Injustice put into perspective

There is nothing which grates my nerves more than seeing the injustice of the World around me, and not yet being in the position to actively do something about it, for example, being able to strip someone of his human rights when he performs an act of barbarism like violently assaulting, raping or murdering someone.

Earlier this week was one of those days which really tested my faith in humanity.

This is South Africa, and being a “First World Country” on a Third World continent has it’s challenges.  Especially when the minority subjugated the the majority and treated the majority as second class citizens in their own country.

The relevance of this statement comes into play in modern South Africa where most days, you won’t have to search through a paper to find an article about some sort of violent crime which has taken place.  Most of these cases involve the majority of South Africans, yes, the black South Africans, and it is not because they are sub-standard people, but because of the failure which was Apartheid, which only got amplified by the failure of our current ANC led Government to address these issues for various reasons.

The majority of the South African prison populace are black, and as I stated before, not because they are bad people by default, but because the system created an environment for them to fail.  The system has successfully created people who don’t value human life. The so called Justice System and our very own progressive Constitution has failed us!

The reason I say this is because a human life in South Africa is worth less than R10, and our so called progressive Constitution hampers our Justice System from actually being effective and deterring such negative and inefficient criminal social behavior.

These broken people of our society are shoved into our already crumbling correctional services facilities which are overpopulated, under staffed and rife with corruption, just to be victims themselves again of another sub-section of the system which put them there in the first place.

Well, these are the normal people of South Africa I am talking about.  The “have not’s”, because if you are part of the few in South Africa who are financially well endowed, politically connected or some sort of a celebrity it seems that the normal Status Quo spares your from these horrors.

In 2009 South Africa ranked ninth in the World in terms of prison population with an astounding 160 000 inmates in 237 active correctional centres which was build to only facilitate 114 822 people.

While we struggle with overcrowding like this for the “normal” man on street, it seems, that when you are Oscar Pistorius or Radovan Krejcir that life on the inside is all but cramped and boring.

Today an article was release along with a video of the odd jailbird couple playing soccer and having enough space on their own.  It seems, that young Oscar has special needs because of his condition and that he can’t really walk around on his prosthetic legs and needs a wheelchair, hence he was moved into a section of the prison where only he and Radovan are kept, or should I maybe rather say entertained.

Once again, the “Have’s” has given the middle finger salute to the “have not’s” by clearly making a distinction between the way they get punished, and the way the “have not’s” get punished in jail.

The fact of the matter remains that both these men are killers in their own right, and they are enjoying a “day a the spa” compared to those other killers who didn’t have the luxury of fancy high paying lawyers to fight their cases on their behalves.

Where is the justice in something like this?  How much does “justice” cost, and is the only requirement to “find” justice a big fat cheque book?

I really feel pity for the people of our country suffering under this injustice, because it creates the perception that if you are wealthy and powerful that you can literally get away with murder, like for example, the “water tight case” against Shrien Dewani which in the end saw South Africans end up in this overcrowded broken system and Shrien walking away a free man.

This also creates the perception by the political elite who are financially well set that they are immune to criminal prosecution, well, if you have enough money and power of course, just ask our President Zuma and his ex-financial advisory, the terminally ill  Shabir Sheik who is most likely enjoyed a round of golf today.

It really gutted me, seeing Oscar and Radovan so casually enjoying their game of soccer while there are so many other men stuck in over crowded community cells where there is no privacy and where rape and violent assault is common.

For me personally, there is no justice in such a system, and I hope that my fellow South Africans will come to see this, and how deeply something like this impacts the mindset of an already broken people.

Fight against injustice where ever you see it, never stay quiet

Harsh Times, not only in South Africa, but the World

Things have been rough in the geopolitical sphere for a while now, but this most people have noticed to a degree I think since one can often hear them speaking about it in little groups, but as individual cases not linked together, and I am guessing, not totally grasping the influence in how it will define us as human beings in a time to come in the not so distant future I believe.

The gap between the “Have’s” and the “have not’s” are growing wider every single moment, never mind day.  

Oxfam has released a report stating that in 2016 the richest 1% of the population will own more than half of the World’s wealth. A staggering wake up call if one realizes that this means 80 of the richest billionaires will own the same amount as that of the bottom 50% of the Earth’s population!

