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E.U. Nations Refuse to back Britain over Sovereignty in the Indian Ocean

E.U. Nations Refuse to back Britain over Sovereignty in the Indian Ocean

Britain has been forced into a hearing at the Hague over an historic territorial dispute, after scores of E.U. nations turned their backs on the U.K.

By Ross Logan

Chagos islanders have been exiled form their home since 1968

 

Several countries, including Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy and Belgium, abstained from voting on a United Nations resolution put forward by Mauritius, asking for an advisory opinion from the International Courts of Justice on the Chagos Islands.

The U.K. maintains it has sovereignty over the archipelago, in the Indian Ocean, while islanders says the rule is illegal and are seeking decolonisation.

The resolution was ultimately carried by a vote of 94 to 15, a result skewed by the 65 abstentions.

The only E.U. nations to back Britain at the U.N. general assembly were Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary and Lithuania.

The decision not to vote by many E.U. countries normally considered allies will undoubtedly be seen as evidence of the deepening divide caused by Britain’s decision to quit the bloc.

However, other factors may also have been a consideration, not least the highly controversial manner with which islanders have been treated.

The Chagos Islands, which Britain refers to as the British Indian Ocean Territory, were separated from the rest of Mauritius by the U.K. in 1965.

Between 1968 and 1971, some 1,500 islanders were evicted to make way for a U.S. airbase on Diego Garcia, the largest of the seven islands.

The base was also used by the CIA for rendition purposes following the September 11 attacks in 2001.

Mauritius claims the separation of the islands form the rest of the colony was a breach of international law, and the Hague will now be asked to put forward its own, non-binding opinion on the dispute.

Matthew Rycroft, Britain’s permanent representative to the U.N., had warned the general assembly that the vote could set “a precedent that many of you in this hall could come to regret”.

Arguing that a state could only be brought before the Hague with its own consent, Mr Rycroft said:

 “The resolution for an advisory opinion is an attempt by the government of Mauritius to circumvent the principle.”

He also reiterated the U.K.’s promise to return the islands to Mauritius once they were no longer required for military purposes, although a lease for the airbase does not expire until 2036.

the Chagos islands have been subject to a long legal dispute

 

Jagdish Koonjul the Mauritian representative to U.N., said after the vote: “I’m elated. The results are beyond my expectations.

“It’s interesting that the E.U. didn’t support the U.K. Even some of the countries that supported the U.K. agreed that this was an issue of decolonisation.

“Now we wait to see what the U.K. will do as a result of the vote.”

The U.N. vote is a blow to the U.K.’s claims of ownership over the islands, following a back and forth court battle between  the government and exiled islanders.

In 2007, a group of Chagos Islanders won their right to return the home in a High Court battle where they were supported by then-Labour backbencher Jeremy Corbyn.

But that decision was overturned by House of Lords judges after an appeal by the then-Labour government.

In 2015 a U.N. tribunal found the U.K. acted illegally in the way it exercised control over the islands, both in 1965 and 2010 when it established a marine protection zone and banned fishing.

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Australia Halts Airstrikes in Syria*

Australia Halts Airstrikes in Syria*

 

By Ivan Castro

Department of Defence of Australia announced on Tuesday that Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) halts air campaign in Syria.

“As a precaution measure, Australian Armed Forces temporarily halt airstrikes in Syria,” official statement by the DoD says.

It is noteworthy that the statement was made two days after the U.S.-led coalition shot down a Syrian Air Force fighter jet in Raqqa province.

On Monday, Russia halted participation in the Memorandum on incident prevention in Syria.

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Attack on Muslims in London Was Terrorism, U.K. Prime Minister Says*

Attack on Muslims in London Was Terrorism, U.K. Prime Minister Says*

Forensic investigators work the scene in the Finsbury Park area of north London on June 19, 2017, after a vehicle hit pedestrians

By Robert Mackey

“This morning, our country woke to news of another terrorist attack on the streets of our capital city,” British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Monday, hours after a white, male van driver drove into a crowd of Muslim pedestrians outside a mosque in north London, wounding at least 10 people.

