28 September 2016


Concentration Camps seem first to have entered the world stage when the British Government established concentration camps in South Africa between 1899 and 1902 when the Boer Republics were fighting the British government to retain control of their lands - rich in resources such as gold, diamonds and other minerals - which the greedy British were trying to steal from them.

During that time the concentration camps contained many South African locals who were locked up in conditions which were criminal - and illegal - then, as the later concentration camps in modern times are illegal and criminal.

Think of the conditions of the millions of Palestinians locked up in Gaza and the West Bank, and the hundreds of asylum seekers locked up in Manus and Nauru.

The world is ignoring these crimes against humanity as they continue unabated.

Genocide is what is happening in Israeli occupied Palestine and in Australia what politicians are perpetrated can not be called genocide because it does not consist of any particular groups being targeted, the outcomes are the same in the fact that people's lives have become not worth living.


There are other ways to vote in the US elections than for the two major parties. The main stream media (MSM) which is notoriously one-sided and corrupt NEVER EVER mentions that there are other parties to vote for than the Democrats and the Republicans.

As in Australia where there is seldom mention of independents and others in the MSM one could be forgiven for believing one had very little choice.

The reverse is the truth and if people would explore deeper than the media which serve us our daily dross they would find to their great joy that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are loathed in equal measure and there are people standing for election who are honest and who have progressive policies and who will not take them to war at the drop of an NRA or equivalent.

The tragedy of elections is that mostly people are just too tired or disgusted to bother with any research into candidates and the truth is that most people are too tired at the end of yet another depressing day to bother about loathsome politics and even more loathsome politicians.

In Victoria in Australia we are about to have local government elections thrust upon us in the next few weeks and the evidence is that the major parties are, yet again, putting forward dummy candidates to make sure they get the votes one way or another.

Well, I have news for them - people have for many years already seen through this ploy and already in the last few years results have shown that people will no longer just vote like dummies.

Let us hope that in October in Victoria, Australia, and in the more vital international poll in the USA, people will vote for other than the corrupt main parties and remember there are worthwhile alternatives!

23 September 2016


Where does one start with the Palestine/Israel saga and why do people like Stan Grant who claims Aboriginal ancestry in Australia not understand the issue of the Palestinians?

Grant has been a news journalist and has been around in the world. He has been known for his misogyny when working at SBS many years ago but it seems he still hasn't learnt how politics around the world works.

Time he and a few others around Australia and elsewhere learnt that racism and nationalism and the truth of the apartheid Israeli regime should be called for what it is and realise that when the Israelis talk about anti-semitism it is they who are spreading it around the world so that they can continue to attack anti-zionists everywhere.


For God's sake, give Palestinians a fair go

During Tuesday night's ABC show Recognition: Yes or No? Stan Grant weighed in on his Aboriginal identity after 200 years of European settlement, citing Israel as an example Australia could follow for its cohesion and equal society. Israel, being itself a European settlement, was absolutely the last example expected for supporting the rights of Aboriginals' recognition in Australia.

He said: "I have been to Israel and I have seen the sense of Jewish belonging whether you are an Ethiopian Jew or a Russian Jew or an American Jew, with a whole range of ethnicities and everything else around it that coalesce around a sense of belonging and kinship."

Palestinian youths in Bethlehem list the names of the children killed in Israel's Operation Protective Edge military assault on the Gaza Strip in July 2014. Photo: AFP
Grant astonishingly fails to mention my people, the Palestinian people, who have resided under Israeli occupation or tutelage since (similar to Australia) mainly Europeans established a state on their lands 68 years ago. The use of Israel as an example for a place where "a whole range of ethnicities and everything else around it that coalesce around a sense of belonging and kinship" is flawed and simply unfactual.

In the words of former Israeli Supreme Court Justice Theodor Or, Palestinians in Israel face a structural and systematic discrimination with the Israeli state not doing "enough to grant equality" for its Arab citizens. We haven't even mentioned the 4 million Palestinians living under military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza for 49 years ongoing, or the other 4 million Palestinian refugees who were displaced in 1948.

Palestinians have lived under constant colonisation, dispossession and suffering from an illegal occupation that erodes their human, economic, and existential rights. Some 225,000 children in Gaza today require psychosocial support due to the indiscriminate bombing of Gaza in 2014; over 48,488 Palestinian structures have been demolished; and over 800,000 trees have been uprooted in the West Bank and Gaza. Is this a model Australia wants to replicate?

