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Boston bombing shows we see the world from US perspective

The media in all its diverse facets – and all of us who consume it and help it to be profitable – have hard questions to answer. Why do we direct so much of our sympathy and understanding towards rich, privileged (and often unbearably narcissistic) Americans whose culture and military might dominate the world, while we stingily ration our sympathy and understanding for others whose cultures and religions we do not bother or take the time and effort to understand?

A bomb explodes in a far-off land and three people die tragically. For several days our newspapers carry detailed stories – often on their front pages – telling stories of the heroism of survivors, the tragedy of those maimed and killed and the intense hunt for the killers. The people they report on come alive before our eyes because they are treated as human beings with hopes and dreams, capable of feeling pain and of joy, disappointment and fear. They are American and we feel we know them even if we have not (yet) fully become like them.

In the same week a suicide bomber blows himself up inside a café in another troubled land, killing a least 27 and wounding dozens more. You wait in vain for stories of heroism and tragedy of that event to be published on the front pages of our newspapers. But these victims are not given any voice, are in fact not treated as human beings with names and faces and lives shattered by “terrorism”. They are Iraqi’s and we can never know them because we are not told their nuanced and complex stories and so they are forever destined to remain Other to us.

It is not as if we have not heard of Iraq. When the Americans invaded that country under a spurious pretext, Iraq was on the front pages of all the newspapers. Some of us even know where to find it on the map. But the Iraq story is not treated as if it is our story. Iraqi victims of American terror are not turned into human beings, but, at best, are depicted as symbols devoid of any flesh and blood and feelings. It is assumed we are not interested in human beings living far away unless they appear as American soldiers and American journalists on American news programmes – and maybe we are not. Neither are we apparently interested in the shocking report of fighting in Nigeria (killing up to 190 people in the past day) or strife in Somalia. We are sometimes told about these “trouble spots”, but the “trouble” is never given a human face.

Unlike the people of Boston who are treated as our family and friends: real people with real feelings and real humanity. No wonder many of us seem to care more about three people dying in Boston than 27 people dying in Iraq or almost 200 people being killed in Nigeria. How are we supposed to care about people in Iraq and Nigeria if we are seldom if ever told who they are; why they are sad or angry or happy; why they cry and why they laugh; what food they like and which shops they hang out in? We are not even told whether these countries have a stock exchange and whether the prices on that stock exchange have gone up or down. As far as we can tell, people living in Iraq or Nigeria do not matter.

If we did not know any better it would have been easy to believe that rich people in so called developed countries; people who speak English; people with quick access to the internet and cell phones, whose lives become real because we see them weep and laugh for the cameras after every minor tragedy; people living in countries dominated by the descendants of those who colonized us; that such people are the ones who we are supposed to emulate and whose cultural habits and attitudes we will (hopefully!) one day be able to imitate perfectly. Then we will also be “civilized”. But surely we do – we must – know better than believing this?

In a confusing week in which we are told more about the lives of a few people living in far-off Boston than we have ever been told about people living on our own continent, I have to wonder: who are we and what have we become? What are the meaning-giving stories embedded in our beings that help us make sense of the world around us and of where we belong in this world? Who gets to tell these stories and what are the (often unspoken and unexamined) assumptions on which those who select and tell these stories base their decisions? Are we really no more than confused, second-rate, American wannabe post-colonials who have bought into the idea that our worth is measured by how well we can manage to imitate the cultural practices, attitudes and habits of a fading neo-colonial power – albeit one who has elected a “black” president?

In 2001 I attended an exhibition entitled The Lie of the Land – The Secret Life of Maps. Ironically, I attended this exhibition – if I remember correctly – in London at the British Library, a magnificent creature born out of the most colonial of institutions – the British Museum. Although the exhibition was not without its faults, it provided an arresting visual critique of Eurocentrism, showing how the worldview of dominant cultural and economic groups from the Northern hemisphere influence the way in which most “standard” – supposedly “apolitical” and “objective” – maps are rendered today.

For example, on most maps, Europe and North America are situated on top – allowing us to believe that these countries are really “on top of the world”. Africa, Australia and South America are always situated at the bottom. Why never the other way around? Cartographers make assumptions about the world (North is assumed to be at the top) and these assumptions have become normalised and are viewed as “common sense”.

But these politically embedded assumptions help to structure how we see the world and our place in it. Few of us ever stop to think about the politics of cartography and what it says about Western cultural and economic imperialism and domination. Few ever think how these unexamined assumptions structure the way we see ourselves, to what extent and on what basis we rate our own worth (or supposed, entirely imagined, lack thereof) or how it restricts our imagination and limits the ways in which we think it is possible to excel and thrive in this world.

