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Tag: South Africa


‘A Victory for Elephants’: World Governments Call for Closure of Ivory Markets

After fierce debate, disagreements and walkouts, the motion was adopted on the final day of the International Union for Conservation of Nature World Conservation Congress.

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Oscar Pistorius to Serve Six Years in Prison for Murdering His Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

The South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete got off with less than half of South Africa’s mandatory minimum prison sentence for murder.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s Politics of Whiteness and the CIA Tip That Jailed Nelson Mandela

The revelation that the Central Intelligence Agency provided the tip to the Apartheid South African government that led to Nelson Mandela’s arrest should come as no great shock. Nor is it unconnected to the popularity of Donald Trump.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



The Pied Piper of Zion

The Israeli Peace Camp is in despair. No savior is in sight. Many just sit in front of their TV set and wring their hands.

Posted on Jan 30, 2016 READ MORE



The American Empire: Murder Inc.

Investigative journalist Allan Nairn knows firsthand how the U.S. uses mass killing as a routine tool of foreign policy. The horrifying tactics of Islamic State, he says, are an imitation of what we have been doing and what we have been teaching our international proxies for generations. Update: Video added.

Posted on Jan 3, 2016 READ MORE



Here’s How We Know Cheap Renewable Energy Is Taking the World by Storm (Video)

The Paris-based International Energy Agency estimates that in just five years, by 2020, slightly over one quarter (26 percent) of all the electricity being generated in the world will come from renewables.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE



A Brutally Frank Jimmy Carter Calls Out Israel on Permanent Apartheid

The former president, foreseeing the darkness to come, says there’s “zero chance” of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

Ironically, developing countries of the global south who don’t have enough electricity can leapfrog conventional power and go straight to solar and wind.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE


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.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Russia and Egypt Reportedly Strike $3.5 Billion Arms Deal

A top Russian military official said Wednesday that the country had made a sizable preliminary arms deal with Egypt to sell $3.5 billion worth of weapons to the North African nation.

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Oscar Pistorius Found Not Guilty of Murder in Reeva Steenkamp Shooting Case

Only Oscar “Blade Runner” Pistorius knows exactly what happened on Feb. 14, 2013, at his home, when the South African Olympic and Paralympic athlete shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, but murder has now been ruled out as the official explanation.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE



Like 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.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Jul 31, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 26, 2014 READ MORE



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Rape in South Africa Aimed at ‘Curing’ Lesbians

Over the past decade or more, South Africa has seen a spate of sex crimes against lesbians that perpetrators sometimes appear to regard as “corrective rape.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 READ MORE



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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.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE


Mandela and Zuma









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The Shifting Economics of the ANC: From Liberation Movement to…

Leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils told “Democracy Now!” that the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela made a “Faustian pact” with neo-liberalism to end the official policy of segregation and avoid civil war.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



Mandela: The Man and the Movement

Nelson Mandela’s passing last week at the age of 95 has been met with a global outpouring of remembrance and reflection.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE



Slate’s Person of the Year: Edward Snowden

Though Pope Francis beat the whistle-blower for the title in Time magazine, Snowden’s story remains one of the most influential of 2013; the Russian government will set up protest zones at the Sochi Winter Olympics; and Instagramming every moment may be altering your memory. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


New Media









How our new media mourns Nelson Mandela.
Posted on Dec 10, 2013 ENLARGE


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.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE


Nelson Mandela Obit









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









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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Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE


Mandela’s Footsteps









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









Posted on Dec 6, 2013 ENLARGE



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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.

Posted on Dec 6, 2013 READ MORE


Nelson Mandela









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
Posted on Dec 6, 2013 ENLARGE


Mandela









Posted on Dec 5, 2013 ENLARGE



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.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE


Colbert: ‘Eyes Wide Shut to Other People’s Suffering’

According to Stephen Colbert, a self-proclaimed member of the 1 percent, “it’s hard to get away from everything when you own everything.” But, much to the relief of the “upper middle stinkin’ rich,” a South African hotel has found a new way to lure wealthy clients by commodifying poverty with its luxuriously fabricated Shanty Town.

Posted on Nov 13, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Malawi Sells Presidential Jet to Fight Hunger

A luxury plane that initially cost the South African country $22 million and an added $300,000 per year to maintain was auctioned to fend off an impending food shortage. President Joyce Banda is not one to stand idly by as her citizens suffer.

Posted on Sep 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Climate Threat to South Africa’s Crops

The southern region of Africa could be among areas hardest hit by climate change, and a rapidly expanding population is likely to add to future problems.

Posted on Sep 12, 2013 READ MORE



Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

Posted on Jul 17, 2013 READ MORE



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A Conversation We All Should Have

Is this what they mean by a death watch? The father of his country, a moral icon to the world, lies in a hospital bed as cameras wait outside and newspaper headlines offer a daily prognosis: “Mandela on Life Support.” “South Africans Asked to Pray for Mandela.” “Mandela Remains Critical, Responds to Treatment.” “It’s Time to Let Him Go.”

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 READ MORE


The Ex-Con









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Obama Lands in South Africa as Mandela Remains Hospitalized

President Obama will respect the wishes of Nelson Mandela’s family and stay away from the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is battling a lung infection.

Posted on Jun 28, 2013 READ MORE


Mandela’s Condition









Posted on Jun 25, 2013 ENLARGE


Chris Hedges Talks With Ronnie Kasrils (Full Transcript and Audio)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges interviewed Ronnie Kasrils in New York during a visit there by the author, former South African government official and onetime warrior against apartheid. Among other things, they talked about what it means to be a rebel.

Posted on Jun 24, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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