In an earlier speech Grant delivered at the IQ2 Racism Debate last year he called for Australians to acknowledge the two centuries of "dispossession, injustice and suffering". I find this statement to be strikingly similar to the Palestinians' plight for recognition, equality, justice, and statehood.

Suffice to say I find the irony in yesterday's comments painfully obvious. My 19-year-old sister, a future architecture engineer, was complaining to me yesterday about a 45-minute wait at an Israeli military checkpoint to her university in Ramallah. The military was chocking morning Palestinian traffic to let Israeli settlers reach Jerusalem without delay, with no regards to the native population of the West Bank and their livelihoods. This system, that increasingly resembles an apartheid, has to be internationally condemned and de-structured, not subtly praised.

Palestinians have been under a constant wave of colonisation, eroding their existence from the land they have proudly resided for thousands of years. Just like Grant is rightly proud of his ancestry that might run tens of thousands of years deep, I, too, am proud of my ancestry in Palestine. We both have suffered colonisation, marginalisation, and discrimination – most Palestinians still do – and we all ought to stand for equality and justice for their cause.

Anas Iqtait is a research Scholar at the Australian National University.

20 September 2016


From Daily Maverick:

Marikana on Edge: Occupiers ready to defend in housing showdown

A showdown looms in Marikana as government today might begin evicting those who have occupied new houses on land donated by Lonmin. Occupiers insist they have a right to the housing, while government wants them to respect a recent court decision finding they don’t have a right to these houses.

The North West Department of Local Government and Human Settlements is still considering whether to evict those who have occupied about 290 new houses in Marikana’s Extension 2 after a High Court order said the community must vacate the properties by Monday.
On Sunday, department spokesman Ben Bole said the government had not made a decision on whether it would evict the occupiers and was considering the implications of an appeal lodged in the Mafikeng High Court. Bole called on residents to move out immediately, regardless of their appeal.
The North West government has insisted those who occupied properties in the housing development have done so illegally and a court order against the occupants agreed. Rallying behind their right to stay, community members have lodged an appeal and say they’re ready to fight any attempts to evict them. Housing is in short supply in Marikana and since the 2012 Marikana massacre tensions between the community, mineworkers, government, Lonmin and police have remained on high alert.
Activist and community organiser Napoleon Webster on Sunday was meeting with occupiers of the housing units. They have lodged a court appeal, he said, to be heard on 21 October, which should halt any attempt to evict residents this week. “But you know these people. These people are thugs,” said Webster. “We’re physically, emotionally and spiritually ready to fight.”
Many of those who have occupied the homes work at Lonmin, where the memory of the Marikana massacre is prevalent, and in part the battle over housing appears to reflect the ongoing struggle for mineworkers to access decent housing.
As an Amnesty International report on Lonmin workers’ access to housing explained, the government’s Breaking New Ground housing development, built on 50ha of land donated by the company, is aimed at people below a certain income threshold, so Lonmin employees do not qualify.