Most South Africans (obviously excluding those with British passports) live in an in-between world: between their own lived reality and the images (presented as idealised and worthy of emulation) they see on television and in the printed media. This is not a comfortable space to be in. For many South Africans who were not born into the dominant colonial culture or have not managed to assimilate into this dominant colonial culture (through education based on the values and assumptions of the colonial powers, by watching soap operas on TV, by singing along to Western pop music, by paging through magazines in which white people from America and the USA are depicted as the height of beauty, glamour and style), the country can feel like a foreign place.

Not that it is possible or desirable to turn the clock back. We cannot undo the effects of colonialism. Nor can we entirely escape the conquering power of Western culture and economic and military dominance of a superpower like the USA. We all have a bit of American DNA in our identities now – whether we like it or not. The milk (slightly sour milk perhaps?) has been poured into the coffee and cannot be removed. The media (and many of our politicians and educators) are telling us that the sour coffee is delicious and good for us. Drink up and ask for more! But, why should we drink this putrid concoction? Why not mix that concoction into a cake mix and bake a delicious coffee cake with it?

The problem is that our media (often politicians and professors, too) are only dimly aware (or not aware at all) that they are steeped in the values (and necessarily view the world through) the eyes of the old and new colonial masters. They never ask whether Europe, figuratively speaking, should really be at the top of the map and whether it is not time to flip the map around, the right side up, with Africa proudly right in the middle and at the top.

Even when they tell diverse stories about many different South Africans, even when they engage with diverse opinions from a wide spectrum of opinion makers, newspapers and politicians and academics seldom tell these stories or view these opinions in ways that even attempt to escape the framing assumptions of the culturally dominant colonial culture.

I suspect many readers of this column will be outraged or perplexed. Some would not be able to articulate why they find nothing wrong with the overheated reporting of the death of three Americans, as compared to the almost invisible treatment of our fellow human beings living in Iraq and Nigeria. Others will conjure up arguments that affirm the basic premise of this piece: arguing that there is nothing new about people getting killed in Africa or the Middle East, while the bombing of a road race in pristine Boston is shocking – not realising that by stating this they are affirming their inability to see most people on our planet as living, breathing human beings.

No wonder, because how can we grieve for 180 dead Nigerians when we are not told the names of those killed, when (even if we tried) we would not be able to find out what their families felt about their killing, whether they were doing the dishes or making love when they heard the news; whether the curtains were drawn when the police officer arrived to bring the sad tiding; whether any heroes saved some of the victims; which hospitals the survivors were rushed to and what the name of the doctor was who operated on the little boy who miraculously survived the shooting. Because we are not presented with the details that would enable us to imagine the real lives of our fellow Africans (often those details are missing about stories closer to home too), we are stuck with our obsession about and our sympathy for others we probably have less in common with.

  • Mike

    @PDV – The treatment of fellow human beings in Iraq and Nigeria is what the world expects from such regions.
    The bombing of the Boston marathon, a public event, by refugees from Eastern Europe taken in by the USA, is not what the world expects from that region.
    Dis maklik meneer.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    Correct. And where did you study during Apartheid and import your mishmash of identity politics and critical race theories from?

  • ozoneblue

    Whatever else my heartfelt condolences to the victims .and the families of the dead and injured

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    My favourite conspiracy theory surrounding the Boston Bombing – sniffer dogs searching the whole day, US Special Forces on the scene before the bombs went off. Nice pics of them here:

    http://freedom4um.com/cgi-bin/readart.cgi?ArtNum=154467

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Is it a sign of normalisation that a huge number of the pigeons being sold in Europe are going to Iraq?

    Then, remember how Madiba used to say to white South Africans black life is cheap? That was before the stats came out about 500 000 murders or 2 000 000 Aids orphans.

    The bottom line is: Politicians are full of it.

    Anyone else watching the IPL? A couple of years ago social cohesion in that country was so fragmented it was too dangerous to play the IPL there and a couple of South Africans were quickly bribed to host it.

    Business to the recue, and….

    Think the ANC is bad? Politicians in India dicked around for decades playing at socialism while they hoovered without any sense of urgency or national purpose or visible intent. (I’m not saying the ANC will not stretch it out as long….)

  • Howard Klaaste

    Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly elected vice president of the ANC, is in charge of Mcdonalds SA. Aaron Motsoaledi, the health minister, wants to introduce legislation that will reduce the salt content of Cyril’s burgers and patties. Mcdonalds, KFC, and Coca cola are american concerns that interferes with South African lifes. But WE ARE LOVING IT! Weird!

