Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Submitted by Robert Clarke, Vice President of Peoples Empowerment Party, Clement Payne Movement
Nelson Mendela, am ICON!

Nelson Mendela, an ICON!

The lost of Nelson Mandela is a great lost to humanity. Very few people in the history of the world would have been important in changing world opinion. Nelson Mandela was one of those along with Mahatma Ghandi and our beloved Fidel Castro.

In the heyday of the Cuban Revolution in the 1950s, there was only one outstanding humanist besides Nelson Mandela and that was Fidel Castro.

Fidel Castro fought against the corruption of the United States in the Cuban Revolution and for that fight he was arrested, charged and tried. He was sentenced. Castro was sentenced on October 16, 1953 during which he delivered a speech that would be printed under the title of History Will Absolve Me. Castro was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment in the hospital wing of the Model Prison (Presidio Modelo), a relatively comfortable and modern institution on the Isla de Pinos.

Similarly, Nelson Mandela, in fighting for world humanity in the 1950s and specifically for humanity in South Africa, which at the time was governed by an Apartheid Government, was arrested, charged and tried by an all white court; white judge, white prosecutor. During that trial, Nelson Mandela, like Fidel Castro before him, made an important speech. In which he stated “During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to this struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

Fidel’s speech on October 16th, 1953 and Nelson Mandela’s speech in 1964 show the humanity of these two great men. One has left us.

During the period of Nelson Mandela’s struggle for the freedom of all South African people which included; Blacks, Coloureds, Indians and Whites, the leading Western Governments including the Presidents of the United States of America from Ronald Reagan to George H. W. Bush agreed on not sanctioning the South African Government and in that way, supported the horrors inflicted by a white Supremist government on all non white persons.

During the early Apartheid days in South Africa, non white South Africans had to be out of the urban areas and return to their townships by 9pm and that position was accepted by among other countries United States of America, France, Germany, Portugal and Spain.

Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison and not a word, not a white government moved to change the system in South Africa to allow all South Africans to be equal.

When Africa erupted in its search for freedom, from the 1960s no white country helped them. But in the 1970s, Cuba was of great assistance to the following countries; The People’s Republic of the Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Benin. Cuban technical, educational and medical staff in the tens of thousands were working in even more countries: Algeria (Tindouf), Mozambique, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Ethiopia, São Tomé and Príncipe,Tanzania, the Congo and Benin. Up to 18,000 students from these countries studied on full Cuban scholarships per year on the island.

The reason for Nelson Mandela’s freedom is the great military assistance in Angola, in its resistance against the government of South Africa with the help of the Cuban military forces and in no small way the assistance by the government of Barbados in allowing Cuban military planes to land at Seawell Airport for refueling on their way to South Africa with Cuban troops to fight against Apartheid and to assist Angola and Namibia.

In the most important military battle of 1987 against apartheid in which the South African Defence Forces (SADF) fought pitched tank and artillery battles with the Angolan army (FAPLA, the People’s Armed Forces for the Liberation of Angola) and its Cuban supporters at Cuito Cuanavale the south Africans were defeated. That was the military end of the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Secretly the United States of America Government, the British Government and the French Government among others started to negotiate with the African National Congress:

1. A release of Nelson Mandela from prison

2. A transfer of government by democratic means in which all south Africans will have one vote each. This will ensure that the African majority will take over government and that Nelson Mandela would become President.

But there was an underlying position taken by the United States Government, that Mandela would not be released immediately but will only be released after the dismantling of the nuclear facilities in South Africa. The American Government then, as now cannot understand non-white people having Nuclear weapons on their own soil. It took years to dismantle the nuclear facilities in South Africa, and only after that had been achieved, Nelson Mandela was released from prison.

It is also important to note that after Nelson Mandela became President of South Africa, the first country he visited was Libya, to show his recognition of the financial and military help that Muhammar Ghadaffi had given to the African National Congress during all the years of struggle, then he visited Cuba.

To hear Western countries like the Queen of England, Prime Minister Cameron of England, President Obama of the United, President Holland of France now speaking of the greatness of Nelson Mandela in unbelievable but Western history has always had a way of distorting facts.

To the memory of Nelson Mandela and to the honour of Fidel Castro we of the Peoples Empowerment Party and the Clement Payne Movement of Barbados salute you.

It is hoped that the spirit and decency of Nelson Mandela will circulate around the world and help more people become like him. Go I Peace as you did in War.

213 thoughts on “Tribute to Nelson Mandela

  1. @David
    That Mayor claims it is because Madiba is not a US citizen and therefore is ineligible. While that maybe technically correct why cant an exception be made? Did any US Mayors object when Churchill passed?

    • @MB

      This is the point, it is why there is so much distrust by Blacks directed at the system. That anyone would go against a request to show deference to Mandela in death still speaks volumes. Are we there yet?

