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Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America

Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the Affordable Care Act and allowing gays and lesbians to marry was the significance of the Court’s third decision – on housing discrimination.

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The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid

A perverted decorum bans the term, but a writer’s trip to the West Bank finds that the conditions imposed on Palestinians by Israelis amply justify the use of the “A-word.”

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Truthdigger of the Week: Danny Schechter

In a lifetime of media activism, the late journalist and human rights activist Danny Schechter was best known for his advocacy of public media and his work to inform the world of life under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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Will an Emboldened Netanyahu Lead Israel to National Suicide?

By making Benjamin Netanyahu the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, Jewish Israeli voters have chosen occupation, apartheid and periodic bouts of warfare.

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Apartheid Forever: Israel’s Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian Statehood (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under extreme pressure over the real possibility that he will lose the March 17 elections, made a powerful appeal to his far right-wing constituency by vowing that he would keep millions of Palestinians stateless.

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From White Sheets to Spreadsheets

Fifty years after King’s march from Selma, new methods are being used to block African-Americans from voting: Jim Crow has become Dr. James Crow, systems analyst.

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Truthdigger of the Week: South African Writer André Brink

With Brink’s passing, South Africa has lost one of its most powerful literary and political voices. The first Afrikaans writer to have produced a book banned by the apartheid government, Brink wrote courageous stories that explored the harshest aspects of South African society.

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Newly Discovered MLK Speech on Civil Rights and Apartheid

“Democracy Now!” and Pacifica Radio Archives air an exclusive, newly discovered recording of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., made Dec. 7, 1964, days before he received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo.

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New ‘Daily Show’ Contributor Puts America to Shame With a Comparison to Africa

In a segment hilariously titled “Spot the Africa,” the latest addition to the “Daily Show” team, Trevor Noah, compares conditions in his home continent of Africa to those in the U.S. Let’s just say, the truth is more than a little unpleasant.

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Here Are Some of the Ways U.S. Treatment of African-Americans Resembles Apartheid South Africa

The social statistics produced by the Afrikaner Apartheid regime in South Africa are not so different from those produced by ordinary everyday legal and social practices in today’s United States.

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Gaza and Soweto: Why South Africa Is Calling on Israel to Cease Gaza Ground Offensive

On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

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Gaza War Devastates Israeli Tourism Revenue, Points to Fragile Apartheid Future

A Hamas rocket hit and destroyed a house in Yahoud, a town only a mile from Ben-Gurion Airport in Israel on Tuesday, raising severe alarm among international airlines and leading most of them to cancel flights to Tel Aviv.

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The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

Justice to Benjamin Netanyahu: “How do you plead to the crime against humanity of apartheid?”

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The Right to Resist

Narrowing the argument over Palestine to an inner circle of Israeli Jews would give us a better chance of choosing our favorite champions of justice without risking the charge of anti-Semitism. But we must break out into risk and freedom. If we are digging for truth, Haneen Zoabi deserves a wider hearing.

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Peace Is Nowhere to Be Found on Israel’s Agenda, Columnist Contends

Haaretz’s Gideon Levy wants us to wake up and smell the Zionist coffee: Israel has never cared about a “just peace,” only about “collective anxieties” that “now take precedence over all else,” he writes. In other words, Levy claims, “The Israelis want occupation, not peace.”

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Who Knew Herpes Could Be Good for Something?

Scientists have discovered a way to kill brain tumors in mice using the herpes virus; Israel’s future, as John Kerry predicted, may not be far from apartheid; meanwhile, the National Institutes of Health is mandating gender balance in animal studies. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Netanyahu’s Blood and Soil: The Racist-Nationalism of His ‘Jewish State’ Ideal

Benjamin Netanyahu is again beating the “Israel is a Jewish state” drum, and now wants to have it legislated into Israeli organic law.