“Hatred and evil of this kind will never succeed” – Theresa May responds to #FinsburyPark attack https://t.co/3A5ouLb4Ph pic.twitter.com/LH6iJUZD8P

— BBC Breaking News (@BBCBreaking) June 19, 2017

The attack outside the Finsbury Park mosque, May added, was “the second this month, and every bit as sickening as those which have come before.”

The Metropolitan Police confirmed later in the day that a 47-year-old suspect “was arrested for attempted murder” and “the commission, preparation or instigation of terrorism.” Officers on the scene first described it as “a terrorist incident” at 12:29 a.m. just eight minutes after they were alerted to the crime. A man who had fallen ill moments before the attack was pronounced dead at the scene 40 minutes after it, but it was not immediately clear if he was a victim of the attack.

May’s clear statement that the assault on innocent civilians was terrorist in nature stood in stark contrast to the reticence officials in the United States have shown about using that term to describe violence perpetrated by far-right extremists against Muslims. It also clashed with President Donald Trump’s obsession with only one form of terrorism, that carried put by “radical Islamic” fundamentalists.

Perhaps because the U.K. has relatively recent experience with a conflict, in Northern Ireland, in which more than a thousand civilians were killed by terrorists who were either Protestant or Catholic, British authorities are more forthright about acknowledging that terrorism is a tactic and a crime that is not specific to a single faith or ethnic group.

Similar language was used by the police and other leading politicians, including Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, and the city’s mayor, Sadiq Khan.

‘An attack on a mosque … is actually an attack on all of us’: Jeremy Corbyn on the #FinsburyPark terror attack https://t.co/gi4Jikjd1Y pic.twitter.com/mrXNadtbLq

— ITV News (@itvnews) June 19, 2017

London Mayor @SadiqKhan has condemned the #FinsburyPark terror attack pic.twitter.com/AwWYUbbpM5

— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 19, 2017

The suspected attacker was captured and turned over to the police by witnesses to the assault, who told BuzzFeed News that he made his motivation for it clear by screaming, “I’m going to kill all Muslims!”

Eyewitness tells @jamesrbuk man drove van at pedestrians outside London mosque, then shouted “Kill me, kill me, I want to kill all Muslims” pic.twitter.com/gSgTX05aSQ

— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) June 19, 2017

As the bystanders who tackled the driver held him down and waited for the authorities to arrive, one said, the man had urged them to kill him.

The police later praised a local imam, Mohammed Mahmoud, for urging people not to harm the attacker.

Footage shows the moment crowds restrain man suspected of driving van into pedestrians near #FinsburyPark mosquehttps://t.co/CBG8mzBpgY pic.twitter.com/NtYoQbLGXC

— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) June 19, 2017

Video of the suspect being loaded into a police van just before 1 a.m. local time, shared on social networks by witnesses, gave a sense of the raw anger among members of the community, who demanded to know how he could justify the murder of innocent civilians.

This racist bastard ran over innocent civilians on their way home from taraweh #FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/YHvsVZHqIY

— Didier (@Known_As_H) June 18, 2017

 

In the aftermath of the attack, some observers suggested that anti-Muslim screeds in the British tabloids and on social networks could have incited the attacker to violence.

Just a couple of weeks since The Sun carried a headline stating ‘…We Need Less Islam’. A fool could see some might take it literally. https://t.co/S0VmTINCph

— James O’Brien (@mrjamesob) June 19, 2017

We need to look at the real issue of the radicalisation of supremacist terrorists aka right wing media #FinsburyPark

— Ahmed Masoud (@masoud_ahmed) June 19, 2017

Two notorious Islamophobes came in for particular criticism: the Daily Mail columnist Katie Hopkins and the former head of the English Defence League, Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, who uses the alias Tommy Robinson.

You’re a hate preacher @KTHopkins and it would appear that someone was listening #FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/E8arelx5ve

— Otto English (@Otto_English) June 19, 2017

Two extremists.
Both shunned by Muslim Community.
Both preach hate to their minions.