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    @brett

    Dont worry Brett our mostly US educated liberals have displaced socialism with critical race theory and White Supremacism to explain all the ills in the world. Next they are going to displace another two million middle class Whites with middle class Blacks.

    You cant have your toast buttered on both sides, gun boy. You should thank the US.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    Brett, How long ago were the CIA training and arming the Islamic fundamentalist mujahideen in order to “liberate” Afghanistan from the progressive forces of socialism. Can you remember the “Cold War”. It feels like it was just yesterday.

  • James

    Good one Prof.

    I am looking forward to reading your ideal newspaper.

    Presumably, given your insistence that to focus on one particular country is unjust, it would be a list of the names of everyone who died in unfortunate circumstances the previous day?

    So as not to give any one nationality any more importance than another, the names of the dead would be listed alphabetically.

    There would, of course, be hundreds or thousands of names every day, so you’d only be able to print short details of the circumstances of each person’s demise.

    Sounds fascinating!

    Then we could turn to the sports pages. Given your rationale, to focus on football teams like Manchester United or Barcelona would be prejudiced.

    So, instead, we could simply have a list of the previous day’s results from every country’s premier league.

    Or, if it was a South African publication, you could have the SA teams, followed by the teams of those countries closest to it. So, on page two of the sports pages you’d have the Lesotho results, page 3 Swazi, Page 4 Zim, Page 5 Namibia…..

    What a read!

    I may be wrong, but I fear your newspaper may have trouble selling many copies. If it were a private enterprise, its backers may lose their shirts.

    No problem, you might say. The State could step in! IT could fund the publication of this boring newspaper….that way the people would, gradually, learnt to shed their Western prejudices and see the world more accurately!

    Have you read The New Age recently!!!!

    I’m sure your aware that during the last century not a few countries have tried something similar to what your risible argument seems to suggest.

    The occasional genocide notwithstanding, they have all collapsed, either as the impoverished masses rose up in revolution, or have succumbed to Western-style capitalism.

    The only one that remains is North Korea.

    Do yourself a favour Prof and stick to constitutional law and politics. This media/cultural relativism stuff exposes both your prejudices and ignorances.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ James

    You sarcasm contributes little to our debate.

    PdV has performed a valuable public service by highlighting two obscures fact that few of us properly appreciate:

    1. That the U.S. media is overwhelmingly dominant across the globe.

    2. That, with the exception of a tiny coterie of soft-hearted liberals, and, maybe, some religious universalists, most people care only about those with whom they feel some form of national, ethnic or cultural affiliation.

    Thanks, Prof!

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  • Max

    Great article Prof… and much more clearly argued than some of the falacy-riddled comments posted here.

    We simply cannot get away from the underlying assumption that some lives are worth more than others.

    BTW: It is worth noting that Al Jazeera has had significant success – even in the U.S. – by coverring more of the world in a more balanced way. Of course, Al Jazeera has its problems, but they have disproven some long-held assumptions about what viewers want.

  • Mike

    @Max – oK so lets call your bluff, what exactly was the worth of the three people killed in Boston.

  • Gwebecimele

    Headline of Daily Sun today

    https://twitter.com/khayadlanga/status/326576392940703744/photo/1

    Who owns this newspaper that feeds our people krap?

    This cannot be right, its an insult to the reasoning capacity of the black people.

  • james

    @Mikhail

    Is it really an “obscure fact”… “that the U.S. media is overwhelmingly dominant across the globe” and that “most people care only about those with whom they feel some form of national, ethnic or cultural affiliation.”

    Or are these actually very well known facts?

    And while the first fact is relatively easily countered, sat by, er, NOT consuming US media (as I and someone else pointed out, there are plenty of other outlets – try Al Jazeera or *ahem* The New Age)

    The second fact would seem to be both well known and innocuous (as I tried to illustrate in my earlier sarcastic post)

  • spoiler

    James read MDF’s reply again – sarcasm is his speciality too.

    Max – I know what you’re trying to say, but I am with Mike on this one.

  • Max

    @ Mike

    Not sure i understand what you mean.

    SA media systematically pays more attention (by column inch) to los of U.S. lives compared to loss of Nigerian lives. Surely the underlying assumption/message is that US lives are worth more – and by worth more in this context i mean worth attention/worth noting/worth trying to understand.

