It has been 20 years since Chris Hani was assassinated. Gwen Schulman talks to Dan O’Meara, former long-standing member of the ANC and professor of political science at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), about Chris Hani’s life, his profound contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle as the leader of the South African Communist Party, high-ranking ANC official and commander of the ANC’s armed wing and the terrible impact of his killing.
As Jacob Zuma retains power as leader of his party, Amandla’s Avi Kanji takes a look at the situation in South Africa with the ANC convention and its ramifications for a renewed ANC direction. He also presents an analysis of the privatisation of the ocean fisheries and how large rapacious commercial fisheries are depleting the ocean’s resources all around the continent and leaving Africa and African small fishermen in penury.
Amandla’s Avi Kanji looks back at the recent deaths of minors in South Africa and takes a critical look at the changing political context in an interview with Professor Nigel Gibson of Emerson College in Boston.
Gwen Schulman speaks with Koni who interviewed Faeza Meyer about the struggle for housing in urban South Africa. Meyer and other residents have been illegally occupying a piece of land next to Kapteinsklip Station in Tafelsig, near Capetown.
In the next few minutes, I’m going to be closing my computer and leaving the International Conference Centre in Durban, with no plans of ever coming back. The negotiations won’t officially be over, I won’t know if there is an agrement on a second phase of the Kyoto Protocol, I won’t know if governments have committed to “operationalizing the GCF under the stweardhsip of the GEF.”
And while all these things will have an impact on climate change, global warming, and the crises that have begun and will only intensify if we allow average global temperatures to rise more than 2 degrees Celcius, at the end of the day it will probably not matter.
In the weeks leading up to the seventeenth round of negotiations of the UNFCC in Durban, South Africa (COP17), environmentalists gathered from around the world to challenge the impasse these talks have reached in the past. Activists organized “Occupy COP17″ and the Dirty Energy Week and Everyone is Downstream conferences that tackled the root of the causes of climate change – fossil fuels. As the industry is moving away from crude oil and towards dirtier forms of extracting oil sands and oil shale, much like Canada’s Tar Sands in countries such as Madagascar, Uganda, Morocco, and Israel, delegates gather to share stories of the impacts similar projects have had in their countries, and what these new projects will do. The Real News’ Lia Tarachansky spoke with South African government representatives, environmentalists, and delegates about COP17 and the failure to reach a globally-binding, effective agreement on lowering world emissions.