Human Rights OP-ED 

Attacks on human rights activists reach crisis point globally

 Community leaders, lawyers, journalists and other human rights defenders across the world are facing unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence, warned Amnesty International today as it launched a new global campaign demanding an end to the onslaught of attacks against brave individuals standing up to injustice.   “What we are witnessing today is a full-frontal assault by governments, armed groups, corporations and others with power on the very right to defend human rights. Human rights defenders bear the brunt of this global attack,” said Salil Shetty, the Secretary General…

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Fidel Castro Leaders OP-ED 

SAINT FIDEL CASTRO OF AFRICA

From standing up for African liberation to fighting against western imperialism, Fidel Castro is to Africa what Saints are to the Catholic Church. For many in the west, especially the United States of America, Fidel Castro, the former President of Cuba who passed way this weekend at the tender age of 90, is a tyrant in the league of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Here in Africa, Castro is Saint; a champion of the Third World, advocate of socio-economic justice, vanguard of African liberation and model of people-centred leadership. Both…

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Mandela and Castro Decision Makers Ex-Presidents Leaders 

Fidel Castro, Cuba’s longtime revolutionary leader, Friend to Africa Dead at 90

Fidel Castro, the Cuban leader, respected in many African Countries, friend to Nelson Mandela who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died aged 90. and YES to the Chagrin of US, FIDEL CASTRO will be mourned today. Castro’s brother and the nation’s President of several years, Raul, announced his death Friday on Cuban TV. At the end, an elderly and infirm Castro was a whisper of the Marxist firebrand whose iron will and passionate determination bent the arc of destiny.

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Nelson Mandela Ex-Presidents 

Mandela and Fidel: What is not being said

Nelson MandelaTHE death of Nelson Mandela has precipitated a torrent of interpretations on his life and work, all of which present him as a disciple of pacifism and a kind of Mother Teresa of South Africa. This is an essentially incorrect, and premeditated, image, promoted to obscure the fact that after the Sharpeville massacre in 1960, the African National Congress (ANC) adopted a strategy of armed struggle and sabotage of enterprises and important economic projects, but without endangering human life.

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Nelson and Winnie Mandela Africa Opinions 

Why Nelson Mandela never forgave ex-wife, Winnie

Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday night. John Carlin in his new book ‘Knowing Mandela,’ reveals why he never forgave the former wife who has visited his bedside. TWO weeks before Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990 I went to see his wife, Winnie, at her home in Diepkloof Extension, the posh neighbourhood of Soweto where the handful of black people who had contrived to make a little money resided. It was known as Baverly Hills to Soweto’s other presidents.

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Joyce Banda lost elections because she took people’s goodwill for granted

Joyce BandaWilliam Gumede, author of Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC Recently wrote a piece for The Guardian’s “Comment is Free” on why he thinks “[Barak] Obama has let Africa down.” Unfortunately, there is still a section of Africans who think Obama owes the continent something simply because his father was from Kenya. Yet, Obama is an American and he owes his allegiance to the USA.

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Winnie left wanting in Nelson “Madiba” Mandela’s will

Nelson Mandela and Wife Winnie Walking out of JailJOHANNESBURG Former President Nelson Mandela has not left any money or assets to his former wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.

Mandela’s final will and testament was released publicly today.

In it Mandela detailed endowments to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Executors of his estate, Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke, Eastern Cape Judge President Themba Sangoni and Advocate George Bizos SC, have estimated the estate is valued at R46-million, however this figure had to be evaluated.

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Mandela’s Houghton home and its contents have been left to the Nelson Mandela Trust which has been instructed to grant his grandson Mandla Mandela the right to occupy the property.

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Lawsuit seeks proof of CIA meddling in Mandela’s arrest

Nelson Mandela

An American student lodged a lawsuit against the CIA on Wednesday in an attempt to secure documents that purportedly show the intelligence agency was complicit in Nelson Mandela’s arrest.

Former president Mandela, who died last month aged 95, was detained in 1962, convicted in the Rivonia Trial and incarcerated for decades under apartheid rulers.

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President Jacob Zuma’s 2014 New Year message

President Jacob ZumaFellow South Africans,

The year 2013 has come to an end.

It has been a momentous year, filled with both successes and challenges, as we continued to work together to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

We will tomorrow, on 1 January, begin an important year, during which the country will celebrate 20 years of freedom and democracy and the successes we have scored.

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Why Nelson Mandela never forgave ex-wife, Winnie

Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday night. John Carlin in his new book ‘Knowing Mandela,’ reveals why he never forgave the former wife who has visited his bedside.

TWO weeks before Nelson Mandela’s release from prison in February 1990 I went to see his wife, Winnie, at her home in Diepkloof Extension, the posh neighbourhood of Soweto where the handful of black people who had contrived to make a little money resided. It was known as Baverly Hills to Soweto’s other presidents.

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