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Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki

In Repression, Revolt on September 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki

Mgcineni “Mambush” Noki Read the rest of this entry »


The murder fields of Marikana. The cold murder fields of Marikana.

In Repression, Revolt, Strikes on August 30, 2012 at 4:46 am

by Greg Marinovch, The Daily Maverick

The majority of the dead in the 16 August massacre at Marikana appear to have been shot at close range or crushed by police vehicles. They were not caught in a fusillade of gunfire from police defending themselves, as the official account would have it. GREG MARINOVICH spent two weeks trying to understand what really happened. What he found was profoundly disturbing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Massacre of Our Illusions…and the Seeds of Something New

In Repression, Revolt on August 24, 2012 at 2:41 am

by Leonard Gentle, SACSIS

The story of Marikana runs much deeper than an inter-union spat. After the horror of watching people being massacred on television, Marikana now joins the ranks of the Bulhoek and Sharpeville massacres, and the images evoked by Hugh Masekela’s Stimela, in the odious history of a method of capital accumulation based on violence. Read the rest of this entry »

The Marikana Massacre: a Premeditated Killing?

In Repression, Revolt, we shall be the prey and the vulture on August 24, 2012 at 2:32 am

by BENJAMIN FOGEL, CounterPunch

“Two hundred thousand subterranean heroes who, by day and by night, for a mere pittance lay down their lives to the familiar `fall of rock` and who, at deep levels, ranging from 1,000 to 3,000 feet in the bowels of the earth, sacrifice their lungs to the rock dust which develops miners’  phthisis and pneumonia.”

– Sol Plaatjie, first Secretary of the African National Congress, describing the lives of black miners in 1914 Read the rest of this entry »

Niger Delta: a quiet resistance

In Repression, Revolt on January 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

Sokari Ekine, Red Pepper

The Niger Delta has been at the centre of Nigeria’s post‑independence military project from the first coup in 1966 through to the present. To the outside world it remained a forgotten outpost, however, until the 1990s and the rise of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP). Since then, unequivocal evidence has emerged of how the region and its commerce – primarily the oil industry – has been systematically militarised, with violence by the state, multinationals and local militias deployed as an instrument of governance and intimidation to force the people into total submission. Read the rest of this entry »

Bruised but defiant: Mona Eltahawy on her assault by Egyptian security forces

In Repression, Revolt on December 24, 2011 at 6:18 am

, The Guardian

The last thing I remember before the riot police surrounded me was punching a man who had groped me. Who the hell thinks of copping a feel as you’re taking shelter from bullets? Another man tried to protect him by standing between us, but I was enraged, and kept going back for more. A third man was trying to snatch my smartphone out of my other hand. He was the one who had pulled my friend Maged Butter and me into an abandoned shop – supposedly for safety’s sake – and he wouldn’t let go of my hand. Read the rest of this entry »

Image of unknown woman beaten by Egypt’s military echoes around world

In Repression, Revolt, we shall be the prey and the vulture on December 19, 2011 at 10:50 am

, The Guardian

The woman is young, and slim, and fair. She lies on her back surrounded by four soldiers, two of whom are dragging her by the arms raised above her head. She’s unresisting – maybe she’s fainted; we can’t tell because we can’t see her face. She’s wearing blue jeans and trainers. But her top half is bare: we can see her torso, her tummy, her blue bra, her bare delicate arms. Surrounding this top half, forming a kind of black halo around it, is the abaya, the robe she was wearing that has been ripped off and that tells us that she was wearing a hijab. Read the rest of this entry »

In Tahrir Square

In Repression, Revolt on November 24, 2011 at 7:06 pm
, LRB, 24 November 2011


I got a message on Sunday that the Tahrir Square field hospital needed medical help and supplies. As I used to be a nurse, I went. The tear gas is toxic in a way it was not in January. Various people have said that the cyanide component is greater or that phosphorus is causing the problem. I can positively confirm that the gas injuries are completely different and much more severe. We treated hundreds of youngsters who had totally collapsed and were not breathing. Most came to quickly but we had two deaths and one, a young boy, asphyxiated. Read the rest of this entry »

Reflections on the Arab Spring

In Freedom, Revolt on September 29, 2011 at 8:40 am

By Anustup Basu, Mute Magazine

Twittering teens or absolutist ayatollahs, men we can do business with or loony autocrats? The media’s proliferation of polarities is a strategy to fragment the connectedness of events and disavow western Realpolitik. Here Anustup Basu reveals the transnational composition of a Spring that is now an Autumn Read the rest of this entry »

Green Thursday in the life of the nation of Senegal

In Moments of Grace, Revolt on July 1, 2011 at 9:54 am

Arame Tall, Pambazuka

The nation of Senegal came out in all of its flying colours to defend the republic and express its full sovereignty over its destiny.

Green for the colour of hope, green for the colour of renewal, green in opposition to the oppressing claw with which the ruling party of PDS (Parti Démocratique Sénégalais) had reigned over the country of Senegal for the past 11 years of rule – whose colour of representation was blue, once the symbol of SOPI, or change, when PDS leader Abdoulaye Wade was elected to power in 2000, toppling a 40-year regime. Read the rest of this entry »