Drivetime

The Voice of the Cape  |  Podcast, ±11 min episodes every 13 hours
The Drivetime Show is hosted by Shafiq Morton and has a national and international flavour. During the show the interviews will focus on issues making news nationally, be it the enquiry into the Arms Deal to the current famine in the Horn of Africa. The after five interview on Drivetime, will usually be the analysis slot where the biggest story of the day or week is analyzed. During this show listener participation is encourage via the station’s sms facility.
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Today we chat about the protection of indigenous peoples as explored in a recent article called ‘the Road from Standing Rock to Gaza is a Straight Line’, written by Stanley L Cohen. Stanley L Cohen is a US-based attorney and human rights activist who has done extensive work in the Middle East and Africa. He has handled prominent international cases including that of Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook. He has served as a consultant to Middle East governments and movements including Hamas and Hezbollah and NGOs and foundations in Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Turkey. Guest: Stanley Cohen Position: New York based lawyer
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On one level, an incendiary video posted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the weekend looked suspiciously like an own goal. In it, Netanyahu argues that a Palestinian demand to dismantle Jewish settlements amounts to the "ethnic cleansing" of some 650,000 Jews living in the occupied territories, in violation of international law. "The Palestinian leadership actually demands a Palestinian state with one pre-condition: no Jews," he says in the short video posted on Facebook last Friday. "There's a phrase for that: It's called ethnic cleansing." Netanyahu's aim was not hard to decipher. He wants yet another obstacle in the way of Palestinian efforts to seek international backing for statehood. It comes as pressure mounts separately from France and Russia for the Israeli government to re-engage in peace talks Dr Jeff Halper is an anthropologist, author, lecturer, and political activist. He is a co-founder of The People Yes! Network (TPYN) and the former Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). Halper has written several books on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and is a frequent writer and speaker about Israeli politics, focusing mainly on non violent strategies to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict He now joins us on the line Guest: Jeff Halper Position: Author, Lecturer, Political Activist
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The UN has been accused of complacency amid Syrian government interference in the delivery of humanitarian assistance, including blocking aid to besieged rebel-held areas, removing medical aid from convoys, and marginalising humanitarian workers for political reasons, according to a copy of the letter sent to Al Jazeera. UN officials in Syria are aware of the situation and remain silent, the letter states. "This deliberate manipulation by the Syrian government and the complacency of the UN have played hand-in-hand. The people of Syria have suffered ever more as a result." The extension of the ceasefire, which began at sundown on monday, comes as aid convoys meant to reach besieged populations in the northern city of Aleppo remain stalled along the Turkish boarder. Firas Khateeb is the spokesperson for the UN in Syria and now joins us on the line. Guest: Firaz Khateeb Position: Spokesperson, UN agency in Syria
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Zambian President Edgar Lungu was today sworn in as the 6th Republican President. His election comes following a fierce challenge from the opposition UPND led by wealthy businessman Hikainde Hichilema. Despite a massive court bid by the opposition to have his election annulled by the constitutional court, the court ruled in favour of the ruling party. Morris Mumba is a political analyst as well as leader of Zambians based in cape town. He now joins us on the line. Guest: Morris Mumba Position: Political Analyst, Chairman, Zambians Association in Cape Town
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The Open Book Fest which took place this passed weekend hosted among many other talks on literature and writing, some pertinent discussions on current movements in South Africa. Harry Garuba spoke to Sihphokuhle Mathe and Tabisa Raziya on the Decolonisation of Institutions.
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South African Jews for Free Palestine (SAJFP) are hosting four representatives of Palestinian society in Cape Town this week. Their visit stems from a trip undertaken by a South African group, in May 2015 to the South Africa Forest in Galilee, in present day Israel. The forest- which is planted through donations to the Jewish National Fund (JNF) - covers the Palestinian village of Lubya. The activists are from organisations such as Adrid, Zochrot and Adalah. They are my guests in studio today. Guests: Naif Hujjo was born in Lubya from which he and his family were expelled in July 1948. He is a community leader, writer and educator living in Deir Hanna near his destroyed village. Hujjo is a board member of ADRID, the Association for the Defense and Rights of the Internally Displaced Palestinians in Israel. Mousa Sagheir is former teacher, an organiser and member of ADRID. His family was expelled from the village of Husha. Sagheir lives in Shefa 'Amr, some two kilometers away from Husha. Umar al-Ghubari is co-ordinator of the Space for Return initiative of Zochrot, the Israeli NGO which raises awareness about the ongoing Nakba in the broader Jewish Israeli public to create the conditions for the return of Palestinian refugees and a shared life in Israel. Al-Ghubari is a group counselor, political educator and documenter of the Palestinian Nakba. He is from the Palestinian village, Mshierfeh near Nazareth.
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Using language similar to the bans imposed in a string of other resorts on the French Riviera, the city barred clothing that “overtly manifests adherence to a religion at a time when France and places of worship are the target of terrorist attacks”. Islamic dress has long been a subject of debate in France, which was the first European country to ban the niqab, or full-face veil, in public in 2010, six years after outlawing the headscarf and other conspicuous religious symbols in state schools. Guest: Rim-Sarah Alouane Position: international human rights jurist and a Ph.D. candidate in Public Law at the University Toulouse-Capitole in France. Her research focuses on religious freedom, civil liberties, constitutional law and human rights in Europe and North America.
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In studio with us today we have Imam Dr. Achmat Salie is former Imam of the Bellville South masjid. He has been in the USA for the past 17 years with his family, where he has served as Imam of the Islamic Centre of Greater Detroit. He is founding Director of the Islamic Studies program at the University of Detroit Mercy and president of AAMPAC (American Arab and Muslim Political Action Committee). Guest: Dr. Achmat Salie Position: Founding Director of the Islamic Studies program at the University of Detroit Mercy
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Kurdish Human Rights Group is hosting a high-powered Kurdish delegation from Turkey, Syria and Iraq here in South Africa.The main purpose of the visit is for the delegation to interact with the leadership, the South African Government and the African National Congress (ANC), on the issue of Kurdish people facing repression and human rights abuse in the four regions of Middle East and the increased repression faced by the members of HDP parliamentarians, in particular in the passing of legislation which revokes the immunity of the members. In studio today we have the Commander of Women Protection Units (YPJ)... Guest: ShahaAbduh Position: Commander of Women Protection Units
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Dr Yumna Moosa, whose video about harassment and racism at a public hospital went viral last week said that justice has yet to be served. Even though Moosa has been assessed and found to be competent, her former employers are still pushing for her to be seen as “clinically incompetent”. Despite letters from various other medical practitioners testifying to her abilities as a medical doctor. Guest: Yumna Moosa Position: Former Medical Doctor