Andrew Kenny writes on the long history of colonisation and conquest in South Africa

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Returning the land to the people

By Andrew Kenny (*) - 19 September 2018

If only the original owners of South Africa should be allowed to own land here, F W de Klerk and Julius Malema have no such right. Both are descended from colonial conquerors. If they should “go back to where they came from”, de Klerk should go back to Europe where his forebears came from over three centuries ago and Malema should go back to West Africa where his came from fifteen centuries ago.

Are we allowed to say this? Are we allowed to tell the truth about the history of land ownership in what is now South Africa? The debate about the “rightful ownership” of land in South Africa is so angry, ignorant and confused that the truth is buried under myths. Often indeed the truth is banned. “Expropriation Without Compensation” (EWC) has made the truth even more difficult to tell. I shall try to tell it now. Everything I say is backed by a massive store of data going back hundreds of thousands of years, consisting of artefacts, fossils, DNA, linguistics, and written and oral history.

Modern humans, Homo sapiens, evolved in East Africa, probably about 200 thousand years ago. In this sense every human on Earth is an “African”. When Sterkfontein describes itself as “The Cradle of Mankind”, this is only true in the wider meaning of “Mankind” as any hominid (a hominid is a man-like ape). Sterkfontein might have been the origin of some hominids far older than Homo sapiens but it is not the Cradle of Homo sapiens. (The history of the earlier hominids is very complicated and not well understood.)

Chinese crime syndicates working with local South African gangs have caused stocks of abalone to be depleted at a record rate. Illegal trade in the marine mollusks extends across sub-Saharan Africa.

Demand for abalone in Asia is increasingly being met through illegal harvesting run by criminal gangs threatening the survival of the marine mollusk in South Africa, a report has said.

TRAFFIC, a wildlife trade monitoring network, said Wednesday that 96 million individual abalone worth nearly $900 million (€769 million) have been illegally poached off South Africa's shores in the past 17 years.

Nearly all of the large sea snails were sent to China and Hong Kong, where they are considered a delicacy. Only around a third of abalone harvested off South Africa's coast was fished legally in line with quotas and other regulations, the report said.


- and like always: Africa, Asia and South-America are are providing the turf and the guinea-pigs.


F-UK-US are watching you!
The Anglo-American, Russian and Chinese strife for global dominance is obvious also in cyberspace

ACCESS NOW commented: We told you how the "Five Eyes" nations plan to compel access to our encrypted communications and undermine our security globally, despite the fact that the surveillance arsenal for these countries is already vast and — as Edward Snowden revealed — largely unchecked. Now, thanks to a coalition of 14 human rights groups, privacy organizations, and journalists, we have much better news: the European Court of Human Rights has ruled that parts of the U.K.'s surveillance regime violate the fundamental rights to privacy and free expression.

GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules

Surveillance system revealed by Snowden breached right to privacy, Strasbourg judges say

By Thomas Mountain (*) - 12. September 2018

All roads to peace in the Horn of Africa seem to run through the Eritrean capital of Asmara these days,  with the latest peace initiative allying Ethiopia and Eritrea looking like it will be bringing peace to South Sudan.

To understand the South Sudan civil war you must look no further then the Chinese oil fields, the only such owned and operated in Africa, and one of the first targets of the rebellion/coup attempt over 5 years ago. The only beneficiary from the South Sudan civil war has been the USA, for China has seen all of its ambitious plans for further development of its one and only energy field shut down.

No one, apart from the Eritrean President Issias Aferworki, has pointed the finger of blame for this conflagration where it belongs, at “foreign powers” aka the Central Intelligence Agency without whose $10 million a month for the past 60 months there would have been no functioning rebel army. Soldiers got to get paid, at least $300 a month and with some 20,000 rebel military (all former South Sudan regular army) the monthly nut to keep a war going is big enough to have to be a deep pocket operation, $600 million and counting so far.

How the administration of the UNO is organising the war

The internal document of the United Nations that we have just published attests to the fact that the administration of the Organisation is working against the UN’s objectives. The gravity of this situation calls for an explanation by Secretary General António Guterres, as demanded by Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs Sergueï Lavrov. Failing which, the member-States could call the United Nations into question.

In October 2017, the UN under-secretary for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman, secretly drew up a list of instructions for all UN agencies about the attitude they should adopt concerning the conflict in Syria.

None of the member-States of the Organisation, not even the members of the Security Council, were informed of the existence of these instructions. At least, not until the Russian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sergueï Lavrov, revealed them on 20 August last [1].

On 2 July 2012, Jeffrey Feltman, ex-assistant to Hillary Clinton, became the number 2 of the United Nations. He swore his oath on the UN Charter before the then Secretary General, the extremely corrupt Ban Ki-moon.
 
We have just acquired a copy of the list [2].

The Bayer-Monsanto Merger Is Bad News for the Planet
APR 03, 2018 - TruthDig

 


Two new studies from Europe show that the number of birds in agricultural areas of France has crashed by a third in just 15 years, with some species being almost eradicated. The collapse in the bird population mirrors the discovery last October that more than three quarters of all flying insects in Germany have vanished in just three decades. Insects are the staple food source of birds, the pollinators of fruits and the aerators of the soil.

