The Pitchforks are Coming …

2014, Nick Hanauer, a filthy rich plutocrat was invited for a talk on TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) and he delivered a warning message for all the Have’s of the World.

The message was simple and in a nutshell boiled down to ‘Repent or pay the ultimate price’

A scary thought that one of the richest men in the World has come to that conclusion and has warned the World in general about their ways, yet to be ignored by the general populace.

All over the World the signs are there, the system as it is is failing. Since the collapse of the US Banking System and knock on effect it caused in World which could be seen in the rise of resistance to the system of control which is called Capitalism in the form of protests such as the #OccupyWallStreet movement to name but one of many such movement which arose after the crash.

You may wonder why I said that the capitalist system is a system of control?  Is it not just an economic and political system?

Yes, it is both those things, but it is something more, for you see, through capitalism, the Government can keep a tight grip on the populace and swing votes in their favor as long as the stay ahead of the wave.

The reason I am saying this is because there is no real freedom for any man, woman or child born into the system, unless you are part of the political and corporate elite, or if you by some good fortune, were at the right time, at the right place with the right materials to start up your own little enterprise.

Without money, things like taking your kids to a place like the National Kruger Park is out of the question, firstly, you need time off from work (if your Master allows it) then, you need money to finance your trip to the park, after this you need money to pay entrance to the park, and then accommodation etc.

The average Joe on street does not have the finances to take himself or his family anywhere.  So ask yourself, is this average Joe free to move where he wants, when he wants as enshrined in the Constitution of South Africa in Chapter 2, the Bill of Rights?

Money buys “Freedom” , or so people think … but even those who are, like Scrooge McDuck, filthy rich and swimming in the cash, have to build massive walls around themselves to protect them and their cash from the “evil” Have Not’s of society who wants to plunder and loot that which was acquired in their lifetime.

In effect, building their own prisons with 12 foot walls and state of the art security systems to protect them and their loot.

How narrow minded …

Here in South Africa, we are suffering the ills of our former Liberation Movement, which has turned self serving scavenging hyenas, the ANC Government.

They have, through their constant looting of the Nation’s Tax coffers leeched the life out of South Africa, and now they are standing back when the question regarding “Free Quality Education” as promised in Freedom Charter and in Chapter 2, the Bill of Rights are being asked and shunting the “problem” off to the Universities to figure out while the students are on a rampage.

It is time for the middle “class” to wake up and smell the manure … they have more in common with the Have Not’s and those who are still suffering under Economic Apartheid in South Africa, and they should stand up and fight the Government, and the system of control in order to buy some more time through initiatives such as raising the minimum wage to a fair living wage of R10 000 so that we can implement the changes which needs to happen to keep the country from falling into civil war.

Aluta Continua, amandla awethu …

Nigeria, black faces, black problems … who cares?

During the last week a lot of things has happened in the geopolitical sphere, and of these things the two which stood out prominently for me as a liberal South African which take great interest in the ongoing war between the West and radical Islam.

These two things were, as you might have guessed by now the attack on Charlie Hebdo which left 12 people dead along with the attack by Boko Haram on Baga which left between 150 and 2000 dead.

What puzzles my mind is the fact that the whole World (and Benjamin Netanyahu) came out in support of the 12 journalists killed by extremist Muslims in Europe, and even Goodluck Jonathan condemned the killings, but very few of them have come out and publicly denounced the massive terror attack in Nigeria.

Then it struck me like a stone between the eyes, and I remember Leanardo DiCaprio’s exclamation “TIA”

This is Africa yes, and sadly the World in general does not care for Africa.  It might sound as if I am painting the World’s population in one colour and with a huge brush by generalizing to this extent, but lets face it, Africa is like Las Vegas.

Generally the saying goes “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”, and this seem to be the attitude towards African issues too.

Last week something pretty nifty saw the day of light, the Janicki Omniprocessor.  A brilliant piece of machinery which takes human waste and converts this into water and electricity, and not only this, it powers itself!

After watching the video on YouTube I read some of the comments, and one of the comments read as follow from a user called Pavel:

“I think we should burn african children to create warmth necessary to survive during the cold african winters.”

Obviously, being an humanist firstly and an African secondly this irked my ire as to how someone could be so insensitive towards the plight of his fellow man.

Which brings me back to the Nigerian issue at hand, black faces, black problems, and the leaders of the World can’t care enough, nor can the general populace of Europe, Asia and the Americas actually really care for the sad state of affairs here in Africa.

People like Julius Malema, the leader of the upcoming EFF party in South Africa also fired a heavy worded barrage at Goodluck Jonathan about his silence on this matter considering the fact that this is happening under his “rule”.