How on Earth did we get to this point?  Where the gap is so gigantic and so unevenly spread?

Well, we forgot who we are, where we came from, and what our actual goal must be, and somewhere, along the journey we started out as wandering nomads, we forgot, or maybe just neglected the fact that we are all “stuck” on this little blue Goldilocks planet, and that we must evolve to explore beyond our current limitations.  Simply put, we stopped evolving and started devolving.

The dissident and the uproar of voices from the “have not’s” has been slowly, but steadily been climbing because of the steady flow of information in this digital age, the easy accessibly to this information, and also very often, misinformation.

Regardless of the misinformation, the tolerance for corrupt leaders who “lead” from a position of opulence is dwindling as more and more suffer the instabilities and unjust standards of living, or maybe I should say existence to which the majority of the Earth’s populace are subjected.

An example of this would be the grown disparity between the “have not’s” in South Africa, most of them from the “previously disadvantaged” who gained freedom through the efforts of liberators such and knowledgeable men like Mandela, Biko, De Klerk to name a few.  These “have not’s” as a majority group of the black populace of South Africa are mostly still disadvantaged, and little to nothing has changed for them since the end of Apartheid South Africa.

I want to stop a moment here to sketch you a picture of why these “have not’s”  will soon come into revolt against a system which is not working for them.

The Steyn City’s of South Africa is a glaring example of how the capitalistic way of life accompanied by globalization.  Of course these are not the only factor which brought to life the abomination of the Have’sand the “have not’s”  that is today the “Class Divide”, but this does not matter to the “have not”, because he does not care how it came to be, he just knows that it is unjust for him to live either in squalor, or to slave away at an average job, living an average life in order to maintain the opulent lifestyle of the “Have’s”.

Evidence in this can be seen in uprisings all over South Africa.  Yes, uprisings, not protests, because there is a very clear difference between the two.

A Protest is defined as the following:
A statement or action expressing disapproval of or objection to something

Where as an Uprising can be defined as the following:
An act of resistance or rebellion; a revolt

A few examples of the unhappiness about the normal run of the day Modus Operandi of the South African Government can been seen in the often, and very often violent “service delivery protests” which is going on around South Africa today, for example Marikana, Randfontein, Alexandra and for me, which was one of the most important and significant uprisings, the Ficksburg uprising, where a man I believe to be a true patriot towards the cause of the “have not’s” gave his life, Andries Tatane.

This is a phenomenon that is sticking out it’s head all over the globe, and with increased frequency.  People who are sicked and tired of the normal Modus Operandi of their own Governments and big corporations, this, compounded by rising crime rates, the increase in violent criminal behavior, the apparent perception of social decay and the loss of moral and ethical behavior with a very real increase in the costs of survival is opening up the eyes of the people to a great extent, where I believe that full on revolutions, the likes of the French Revolution and the Russian October Revolution is in our collective near future if things don’t change drastically.

Political turmoil all over the globe has pushed up the instability that we as a species experience, and this turmoil is mostly caused by our very own greed factor, the need to have more than one can use.

To quote a great man who has made a profound impression on my life:

The miracle is this:  The more we share the more we have” – the late Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy

He also coined it in his role on board the Star-ship Enterprise in the movie Star Trek II : The Wrath of Khan when he said famously said ” Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few

This my friends is just a peep into the crisis we as a collective human race face. Only together will we be able to survive the onslaught on our humanity which we are going to face in the not so distant future.

Namaste

Nigeria, black faces, black problems … who cares?

During the last week a lot of things has happened in the geopolitical sphere, and of these things the two which stood out prominently for me as a liberal South African which take great interest in the ongoing war between the West and radical Islam.

These two things were, as you might have guessed by now the attack on Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead along with the attack by Boko Haram on Baga which left between 150 and 2000 dead.

What puzzles my mind is the fact that the whole World (and Benjamin Netanyahu) came out in support of the 12 journalists killed by extremist Muslims in Europe, and even Goodluck Jonathan condemned the killings, but very few of them have come out and publicly denounced the massive terror attack in Nigeria.