  2. taking a look at the caption photos, in one there are two photos identifying two men. one which can be categorize as a Villain (Castro) and the other Mandella a hero . however the article tries to portray both as heroes ,however history has already been written on both these men , giving credit where credit is due, Mandella story did not need to be interrupted with the appearance of Fidel Castro which for all intent and purpose was solely an attempt to redefine his character by joining him to a man of impeccable character MAndella The article content is misleading which forces the reader from focusing on the man of the hour Mandella while creating and generating more interest and response to the CUBAN dictator. the article is a pharce.

  3. Ac, you have to admit though, that without Castro’s help Mandela might not have standing beside Fidel Castro? Castro deployed a lot of his military might in the fight against European economic colonialism in Africa. Mendela, even when as far as saying to Castro, “That he could not have done it without Castro’s help.”

  4. @ David [BU]

    Money Brain wags a stick re what he sees as the focus of this blog and we like obedient dogs wag our tails to do his bidding.

    Just as a few of us are quick to give respect to the man, equally so a few have been quick to point out that he was not alone and an unstinting champion for other blacks to follow.

    Did someone give Money Brains a script and the sole authorship of what we must all follow when we write or can we comment on the fact that EWB allowed Cuban planes to land here, or Joe Slovo and his wife Ruth were part of the ongoing struggle.

    If we were all to parrot what he and other demi-gods were to command us to say, do or write then we would all be created in the image and likeness of the MB.

    The fact is that Mandela, like Jesus, has had critics some of whom claimed that he abdicated when it came to negotiating an end to apartheid with white South Africans and left the black majority in poverty, outside the ring of enfranchisement, abandoned in the doldrums of the SA economy.

    Dissent is healthy when, in spite of variances of opinion, someone can put up a counter to your position or what would happen, so as to ensure that we stick on topic, the blogmaster can delete non congruent material from the blog.

    David [BU] there are more David Dukes that are their Slovos in this world and yes, if some of us slip into the profiling mode it is because like Pavlov’s dog we are adopting the norm rather than the exception.

    MB issued the edict of deference to Madiba Mandela on this blog and all must boy their heads and give “Selahs” to Money Brain.

    Next it shall be that MB comments in concert with AC in support of Fumble and anyone who counters that kingly conscript shall be forthwith put to death.

    @ MB

    Churchill was white and Americans, certainly the power bearers of that day would, as descendants of British criminals exiled to the New World, have found a common genetic bond to accord Churchill, one of their own, that half mast civility, notwithstanding 1776.

    Rick Clark of South Carolina not only does not think that Mandela was a noted citizen of this world, he also like many of his compatriots is showing his disrespect for Obama.

    Note that I say Obama as do many of the Americans when referring to this black President. Even if they disagreed with George W Bush not one of them EVER CALLED the Great White Bull, Bush.

    I tell it like it is, racism is alive and well @ Dec 8th 2013 and we will do well not to forget that it still lives.

    While there is a role for the Ghandis and the older Mandela of this world, there is a role for the young Mandelas too.

  5. @David
    Did you read about the Mayor in a US City who refused to fly the flag at half staff?
    This is nothing new but I haven’t heard of a Mayor I heard of a Sheriff who is probably being toasted by the White pride movement as we speak. A few years ago the then Gov. of Arizona Evan Meacham cancelled the MLK holiday but he was such a bozo that the citizens of the State impeached him for the issues and he was removed from office.

  6. @Piece
    I am shocked that you would state that “dissent is healthy” I just made an observation that Castro/ Cuba was not the focus and you went on a rant. Why? I never said that you or anyone else MUST OBEY or else the Gestapo or KKK would pay you a visit.

    Piece you just want to rough me up because I am White and obviously you did not expect that i could take care of myself.Skippa i guarantee you that I have spent more of my days on this Earth around people of other races (my wife isnt white, my Cricket Team was Black/ Indian etc. etc) than most of you on this blog.

  7. Maybe just maybe-cue the conspiracy theorists the Afrikaaners achieved their objectives when they commuted Mandela’s sentence to life in prison. Perhaps they realized that they couldn’t keep the system afloat indefinitely without the use of massive human capital (read white) and without barb wire fortresses.

    Then after 27 years when they have extinguished his fire let him loose on the country where he is so malleable that he allows them to keep their fortunes while they retreat to their gated estates to enjoy fine weather,food and wine and let him worry about Buthelezi and the Blacks clamoring over each other for a bit of the “good life”.

  8. Castro didn’t care about apartheid one way or the other. And he didn’t send Cubans into Angola or anywhere else in Africa to help put an end to it. Castro was Russia’s cats-paw. He sent Cubans to Africa to spread communism with the full support — in terms of finance and armaments — of Russia. Do you folks really believe Cuba’s economy could have supported these campaigns?

