The recent passing of several political figures from the Apartheid Era—Theo-Ben Gurirab, a founding father of Namibia and its second prime minister, “Mother of the Nation” Winnie Mandela, and apartheid South Africa’s foreign minister Pik Botha—has sent me into my video archive for the television program that follows, a show I hosted in 1982 with guests: Theo-Ben Gurirab and South African liberation leader, Johnny Mfanafuthi Makhatini. All of the above make an appearance in the broadcast, however.
Johnny Makhatini died just six years later, in 1988 at age 56, from complications of diabetes. But he was not buried in his native South Africa, then under apartheid rule. Following South African freedom, and having been declared a national hero, Makhatini would finally be laid to rest in the land of his birth.
At the time of our conversation Gurirab and Makhatini were both in exile. Gurirab was serving as UN Observer of SWAPO (South West African People’s Organization), and Makhatini as UN Observer of ANC (African National Congress).
I'm the author of five books: The Altenberg 16: An Exposé of the Evolution Industry; The Origin of Life Circus: A How To Make Life Extravaganza; The Paradigm Shifters: Overthrowing 'the Hegemony of the Culture of Darwin'; Royal Society: The Public Evolution Summit; and the most recent---Darwin Overthrown: Hello Mechanobiology.
My reports have appeared in the Financial Times, The Economist, Forbes, Newsday, Archaeology, Astrobiology, Connoisseur, Omni, Huffington Post, Progressive Review ("How Bush Got Bounced From Carlyle Board"), CounterPunch, Scoop Media and other publications, as well as on PBS, CBC and MBC.
More than a dozen of my stories related to the Rome antiquities conspiracy trial were featured in Harvard Law School's Art Law Syllabus 2008.
I've covered the wars: Colombian Drug War, Gulf War, Sudan, and Kashmir (from both the Indian and Pakistani sides of the conflict).
And I’ve been a guest on Charlie Rose, McLaughlin and various Fox Television News programs talking about those crises and others.
For some years along the way, I was a runway fashion model for legends Geoffrey Beene, Bill Blass, Giorgio Sant' Angelo and so many more.
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