Burning the Midnight Oil: Illuminating Words for the Long Nights Journey Into Day by Phil CousineauIn Burning the Midnight Oil, word-wrangler extraordinaire Phil Cousineau has gathered an eclectic and electric collection of soulful poems and prose from great thinkers throughout the ages. Whether beguiling readers with glorious poetry or consoling them with prayers from fellow restless souls, Cousineau can relieve any insomniacs unease. From St. John of the Cross to Annie Dillard, Beethoven to The Song of Songs, this refreshingly insightful anthology soothes and inspires all who struggle through the dark of the night. These night thoughts vividly illustrate Alfred North Whiteheads liberating description of what we do without solitude and also evoke Henry David Thoreaus reverie, Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake. These poetic ponderances sing of the falling darkness, revel in dream-time, convey the ache of melancholy, conspire against sleeplessness, vanquish loneliness, contemplate the night sky, rhapsodize on love, and languorously greet the first rays of dawn. Notable night owls include Rabandranath Tagore, Mary Oliver, Manley Hopkins, Jorge Borges and William Blake.
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The Cradock Four
The Commission faces the daunting task of assessing justice beyond the letter of the law and using character judgement as its main criteria for granting amnesty. This documentary examines four cases out of brought before the Commission. Review by Richard Kuipers: How does a nation adjust after four decades of state-sponsored murder? How should the law now regard perpetrators - both black and white - of crimes committed under this regime? What can be achieved by murderers confronting their victim's families? Is there room to forgive those who took away loved ones?
Boldly confronting such tough issues as the struggle for justice and need for forgiveness, the film centers on four case studies that expose the roots and banality of evil during the years of apartheid. There may be a small theatrical audience for this intense, emotional docu, which is guaranteed a long life on the festival circuit before landing on TV, cable and in other ancillary venues. Eric Taylor, a former security officer who is white, requested pardon for his part in the murder of the Cradlock Four, a group of black anti-apartheid activists. Challenged by two of the widows of the slain men and their attorney, Taylor admits his guilt, hoping for forgiveness that clearly will not soon be forthcoming. In the third incident, a bright African National Congress activist, Robert McBride, who detonated a car bomb that killed three innocent white women in Durban, reconstructs his actions in court, with Sharon Welgemond, the sister of one of the victims, in attendance. The story of two mothers of murdered township youths, and the black policeman who applied for amnesty in their murder, is recounted by Tony Weaver, a Cape Town journalist who investigated the manslaughter.
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For over forty years, South Africa was governed by the most notorious form of racial domination since Nazi Germany. When it finally collapsed, those who had enforced apartheid's rule wanted amnesty for their crimes. Their victims wanted justice. As it investigated the crimes of apartheid, the Commission brought together victims and perpetrators to relive South Africa's brutal history. By revealing the past instead of burying it, the TRC hoped to pave the way to a peaceful future. The stories in the film underscore the universal themes of conflict, forgiveness, and renewal.
Civilized societies, an oxymoronic phrase to some observers, choose to deal with the aftermath of large-scale violence in different ways. Sometimes there is an attempt at formal closure, as in the Nuremburg trials. In the case of U. South Africa, where apartheid reigned for 40 years preceded by many more years of informal racial terror , approached the problem from an unprecedented angle. In , after apartheid collapsed, the government formed the TRC Truth and Reconciliation Commission to offer amnesty to political criminals, declared and otherwise, from both sides of the struggle. If they did this, and their crimes were affirmed as political done in the context of apartheid , they could be eligible for amnesty.