Yet @TRobinsonNewEra not stopped. Why?#FinsburyPark pic.twitter.com/04V1Is2MNZ

— Siema Iqbal (@siemaiqbal) June 19, 2017

“Extremist preacher sends out chilling warning weeks before terror attack.” pic.twitter.com/pbUM69b9v1

— Imraan Siddiqi (@imraansiddiqi) June 19, 2017

Before the motive for the early morning attack was reported, Hopkins incorrectly suggested that it was Islamist in nature. Later on Monday, Robinson referred to it as a “revenge attack,” and claimed that it justified his dire prediction that far-right militias would soon form to defend Britain against the perceived threat from multiculturalism.

The attack came just after Britons marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of Jo Cox, a pro-Europe member of Parliament who was killed by a pro-Brexit extremist who screamed “Britain First!” as he shot her.

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U.S. Aircraft Directly Transporting ISIS Fighters Out of Raqqa*

U.S. Aircraft Directly Transporting ISIS Fighters Out of Raqqa*

By Rachel Blevins

As the death toll climbs in the city of Raqqa, the United States is now being accused of transporting ISIS fighters to safety, before embarking on an offensive that has included reports of cluster bombs and white phosphorus.

Iranian news agency Fars News reported that Ammar al-Assad, a senior Syrian lawmaker, said the U.S. has “allowed over 120 [ISIS] members to leave Raqqa with their weapons and go towards al-Sukhnah to create insecurity in Palmyra.”

“The U.S. is highly coordinated with the Syrian Democratic Forces as some of the group’s commanders are from the U.S., Britain, France and certain regional states,” al-Assad reportedly said.

“Actually what is happening in the battlefield is against what the media says. Many surprising events happen.”

Al-Assad claimed that “three weeks ago, the U.S.-led coalition planes staged heliborne operations in Raqqa and transferred a number of ISIL ringleaders to unknown places.”

He also questioned how groups such as ISIS and Syria’s Democratic Forces could arrive at such an agreement, given their ideological differences.

One of the most notable things Ammar Al-Assad reportedly told Fars News was that the leaders “were not Syrian, Iraqi or Chinese, but were the western commanders” of ISIS.

Reports of the U.S.-led coalition transporting ISIS leaders out of the city of Raqqa is especially interesting, given the fact that the city they are fleeing from is the same city that has been a direct target of the coalition’s wrath in recent weeks.

The Syrian Democratic Forces, an army backed by the U.S.-led coalition, began its effort to capture Raqqa on June 6, with an onslaught of airstrikes and ground troops.

As The Free Thought Project has reported, there have been multiple claims that the coalition dropped a cluster of airstrikes on Raqqa—a city housing at least 200,000 people—containing chemicals such as white phosphorus, which is illegal in residential areas.

Xinhua News, China’s state press agency, reported that

“Tens of civilians were killed on Thursday when the U.S.-led airstrikes targeted Syria’s northern city of Raqqa with white phosphorus,” citing a report from Syria’s Sham FM radio.

After just one week, Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, told the Human Rights Council on Wednesday that the coalition’s sharp increase in attacks has led to a “staggering loss of civilian life,” and has “led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes.”

“Coalition air strikes have intensified around the city,” Pinheiro said.

As the operation is gaining pace very rapidly, civilians are caught up in the city under the oppressive rule of ISIL, while facing extreme danger associated with movement due to excessive air strikes.”

Karen Abuzayd, an American commissioner, told the council that the independent panel has documented around 300 deaths in the region since March.

“We have documented the deaths caused by the coalition air strikes only and we have about 300 deaths, 200 in one place, in al-Mansoura, one village,” Abuzayd said.

Reuters noted that the death toll could be much greater, but because U.N. investigators do not have access to Syria, they are limited to conducting interviews with “survivors and witnesses in neighboring countries or by Skype with those still in Syria.”

If the latest claims out of Syria are found to be true, it would mean that the United States has now been accused of transporting the leaders of the enemy it claims to be fighting to safety, and then using chemical weapons to torturing the innocent civilians of that city—which is arguably a war crime.

If these types of accusations were made against Russia or Syria, the U.S. government would band together with the mainstream media to demand WAR. However, when the claims are made against the United States, both entities fall eerily silent.

