Campaign to Boycott the Oral History Conference at Hebrew University of Jerusalem (AlternativeNews), 12 August 2013

5 September 2013

Dear Colleagues:

We are a group of Palestinian, Israeli, and other oral historians and academics from Europe, South Africa, and North America calling on you to boycott the June 2014 ‘International Conference on Oral History’ organised by the Oral History Division of the Avraham Harman Institute of Contemporary Jewry, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While all Israeli universities are deeply complicit in the occupation, settler-colonialism, and apartheid, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem is particularly noteworthy, as we explain below. 

Yesterday’s Poems and the Poets of Yesterday’s South Africa and towards New Poems and Poets for the Unfinished and Continuing Struggle for a New South Africa by Saleem Badat, 29 May 2004

5 September 2013

Keynote Address to the IMBIZO ON
GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER:
ITS LEGACY AND LESSONS

Peninsula Technikon

Chairperson, colleagues and comrades

How Zimbabwe assisted apartheid South Africa:Gukurahundi (TheIndependent), 5 September 2013

6 September 2013

IN the aftermath of Zanu PF founder and former minister Enos Nkala’s death, debate has been raging about his role in Zimbabwe’s political history, particularly the liberation struggle, as well as his contribution to nation-building, and also repression in the mid-south-western regions immediately after Independence in 1980.

‘Ordinary People will drive our change’ by Imraan Buccus

10 September 2013

IN THE week when Pretoria University philosophy lecturer Louise Mabille had to resign her post after expressing racist views it was easy to feel depressed about the academic world. But at the same time, as news of Mabille’s disgusting racism was breaking, I had been through one of the most important books I’ve read in years – Gillian Hart’s Rethinking the South African Crisis.

Extracts from ‘The New Radicals, A Generational Memoir of the 1970s’ by Glenn Moss

13 May 2014

Extracts from ‘The New Radicals, A Generational Memoir of the 1970s’ by Glenn Moss

The imposing figure sitting at the fire had a laugh that came from deep within his chest. He had consumed as much cheap red wine as the rest of us, maybe more. Chortling, he moved over, put his arms around my waist and lifted me up. ‘This one,’ roared Steve Biko, ‘this one understands.’

Africa Day 2014: African unity? by Takura Zhangazha, 23vMay 2014

2 June 2014

 

On Africa Day (25th May) we celebrate the hard-fought achievement of our freedom from European colonial powers, as well as African Unity. How important is our history to our unity? And what does being united entail? Some thoughts.

'The People Of Africa Are Crying For Unity' - Kwame Nkrumah. African Liberation Day was founded in 1958 when Kwame Nkrumah convened the First Conference of Independent States. He gave one of the greatest speeches of his life on 24th May 1963 when 32 independent African countries met in Addis Ababa to find ways to unite the continent.

Cecil Rhodes, Heritage Formation and Contemporary Popular Culture by Duane Jethro

6 June 2014

“I don’t understand why all these statues are still there”, remarked a new acquaintance in reference to the classical apartheid and colonial monuments dotted around the city of Cape Town. I often have to field this question after explaining my work on heritage formation and commemorative culture in post-apartheid South Africa. The short answer is that the state’s abandonment of iconoclasm—except for the most egregious cases—stems from the values of reconciliation and nation-building that inform the democratic dispensation. Our culture of monumental tolerance goes back to apartheid.

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