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« Reply #33 on: March 21, 2020, 12:40:48 pm »
The U.S. Government Had Nelson Mandela on Terrorist Watch Lists Until 2008.

A full 100 years after Nelson Mandela’s July 18, 1918, birth, he is remembered around the world as a symbol of peace and freedom, for ushering South Africa into a democratic, post-apartheid future.

Yet throughout his life, Mandela had a habit of saying that he was “not a saint,” as TIME noted in his 2013 obituary. Perhaps more surprisingly from today’s perspective, many people around the world felt the same way. In fact, Mandela remained on U.S. terrorist watch lists until 2008.

Understanding the reasons behind that fact requires seeing Mandela’s life and work in the context of both the history of the African National Congress (ANC), the political party with which Mandela was associated, and the history of United States attitudes during the Cold War.

On the ANC side, a deciding factor was a shift in strategy that led some activists to see violence as a possible means to an end; the end being, the end of South Africa’s official government policy of the separation of blacks and whites. Since its founding in 1912, “the ANC fought against apartheid for decades through rigorously nonviolent means, mostly labor strikes and public service boycotts,” TIME later reported. But, “The ANC’s policy of nonviolence received a sudden and brutal setback in 1960.”

That’s when the Sharpeville Massacre took place. In 1960, South African police killed 69 black protesters in the town 40 miles south of Johannesburg; amid the crackdown that followed, the government banned the ANC. As the ANC went underground, Mandela became the head of the military wing of the African National Congress, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation), also known as MK. In 1964, he was convicted of sabotage and treason, and wound up imprisoned until 1990. TIME later described the group’s activities from 1962 as “low-level guerrilla war.”

Defending the shift in strategy as a last resort, Mandela said in one of his interviews from prison, “‘The armed struggle [with the authorities] was forced on us by the government.'”

At the same time — even as some American activists embraced or aided the South African fight for racial justice — the U.S. government was deep in the Cold War. As Mandela was sent to prison, his fellow ANC leader Oliver Tambo avoided that fate, TIME later reported, “because he had been sent abroad to open a headquarters and search for funds” for keeping the campaign going underground. “The newly exiled revolutionary found some interest in his cause in Scandinavia but little in other Western nations. Tambo’s pleas were better rewarded by the Soviet Union, which beginning in 1963 became increasingly important to the ANC as a supplier of funds, military equipment and scholarships for young members. Precisely how much influence Moscow has over A.N.C. policies and personnel is a matter of deep controversy.”

However much influence it was, it was enough to get on the wrong side of the United States, between Mandela and his disciples getting funding from the Communists and their willingness to engage in violence. Mandela was viewed as “a person on the wrong side of the Cold War,” as historian Robert Trent Vinson, author of The Americans Are Coming!: Dreams of African American Liberation in Segregationist South Africa, puts it.

Even decades later, as Americans became increasingly attuned to the injustice being perpetrated in South Africa, the influence of the Cold War was felt in the dynamic between the U.S. and that nation. “When Congress finally passed new U.S. economic sanctions against South Africa three weeks ago, it ordered President Ronald Reagan to issue a report early next year detailing any Communist influences on the ANC,” TIME put it in 1986. “The Administration is understandably troubled that some members of the African National Congress are Communists, but to alienate those who are not is to risk enlarging the Communist ranks.”

In a 1986 speech, President Reagan also warned of “calculated terror by elements of the African National Congress,” including “the mining of roads, the bombings of public places, designed to bring about further repression, the imposition of martial law, and eventually creating the conditions for racial war.” The Department of Defense included the ANC in a 1988 report billed as profiles of “key regional terrorist groups” from around the world. Indeed, ANC actions during this period would include nighttime raids that destroyed fuel storage tanks and nearly two days of fires in 1980, a bombing at a bar in Durban that left three dead and more than 60 wounded, and a car bomb that killed 19 outside of the headquarters of the country’s Air Force in Pretoria in 1983. The later ANC apologized for civilian deaths that occurred as a result of “insufficient training.”

Meanwhile, Mandela was in prison. But, removed from the fight on the ground, Mandela ended up having a massive impact on the fight for anti-apartheid justice in South Africa — and, especially as anti-apartheid sentiments spread around the world, global opinion of him shifted dramatically.

“He comes out of jail an old man, much more ready to compromise after almost 30 years in jail,” argues Peniel Joseph, Founding Director Center for the Study of Race and Democracy at the University of Texas at Austin. “When he comes out, he’s saying we’re renouncing violence.”