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How Washington Targets Civilians*

How Washington Targets Civilians*

By Mehmet Ersoy

Yesterday, a monitoring group Raqqa is Being Slaughtered Silently published another footage of the aftermath of the U.S.-led coalition’s strikes on the city. Videos and photos show damaged buildings, bomb craters and fires.

In particular, shocking are the photos of children and adults injured because of the coalition: someone’s face is burnt, another man is bleeding while the other guy seems to be shocked and can’t move.

Meanwhile, conventional weapons don’t quite satisfy Washington In the previous week, ISIS-linked channel Amaq published a video showing white phosphorus shells hitting Raqqa. Using these munitions in populated areas is prohibited by the international law.

White phosphorus causes terrifying effects: contacting a human skin, it burns it to the bone, and if a person inhales the gas released during the burning, he would start choking and literally burn from the inside. It also ignites high temperature fires that are difficult to extinguish.

Notably, in an article concerning the accusations of the U.S. illegal methods of war, the New York Times refers to an official who on the condition of anonymousness told the newspaper that the coalition indeed has access to white phosphorus munitions, which, however, are not used against personnel. But as we see, their role is to fight civilians.

Besides, the spokesman for the U.S.-led task force Col. Ryan Dillon commented on the situation. According to him, white phosphorus is used for “screening, obscuring and marking in a way that fully considers the possible incidental effects on civilians and civilian structures”.

Tens of thousands of residents who still stay in Raqqa don’t seem to be considered civilians by the Pentagon. According to UNICEF, 40,000 children are still trapped in the city, and their lives are in constant danger because of the coalition’s bombings and shellings.

Moreover, in the same NYT article, the Syrian government is accused of using white phosphorus against the militants during the battle for Aleppo. Isn’t it an example of the western hypocrisy?
Obviously, this is just the beginning of Raqqa’s destruction. During the operation on pushing ISIS out of Mosul, almost one thousand civilians were killed. The West proved how indifferent Washington is to deaths among the civilian population. And HRW’s call to think first of Raqqa residents, who have been suffering from ISIS for 3 years, will remain unheard.

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U.N. Reveals U.S. Massacred 300 Civilians in Raqqa Last Week*

U.N. Reveals U.S. Massacred 300 Civilians in Raqqa Last Week*

By Darius Shahtahmasebi

According to a U.N. Commission of Inquiry tasked with investigating violations of international war crimes and crimes against humanity in Syria, the intensification of airstrikes by the U.S.-led coalition has led to a “staggering loss of civilian life,” the Guardian reports.

The U.N. war crimes investigators found that since the acceleration of airstrikes in the Syrian city of Raqqa commenced last week, 300 civilians have already died. This statistic arguably makes Bashar al-Assad pale in comparison; Assad’s regime reportedly kills approximately 20-50 people in any given week.

“We note in particular that the intensification of air strikes, which have paved the ground for an SDF advance in Raqqa, has resulted not only in staggering loss of civilian life, but has also led to 160,000 civilians fleeing their homes and becoming internally displaced,” Paulo Pinheiro, the chairman of the U.N. Commission of Inquiry told the human rights council in Geneva.

According to Karen Abuzayd, an American commissioner on the independent panel, the figure of 300 is based only on deaths caused by airstrikes. Therefore, the figure of civilian deaths caused by troops on the ground may ultimately higher.

As the Guardian also notes, speculation that the coalition has been using white phosphorous has already drawn strong condemnation.

Not surprisingly, this operation was conducted with full knowledge that there would be mass suffering for the civilian population. At the end of May of this year, Secretary of Defense James “Mad Dog” Mattis announced that the U.S. would be switching to so-called “annihilation tactics” against ISIS, stating:

Our intention is that the foreign fighters do not survive the fight to return home to North Africa, to Europe, to America, to Asia, to Africa, we are not going to allow them to do so…We are going to stop them there and take apart the caliphate.”

According to Mattis, civilian deaths “are a fact of life in this sort of situation.” However, Mattis did add that the U.S. military would “do everything humanly possible consistent with military necessity, taking many chances to avoid civilian casualties at all costs.”

