South Africa: Licenced to Kill By Richard Pithouse

22 July 2013 — The South African Civil Society Information Service

Last week Inigo Gilmore’s documentary, South Africa’s Dirty Cops, was screened on British television. It deals with the torture and murder that have become common at the hands of the South African police and includes an examination of the two most high profile cases of political violence on the part of our police in recent years – the murder of Andries Tatane in Ficksburg in April 2011 and the Marikana Massacre in August last year.

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BRICS from Below!

30 March 2013 — Groundwork University of Kwa-Zulu Natal South Durban Community Environmental Alliance

Join a civil society summit during the Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa heads-of-state summit in Durban, March 22-27

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Sequesters To Trim Government Debt; Malls Raise Consumer Debt for The “Sheeple” By Danny Schechter

4 March 2013 — Media Channel

Durban, South Africa: Back in 2002, South Africa hosted a UN environmental Summit on sustainability. It drew a rag tag army of green activists from all over the world, many excited to visit the now free South Africa that they fought for through the apartheid years, and hoping to meet members of the liberation movement led by Nelson Mandela.

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Video: Neoliberalizing Nature and Privatizing the Air By Patrick Bond

7 January, 2013The Real News Network


Patrick Bond: In 2013 bankers will increase their efforts to make money out of the climate crisis and put a dollar value on everything



Patrick Bond is the Director of the Center for Civil Society and Professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. Bond is the author and editor of the recently released books, Politics of Climate Justice and Durban’s Climate Gamble. (inc. transcript) Continue reading this...

The commodification of crap and South Africa’s toilet apartheid By Patrick Bond

5 December, 2012 – Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Durban — The December 3-6, 2012World Toilet Summit offers an opportunity to contemplate how we curate our crap. Increasingly the calculus seems to be cash, generating contradictions ranging from local to global scales, across race, gender, generation and geography. Nowhere are they more evident than in the host city, my hometown of Durban. We’ve suffered an 18-year era of neoliberal-nationalist malgovernance including toilet apartheid, in the wake of more than 150 years of colonialism and straight racial-apartheid.

After the Durban climate talks: State and Market Climate Failures Amplified by Civil Society Failure Patrick Bond

12 March 2012 — The Bullet • A Socialist Project e-Bulletin No. 604

In 2007, former World Bank chief economist Nick Stern termed climate change the worst “market failure” in history – since those who pollute with greenhouse gases are not charged, and since they threaten future generations and vast swathes of natural life – and at that moment, even the 1991 ravings of another former World Bank chief economist, Larry Summers, made sense.

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Video: Climate Change and the Failure of Market Mechanisms

19 December, 2011 — The Real News Network

Patrick Bond: Carbon markets failing and Durban Green Climate Fund doomed – up to activists now

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Media Lens: ‘A Death Sentence For Africa’

16 December, 2011 — Media Lens

The Durban Climate Deal And Eight Corporate Media Unmentionables

The UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa, ended with one of those marathon all-night cliffhanger negotiations that the media love so much. The outcome was a commitment to talk about a legally-binding deal to cut carbon emissions – by both developed and developing countries – that would be agreed by 2015 and come into effect by 2020. It was about as tortuous and vague as that sounds.

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#Occupy the World Newslinks 12-14 December 2011

14 December 2011 —

14 December 2011
Class Consciousness Is Back
In These Times Today at 10:00
Multiple times and on multiple days, my local NPR station actually used the ‘c’ word on the air. No, not that ‘c’ word–it was ‘class.’ Yes, that most unmentionable of topics: socio-economic class and how it determines the fate of millions of Americans.”

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5 December 2011 — Pambazuka News

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2 December 2011 — Pambazuka News

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1. Features, 2. Announcements, 3. Comment & analysis, 4. Advocacy & campaigns, 5. Obituaries, 6. Books & arts, 7. African Writers’ Corner, 8. Cartoons

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Black Agenda Report 24 August 2011: Impotent Black Caucus / Corporate MLK Memorial / Heroic Libyan Soldiers

24 August 2011 — Black Agenda ReportNews, commentary and analysis from the black left

CBC: Impotent, Irrelevant, and Tied to the President in 2012, Even If Obama is the Black Herbert Hoover
by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon
Why does the Congressional Black Caucus, forty of the most senior members of the House of Representatives, pretend that touring the country with a phony, embarrassing “job fair” is a substitute for the massive jobs and poverty-reduction programs they should have fought for during the four years they held an overwhelming majority in the Congress, two of them with a black Democrat in the White House? What kind of Colt 45 bottle has the CBC and the black political class crawled into? And is there a way out?

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From Copenhagen and Cancun to Bonn and Durban, Climate Meetings are Conferences of Polluters By Patrick Bond

4 July 2011 — Socialist Project • E-Bulletin No. 523

Judging by what transpired at the global climate negotiations in the former West German capital, Bonn, it appears certain that in just over five months’ time, the South African port city of Durban will host a conference of climate procrastinators, the COP17 (Conference of Parties), dooming the Earth to the frying pan. Further inaction on climate change will leave our city’s name as infamous for elite incompetence and political betrayal as is Oslo‘s in the Middle East.

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Stand up for Africa! Stand up for climate justice!

June 10, 2011 — Links International Journal of Socialist Renewal

For Africa and its peoples in particular, governments meeting at this year’s United Nations Conference on Climate Change in Durban must end years of unacceptable vacillation, and meet their moral, historical and legal obligations and commitments for action on climate change, in accordance with the requirements of science and the principles of equity.

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