    Yes, in this particular case you could argue that novelty gives this story news value – However, not to the extent of having it on our front pages for days on end. It is a matter of degree – but also a matter of this case fitting into a wider tendency to give the loss of US lives greater priority.

    Happy to respond again if you ask a clear question.

  • Michael Osborne

    @ Max

    I think it is entirely unsurprising that the media coverage should have been as it was. You correctly note the element of novelty. You can be sure that if bombs at marathons became as routine as bombs in Baghdad, such news would fall off the front page.

    But there is also the question of the many personal ties of SA with the U.S.. The odds of a middle class newspaper reader in South African having a relative, friends or colleague, in Boston are much higher than the equivalent in Kabul. (In fact, I think there were six South Africans in proximity to the blasts.) Finally, Pierre is wrong in emphasising the Americocentric focus. Recall the London bus bombings of 2005, and the very heavy coverage of that on SA media.

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    @Pierre,

    “How are we supposed to care about people in Iraq and Nigeria if we are seldom if ever told who they are; why they are sad or angry or happy; why they cry and why they laugh; what food they like and which shops they hang out in?”

    Hmmm!

    Nollywood produces more movies (second to Bollywood) than Hollywood.

    I hope that’s useful information for those wanting to watch a good movie or tow this coming weekend!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinema_of_Nigeria

    p.s. Please post your crits!

  • Mike

    @Max – I cant remember the names of the people killed in the Boston bombing, but unlike Iraq and Nigeria I now know the names of the perpetrators of the bombings because of extensive CCTV and cell phone photo coverage.
    That is the issue my friend which is haow quickly the culprits were caught.

  • Some ouen

    Your blog is entitled “constitutionally speaking”… Don’t alienate your audience by soapboxing…

  • ozoneblue

    It is of course on thing to build a new Sout Africa that embraces our African culture and quite another thing to vilify and denounce our strong Western traditions and use language such as “colonialist” and “White Supremacy” when discussing the origins of people with a certain skin colour. That is not a healthy or constructive sort of national identity dialogue.

  • Gwebecimele
  • Angulus Calx

    I am a South African born American citizen, living in the US, and an avid reader of this blog.
    A very good article, to show the ignorance of the general public here of events that happens elsewhere.
    I am not going to comment on the media, and the South African hunger for anything America, but what I do take issue with is the opening paragraph of the article. To quote “towards rich, privileged (and often unbearably narcissistic) Americans”……
    My assumption now is that you have no sympathy for any of the victims, because of the above?
    You obviously also watch too much of the other part of America media culture, namely soapies.
    Aim your article at the media, but not at Americans as people.

  • Gwebecimele
  • spoiler

    Gwebs – if that research is accurate it says a lot more about black youth than the DA…

  • Gwebecimele

    Brett

    Latest to your conviction rates.

    In trying to save R200mil we will let off/miss 3% of the thugs.

    http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2013/04/23/national-prosecuting-authority-short-of-r200-million

  • Gwebecimele

    Please explain Spoiler.
    I am shocked by the 19% whites.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Angulux

    “Aim your article at the media, but not at Americans as people.”

    With respect, you may have been away from South Africa for too long to appreciate that we feel a deep antipathy for all Americans — aside perhaps for Professor Chomsky. That is primarily because of U.S. foreign policy, which (a) deposed General Saddam Hussein and Colonel Ghaddafi, both of whom loyally supported our struggle; (b) America’s support for the Illegal Zionist Entity (IZE); and, (c) America’s current BULLYING of the Democratic Republic of Korea and its idealistic young leader.

    Thanks.

  • Angulus Calx

    @ Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    I am perplexed…
    Points a, b, and c has got nothing to do with a terror incident….or people…or the media..
    And for ALL Americans, nogal…

  • Dmwangi

    PdV is incredibly hypocritical. He has no sympathy for Muslims or their worldview. Part of the reason for these extremist attacks is because PdV and his fanatical secularist ilk run all over the world trying to impose their notion of “human rights” on everyone. He simply cannot tolerate the fact that some cultures don’t share his anti-religious, pro-sodomite, sexual liberation, gender constructivist weltanschauung. What was his response when the Western media incessantly lambasted/bullied Uganda for merely *considering* a law forbidding the overt practice of homosexuality? Or the millions of trees U.S. news outlets have felled to promote “gay marriage?” Was he criticising them then for their failure to devote as much ink to the ongoing mass murder in DRC or Sudan or Somalia or Syria or…. Nope. As long as they’re pushing his “agenda” he’s perfectly content that Muslim, African, etc. atrocities remain on the back page.