    Russia wanted to destabilise vulnerable African countries by exploiting tribal differences. Pick a side and give them all AK 47s. The winners will be so grateful to Russia that they will grant her mineral rights that were being enjoyed by Western companies and scare the bejesus out of the US. Simply put, most of Africa was ripe for revolution and that was pretty well what the Russians and Castro excelled at.

    • Despite the fact Mandela is regarded as an Icon if we are to judge by the minor change in media programming in Barbados…

  9. No White Government did anything for Black Rights in Apartheid South Africa or Rhodesia, Black Men Woman and Children had to fight for their rights against ignorant racist white pigs and many died fighting

    This is the State of Africa
    Whatever Black may die..
    Yes, that’s what I’m asking..
    Yes, that’s what I want to know

  10. Mandela and the Papacy

    Nelson Mandela and the Duke of Gloucester, at the Knights and Dames Investiture on November 23, 2004, at St James’s Palace, when the Duke invested Mr. Mandela as a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St. John.

    The Maltese cross is a common feature of the Pope’s garments, reminding us that he is the head of these Orders.

    A Protestant branch of the Knights of Malta is the Order of St. John of Jerusalem. Queen Elizabeth II is the Sovereign Head of the Order of St. John,iii as we can see from her costume in the photograph.

    The Queen’s participation in this Order, which brings with it required obedience to the Pope, is an example of how King John’s ancient concession of the crown to the Papacy is still in effect today.

    The Roman Catholic Church uses military-like orders or societies to carry out their aims and protect the Church. Using these societies as a secret army to do the Church’s bidding protects it from scrutiny and bad press. For example, in the Middle Ages, the Knights Templar was an order that fought in the crusades on behalf of the Papacy. Templar Knights were given the ability to ignore many laws, taxes, and authorities, but had to obey the Pope.

    Note: Elizabeth is the Sovereign Head of the Order of St. John, a Protestant arm of the Knights of Malta.

  11. The Order of St. John is a “Protestant arm” of the Knights of Malta. Both are controlled by the Vatican.

    Nelson Mandela was an official member of the Vatican’s Order of St. John

    What is the Order of St. John?

    “The Order of St. John [Ed. Note: which later became the Knights of Malta] was founded before the taking of Jerusalem in 1099 by the armies of the First Crusade [Ed. Note: by Roman Catholic Crusaders, and in accordance with the proclamation calling for ‘Holy Crusade’ by Pope Urban II]. It began as a monastic community dedicated to St. John the Baptist, which administered a hospice-infirmary for pilgrims to the Holy Land. Originally connected with the Benedictines, it became, under Blessed Gerard (1120), an independent organization. By the [papal] Bull of 15 February 1113, addressed to Gerard, Pope Pascal II approved the confraternity of the Hospital of St. John, placed it under the protection of the Holy See, and ensured its right of freely electing its heads…without any interference from other ecclesiastical or any lay authority. In virtue of this [papal] Bull and of subsequent Papal acts, the Hospital became an exempt Order of the [Roman Catholic] Church.

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Knights of Malta, one of the most peculiar organizations in the world, marked its 900th birthday Saturday with a colorful procession through St. Peter’s Square, a Mass in the basilica and an audience with Pope Benedict XVI, himself a member of the onetime chivalrous order drawn from Europe’s nobility.

  12. Cornel West Warns Against Making Mandela Into a “Huggable Old Man with a Smile” – December 8, 2013

    As journalists and pundits begin framing Nelson Mandela’s life and deciding how he will be remembered, many, if not most, have omitted Mandela’s willingness to employ whatever tools were available to free black South Africans from apartheid. In America’s Civil Rights struggle, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. embraced nonviolence as his tool of choice against racist segregationists. Nelson Mandela was not Dr. King.

    “Nonviolence is a good policy when the conditions permit,” Mandela once said. And in the aftermath of Mandela’s death, various rewritings of Mandela’s life have caused Dr. Cornel West to warn against what he calls the “Santa Claus-ification” of the South African leader.

    Appearing on CNN, Dr. West called Mandela a “spiritual giant, moral titan and political revolutionary,” but then went on to say that we are all witnessing the “Santa Claus-ification” of his legacy. “We turn the revolutionary into an old man — a huggable old man with toys and a bag, smile on his face, no threat to anybody, domesticated, tame. And no longer really full of the fire,” West explained to host Jake Tapper.

    West went on to describe Mandela up until the time of his death as having “militant tenderness and subversive sweetness and radical gentleness, tied to refusing to be fearful or intimidated in the face of a vicious white supremacist apartheid regime.”

    “I started to make a study of the art of war and revolution and, whilst abroad, underwent a course in military training. If there was to be guerrilla warfare, I wanted to be able to stand and fight with my people and to share the hazards of war with them,” said Mandela. It is this Mandela that the rewriters of history are attempting to ignore.

