NGO accuses platinum mine owners of neglecting communities

17 August 2012 11:44 — SABC

Several Platinum miners have dismissed a non-governmental organisation report on their operations in the Rustenburg area. The Bench Marks Foundation is accusing platinum miners of neglecting mining communities in pursuit of profits. Mineworkers union National Union of Mineworkers has come out in support of Bench Marks findings.

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Letter from a South African reader on the Marikana miners massacre

18 August 2012 — WSWS

The WSWS received the following letter from a reader in South Africa on Thursday’s police massacre of striking miners Rustenburg’s Marikana platinum mine.

Shortly before the police attack on striking mine workers at Rustenburg’s Marikana platinum mine, police spokesperson Dennis Adriao issued a chilling threat, a portent of the massacre to follow: “Today is unfortunately D-Day.”

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Marikana: NUM: Rival union 'may have planned' mine violence

Friday 17 August 2012 — The Morning Star

South Africa‘s police force admitted today that its officers had killed more than 34 miners at the Lonmin Marikana platinum mine on Thursday.

National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) secretary general Frans Baleni put the toll at 36 and blamed the unrest on the rival Association of Mineworkers and Communication Union making promises which could never be delivered and, in the process, organising an illegal action which led to the loss of lives.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 17 August 2012: ‘After Zionism’ puts forth debates on one-state solution

17 August 2012  — VTJP


Ma’an News

Report: Palestinian, Israeli group clash in West Jerusalem
8/17/2012 – TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — An 18-year-old Palestinian was seriously injured in a fight between a group of Palestinians and Israelis in West Jerusalem on Thursday night, Israeli media reported. Israeli news site Ynet said the man was taken to Ein Kerem hospital with serious head injuries after the brawl broke out in…. Related: In suspected Jerusalem lynch, dozens of Jewish youths attack 3 Palestinians and Palestinian youth beaten unconscious in attempted ‘lynch’ in Jerusalem

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