- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:39:45 +0000: From Marxism to Neoliberalism: Ronnie Kasrils on How Mandela & ANC Shifted Economic Views - Democracy Now!
Speaking from Johannesburg, leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils discusses the evolution of the African National Congress' economic views from its time as a liberation movement to leading South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Kasrils says the ANC was forced to make a "Faustian pact" with neoliberalism in order to bring apartheid to an end and avoid civil war. He also discusses recent reports that Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party. Kasrils was on the National Executive Committee of the ANC for 20 years, serving as minister for intelligence services from 2004 to 2008.
"Click here":http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/12/the_anti_apartheid_underground_ronnie_kasrils to watch part 1 of this interview.
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:14:58 +0000: The Anti-Apartheid Underground: Ronnie Kasrils on Meeting Nelson Mandela in an ANC Safe House in 1962 - Democracy Now!
As thousands of mourners line up to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, we go to Johannesburg to speak with longtime anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Kasrils. A founder of the armed wing of the African National Congress, Kasrils worked closely with Mandela after first meeting him in 1962. Kasrils was a leading anti-apartheid underground activist, and on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress from 1987 to 2007. He was also a member of the Central Committee of the South African Communist Party from December 1986 to 2007. Kasrils served as minister for intelligence in post-apartheid South Africa from 2004 to 2008. His late wife, Eleanor, was a Scottish-South African anti-apartheid activist, whose story he recalled in his 2011 book, "The Unlikely Secret Agent." His autobiography is "Armed and Dangerous: My Undercover Struggle Against Apartheid."
"Click here":http://www.democracynow.org/2013/12/12/from_marxism_to_neoliberalism_ronnie_kasrils to watch part 2 of this interview.
- Thu, 12 Dec 2013 13:00:00 +0000: Headlines for December 12, 2013 - Democracy Now!
White House: Obamacare Enrollment Doubled in November, Pentagon Imposes Media Gag on Gitmo Hunger Strikers, NSA Chief: Bulk Collection May Continue Despite New Legislation, Ukraine Protesters Reject Talks with President; U.S. Mulls Sanctions, Thai Protesters Storm PM's Compound, Syrian Rebel Commander Flees to Turkey, Prominent Lawyer, Activist Missing in Syria, Spanish Journalists Kidnapped in Syria, Mexican Senate Advances Energy Reform Bill, Lawmakers to Introduce New Sanctions Against Iran, Michigan Anti-Abortion Law Forces Women to Buy "Rape Insurance", Dozens Protest at NJ Immigration Jail; Activists Claim Detention of Parolees in Texas, Senate Aide Arrested on Child Pornography Charges, Zimmerman Avoids Domestic Violence Charges, Time Magazine Names Pope Francis "Person of the Year"
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:50:17 +0000: As Olympic Winter Games Near, Russian LGBT Activists Speak Out Against Anti-Gay Laws - Democracy Now!
With the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, less than two months away, gay rights activists from around the world are using the games to put a spotlight on Russia's new law criminalizing the so-called "promotion of homosexuality." The law allows Russian authorities to fine anyone accused of promoting "propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations among minors." One provision allows gay or pro-LGBT foreigners to be detained and then deported. We are joined by two prominent Russian LGBT activists: Anastasia Smirnova, coordinator of the Russian LGBT Network; and journalist Masha Gessen, who recently announced she is fleeing Russia due to the country's repressive laws. Gessen is author of the book, "The Man Without a Face: The Rise and Rule of Vladimir Putin," and the forthcoming, "Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot."
- Wed, 11 Dec 2013 13:29:08 +0000: The Secret History of How Cuba Helped End Apartheid in South Africa - Democracy Now!
As the world focuses on Tuesday's historic handshake between President Obama and Cuban President Raúl Castro, we look back at the pivotal role Cuba played in ending apartheid and why Castro was one of only five world leaders invited to speak at Nelson Mandela's memorial. In the words of Mandela, the Cubans "'destroyed the myth of the invincibility of the white oppressor ... [and] inspired the fighting masses of South Africa.'":http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2013/12/11/nelson_mandela_on_how_cuba_destroyed Historian Piero Gleijeses argues that it was Cuba's victory in Angola in 1988 that forced Pretoria to set Namibia free and helped break the back of apartheid South Africa. We speak to Gleijeses about his new book, "Visions of Freedom: Havana, Washington, Pretoria, and the Struggle for Southern Africa, 1976-1991," and play archival footage of Mandela meeting Fidel Castro in Cuba.