Then it struck me like a stone between the eyes, and I remember Leanardo DiCaprio’s exclamation “TIA”

This is Africa yes, and sadly the World in general does not care for Africa.  It might sound as if I am painting the World’s population in one colour and with a huge brush by generalizing to this extent, but lets face it, Africa is like Las Vegas.

Generally the saying goes “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, and this seem to be the attitude towards African issues too.

Last week something pretty nifty saw the day of light, the Janicki Omniprocessor.  A brilliant piece of machinery which takes human waste and converts this into water and electricity, and not only this, it powers itself!

After watching the video on YouTube I read some of the comments, and one of the comments read as follow from a user called Pavel:

“I think we should burn african children to create warmth necessary to survive during the cold african winters.”

Obviously, being an humanist firstly and an African secondly this irked my ire as to how someone could be so insensitive towards the plight of his fellow man.

Which brings me back to the Nigerian issue at hand, black faces, black problems, and the leaders of the World can’t care enough, nor can the general populace of Europe, Asia and the Americas actually really care for the sad state of affairs here in Africa.

People like Julius Malema, the leader of the upcoming EFF party in South Africa also fired a heavy worded barrage at Goodluck Jonathan about his silence on this matter considering the fact that this is happening under his “rule”.

Boko Haram is and will forever be a problem unless drastic measures are implemented to fight extremists like them.  The same with the extremists who were responsible for the massacre in France.

In Nigeria it is a bit different though, because things there are not as civilized as in Europe, and of course, there are black people over there, and this is a case where black radical Muslims kill fellow black Muslims, so why should the World care?

“Let the Africans sort out their own problems, let them sort out their own internal struggles in Nigeria and while they are at it, a few less Muslims won’t be a bad thing either right?”

So the problem with this outlook is, that hate only begets hate, and we as the rest of the World has a duty towards our fellow human being to make sure they also get to live a quality life devoid of terror, fear, famine and disease.  This is what makes us human and which sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.  This is also the only way that we will evolve beyond our current limitations and venture forth and become a space faring species.

For if you take away our humanity, our sense of community, then you will be left with something barely “better” than the great Apes.

Sadly, this is not only religious issue, but it is also a racial issue, because bigots still exist in our World to this day, and the only way to combat this type of bigotry and acts of terror at the same time is through providing quality education for people from all walks of life, all religious groups and all the different political parties.

Only  once we start thinking critically about ourselves and about our place in the World within the greater community of mankind and our relation to those around us will we be able to determine if our leaders are really leaders who are worth while following.

So, I implore you who have access to the Internet to learn.  Learn as much as possible.  Get the facts regarding the topics and form your own opinions.  Don’t just read one or two pages, read extensively and arm yourself with knowledge, because as the saying goes, “Knowledge is Power”

When the opportunity arise (and it does so almost on a daily basis for me as a South African) and you are faced with bigotry and hate preaching individuals challenge their ideas, do not keep quiet, but do so in a constructive way devoid of disrespectful commentary, because this will only harden their resolve to be bigots.

When someone says “Die fokken kaffirs fok alles op!” remind them, that these people are people, they are not just “kaffirs”, because this type of hate speech also leads to extremist acts of violence, like the terror acts by radicalized Muslims on the fringe of society who were pushed out into the fringes after being marginalized  and shunned for their belief and their customs which differ from most of the people in the West.

The same goes for when someone berates groups of people like adherents of the Islamic faith.  Don’t keep quiet, because if you keep quiet you are basically condoning this type of stereotyping and bigotry and the World will be poorer for it.

So, here is to the victims of Charlie Hebdo, the unsung victims of Baga, and all the other nameless victims of bigotry, racism and oppression! Do not let their deaths and suffering be in vein, because you, and only you can stop this as you make your way through life by educating others around you.

PS: What happend to #Bringbackourgirls … and do #blacklivesmatter ?

Being a Jewish Woman in Palestine- Answers to 3 FAQs

I like people like this, who are not scared to explore something which “should” be dangerous given the history and circumstances

"And you shall teach this to your children"

jews say no

(by Katya)

I’ve been back from Palestine for two weeks, and I’ve gotten a lot of questions and comments about my experiences there. I really appreciate people asking questions and wanting to learn about what reality looks like, but some of the questions conveyed a lot of persisting stereotypes, racism, Islamaphobia and misconceptions. For that reason, I’d like to answer those questions here. They are:

1. “What was it like being a woman in Palestine? Did you get a feel for the oppression of women in that society?”

