Friday, Dec. 10: I will be leaving on a plane is less then 24 hours, catching a 18-hour flight to gather with close to 60,000 students and youth in Pretoria, South Africa, for the 17th World Festival of Youth and Students (WFYS) from December 13 to December 21.
On the weekend the 2010 FIFA World Cup ends here are a few reflections...
Four years ago, Canadian viewers of the Soccer World Cup were treated to colour commentary on how the Togolese might struggle with 26 Celsius heat of Northern Germany. Although sports commentary frequently has such inanities, coverage of this World Cup, in South Africa, has had more insidious issues particularly regarding the portrayal of African nations. Canadian media coverage is damaged by continued ignorance of Africa, stereotyping and double-standards which are at times dehumanizing.
The myth of one Africa
South Africa, veteran analyst and activist John S. Saul has two new books! A Flawed Freedom, Rethinking Southern African Liberation & South Africa - The Present as History, From Mrs Ples to Mandela and Marikana. With the support of the Institute of African Studies at Carleton Studies, we are pleased to present these two books with John followed by a conversation with Blair Rutherford, Director of the Institute.
A Flawed Freedom, Rethinking Southern African Liberation
Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) cordially invites you to the opening reception of an exciting new international photo exhibition in Victoria entitled Dispossessed, but Defiant: Indigenous Struggles from Around the World.
The opening reception will take place on Thursday evening, May 15th, at 7 p.m., at the Café Gallery at The Arts Centre at Cedar Hill, 3220 Cedar Hill Road, Victoria BC, V8P 3Y3; and the exhibition will be on display May 15-28, Mon-Fri 6:30 am to 10 pm, and Sat-Sun 8 am to 9 pm.
The Vancouver South African Film Festival is an annual cultural event with a mission to illuminate the culture, history and politics of South Africa through films that both entertain and inform.
South Africa, with its diverse population, rich tradition of struggle for democracy and equity, and complex political and economic reality, has produced numerous outstanding films. The movies you will see at VSAFF are among those.
Come and hear NUMSA's General Secretary, Irvin Jim, on:
"New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa."