Greek lawmakers pass austerity bill as Athens burns

Greece’s parliament approved a deeply unpopular austerity bill Monday to secure a second EU/IMF bailout and avoid national bankruptcy, as buildings burned across central Athens and violence spread around the country.

Cinemas, cafes, shops and banks were set ablaze in … Read the rest

SA govt wants cities to control trains

The government is considering handing control of passenger train services from the Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) to cities, Beeld newspaper reported on Monday.

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin said the government wanted cities to develop programs for a … Read the rest

Cele said ‘shoot to kill’, court told

A Sowetan journalist has testified in court that suspended national police commissioner General Bheki Cele used the words “shoot to kill”, the newspaper reported on Monday.

Mhlaba Memela testified against Cele, who had denied saying this, in the High Court … Read the rest

Is DA’s ‘fopswarte’ Mazibuko the new Buthelezi?

‘Unless the DA wishes to court middle-class black voters only, its confident foray into identity politics might backfire’

THE news about Lindiwe Mazibuko’s election as Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary leader had hardly been announced when inveterate blogger Anton Barnard published … Read the rest

Pat Buchanan and MSNBC’s pygmy

“The ideas he put forth aren’t really appropriate for national dialogue, much less the dialogue on MSNBC.” So decreed MSNBC president Phil Griffin about Patrick J. Buchanan’s grand historical synthesis, “Suicide of a Superpower: Will American Survive to 2025?” Mr.
Read the rest

‘Capitalism a scam’ – South African trade union

Growing poverty, unemployment and equality around the world indicate capitalism is a scam and must be scrapped, Cosatu president Sidumo Dlamini said on Thursday.

“The world is looking for a way out,” Dlamini told delegates attending the sixth Presidential Council … Read the rest

Gay marriage wins final legislative approval in Washington state

(Reuters) – A bill to legalize gay marriage in Washington state won final legislative approval on Wednesday in a largely party-line vote that moved the state to the cusp of becoming the seventh in the nation to recognize same-sex nuptials.… Read the rest

Greek leaders agree to austerity measures

(Reuters) – Greek leaders clinched a long-stalled deal on reforms and austerity measures needed to secure a bailout and avoid a messy default, government sources said, hours before the country’s financial backers were to meet in Brussels on Thursday.

Athens’ … Read the rest

Putin ‘has exhausted his potential’

Mikhail Gorbachev said Thursday that Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has “exhausted” his potential as Russia’s leader and his inability to change the Kremlin’s political system might prompt more massive anti-government protests.

Putin – who became prime minister after serving as … Read the rest

South African Mineworkers Union issues communist-style call for nationalisation

Yesterday NUMSA, the National Mineworkers Union of South Africa, issued a document replete with Marxist references to the class struggle, calling for the nationalisation of mines in South Africa. It based its policy position on two fundamental ANC documents: the … Read the rest