  2. “Did you face a lot of anti-Semitism or hostility as a Jew in Palestine?”

and, not to be outdone:

3.  “What was it like being surrounded by Islamic extremism?”

On being a woman in Palestine:

-I was treated with respect- noticeably more respect than I experience as a woman in America. I didn’t get creeped on or leered at…

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Zionist Apartheid

It is real, it is alive, and we are the only ones who can do something about it.

A Jewish guy invited me on Facebook to be his friend, which I though was very strange, but there was always the chance that this was one of those few enlightened souls who, like me, has a serious issue with the conflict and the misery and pain which it has caused on both sides of the Zionist Apartheid wall.

Shortly after we became friends he posted a picture of the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) on his profile to which I made the comment “Pity about the Apartheid like restrictions on the Palestinians over there”

This sparked an outcry from his Israeli-Jewish friends on Facebook, accusing me of anti-Semitism and a decent proportion of personal insults.

The big issue it seems was the fact that I dared to call Israel an Apartheid state, and the reasoning behind this was that there was Arab Israeli’s who are citizens of Israel and who has the same rights as any other Jewish Israeli, but does anyone remember Bantustans where black South Africans had semi-autonomy, but they were still viewed as second class citizens?

I tried to explain in vein to this new Facebook friend and his friends that the conflict between the Jewish people and the Palestinian people started after the Jewish Diaspora when Theodor Herzl had a dream to establish a homeland for the Jews.

In 1947 the UN gave 55% of the Palestinian territory which was a British mandate to the Jews (who numbered 602 2586, or 31% of the total population) who returned to Israel after WWII, and the remaining 45% went to the Indigenous Palestinians (who numbered 1 339 763, or 69% of the total population)

At the time of this partition, the Jewish population owned less than 6% of Palestine

After this event things escalated dramatically and Zionist Apartheid was born.  As any rational man can expect, this would not have sat well with the Palestinian people and things quickly went downhill from there, and one has to ask, what gives the United Nations the right to give away land which are inhabited, owned and developed by one group of people to another group people?

When I pointed out the walls which were erected and the checkpoints which were manned by IDF soldiers I was reminded that I must remember, these are two different nations, one Israeli, and one Palestinian, and the Palestinians were hell bent on destroying the Israeli way of life, and that this justified the Zionist Apartheid (with exclusion of the Israeli Arabs who were according to these new friends of mine equal citizens in Israel)

So, do you think that Zionist Apartheid is real or not, and what can we do to help the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve the issue?

“ .. let us reminds ourselves that our work is far from complete .. “

On the 5th of December 2013 the World lost a good man and a great leader, someone who taught us that love can overcome all, someone who showed us his dream, someone who worked tirelessly to realise his dream of the Rainbow Nation.  Mandela … the former terrorist, the murder, the bomber.

Five days after that the World lost another good man, but someone closer to me, my Uncle who is his own right was the glue which kept our small family together after my Grandfather passed on.  Someone, like Mandela, who had a good side, but who also had a bad side.

That which makes them human, and ultimately heroes in my eyes.

The examples which they have set will always be with me until the day that I too finally lay down my head for the last time, and today I want to remind you of the truths which men like Mandela shared with us, to remind you that we should not give up, that we can’t just let things slide, because that would be like us spitting in the faces of these great men who came before us.

At the 46664 Hyde Park Concert in London in 2008 Mandela gave a speech which included the following, which I would like us all to remember going forward for the next year, and to see how much we can do so that the Old Man’s idea and his dream can come become a reality.

”As we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete.  Where there is poverty and sickness, including AIDS, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is freedom for all …

Our work as children of the soil of South Africa is far from over

We have allowed our Government to trample on the dreams of visionaries like Mandela.  We have stood idly by while they spat on his legacy of greatness with their pity squabbles to cling on to power and to enrich themselves at the cost of those that suffer the injustice of the past and the dehumanizing grip of poverty.

