t give them enough water they won’t have a choice, because the orchards will yellow and wither,” Eshkol said in one meeting. The prime minister also discussed the idea of initiating a war of aggression against Palestinians to force them to leave their ancestral lands. telesurtv.net/
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NEW FORMS OF LABOUR

The security guards who could change the face of employment in Britain

How does a respectable institution such as the University of London become a place of abuse and humiliation? theguardian.com/

English transport union condemns Government driverless vehicle plans

RMT, which represents bus, haulage and taxi drivers, says that the hyped up announcement is a “desperate measure by a desperate government in advance of a budget which is expected to confirm austerity and misery way off into the future.”. rmt.org.uk/

amazon-flexAmazon's Last Mile

Who delivers Amazon orders? Increasingly, it’s plainclothes contractors with few labor protections, driving their own cars, competing for shifts on the company’s own Uber-like platform. gizmodo.com/

macteensTech billionaires sank $170 million into a new kind of school — now classrooms are shrinking and some parents say their kids are 'guinea pigs’

A new kind of school crafted by the minds and wallets of Silicon Valley influencers is struggling to keep parents happy and students in seats. businessinsider.com/

child labor bangladeshBizarre bureaucratic dysfunction in child labour

Enforcement of a generalised ban on all work by children below middle adolescence not only contravenes sensible child-rearing practice, but has been found by a large number of researchers to have unanticipated consequences that harm many of the very children it seeks to protect. opendemocracy.net/

NEW TECHNOLOGY
Artificial Intelligence Learns to Learn Entirely on Its Own

goA mere 19 months after dethroning the world’s top human Go player, the computer program AlphaGo has smashed an even more momentous barrier: It can now achieve unprecedented levels of mastery purely by teaching itself. quantamagazine.org/

The Bundeskartellamt Publishes a Paper on Big Data and Competition

The German Competition Authority sets out its view of the specific characteristics of digital, data-based markets, the role data may play in the competitive analysis of such markets and the importance of data protection in competition law proceedings. insidetechmedia.com/

RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
[AUDIO] Bolshevism as a revolutionary collective - lecture by Paul le Blanc

A key element in determining the Russian Revolution of 1917 was the so-called “vanguard party” represented by the Bolsheviks led by Lenin. Equating 'Bolshevism' with Lenin, however, obscures more than it illuminates. More useful is an examination that reveals a convergence of complexities within the realms of party structures, personalities, and political outlooks. This highlights tensions between the organizational structures and cohesion of Bolshevism and the actual mass struggles and movements culminating in revolution. Download audio
BOOKS

RIP Edward Herman, Who Co-Wrote a Book That's Now More Important Than Ever

ed hermanEdward Herman, the co-author (with Noam Chomsky) of Manufacturing Consent, has died. He was 92. His work has never been more relevant. rollingstone.com/

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