A Soft Power Ploy? Cuba Continues to Aid the Poorest and Least Influential Nations

As the coronavirus pandemic grows worse in many countries, Cuba has answered an urgent South African request for aid, sending 217 medical personnel to the country.

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Amidst a worsening COVID-19 pandemic, Cuba has answered an urgent South African request for aid. 217 medical personnel, including family physicians, epidemiologists, health technology engineers and biotech workers touched down Sunday evening, eager to help their African ally. Dr. Reynaldo Denis de Armas, the head of the medical brigade, informed

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Elected by Donors: How the University of Cape Town Was Bullied into Embracing Israel

While the story may only seem relevant in South Africa’s political and academic contexts, in reality, it exemplifies the nature of a brewing war between supporters of Palestinian rights and Israeli interests, worldwide. 

University of Cape Town Israel

It was a scandal of the highest caliber. On November 23, the Senate of the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa was practically bullied to reverse an earlier decision that called for the academic boycott of Israel. While the story may only seem relevant in South Africa’s political and academic contexts, in reality, it exemplifies the

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Africa is Becoming the Latest Battleground in the Struggle for Palestinian Freedom

Israel has successively driven a wedge between African countries, which, at one point, were united in their unconditional support of the Palestinian struggle against Israeli military occupation and apartheid. 

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On September 16, I visited South Africa, a country where many Palestinians have always felt welcomed, if not overwhelmed by the degree of genuine and meaningful solidarity. While having the honor to address many audiences in six, major cities, I have also learned a great deal. An important and sobering lesson is that while apartheid laws can be

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In South Africa, Trump Embraces a Global Neo-Nazi Myth

White South Africans are 8 percent of the country’s population and hold 70 percent of its arable land. Apparently that’s not enough for a global chorus of white supremacists.

White South Africans comprise a tiny minority of South Africa's population, but own most of the country's farmland. Schalk van Zuydam | AP

President Donald Trump recently voiced support for a Neo-Nazi ideology in South Africa that accuses the government of “white genocide.” This ideology posits that the government of South Africa and the ruling African National Congress are inciting their followers to invade and occupy ranches owned by white farmers. Ironically, Trump’s statement

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Mandela’s Grandson to Honor Ahed Tamimi with Award for Her Bravery in Resisting Israeli Oppression

“Ahed‚ like most Palestinian youth living under occupation‚ are fearless in their protest against the occupation and witness daily how their parents are humiliated and stripped of their dignity at the hands of the IDF. “ — Zwelivelile Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s grandson

Zwelivelile "Mandla" Mandela speaks outside Parliament during a protest in Cape Town, South Africa against increased Israeli “security” measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, July 26, 2017. Ashraf Hendricks | GroundUp

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA -- After her release from an Israeli prison on Sunday, renowned Palestinian teen-activist Ahed Tamimi has been invited to South Africa to receive an award honoring the 17-year-old for her bravery and continued resistance to the Israeli military occupation of Palestine’s West Bank. The award was announced by Zwelivelile

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White Farms and Black Farms: Will South African Land Finally Shed Apartheid’s Proportions?

Many here say that South Africa’s constitution has never been an impediment to land redistribution; the problem was always the political will of the ANC, which abandoned Marxist ideology for a neoliberal approach.

Farmworkers carry wood to heat their homes past a sprawling vineyard near Riebeek West, South Africa. Schalk van Zuydam | AP

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA -- The first thing a casual visitor will notice about a white-owned South African farm is its size. In summer, the typical commercial farm here is greener than imagination, and stretches seemingly into another day, beginning at a fencepost, or frontage road and ending, a few thousand acres later, at the sky, or on the banks

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