Webster, however, said the issue was not about whether mineworkers or other community residents qualified for the housing, but who was on the list of beneficiaries set to get houses.
“Of course, they were ANC people,” he said.
The ANC government in Rustenburg had rewarded its members, some not even from the community, and wanted to give them houses, he alleged. Allowing occupiers to stay could lead to a pilot project across the country combating systems of ANC patronage, he continued.
The Economic Freedom Fighters Limpopo Chairwoman Betty Diale agreed. She said government did not follow the right procedures in putting its list of beneficiaries together and wants to evict occupiers despite their right to housing. The party has offered support for the occupiers in their court attempts to live in the houses. Diale said she hopes the state will come to its senses and “not evict people like they’re not South Africans”.
Bole, from the province’s Department of Local Government and Human Settlements, said the process of allotting residents to houses was above board. “We don’t just build houses and go and look for beneficiaries,” he said, claiming beneficiaries came from a list prepared by the Rustenburg municipality, which was checked by the provincial government. Bole said there was extensive community engagement on who would benefit from the development and they proceeded after holding public meetings where the names of beneficiaries were read out and approved.
The department is still deliberating on whether it can evict the occupiers and North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo has in the past been adamant that approved beneficiaries must be allowed to occupy the houses.
“It cannot be correct that we allow lawlessness,” said Bole on Sunday.
One of the challenges appears to be the division between Marikana’s migrant mineworker community and long-term residents. Given the intense distrust of police, government and the ANC, any attempt to evict mineworkers or those from their community, especially if they believe legal processes have not been followed, risks leading to violence.
Webster maintained that occupiers cannot be evicted until their appeal is heard, but, suggesting the government and ANC is capable of anything, he remarked that President Jacob Zuma, despite his scandals, and Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, despite his links to the Marikana massacre, keep their positions. He said those occupying the houses had all recently contributed R400 to pay for legal fees.
In their past court papers, occupiers said there was not an extensive engagement process on the state’s attempt to evict them, but the court said they were quiet on the government’s listed attempts at engagement.
Considering Lonmin’s past failures to meet housing obligations for workers, one of the key issues in this case is the impression created, or at least perceived from the side of mineworkers, that the 50ha donated to government would be used to improve issues for workers. Some of the workers who were injured or are related to the killed workers in the 2012 Massacre are reported to be occupying the new houses.
The issue of housing is critical both to the broader community and Lonmin workers. The report of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry found Lonmin and government’s failure to address workers’ housing issues “created an environment conducive to the creation of tension and labour unrest”. The recent Amnesty International report on mineworkers’ accommodation at Lonmin, looking at how and why the company fell far short of its Mining Charter obligations, said workers’ living conditions were mostly defined by the squalid informal settlements. Amnesty wrote:
“The housing at Nkaneng, built from tin sheets and scrap materials, abysmally falls short of even the most basic requirements for adequacy of housing. Although Lonmin knows this, it has failed to take any meaningful action to address the situation. Its litany of excuses expose a company that has little genuine interest in tackling a major problem confronting its workforce, a problem that is inextricably linked to the way Lonmin, and South Africa’s mining industry in general, operates.
“The serious failures documented in this report could not happen if the government of South Africa enforced the legal provisions it has put in place to address historical discrimination and disadvantage in the mining industry. However, the government has allowed Lonmin to flout the law, seemingly without consequence.”
Bole on Sunday said the government understands the demand for housing in general and in the area.
“We understand fully that the need is very high,” he said.
He claimed government was doing the best it could with the resources available. DM
Photo: A cross stands on the 'koppie' or hill at where 34 miners where shot by South African Police Forces on 16 August 2012, during a protracted wage negotiation strike in the platinum mining area, near Rustenburg, South Africa, 16 August 2015. EPA/SHIRAAZ MOHAMED

18 September 2016


Palestinians with Disabilities are Not Immune from Israeli Violence

“The test of a civilization is the way that it cares for its helpless members.”
–Pearl S. Buck
On Friday, August 26, Iyad Hamed was shot by Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Silwad. The initial military report, echoed by Israeli journalists, seemed like standard fare.

“A terrorist fired a weapon at a pillbox post in Ofra. Nobody was hurt. The force fired back and the terrorist was killed.”

As Gideon Levy of the Israeli daily Ha’aretz noted, no one batted an eye at the presence of both of the phrases “the terrorist was killed” and “nobody was hurt”. These sentences describe the army’s attitude towards the Palestinians perfectly. Nobody was killed because the Palestinian was not a person. Palestinians are not people.

At first it seemed there was nothing unusual about the story. Israeli soldiers shooting Palestinians is certainly not remarkable. Since October of 2015, 222 Palestinians have been killed in a wave of violence that some have called a Third Intifada. Even when Red Crescent Society medics revealed that soldiers had prevented them from reaching the victim as he lay on the ground, it did not cause a stir.

The army later admitted that the victim had not, in fact, been a terrorist. He had not been carrying a weapon. Witnesses reported that he had lost his way, panicked when he saw the soldiers, and tried to run to safety, whereupon he was shot in the back. This was corroborated by medics who examined his wounds on the scene. Again, Israeli soldiers shooting an unarmed Palestinian from behind is not enough to make an impact.
What makes the case of Iyad Hamed noteworthy is that he had a mental disability. He had been on his way home from the store to deliver candy to his children, who themselves had special needs, before, as a witness stated, he was murdered and “the candies [he] bought for his children were mixed with his blood.”

