Canada Apartheid

Biased Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Is Not Journalism

Davide Mastracci | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada
Davide Mastracci

George Orwell stated, "Journalism is printing what someone else does not want printed. Anything else is public relations." Unfortunately, most North American journalists have acted as PR reps for Israel's ongoing invasion in a variety of ways, some subtle, others explicit.

Part Two: Was My Old Friend Really a Political Assassin?

Tim Knight | Posted 05.19.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Twice we're lined up against a wall to be shot as spies. Twice the commandant changes his mind. Instead, he finally says, we're to be fed to the crocodiles in the nearby Luapula River. Back into the truck and a drive down to the river. Then into an old wooden boat pushed by an outboard motor.

How I Discovered My Old Friend May Have Been a Hired Killer

Tim Knight | Posted 05.18.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

It's not every day that you wake up to discover that your old friend might have murdered the prime minister of Sweden. And it's not every day that you learn that the same old friend might also have bombed the Stockholm and London offices of the African National Congress.

Black History Month is Not a Feel-Good Mass Therapy Session

Dr. Lisa Tomlinson | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada
Dr. Lisa Tomlinson

Until we find concrete and genuine ways to take into account cultural differences and the institutional power relations that inform that reality in Canada, Black History Month, like multiculturalism, will continue to be sidelined and watered down to satisfy Canada's mythical narrative of togetherness, racial justice and equality.

Where Would We Be if These Greats Never Stood Up for Change?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.10.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Change is never easy and it often creates discord, but when people come together for the good of humanity and the Earth, we can accomplish great things. Those are the lessons from Nelson Mandela, Rosa Parks and all those who refuse to give up in the face of adversity when the cause they pursue is just and necessary.

What Would Nelson Mandela Think of Canada's Apartheid?

Anne Theriault | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

There is no discussion of the fact that part of the reason Mandela was sent to prison was because he was responsible for bombing a power plant. Though we seem to like to imagine that Mandela brought change to South Africa with nothing but wise words and a kind, grandfatherly smile, the truth is very different. Mandela fought for his freedom, tooth and nail.

Why South Africa is Still Dealing With Segregation and Poverty

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The South African Reconciliation Barometer, a survey of racial and social attitudes, consistently finds a deeply divided nation. Less than 40 per cent of South Africans socialize with people of another race, while only 22 per cent of white South Africans and a fifth of black South Africans live in racially integrated neighbourhoods.

How Mandela Shaped My Response to Discrimination

Rashida Jeeva | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Rashida Jeeva

When I moved to Canada from South Africa I thought living in this country had opportunities that people in other places could only dream of. However now I know it's not without its own problems. In my years here, I've been told three times to "go back home," was informed by a major national daily newspaper they couldn't hire me because I didn't have Canadian experience and was rudely told by a well-known tire company employee that "In this country, we pay taxes." I have used lessons from Madiba to fight injustice. My stories pale in to insignificance compared to what others experienced in our own backyard.

Why Does the Myth of Apartheid Persist in Israel?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 02.14.2014 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

Edmund Burke said "For evil to triumph it takes good people to do nothing." These words were shared by Kenneth Meshoe, South African Member of Parl...

Watching the Watchdog: Long Walk of Prisoner #46664

Tim Knight | Posted 02.15.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

This day in Dublin, Mandela shakes my hand. It's a most peculiar moment. I look into his eyes, he looks into mine, and somehow I know I'm in the presence of sheer, bloody greatness. Not because of what he's done or had done to him, but simply because of who he is.

Long Walk of Prisoner #46664 Part 3: Now Cracks a Noble Heart

Tim Knight | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

For most South Africans, that long walk to freedom Mandela wrote about is on a much longer, stonier and more dangerous road than they ever expected. And it's taking far more time than their well wishers around the world ever predicted. Considering what's happening to his dream of a new, democratic and rainbow nation, maybe it's best that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela has gone.

Nelson Mandela Was Truly the World's Finest

Sulemaan Ahmed | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Sulemaan Ahmed

The other night I was in Regent Park, near downtown Toronto, at the Nelson Mandela Park Public School observing a small candlelight vigil. I was also was there with my family and my incredible wife, who was born and grew up in Apartheid South Africa before moving to this beautiful country of Canada when she was 12.

I Grew Up in South Africa During Apartheid

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Living
Debbie Wolfe

I was born in South Africa, under apartheid -- a white child with every privilege. It was the year 1969, five years after Nelson Mandela was sentenced to life in prison. In my first year at Queen's University, in 1990, Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison. My classmates were euphoric about what this would mean for South Africa. My optimism was more cautious.

Nelson Mandela Restored My Faith in Politics

Paul Dewar | Posted 02.05.2014 | Canada Politics
Paul Dewar

If ever proof were needed that one person can change the world, Nelson Mandela was that proof. His unwavering commitment to peace, tolerance, justice, and equality embodied those very concepts. Mandela inspired a movement, transformed a country, and reshaped our understanding of what the world could be. With the leadership of his External Affairs Minister Joe Clark and the influence of Canada's UN Ambassador Stephen Lewis, Prime Minister Mulroney diverged from his Conservative cousins in the U.K. and U.S. and stood strong against apartheid -- heeding the call of Mandela. Canada's stance in those days continues to be a source of pride for all of us.

The Hidden Genocide of Muslims

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

I've been reading about the war in Burma/Myanmar. It's a conflict between the Buddhist Burmese majority and approximately 800,000 Royhingya Muslims in the Arakan (Rakhine) State. They are among the world's least wanted and most persecuted people.

The Soft Bigotry of Low Palestinian Expectations

Mike Fegelman | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Mike Fegelman

Almost at the same time that Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Washington recently, ostensibly in good faith to re-launch Mideast peace talks, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told reporters in Egypt that no Israelis would be allowed to remain in a future Palestinian state.

Watching the Watchdog: As South Africa's State Broadcaster Goes, So Goes the Nation

Tim Knight | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Nelson Mandela lies dying in a Pretoria hospital. The government he once headed as the rainbow nation becomes more and more like the kleptocracy that was the apartheid government it replaced. And the South African Broadcasting Corporation reverts back to the servile state broadcaster it used to be.

CRITICAL

CP | Christopher Torchia, The Associated Press | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada

JOHANNESBURG - Nelson Mandela's condition in a Pretoria hospital remained critical for a second straight day Monday, said South Africa's president who...

Star Power: The Hero's Hero, Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The Archbishop is a South African social rights activist. He rose to worldwide prominence in the 1980s as a staunch opponent of his country's policy of apartheid. He was also the first black South African Archbishop of Cape Town. His irrepressible spirit is particularly awe-inspiring when you consider the South Africa from which he emerged.

Nelson Mandela's Life Story Told In Social Media

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 08.08.2012 | Canada Impact

New media is undoubtedly one of the most powerful tools for political change. The importance of an accessible public sphere in which to freely discuss...

Abbas Misses Another Opportunity

Avi Benlolo | Posted 11.23.2011 | Canada
Avi Benlolo

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas missed an opportunity to gain the confidence of Israel and international Jewry by recognizing Israel as a Jewish state. Instead, Abbas achieved the exact opposite. He took every opportunity to defame Israel and label it a criminal state on the world stage.