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A former apartheid leader is seeking redemption—by washing the feet of those he wronged
On August 1, 2006, the South African apartheid government’s most notorious police minister, a slight, 68-year-old man named Adriaan Vlok, stood before the Union Buildings—the presidential complex in Pretoria originally meant to telegraph the timeless glory of European rule in Africa.
New Documents Shed Light on U.S. Spying on Mandela
American intelligence agencies spied on the late South African leader Nelson Mandela during his historic 1990 visit to the United States…
Please check out “Life Beyond Icons: Two Things We Should Remember About Mandela and Seeger” here:
Also, an earlier piece – “4 Corrections for a Teachable Moment” on the recent movie Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – was published by Waging Nonviolence, here:
New Clear Vision published my original articles immediately following Mandela’s passing:
“Becoming Mandela: Media and the Making of Future Madibas” here:
South Africa’s Failing Grade
CAPE TOWN — This year’s parliamentary elections in South Africa will be the first in which the first children born after the 1994 transition to democracy become eligible to vote.
South Africa 2014: Democracy Endangered
The arrogance and authoritarianism of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) is growing – endangering South Africa’s fragile democracy – even while the country prepares for the 2014 elections.
“How did a revolutionary movement get transformed into a bourgeois electoral party along lines of the British Labor Party or the Democratic Party in the US?”
Mandela Was Unable to Dismantle the White Oligarchy Keeping South Africa in Economic Chains
By Danny Schechter, Seven Stories Press | Book Excerpt
The late Nelson Mandela became an icon of a fearless leader on behalf of equality. He fought oppression, but in winning the battle of justice in South Africa, he did not pursue a path of vengeance.
Trayvon Martin And 2013 Revealed Harsh Reality Of Racism In America
By Michael McAuliff
WASHINGTON — For Verdis Daniels Jr., the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s killer in 2013 showed that maybe America hasn’t come so far since Daniels was an academic star at Texas’ Nacogdoches High School in 1976.
For warrior mother, Winnie Mandela and our children
by Ezili Dantò
Nelson Mandela is dead at 95 years old. The African National Congress liberation movement he led helped make white minority rule and apartheid in Africa a monstrous reality no decent human would wish to be associated with.
Reminiscences on Nelson Mandela and the US Anti-Apartheid Movement
The outpouring of emotion and dignified appreciation that has met the passing of Nelson Mandela on December 5, 2013, flowed like a raging river from every nation and people on the planet.
Mandela, the beautifully illustrated children’s book by Kadir Nelson, has been selected as one of the top books on Nelson Mandela by many groups including Colorlines and Kirkus Reviews.
Eyewitness to America’s Betrayal of Mandela’s South Africa: The Gore – Mbeki Commission, Part II
By Dr Marsha Coleman-Adebayo
Nelson Mandela waved to supporters after he voted in South Africa’s first post-Apartheid election, near Durban, April 27, 1994
Schechter: Mandela and the ANC Brought Real Political Changes to Post-Apartheid South Africa
Sorry, Megyn Kelly. Nelson Mandela Was Santa Claus
By Michael Daly
Not long after his release, the Nobel winner was granted the title by the prime minister of Greenland. He took it to heart—even fighting for Christmas equality for South African kids.
Madiba Is Gone; The Struggle Continues
On Thursday evening December 5, Nelson Mandela died at his home in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Caribbean: Standing by Mandela
In memorialising Mandela, Caribbean people can proudly say that they stood with him in the time of the great struggle against apartheid – and he showed his appreciation
Memories of Mandela
As the world joins together in celebrating the life of Nelson R. Mandela, South Africa’s “Madiba” who symbolizes freedom and dignity in every corner of the planet…
How Big Money, Washington and the IMF Trumped Mandela
By Steve Weissman,
The nationalization of the mines, banks and monopoly industries is the policy of the ANC, and the change or modifications of our views in this regard is inconceivable,”
Nelson Mandela, The Contradictions Of His Life And Legacies
Nelson Mandela is dead. Thus ends an epoch in the revolutionary history of the South African people.