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    April 23, 2013 at 17:31 pm

    Dworky,

    While we’re sad that Brother Leader was exterminated, it did help us here in sunny SA beyond our crocodile tears.

    Our state kept his “ill-gotten” gains.

    Now we are all owners in the Michelangelo!

    WDYSTT?

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Dmwangi
    April 23, 2013 at 18:18 pm

    Well spotted Dmwangi,

    “Part of the reason for these extremist attacks is because PdV and his fanatical secularist ilk run all over the world trying to impose their notion of “human rights” on everyone. He simply cannot tolerate the fact that some cultures don’t share his anti-religious, pro-sodomite, sexual liberation, gender constructivist weltanschauung.”

    You really should run a weekend course on UBUNTU at Milpark Holiday Inn for PdV – he is young and has a lot to learn.

    Dworky will assist!

  • Dmwangi

    PdV should look in the mirror: their is a huge moral asymmetry between the human rights horrors that happen nearly every day in the world and the petty, trivial kak he blogs about. Peruse his headlines: where is his coverage of Chechnya, Tibet, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Albania, N. Korea, Colombia, DRC, etc. All I read on this page is picayune rantings about race/gender theory, JSC, irreverent presidential artwork, and other parochial SA issues. And that’s what I expect to get when I come here. The Western media tends to cover Western issues from a Western perspective. PdV covers gender/gay SA constitutional issues from, er, his perspective. Nothing sinister about that. It’s only the arrogant presumption that the Western media speaks on behalf of and is supposed to inform the world that would lead one to conclude it should devote as much intensity to non-Western events as those that occur on their soil. I don’t expect PdV to devote as much coverage to the Kenyan election as the Zuma penis-saga, despite the former having a far greater impact on people’s lives, because a) he is not competent to do so and b) that is not within the purview of his self-assigned task (i.e. “covering”–producing propoganda regarding –SA constitutional issues from a postmodern perspective).

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    p.s. “DRC or Sudan or Somalia or Syria or…. Nope”

    Dwmangi, I’m ignorant as you know.

    Please tell me where’s “Nope”.

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Rycroft said he began arguing with the guard and he shouted a derogatory statement that may have fuelled the guard’s anger.

    “I got annoyed and I said ‘go back to your country’. I could tell he was not from here because he had a French accent.”

    The car guard then stood in front of the car to block them from exiting and Rycroft said he was forced to slow down as the guard wouldn’t move.

    “He then hit my bonnet and smashed my windscreen on the driver’s side and bashed the rear passenger door, on the right. He managed to pull the driver’s door open but I managed to close it again.”

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/car-guard-attacks-couple-s-car-1.1504732#.UXbDWkoVF8E

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    p.s. There’s a rumour that the car guard’s name is Dmwangi!

  • Dmwangi

    I would like to register my maximal moral outrage that PdV has now spent more time and energy expressing his righteous indignation about the lack of Western media coverage of non-Western atrocities than he has… non-Western atrocities.

    Thanks.

  • suomy nona

    The Boston attack has merely shone the spotlight on the erosion of rights in the USA.

    The State of Emergency has now become permanent. Americans want total security; instead what they are getting is the totalitarian security state.

    The victims: three dead, more than 180 injured. But the biggest victim, the Constitutional state (“Rechtsstaat”) is invisible. America has long lost the plot in the fight against terror.

    There was “lock-down” in Boston. Now the suspect has been arrested. But the State of Emergency is not over. America has been living for a long time in a State of Emergency and indeed has imposed it on the entire world.

    The West wants to see the “good guy” in President Obama, one who is different from “bad guy” Bush. But Obama is reserving for himself the right to kill people all over the world, at any time. Literally: without a charge, without a defence, without process or even a warning. It is sufficient for the President and his advisers to come to the conclusion that someone deserves to die.

    The Obama administration keeps hollowing out the so-called Miranda rights (“you have the right to remain silent”). In the case of US citizen and suspected Boston bomber Zarnajew, it was announced that police would interrogate him, somewhere, for 24 hours on end.

    Americans feel they are in a war against terror. Anybody who takes up arms against them forfeits all their rights. But it lies in the logic of this thinking that every citizen forfeits his rights in the long run.

    The logic of war asks: what is more important to you – your life or your rights? Civil society should reject that question. But civil society is being corroded by the logic of war, and the logic of security.

    It is not international terrorism that threatens the constitutions of Western democracies, but the Western security authorities.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    LOL.

