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March 23: Anniversary of the Beginning of Apartheid's End: The Battle of Cuito Cuanavale

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Bruce Dixon

Apartheid South Africa responded to Angola's 1974 independence from the Portuguese with a US-backed military invasion.  Declaring that "the blood of Africa" flowed through Cuban veins, Fidel Castro dispatched the Cuban armed forces to confront the armies of racist South Africa in Angola.  Between 1974 and 1988 more than 1100 Cubans laid down their lives in Africa to hasten the end of apartheid.  This week is the anniversary of the historic battle of Cuito Cuanavale, in which Cuban, Angolan and Namibian forces routed the supposedly invincible land and air forces of white-ruled South Africa, eventually making possible the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, and the end of apartheid in South Africa itself, and earning for Cuba the lasting enmity of the United States. If we in the U.S. were serious about racial reconciliation, we too would celebrate the March 23 anniversary of Cuito  Cuanavale. 

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Extra Judicial Killings in Guyana: “Champion of the Earth” Presides Over Death Squad Regime

by the National Resistance
In the Theatre of the Absurd anything is possible. And so it is that Guyana’s President, Bharrat Jagdeo, is among six winners from government, science, business and entertainment to be awarded this year’s United Nations Champion of the Earth prize, for leadership in environmental conservation.

Ivan Van Sertima: Fighting Racism Through Science

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by Glen Ford

"Prof. Van Sertima almost single-handedly introduced and defended the proposition that Africans made significant contact with the people of the Americas, not just before Columbus, but before the birth of Christ." By bringing multi-disciplinary evidence to back up his claims, Van Sertima "debunked" European contentions "that only white people were capable of moving around the world in a methodical manner." Van Sertima labored heroically to break the white choke-hold on the human narrative.

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