  13. @ Anon

    This classic shall be one of my beacons until i depart this world You found this gem and I quote “we are all witnessing the “Santa Claus-ification” of (Mandela’) legacy”

    Cornel Ronald West, pricessless.

    We must not forget lest others feel that they can do it again by the many other means that are now available, e.g. disproportionate incarceration with longer sentences for blacks, less qualified teachers at our schools, entrenched banking practices that discommode blacks, the digital divide, EOE practices that satisfy quotas but limit access to the higher positions etc how many of Kiffin Simpson’s directors are black, irrespective of the manager count, “thus far and no further”

    The Cornels of this world don’t walk around preaching kill whitey, like David Duke does in his destroy non-whites during his now global anti-semitic campaigns. Duke recently was deported from Cologne!!

    Among the things that the Cornels try to do is to “keep it real”, lest we should ever forget or falter at the inalienable wheel of self determination.

    When the jews do their remembrances on the horrors of Auschwitz and other instances they are lauded but let one black man get up and mention the middle passage and the barrage that they face thereafter about this chapter of our history continues to puzzle me.

    And yes, to all of the ilk that would say “thar he blow agin” on this sacrosanct platform devoted to Madiba’s memory, I can be assured that Cornel too will draw the ire of the Uncle Tom’s who prefer the Santa-Claus Mandela version and do not want to mention the Johannesburg Railway station bombing lest discerning minds seek to explore why the young Xhosa would have been disposed to such acts during our ongoing war

  14. So what the solution to the black problem? Would you suggest that BLACKS in the America’s move back to Africa? Of course not, because Africa has her share of problems as well right?

  15. @ Security Man
    You ought and must get your hands on a copy of Mandela’s book: “The Long Walk To Freedom”. (That is if you have any further interest in the personal affairs of this man’s life) Because all that you have described above is already written in Mandela’s book, and it is what I would described as common knowledge.

  16. @David (BU) “Let us go for the argument that Mandela was a Knight of Malta, break it out for the lay people.”

    Are you asking for seed capital from the VATICAN ARCHIVES? LOL

    After 900 years – what has evolves is a powerful VATICAN mandated & run organization (just like the JESUITS) who basically infiltrate every sector of society and they “RUN” governments, law firms, print/visual media, banking, NON-PROFITS, religious institutions- you name it, they are there in the vanguard calling the shots everywhere on this strife-torn planet!

    But there is a more sinister side to the Knights of Malta –

    FACTS that will be posted shortly…

  17. “The Knights of Malta are the militia of the Pope, and are sworn to total obedience by a blood oath which is taken extremely seriously and to the death. The Pope as the head of the Vatican is also the head of a foreign national power.” -”Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences” by Albert G. Mackey 33rd degree Mason, published by the Masonic History Company, Chicago, New York, & London, 1925: (Volume One, pp. 392-95).

    “The painful saga of modern Arab-Muslim history evokes the battles fought in Crusades of the 11th century – when the Knights of Malta began their operations as a Christian militia whose mission it was to defend the land conquered by the Crusaders.

    These memories return violently to mind with the discovery of links between the so-called security firms in Iraq such as Blackwater have historic links with the Order of Malta. You cannot exaggerate it. The Order of Malta is a hidden government or the most mysterious government in the world.” – Jordanian MP Jamal Muhammad Abidat, from an editorial in the United Arab Emirates daily Al-Bayan entitled “The Knights of Malta – More than a Conspiracy”. Abidat describes the role played by the Knights of Malta during the Crusades, and that the Order is playing a similar role in the Middle East today, citing the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Successor to Fascist Dictator Francisco Franco and Knight of Malta, King Juan Carlos, with Grand Master of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Andrew Cardinal Bertie, 2000 Blackwater is more than just a “private army”, much more than just another capitalist war-profiteering business operation.

    It is an army operating outside all laws, outside and above the US Constitution and yet is controlled by people within and outside our government whose allegiance is primarily to the foreign Vatican state. In other words, Blackwater is a religious army serving the Pope in Rome through the Order of Malta, which is itself considered under international law, as a sovereign entity with special diplomatic powers and privileges. Like Blackwater, the Order of Malta is “untouchable” because it is at the heart of the elite aristocracy.

    The Knights of Malta is not merely a “charitable organization”. That’s just an elaborate front, as should become clear to you later. As the name Sovereign Military Order of Malta confirms, it is a military order based on the crusader Knights Hospitaller of Jerusalem and is interwoven with Freemasonry. Most people have never even heard of SMOM, much less that it is a part of Freemasonry. But that is the way the aristocratic elite like it.

    One of the symbols of the military orders of the Vatican, the masonic double-headed eagle emblazoned with the Maltese cross, signifies omnipotent royal dominion over both East and West. The orb signifies temporal dominion over the globe of Earth, and the scepter signifies control over the spiritual and religious impulses of humanity.

