December 17, 2013

Mandela and the Question of Violence

Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

The Associated Press

One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms.

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TAGGED: Africa, South Africa, Nelson Mandela


December 11, 2013
A Moment of Praise for F.W. de Klerk
Barbara McDougall, Globe and Mail
Most particularly, I think of F.W. de Klerk, elected leader of South Africa’s National Party and therefore president of the country in 1990. His first act as president was to free Mr. Mandela and those of his political... more ››
December 6, 2013
Why Is Nelson Mandela So Revered?
Charles Crawford, The Commentator
The world sees South Africa as a ‘peaceful’ transition only because not many pale-skinned people were killed. The fact that tens of thousands of dark-skinned people died in a disgusting civil war between... more ››
December 11, 2013
Obama Defies the Dictators at Mandela Service
Frida Ghitis, CNN
It's a pity that so many are focusing on a handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. They are missing the much more poignant events that unfolded during Tuesday's memorial service in South Africa. more ››
December 12, 2013
Mandela Sanitized by Hypocrites and Apologists
Seumas Milne, Guardian
The ANC liberation hero has been reinvented as a Kumbaya figure in order to whitewash those who stood behind apartheid. more ››
December 16, 2013
Mandela Dies, but Apartheid Lives
Charles Crawford, The Commentator
Why does apartheid logic live on so strongly in so many countries? Because it gives an over-powerful state the power to manipulate citizens and enrich certain powerful dishonest lobbies at the expense of others. more ››