February 7, 2014

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Why Mahatma Gandhi is becoming popular in China By Ankur Jain

For the first time, Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi’s own story of his life is to be available in China. The Story of My Experiments With Truth, which has sold more than 200,000 copies in India alone and has been translated in to some 35 languages, will now be translated in Mandarin to cater to […]

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February 7, 2014

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Mahatma Gandhi and South Africa by Syerramia Willoughby

For as long as Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi lived, he never forgot the events of 7 June 1893 for they lit within him the first political stirrings that would dominate the rest of his life. By the time of his death in 1948, he would be acclaimed as one of the greatest figures of the twentieth […]

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February 4, 2014

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Forging a new movement: NUMSA and the shift in South Africa’s politics by Leonard Gentle

January 28, 2014 — SACSIS — The decision of the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) to cut ties with the African National Congress (ANC) has received poor analysis. Comment has tended to focus on the possibility of a new political party in 2019 or whether all this means that suspended general secretary […]

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February 4, 2014

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Enduring Racism in Small Town South Africa by Richard Pithouse

The road from Port Elizabeth to Grahamstown winds past one luxury game farm after another. John Graham, a British soldier, drove the Xhosa people off this land, the Zuurveld, between 1811 and 1812. His soldiers burnt their homes, destroyed their crops and killed any man that resisted. It was John Cradock, the governor of the […]

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January 31, 2014

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Apartheid culture of police brutality still alive today by Carolyn Raphaely

February 5 marks the 33rd anniversary of the death of struggle hero Neil Aggett, who hanged himself after 62 hours of nonstop interrogation and torture on the 10th floor of the then John Vorster Square police station in Johannesburg. Coincidentally, it is also the 24th anniversary of the unbanning of the ANC, the organisation for […]

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January 29, 2014

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Ramphele’s ego lands on the DA by Gareth van Onselen, 29 January 2014

SOUTH Africa has had its fair share of egomaniacs post 1994 but it was Marthinus “Kortbroek” van Schalkwyk who set the bar for self-interest so high in the early 2000s. That record has now been shattered. We have a new champion. In Mamphela Ramphele we have someone willing not just to fashion an entire political […]

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January 29, 2014

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Press Statement of the Nine COSATU Affiliates Calling for the Reinstatement of Comrade Zwelinzima Vavi and for a Special National Delegate Congress as a Matter of Urgency!

Wednesday 29 January 2014 This Press Conference has been called to explain why the Nine COSATU Affiliated Unions, have taken the unprecedented step of coming together in an attempt to rescue and regenerate COSATU. Our main and overriding purpose is to work openly towards freeing COSATU from its current state of organisational and political paralysis, […]

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January 21, 2014

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Bearing witness to Apartheid’s birth by Tymon Smith, 19 January 2014

An exhibition of photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White’s work reveals her commitment to exposing injustice and bringing it to the world’s attention, writes Tymon Smith. Click here to read the full article: Margaret Bourke-White review

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January 17, 2014

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Social Relationships to the Means and Ends of Protest in South Africa’s Ongoing Rebellion of the Poor: The Balfour Insurrections by Peter Alexander & Peter Pfaffe

South African Research Chair in Social Change, University of Johannesburg, Auckland Park, South Africa ABSTRACT Since 2004, South Africa has experienced thousands of local protests, many of them popular insurrections, which, taken together, represent a rebellion of the poor. Lack of service delivery has been the main issue, but protesting communities have also demanded the […]

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