    Dmwangi please stop bullying pierretjie like this. He is clearly exremely stressed. Prof. William the baboon Makgoba is hovering over his shoulder fishing out racist academics like the angel of death.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    So why, oh why, is PDV then been ignoring the rest of Africa as if it simply doesn’t exist?

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    And I believe that the fundamental difficulty for White liberals is that it doesn’t matter how hard they try to convince Africans that their noble innately human rights friendly culture has been corrupted by colonialism/apartheid/etc – it is simply not convincing and turns the White liberal into a characture of themselves.

    And even more so , today, Steve Biko just aint the man he used to be.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue
  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Dmwangi
    April 23, 2013 at 18:18 pm

    Hey DM,

    “the ongoing mass murder in DRC or Sudan or Somalia or Syria or…. Nope.”

    Guess what?

    I found NOPE and it’s in (surprise, surprise) …. KENYA!!!!!!!

    Welcome to NOPE

    NOPE is a Kenyan-based NGO with operations in the East African region that improves the well being of youth, people in the workplace and the country’s most at-risk populations by providing highly customized sexual and reproductive health and social services.

    Unlike other organizations with similar offerings, NOPE is making a greater impact because it works in close partnership with institutions and individuals that recognize and appreciate the needs of the specific populations it serves

    http://nope.or.ke/

  • Dmwangi

    “Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)
    April 23, 2013 at 18:47 pm
    p.s. “DRC or Sudan or Somalia or Syria or…. Nope”

    Dwmangi, I’m ignorant as you know.”

    Quite right.

    “An ellipsis at the end of a sentence with a sentence following should be preceded by a period (for a total of *four* dots).” http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellipsis

    No worries, mate. I wouldn’t expect a PdV acolyte to be literate enough to know that.

  • beetle

    Bombings in the US are news, because sooner or later America will be nuked. Its a possibility that affects us all.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    What is really telling is that through all these long, long years Constitutionally Speaking never found the courage to speak out about this:

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/65/Camp_x-ray_detainees.jpg

    Surely that must constitute a moral FAIL of truely epic dimensions.

  • Gwebecimele
  • Gwebecimele
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  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Dmwangi
    April 23, 2013 at 22:37 pm

    Awwww DM,

    I’m a genius – admit it.

    Nobody but me could find NOPE!

    Lisbeth and Dworky helped me write this poem just for you.

    The Vatican has the POPE,
    Brett looks like PORK,
    USA had Bob HOPE,
    JR went to racist heaven, Manley,
    SA has got its COPE,
    Kenya chucked out Dmwangi cos he is a DOPE,
    Now its got NOPE.
    p.s. Zuma knows what he’s doing.

    Pretty nifty, ne – maybe I should give up my day job.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    For the past 20 years, the FBI has used informants and agent-provocateurs to induce Muslims and others to plan terrorist bombings, and in many cases it is known that the FBI actually supplied weapons, money, and explosives to individuals who otherwise would have had no capability of carrying out any sort of terrorist action on their own.

    http://www.larouchepub.com/pr_lar/2013/130421_fbi_boston.html

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Brett

    “the FBI has used informants and agent-provocateurs to induce Muslims and others to plan terrorist bombings”

    Brett, thank you very much for sharing with us the wisdom of Mr La Rouche, a “thought leader” I have long admired. Did you know that the reason no JEWS were killed on 9/11 was because they were advised by MOSSAD that they should enjoy a late breakfast at home that particular Tuesday!

    How you explain dat?

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Ha ha! He he!

    See – I laugh in the face of provocation. Be my guest – you can delegitimise the red bastard all you want.

    The facts – and there are a great many of them – in that release are uncontested.

    Hhhmmmm…..I must try get the message to the red bastard that it provoked our resident Mossad sleeper to come out of hibernation…..

    It will add credibility to the conspiracy theories that have the bombings down as another Mossad False-Flag operation.

    Can’t say I agree, but anything that delegitimises the institution ‘government’ in peoples’ eyes?

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Brett

    “Ha ha! He he!”

    You can laugh all you like. But did you know that “President” Obama’s secret birth certificate shows that he was born on the planet ZEUS, in the SHARIA galaxy, and was in 1957 re-implanted in Hillary Clinton by the same group of Iraqi exiles that organised the Kennedy assassination, ordered a rogue U.S. squadron to attack Pearl Harbour in 1941, and paid Serbian police to stage the killing of Archduke Ferdinand in 1914 to finance a secret reprint of the PROTOCOL OF THE ELDERS OF ZION?

    Think about it.