Boko Haram is and will forever be a problem unless drastic measures are implemented to fight extremists like them.  The same with the extremists who were responsible for the massacre in France.

In Nigeria it is a bit different though, because things there are not as civilized as in Europe, and of course, there are black people over there, and this is a case where black radical Muslims kill fellow black Muslims, so why should the World care?

“Let the Africans sort out their own problems, let them sort out their own internal struggles in Nigeria and while they are at it, a few less Muslims won’t be a bad thing either right?”

So the problem with this outlook is, that hate only begets hate, and we as the rest of the World has a duty towards our fellow human being to make sure they also get to live a quality life devoid of terror, fear, famine and disease.  This is what makes us human and which sets us apart from the rest of the animal kingdom.  This is also the only way that we will evolve beyond our current limitations and venture forth and become a space faring species.

For if you take away our humanity, our sense of community, then you will be left with something barely “better” than the great Apes.

Sadly, this is not only religious issue, but it is also a racial issue, because bigots still exist in our World to this day, and the only way to combat this type of bigotry and acts of terror at the same time is through providing quality education for people from all walks of life, all religious groups and all the different political parties.

Only  once we start thinking critically about ourselves and about our place in the World within the greater community of mankind and our relation to those around us will we be able to determine if our leaders are really leaders who are worth while following.

So, I implore you who have access to the Internet to learn.  Learn as much as possible.  Get the facts regarding the topics and form your own opinions.  Don’t just read one or two pages, read extensively and arm yourself with knowledge, because as the saying goes, “Knowledge is Power”

When the opportunity arise (and it does so almost on a daily basis for me as a South African) and you are faced with bigotry and hate preaching individuals challenge their ideas, do not keep quiet, but do so in a constructive way devoid of disrespectful commentary, because this will only harden their resolve to be bigots.

When someone says “Die fokken kaffirs fok alles op!” remind them, that these people are people, they are not just “kaffirs”, because this type of hate speech also leads to extremist acts of violence, like the terror acts by radicalized Muslims on the fringe of society who were pushed out into the fringes after being marginalized  and shunned for their belief and their customs which differ from most of the people in the West.

The same goes for when someone berates groups of people like adherents of the Islamic faith.  Don’t keep quiet, because if you keep quiet you are basically condoning this type of stereotyping and bigotry and the World will be poorer for it.

So, here is to the victims of Charlie Hebdo, the unsung victims of Baga, and all the other nameless victims of bigotry, racism and oppression! Do not let their deaths and suffering be in vein, because you, and only you can stop this as you make your way through life by educating others around you.

PS: What happend to #Bringbackourgirls … and do #blacklivesmatter ?

Zionist Apartheid

It is real, it is alive, and we are the only ones who can do something about it.

A Jewish guy invited me on Facebook to be his friend, which I though was very strange, but there was always the chance that this was one of those few enlightened souls who, like me, has a serious issue with the conflict and the misery and pain which it has caused on both sides of the Zionist Apartheid wall.

Shortly after we became friends he posted a picture of the Western Wall (also known as the Wailing Wall) on his profile to which I made the comment “Pity about the Apartheid like restrictions on the Palestinians over there”

This sparked an outcry from his Israeli-Jewish friends on Facebook, accusing me of anti-Semitism and a decent proportion of personal insults.

The big issue it seems was the fact that I dared to call Israel an Apartheid state, and the reasoning behind this was that there was Arab Israeli’s who are citizens of Israel and who has the same rights as any other Jewish Israeli, but does anyone remember Bantustans where black South Africans had semi-autonomy, but they were still viewed as second class citizens?

I tried to explain in vein to this new Facebook friend and his friends that the conflict between the Jewish people and the Palestinian people started after the Jewish Diaspora when Theodor Herzl had a dream to establish a homeland for the Jews.

In 1947 the UN gave 55% of the Palestinian territory which was a British mandate to the Jews (who numbered 602 2586, or 31% of the total population) who returned to Israel after WWII, and the remaining 45% went to the Indigenous Palestinians (who numbered 1 339 763, or 69% of the total population)

At the time of this partition, the Jewish population owned less than 6% of Palestine

After this event things escalated dramatically and Zionist Apartheid was born.  As any rational man can expect, this would not have sat well with the Palestinian people and things quickly went downhill from there, and one has to ask, what gives the United Nations the right to give away land which are inhabited, owned and developed by one group of people to another group people?

