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Gender Terrorism: We are all Sara Baartman

In For the Ancestors on August 21, 2009 at 4:53 pm

By Sokari Ekine, Black Looks

The IAAF’s decision to force Caster Semenya to undergo a “gender verification test” is an example of erroneous spectacle based on binary fixations which feed into the misappropriation of a person’s actual gender identity. This should not be used as an indicator of what a persons identity is. The Guardian report “Caster Semenya wins 800m gold but cannot escape gender controversy” illustrates both racism and rigid perceptions of gender…. Read the rest of this entry »


Impunity is a way of life – Don’t be fooled by the Kenyan TJRC

In Tearing Ourselves Apart on August 6, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Wangari Maatahi, Pambazuka

Impunity in Kenya started with the explorers and early settlers who demonstrated no respect for the rule of law of the people they encountered. As they advanced from the coast to the hinterland, they confronted different tribes, who tried to stop them with bows, arrows and spears and tried to force them to respect local laws and maintain order. Treaties and verbal agreements were sometimes made but were never respected. The natives were quickly overcome by the gun, which was a more superior weapon. Once firmly established, the newcomers governed with impunity. Read the rest of this entry »

Apartheid still lives on in SA

In The Academy on August 6, 2009 at 12:54 pm

by Pumla Dineo Gqola, Loudrastress

AN UNDERGRADUATE student of mine recently spoke of racism, and apartheid specifically, as something that happened “in our grandparents’ time”. How I wish that is true.

I remain ambivalent about the meanings of such ignorance. On the one hand, I am amazed that an 18-year-old can make such a weighty slip. For her, apartheid can never be a burdensome reference point, and an ever-present reality that shapes what is possible and what not — like it was for me, and many South Africans of the same age. Read the rest of this entry »

The Elite and Community Protests in South Africa

In The Politics of Politics on August 6, 2009 at 9:28 am

By Shawn Hattingh, Mostly Water

Over the last few weeks in South Africa, community protests and land occupations have once again erupted. People are simply infuriated at continuously being ignored and treated as subhuman by the state and the elite, and for this reason they have been taking to the streets. While barricades have literally been spreading from township to township, politicians of every sway – from the DA to the ANC – have been condemning these protests. Along with thinly veiled threats, politicians have also branded the people involved as criminals. Read the rest of this entry »

Femi Kuti erupts

In For the Ancestors on August 3, 2009 at 7:07 pm

by Pamela Mojekwu, the Vanguard

On getting to Ravinia, in  Highland Park, Illinois last Wednesday July 1st, 2009 we walked around the grounds a bit before the concert started. We saw Nigerians decked out in unique fashion and styles galore. (Trust  us,  Nigerians,  we  know how to do it!)

The crowd was mixed and some of the people we spoke to thought it was such a deal to come and listen to two great Nigerian musicians. Femi Kuti and Sunny Ade were featured. Ravinia is a place where concerts are held. It has large expansive grounds and people picnic out there during concerts. Several restaurants are scattered all over the grounds. Read the rest of this entry »