By Awaaz Prof. Fatima MeerPROFESSOR Fatima Meer passed away in Durban on Friday, 12 March, 2010 at the age of 81, less than three months after fellow antiapartheid activist Professor Denis Brutus. Both were at the forefront of the country's post-liberation social movements. As a political leader, academic, publisher, writer, human rights and gender activist and Gandhian, Fatima Meer's name resonated with the liberation struggle. 'Impoverished people, people who haven't got food on their plates. Now you are going to take away the roof from their heads. And where do you expect these people to go?' The scene could have…
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:34

Howard Zinn The people's historian 1923-2010

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By Alan Maass Howard ZinnHOWARD ZINN, an activist and author for half a century and probably the best-known voice of the US left, died January 27 at the age of 87. Howard is best remembered for A People's History of the United States, which taught millions about the hidden tradition of protest, resistance and rebellion in America. In 2004, Howard and coauthor Anthony Arnove produced a companion volume--Voices of a People's History of the United States, which compiled speeches, articles and essays, poetry and song lyrics from those who were a part of the struggles chronicled in A People's History.…
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:33

Dennis Vincent Brutus 1924-2009

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By Patrick Bond Dennis Vincent BrutusWorld-renowned political organiser and one of Africa's most celebrated poets, died early on December 26 in Cape Town, in his sleep, aged 85. Even in his last days, Brutus was fully engaged, advocating social protest against those responsible for climate change, and promoting reparations to black South Africans from corporations that benefited from apartheid. He was a leading plaintiff in the Alien Tort Claims Act case against major firms that is now making progress in the US court system. Brutus was born in Harare in 1924, but his South African parents soon moved to Port…
By Awaaz Ndeh Ntumuzah was one of the leaders of one of the foremost Pan-Africanist liberation movements in Africa, the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (UPC). He was one of the sterling leaders of the liberation movements of Africa and a freedom fighter who devoted his life to African independence. He worked with Ruben Um Nyobé, Félix- Roland Moumié, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Abdel Nasser, Frantz Fanon, Walter Rodney and those leaders who believed in the full emancipation of Africa. The UPC and Ndeh were independent of China or the Soviet Union and independent of France and the United…
By Awaaz Ndeh Ntumuzah was one of the leaders of one of the foremost Pan-Africanist liberation movements in Africa, the Union of the Peoples of Cameroon (UPC). He was one of the sterling leaders of the liberation movements of Africa and a freedom fighter who devoted his life to African independence. He worked with Ruben Um Nyobé, Félix- Roland Moumié, Kwame Nkrumah, Patrice Lumumba, Abdel Nasser, Frantz Fanon, Walter Rodney and those leaders who believed in the full emancipation of Africa. The UPC and Ndeh were independent of China or the Soviet Union and independent of France and the United…
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:27

Comrade Mwaura PPK 1963 - 2010

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By Awaaz MwauraGeorge Mwaura Mburu, the founder member of the Peoples Party of Kenya (PPK) - a foot soldier of the second liberation, had a special distinction as a peasant leader. He helped to shape the middle class constitutional reform struggle in Kenya from 1992 up to December 2010 when he organised in the Katiba Sasa campaign, and the conference on constitutional reform. Mwaura PPK organized Bunge La Mwananchi among the people of Limuru. Mwaura was a nationalist who remained true to his calling even when he was facing the rich political class in central province. In June 2001 he…
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:26

Comrade Ng'ang'a Thiong'o 1958 -2010

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By Awaaz Ng'ang'a Thiong'o was a true comrade, a revolutionary, an environmentalist, a peoples' advocate, a principled politician, a global citizen, an intellectual and creative thinker. A former political prisoner who underwent the torturous Nyayo House experiences, he firmly believed that another Kenya was and still is, truly possible. Ng'ang'a combined very conservative disciplines with activism and advocacy, a very rare blend indeed. He could be seen in street protests in his legal suit and tie, chatting and singing with the commoners, and many it was who asked 'who is this so smartly dressed yet mouthing fiery anti-government slogans?' Thiong'o…
By Omer Shah 'My Name is Khan...and I am not a terrorist' is the already ubiquitous chorus from the most recent Bollywood blockbuster to cross over to western audiences. The film seeks to engage American anxieties around nationalism and race and at the same time reveals similar commentaries about India. Omer Shah reviews the film and asks: are we ever able to construct Muslim identities without the notion of terrorist? Shahrukh Khan has told us time and time again that his name was Rahul or Raj or Arjun. Quite obviously, his latest film, My Name is Khan offers something different-an…
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:19

The Real Avatar: Krishna

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By Kul Bhushan The Hollywood movie, 'Avatar' has become the ultimate blockbuster, Seen by millions round the world to collect over two billion dollars at the box office, beating all past records, it is totally alien, fantastic, plausible and yet possible. So film buffs see it more than once to be awed at its special effects and try to understand its hidden messages. Thus, it is perhaps pertinent to examine some of its underlying themes. 'Avatar' connects at many different levels, appeals to different age groups and cultures, and sends strong messages on a number of major problems like penetrating…
Monday, 31 October 2011 14:18

Dubai Dreams

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By Kul Bhushan Shamlal Puri Welcome to the city of a million lights, the Shangri-La of the Middle East, a paradise in the desert that attracts bounty hunters and fortune seekers. Welcome to Dubai. But beyond the glittering lights and spending sprees, there is many a heart wrenching saga of about the three million illiterate and semi-skilled construction workers and taxi drivers. Shamlal narrates the living and working conditions of the unskilled and semi-skilled Indian workers in the Gulf . A majority of these Indians are young, mostly unmarried males. More than half labourers have come from Kerala, while the…
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