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To understand the current situation in #SouthAfrica, it is important to first understand the country before, during and after apartheid.

South Africa’s modern history begins with the Dutch East India Company, which established trading posts for sailors along the coast. Dutchmen soon started settling the area, with little, if any, conflict with the native Khoisan population. Dutch settlers, however, quickly came into conflict with the Dutch East India Company’s authoritarian rule.

Freedom-seeking Dutch settlers moved north starting in the 17th Century. In 1852, Boers founded the South African Republic (known as the “Transvaal Republic”) and then the Orange Free State in 1854. These are called “Boer Republics” and they, in turn, came into conflict with both southward-expanding Bantu tribes (most notably the Zulu, who were in the process of conquering other nearby Bantu tribes) and the British Empire. “White South Africans” are typically treated as a monolith, but there are two main, distinct groups: The Afrikaans-speaking Afrikaners and the English-speaking British. Indeed, there were intense hostilities between these two groups, especially after the Second Boer War when the Boer Republics were reforged as British colonies.

Telling the Afrikaners to “go home” is a nonsensical statement. They are not Dutch. They do not hold Dutch passports, nor would they at any point have been welcomed back by the Kingdom of the Netherlands. In many regions of South Africa, the Afrikaners have been around longer than the Bantus and have a stronger claim on the land, having purchased it from Khoisans. On the other hand, traditionally Bantu land was conquered from other Bantu tribes or taken by the Bantus from the Khoisans. “The Boer Wars” refers to two wars between the Boer Republics and the British Empire, but mostly the second one. The first was a rout for the Boers and left the British Empire with egg on their face. They would not be embarrassed a second time.

The first concentration camps were built for Boers. Not just any Boers, but primarily the wives and children of Boer Commandos (irregular guerilla troops) fighting the British Empire. Long but informative read in bio

#Japan was actively trying to negotiate a truce and was stood up by the West. Their attacking #PearlHarbor was an act of desperation. The Japanese economy had been suffering for years due to embargos and sanctions imposed by Western allies. @incitingideas

#ZeroHedge: President #Trump indicated that a decision on the future of US policy in #Syria is coming soon in remarks made at a press conference with his Polish counterpart.

Speaking alongside President Andrzej Duda, Trump said the Monday night downing of a Russian maritime surveillance plane by accidental Syrian friendly fire was "a very sad thing". Trump's remarks did not include criticism of #Putin, and seemed to signal regret over Monday night's dramatic escalation over Syria after a massive Israeli attack.
Earlier in the day Tuesday, Russia had pointed the finger at #Israel for purposefully provoking the mishap, something Israel has since denied in a military statement that ultimately put blame on #Assad, #Iran, and #Hezbollah.

Trump also said that the US fight against #ISIS in Syria could end soon: “We’re very close to being finished with that job,” he said of the Pentagon mission against ISIS.

He followed with: “And then we’re going to make a determination as to what we’re going to do.” This follows a major Washington Post story two weeks ago, quoting administration insiders, that described a significant policy shift away from Trump's previously voiced desire to "bring to the troops home" from Syria.
Only months ago the president expressed a desire "to get out" and pull the over 2,000 publicly acknowledged American military personnel from the country; but the new report said that Trump has approved "an indefinite military and diplomatic effort in Syria". The report revealed that "the administration has redefined its goals to include the exit of all Iranian military and proxy forces from Syria, and establishment of a stable, nonthreatening government acceptable to all Syrians and the international community."

As more information about the downing overnight of a Russian reconnaissance plane by aging Syrian antiaircraft weapon becomes available, the Russian Defense Ministry has issued a shocking claim that will undoubtedly ratchet up tensions between #Russia and #Israel. While Russia had previously blamed Israel for the downing of the plane, which resulted in the deaths of 15 Russian servicemen, the MoD is now saying that Israel intended to use the Russian plane as "cover" during the attack.

According to the Russian military, the plane was shot down while responding to an attack by four Israeli F-16s on Syrian government positions in the coastal town of #Lattakia. The attack was the latest of some 200 attacks launched by the Israelis over the past 18 months with the stated aim of preventing #Iran from expanding its foothold in war-torn #Syria.