Mattis’ announcement that the U.S. would annihilate ISIS (and massacre civilians by the hundreds) is still somewhat dubious, considering video footage appears to have emerged of ISIS fighters fleeing the conflict in Raqqa safely despite the hundreds of bombs and white phosphorous loaded munitions U.S.-backed forces have been dropping over the city. It has been speculated that in reality, these ISIS fighters are being granted safe passage to put added pressure on the Syrian government, a longtime adversary of the United States.

Further, using a dangerous element like white phosphorous and burying over 300 civilians after approximately a week of fighting seems, on the face of it, to be nothing short of a blatant war crime. The Commission of Inquiry and the mainstream media may not use the term “war crime” outright, but that is surely an inference one can draw from their calculations.

If anything, it would appear the U.S. is annihilating civilians — and not much else.

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Colonialism hasn’t been all that Bad*

Colonialism hasn’t been all that Bad*

By Douglas Schorr

Jun 15, 2017

The judgment has been handed down on Helen Zille, leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance, muzzling her from any party related communications in future. She said that colonialism wasn’t all bad. Her tweet was insensitive but true, the backlash furious and nonsensical. Why? I blame black guilt, which I understand very well, because I’m white.

The old way

‘I grew up in Rhodesia,’ I said out loud recently, whilst taking a walk with my son (he’s 35, I’m 69).

His face soured.

‘Why do you have to say that? Why can’t you say Zimbabwe?’

‘Because they’re not the same thing. Rhodesia was different from Zimbabwe. I never lived in Zimbabwe. Rhodesia is where I grew up.’

There was a tense silence.

‘Why do I still identify with Rhodesia?’ I wondered.

‘Why do I hold onto some old imperialist identity? Is there really a difference, and is that difference important enough to insist on, out loud, in the face of all the damage colonialism has done?’

Rhodesia and colonialism were wrong. Agreed. But why not talk about them? In fact, in a country reeling from a poverty crisis that is only escalating, and will tear this nation apart if something meaningful is not done (and soon), how can we not talk about them?

Because colonialism is not over, not by a long shot. That ‘wrong’ history is repeating itself.

The new colonialism

Colonialism has been on the go since 1415. The nations of Europe, with their armies and the cross of Jesus at the fore, have conducted a vicious assault on ‘non-whites’ everywhere with the stated goal of promoting Christianity and Capitalism, while hauling back to Europe all of value. The various independencies of previous colonial territories would seem to have been the end of that process, but they were not.

Colonialism is still alive and well, except now we call it ‘globalisation’, ‘free trade’, etc.

Today, instead of the European nations of old, the drivers of colonialism are the massive corporations and bankers. There are new owners of the world’s capital. They define which currencies are worth what and they own the banking system, armies and armaments. They have taken over ownership of the government from the people and their goal is singular – maximum profit.

They are headquartered wherever the taxes are best but mainly in the U.S. and Europe. In their operational areas, such as Africa, they employ through corruption and bribery a new class of manager – the local African who wields the power of the vote.

Mostly they’re Black Africans, men and women who substituted their socialism and people advancement dreams for wealth and cover-page status – exactly how we whites controlled the population in Rhodesia, until they rose up and bit us.

Freedom?

In 2007 there were 6,200 black millionaires in South Africa; 14,700 in 2014; and as late as 2015 over 17,000. The new black middle class has more than trebled over the past 12 years to 5.81 million, completely overshadowing the fast declining white middle class, now estimated at about 2.5 million.

How much the South African middle class earn is difficult to work out. Standard Bank reports the ‘low emerging middle’ class annual salaries start from R51,000, the ‘emerging middle’ starts at R111,000, and the ‘realised middle’ range from R240,000 to over R380,000.

And there is the growth in government and city and municipal council employment of mostly non-whites. Government employment, as at 2014, has jumped to 2.7 million employees. The assumption has to be made that the government (and compliant city and municipal councils) is committed to at least the minimum wage for every single one of those employees.