When I pointed out the walls which were erected and the checkpoints which were manned by IDF soldiers I was reminded that I must remember, these are two different nations, one Israeli, and one Palestinian, and the Palestinians were hell bent on destroying the Israeli way of life, and that this justified the Zionist Apartheid (with exclusion of the Israeli Arabs who were according to these new friends of mine equal citizens in Israel)

So, do you think that Zionist Apartheid is real or not, and what can we do to help the Israelis and the Palestinians to resolve the issue?

The True Face of Zionism

By Jacob L Bane
Twitter: @jacobleebane

I need to make a clear distinction before I proceed. I am addressing Zionism, not Judaism. My viewpoint comes not from a pro-Palestine, pro-Muslim, anti-Israel, anti-Jewish standpoint, but from the side of justice. My thoughts in this piece are not driven by politics, race or religion but let us instead get to the heart of the matter: what we’re seeing everyday in Gaza is unjust, it is clearly genocide and what needs to be changed is the mindset of those who are blind to these atrocities, by appealing to their consciences.

During the last 21 days I’ve been working feverishly to share the reality of what’s been happening to innocent people living and dying in Gaza. I’ve quoted death tolls and numbers in previous articles and on countless tweets, Facebook groups and other social media outlets, but now is the time to get to the nuts and bolts of what’s happening and, more importantly, why it’s happening.

The content of this video is all the evidence we need to vindicate our beliefs and temper our resolve to continue fighting.

Help us to oppose this hate-speech. It doesn’t represent the good people of Israel, good people who want peace on all sides. Thousands have already publicly condemned their government’s actions. I am sure Michael Ben-Ari and those involved don’t speak for YOU and it is not what YOU want, but for those whose beliefs it favours, we must urge them to look not only at current events in Gaza but also observe closely the actions of the Zionist government whose plan of extermination is evident.

I’m appalled and disgusted by what this video contains and the calls for the extermination of the Palestinian people are utterly reprehensible, as is the mob mentality and fanaticism of the throng gathered around Prime Minister elect, Michael Ben-Ari, who said:

“Good evening, Good Jews and to you all, leftist traitors.
We now demand: Let the army destroy. Let the army exterminate!”

“Let’s not confuse: NO INNOCENTS IN GAZA”
“No negotiations anymore, no agreements, we force them to kneel and beat them.”

“ERADICATE GAZA! ERADICATE GAZA!”

“What? Only 15 killed? We want 15 plus 2000 bodies. We want all Gaza in graves.”

“Security means to annihilate Gaza. Yes, eradicate Gaza, ERADICATE GAZA!”

“People of Israel are alive.”

If you still believe that Israel is the victim in this, you are wrong. If you still feel that Israel’s intention is only to remove Hamas, you are wrong. Let’s be clear, the Zionists seek the complete eradication of Gaza and its inhabitants – you have it here, straight from the horse’s mouth.

If you feel as so many of us feel and wish to help, please share this video with as many people as you can. Spread it far and wide, post it on as many local, national and global news sites, twitter feeds, Facebook groups, Reddit pages and personal websites as possible.

If we can show the world how ugly the Zionist plan is we have a strong chance of stopping them by turning those on the fence in the direction of justice. In doing so we can destabilise Benjamin Netenyahu’s position and weaken a regime hell-bent on bloodshed, but more importantly bring about peace on both sides.

We all want peace and peaceful means are the best way of achieving our aims. We have the energy and the numbers to make vital changes, so please, take a few moments of your day to share this and help save the lives of the innocent people of Palestine and Israeli soldiers who have been made to believe that what they’re doing is just, despite many now starting to question it.

A Step in the Right Direction, but the War against injustice is far from over …

Today I would like to remind those of you who actually takes the time to read the opinions on here that the War we are fighting against injustice is far from over.

I have touched on the subject in one of the previous posts about the state of the World as it today, and our reluctance as humankind to equally decry the state of affairs in the World became apparent to me during the course of the week.

You might be wondering what I am on about, and I will gladly explain my viewpoint on this statement, so you must please excuse the length of this post.

The Israeli / Gaza conflict has grabbed everyone’s attention, and it has focused everyone on the subject, people from both sides of the fence are up in arms about what the other side is doing and trying to justify why his/her side has the legitimacy to perform these acts of violence. This is where I believe that most of the people trying to justify the wrongs of the sides they have backed are missing the point while there are innocent people on both sides of the conflict suffering because those in power on both sides are either unwilling, or that they simply do not care enough to put an end to the violence.

This is not only happening in Israel and Gaza. It is happening all over the World, and the scary part is that everyone is to busy bickering about which side is right and which side is wrong that we are letting all the other atrocities slip by unnoticed.