    This eagle symbol is used in the masonic rite of Memphis and Misraim, under which it reads, “Order Out of Chaos”, the Hegelian method of crisis creation. It is found on the seals of many European and Eurasian nation states including that of Russia, indicating direct Vatican control over those countries.

    It symbolizes the desire of a predatory elite with virtually unlimited resources, to totally dominate the entire world under a New World Order global government system using secrecy, manipulation, coercion and terror with the ends justifying the means.

    The two-headed eagle emblem of the Byzantine Empire (Roman Empire) on a Red Shield was adopted in 1743 by the infamous goldsmith Amschel Moses Bauer. He opened a coin shop in Frankfurt, Germany and hung above his door this Roman eagle on a red shield.

    The shop became known as the “Red Shield firm”. The German word for ‘red shield’ is Rothschild. After this point, the Rothschilds became the bankers to kings and pontiffs alike, among the richest families in the world.

    Ever since, they have financed both sides of every major war and revolution using the Hegelian Dialectic to engineer society toward their New World Order.

    The Rothschilds and their agents, such as the Rockefellers, have been engineering America and its foreign policy almost since its inception. They and their Skull and Bones Wall Street partners staged and funded both sides in WWII, and out of that hellish nightmare was born their infant global government, the United Nations, and their tool of tyranny, the CIA.

    The father of the CIA, “Wild Bill” Donovan, was a Knight of Malta. In order to be a director of the CIA you must be a crusading Knight of Malta and it doesn’t hurt if you are a member of Skull and Bones either.

    In order to reach the highest levels in the Pentagon establishment, you must be an illuminated Freemason and/or a Knight of one order or another. Notable US military members of SMOM include top crusading generals such as Alexander Haig, William Westmoreland, and Charles A. Willoughby, an admitted Fascist.

    Other notable members include: Allen Dulles, Augusto Pinochet, Avery Dulles, David Rockefeller, Edward Egan (Archbishop NY), Francis L. Kellogg, Frank C Carlucci, Franz von Papen (Hitler enabler), Fritz Thyssen (Hitler’s financier), George H.W Bush, Giscard d’Estaing, Heinrich Himmler (Nazi war criminal), Henry Luce, J. Edgar Hoover, Joseph Kennedy, Juan Carlos (King of Spain and Jerusalem), Kurt Waldheim (Nazi war criminal), Licio Gelli, NELSON MANDELA, Oliver North, Pat Buchanan, Phyllis Schlafly (Dame), Precott Bush, Jr., Reinhard Gehlen (Nazi war criminal), Rick Santorum, Ronald E. Reagan, Rupert Murdoch, Ted Kennedy, Thomas ‘Tip’ O’Neill, Tony Blair, William F. Buckley, Jr., William Randolph Hearst…

    Such a list should make you sit up and pay attention, but it is only the tip of the iceberg unfortunately.

    Then we come to another SMOM member, important to what is transpiring in Iraq. Educated at the Jesuit Georgetown University, former Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Edward Schmitz, Blackwater’s operations chief, is a member of both SMOM and Opus Dei.

    Former Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Edward Schmitz quit in 2005 to work for Blackwater. He is a member of Opus Dei and Knights of Malta.

  18. The Knights of Malta in Iraq? Malta Star – Sep 29, 2007

    An American investigative journalist compared the US firm Blackwater, the biggest security services provider in post war Iraq, to the Knights of Malta.

    The company is currently in the midst of a controversy after some of its 20,000 personnel stationed in Iraq killed a number of civilians.

    In his book, ‘Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army’, Jeremy Scahill links the modern security firm to the Knights of Malta.

    The writer argues that “Blackwater’s employees… share the same religious zeal of ancient crusaders”, the Egyptian weekly newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

    All the top Nazis in our government are connected in some way to the Vatican, Jesuits and Knights of Malta and have been for decades, as were the Italian Fascists and German Nazis of WWII.

    After all, what was their favorite symbol after the swastika? The Maltese Cross of course!

    Catholic Nazi Connections

    These SMOM knights are behind most of the trouble in the world and they must be exposed as the criminals that they are. They are not nice people helping the poor, though they use good people in the lower ranks as useful idiots.

    They are behind:

    Most wars
    Major terrorist events
    New torture inquisition
    Total information surveillance
    Economic collapses
    Social demoralization,

    And they seek to completely enslave the human species in a global Big Brother totalitarian regime as they kill off the majority of us in the process.

    In fact, all of it has either come to pass or is in the process of being implemented.

    We are on the brink of WORLD WAR 3 which has been entirely staged by these profoundly evil men. Therefore, we have no time left for pussyfooting around.

    But don’t take my word for it, do you your own research, find out and expose them yourself before these dirty Blackwater mercenary thugs are allowed to patrol American streets and confiscate guns during the next staged disaster.

