NUMSA (National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa)

Focus on Zambia, Where Hunger Exists Besides Copper Wealth

Submitted by admin on Sat, 02/03/2018 - 02:36
Chellah Tukuta Rancen
Photo Chellah Tukuta Rancen

 

 

Dear Friends,

Greetings from Johannesburg.

Zambia is a country that is not often in the news. But it should be. It is a major source of copper for the world. Indeed, its copper is sluiced out by major multinational corporations based in Canada, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and China. What is extraordinary is that the children that grow up on the land above the copper mines suffer from an illiteracy rate of 60%. That is shameful. There needs to be scrutiny on these multinational corporations that have made it their business to drain the wealth out of Africa

South African Metalworkers Mourn the Death of South Africa's Radical Trumpeter, Hugh Masekela - Bra Hugh

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Tue, 01/23/2018 - 12:27
When he was 16 - Masekela

 

[The picture above was taken by Alf Khumalo, one of South Africa's most important photo journalists, of a 16 year old Masekala after he received a trumpet from Louis Armstrong. Below, Masekala and Miriam Makeba with Soweto Blues with a commentary from Makeba]

 

 

23 January 2018

NUMSA mourns the passing on of Bra Hugh Masekela

The leadership of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) and all its members and the working class in general, mourn the departure of Bra Hugh Masekela.

Our sincere and deepest condolences to his family, friends and indeed the music

2017: the year of refugees

Submitted by admin on Thu, 12/28/2017 - 22:48
Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in the Korem Refugee Camp in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia

 

Dear Friends,

The picture above could have been taken yesterday. Instead it was taken in 1984 by the great Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in the Korem Refugee Camp in Korem, Tigray, Ethiopia. It is a picture that has long haunted me. It seems the quintessential image of refugees in the Sahel region of Africa.

2017, like 2016 before it, seems to me to have been the Year of the Refugee. The UN Refugee Agency now says that the total registered displaced people amount to over 65 million. There are others who are not registered and outside the UN system. The number of those registered

Solidarity with the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Brazil and the Occupants of the Hugo Chavez Camp

Submitted by Vijay Prashad on Thu, 12/14/2017 - 08:45
Entrance to the Hugo Chavez camp

 

 

A day ago, this message of urgency arrived from the Landless Workers' Movement (MST) in Brazil:

Dear comrades

An aggressive attack is being waged against MST landless peasants in the northern state of Pará, Brazil. 

Large-scale landowners along with local judicial authorities, mainstream media and the Brazilian military police are targeting MST camps throughout the country.

2.000 peasant families living in 20 camps located in the northern State of Pará are under the risk of being violently evicted until the end of the year

On Monday (11) gunman attacked the Hugo Chavez camp. Seven