Yesterday two bombs exploded in Kaduna, Nigeria. 82 people died, the suspected culprits are of course, the new (old) bad boys on the block, Boko Haram. An Islamist religious sect with the goal of creating an Islamic state in Nigeria governed by Sharia laws. During the last couple of weeks they have intensified their operations and have targeted moderate Islamic scholars and leaders who have denounced their actions as non-Islamic.

At the very same time, Christians in Iraq, who is most arguably one of the oldest Christian communities in the World and who’s numbers were more than a million strong during the reign of Saddam Hussein, are being driven from Mosul by the IS, a Sunni led Islamist sect also bend on creating a Islamic caliphate in Iraq and Syria, in fear of their lives. Their victims are numbering in the thousands already, and they are not only focusing on Christians. They are indiscriminately killing anyone who would try and oppose them, much the same way as Boko Haram is doing in Nigeria.

These along with major conflicts like the conflict in the Ukraine between the pro-Western backed rulers in Kiev, and the pro-Eastern backed separatists in Crimea are but some of the atrocities which are being committed World wide while we idly sit by and bicker about who is right and who is wrong in the Israeli / Gaza conflict.

Sadly, this is not where it stops, and this brings me to the point I want to carry over.

All over the globe innocents are suffering because of violent crimes, crimes which nobody can even try and justify. Crimes not linked to political or religious ideologies, but crimes which are a testament to the decay of human civilization as a whole.

In South Africa a young boy called Taegrin Morris, aged 4, was killed during a hijacking. We was in the car with his family when they got hijacked by a group of men. They ordered the family out of the car, and Taegrin was left hanging halfway out of the car in his safety belt and was dragged as the car was driven off by the highjackers.

His body was found later on, 8 to 10 kilometers away from where the incident took place.

In India a young girl of 6 was raped by a teacher at her school, and another was raped and found hanging from a tree. This after an initial International outcry over a med student who was fatally raped by a group of men, despite the Indian Government’s assurance that violent crime against women and girls won’t be tolerated.

Yet, the World in general stays quiet … We stay quiet.

Why are we not out in the streets demanding justice from our Governments for these heinous crimes? Why are we not protesting the fate of the people who are suffering at the hands of fanatical religious zealots in front of our Government buildings and the local embassies?

Change starts with us, and as long as we stay quiet more will suffer as we say nothing and refuse to acknowledge the problems in our societies as a whole.

We must stop turning a blind eye to events like this, and we must start acting upon them.

With that being said, I am not encouraging acts of vigilantism, nor am I suggesting that we should from angry mobs with pitchforks and burning torches. What I am saying is that we must start working together to survive this onslaught on our humanity, that we should force our Governments to start delivering on their promises. We should start protesting the injustices we see all over the globe where we see our fellow human beings suffering the plight of violent crime and oppression. We must strike where it hurts the most, and that is at the pockets of those unwilling to stop the massacre which is taking place daily around us.

People like Taegrin and the 7 year old Indian girl do not enjoy the same type of coverage as conflicts like the Israeli / Gaza conflict, but it doesn’t change the fact that it is happening all around us, and we are the ones allowing it through our silence.

So with this writing, I implore you to start acting. Become involved, form communities and care for each other regardless of race, religion or political affiliation. Look past your differences and focus on what you have in common. Everyone has loved ones, everyone has family, dreams and aspirations. Time to stop bickering about the differences and to start focusing and working together for a future, something we all have in common.

Namaste people of the World

Turning of the Tide

There has been a lot happening in Gaza and Israel since the last post, and by the sound of things it seems like Israel is finally feeling the pressure from all the corners of the World, and not a moment to soon with the death toll sitting at 670, with most of them being Palestinian civilians, 90 of them woman and and estimated 160 of them being children.

There has been protests all over the World against the excessive violence which was carried out under the guise of self defense from Israel’s side, with a defiant Benjamin Netanyahu sounding very much like then Vice President George HW Bush who said the following regarding Iranian flight 655 which was shot down by the North Americans over Iranian airspace.

I will never apologize for the United Staes of America, ever. I don’t care what the facts are” – Newsweek, August 15, 1988

This afternoon, the UN Human Rights council said that Israel might be committing war crimes, and they have started and investigation, and calling on the International Community for independent investigations into the alleged war crimes, and with a few of the big airline companies suspending flights to and from Ben Gurion for the time being I can say that I feel as if the tide is turning against the state of Israel, and this is now forcing them to the negotiation table, with a cease fire for the time being.

