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South Africa Mourns Its Dead Miners

MAIL & GUARDIAN (South Africa), BBC NEWS (UK), CNN (USA), AL JAZEERA (Qatar), RFI (France)


JOHANNESBURG - Events are taking place across South Africa today to mourn the 44 people killed in recent violence at the northwestern Marikana platinum mine, reports CNN.

Politicians, religious leaders, workers and members of the local community are attending a memorial service at a church near the mine to commemorate the victims, says the BBC News.

At least 70,000 people are expected to take part in the ceremonies but the President of South Africa Jacob Zuma will not be attending the official service, according to The Mail & Guardian.

The clashes started on August 10 during a pay rise strike at the Lonmin mine, explains Al Jazeera.

Police opened fire on the strikers, killing 34 miners. Ten other people, including two policemen, were also killed.

The memorial service comes as two other platinum mines in the nation's mining heartland echoed Lonmin workers, signaling spreading instability and labor discontent, reports CNN.

Mine workers gathered at nearby Bafokeng Rasimone Platinum Mine on Wednesday to voice their discontent.

Visiting the Marikana mine on Wednesday, Zuma told workers that he "felt their pain" and promised a thorough investigation of the shootings, adds BBC News.

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Is Disney's "Wish" Spreading A Subtle Anti-Christian Message To Kids?

Disney's new movie "Wish" is being touted as a new children's blockbuster to celebrate the company's 100th anniversary. But some Christians may see the portrayal of the villain as God-like and turning wishes into prayers as the ultimate denial of the true message of Christmas.

photo of a kid running out of a church

For the Christmas holiday season?

Joseph Holmes

Christians have always had a love-hate relationship with Disney since I can remember. Growing up in the Christian culture of the 1990s and early 2000s, all the Christian parents I knew loved watching Disney movies with their kids – but have always had an uncomfortable relationship with some of its messages. It was due to the constant Disney tropes of “follow your heart philosophy” and “junior knows best” disdain for authority figures like parents that angered so many. Even so, most Christians felt the benefits had outweighed the costs.

That all seems to have changed as of late, with Disney being hit more and more by claims from conservatives (including Christian conservatives) that Disney is pushing more and more radical progressive social agendas, This has coincided with a steep drop at the box office for Disney.

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