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June 16th 1976: Soweto Uprising begins

On this day in 1976, police fired upon peaceful anti-apartheid protests in Soweto township, near Johannesburg in South Africa. Black Africans had been marginalised in the education system for many years, with black schools neglected and underfunded. The 1953 Bantu Education Act formalised this discrimination, taking all black schools into state control and declaring that the only role for black Africans in South Africa was one of manual labour. Further legislation excluded blacks from universities and led to overcrowded and underresourced schools. Students became increasingly politicised as they felt the effects of racist apartheid policy, and began articulating their protest with school boycotts. In 1974, Afrikaans - the langauge associated with apartheid -  was made compulsory in schools alongside English. This measure was the immediate cause of the Soweto protest. On June 16th 1976, mobilised by the South African Students Movement and the Black Consciousness Movement, thousands of students and schoolchildren marched peacefully against the government policies, intending to end in a rally at Orlando stadium. However, the march was halted by heavily armed police, who fired tear gas, and, eventually, bullets, on the protestors. In one of the most famous images of the event, Mbuyisa Makhubo can be seen carrying the lifeless body of 13-year-old Hector Pieterson. Outrage at the brutality sparked a nationwide uprising against the government, and prompted condemnation from governments around the world. It is unclear how many people died in the violence that followed Soweto, with estimates ranging up to 700, making it a pivotal moment in the years leading to the formal end of apartheid in 1994.

40 years ago today

anonymous asked:

How is it that Steffon Bratheon failed to find a single possible wife for Rhaegar in Volantis "of noble birth from an old Valyrian bloodline"? Surely there was at least one woman who fit that definition? And why go to Volantis when the Rogares in Lys (or another Lysene family) are much closer with more precedent (Larra Rogare and Viserys II)?

We don’t know why Steffon failed. 

There’s a couple possibilities: one is that, given the repeated failures of such unions (the downfall of the Rogares during the Lyseni Spring, Kiera of Tyrosh’s misfortunes, Rohane of Tyrosh involving the city with the Blackfyre Rebellions), the nobility of the Free Cities decided to take a pass on marrying into the Mad King’s family. Alternatively, it could be that Aerys’ specifications were so ridiculously exacting (I’m thinking a mix between really racist and princess and the pea, or some HUGE dowry) that no one could qualify. 

As to why Volantis, “the king sent Lord Steffon across the narrow sea on a mission to Old Volantis.” Not to the Free Cities - specifically to Volantis. Who knows why; my guess is that Aerys liked their apartheid policies. 

Apartheid Israel?

Here is a typical scene you will see everywhere in mixed Jewish-Arab areas of Israel. Because of the poisonous anti-Israel propaganda that permeates the Western narrative, visitors to Israel are often surprised by such scenes.

Remember this when some leftist idiot starts talking about Israeli ‘apartheid’. Also remember where the real apartheid lies in the Middle East.  Israeli Jews cannot step foot in Palestinian controlled areas without risking their lives - indeed it is becoming increasingly dangerous for Jews to enter many Arab neighbourhoods and villages even inside Israel.

The Palestinian leadership has made it clear that not a single Jew will be allowed to live in any future Palestinian state. But at least that will make any future Palestinian state entirely consistent with the apartheid policies of every other Arab state.