Voice of the Cape

October2014

Israel’s false peace

OPINION by Iqbal Jassat What is it about proclamations of “peace” that allows injustice to continue unhindered? Its a question applicable to governments, security institutions, media columnists and pro-Israel lobbies who regularly espouse a passion for “peace in the Holy Land”. While on the surface it appears to be a[…]

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Hong Kong gears up for biggest protest yet

Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters chanted and booed outside a ceremony to mark the 65th anniversary of Communist China Wednesday, with crowds expected to reach their biggest yet as the city starts a two-day public holiday. Politicians from Hong Kong and the mainland clinked champagne glasses to mark China’s National Day[…]

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Hong Kong and China: One country, two cultures

FEATURE- Tensions between Hong Kong and the rest of China are not just political, as increasing interaction and cultural differences in recent years cause rising friction between locals and mainlanders. When Echo Wanyu Li returned from her studies abroad, she found discrimination in Hong Kong, on the doorstep of her[…]

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12 dead as trains collide in India

Two passenger trains packed with festive travellers collided in northern India, killing at least 12 people and injuring 45, a railway spokesman said on Wednesday. The Lucknow-Barauni Express was changing tracks late Tuesday when it was hit from behind by the Krishak Express in Uttar Pradesh state, throwing carriages onto[…]

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Twin suicide attacks kill 7 in Kabul

Taliban suicide bombers struck two buses carrying Afghan soldiers in Kabul early Wednesday, killing seven people and wounding 21, just a day after the signing of a key U.S.-Afghan security pact. The long-awaited deal allows U.S. forces to remain in the country past the end of 2014, ending the uncertainty[…]

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Kidnapped Paarl baby returned

A kidnapped baby was returned to his mother after police arrested the kidnapper in Paarl, Western Cape police said on Tuesday. “His 35-year-old kidnapper was arrested and she is due to make a court appearance in Paarl once she has been charged,” Lt-Col Andre Traut said. Two-month-old Azile Skafu was[…]

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Final lap for Marikana enquiry

The Farlam Commission of Inquiry has been granted its final extension, spokesman Phuti Setati said on Tuesday. “In terms of the latest terms of reference, the oral and final arguments by the parties represented at the commission will have to be done by November 14,” he told reporters in Marikana,[…]

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TAC not facing imminent closure

The Treatment Action Campaign is not facing imminent closure, but will have to make “tough decisions” if it does not get more funding, it said on Tuesday. “We would like to state that despite severe financial challenges, the TAC is not facing imminent closure,” it said in a statement. “However[…]

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Zuma not responsible for Nkandla: ANC

ANC MPs on Tuesday moved to absolve President Jacob Zuma of any wrongdoing in the Nkandla controversy as they unilaterally pursued Parliament’s consideration of the matter following an opposition walkout. They said there was no evidence that Zuma asked for luxuries to be added to his private home in KwaZulu-Natal,[…]

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Complaints lodged against Israel

Defense for Children International Palestine filed complaints against Israel on behalf of four Palestinian children who were mistreated while in Israeli custody, a statement said Wednesday. The DCI statement said that in one incident about which complaints were filed, three teenagers from Osarin in the Nablus district were put in[…]

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