I read the article published 13 May 2013, in the Daily Maverick titled “Al Qaeda: Alive and well in South Africa”, about ex Vlakplaas reporter, De Wet Potgieter’s year long investigation regarding the Dockrat family particularly cousins- Junaid and Farhaad Ahmed. Potgieter alleges that the accused’s farm was a military training camp for al Qaeda. My thoughts were as Farhad Dockrat put it “ It is most curious that Potgieter’s article … [Read more...]
This post has 23 views.
Yawm an-Nakbah, meaning “Day of the Catastrophe” is generally commemorated on 15 May, the day after the Gregorian calendar date for Israeli Independence Day (Yom Ha'atzmaut). For the Palestinians it is an annual day of commemoration of the displacement that preceded and followed the Israeli Declaration of Independence in 1948. These words make us remember that the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes was no accident. “We shall have … [Read more...]
This post has 291 views.
The Israeli Apartheid Week ran from 11 March 2013 to today- 17 March 2013. UKZN and the Durban University of Technology hosted various events as part of the campaign. Amidst the events was an outrage kicked up by Democratic Alliance (DA) councillor, Avrille Marcia Coen in the Ethekwini Municipality against Pro-Palestinian activists on the city’s beachfront. The outrage was sparked by graffiti drawn as part of the Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) … [Read more...]
This post has 317 views.
Known by many, the Mali Empire was at it's height in power and glory in Islam during the 14th century under the great Islamic ruler, Mansa Musa. Once the economic "global power" and one of the intellectual capitals of the world, Mali became a french colony in 1892. Even though they gained independence from France in 1960, it was in 1991 that a constitution and the establishment of Mali as a democratic, multi-party state emerged. In March 2012, … [Read more...]
This post has 249 views.
19 December 2012 Darkoush, Idlib Region. It's 8pm. We inspect the building being refurbished into an emergency hospital. Syrian teenagers can't wait for Dr Ahmed to arrive and brief us. He is operating in a one-room facility closer to the ever changing frontline. They give us a tour of the hospital excitedly, proudly shouting out all the medical names. There is huge anticipation here, our intervention is the first in 21 months of war … [Read more...]
This post has 592 views.
Around four million pilgrims are making their way to the tent city of Mina today, Wednesday, 24 October 2012, where they will spend their night before heading to the plains of 'Arafah in the early hours tomorrow. The Saudi government has given top priority to the security and safety of pilgrims and has deployed thousands of security forces in Makkah, Mina, 'Arafah and Muzdalifah, all cities within a radius of 10 kilometers, to ensure a safe … [Read more...]