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Two State Solution

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Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

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Blurring Mandela and Neo-Liberalism

Rather than tell how global corporations and banks pressured the Mandela government to keep economic power where it was during apartheid, Andrew Ross Sorkin and The New York Times claimed the South African hero saw “the light” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Mandela and Zuma

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New Media

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How our new media mourns Nelson Mandela.
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Mandela’s Chains

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Mandela Memorial

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Mandela: Hero Thwarted

The South African underclass Mandela inspired continues to suffer in every possible way: lower incomes, marginal educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and shorter life expectancies.

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Nelson Mandela Obit

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While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Nelson Mandela
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Mandela’s Africa Cuff

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Mandela on Forgiveness

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Forgiveness liberates the soul. That is why it is such a powerful weapon. Nelson Mandela
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Mandela’s Lessons

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Mandela’s Fist

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Nelson Madela 1918-2013

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Africa’s Mandela

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Mandela’s Footsteps

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Nelson Mandela walked out of this world but left big footprints behind.
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Mandela Uniting Still

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Before Mandela Was a Hero, the Right Called Him a Terrorist

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela’s death, it also should take a clear-eyed look at his life and the world in which he struggled—and remember those who aligned with the racist apartheid regime of South Africa.

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Nelson Mandela

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A tribute to Nelson Mandela. Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end. Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
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Mandela

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AP/Pool-Theana Calitz-Bilt

Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s ‘Greatest Son,’ Dies at 95

Nelson Mandela, whose anti-apartheid crusade made him a hero and an icon in his home country of South Africa, as well as its first black president, died Thursday at 95.

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On the Fence

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The Eternal Rebel: Ronnie Kasrils

A white warrior against apartheid who dedicated his life to the African National Congress is now assailing the ruling party for its failure to wrest economic power from a tiny elite and place it in the majority’s hands. His story resonates far beyond South Africa.

Posted on Jun 23, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Bernat Armangue

Israel’s Apartheid Deepens, Along With Its Global Isolation

The real threat to Israel comes not from tiny, impoverished Gaza, but from the policies of the country’s increasingly right-wing politicians.

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Mitt Has Mexican Roots ... So What?

The re-publication of the fact that Mitt Romney’s father was born in Mexico is outrageously meant to inspire distrust; some Mormons now identify as gay, yet suppress their sexuality in order to follow their religion; meanwhile, a mirror has been designed to eliminate blind spots on the road. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jun 16, 2012 READ MORE



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South African Parliament Passes Bill Restricting Press Freedoms

In what looks to many civil rights watchdogs like an ominous throwback to the days of apartheid, the South African parliament passed a law Tuesday that significantly curtails the ability of the press to cover stories about politically sensitive subjects, according to the government’s standards.

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AP / Emilio Morenatti

Formalizing Israel’s Land Grab

Desperate Israeli politicians, watching opposition to their apartheid state mount, have proposed a perverted form of what they term “the one-state solution.”

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Israeli Court Convicts Arab of Rape Because He Claimed to be Jewish

A Palestinian man was convicted by a Jerusalem court of “rape by deception” after a Jewish woman he had consensual sex with grew enraged after discovering he had lied to her when he claimed to be Jewish.

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Supremacist’s Slaying Stirs Racial Divide

A South African white supremacist leader, Eugene Terreblanche, was allegedly murdered by two farmhands in the northwest region of the country, eliciting cries of protest from his far-right followers and a plea for calm from the country’s black president, Jacob Zuma.

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Holding Corporations Accountable for Apartheid Crimes

A landmark class action case is under way in a New York federal court, with victims of apartheid in South Africa suing corporations that they say helped the pre-1994 regime.

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The Poetic Justice of Dennis Brutus

Dennis Brutus, who fought apartheid with soaring, searing words, died in his sleep early on Dec. 26 in Cape Town, at the age of 85, but he lived with his eyes wide open.

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Carter Atones for ‘Stigmatizing’ Israel

Maybe it’s because his grandson is running for public office, maybe because the former president just doesn’t like tension, but Jimmy Carter has written an open letter to the Jewish community essentially apologizing for any past statements that might have stigmatized the nation of Israel. (continued)

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Tear Down This Wall

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