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
A People's Voice Forum with Aziz Pahad
‘Banned’ in 1963 under the apartheid regime, Aziz Pahad moved to London in 1964 and started working full-time for the ANC, developing the Anti-Apartheid movement in the UK and Europe. In 1985, he was elected to the ANC’s National Executive Committee, a position he held till 2007.
In 1991, a year after he returned to South Africa from exile, he was appointed deputy head of the ANC Department of International Affairs. In 1994, he was elected a Member of Parliament and served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1994 – 2008.
He will be sharing his personal views on key developments in South Africa from the dismantling of the apartheid state to the present.
On March 21, 1966 Canada observed its first day for the elimination of racial discrimination along with other United Nations countries. The day was created as a global memorial for those who lost their lives during the Sharpeville massacre. On that day in 1960, police open fired on peaceful anti-apartheid protesters in the South African town. 69 people were killed and 180 were injured.
On January 8, 1912, South African intellectuals -- including pioneering black newspaper publishers Pixley ka Isaka Seme, editor of Abantu-Batho, and John Langalibalele Dube, editor of Ilanga lase Natal -- formed Africa's oldest liberation movement, the African National Congress (ANC) in Bloemfontein.