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April 18, 2024

From Sharpeville to Gaza: the global fight against racism

That an Irish nationalist MP hosted this year's The Liberation Movement (TLM) United Nations Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination meeting in the UK House of Commons was politically...

International 21 March event to commemorate the Sharpeville Massacre

Marc Wadsworth New research has proved that at least 80 people - many of them youths - were murdered by South Africa’s racist apartheid police 63 years ago this month in what became known as the Sharpeville Massacre. Officials at the time lied th ...

Forty years of resistance: white anti-racists must listen

 An impressive line-up of international speakers came together to mark the United Nation’s anti-racism day in a webinar organised by the National Union of Journalists’ Black Members Council in March. They included a senior broadcast company execu ...

Death of South African freedom fighter Bennie Bunsee

Lifelong Pan-Africanist, writer and polemicist Bennie Bunsee died peacefully at the weekend. He was 12 days away from his 80th birthday.On Sunday, friends, family and ideological sparring partners fondly recalled Bunsee, who died at South Africa's Vin ...

Abject poverty 'fuelling violence against immigrants in South Africa'

President Jacob Zuma's mealy-mouthed language and qualified statements have done little to curb the current anti-immigration violence in South Africa.Last month, the Zulu monarch made a public statement in which he compared "foreigners" in S ...

Voters battle for heart and soul of South Africa

Little mentioned in the eurocentric news coverage of the South African elections has been that the new Black nationalist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party took significant support away from the corruption-mired ruling African National Congress (ANC).J ...

Tears for Mandela the man but not his political legacy

An ocean of tears, including my own, have been shed since the sad news that Nelson Mandela had died. I sat next to Mandela in 1993, after arranging a meeting between him and the parent’s of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence. It was a magical moment ...