  • spoiler

    Brett, do you have the URL for David Ike, I need to sign up for all the conspiracy theory mongers mail spam so I can stay informed about what is really going on out there. Please.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    No, but please share if you do get your hands on it. I am captivated by the vicion of the Royals turning into reptiles at night.

    She is not called ‘Lizzie’ for nothing, you know!

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    “The Boston FBI office has its own history of this. In the 2011 case of Rezwan Ferdaus, accused of planning to send miniature planes carrying explosives crashing into the U.S. Capitol and the Pentagon, the FBI went even further. According to the London Guardian (Sept. 29, 2011), the FBI provided money to Ferdaus to travel to Washington and to buy an F-86 Sabre minature plane for the attack.

    “The prosecution case also reveals how Ferdaus ordered the plane and rented a storage facility in which to keep it and then took delivery from the FBI of 25 pounds of C-4 explosives, three grenades, and six AK-47 rifles.” (Emphasis added.)

    The official FBI press release, on Sept. 29, 2011, explicitly acknowledged that the FBI provided Ferdaus with “approximately 1.25 pounds of actual C-4 explosives.”

    This operation was publicly defended by both Richard DesLauriers, the head of the Boston FBI office, and Carmen Ortiz, the United States Attorney — both of whom are still in place overseeing the Marathon bombing case.”

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Brett

    I read that OSAMA BIN LADEN was in fact former CIA Director Bill Casey in drag!

    Also, that there is no way the Egyptians could have built those 15 metre pyramids using jewish slaves, and that the huge rocks were lifted by primitive SPACE CRAFT from the THERMIDOR galaxy!

    Thanks.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Brett and Spoiler

    Renowed historian and thinker Dr David Ike is at http://www.davidicke.com. I have learned a great deal from this genius. He has opened my eyes (and those of Brett, I suspect), to many MYTHS that pass as conventional wisdom!

    Thanks.

  • spoiler

    The FBI are clearly their own and the USA’s worst enemy, by far. Clearly a miniature F86 Sabre could never have carried 25 lbs of C4 – they needed at least a small to medium Sabre. Dunces.

  • http://www.ozoneblue.co.za ozoneblue

    @mfd

    That is nothing yet. Have you heard the one about the world and all of human history being one massive conspiracy orchestrated against noble Blecks by an evil, eternal and universal force of destruction going by the collective descriptor of “White Supremacy”.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Dworky, try saying his name fast as you can 5 times….

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Spoiler, I reckon some Federale got his kid’s Xmas present courtesy of an unwary state….

    Ferdaus = out of a horse.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Brett

    ” try saying “David Ike’s” name fast as you can 5 times….”

    With respect, this is a useless diversion. The fact remains that Professor Ike offers an alternative narrative to boring EUROCENTRIC history/archeology/geology and cosmogenesis. That is why I am calling on progressives everywhere to embrace his insights.

    Thanks.

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder
    April 24, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Eeeesh Dworky,

    “the THERMIDOR galaxy!”

    You just made that up didn’t you (probably from dinner last night)?

  • Lisbeth

    @Brett

    “Ferdaus – out of a horse”

    No, no, no, Brett. You mean “Pferd aus”, which is shorthand for “the horse is out”.

  • Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?

    Lisbeth, are you a wife in training?

    Why spoil a good story with the facts?

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA fought apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje – 19 years of ANC rule! Is South Africa FUBAR?
    April 24, 2013 at 18:28 pm

    Brett …

    “Why spoil a good story with the facts?”

    [15 Year old] Raymond Buys died a month after being admitted to a Vereeniging hospital, emaciated and with, among others, skull fractures, following a 10-week stay at the camp, during which he was banned from contacting his family, according to a report in Beeld.

    Camp owner Alex de Koker, 49, and his employee, Michael Erasmus, 20, have been charged with murder, child abuse, neglect and two cases of assault with intent to cause serious physical injury.

    On Tuesday, Gerhard Oosthuizen, 19, reportedly testified that Buys, with whom he shared a tent during the training course, was chained to his bed every night, was refused permission to visit the toilet and forced to eat his own faeces.

    http://www.iol.co.za/news/crime-courts/he-was-forced-to-eat-his-own-faeces-1.1505405#.UXgwPkoVF8E

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect – Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    WHere is the good story here, Maggs?

  • Paul Kearney

    Back to Flat Earth de Vos; descendant of Oom Paul Kruger methinks. I’m sure the world’s surveyors, map makers and GPS systems operators are in awe of a law professor from some obscure university in Africa explaining to them how they have it alll wrong and will immediately re-jig their systems to fall in line with his view of how things should be depicted. Yeah right.

