It was an intelligence game, and when you were in it, you didn’t think much about the consequences.  you played a role; you played the game.  But a lot of the people we involved ourselves in were either arrested or imprisoned, and some of them died.  Because in the end, it was not a game. …

  • May 17, 2021
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I think submission to authority and absolving oneself from blame by saying that one has to obey orders are widespread… I think all medical students should be taught about the research on submissiveness being a key etiological factor in the perpetuation of atrocities. They should be fully familiar with Milgram’s work and reflect on Hannah …

  • April 21, 2021
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We came from Sena, we crossed Pusela, we rebuilt Sena.  In Sena they died like flies.  We came from Hundje, to Chilimani.  From Chilimanin to Wedza.  The tribes went to Zimbabwe.  They built the walls and lived on the hill.  Mwali sent the star.  From Zimbabwe to Mberengwe.  From Mberengwe to Dumghe.  We carried the …

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When King Cetshwayo died on 8 February 1884, the circumstances were suspicious.  Officially his death was due to a heart attack, but not even the British  representatives who observed his autopsy could agree on whether or not the last independent king of the Zulu had been poisoned. Cetshwayo’s life was remarkable in many ways.  His …

  • February 8, 2021
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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 …

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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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First published in 1930, Mhudi was finished in 1920.  The author, Sol Plaatje had trouble finding a publisher, and so the manuscript languished for a decade. Mhudi was a groundbreaking novel, approaching history from an Afro-Centric view rather than the more common European view. It was a radically different approach for the time, showing the …

  • October 16, 2020
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The movie Zulu was more than just the breakout vehicle for Michael Caine – it was an account, albeit the movie version, of a war that defined the British Scramble for Africa and yet was hidden behind the complete and overwhelming shadows of the two World Wars. Even the movie Zulu itself still obscures the …

  • August 28, 2020
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