TIME explained the specific events that led to the transformation in the perception of Mandela in its issue naming Mandela and South African President F.W. De Klerk Men of the Year for 1993:

Several interesting changes occurred during Mandela’s long, long incarceration. For one thing, his enforced isolation slowly transformed him into a mythic figure. Incommunicado, without the opportunity to speak out on specific issues, Mandela in his silence became South Africa’s most persuasive presence: an inspiration to blacks, a recrimination to whites. What is more, he sensed the moral power his confinement had conferred. Mandela had always been willing to talk; violence was his recourse when the other side would not listen. One day in 1986 he sat down and wrote a letter to the government proposing a dialogue on the nation’s future. This gesture received a secret but surprisingly willing response from President P.W. Botha, a hard-liner on apartheid who nonetheless had begun to sense his country’s escalating dilemma. Apartheid was collapsing of its own inherent absurdity. Moreover, the outlawed A.N.C.’s 1984 call to make South Africa “ungovernable” had been answered by a surge of black demonstrations and acts of civil disobedience. To put down such unrest, the government had to use increasingly brutal police and military actions, many of them filmed by news cameras and televised to appalled viewers around the globe. These ugly spectacles increased international pressure for economic sanctions against South Africa. Whites saw their nation becoming an international pariah. Realizing he needed Mandela, Botha arranged a meeting with him at the presidential residence, Tuynhuys, in Cape Town in July 1989 — Mandela had been slipped out of prison for the purpose. The two issued a joint communique committing themselves, in general terms, to peace.

And yet, even after the apartheid regime came to an end and Mandela was elected President in the early 1990s, Mandela and members of the African National Congress still had to apply for permission to enter the United States, and the State Department took the approach of letting in members of the ANC into the country on a case-by-case basis.

That is, until April 2008, when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said it was about time that Congress lifted those travel restrictions, as the U.S. otherwise had “excellent relations” with South Africa. “It is frankly a rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterparts — the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader, Nelson Mandela,” she said.

In July 2008, President George W. Bush signed a bill into law that lifted that requirement — about four years after Mandela announced he was retiring from public life. The bill authorized “the Departments of State and Homeland Security to determine that provisions in the Immigration and Nationality Act that render aliens inadmissible due to terrorist or criminal activities would not apply with respect to activities undertaken in association with the African National Congress in opposition to apartheid rule in South Africa.” As Tom Casey, who was a State Department spokesman at the time, said, “What it will do is make sure that there aren’t any extra hoops for either a distinguished individual, like former President Mandela, or other members of the African National Congress to get a U.S. visa.”

But why did the change take so long? Though some have looked for a deeper reason for why the U.S. might want to keep Mandela out, the official answer usually cites mere bureaucratic oversight for explanation. As the 2008 bill’s bipartisan sponsors said in a statement, the change ended an “embarrassing impediment to improving U.S.-South Africa relations” and was, by that point, not a controversial idea.

“Nelson Mandela does not belong on a terrorist watch list – period,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. “This problem has caused injustice to South African leaders and embarrassment to the United States, and I’m glad it will be repaired.”

Taken from Olivia Waxman's article in Time.


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Re: Azania: The Truth
« Reply #34 on: March 22, 2020, 06:57:37 pm »
And we still have our own native American Mandela in prison to this day - Leonard Peltier.


COLEMAN, FLORIDA – Leonard Peltier turned 70 years old yesterday, September 12, 2014.

Peltier spent his birthday in prison at the U.S. Penitentiary in Coleman, Florida where he is incarcerated for his 1977 conviction in connection with a shootout with U.S. government forces, where two FBI agents and one young American Indian lost their lives.

Peltier released the following statement from prison yesterday:

Greetings my Friends, Relatives and Supporters

I want to send you all this personal message on what is now my 70th Birthday. I really want to thank you all for your years and years of support and love, I would have never made it this long without your love and support. As you can imagine, it has been a VERY long path. At times, more difficult than I could have ever imagined. I don’t regret any of it for one minute.

It has been my honor to stand up for my Native brothers and sisters and all good peoples of the world. I am very proud to have fought what we call “the good fight” for our future generations. For me, there is no other way. Unfortunately, we have not won the struggle for freedom and today we live in an even stronger police state.

I would like to share with you what our recent fundraiser was all about so that you hear it from me personally.

Over the years, many of my lawyer’s have worked pro bono. Of course I appreciated this time they gave to me for free, and was very grateful they were trying to help me.
A harsh reality is that when someone works pro bono, they often cannot put enough of their time into a case. Much like everyone else, attorneys have to take paying clients to make a living.

I asked my team to help me raise the funds to hire the best legal team we could get. I want/need people with seasoned wisdom and who have the skills to help me with what is a very unique situation, I am singled out, and my road to freedom has been paved with potholes and roadblocks since day one to now, almost 40 years later. Anyone who has looked at my case knows it is outrageous to an absurd degree; often people simply cannot believe the sheer amount of constitutional violations and injustice. People sometimes just honestly cannot believe these things happen. They do. 39 years of my life are the living (so far) proof of that. I am physical evidence.

