Tag Archives: South Africa

Harry Targ : My Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013. My Nelson Mandela Real historic figures get lionized, sanitized, and most importantly redefined as defenders of the ongoing order rather than activists who committed their lives to revolutionary changes… By Harry Targ | The Rag Blog | … finish reading Harry Targ : My Nelson Mandela

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Danny Schechter : Malls Are Temples of Debt for the ‘Sheeple’

Durban, South Africa’s giant Gateway Mall is a “theater of shopping.” Image from JoeTourist. For the ‘sheeple’:Malls are temples of consumer debt The mall is for the modern economy what the factory was for the old one, until consumption trumped … finish reading Danny Schechter : Malls Are Temples of Debt for the ‘Sheeple’

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Danny Schechter : South Africa’s Political Wars

South African President Jacob Zuma was caught up in a personal corruption scandal that he “narrowly slithered out of.” Photo by Reuters.South Africa’s political warsbegin to resemble our own The African National Congress is riven by factions, ambitious politicians, and … finish reading Danny Schechter : South Africa’s Political Wars

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James McEnteer : Proud Heritage of Indians in South Africa

Indians first came to South Africa 150 years ago. Photo from Hindi Blog.Indian givers:South Africa isn’t all black and white By James McEnteer / The Rag Blog / December 3, 2010 KWA-ZULU NATAL, South Africa — South Africans of Indian … finish reading James McEnteer : Proud Heritage of Indians in South Africa

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Harvey Wasserman : ‘Pebble Bed’ Nuke Bites the Dust

The “Pebble Bed” design. Graphic from Anthonares.No go for ‘Pebble Bed’ nukes:South Africa ditches much-hyped technology By Harvey Wasserman / The Rag Blog / September 27, 2010 As the “reactor renaissance” desperately demands new billions from a lame duck Congress, … finish reading Harvey Wasserman : ‘Pebble Bed’ Nuke Bites the Dust

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SPORT / John Ross : World Cup as Bread and Circus

Bread and Circus: Circus Maximus in Rome, which seated 200,000, was the site for massive spectacle designed to keep the masses distracted. Image from Santa Barbara County Education.Copa del Mundo de 2010:The world’s cup runneth over Ever since the bad … finish reading SPORT / John Ross : World Cup as Bread and Circus

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SPORT / World Cup in South Africa : ‘Neoliberal Trojan Horse’?

Thousands of residents from the township of Oukasie, 60 miles north of Johannesburg are marching [on March 21, 2010]… to bring attention to the plight of impoverished areas of the country… They argue it is wrong for the government to … finish reading SPORT / World Cup in South Africa : ‘Neoliberal Trojan Horse’?

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South Africa’s Dennis Brutus : A Poet for Human Rights

Dennis Brutus. Photos by Victor Dlamini / Flickr.He will be remembered for his art and for his life:Liberation poet Dennis Brutus (1924-2009) By Mariann G. Wizard / The Rag Blog / January 2, 2010 See ‘The Poetic Justice of Dennis … finish reading South Africa’s Dennis Brutus : A Poet for Human Rights

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Children March for Education in South Africa

Now this is grassroots organization. We could take a lesson from their effort. You don’t get anything if you don’t ask for it. Richard Jehn / The Rag Blog South Africa schoolchildren marched to City Hall in Cape Town this … finish reading Children March for Education in South Africa

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Rape Not Just South Africa’s Problem

Women place white flowers outside parliament during a demonstration in Cape Town. Photo from AFP. While the South African numbers may be particularly high, this is a worldwide problem. Men… have been brought up to believe that women are second-class … finish reading Rape Not Just South Africa’s Problem

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Robert Jensen : Lingering White Supremacy in South Africa Feels Like Home

Sign in South Africa from the days of apartheid — the practice of racial “seperateness” that was dissolved in 1994. White supremacy, however, is not so easily dispatched by changes in laws. Photo from SouthAfrica.TO.Lingering white supremacy in South Africa … finish reading Robert Jensen : Lingering White Supremacy in South Africa Feels Like Home

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‘Mama Afrika’ : Singer Miriam Makeba Dies at 76

Miriam Makeba performed in a concert on Sunday night in southern Italy shortly before she died early Monday. Photo by Cesare Abbate / European Pressphoto Agency.Jacob Zuma: ‘Miriam Makeba used her voice, not merely to entertain, but to give a … finish reading ‘Mama Afrika’ : Singer Miriam Makeba Dies at 76

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