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Like South Africa’s Apartheid, Israeli Occupation Will End—It Is Only a Matter of Time

Many have drawn comparisons between Israeli occupation and South African apartheid. Such comparisons are instructive, not only as a moral gauge but in terms of offering solutions to the current crisis.

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Gaza and Soweto: Why South Africa Is Calling on Israel to Cease Gaza Ground Offensive

On June 16, 1976, some 20,000 students rose up to protest in the slum of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg.

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Barack Obama: The Least Transparent President in History

Six years into the Obama administration, the president’s promise of “a new era of open government” seems just another grand promise, cynically broken.

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Mandela and Mossad

According to Israeli government documents, the former leader of South Africa was trained by Israel’s intelligence agency in the 1960s; there are many parallels to be drawn between the Sochi and Berlin Olympics; meanwhile, a White House review panel member expresses his “surprise” in finding that the NSA’s data collection has not stopped a single act of terrorism. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Blurring Mandela and Neo-Liberalism

Rather than tell how global corporations and banks pressured the Mandela government to keep economic power where it was during apartheid, Andrew Ross Sorkin and The New York Times claimed the South African hero saw “the light” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

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Mandela’s Crucial Lesson for America—and the Republicans Who Never Learn

Beyond the eulogies bestowed this week on the late and truly great Nelson Mandela—a visionary, revolutionary and peacemaker—there is much for Americans to learn from the story of his vexed relationship with our country.

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Mandela and Zuma

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The Shifting Economics of the ANC: From Liberation Movement to…

Leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils told “Democracy Now!” that the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela made a “Faustian pact” with neo-liberalism to end the official policy of segregation and avoid civil war.

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Mandela: The Man and the Movement

Nelson Mandela’s passing last week at the age of 95 has been met with a global outpouring of remembrance and reflection.

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What Reactions to the Obama-Thorning-Schmidt-Cameron Selfie Say About the Media

A glance at U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will tell you only two important things happened: President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro and also took a selfie with the prime ministers of Denmark and the U.K. Neither of these nonevents should have received the attention they did, but the fact that they did tells us a lot about our media’s priorities.

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How our new media mourns Nelson Mandela.
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President Obama Shook Raul Castro’s Hand: Big Whoop

Thousands of words are being generated over an incidental greeting between two world leaders.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Nelson Mandela

It speaks volumes about Nelson Mandela’s political transcendence that this former militant socialist was just praised by a conservative like Newt Gingrich as “one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime.”

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Mandela’s Chains

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Mandela Memorial

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Mandela: Hero Thwarted

The South African underclass Mandela inspired continues to suffer in every possible way: lower incomes, marginal educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and shorter life expectancies.

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Nelson Mandela Obit

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While poverty persists, there is no true freedom. Nelson Mandela
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Mandela’s Africa Cuff

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Mandela on Forgiveness

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Forgiveness liberates the soul. That is why it is such a powerful weapon. Nelson Mandela
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Mandela’s Lessons

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Mandela’s Fist

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Uruguay Likely to Become the First Nation to Legalize Marijuana

On Tuesday, Uruguay’s Senate will vote on a law that would allow for regulated distribution, production and sale of weed; income inequality in the U.S. is at its highest since 1928; meanwhile, Europeans are starting to believe that legalizing prostitution isn’t effective. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Nelson Madela 1918-2013

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Africa’s Mandela

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Left, Right & Center: ‘The Meaning of Mandela and Income Inequality’

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Nelson Mandela’s contribution to a world of equality, President Obama’s speech on inequality and social mobility, and the fast food workers striking to change their lives.

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Nelson Mandela, the Conscience of the World

His smile was like sunshine, but Nelson Mandela was made of steel. It was his strength of character, repeatedly tested throughout his long and impossibly full life, that made him one of the towering political figures of our time.

