Tag Archives: South Africa

Miriam Makeba | “Click” and “Soweto Blues” (Music Video)

Zenzile Miriam Makeba (4 March 1932 – 9 November 2008), nicknamed Mama Africa, was a South African singer, actress, United Nations goodwill ambassador, and civil-rights activist. Associated with musical genres including Afropop, jazz, and world music, she was an advocate against apartheid and white-minority government in South Africa. [Wikipedia]   Soweto Blues—Miriam Makeba ( GRACELAND […]

S & R: Israel’s emphatic election result embraces the Apartheid state

From the article: Apartheid does more than just the brutality of the oppressed. Such rules are expensive to enforce and turn the state into a massive and corrupt bureaucracy. The business of the state becomes the business of enforcing Apartheid, and given the corruption inherent in such a system, outright theft and embezzlement by people who can never be sanctioned (because they have “special” rights) becomes part of the fabric of government.

Fania Davis: This Country Needs a Truth and Reconciliation Process on Violence Against African Americans—Right Now

 The decision not to indict Eric Garner’s killer is just the latest story in a long history of violence against black men. What response can disrupt patterns set by centuries of racism? By Fania Davis  Yes! Magazine  December 3, 2014  Fania Davis. YES! photo by Lane Hartwell. I am among the millions who have experienced […]

Sonali Kolhatkar: South Africa’s Apartheid, Israeli Occupation Will End—It Is Only a Matter of Time

 “Many have drawn comparisons between Israeli occupation and South African apartheid. Such comparisons are instructive, not only as a moral gauge but in terms of offering solutions to the current crisis.”  By Sonali Kolhatkar  truthdig.com  August 14, 2014  A Palestinian boy holds an umbrella as he rests in front of the damaged Nada Towers in […]

Noam Chomsky: No Wonder the World Is Terrified of America — We’re the Biggest Threat

Author, historian and political commentator Noam Chomsky. (photo: Ben Rusk/flickr)   By Noam Chomsky  AlterNet  06 February 14 Reader Supported News s the year 2013 drew to an end, the BBC reported on the results of the WIN/Gallup International poll on the question: “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in […]

Rebecca Solnit: The Arc of Justice and the Long Run Hope, History, and Unpredictability

Tomgram: Rebecca Solnit, The Future Needs Us By Rebecca Solnit  December 22, 2013  TomDispatch.com North American cicada nymphs live underground for 17 years before they emerge as adults. Many seeds stay dormant far longer than that before some disturbance makes them germinate. Some trees bear fruit long after the people who have planted them have died, […]

Richard Falk: Nelson Mandela’s Inspiration

Nelson Mandela’s Inspiration (Revised) By Richard Falk  9 DEC  Global Justice in the 21st Century Editor’s Note:  Of interest because of Mandela’s comments shifting the responsibility for violence from the oppressed to the oppressor.  Not only in the case of Israel/Palestine.  We have seen this double standard in the U.S. with Occupy, a basically nonviolent movement […]

▶ Democracy Now! The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa

Published on Dec 11, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, […]

▶ Mandela standing up to Ted Koppel’s “journalistic” pressure

   Published on Jun 13, 2013     Here is a 1990 video from my collections. I got this tape from ABC in a VHS in 1990, I recently transferred it to a DVD format so I can share with all. It is a 1990 Town Hall meeting with Nelson Mandela of South Africa anchored by […]

Eugene Robinson: Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

South Africa’s apartheid government had been brutally repressive for nearly five decades, and the country’s black majority was justifiably full of anger. Mandela led his people in channeling that anger—not suppressing it but using it in constructive ways. By Eugene Robinson  Posted on Dec 6, 2013  Washington Post via Truthdig.com “Our nation has lost its greatest son,” South African […]

Emmanuel Ortiz: Before I Start This Poem

“A time has come when silence is betrayal. That time is now.”  MLK  Before I Start This Poem by Emmanuel Ortiz Before I start this poem, I’d like to ask you to join me in a moment of silence in honour of those who died in the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon last September 11th. […]