Radio Freedom: A History of South African Underground Radio by Chris A. Smith, 20 December 2013

26 January 2015

At seven p.m. sharp, seven nights a week, during the darkest days of apartheid, an incendiary radio broadcast beamed out from Lusaka, Zambia. It began with the clack of machine-gun fire, followed by a familiar call-and-response: Amandla Ngawethu! “Power to the People!” The shooting faded in and out, waxing and waning with the chant. Hundreds of miles and two countries to the south, people gathered in matchbox homes in Johannesburg’s industrial townships and community centers in the Cape Flats and thatched-roof huts in black homelands to hear the transmission.

Gisela Albrecht: Beyers Naudé [1915-2004] by Ben Khumalo-Seegelken, 17 January 2015, South Africa

26 January 2015

In a contribution that Gisela Albrecht has published * 2004 on the person and work of the South African theologian Beyers Naudé, I am presenting here excerpts in revised form, it records the history of the respected admonisher and Signpost Beyers Naudé by former supporters and beneficiaries apartheid to a reputed and consistent opponent and freedom apostles after that set as a witness and co-designer accents even and especially in the "new" South Africa and created new perspectives, according to:

Apartheid Inc. – Profile of a racist corporation, June 9, 2010

22 January 2015

In 1914 J.B.M. Hertzog forms the National Party. The following year Nasionale Pers i.e Naspers is formed by the same man, along with a daily newspaper, De Burger, later known as Die Burger.

D F Malan, a former minister in the conservative Dutch Reformed Church is persuaded to become editor and is the main supporter of Hertzog’s National Party.

In 1916 Naspers publishes its first magazine Die Huisgenoot.

In 1918 the company takes a further step towards expansion when its book publishing operations is founded as Die Burger Boekhandel.

From Transformational Leadership To Mafia State? Observations From South Africa's Two Decades of Democracy by Connor Vasey (LSE), December 10th 2014, South Africa

21 January 2015

From Transformational Leadership To Mafia State? Observations From South Africa’s Two Decades of Democracy

LSE’s Connor Vasey uses the recent LSE Ideas lecture delivered by Dr Mzukisi Qobo as a springboard to discuss ways in which South Africa’s democracy exhibits features of a so-called “mafia state”.

Burkina Faso: Echoes of a Revolution Past by Ernest Harsch, December 22nd, 2014

21 January 2015

Burkina Faso: Echoes of Revolution Past

Ernest Harsch discusses the enduring appeal and influence of the revered revolutionary leader, Thomas Sankara.

There is probably no time when people are more aware of history than when they are in the midst of making it. In Burkina Faso, President Blaise Compaoré had scarcely fled from huge crowds of angry demonstrators when protesters and commentators alike began drawing parallels with other momentous uprisings.

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