Nadine Gordimer | 1923-2014

NYT – A Nobelist With 3 Banned Apartheid Novels

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Ms. Gordimer found themes in the injustices and cruelties of South Africa’s policies of racial division, and she left no quarter of the society unexplored. She died Sunday at 90.

Nadine Gordimer in the New Yorker here



I think Barack Obama took a swing and a miss in his eulogy of Nelson Mandela this morning. In a rare moment, I believe he misread his audience.


I May Be Wrong, But…

I think Bibi Netanyahu might have a problem with Nelson Mandela’s legacy:


Vale Nelson Mandela / Madiba

Photograph by Alf Kumalo

The world has lost it’s greatest son of this past century. “I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are […]

Free Mandela

Remembering Mandela I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination.

I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities.

It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve.

But if needs […]

World Leaders Should Probably Tape This To Their Walls

A Haaretz Op-Ed opines that Israel should follow Nelson Mandela’s lead in trying to come to grips with the Palestinian question:

The first and clearest lesson one can learn from Mandela is that peace is only achievable if the putative peacemakers believe in it. “One cannot be prepared for something while secretly believing it will […]

National Security Archives – All things nuclear Pakistan, South Africa, Brazil, China

National Security Archives: Washington, D.C., April 23, 2013 – China was exporting nuclear materials to Third World countries without safeguards beginning in the early 1980s, and may have given Pakistan weapons design information in the early years of its clandestine program, according to recently declassified CIA records. The formerly Top Secret reports, published today by […]

HIV rampant among South African schoolgirls

Country’s health minister says more than quarter of schoolgirls HIV positive, because “sugar daddies” exploiting them.

Al Jazeera, March 14

As many as 28 percent of South African schoolgirls are HIV positive, because older men are exploiting them, according to the country’s health minister.

Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday that four percent of schoolboys have […]

A Perfect Place For Bloodythirsty NRA Members To Move To

South Africa:

To understand South Africa’s gun culture, it’s crucial to go back nearly two decades. In 1994, apartheid ended. The official system of racial segregation, in place since 1948, took rights away from black Africans and gave virtually all power in every aspect of life to whites.

For generations, violence born out of apartheid […]

New Video Shows South African Police Bragging About Mine Protest Killings

New video, made using a mobile phone, has surfaced in connection with the shooting of 34 miners in protests at the Marikana platinum mine in South Africa.

The new footage is thought to have been filmed by the police themselves and shows officers bragging about the killings.

The video goes on to show further shootings, […]

ANC Chair: Israel “far worse than Apartheid South Africa”

South Africa’s ruling African National Conference, the political movement which fought apartheid and which was once led by Nelson Mandela, has backed the Palestinian-led campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel at its annual conference. During the debate, ANC Chairperson, Baleka Mbete said that she had been to Palestine herself and that the […]

South African police unit prosecuted for fighting violence with thuggery

CSM, By Aislinn Laing

The elite South African police unit operating in Durban had previously won praise for its high arrest and conviction rates of dangerous criminals.

An elite South African police unit that has previously won praise for its high arrest and conviction rates of dangerous criminals is facing prosecution over accusations it was […]

Gloomy outlook ahead for South African economy

Mail & Guardian, Faranaaz Parker, October 11

Economists are pessimistic about the long-term impacts of the contagion of strikes that has seized the country these past few weeks. The rand dropped to a three-and-a-half-year low on Monday but on Wednesday, senior government officials gave mixed signals regarding the effect of the strike on the economy.