    We can’t let this happen in America.

    BlackWater Coming to A Disaster Near You

    Further Google the following:

    P-2 freemasonry
    Nazi Concordat
    Vatican CIA
    Knights Templar
    Order of the Seraphim
    Order of The Garter
    Sovereign Order of Saint John of Jerusalem
    Knights of Malta
    Knights of Rhodes
    Opus Dei
    Black Pope
    Maltese Cross
    Katrina, etc

    Combine these in various searches to uncover the linkages.

    The highest levels of Freemasonry, including and especially, the Knights of Malta and the Royal Orders of Chivalry are guided by the Vatican, the hub of both religious and temporal power on planet Earth.

    Order of The Knights of Malta

    See also: Freemasonry in Malta.

    Many knights of the Order of St. John and some of the Maltese nobility were Freemasons. In 1756, the Grand Master of the Order was a Freemason named E. Pinto de Fonseca.

    De Rohan, who was Grandmaster of the Order of St. John between 1775 and 1797, is reported also to have been a Freemason, and is said to have helped the spread of freemasonry in Malta… This lodge noted in its petition that the most important members of the Order of St. John ranked amongst its membership.

    The lodge obtained an English warrant as the Lodge of St. John of Secrecy and Harmony.

  19. The Rite of Misraïm

    Since 1738, one can find traces of this Rite filled with alchemical, occult and Egyptian references, with a structure of 90 degrees.

    Joseph Balsamo, called Cagliostro, a key character of his time, known how to give it the impulse necessary for its development. Very close to the Grand Master of the Order of the Knights of Malta, Manual Pinto de Fonseca, Cagliostro founded the Rite of High Egyptian Masonry in 1784.

    He received, between 1767 and 1775, from Sir Knight Luigi d’Aquino, the brother of the national Grand Master of Neapolitan Masonry, the Arcana Arcanorum, three very high hermetic degrees.

    In 1788, he introduced them into the Rite of Misraïm and gave a patent to this Rite.

    SMOM Nazis

    Movers and Shakers of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta
    Identity of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta Connections of those in power related to the Knights of Malta and affiliated groups.

    The picture that proves ‘torture flights’ are STILL landing in the UK (and Malta). The European Parliament report describes these as shell companies operating as subsidiaries of Blackwater USA, ‘an important contractor for the CIA and the US military’ which bases the planes in Malta.

    Tracking technology shows that the plane was en route from Canada to Greenland two days before it was sighted at Mildenhall: the internet software does not extend beyond American airspace, but the expert explained that its route would be consistent with a refueling stop in the Arctic – it only has a range of about 2,000 miles – followed by a further refuel in East Anglia, before heading to Malta.

    Malta ‘is Blackwater’s operational base’

    A European Parliament working document drawn up by Giovanni Claudio Fava has claimed, “Malta is the operational base of Blackwater, the organizer of private military militia which are increasingly taking on more and more roles which used to be undertaken by US forces in Iraq and elsewhere”.

    In 2004, Cofer Black passed from CIA to the State Department and thence became Blackwater’s vice-president.

    While still in the CIA, Black was in charge of the “special extraditions” organizing the secret transfer of prisoners from Iraq or Afghanistan to countries less rigid against the practice of torture, such as Poland, Romania, Egypt, and so on. These planes, which traveled between Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo and Afghanistan often made stopovers in many European countries such as the UK, Italy, France, Germany and Malta many times without the countries themselves being informed what was going on.

    Now the Swiss procurator Dick Marty has sent documents regarding the “CIA’s flying prisons” to the European Parliament and names two Blackwater subsidiaries:

    Presidential Airways
    Aviation Worldwide Services
    Blackwater’s Owner Has Spies for Hire
    Ex-U.S. Intelligence Operatives Dot Firm’s Roster
    Cofer Black

    First it became a brand name in security for its work in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now it’s taking on intelligence. The Prince Group, the holding company that owns Blackwater Worldwide, has been building an operation that will sniff out intelligence about natural disasters, business-friendly governments, overseas regulations and global political developments for clients in industry and government.

    The operation, Total Intelligence Solutions, has assembled a roster of former spooks – high-ranking figures from agencies such as the CIA and defense intelligence – that mirrors the slate of former military officials who run Blackwater.

    Its chairman is Cofer Black, the former head of counterterrorism at CIA known for his leading role in many of the agency’s more controversial programs, including the rendition and interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects and the detention of some of them in secret prisons overseas.

    Bush’s Shadow Army

    Blackwater has repeatedly cited Rumsfeld’s statement that contractors are part of the “Total Force” as evidence that it is a legitimate part of the nation’s “warfighting capability and capacity.”

    Invoking Rumsfeld’s designation, the company has in effect declared its forces above the law – entitled to the immunity from civilian lawsuits enjoyed by the military, but also not bound by the military’s court martial system.

