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Nelson Mandela Topics

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Democracy Now! stories, posts and pages that relate to Nelson Mandela

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  • Kathradaandmandela
    While the United States considered the African National Congress a terrorist organization, the Swedish government openly funded the group for decades. According to many accounts, Sweden was the largest single source of financial aid to the ANC. Olof Palme, the Swedish prime minister, was assassinated in 1986 just a week after he gave a keynote speech at the Swedish People’s Parliament Against Apartheid in Stockholm. Rumors have swirled...
    July 03, 2014 | Story
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    By Amy Goodman & Denis Moynihan

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

    March 27, 2014 | Columns & Articles
  • Mandela
    In a Democracy Now! exclusive, one of the nation’s most prolific transparency activists, Ryan Shapiro, reveals he is suing the NSA, FBI and Defense Intelligence Agency in an attempt to force them to open their records on one of the country’s greatest secrets: how the U.S. helped apartheid South Africa capture Nelson Mandela in 1962, leading to his 27 years in prison. The U.S. has never confirmed its involvement, but details have...
    March 25, 2014 | Story
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    Nelson Mandela was laid to rest on Sunday as South Africa bid farewell to the leader of its long walk to freedom. Mandela was buried in his home village of Qunu 10 days after his death at the age of 95. More than 100,000 people visited Mandela’s coffin as it lay in state over the past several days. We hear from anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who was imprisoned at Robben Island with Mandela, speaking at Sunday’s funeral....
    December 16, 2013 | Story
  • Mandela_old_interview
    As South Africa prepares to hold a state funeral for Nelson Mandela, we look at how the CIA helped the South African government track down and capture Mandela in 1962. In 1990, the Cox News Service quoted a former U.S. official saying that within hours after Mandela’s arrest a senior CIA operative named Paul Eckel admitted the agency’s involvement. Eckel was reported as having told the official, "We have turned Mandela over to...
    December 13, 2013 | Story
  • Amys_column_default_640x360_2014
    By Amy Goodman with Denis Moynihan
    Nelson Mandela is rightly remembered for his remarkable ability to reconcile with his oppressors, and the political prescription his forgiveness entailed for the new South Africa. Mandela has passed, but what he has passed on to succeeding generations is his deep belief in the power of movements to make change.
    December 12, 2013 | Columns & Articles
  • Ronnie
    As thousands of mourners line up to pay their last respects to Nelson Mandela, we go to Johannesburg to speak with longtime anti-apartheid activist Ronnie Kasrils. A founder of the armed wing of the African National Congress, Kasrils worked closely with Mandela after first meeting him in 1962. Kasrils was a leading anti-apartheid underground activist, and on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress from 1987 to 2007....
    December 12, 2013 | Story
  • Mandela_inaguration
    Speaking from Johannesburg, leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils discusses the evolution of the African National Congress’ economic views from its time as a liberation movement to leading South Africa after the fall of apartheid. Kasrils says the ANC was forced to make a "Faustian pact" with neoliberalism in order to bring apartheid to an end and avoid civil war. He also...
    December 12, 2013 | Story
  • Fidel-nelson3
    In 1991, Nelson Mandela traveled to Cuba to thank Fidel Castro and the Cuban people for helping to end apartheid and colonialism in southern Africa. On July 26, 1991, he gave the following speech.
    December 11, 2013 | Web Exclusive
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    On Wednesday, Democracy Now! will look into the relationship between the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa and in Cuba under Fidel Castro, which has drawn more attention after President Barack Obama shook hands with Cuban President Raul Castro today as he made his way to speak at the podium during the memorial to Nelson Mandela.
    December 10, 2013 | Web Exclusive