University of Cape Town marketing professor John Simpson is quoted as saying, ‘the black middle class is keeping the economy alive …’ Well, with those salaries it would be the driver, but it isn’t necessarily a mark of prosperity for South Africa. Most of South Africa’s big exports are raw resources sent overseas to have value added to them. It is a process that has been followed since Rhodes’s time. The little exports of finished goods South Africa does manage is of small consumer type items such as food stuff, and it all goes to her poor(er) neighbours.

This means South Africa’s new emerging middle class is not adding value. Instead, it’s buying and selling houses, cars, insurance, food, eating in franchised restaurants and generally creating debt, the mainstay of the corporacy and its banks.

In 2010, 16 years after the ANC adopted the White Nationalist Party’s Capitalist principles by which to run the country, the average income for South Africa’s black folk was R10,000 per year.[5] Some 60% of South Africans, 99% of them non-white, still live under poverty conditions, scratching away a living in informal settlements and the old homelands.

At the same time there has been a surge upwards as hundreds of men and women who twenty years ago promoted themselves as liberators have embraced the greed system and become rich beyond dreams – Ramaphosa, Gordhan, Sexale, Motsepe, Mbete, Trevor Manuel and wife[8], billionaire Mbeki, Mboweni… the list rolls on.

There doesn’t seem to be much trickle down to the ordinary folk. To me South Africa seems just like the old Rhodesia, with the few living off the backs of the many.

Through the looking glass

Surely it would be both logical and reasonable to argue South Africa’s horrible inequality world record is, in the main, now black driven? Aren’t the new elite treating their own kind as objects out of which to make money in exactly the same way as Imperial Britain treated South Africa?

Is it not logical to point a finger and say the ANC-led government are the new colonists by behaviour and employment of capitalism and religion?

Why didn’t the president forget all the colonial bull, cut out the mythological and announce he and his government are going to stop corruption? The talk is that corruption has cost South Africa R700 billion, and I’m guessing that does not include all the contracts to mates to do what they quite clearly cannot do.

What isn’t falling apart? Water is, electricity, health, schooling, railways, harbours, airways are.

‘Why is Africa, a continent blessed abundantly with natural resources and excessive value of human capital, yet to find its rightful place in world politics? Africa is very rich with natural possessions such as fertile soil, enough rain and sunshine for cultivation, raw materials, oil, gas, gold and many other major resources, but corruption and bad governances are the major reasons for the visible miserable poverty, unmanageable sufferings and deaths on the continent’ is the statement of Front Page Africa.

Africa is yet to find its rightful place because the old system of Colonialism is still active, now driven by the continent’s current leaders.

I see a mirror of the privileged society I grew up in. Capitalism is not freedom, but continued slavery, colonial style.

We must act

The 23-year-old ANC government can play a huge role in the growth and development of South Africa.

It has a by ‘no means insignificant role of state capital in the South African economy – owning and controlling approximately 30% of the economy in highly strategic sectors such as state banking, information technology, energy, transport, aerospace and the weapons industry, communication, among others. In addition the state owns about 25% of land, and has an array of regulatory and administrative apparatus to influence the behaviour of capital. There is also the question of pension funds and union investment funds, which currently play and could be geared to play an even more strategic role in the economy’, wrote Mcebisi Jonas just last week.

And Jonas asks, ‘so what are the implications of this understanding for growth and transformation?’

Inequality has a lot to do with the failure, but to continue tagging the white 8% and the once white-only colonialism isn’t cutting any cheese anymore.

‘Africans make up 77% of public sector employment compared with 66% in the private sector … In terms of the skills profile, the public sector is more skills intensive. Almost 45% of all public sector employees fall into the top three occupational categories, compared to 26% in the private sector.’

The ANC and its MPs are not representative of the nation or of the 80% blacks – it was voted in as a party and is a party having a party with an overpaid head of state. And worst of all, those who are meant to be really representing the workers, the major union bodies, are in it.

‘We need a paradigm shift, underpinned by a new consensus,’ explains Jonas, ‘a new bargain around which the state, business, labour and civil society can cohere – to move us out of our low growth and high inequality trap. We must not be naïve and think this will be easy to achieve.’