    While the initial inquiries into Blackwater have focused on the complex labyrinth of secretive subcontracts under which it operates in Iraq, a thorough investigation into the company reveals a frightening picture of a politically connected private army that has become the Bush Administration’s Praetorian Guard.

    Blackwater’s impunity

    Neither Iraqi nor U.S. laws apply to its contractors, so a controversial shooting may go unpunished.

    “They can get away with murder” has been the cry of critics of hiring private companies such as Blackwater to provide security for the U.S. military and diplomats in Iraq and other war zones.

    Now it looks as though the critics may be right – and in the worst way.

    Knights of Malta

    The Sovereign Military Order of Malta, also known as the original Sovereign Military Order of St. John of Jerusalem, is a closed fraternity of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict with SMOM Grandmaster Andrew Willoughby Ninian Bertie demand its initiated members must be Catholic and have served in the military. They participate in secret ceremonies and feudal ritual dress, and embrace a strong class/caste mentality as part of their initiation into Rosicrucian dogma.

    The upper grades are fastidiously aristocratic and must be able to display a family coat-of-arms dating back at least 300 years in unbroken succession from father to son. The Sovereign Grand Master of the order is recognized as a head of state, and his authority is ensured by his secular ranking as a Prince, and his ecclesiastical ranking as a Cardinal.

    Under international law this organization has independent Sovereign status, which assures nationalistic loyalty from its members, above and beyond allegiance to their own country – they also have Permanent Observer status at the United Nations. The current Grand Master, Andrew Willoughby Bertie, is descended from Mary Stuart (Mary Queen of Scots) which places him firmly in the Sion/Grail historical scenario.

    The order and its members have been proven to be linked with the “Rat Run”, the post-WWII escape route used by high-ranking Nazis and death camp scientists from defeated Germany to the Americas.

    Sovereign Knight of Malta passports were issued with false identities that allowed escape from prosecution for war crimes.

    The privatization of security in Iraq threatened more than innocent civilians. The killing of 11 civilians in Baghdad once again put Blackwater on the spot. The US security firm first came into the public eye in early April 2004, when four of its personnel were killed and mutilated by mobs in Falluja. Although Iraqi religious parties denounced the attacks at the time, Bush gave the town four days to deliver the perpetrators before ordering an all-out attack, one in which thousands of Falluja inhabitants perished.

    In his book, Blackwater – The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army, American investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill links the modern security firm to the Knights of Malta, an offshoot of the Knights Templar.

    Blackwater’s employees, he argues, share the same religious zeal of ancient crusaders.

    US Theocons Fight Battle in Iraq

    Many has been written about the privatization of the Iraq war, but in his new bestseller book Jeremy Scahill sheds much needed light on the ideological roots of the largest US private mercenary firm and its links to the theocons and the Christian militia Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

    Prince, writes Scahill, shows how, “politically powerful Christian fundamentalists and Neocons are pressing forward with their battle for what they call ‘freedom’ and ‘democracy.’”

    He has connections with conservative Catholic groups and funds right wing organizations through his Freiheit Foundation.

    Senior Blackwater executives such as Joseph Schmitz do not only subscribe to the theocon ideology but are also members of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, a Christian militia that had a mission of defending territories the Crusaders captured from Muslims.

    Schmitz, says Scahill, “comes from one of the most bizarre, scandal-plagued, right-wing political families in US history.”

    The Sovereign Military Order of Malta began as a Christian charity in Al-Quds in 1080 to provide care for poor and sick pilgrims to the Holy Land. After the conquest of the holy city in 1095 during the First Crusade it became a Catholic Military Order. After the Muslims restored Al-Quds, the Order operated from Rhodes and later from Malta where it administered a vassal state under the Spanish viceroy of Sicily. The Order’s fighters, known as the Knights Hospitaller, helped the Crusaders in raids on Muslim countries near the coasts of Italy, including Tunisia, Libya and Morocco.

    The Sovereign Military Order of Malta is now a state located in Rome and is recognized by 50 countries worldwide.


    Joseph Edward Schmitz is the son of the late John G. Schmitz, former California State Senator, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Presidential candidate (1972).

    Columba Bush’s sister is married to John P. Schmitz, a beneficiary of the fellowship programs subsumed under the Carl Duisberg gesellschaft and the brother of Joseph Schmitz, currently the head of the Blackwater security outfit.

    John P. Schmitz has close links to the elder George Bush, the 9/11 milieu… Ex-Pentagon IG Joseph Schmitz At Prince/Blackwater
    Joseph Schmitz is active in the Washington Lawyers’ Chapter of the right-wing Federalist Society, the same group with which the new Chief Justice John G. Roberts was affiliated.

    Schmitz is also a member of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Schmitz was accused of covering up several investigations into fraud, waste and abuse within the Rumsfeld Pentagon.

