SAFTU – This Is What We Stand For
The South African Federation of Trade Unions (SAFTU) has been born. We have passed a milestone in the history of the South African trade union movement at this Launching Congress held in Boksburg from 21-23 April 2017. 700,000 workers represented by 1,384 voting delegates from 24 unions and other non-voting unions have taken the first decisive step to building a new, vibrant, independent, and democratic workers’ federation, leading the struggle against exploitation, mass unemployment, poverty, inequality and corruption and taking up the struggle for the total emancipation of the working class from the chains of its capitalist oppressors.
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U.S. 'deep state' sold out counter-terrorism to keep itself in business
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman outraged many readers when he wrote an opinion piece on 12 April calling on President Trump to 'back off fighting territorial ISIS in Syria'. The reason he gave for that recommendation was not that US wars in the Middle East are inevitably self-defeating and endless, but that it would reduce the 'pressure on Assad, Iran, Russia and Hezbollah'.
www.middleeasteye.net | 25 Apr 2017, 6:00pm
Taliban Attackers Kill at Least 140 Soldiers at Afghan Base
One official in the northern city of Mazar-i-Sharif, where the attack occurred, said on Saturday at least 140 soldiers were killed and many others wounded. Other officials said the toll was likely to be even higher.
www.telesurtv.net | 25 Apr 2017, 5:00pm
Trumponomics: Neocon Neoliberalism Camouflaged With Anti-Globalization Circus
A key element of Trump's political success has been his masquerade of being pro-worker, which includes posturing as anti-globalization. However, his true economic interest is the exact opposite. That creates conflict between Trump's political and economic interests.
dollarsandsense.org | 25 Apr 2017, 4:00pm
Sask. government agreed to transfer 300 acres of GTH land to CP for no cost
A confidential document obtained by CBC's iTeam says the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways agreed to provide Canadian Pacific Railway 300 acres of serviced land at the Global Transportation Hub at no cost.
www.cbc.ca | 25 Apr 2017, 3:00pm
Trudeau government delays climate action after oil patch lobbying
It's a stunning retreat from key promises and statements made by the government since its election in 2015. And it has left some environmentalists wondering whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is following the Trump administration's race to the bottom on climate policy.
www.nationalobserver.com | 25 Apr 2017, 2:00pm
Tens of Thousands March for Science on Earth Day
There were some 400 marches in the US with crowds estimated at 20,000 in New York and Los Angeles, some 15,000 gathered on the Washington Mall, and 1,000 in Portland, Oregon. Other marches took place in hundreds of other cities around the world from London to Tokyo.
newpol.org | 25 Apr 2017, 1:00pm
The Upcoming May Day Strike Could Be the Biggest In Over a Decade
When 26-year-old Catalina Adorno hit the road on March 28, she knew it would be at least six weeks before she'd sleep again in her own bed.
inthesetimes.com | 25 Apr 2017, 12:00pm
Jeremy Corbyn says Labour will introduce four new bank holidays
The UK currently has eight public holidays a year – the fewest of any G20 or EU country.
www.independent.co.uk | 25 Apr 2017, 11:00am
A New Beginning
France voted in the first round of its presidential election today with left-wing candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon a viable contender in a four-way race following a meteoric rise in recent weeks. Early results place him third, behind Macron and Le Pen.
www.jacobinmag.com | 25 Apr 2017, 10:00am
Back to Basics: Trump's Counter-Revolution, Resistance, and Solidarity
The State of the Union speech by the new president, Donald Trump, has come and gone; so too his address before the joint houses of Congress. The shock of the 2016 election is lessening, it is time to take stock. Trump's triumph evinces the worst of what Richard Hofstadter called 'the paranoid streak' in American politics.
logosjournal.com | 25 Apr 2017, 4:00am