With this being said, it is my personal opinion, that should the UN Human Rights Council find proof of war crimes that they should add to their legitimacy by encouraging sanctions against Israel, add their weight behind the BDS movement, and that they should actively seek to prosecute Benjamin Netanyahu in The Hague at the ICC, who has a tarnished imagine because of their seemingly unwillingness to prosecute any other leaders except leaders of African countries, and leaders from predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East.

The sad part is, Ben is only the face of something which lies deeper. Something called hate and prejudice, and the ICC can’t and won’t be able to prosecute all the Israelis who has actively supported this slaughtering of the innocents.

It is us to us, as citizens of the World to confront the beast whenever we see it, and to take it head on and not stay quiet about it.

Although it is too soon to celebrate a victory for the Palestinian people, I feel I can honestly say, this is a step in the right direction and that I am greatly impressed with the vigorous support which the Palestinian people received from people around the World, and this gives me hope for the human species as a whole.

Namaste people of the World

Compassion is Colourless

By Jacob L Bane

I’ve spent the better part of this and last week trawling through masses of messages, emails, websites, news articles, historical videos and petitions about Palestine and Israel. I’ve been aware of the crisis for many years but what’s happening now seems frighteningly final.

You’d have to be living under a rock on the dark side of the moon not to be aware of it, even if the facts or details escape you; from the initial ‘retaliation’ on Tuesday 8th July after falsified assassinations of three Israeli youths, supposedly carried out by Hamas ‘terrorists’, to the horror of the four Bakr boys killed indiscriminately on a beach on July 16th and cast as ‘human shields’ by the IDF.

We’ve probably all seen the images of those twisted, lifeless bodies in the summer sand, seen videos of the bombing raids by IDF jets as well as the pictures of some Israelis pulling up deckchairs and cheering as explosions rocked Gaza, because one thing the internet does extremely efficiently is bring the atrocities to our eyeballs – even if we don’t want it to.

Now, compared to a lot of people on Facebook I have a modest number of friends, somewhere around 150. I can be quite a demanding FB friend too, I’m always posting something which needs attention and I generally push lots of people to respond. Often the response is good but with the Palestine situation I’ve noticed an increasing number of people turning a blind eye.

Yes, okay, you’ve had a bad day and you just want a laugh, I get that, but here’s my problem: While innocent people in Palestine are dying because our so-called political leaders are either too involved with Israel or are too busy procrastinating, I can’t rest. I can’t sit by and do nothing, I cannot turn a blind eye like so many people seem to be doing.

I’m becoming angry about this.

I log on at the moment and immediately ask, “Why the fuck is my wall not glowing red hot with Palestine/Israel posts?”

And this got me thinking.

I don’t want to turn this into a racial or religious argument, but I have to ask this solitary question: If it wasn’t Muslims being killed by the IDF and the UN/USA’s inaction, would the world be more sympathetic?

Since 9/11 the world’s view of Muslims has been tainted by a media steered by an elitist group with a political agenda as nefarious as Hitler’s (and Benjamin Netenyahu’s). The average man in the street will tell you he has no time for them or thinks they are dangerous and can’t be trusted. I hear this all the time, especially from the western hemisphere. Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein, both vituperated in the media, are forever cast in stone as demons and figureheads of Muslim nations that bred terrorist organisations – all highly questionable, yet widely accepted.

This vilification has damaged, even destroyed the reputation of Muslims all over the world and mistrust is often the first response from many people.

I wonder, if we were seeing blonde haired, pale skinned children dying on a beach, how would the western world respond? Would we see trade sanctions in place already? Would we see UN jets flying in and dropping nukes?

The UN/USA is playing a double standards game because Israel has contravened more UN laws than Iraq, yet America hasn’t charged in there to stomp all over them. We know the USA has been bankrolling Israel, we know it has sold them weapons and if we think about it, we can see that Gaza (and what little remains of the true Palestine) presents a wonderful opportunity to move oil easily from the Middle East to the Mediterranean and out into the Atlantic.

Perhaps what we’re witnessing here is a two-fold endgame: Israel’s final solution for Palestine and America’s continuing quest to control all the oil and the ensuing economy with it.

Compassion doesn’t come in any particular colour – one size fits all and I urge you to ignore the prejudice being spread in the media and listen to your heart, see in the faces of those broken children the faces of your own brothers, sisters or children. Loss, pain, grief and tragedy are indiscriminate too.

What we need to do is hit Israel where it hurts and force them into submission by denying them trade and privileges, so, if you feel so compelled you can take action by signing the following petitions or even email Benjamin Netenyahu and the White House directly with your thoughts.

Together, we have all the power in the world.

Avaaz trade sanctions petiton

Change.org trade sanctions petiton

Email The White House

Email Benjamin Netenyahu