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Book review: ‘Kaffir Boy in America’
Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Tokyo newsletter
1989

Is the United States, with racial equality guaranteed in its constitution, really that much different than South Africa’s apartheid system of legalized discrimination? The answer is no, according to Mark Mathabane, a black South African exile, in his latest autobiographical book Kaffir Boy in America.

Mathabane [pronounced ma-ta-BAH-neh] eloquently illustrates how racial attitudes in the United States and South Africa are not as far apart as we in the “civilized” world would like to believe. And Mathabane ought to know. He grew up in Alexandra, one of the most filthy, poverty-stricken, crime-ridden townships created by apartheid. Mathabane escaped from that environment in 1978 to later become a bestselling author in exile. In this reviewer’s opinion, Mathabane, now age 29, is the most promising contemporary South African writer on the literary scene today.

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CONCERT WAKES UP KANSAI | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Tokyo newsletter

1989

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APARTHEID IS HERE TO STAY UNDER DE KLERK’S ‘NEW ERA’ | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1989

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AN INTERVIEW WITH… VUSI KHUMALO | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1990

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MANDELA IN JAPAN | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1990

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AFTER MANDELA | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1991

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THE USE OF THE WEB IN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (part 1) (part 2) | REALNews webmagazine

1997

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1998

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1999

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COMPASSION  | Kansai Time Out magazine

2001

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WHO WAS MAKIGUCHI?  | The Education Revolution magazine

2002

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IRAQ WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL HELD IN JAPAN  | Independent Media Center

2004

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IRAQIS TESTIFY AT WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL IN JAPAN (part 1) (part 2)  | Independent Media Center

2004

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AN APPEAL FOR ARTICLE 9  | Independent Media Center

2005

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2005

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2006

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2006

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THE DAY THE FOREIGNERS LEFT (part 1) (part 2) | (unpublished)

2008

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2008

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WAR IN IRAQ — ‘We Don’t Do Body Counts’  | Days International (unpublished)

2011

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「空飛ぶ恥」オスプレイ | 条連ニュース

2013

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2015

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