Speaking of 40 years, you know the last time I was out in the living world, it was the early 70’s and man, from what I hear, so much has changed. I have no idea what things are like and how much things cost. For example, I had NO idea what attorneys get per hour these days. I hear a loaf of bread is sometimes 5 or 7 bucks? That’s a lot of bread! That cars cost as much as some houses?


Leonard Peltier
Leonard Peltier has been in prison for nearly 40 years
Anyhow, I suppose now that I am a 70 year old dude that I am rambling on a bit. I always knew the majority of my support comes from grass-roots, salt-of-the-earth people, my people. I have never really had huge donations- YES, some wonderful and important people have been in my corner for many years, but also, as I have been in here so long, a lot of them have died. I have lost many of my friends and family. I also know there are many causes, & celebrities get asked for money every day.

My team organized a fundraiser to try and raise fees to hire the new legal team. To be honest, I was hoping the grassroots peoples would come to my rescue again as our new website has been drawing supporters in to volunteer and help out. We knew if just a small percentage of them responded with small donations we would be able to raise the retainer(s) required.

I knew as soon as the current fundraiser went into its second and third week that it was not going to be as successful as we hoped. I have heard how difficult it is to live on salaries these days, and those on minimum wage are in poverty and some are even homeless. We also had to face the fact that even if we raised the retainer (s) there would still be significant monthly costs. I was just not ready to quit, I have not served all this time just to end up staying in here because we don’t have enough money. We had to put our heads together and I am very fortunate to be able to tell you that we were able to raise enough to get started and all the attorneys that I wanted to have on my team have agreed to adjust their fees and roles in order to help me go after my freedom. I cannot go into detail about the team or strategy at this time as these things, like most legal proceedings, are confidential, but everything should be final shortly and hopefully we can go forward with trying to get me out of here.

I am so thankful to those who were willing and able to help, and also thankful to those who help in other ways besides money. The time you offer educating others about my situation, and standing up for me and all Native/Indigenous people, is and will always be held close to my heart, and I have a lot of time in here to spend in gratitude for all of you.

I will need your continued support in whatever way you can help, in what appears to be my final walk toward freedom. My team will keep you updated on what is happening and how you can help, but I want to personally assure you that I have very high standards of conduct for those who work on my team, and those standards are being upheld. I do not allow misconduct from anyone; I have spent too many years paying flesh rent to let someone use me or use our struggle. My “ cause” is also my people’s cause, it is YOUR cause, and I am not the only one who has paid a dear price attempting to uphold justice, fairness, and truth. I have a responsibility to those before and after me.

I will again encourage you to work with my team through the official websites etc, as I hear there are others out there misrepresenting themselves in my name and even saying they are part of my family, collecting money or otherwise going against my wishes.

I can only say, sitting here in this place, this hell, that I hope my years in here have not been in vain. I want my time to stand as an example to you all, that you might find a way to serve in some way, that you might find a way to do some time of your own, for a brother, sister, our children, or our very Earth. Find something to stand up for, do something, help someone. Do not accept injustice. Do not accept intolerance. Do not accept the damage being done to our planet in the name of greed and more material goods. It is up to us to hold ourselves and others to a high standard. My true wish for my birthday is that you take something…. from me.

Take the years I have given in here and be inspired to make the changes that you know need to be made, before it is too late. Take the time I have sacrificed in here and use it to shape the future for our children.

I truly hope to see you soon, to taste some cake or even just take a walk in the woods. I have so many hugs to give, so many people to thank.

I miss you.

In the Spirit of Crazy Horse
Leonard Peltier
Mitakuye Oyasin


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Re: Azania: The Truth
« Reply #35 on: March 23, 2020, 09:04:37 pm »
President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced a 21-day lockdown as fears mount that thousands have already been infected by the Covid-19 coronavirus.

This comes in the wake of reports by the Department of Health that about 402 people across the country have tested positive for Covid-19.

Ramaphosa said the lockdown would begin at midnight on Thursday 26 March.



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« Reply #36 on: March 25, 2020, 09:37:21 pm »

Translation accurate?

Unable to find any English-language reports on the latest developments in this case. Translation of the key details:

Kymie Du Toit, who was plucked from her car, handcuffed and assaulted by officers, is lodging a civil claim against them worth at least R750 000.

She was shoved around before being taken to a police station. Her legal advisors say they are bringing a claim for unlawful arrest and detention and assault.

The cops deliberately bundled her out of the back door of the police station where they knew her mother was waiting at the front desk and took her to another police station.

She had earlier refused to pull over for them because she was alone and had previously been flagged down and assaulted by (black) criminals masquerading as police officers. So she drove a well lit public place (petrol station) where the ordeal took place.


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« Reply #37 on: March 25, 2020, 09:46:24 pm »