On June 10 Hassan al-Qadi was riding his bicycle near the Awerta checkpoint outside Nablus. Like Iyad Hamed, the twenty-two-year-old al-Qadi had been described as having an intellectual disability, and he panicked when the soldiers manning the checkpoint demanded he stop. But he kept pedaling, until he was shot by the soldiers several times. He was then left to lie on the ground for an hour, bleeding, until he was taken away by an ambulance. One of the bullets was lodged next to his spine. Al-Qadi was lucky, because he did not die, but he is still unable to walk, over three months later. The authorities decided to charge him, claiming he had been attempting to stab the soldiers at the checkpoint with “a sharp tool”. Al-Qadi’s injuries forced him to attend his hearing lying in bed. The sentence was not harsh by Israeli standards – a mere six months in prison.

A family friend recently described to me the extent of his mental difficulties.

“Six years ago he went out in the early morning to pray, and he saw something so frightening it changed him forever. He has not been the same since. He has been to many hospitals and seen many psychologists, but nobody understands what his condition is. His behavior is very erratic. Sometimes he just lies down on the ground for no reason. A few times he has walked [the 36 km] to Ramallah by himself, without his ID or phone.”

Although I never spoke with Hassan al-Qadi, I did meet his older brother Muslim in 2014. It was the height of Operation Brother’s Keeper, when Israeli forces were busy meting out collective punishment on the population of the West Bank for the kidnapping of three settler teens near Hebron. The raids resulted in several Palestinian deaths, hundreds of arrests and the theft and/or destruction of millions of dollars of cash, property and valuables. The al-Qadi family lived in Awerta, and Muslim described to me the Israeli soldiers’ invasion of their home the previous night. They had ransacked it completely, destroying furniture and terrifying the inhabitants, especially the children. When I revealed to him that I was a university professor, he became excited and ran to show me his textbooks. He was studying psychology at Birzeit University near Ramallah. I did not think much of it at the time, but I now realize that he must have been studying the subject in order to get a better understanding of his brother’s mysterious ailments.

Three days before my meeting with Muslim al-Qadi I attended the funeral of Ahmed Khalid, who had been killed by Israeli forces in the El Ein refugee camp near Nablus the previous night. Khalid, like the others in this story, had a mental illness. When I arrived at Rafidia hospital, where a group of mourners had gathered, I saw the poster plastered on the hospital door. It had a picture of the victim. Next to his face was an image of a young Yasser Arafat, and below were pictures of the Golden Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem. The Palestinian flag was flying above the entire scene. Below was written the Arabic word shaheed. Martyr. It was a poster typical of the victims of the Occupation, which you see all over the West Bank.

A man in his late thirties saw me examining the poster and approached, and I must have hesitated slightly when I shook his hand. He seemed almost embarrassed. “They were broken by soldiers during the First Intifada,” he explained, referring to his hands. He pointed out a group of young men standing in the shade of a nearby tree. “They can explain to you what happened.”

I approached the men, most of whom were in their twenties, and I went up to a man who was standing, dressed in black and leaning against a car. He made room for me against the car, and he shook my hand, introducing himself as Mahmood. And then, in a voice that seemed to get angrier as his story continued, he began to tell me how Ahmed died.

He had been praying Fajr in the mosque in El Ain camp at in the early morning, and when he emerged from the door of the mosque, Israeli soldiers shouted at him to stop. Because of the perpetual presence of Israeli soldiers, most Palestinians know a smattering of Hebrew, especially words connected to the Occupation, such as “stop”, “arrest”, “identification”, etc. But Ahmed did not understand what the soldiers wanted from him, and he continued on his way home. The Israelis then shot him four times – once in the stomach and three times in the chest. He died immediately. Mahmood’s voice was shaking now.

“What did he do? Nothing! How was he a threat to the soldiers? He wasn’t right in the head, and they just shot him!”

An hour later I followed Ahmed’s funeral procession through Nablus and up the narrow, steep streets of the refugee camp that he had called home. His father, an old bent man, lingered near the end of the group of mourners and fingered his prayer beads.

Life is not easy for people with disabilities in Palestine, even without taking into account the Occupation. There is a stigma associated with disability, especially if it is a mental disability, and people with disabilities are often shunned and excluded from society. Many are simply kept at home by the family to avoid embarrassment and shame. According to Medical Aid for Palestinians, over one third of people with disabilities over the age of 15 have never enrolled in school, and roughly five out of six do not work. One third have never married. A taxi driver near Salfit once told me about his adult brother, who had lost both of his arms and legs at the age of ten, when he stepped on a mine while picking olives.

