At break of day a signal of three smacks of a whip called them to work, when each betook himself with his spade to the plantation, where they worked almost naked in the heat of the sun.  Their food was bruised or boiled maize or bread made of cassava root, their clothing a single piece …

  • February 1, 2021
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On 25 January 1971, Idi Amin seized power in Uganda.   Amin’s rise through the ranks of the British Colonial Military had been meteoric, and his speedy journey through the Ugandan ranks was no less so.  Within five years of independence he was head of the army.  Within ten, the head of the military.  From …

  • January 25, 2021
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Always bear in mind that the people are not fighting for ideas, for the things in anyone’s head.  They are fighting to win material benefits, to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward to guarantee the future of their children. When Amilcar Cabral was shot by his own men on 20 …

  • January 20, 2021
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On 15 January 1970 Muammar Qaddafi was named Premier of the Libyan Arab Republic. A military revolutionary who looked to Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser as a personal hero, Qaddafi’s future as the dictator of the oft-renamed country the rest of the world would know in shorthand as Libya would never be anything less than interesting. …

  • January 15, 2021
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In January 1904, Herero leader Samuel Maharero sent his former enemy, Hendrik Witbooi -the leader of the Nama, a message.  It said, “Let us die fighting!”  On 12 January 1904 the two former enemies joined together to fight the Germans in what history records as the Herero Rebellion.  Although Samuel Maharero would manage to escape …

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His Excellency, President for Life, Field Marshal Al Hadji Doctor Idi Amin Dada, VC, DSO, MC, CBE, Lord of All the Beasts of the Earth and Fishes of the Seas and Conqueror of the British Empire in Africa in General and Uganda in Particular Few royal titles beat the one assumed by Uganda’s Idi Amin …

  • January 8, 2021
  • Uganda
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On 8 January 1912 the first meeting of what would become the seminal anti-apartheid organization was held in Waaihoek, South Africa. The South African Native National Congress would become the African National Congress in 1923 and would later become known as the party of Nelson Mandela.   The men (and one woman) who founded the …

  • January 8, 2021
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There was an Amazonian Guard, an American airstrike, Pan-Arabism, Pan-Africanism, a terrorist bombing in a disco, a terrorist bombing of a Pan-Am airplane, the founding of the African Union, and a final violent gasp that resulted in his overthrow.  There was always a story about Muammar Qaddafi. Various dates have been given for Qadaffi’s birth …

  • January 1, 2021
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On 8 January 1912 in an unprepossessing Wesleyan Church in the Black community of Waaihoek near Bloemfontein several men and one women met to create the organization that would shake the foundations of the South African nation. The South African Native National Congress would become the African National Congress eleven years later in 1923, but …

  • December 14, 2020
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When the Mau Mau leader Dedan Kimathi was captured on 21 October 1956, the military portion of the Mau Mau Uprising in Kenya was effectively over. That did not end the British system of camps, called the “Pipeline“, nor did it end the systemized torture torture and brutality that played a large role in quelling …

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