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This week's highlights:
Letlapa Mphahlele"President of the Pan Africanist Congress of Azania - Talks Live on Uhuru Radio" this Sunday from 11:00 - 13:00 (11:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.) U.S. Eastern time on UhuruRadio.com
Letlapa Mphahlele took the reigns of the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) of Azania in September 2006.
As the anniversary approaches of the famous June 16, 1976 Soweto Student Uprising, Mphahlele will talk with Uhuru Radio about the history and development of the African Revolution in southern Africa and the work of the PAC to complete the revolutionary process and win back the land of Africa for the benefit of African people.
Letlapa Mphahlele was a former commander and Director of Operations for the Azanian People's Liberation Army (APLA), the military wing of the PAC during the period of armed struggle prior to the end of aparthied. When promised amnesty if he would "provide a full disclosure of crimes" in the government's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), Mphahlele refused because he believes that fighting for liberation is not a crime. He said the whole TRC process "equated the violence of the aggressor with the violence of the oppressed".
Letlapa Mphahlele is also an eloquent writer. In "Child of This Soil; My Life as a Freedom Fighter" he eloquently describes the military training he received in Guinea and Tanzania and the challenges of life as a guerilla fighter.
Despite the formal end of apartheid, the vast majority of land in South Africa is still occupied by white settlers. Mphahlele surmises "whites can even allow an African government to run the country so long as it doesn't interfere with their grip on land. Do you think whites can give up without a fight?" He writes, "the deadliest beasts, miles from ubuntu [humaneness], are not in the shantytowns - they are in the boardrooms of multinational companies and on the stolen farmlands".
Colonialism is Bad for Your Health
This week host Iyapo Ngina will talk with Dr. Peter Duesberg, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the University of California at Berkeley about HIV and AIDS. Dr. Duesberg was a member of the scientific and medical panel convened by the government in South Africa in 2000 to review the cause and treatment of AIDS.
Dr. Duesberg contends that the range of illnesses attributed to AIDS in Africa are not caused by a virus, but by the severe poverty, malnutrition and poisonous environmental conditions faced by the people. He says that these conditions are only worsened by the toxicity of commonly used AIDS drugs like AZT.
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