“He cannot work. And he is very depressed because of his situation. All he wants to do now is marry. But what woman will marry a man with no arms and legs?”

The Occupation greatly exacerbates the plight of people living with disabilities in Palestine. The stranglehold that Israel has placed on the Palestinian economy has kept the latter in a perpetual state of poverty, leaving it unable to maintain an infrastructure that is able to support people with disabilities. For example, three out of four Palestinians with disabilities indicate that they do not take public transportation because they simply cannot access it.

But it is not merely an economic issue. As the three above examples and countless others show, Palestinians with disabilities are not immune from the violence that Israel metes out in the Occupied Territories. During Operation Protective Edge, Israel’s latest military assault on the Gaza Strip, the army destroyed a home for the handicapped, resulting in the deaths of two of its residents and severe injuries to two others. Witnesses said they had been given a warning, but they had been unable to make it out of the building in time due to their condition.

On July 28, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited a rehabilitation village for adults and children with disabilities in southern Israel, having pledged 20 million shekels toward the village’s development. As he posed for the cameras with a little girl on his lap, he looked like a kindly grandfather, his expression exuding concern. Four weeks later his soldiers murdered Iyad Hamed.

As the occupying power, Israel has the responsibility to ensure the safety of the local population. Because people with disabilities are less able to take care of themselves, it is incumbent upon Israel to provide them with an extra measure of protection, something it has shown time after time it is unwilling to do. Killings such as these are particularly egregious, and the international community has the obligation to no longer remain silent about them.

A version of this article first appeared in Mondoweiss.
Richard Hardigan is a university professor based in California. He is currently writing a book entitled “The Other Side of the Wall” based on his experience in the Occupied Territories. His website is http://richardhardigan123.wixsite.com/mysite.

16 September 2016


Attached are two flyers dealing with immediate action required to stop the vandals from destroying Preston Market.

Join People For Preston Market

Darebin Council's behaviour in respect to the Market's future has been nothing less than a disaster for Preston.

Because no decisions have been made about the future of the area and because Darebin Council is so secretive about its planning decisions, it is necessary to ensure that the Council elections due to take place in October 2016 ensure that different councillors are elected who do not belong to the major parties which are uncooperative, unhelpful and ensure that no residents get positive help from the Council over problematic planning decisions.

We would urge as many people as possible to attend the two meetings and demonstrations planned in order to show our displeasure at the way the Market owners and Darebin Council have handled the public over the Market's future.

email: peopleforprestonmarket@gmail.com

The banner below was made for the "Photo Bomb" - photoshoot at Preston Market at midday on Saturday 17 September 2016.

We estimate that about 50 people were present for the above demo outside one entrance to the Market.

The next two photos were taken with the above banner being used to draw people's attention to the problems being confronted by the stallholders and those of us who are regulars at the Market.

Poster by Kendall Lovett, photos by Mannie De Saxe and Marian De Saxe at Preston Market photo shoot on 17 SEPTEMBER 2016.

Preston Market revamp to start in October

The owners of the Preston Market will move ahead with a $4 million revamp of its popular food halls despite opposition from local residents and traders.
Salta Properties and Medich Corporation, who jointly own the 45-year-old fresh food market, will begin work on upgrading the fruit, vegetable, meat, poultry and fish halls in October.

An artist's impression of the upgrades to Preston Market. Photo: Supplied
The upgrade is the first stage of a planned $550 million makeover of the thriving, multicultural market that includes plans for 1500 homes in towers up to 28 storeys high.

The project's controversial second and third stages, which include multi-storey car parks and high-rise buildings, have stalled in the planning process after they were rejected by the local council.

Salta's director Sam Tarascio said the market had remained largely untouched since the 1970s and was due for an upgrade.

"A key focus of the works is the introduction of a range of environmental and sustainability initiatives," he said.

They include solar panels on the roof, onsite waste treatment, recycling improvements, smart building technologies, a children's play area and expansion of the Preston Artist Market, dubbed PAM Lane.

Manny Spiteri, a leasing advocate representing the market's 150 traders, described the work as a " facelift to placate the council".

Mr Spiteri said the market's owners had failed to properly consult with market traders.

