FDL Movie Night: Otelo Burning

By: Monday January 27, 2014 4:59 pm

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.


Memorial Service Celebrates Mandela & Role Cuba, Countries of Africa Played in Ending Apartheid

By: 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.

When Those in Power Invite Us to Learn the Wrong Lessons From Nelson Mandela

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 12:01 pm

Mandela’s true lesson for people of the world lies in all that he did prior to becoming president and negotiating with de Klerk. It comes from the courage and spirit he showed in his work with the ANC, during his imprisonment and then when he emerged from prison as an anti-apartheid icon. He was willing to fight and die for an idea if necessary. Under attack from his own government, he was able to mobilize others to fight and die for this idea too.

A Trio of Brothers: Joseph, Mandela, and Lincoln

By: 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.

Listen to What the Drums Say: Jasiri X Memorializes Mandela

By: Friday December 6, 2013 2:59 pm

Nelson Mandela is truly a person of the ages whose impact cannot be understated.

FDL Movie Night: Fire in the Blood

By: Monday September 2, 2013 4:59 pm

Fire in the Blood, written and directed by tonight’s guest Dylan Mohan Gray, takes a hard look at the politics of prescription drugs, specifically anti-retrovirals, the lifesaving “Lazarus drugs” that can save the lives of millions infected with the HIV virus. But up until 2003 these drugs were not available to the majority of the world’s HIV+ population, the hundreds of millions of black and brown people who live in the southern half of the globe.

The IOC Might Want to Read the Whole Olympic Charter

By: 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.

Snowden Reveals America and Britain Spied On G20 Members

By: Monday June 17, 2013 6:40 am

Something tells me the State Department staff are not Edward Snowden fans. The first set of Guardian leaks came right before the Sino-American summit on cybersecurity where the United States was preparing to take a firm line with China regarding alleged cyber-attacks. Now the Guardian is reporting that documents disclosed by Snowden reveal that British and American intelligence services spied on other countries at the G20 summit in London in 2009 which comes as Britain hosts the 39th G8 summit beginning today.

Sickened South African Mine Workers Seek Justice in Courts

By: Sunday September 16, 2012 6:45 am

South Africa’s mining industry has been plastered across international headlines in recent days following the massacre of 34 protesting platinum mine workers in Marikana. This week, thousands of striking workers marched to protest the assault on labor rights and economic security by both the police and corporations.

But while the media’s gaze has fixed on roiling unrest at Lonmin, the more insidious crisis of safety conditions in the mines remains mostly buried below the surface.

South Africa’s ‘Corrective Rape’ of Lesbians

By: Thursday June 14, 2012 5:45 pm

Corrective Rape is a hate crime that for the most part goes unreported and unprosecuted in South Africa.

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