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It’s not often these days that we identify freedom with international sports. Indeed, the federations that set the rules for various global athletic competitions have emerged as enablers for the world’s certified authoritarians and aspiring…
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20 alleged Boeremag ( meaning Boer Force, is a South African right-wing activism group with white separatist aims and is accused of planning to overthrow the ruling African National Congress government and to reinstate a new Boer administered republic reminiscent of the era when Boers administered independent republics during the 19th century following the Great Trek. ) members are facing 43 charges including treason, terrorism, sabotage and murder. In 2002, there was a series of explosions rocking Soweto, Bronkhorspruit and KwaZulu-Natal, ostensibly to sow chaos and mayhem and overthrow the government. After swift action, the far rightwing plans were halted. The first trial of Boeremag suspects began under tight security in Pretoria during May 2003. Twenty-two men were charged with forty-two counts of treason, murder, and illegal weapons possession. Six pleaded not guilty, two have not entered pleas, one refuses to plead, and thirteen are challenging the court’s jurisdiction, alleging that the post-apartheid constitution and government of South Africa are illegitimate.
The BBC’s Olympics website has listed Israel as having no capital city, while it named East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, causing anger in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s bureau.
In response to omitting mention of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Netanyahu’s foreign press and public affairs adviser sent a letter of protest to the BBC, and launched a Facebook page calling to pressure the BBC.
Following pressure, the BBC altered Israel’s page to note that the ‘seat of government’ is in Jerusalem, and altered Palestine’s page to note that the ‘intended seat of government’ is in East Jerusalem. Read more.