[Marxism] ANC govt terrified of music, says Hugh Masekela [?!?!]

glparramatta glparramatta at greenleft.org.au
Fri Aug 10 04:58:17 MDT 2007


Frankly, Walter, I won't bother responding to your ridiculous patronisng 
reply beyond again urging you to actually follow the struggles of the 
movements against the neoliberal ANC regime, and listen to the views of 
the South African left.

But I might add one more thing.

You ask: DOES WASHINGTON'S APPOINTED MAJOR PARTNER DO THIS?????
 > South Africa and Hamas
 > Why Jewish S. African minister forms friendships with Israel's enemies
 > Kransdorff, Magid Published:  05.30.07, 08:14 / Israel Opinion  
 > http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3405940,00.html

Yes, obviously it does. But as the South African movement ion solidarity 
with Palestine points out:

Subject:
Hypocrisy of the ANC over Palestine further exposed
From:
"Sanctions Against Israel Coalition" <sanctionscoalition at gmail.com>
Date:
Mon, 11 Jun 2007 15:53:26 +0200
To:
undisclosed-recipients:;

In a radio debate ( radio 786 in Cape Town) on Friday 8th JUne 2007, 
between the Anti-War Coalition, the Muslim Judicial Council and the ANC. 
it emerged that the ANC govt is still selling weapons to Israel  and 
receiving weapons from them;  they will continue selling weapons to them 
until (so they say) the current arms deal is completed. This arms deal 
(worth over R30 billion or over  $US 4 Billion) and allocated to various 
arms manufacturers has been highly controversial as it has been struck 
while the ANC had been in office for a few years and was not linked to 
any previous dealings of the partheid state. Many questions have been 
raised over the wisdom of buying weapons while the basic needs of the 
masses have not been met. The arms deal has also been associated with 
much corruption.
 
Several questions now arise, why was the Israeli arms manufacturers 
chosen, especially in the light of the ANC govt's verbal commitment to 
Palestinians? Who authorised the sale of weapons to and from Israel, 
especially as current President Mbeki was overall in control of the 
process of the arms deal? What criteria was used in selecting the 
Israeli arms company? (knowing full well that any weapons from Israel 
have been 'tried and tested' on Palestinians).
 
Furthermore, there was no response from the ANC to the query over the 
use of Minister Ronnie Kasrils (Minister of Intelligence) as a 
spokesperson for the so-called "end the occupation campaign" when he 
oversees the office of Mossad which operates from OR Tambo International 
Airport (Johannesburg) and that several South African activists have 
been strip-searched and humiliated by Mossad on South African soil, en 
route to Palestine.
 
The Anti-War Coalition questioned the wisdom of an alliance with the 
ANC, whose track record showed that they were more committed to trade 
and other links with Israel than with real solidarity with the 
Palestinians. The AWC raised concern that the ANC was using the 
opportunity to promote a bantustan for Palestinians (the so-called 2 
state solution).
 
Issued by Anti-War Coalition
ph 0822020617 Shaheed Mahomed (Chairperson)
ph 0844512505 Luthando Sibango

http://www.ukzn.ac.za/ccs


--- In GreenLeft_discussion at yahoogroups.com, Walter Lippmann 
<walterlx at ...> wrote:
 >
 >
 > When we read that South Africa's government is "a harsh neoliberal
 > capitalist regime that is now Washington's appointed major partner on
 > the African continent", one wonders what the author has been smoking?
 >
 > "Washington's appointed major partner?"?!?!?!?!? Somehow I thought
 > that places like Cairo and Lagos and Yamoussouko were of greater
 > importance on the African continent?
 >
 > DOES WASHINGTON'S APPOINTED MAJOR PARTNER DO THIS?????
 > South Africa and Hamas
 > Why Jewish S. African minister forms friendships with Israel's enemies
 > Kransdorff, Magid Published:  05.30.07, 08:14 / Israel Opinion  
 > http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3405940,00.html
 >
 > Washington's appointed major partner even has relations with that
 > pesky little place whose name we won't mention here but the one
 > with the four-letter name whose first letter is "C" and isn't Chad?
 >
 > The use of such wild rhetoric means that, as a socialist, indeed a
 > revoloootionry socialist, a Marxist, he favors the overthrow of the
 > South African Government and its prompt replacement by a socialist
 > government more to his liking. Words have meaning and consequences.
 >
 > As yet this is the first time outside of the Spartacist press that
 > I've seen such a clearly-expressed program, so Norm's put this out
 > so forthrightly is to be appreciated. If this rhetoric is to be at
 > all taken seriously, it's a call for the formation of a brand new
 > revoloootionry party in South Africa which would fight for there
 > to be a socialist revoloootion there, or perhaps Norm exaggerates?





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