Israeli jets flew over the Mediterranean to launch the attack, only giving Russia a minutes' notice via a shared hotline before commencing the strike. This allowed the Russian military no time to pull its planes and personnel from the line of fire.

Now, a spokesman for the Russian Ministry of Defense is saying that Russia believes the attack was a set-up, with Israeli hoping to use the Russian plane as badly needed cover from Syrian air defenses. Since the Russian plane had much higher profile than the Israeli plane, the Syrian defense systems would naturally latch on to the Il-20. "The Israeli pilots used the Russian plane as cover and set it up to be targeted by the Syrian air defense forces. As a consequence, the Il-20, which has radar cross-section much larger than the F-16, was shot down by an S-200 system missile," the statement said.

Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu discussed the incident with his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, on Tuesday. He conveyed Moscow’s anger about the incident and its blaming of the Israeli military for setting up purportedly setting up the Russian plan to be shot down by aging Syrian air defenses.
Russia said a French Navy frigate, the Auvergne, was in the area of the attack along with the downed Russian Il-20 plane during the Israeli operation.

😂@realdonaldtrump #Trump #Toad #StormyDaniels #DonaldTrump
Maybe this explains why Trump has such a big ego.

@realdonaldtrump trade war is escalating. $200 billion in tariffs targeting Chinese made CONSUMER GOODS. Get ready for rising consumer prices. American farmers are already begging #Trump to end the trade war with #China as farming profits are plummeting while crop prices continue to fall.

Plants do not have a central nervous system or a brain, and therefore cannot convert a physical stress response (like getting a branch cut off) into a feeling such as pain. To understand, if humans were built like plants, you could cut an arm off and the human would be aware of it and bleed, but wouldn't feel anything.

Animals suffer plants do not. #Vegan #PlantBased #animals #health

You can eat an apple raw and it still tastes good. You can't eat a dead animal raw without throwing up and potentially getting very sick.

Worse, since humans don't eat animals raw and immediately after they are killed, they consume endotoxins which are a primary cause of disease and cancer. The irony is all of the spices that make meat taste good are #vegan
I used to always say "I will never stop eating meat." If I can switch to a plant based cruelty free diet so can you.
#animals #meat #food #health

In a rare and unprecedented speech delivered on the House floor just two days after the nation memorialized 9/11, Democratic Hawaiian Congresswoman #TulsiGabbard on Thursday slammed Washington's longtime support to anti-#Assad jihadists in #Syria, while also sounding the alarm over the current build-up of tensions between the US and #Russia over the #Syria crisis.
She called on Congress to condemn what she called the #Trump Administration’s protection of al-Qaeda in #Idlib and slammed Washington's policies in Syria as "a betrayal of the American people" — especially the victims and families that perished on 9/11.
Considering that Congresswoman Gabbard herself is an Iraq war veteran and current Army reserve officer who served in the aftermath of 9/11, it's all the more power and rare that a sitting Congress member would make such forceful comments exposing the hypocrisy and contradictions of US policy.
She called out President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence by name on the House floor in her speech: “Two days ago, President Trump and Vice President Pence delivered solemn speeches about the attacks on 9/11, talking about how much they care about the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on our country. But, they are now standing up to protect the 20,000 to 40,000 al-Qaeda and other jihadist forces in Syria, and threatening Russia, Syria, and Iran, with military force if they dare attack these terrorists." And in perhaps a completely unprecedented moment, the Congresswoman accused America's Commander-in-Chief during her floor speech for acting as "the protective big brother of al-Qaeda and other jihadists". Gabbard continued: “This is a betrayal of the American people, especially the victims of al-Qaeda’s attack on 9/11 and their families, first responders, and my brothers and sisters in uniform who have been killed or wounded in action and their families. For the President, who is Commander in Chief, to act as the protective big brother of al-Qaeda and other jihadists must be condemned by every member of Congress."

9/11 was allegedly carried out by #AlQaeda...yet the #UnitedStates and @realdonaldtrump are PROTECTING Al-Qaeda in #Idlib #Syria

Respect isn't freely given it is earned
#USA #Trump #DonaldTrump #UnitedStates #Kaepernick #Nike

Respect for @kaepernick7 to making some sort of stand when so many continue to stay completely silent. But there's nothing wrong with disrespecting the flag or the country. Respect isn't given it's EARNED.

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