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Cheap labour and the massacre of workers in South Africa

A mass meeting of workers at the Marikana mine in South Africa.
A mass meeting of workers at the Marikana mine in South Africa earlier this month. (Photo:

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Young activists talk rights and peace in South Africa

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.


Coverage of the World Cup left out few African stereotypes

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa -- Cameroon vs Netherlands at Cape Town Stadium. Photo: Mikkelz/Flickr

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


Vancouver South African Film Festival

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 11:00am - Sunday, April 6, 2014 - 6:00pm


Vancouver, BC
49° 15' 40.4136" N, 123° 6' 50.1372" W

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.

David J. Climenhaga

Payment of $45,000 travel bill by Alberta Premier raises as many questions as it answers

| March 13, 2014

Forum: Irvin Jim, General Secretary of NUMSA

Thursday, March 6, 2014 - 7:00pm


Steelworkers' Hall
25 Cecil Street
Toronto, ON
43° 39' 24.0768" N, 79° 23' 46.4748" W

Come and hear NUMSA's General Secretary, Irvin Jim, on:

"New Working Class Leadership and the Prospects for Socialist Politics in South Africa."

David J. Climenhaga

Upstairs, downstairs in Alberta explained by Labour Minister Thomas Lukaszuk

| February 8, 2014

Celebrating the life and work of Nelson Mandela

December 24, 2013
| Nelson Mandela’s militant past was barely mentioned in the accolades that followed his death. Activist Bill Fletcher says we will have to fight to ensure he is remembered as the true radical he was.
Length: 21:26 minutes (19.64 MB)
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Episode 150: Remembering Nelson Mandela

December 16, 2013
| We dedicate the show to reflections on the life and work of Mandela from anti-apartheid activists, featuring excerpts from a special episode of Amandla from CKUT in Montreal.
Length: 1:00:56 minutes (83.75 MB)

Stephen Harper, Nelson Mandela and whitewashing the past

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Of all the hypocrisies revealed by Stephen Harper, perhaps none are so morally offensive as his sudden, solemn respect for Nelson Mandela. We will never know how Harper would reconcile his past attitudes towards apartheid with his trip to South Africa to honour the iconic statesman at his memorial.

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