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Column: On Confederate money and the rise of the South redux



Analyzing this period of transition “from slave to citizen,” America's preeminent African American historian, W. E. B. Dubois, in his masterpiece “Black …
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South Africa’s Reluctant Vigilante | South Africa


Amid spiralling crime and violence in the marginalised South African township of Galeshewe, local resident Pantsi Obusitse has formed a vigilante group called Operation Wanya Tsotsi. The group has set about administering its own DIY brand of justice with a focus on corporal punishment.

“People were angry; people couldn’t take it any more. We went out with machetes, spades. Every weapon that is there. We were carrying weapons. We went out to hunt these boys. Because we know them, who are terrorising our communities,” says Pantsi Obusitse, chairperson of Operation Wanya Tsotsi.

“We had to take an approach that is abnormal, because we are facing an abnormal situation.”

Despite its controversial methods, Operation Wanya Tsotsi has gained widespread support within Galeshewe and demand for the…

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Top South African leader lauds Indian-origin community


A top South African leader has lauded the contribution of Indian-origin population in the country and said the community has played a vital role in the nation’s freedom struggle.

Addressing an event of the South African Tamil Federation here, the premier of the Gauteng Province, David Makhura, said South Africans of Indian descent have played a key role in the country’s resistance movements in different eras.


Right from our fight against colonialism and apartheid to the fight against corruption in present times, the Indian-origin community has always supported us, he said.

Gauteng, the economic hub of South Africa, has 1.4 million South Africans of Indian origin.

The first Indians arrived during the Dutch colonial era, as slaves, in 1684. In the…

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Trump’s next ambassador to South Africa happens to be a Mar-a-Lago member – ThinkProgress


Lana Marks has no diplomatic experience, a history of fabricating her past, and a skill-set devoted primarily to making six-figure designer handbags.

But there’s one hobby that appears to qualify her to become the U.S.’s latest ambassador: a membership at the Mar-a-Lago Club.

On Friday, the Palm Beach Daily News reported that U.S. President Donald Trump was poised to tap Marks to become the U.S.’s next ambassador to South Africa, amid weeks of rumors surrounding the anticipated appointment.

The U.S. has not had an ambassador in Pretoria since 2016. Marks, who is originally from South Africa, has yet to comment.

Her nomination would mean that Mar-a-Lago, one of Trump’s favorite destinations, has now produced at least four individuals Trump has selected as ambassadors. In addition…

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Heartbreak as two South African rhinos die after reintroduction to the wild


Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials said Sunday.

Rhino in Chad were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago, and the six were intended to establish a new population in the country after intensive anti-poaching measures were put in place to protect them. The South African environment department and Chad government said in a joint statement:

“We can confirm that these two (a male and a female) were not poached. However, the exact cause of death is not yet known.”

In July, there was widespread outrage after 11 black rhinos in Kenya died after having been transferred to a sanctuary, mainly due to toxic…

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Russia ‘tries to woo’white South African farmers amid land seizures in their homeland


Russian authorities are encouraging farmers from South Africa to move abroad in the hope of boosting the country’s agricultural industry.

This follows the announcement from the council for the city of Ekurhuleni to seize acres of land from private owners to build housing.

This summer South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that he wanted to change the country’s constitution to allow expropriations, a move which received widespread condemnation throughout the country.

Russian authorities are wooing South Africans to move abroad in the hope of boosting the country's agricultural industry following President Cyril Ramaphosa (above) expropriation laws

Russian authorities are wooing South Africans to move abroad in the hope of boosting the country’s agricultural industry following President Cyril Ramaphosa (above) expropriation laws

Putin's government has already removed the tourist visa requirements for South Africans enabling them buy potential homes

Putin's government has already removed the tourist visa requirements for South Africans enabling them buy potential homes

Putin’s government has already removed the tourist visa requirements for South…

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