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Mandela’s Footsteps

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Nelson Mandela walked out of this world but left big footprints behind.
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Mandela Uniting Still

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Before Mandela Was a Hero, the Right Called Him a Terrorist

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela’s death, it also should take a clear-eyed look at his life and the world in which he struggled—and remember those who aligned with the racist apartheid regime of South Africa.

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A tribute to Nelson Mandela. Difficulties break some men but make others. No axe is sharp enough to cut the soul of a sinner who keeps on trying, one armed with the hope that he will rise even in the end. Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
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The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

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The Economics of Wage Slavery

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Raising the minimum wage, how Oprah Winfrey enabled a self-help disaster, the media vexxing of Hillary Clinton, and we look for the worst judge in America.

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Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s ‘Greatest Son,’ Dies at 95

Nelson Mandela, whose anti-apartheid crusade made him a hero and an icon in his home country of South Africa, as well as its first black president, died Thursday at 95.

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Feeding the Flame of Revolt

“Hactivist” Jeremy Hammond speaks out for his principles as a harsh sentence is imposed on him. His case exposes the deep fear the state now has of its own citizenry.

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Let the Light of Mandela Shine on U.S. Injustice

As the world celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday, it is timely to reflect on his life, spent fighting for equality for people of color who long suffered under South Africa’s apartheid regime.

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A Conversation We All Should Have

Is this what they mean by a death watch? The father of his country, a moral icon to the world, lies in a hospital bed as cameras wait outside and newspaper headlines offer a daily prognosis: “Mandela on Life Support.” “South Africans Asked to Pray for Mandela.” “Mandela Remains Critical, Responds to Treatment.” “It’s Time to Let Him Go.”

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‘Left, Right & Center’: Monumental Movement on Gay Marriage, Voting Rights and Immigration

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of same-sex couples and against minority voters, the Senate’s immigration overhaul bill, President Obama’s stated goals on climate change, and Texas Sen. Wendy David and former South African President Nelson Mandela—two politicians who stand for something.

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Obama Lands in South Africa as Mandela Remains Hospitalized

President Obama will respect the wishes of Nelson Mandela’s family and stay away from the hospital where the 94-year-old former president is battling a lung infection.

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Mandela’s Condition

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South African Parliament Passes Bill Restricting Press Freedoms

In what looks to many civil rights watchdogs like an ominous throwback to the days of apartheid, the South African parliament passed a law Tuesday that significantly curtails the ability of the press to cover stories about politically sensitive subjects, according to the government’s standards.

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Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

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The Warlord, the Supermodel and the Dirty Diamonds

Supermodels might do well to keep their manicured hands out of global politics, judging by the case of Naomi Campbell and her questionable link to ousted Liberian President Charles Taylor ... (continued)

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The Poetic Justice of Dennis Brutus

Dennis Brutus, who fought apartheid with soaring, searing words, died in his sleep early on Dec. 26 in Cape Town, at the age of 85, but he lived with his eyes wide open.

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South Africa Announces Treatment Plans for HIV-Positive Babies, Moms

South African President Jacob “Bring Me My Machine Gun” Zuma has become an unlikely supporter of HIV care in his country, announcing Tuesday—World AIDS Day—new, expanded health care measures to be implemented for HIV-positive mothers and their babies.

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Anti-Apartheid Activist Helen Suzman Dies

Former South African politician and anti-apartheid crusader Helen Suzman, a white woman who was once the only member of parliament to openly oppose the pernicious system of racial separation in South Africa, died Thursday at her home in Johannesburg. She was 91.

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What Will ‘Brother Barack’ Do for Africa?

As the dust settles from the feverish dances that greeted Barack Obama’s victory in the American elections, Africans wonder what “our son and brother” will be able to do for Africa in the face of daunting challenges in the United States and other parts of the world.

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Nelson Mandela Turns 90

He was surrounded by stars from the movie and music industries, but Nelson Mandela was the big draw at the iconic South African leader’s 90th birthday party in London’s Hyde Park, where Mandela took his moment in the spotlight to urge well-wishers to continue the fight against AIDS.

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