Capitalism, far from going away, is going to become leaner and meaner. Unless we begin to act in a moral way that is inclusive of all, fewer and fewer families are going to become richer and more in control. As we have seen with the Gupta revelations, those with power will manipulate those that want it.

There is no democracy in Western Capitalism, ‘Corporations now govern society.’

A new way

And there is another way. How about the emergent Asian Capitalism of strong leadership inducing Shared Capitalism?

The new China not only pulled hundreds of millions of peasants out of poverty but empowered them. Their railways and etc. work. Last week they launched the ‘one road one belt’ initiative, a program that will possibly enable half of the world. And they are going to mine the moon

The system can be changed without taking away the good points of Capitalism, creating something along the lines of Asian Shared Capitalism which, by the way, has for a long time had significant Western investments. U.S. and European banks and funds have taken major shareholder positions in almost all Chinese firms of reasonable size.

To borrow from Rian Malan: ‘We should rather follow the truly revolutionary path of Deng Tsaio Ping, who set forth in 1978 to “seek truth from facts” and deliver Communist China from its misery and backwardness.’

And with their brand of Capitalism they have and are doing it much better – to the anger of the quite unreformed colonists of Europe and the U.S.

Desperately needed in South Africa is a new system led by leaders who can take the country forward beyond the legacy of Greed Capitalism.  The current system demands profit that comes at the expense of the national reserve. The current system has become so profit driven, so full of dogma and impossible promises, it is a religion. It has to go and along with it all those who manipulate it to their own end, all these new colonial masters.

History repeats itself

‘Sometimes people hold a core belief that is very strong. When they are presented with evidence that works against that belief, the new evidence cannot be accepted. It would create a feeling that is extremely uncomfortable, called cognitive dissonance. And because it is so important to protect the core belief, they will rationalize, ignore and even deny anything that doesn’t fit in with the core belief,’ said Frantz Fanon.

I grew up in Rhodesia. The British history I learnt from Grade 3 to university entrance level taught me emphatically blacks were savages tamed by Colonial Christian Capitalists – it was that simple. I believed all the memes of the time, memes that declared unless we white Rhodesians ran the show it would collapse.

Like South Africa, Rhodesia was a White Nationalist Socialist State which, as the title infers, meant I and roughly 200,000 other whites had all privilege while the non-whites suffered.  Most non-whites lived on starvation diets in Trust Lands, were deprived of a reasonable education and getting a job as a servant was to win a prize.

I knew nothing of the duplicity and theft of colonialism until I joined the government as a trainee administration officer. It took another 10 years of self-study to change my mindset, to begin to undo my biases and irrational ideas. I came to learn of alternates like the amazing community way – the support of the extended family – of the Bantu, a way us Europeans (now white South Africans) had dumped some 400 years before as we were forced from our bonded societies into the process of the Industrial Revolution.

I understand that Rhodesia was a flawed place, a place that should not be allowed to exist again. But it does, here.

President Robert Mugabe, his cabinet, generals, his inner circle and provincial land-lords have replaced Smith, his cabinet, generals, his inner circle and provincial land-lords. The only difference is numbers. Perhaps 10 or 20% of Mugabe’s 16 million Zimbabweans live the good life, where under Smith only 200,000 of us did.

History is repeating itself. Unless we get over public posturing, learn from the past, and demand real change. To forget the lesson of Rhodesia is foolish, and so it is to miss the real intent in Zille’s tweet, even if it was insensitive.

Her tweet was one in a series of reflections on her trip to Singapore where she saw a society taking the best of its past and building on it (I don’t agree though, I think Singapore is benefitting from the Chinese in the same old colonial way).

Zille herself is not a leader associated with corruption. She has no legal charges against her of any kind. No lying, no extortion, no bribery, rape, theft, duplicity. If anything her crime is she is too honest and too white, qualities that it seems do not benefit a politician.

South Africa should be talking about the continued failure of the government to uplift their people, to move on from Colonialism.

South Africa should be pulling the problem out at the root. Our problem is not racism, it’s the quest for personal profit and personal gain at the expense of the whole.

History repeats itself, until we learn from it.

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