Book Review: From the Bullet to the Ballot: An Unfavorable Review of a Work on the Black Panther Party Bruce A. Dixon

11 December 2013 — Black Agenda Report

Historians are supposed to help us make sense of the world, by illuminating the forces and trends that shape the lives and destinies of ordinary people. But historians in the service of power do something else. Whether carelessly or carefully, they omit and distort to come up with histories that justify today’s establishment as the inheritors of a noble tradition of struggle on the part of ordinary people. It’s time for more people’s histories of our movement, and of the historic Black Panther Party. Regrettably, this is not one of them.

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Video: The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa

11 December 2013 — Democracy Now!

As the world focuses on Tuesday’s historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela’s memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cubans ‘destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor … [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.’ Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba’s victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, “Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991,” and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.

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Britain: Disabled widow commits suicide after benefits withdrawn By Mark Blackwood and Paul Mitchell

11 December 2013 — WSWS

Despite being partially sighted, only able to walk with the aid of a cane and in constant pain due to slipped discs, Jacqueline Harris, a 53-year-old former nurse from Bristol, England, was pronounced fit for work in November 2012, following a government Work Capability Assessment (WCA).

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VTJP Occupied Palestine and Israel: News and Articles 10 December 2013: PPS: “5000 Palestinians, Including 200 Children, Imprisoned By Israel”

10 December 2013 — VTJP

News

International Middle East Media Center

Gunmen Kill A Palestinian Officer In Bethlehem
IMEMC – The Palestinian Police in the West bank district of Bethlehem, has reported that an officer was shot and killed, on Tuesday [December 10 2012], after gunmen opened fire at a Police station in Teqoua’ town, east of Bethlehem. …

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CIA and Mandela: Can the Story Be Told Now? Agency's role in Mandela capture still mostly not news

11 December 2013 — FAIR Blog

Back in 1990, FAIR (Extra!3/90) noted that the media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison failed to mention there was strong evidence that the CIA had tipped off South African authorities to Mandela’s location in 1962, resulting in his arrest.

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Information Clearing house 10 December 2013: America’s Gulag: Obama Sentences Political Prisoner Lynne Stewart to Death

10 December 2013 — Information Clearing House

Mass Murder in the Middle East is Funded by Our Friends the Saudis

By Patrick Cockburn

Everyone knows where al-Qa’ida gets its money, but while the violence is sectarian, the West does nothing.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article37077.htm

 

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“Mandela and Just People” By John Bart Gerald

11 December 2013 — Night’s Lantern

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Mandela didn’t always wear suits and smile a lot. He rose to power promising revolutionary justice and left some unpaid debts behind to those who provided the backbone of his political strength. Among these are a South African diaspora of those who had to flee apartheid in the days the U.S. considered the African National Congress “terrorist”.

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“Mandela and Just People” By John Bart Gerald

11 December 2013 — Night’s Lantern

mandela1

Mandela didn’t always wear suits and smile a lot. He rose to power promising revolutionary justice and left some unpaid debts behind to those who provided the backbone of his political strength. Among these are a South African diaspora of those who had to flee apartheid in the days the U.S. considered the African National Congress “terrorist”.

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