Tonight’s film Otelo Burning is a feature film about South Africa at the height of apartheid, centering around a group of young men, 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi, his younger brother Ntwe and his best friend New Year who become entranced by surfing and the freedom it can afford them.
|By: EdwardTeller Friday January 3, 2014 7:00 pm|
We don’t know yet.
|By: EdwardTeller Thursday December 19, 2013 7:00 pm|
More and more American and foreign academic organizations are looking closely at passing resolutions in support of Boycotting, Divesting from and Sanctioning (BDS) Israeli educational organizations and institutions, for their involvement in the illegal occupation of the West Bank, and for those institutions’ lack of concern for educational infrastructure in the Occupied Territories and in Gaza. This past week, two important American academic organizations have passed motions supporting Global BDS of Israel, and advocating the end of relations with Israeli academic institutions and organizations. Back in April, the Association for Asian American Studies voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday December 10, 2013 10:09 am|
Cuban assistance played a key role in bringing about an end to apartheid. In Angola, the country had military instructors that helped train the military wing of the African National Congress, which Mandela co-founded, called Umkhonto we Sizwe or Spear of the Nation (MK). Cuba provided support for those organizing against the regime, who were in exile, as well.
|By: Peterr Saturday December 7, 2013 9:02 am|
Back in 1987, I came to know Tshenuwani Simon Farisani, a South African Lutheran pastor who had been imprisoned and tortured by the apartheid regime in South Africa. Today, his words about what black leaders might say to whites in a post-apartheid South Africa might look like have come back to me. “I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into slavery.” Nelson Mandela, like Abraham Lincoln, was firm both in his fight for justice and in his rejection of revenge.
Rest in peace, my brother. Rest in peace.
|By: EdwardTeller Tuesday December 3, 2013 6:29 pm|
The Israeli government and Netanyahu administration are going ahead with plans to ethnically cleanse between 30,000 and 70,000 Bedouin Israeli citizens from the area of their ancient homeland into new abodes. It is the so-called Prawer Plan (or Prawer-Begin Plan).
|By: Peterr Saturday August 17, 2013 9:00 am|
As a pastor, I’m used to reading texts closely, taking them phrase by phrase and parsing out the multiple layers of meaning. I do this with religious texts and also with secular documents, from mortgage forms to SCOTUS opinions to presidential speeches. Words matter, and people who play fast and loose with them, or who don’t treat them with respect, really irritate me.
Like the International Olympic Committee.
Instead of using the Olympic Charter to tell athletes to sit down and shut up, the IOC ought to re-read it. If they tried that, they might notice words and phrases like “promoting a peaceful society” and “human dignity” and “sport is a human right . . . without discrimination” and so on. They might just realize that they have no option but to offer Putin a simple choice: repeal the anti-gay law and prosecute the thugs engaged in gay-bashing, or say goodbye to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
|By: BrandonJ Saturday July 6, 2013 11:30 am|
As a musician, it was interesting to read about Alicia Keys and the controversy over her performance in Israel on July 4th. Numerous artists, activists and musicians urged her not to perform in Sun City because of Israel’s “apartheid” policies towards Palestinians. Keys refused to cancel and played regardless, saying to the New York Times that “[m]usic a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.” The problem, however, is that Keys believes that by playing, everything will be solved the following day of her performance.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 21, 2013 1:30 pm|
President Barack Obama, during his visit to Israel, spoke at the Jerusalem Convention Center to Israeli students. It was a typically pragmatic speech, reminding the audience that US will defend the country against those who oppose its “right to exist” while at the same time outlining how Palestinians deserve a state of their own.
|By: Oxdown Diaries Sunday December 2, 2012 11:55 am|
Now I hate to rain on anyone’s parade following the excellent news of the vote taking Palestine from being classified as a “non-member observer entity” to a “non-member observer state”. It’s very good news as it means that Palestine can sign treaties and join such bodies as the International Criminal Court (ICC). But perhaps some parade ground raining is in order before people make unwarranted assumptions and statements about what the court is and what it can and cannot do.