New PDF release: Ad & Wal: Values, Duty, Sacrifice in Apartheid South Africa

By Peter Hain

ISBN-10: 1849547068

ISBN-13: 9781849547062

Such a lot folks wish to imagine we'd withstand struggle opposed to evil, and but nearly all of white South Africans both stood via and stated not anything or actively participated within the oppression and carnage in the course of apartheid. Ad & Wal is the tale of 2 modest those that turned infamous, survivors who did what they suggestion was once correct, mom and dad who rebelled opposed to the apartheid regime realizing they have been placing themselves and their kinfolk in grave risk. Ad & Wal is the tale of a regular couple who did awesome issues regardless of the percentages. How did they arrive to their choice? What precisely did they do? What will we study from them?

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These confirmed their perceptions of an ever-widening gap between the super-rich (especially the privileged family of Ben Ali’s wife, Leila Trabelsi, and ‘crony capitalists’) and the poor, which spawned and accentuated feelings of relative deprivation, sparking the uprisings. Ambassador Robert F. Godec wrote, ‘Although the petty corruption rankles, it is the excesses of President Ben Ali’s family that inspire outrage among Tunisians’. He continued, after citing instances of the extravagances of the Trabelsis and other relatives: ‘With Tunisians facing rising inflation and high unemployment, the conspicuous displays of wealth and persistent rumors of corruption have added fuel to the fire’.

The conditions for a hierarchical dissonance in values or priorities between ruler and ruled were being created. Whereas Ben Ali increasingly emphasised reining in freedoms in the name of stability, Tunisians called for achieving dignity and empowerment to deal with the country’s economic woes through democratisation. To repeat, a Pew Research Study conducted on the eve of the revolution showed this widening dissonance. More Tunisians, 55 per cent, preferred a democratic government over stability, with only 38 per cent preferring a stable government even if there was a risk of its not being fully democratic (‘Pew study’ 2012: 2, 5).

Then, people poured into the streets of even the capital city, Tunis, and began to organise themselves via cellphones and Facebook, feeling a sense of solidarity (‘How social media accelerated Tunisia’s revolution’ 2011: 1). Each demonstrator became a citizen ‘journalist’, embodying ‘a reflexive individualism’ of carrying a cellphone and filming police brutality and repression, which was later to be posted on Facebook and Al Jazeera, bypassing the official media (Hanafi 2012: 205). One of the popular pages of Facebook, which had over 12,000 members, read ‘Your people are burning themselves, Mr.

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