    Maybe when the Chinese space programme gets to Ur Anus, the world will look like de Vos’ idea. Who knows?

  • Maggs Naidu – GOSA is FUBAR! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Brett Nortje + other stuff and questions
    April 24, 2013 at 22:40 pm

    Brett

    “WHere is the good story here, Maggs?”

    I don’t do good stories Brett.

    But there is a satellite blog started by Dworky, Prof MO and Lisbeth which you can look up – http://www.good-stories-about-WHITE-people.com!

  • Brett Nortje – Dunning–Kruger effect: Is it possible the ANC do not realise how badly they suck at running our country?

    Maggs, that was a non sequitur. You’re the weakest link.

    At least the wife-in-training’s joke related to the previous point raised although her German is badly in need of practice.

  • Maggs Naidu – The DA will bring back apartheid! (maggsnaidu@hotmail.com)

    Now, almost a week after the Tsarnaev brothers fought a rolling street battle with dozens of heavily armed police officers, we learned Wednesday night that they had only a single handgun, according to sources who spoke with ABC News and the AP, something that directly contradicts what officials had previously said.

    Here are some of the biggest changes to facts released in this investigation:

    Suspects’ arms – After the manhunt, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said the brothers were “heavily armed” and numerous reports detailed a fairly extensive arsenal. According to a New York Times report from April 21 citing a law enforcement official, “The authorities found an M-4 carbine rifle … two handguns and a BB gun.” Now unnamed sources say there was only a single 9mm pistol between the two brothers. Indeed, photos of the shootout suggest only one brother had a weapon.
    Boat gunfight? – Police initially reported that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev fired on police when they found him hiding in a boat Friday night. “It was back and forth … yes — he was firing,” Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau told CNN Saturday (though the FBI cautioned at the time that only federal authorities had official information). In its definitive “tick tock” of the events, the Washington Post reported that the suspect inside the boat “was shooting back.” But later, the Washington Post and the AP reported yesterday that Tsarnaev was unarmed when police found him after what what was described as a gunfight. As it turns out, police may have been spooked by an errant shot, and fired into the boat, but apparently zero shots came out.
    7 -Eleven and the MIT officer – Initial reports suggested the brothers tried to hold up a 7-Eleven, and then killed an MIT officer who either responded to the robbery or just happened to be in the area. But days later, authorities revealed that the holdup was committed by different suspects and the confusion was caused by the close proximity of the two events. It’s still unknown exactly why the brothers killed the police officer.
    Carjacking – Some reports indicate that the person whom the brothers carjacked escaped while they inexplicably went into a store to buy snacks, while others say the brothers let the victim go because he wasn’t American. It’s also still unclear which brother stole the black SUV, and which drove the Honda that followed.
    Trip to NYC – What the suspects did after the bombing remains a mystery, but one detail that emerged was that they were planning to head to New York City — to party. That’s what New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said yesterday. But today, NBC News reports the brothers discussed trying to detonate a bomb in Times Square, but that the plan was not well developed and “aspirational at most.”

    http://www.salon.com/2013/04/25/the_changing_facts_in_the_boston_investigation/

  • Alibama

    Re. ‘invading Iraq’: this book by Joburg author: Jonny ‘JewishName’ [why are the
    best books by JewishNames? No, NOT Chomsky!] is brilliant. And I luved how he,
    singing the mandatory leftist mantra, ADDED the ‘Bush clowns claimed that the
    Arab hoards viewing caught/humiliated Saddam on TV would *provoke uprisingS in
    the middle east …which could finally lead to democracy*.
    I didn’t know that the ‘Bush clowns’ had advanced that argument,
    and Jonny couldn’t have known in 2007, what we know in 2013.
    BTW, I see 9/11 as equivalent to Pearl Habour.

  • Mikhail Dworkin Fassbinder

    @ Alibama

    “I see 9/11 as equivalent to Pearl Habour”

    With respect, this seems nonsensical. The attackers at Pearl Harbour were Japanese, while those of 9/11 were Arabs. The only thing in common is that both were financed by ZIONISTS seeking to provoke the U.S. to “lend a hand.”

  • Alibama

    Apart from the obvious and essential requirement: press provides what clients
    PAY for; is PdV being appropriately PeeCee? Would he crit the Muslims for
    all looking/following Mecca, or the Catholics, Rome?
    BTW where’s the goliwogs Mecca? Jamaica? Harare?

  • Alibama

    Did I forget to mention, how many people would
    have noticed how efficient the US state operates?
    The Boston circus was an OPEN display to the world.