Mrs Phombeya’s toe; how the media fuels the fires of racial division

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels   Watching the human tragedy unfold in Ferguson comes with an awful sense of déjà vu for me. As a child, in the early 60’s I remember the adults on the porch banging on about ‘this bloody Mrs Phombeya’s toe’! It was all a bit confusing to me at the time but […]

Why I know the ‘Global Warmers’ are Frauds

Posted Posted in Politics and History, Wildlife, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels While I am acutely aware of the damage being done to the environment by man I have long questioned why the finger of guilt is resolutely pointed at the leaders of the industrialised West and the people who live and work there. It seems the countries making the most determined efforts to […]

The BBC; The Perversion of Propaganda Power

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

By Hannes Wessels Growing up in Rhodesia my father paid close attention to international events and at one o’clock our lunch table went silent as he fine-tuned the short-wave radio to reduce the mush and we waited for the unmistakable sound of the ‘BEEB’ and ‘The News from London’. The announcer then delivered the report […]

‘The Economist’: Twisters of the Truth

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

 by Hannes Wessels   It’s getting harder and harder to find a news publication to believe in. It was with some dismay that I noted the ‘Economist’ trumpeting the accession to power of Barack Obama insisting only he was the man with the tools to mend America’s broken economy. John McCain, we were told was […]

Kevin Myers

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

  by Kevin Myers Kevin Myers (born 30 March 1947) is an Irish journalist and writer. He writes for the Irish edition of the Sunday Times, having previously been a columnist for the Irish Independent and a former contributor to The Irish Times, where he wrote the “An Irishman’s Diary” opinion column several times weekly. […]

A Boer War Snapshot

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

by Martin Redfern Reasons for the Boer War are often over simplified. A voracious and rapacious colonial administration seeking to wrest control of the gold and diamond deposits in the Transvaal from an honest, simple farming folk defending what was rightfully theirs tells only part of the story. Whilst it is true that the Cape […]

‘The King is not a Thief’. Why the British may be liable to compensate the Zimbabwean farmers.

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

   by Hannes Wessels  The question of legal responsibility with regard to the Zimbabwean farmers dispossessed in the course of the state-orchestrated land seizures beginning in 2000 may never be fully resolved but there are compelling reasons to conclude that Mugabe may be at least partly correct when he insists the British government may have […]

Africa’s Forgotten Statesman

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

by Hannes Wessels –   On a continent more famous for despots and demagogues, where real statesmanship became a domain solely occupied by Nelson Mandela, we should not forget the late South African president is not alone in holding a special place in African history. There is another African who provided a rare example of a […]

The Parable of Colonialist and Colony.

Posted Posted in Humour, Politics and History, Stories, zz_Archive2015

by August Pointneuf Colonialist was beguiled by this beauty. A compulsion to join forever and create a mutual life of productivity and security were the drivers. There was mutual attraction, a lust for union. At marriage Colony had nothing: The prospect of riches beyond dreams, the revelations of a different personality, the attractions of a […]

White Men can’t Jump but they can Govern.

Posted Posted in Politics and History, zz_Archive2015

By Hannes Wessels I write as a concerned father whose daughter, like millions of other children, has recently been taught about colonialism which is subtly lumped together with slavery to create the strong but false impression the two were pretty much synonymous . The tuition followed the familiar line about this period being motivated by […]