"You're the first one to tell us. Wouldn't you think they would consult the traders?" he said. "We don't know when it's going to happen, how it's going to happen."

The market's owners face stiff opposition from local residents, with a push by Darebin Progress Association for a public meeting to voice concerns.

"We don't want it sanitised. We want the amenity of the market, it's multicultural aspects preserved," organisation secretary Marion Harper said. "It's a cultural hub. It's a way of life that's disappearing."

Passionate shoppers, protective of Melbourne's old-style traditional undercover markets, have levelled similar criticism at the City of Melbourne's multi-million dollar makeover of the Queen Victoria Market.
Mr Tarascio said traders knew the changes were coming and would be briefed next week.

The Preston Market will remain open while it undergoes the revamp which has been designed by NH Architecture and Breathe Architecture, he said.

From Leader newspapers:

Manny Spiteri, who is advocating for stallholders, says traders at Preston Market are at ‘breaking point’. Picture: David Smith

Preston Market traders forced to close as $4m million ’facelift’ begins

AT LEAST three Preston Market traders have been given marching orders, while others have been put on month-by-month contracts in the face of a $4 million “facelift” of the site.
Preston Market Developments, a partnership between Salta Properties and Medich Corporation, last week announced it would spend more than $4 million on a market revamp.

The makeover would add 60 retail jobs and include upgrades to the Fruit and Vegetable block and Meat, Poultry and Fish Hall, new children’s play spaces and sustainability improvements.

Works are to begin next month.

But Preston Leader discovered at least three traders had been issued with notices of lease terminations ahead of the planned works, while one had started legal proceedings against the owners.

Leader spoke to stallholders at the market who revealed some had been issued with notices of termination, while others were on month-by-month ‘holding over’ lease arrangements.

Artists impression of how Preston Market will look following its $4 million revamp. Picture: Supplied
Salta Properties managing director Sam Tarascio last week said he was “not in a position to discuss commercial in confidence matters regarding individual traders”.

Enzo Seconnino, who has run Patricia Fabrics at the market for more than 40 years, said he received a notice of termination, and would be forced to close his shop for the final time on September 12.

“It’s not a very nice way to go, you’d think that after so many years I’d be part of the fabric of the market,” he said.

Mr Seconnino said the owners had suggested they would relocate him, but had so far given him nothing in writing.

Preston Market Traders advocate Manny Spiteri said the renewal works were “a facelift” to placate traders who were at “breaking point”, fearing their tenancies could be terminated.

Mr Spiteri claimed four stallholders’ leases had been terminated, with two stallholders launching legal action against the owners and about eight considering legal action.

Darebin Progress Association spokeswoman Marion Harper said local community groups are working to form a Save Preston Market group, and were planning a community meeting.

The $4 million revamp is the first stage of a planned $550 million redevelopment of the market.

Darebin Council has twice rejected planning scheme amendments, including one which would have paved the way for a 28-storey apartment tower on the site.

Mr Tarascio last week could not guarantee stallholders would not lose their jobs as part of the $550 million redevelopment.

“Like any retail project, we continue to work closely with the traders regarding any new leases and this is ongoing at Preston Market,” Mr Tarascio said.


“As with all markets, stall holders do change from time to time.”

He said the upgrades would be done to the include the installation of solar panels, on-site waste treatment.

The $4 million Preston Market revamp will include:

Sustainability improvements, including solar panels, on-site waste treatment, recycling improvements and new technologies that will reduce the carbon footprint of the market.

Upgrades to existing buildings and public spaces, including kids play areas and landscaping
Works to provide space for more artists and designers at PAM Lane.

General enhancements, including parent rooms, public walkways, a new customer service centre and improved public amenities.

13 September 2016


Steve Biko died on 12 September 1977 - 39 years ago.

He died because he was murdered by the South African apartheid government and its police who used vicious and brutal assaults on prisoners to get what they wanted from them, and if they didn't, they battered them to death as they did with Steve Biko.

One had hoped that with a change of regime at the end of apartheid in 1994 that things would change and improve, but of course they haven't and the black South African government of Jacob Zuma is guilty of the murder of 38 miners at Marikana who were striking for more pay from a mining company which mine platinum and which responded to a miners' strike by getting the police to shoot at them and thus murder them.

In South Africa it seems as if there is no limit to the poison that issues forth there on a daily basis.


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