UNHCR, AU and Zambia fail to uphold the Refugee Conventions

Zambia denies Zimbabwe politician Tendai Biti political asylum.


Zambian Foreign Minister Joe Malanji told the BBC that Mr Biti's grounds for asylum were weak and that Mr. Biti was being kept in "safe custody" until he returned to Zimbabwe.

Not even a murmur from UNHCR.

Correspondents say there is a climate of fear in Zimbabwe, with some members of the opposition arrested and others going into hiding - while the people of Zimbabwe are in uproar over the botched election.

Returning Mr. Biti to Zimbabwe would amount to internationally outlawed REFOULEMENT. At least safe passage to a country, which would grant asylum, must be safeguarded.
 

Did “The Crocodile” Steal Zimbabwe’s Election?

By Thomas Mountain (*) - 08. August 2018

Exclusive Interview with
Leader of Indigenous Political Party in Nicaragua on Current Student-Led Protests

By (*) - IC - August 6, 2018

 


Brooklyn Rivera

The famed Miskito Indigenous leader, Brooklyn Rivera, has been dealing with various manifestations of the FLSN (Sandinista) Party for decades.

He famously fought alongside AIM (American Indian Movement) founder and activist, Russell Means in the 1980’s. Means, who was injured by a Sandinista bomb while fighting alongside the Miskito, deemed their fight to defend an ancient indigenous territory from Sandinista nationalization and occupation as the ‘foremost struggle for Indigenous sovereignty in the world’.

It was dubbed by some U.S. media as ‘the last Indian war’; and Means would eventually go on to petition assistance from the U.S. government to support the Miskito as they had been supporting the Contras. He implied it would finally give them (the U.S.) a chance to be on the right side of an Indigenous cause.

“Seven Capital Vices” of China in Africa:
How Capital Are They Really?


By Andrey Kortunov  August 04 ,2018

PICTURE: President of China Xi Jinping arrives for the second day of the Summit at the Sandton International Convention Centre. Image credit: GovernmentZA/ flickr)

The recent tenth BRICS Summit in Johannesburg and the forthcoming China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing bring the Chinese-African relations to the center of political and academic discussions.  The Chinese advance in Africa since the turn of the century have been spectacular: from a relatively low key player, Beijing has grown into the largest trading partner and into one of the main sources of FDI for African countries, by far surpassing highly volatile US investments.  This trend is hardly surprising – the booming Chinese economy needs more and more energy and raw materials, it is aggressively cultivating foreign markets to sustain its export-led industries. With significant excess capacities, Chinese financial institutions are relentlessly exploring new opportunities to park their huge currency reserves. So, why not Africa? However, the Chinese role in the continent – like any Chinese step beyond its borders – is subject to a scrutiny by foreign politicians and experts, who are not always unbiased and fair to Beijing. Let us go through a standard list of “seven capital vices” or “seven deadly sins”, which they in the West routinely attribute to the Chinese posture in Africa.

U2’s Bono and the CIA;
The Dangers of Celebrity Activists


By Thomas Mountain (*) - 03. August 2018

U2’s Bono picked a Capo Grande from the US intelligence community to run his “One” NGO, choosing Gayle Smith, who as Senior Director of the US National Security Council and Special Advisor to President Barack Obama used to tell the CIA what to do, especially when it came to Africa.

Ms. Smith, also known as “Obama’s Quiet Consigliere”, is infamous for her heart felt eulogy based on over 30 years of friendship at the funeral for Meles Zenawi, today Ethiopia’s “No.1 Most Hated Person”.

Previously head of USAID, known in Cuba as USCIA, Ms. Smith got her start putting time in on the front lines for the agency fresh out of college spending years as a “journalist” (clergy and journalists are two of the CIA’s favorite covers) in the Horn of Africa of all places.

After years of paying her dues “where diarrhea is a way of life” she became a favorite of Madeline Albright and was awarded the Chief of Staff position at USAID in 1994 only three years after ending her journalism career. Think about it, “Award Winning Journalist” to day to day control of some 10,000 employees and Billion$ to spend in only 3 years? USAID or USCIA?


By Finian CUNNINGHAM | StrategicCulture | 02.08.2018

The apparent assassination of a highly regarded public figure has rocked Ethiopia to its core. Simegnew Bekele, the architect overseeing a prestigious hydroelectric project in Ethiopia, was shot dead last week in the capital Addis Ababa by an unknown attacker. Many people in the Horn of Africa country are now suspecting a foreign hand behind his brutal slaying.

 

Bekele (53) was a much-loved public figure. He was seen as embodying a vision for Ethiopia’s political independence and economic development. The hydroelectric dam he oversaw was his life’s work and he was revered by the wider population for his dedication.

Now what appears to be his cold-blooded murder has shocked the nation.

PICTURE: Funeral