A Day in the Life of a war correspondent

Israeli Checkpoint 2001

Memories of Jenin 20 years ago… so little changed and now Gaza today…

The town of Jenin is a tiny enclave of Palestinian territory surrounded by Israel.  Since the start of the new intifada over eighteen months ago, the town has been virtually sealed off by Israeli tanks and soldiers.  As violence has escalated in Israel and the occupied territories in recent months tensions have spilled over into open conflict.  Nearly 60 Palestinians have been killed in fighting with the Israeli military.

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Celebrating a family member who fought hard to uncover the objective reality of what caused disease

This is a time of loneliness and deep uncertainty. For the first time in a generation, we are thrust into the very core of our human vulnerability. For now, we live as people did for thousands of years before us, smitten dumb by the power of nature, unable to protect ourselves from its invincibility.

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Isandlwana: The defeat that stunned Victorian Britain

22 January was the anniversary of the battle of Isandlwana. I wrote this article in 2014, it may be of interest to you.
The battle of Isandlwana in 1879 – in which a force of 20,000 Zulus annihilated a British contingent of 1,800 men – became a symbol to black South Africans that white domination was not inevitable. The stories are still being told today.

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Death and Deceit In Iraq

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the Iraq War and the official coalition military operations in the days and short weeks that followed. The war, as conceived by the planners in the Pentagon along with their allies the British, the Spanish and a number of other smaller European countries, was over quickly. By May 1 of that year, President George Bush was calling it ‘Mission Accomplished’, declaring the end of major combat operations.

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Adriaan Vlok – the old man and the dark shadow of the past

Adriaan Vlok – the old man and the dark shadow of the past

5 January – EWN: The inquest into the deaths of former apartheid activists known as the Cradock Four has been reopened following new evidence.
Matthew Goniwe, Sparrow Mkonto, Fort Calata and Sicelo Mhlauli were abducted and killed in 1985 while on their way home to Cradock in the Eastern Cape.

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