South Africa: Lonmin's Killing Fields By Greg Nicolson

14 August 2012 — Daily Maverick

Background
Johannesburg — Two police officers were hacked to death at a Lonmin platinum mine on Monday, where workers have been protesting. Already at least seven people have been killed. The arrival of senior police commissioners at the scene appears futile in the latest instalment of a turf war over union power.

Anonymous calls for shut-down of TrapWire to start this Saturday

16 August, 2012, 22:51 — RT

Anonymous vs Trapwire: ‘We must, at all costs, shut this system down’

As details surface about a futuristic and frightening global surveillance network called TrapWire, members of the Anonymous collective are calling for citizens everywhere to voice their opposition and help end the system beginning this Saturday.

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Video: ‘Ecuador has strong record of human rights’: Assange and his mother hail asylum decision

16 August, 2012, 22:34 — RT

Julian Assange has hailed Ecuador’s decision to grant him political asylum as a courageous act. He said Quito’s resolve sharply contrasts with Britain and his country of birth Australia, who left him high and dry.

“I am grateful to the Ecuadorian people, President Rafael Correa and his government. It was not Britain or my home country, Australia, that stood up to protect me from persecution, but a courageous, independent Latin American nation”Assange said in an official statement released by WikiLeaks on Thursday. Continue reading

At least 18 killed as S. African police open fire on thousands of striking miners (PHOTOS)

16 August, 2012, 18:46 – RT

A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

A policeman gestures in front of some of the dead miners after they were shot outside a South African mine in Rustenburg, 100 km (62 miles) northwest of Johannesburg, August 16, 2012. (Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko)

At least 18 bodies were seen lying bloody and motionless on the ground after local police opened fire on striking miners, a South African news agency reports. Some of the protesters were allegedly armed with machetes and spears.

­The incident is believed to have occurred after police, in the process of laying down barricades of barbed wire, were outflanked by a crowd of 3,000 demonstrators.  

Nine people had been killed prior to Thursday’s clashes in a spate of protest in the mining town, located northwest of Johannesburg. The platinum mine, owned by Lonmin PLC, has been the focal point of protests over wage disputes since last Friday. 

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