None of the political parties have our best interests at heart, and the sooner we accept this, the better of we will be and the sooner we can start mending all the wrongs.  The wrongs of the last 20 years and the wrongs of the years during Apartheid and Segregation.

The ANC desperately cling on to power while rejecting all criticism, even when it is positive criticism like that of the Public Protector.  The two major opposition parties won’t be able to exist had it not been for the ANC doing such a dismal job at governing the county and the public servants of our country, so it is up to us as the people of South Africa to FORCE the ANC on the right path, to get them off the path of self service and onto a path of serving the people of South Africa.

“Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away. We’ve seen where their way leads, through camps and wars, towards the slaughterhouse.” – V for Vendetta

The fact is that the Zuma’s ANC has failed us as the people, but the ANC of Mandela did a lot of good for the people of South Africa, and we must force them back onto the route of Mandela’s ANC, or, we should simply just replace them.

Be critical, be honest, and above all else, be hopeful, because there are many of us who won’t see the country burn, many of us who do believe that dreams can come true, and there are many of us with enough love and tolerance in our hearts to look past our differences and focus on that which we have in common.

Amandla People of South Africa!

Red October 2014

It has been a while since I have been on here, and I really know that I should put more effort into voicing my concerns about certain topics and be more active in spreading the word and the information, but life (and the system) happens, and I get caught into meaningless social endeavors along with other distractions designed to keep us from liberating our minds and setting each other free from the delusion that our Governments really care for our needs.

With that being said I actually did decide on Monday to start posting again, and it just so happen that a tragic avoidable “accident” happened today which caught my eye and I knew I had the obligation to set the record straight here, because if I kept my silence then I would be part and parcel of the problem.

This brings me to the topic “Red October

According to Red October they are a movement which is dedicated to, and I quote:

“Raising awareness about the inhumane slaughter and oppression of the White Ethnic Minority in South Africa. We are dedicated to exposing the current South African government for Crimes Against Humanity. We will not be silent until the World takes notice and the Violation of our Human Rights is put to an end.”

The irony of it all, this group who want to raise awareness about the inhumane slaughter and oppression of the White Ethnic Minority in South Africa, quoting Martin Luther King, a man who fought against injustice as part of the Black Ethic Minority in America.

It dawned on me, as the cogs started to slowly turn in my head, trying to fathom why this group would exist in the first place, that the White Minority in South Africa is under a serious delusion of what the extent of what is really happening in South Africa, or worse, that they might know, but that they don’t really care … leaning more towards optimism I would like to believe that the first is in fact that truth, and that they are ignorant of the crimes committed on a daily basis in our townships against our fellow black South Africans.

The mainstream media can’t possibly report on all the murders, rapes and other violent crime which occurs on a daily basis in the townships, and even if they could, I think that they won’t go as far as to publish it, because let us face it, “News” is business like any other business built on top of the capitalist system which aims for profit, and who in his right mind would want to buy a subscription to a media outlet who is forever publishing stories about the slaughter which is taking place on a daily basis.

No media outlet will do that since they will stand the chance of either scaring away their little cash cows to other countries, or worse, drive them to suicide in a final last attempt to rid themselves of the horror which might be in their future.

With that being said one cannot totally indemnify the media outlets, as I believe it is their duty as protectors of our Democracy, our civil rights and our way of life to make available information to everyone so that people can get educated and start thinking logically about everything which is transpiring in South Africa.

They can nudge people (like the ones who support Red October) in the right direction and to get them to broaden their goals to include EVERYONE, and not just a select few which includes me as part of the minority.

How can I then, in good conscious throw my support behind a group that only aims to stop the assault on a white minority?  Easy, I won’t! Not because I don’t want to stop the senseless slaughter, but because the problem is far reaching, and the reality of the matter is that unless we take a holistic approach to the problem that nothing will be gained.

Time for the people of South Africa to wake up and smell the sewage … One can’t cleanse one hand without cleansing the other!

I hope the folks over at Red October realizes this and work together with other groups and to form a unity movement which includes all South Africans which will go far towards building a unified civil society which can force the Government to listen to the people who endorsed them and trusted them to make the right choices on their behalf.

Only through the principals of Ubuntu, mutual respect and love will we be able to fix this, our beloved country, South Africa