April 2010

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The Question of National Identity: Is There Any Meaning to It at Present?

Picture: Frames-of-mind Saliem Fakir - The death of Eugene Terreblanche and the racial rousing that Malema stokes, brings out from the underbelly of racial and ethnic discord, the remnant question - can we ever be a nation? Terreblanche’s death and these war songs also come at a time when the world will soon be descending upon South Africa to witness our multiplicity of tongues, religions, races, natural beauty and the conspicuous divide between rich and poor, as they feast their eyes on a spectacular display of the...

Massacre Caught on Tape: Tip of the Iceberg

This clip is an excerpt of an interview that Amy Goodman of Democracy Now conducted with Julian Assange, Co-founder of Wikileaks and Glenn Greenwald of the American publication, Salon.com. WikiLeaks is the whistle blowing website that releases sensitive information into the public domain. This week WikiLeaks released what has been confirmed as a valid video of American soldiers massacring innocent Iraqi civilians. Amongst those killed were two Reuters employees, which to some degree helped...

Airbrushing Struggle History

Picture: Fazila Farouk Dale T. McKinley - If there is anything that South Africans should have been reminded of over the past few weeks it is that what happens and is said in the present is inextricably linked to the past. In general terms history is, and will always be, a terrain of interpretative contestation. However, in the more specific context of a country with a liberation history infused with serious ideological, organisational, social and economic polarities, contemporary understandings and presentations of that history,...

The Demobilisation of the Israeli Left

In this, part two of an interview, Paul Jay of the Real News Network, reports from Jerusalem, Israel.  Jay interviews Israeli journalist and peace activist, Michel Warschawski, a critic of the Israeli government's Zionist policies.  Warschawski is the founder of the Alternative Information Center in Jersalem and author of the book 'On the Border'. Jay speaks with him about the demobilization of the Israeli peace movement. Warschawski contends that the Israeli peace movement...

Righting the Wrongs of the Copenhagen Fraud: Bolivia Charts a New Climate Course

Picture: Chucksta420 Michelle Pressend - “Climate change cannot be addressed by half measures,” argues Pablo Solón Romero, Bolivia’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), in a recent article published by the UK’s Guardian Newspaper. The crucial point he tries to get across is, “we can't make compromises with nature.” Romero made the statement in the run up to Bolivia’s forthcoming ‘Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth’, scheduled to take...

'Violence Is the Product of the Polarized Nature of Our Society' - Adam Habib on the Killing of Eugene Terreblanche

Picture: Democracy Now Democracy Now - President Jacob Zuma is calling for calm following the murder of white supremacist leader, Eugène Terre’Blanche. Terre’Blanche was a longtime supporter of the apartheid government and an advocate for the creation of an all-white republic within South Africa. Amy Goodman of Democracy Now speaks with Adam Habib. Habib, currently visiting the United States of America, is professor of political science and deputy vice chancellor of the University of Johannesburg. He was...