McKinney Barred From South Africa Trip

News 24 in South Africa is reporting that Cynthia McKinney was abruptly removed from a flight to South Africa, where she was to be a speaker at the Palestinian Struggle and Human Spirit Film Festival:

Cape Town – A controversial former member of the American congress and a 2008 presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, was abruptly removed from a South African Airways flight on Tuesday.

McKinney, who stood against President Barack Obama at an early stage in the race for the US presidency, was barred from boarding an SAA flight to Johannesburg in Washington DC.

She would have travelled to South Africa to act as international guest speaker on the Channel 4 network’s first Palestinian Struggle and Human Spirit film festival, which will be held in Athlone from Friday to Sunday.

Passport irregularities

According to SAA, McKinney was refused access to the flight because there were irregularities with her passport.

She became known worldwide when, in her capacity as senator, she introduced articles of impeachment against former US president George W Bush, former vice-president Dick Cheney, and former secretary of state Condaleezza Rice, over the 9/11 attacks and their roles in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

McKinney was recently arrested by the Israeli navy for participating in a Free Gaza Movement boat trip in protest against the occupation of Gaza.

Channel 4 said on Wednesday it is still unclear whether she will be allowed to enter the country.

Ronald Hardy


  1. Sent to me just now, she’s back on track:

    Cynthia McKinney was prevented from boarding a flight in Washington DC.

    Airline staff told her they had to intervene due to passport irregularities but organisers suspected more sinister motives.

    McKinney is a veteran activist and stood in last year’s US presidential elections.

    In December she was arrested by Israeli forces after she participated in a rally organised by the Free Gaza Movement.

    Film festival organiser Faghri Hassan said after diplomatic intervention McKinney was on an SAA flight.

  2. I just came across a very interesting story that may shed some light on why previous discussion threads on Cynthia McKinney’s humanitarian missions to Gaza turned so nasty:

    “Israel’s foreign ministry is reported to be establishing a special undercover team of paid workers whose job it will be to surf the internet 24 hours a day spreading positive news about Israel.

    Internet-savvy Israeli youngsters, mainly recent graduates and demobilised soldiers with language skills, are being recruited to pose as ordinary surfers while they provide the government’s line on the Middle East conflict.

    “To all intents and purposes the internet is a theatre in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and we must be active in that theatre, otherwise we will lose,” said Ilan Shturman, who is responsible for the project.

    The existence of an “internet warfare team” came to light when it was included in this year’s foreign ministry budget. About $150,000 has been set aside for the first stage of development, with increased funding expected next year.

    The team will fall under the authority of a large department already dealing with what Israelis term “hasbara”, officially translated as “public explanation” but more usually meaning propaganda….”

    Jonathan Cook, “Israel’s Internet War”


  3. Perhaps whoever had McKinney stopped was concerned that she would shine a light on the developing apartheid regime in a supposed democracy and US ally?

  4. They think that she ran against Barack Obama as a Democrat. I guess they didn’t spend time to do research and report that she ran against him in the general election as a Green.

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