Mandela Pieces: Binoy Kampmark, Farzana Versey, Linn Washington, Jr., Ronnie Kasrils
The Other Mandela, Mandela and the Politics of Immortality, Obama Failed To Deliver Long-Overdue Apology To Mandela, How the ANC Sold Out South Africa’s Poor
The Media and Mandela
by SANJEEV BRAICH
Nelson Mandela is dead, and the media pullulates with blazing adulation. Much of it is justified: we must, after all, extol Madiba’s courageous opposition to a barbarous system, and to the barbarous philosophy that maintained it in existence.
Nelson Mandela, Fidel Castro: A Relationship Built On Mutual Admiration
After being released from prison in 1990, one of the first things Nelson Mandela did was visit Cuba to express his admiration and respect for Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Mandela’s Economic Legacy Threatened By S. Africa’s Inequality
Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in apartheid jails in 1990 pledging to seize South Africa’s mines and banks. Four years later, his government slashed spending and courted foreign investors, paving the way for the longest period of growth in the country’s history.
Barack Obama lights up “drab” Nelson Mandela memorial
By David Smith
In a peculiarly rambling, rain-soaked event that got bogged down in domestic politics, it felt like Nelson Mandela’s soul was absent
Mandela’s death overshadows African, Caribbean and Pacific countries meeting
BRUSSELS, Belgium, Tuesday December 10, 2013, CMC – The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of countries Tuesday began a two-day meeting here overshadowed by the death of the former South African president Nelson Mandela and economic woes facing the 79-member grouping.
Madiba in Palestine
by ROBIN D.G. KELLEY AND ERICA LORRAINE WILLIAMS
Nelson Mandela’s death has produced both an outpouring of international solidarity, remembrance, and celebration commemorating Madiba’s leadership in defeating apartheid in South Africa.
The World’s Next Mandela Is Rotting in Jail Somewhere
By Will Bunch
I was offline, at least metaphorically, when news broke that Nelson Mandela had passed away. Thus, I had the luxury of reflecting for a couple of days… and watching a flurry of other stories whiz past in a blur.
Nelson Mandela Memorial Draws Mourners And Leaders From Around The World
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — U.S. President Barack Obama implored thousands gathered in a cold, rainy stadium and millions watching around the world on Tuesday to carry forward Nelson Mandela’s mission of erasing injustice and inequality.
The light of Nelson Mandela’s legacy for CARICOM leaders
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nelson Mandela transcends death at 95. Between blessing and benediction there is heart -broken sorrow. But this is joyful sadness. There is irony too.
Nelson Mandela and the Bees
by Pippa Green
On a chilly day in 1998, I received an urgent message from Nelson Mandela’s press aide. The President had been stung.…
The fact that he had emerged from prison as a graceful, compassionate, forgiving individual has had a staggering global impact.
The U.S. and South Africa have kindred histories, and Mandela was revered here as a proxy for the American past.
by Jelani Cobb
In a post-heroic age, Mandela attained the stature of a classical hero: at once a righteously angry warrior and a wise and just peacemaker, an emblem of reconciliation. Everything that was most promising in South Africa was identified with him, and all that is wretched and dispiriting was seen not as his failure but as a failure of the country to live up to him.
Nelson Mandela, photographed in Soweto by Annie Leibovitz, in June, 1990.
To have lived one’s life at the same time, and in the same natal country, as Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a guidance and a privilege we South Africans shared. I also knew the privilege of becoming one of his friends. I met him in 1964, during the Rivonia Trial, when he was being tried for acts of sabotage against the government, and I was present in court when he was sentenced to life imprisonment.
We are sentimental about Nelson Mandela. We use words like “love” and “beauty.” We did not only love him; we wanted him, after his years of deprivation, to be enveloped in love.
by Zoë Wicomb
Mandela was a man apart. He was that rare individual whose time in detention served the useful purpose of solidifying his vision. In his decades of incarceration, he brought his outward existence and inner life into harmony; the depth of his humility ennobled him.
The day South Africa came to pray, sing and celebrate in Soweto’s cathedral
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