    Joseph E. Schmitz: Georgetown, Opus Dei and Sovereign Military Order of Malta

    Joseph Edward Schmitz is an American lawyer, former Inspector General of the Department of Defense and executive with Blackwater USA, a private contractor providing security services to the U.S. military.

    Schmitz attended Catholic schools as a child and Georgetown Preparatory School while his father served in Congress. He is a member of Opus Dei and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.

    General Joseph Schmitz member of the Sovereign Order of Malta
    In addition to Prince, “A number of Blackwater executives are deeply conservative Christians, including corruption-smeared former Pentagon Inspector General Joseph Schmitz, who is also a member of the Sovereign Order of Malta, which Scahill describes as ‘a Christian militia formed in the eleventh century [to defend] territories that the Crusaders had conquered from the Moslems,’” Chris Barsanti wrote in a review of the book for In These Times.

    Blackwater USA is the brainchild of Erik Prince – a former Navy SEAL and son of Edgar Prince, a wealthy Michigan auto-parts supplier – described by Scahill as a “radical right wing Christian mega-millionaire” who is a strong financial backer of President George W. Bush, as well as a donor to a host of conservative Christian political causes.

    In the 1980s “the Prince family merged with one of the most venerable conservative families in the United States,” when Erik’s sister Betsy – nine years his senior – married Dick DeVos, whose father Richard, founded the multilevel marketing firm AMWAY!

    The two families exercised enormous political influence both inside and outside Michigan. “They were one of the greatest bankrollers of far-right causes in U.S. history, and with their money they propelled extremist Christian politicians and activists to positions of prominence,” Scahill writes.

    Crusades and terror

    Enemy bodies were brutalized for plunder, not pleasure; cannibalism was caused by starvation, not hatred; and crusaders happily had consensual sex with Muslim women in all the towns they captured.


    The Knights Templar
    Knights of Malta
    Blackwater’s Erik Prince
    Return to The Sovereign Military Order of Malta
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  20. Anon, I am not surprised the least regarding the allegations associated with Blackwater…. Because most of the guys who worked for the Blackwater company are Ex-Military: Green -Beret, Delta – Force, Navy – Seals, Marine – Recon, USAF -Pararescue and members of the Ranger Battalion. You’re talking about Non- Conventional highly motivated, elite Military killer. I know this, because I had the pLeasure of supporting some of these guys when I was attached to the 10th Mountain Light Infantry Division at Fort Drum.

  21. Anon, I must state for the record that I did not agree with alot of the things the Bush Administration did in prosecuting the wars in Iraq and Afsghanistan. Irrespective of the collateral damaged that was obviously expected! Nevertheless, there had been a common consensus among the majority of Americans that a strong response was needed in response to the 9/ 11 attackes on America.

  22. @ ANON
    Bushie was not even aware that this information was available is so concise and structured a format…..great research..
    Perhaps those Freemasons among us now have a better idea of what they belong to….

    @ David
    This is a good summary of why your optimism is the result of wishful thinking……and for your growing frustration at what is happening around us…

    As has been referenced before by the bushman…
    ….we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places
    Ephesians 6:12

    …and in such a fight, there is only ONE possible successful approach….. Yuh don’t go to a big rock fight with pillows….in this battle, yuh must therefore put on THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF BBE….

    …or wunna could wait pun Freundel and Mia 🙂

  23. “I noticed over the weekend that lists of quotes from Nelson Mandela had gone viral on the Internet.”

    “None of the lists I saw included any of these – which say more about the man and the myth than you could have learned by reading all the reports in the international establishment press.”

    1) “If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”

    2) “Long live the Cuban revolution. Long live comrade Fidel Castro … Cuban internationalists have done so much for African independence, freedom and justice. We admire the sacrifices of the Cuban people in maintaining their independence and sovereignty in the face of a vicious imperialist campaign designed to destroy the advances of the Cuban revolution. We too want to control our destiny. … There can be no surrender. It is a case of freedom or death. The Cuban revolution has been a source of inspiration to all freedom-loving people.”

    3) “[T]he people of Asia and Africa have seen through the slanderous campaign conducted by the USA against the socialist countries. They know that their independence is threatened not by any of the countries in the socialist camp but by the USA, who has surrounded their continent with military bases. The communist bogey is an American stunt to distract the attention of the people of Africa from the real issue facing them, namely, American imperialism.”

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    4) “Under a Communist Party government, South Africa will become a land of milk and honey. Political, economic and social rights will cease to be enjoyed by whites only. They will be shared equally by whites and non-whites. There will be enough land and houses for all. There will be no unemployment, starvation and disease. Workers will earn decent wages; transport will be cheap and education free.”

    5) “Yasser Arafat was one of the outstanding freedom fighters of this generation, one who gave his entire life to the cause of the Palestinian people.”

    6) “The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of mankind!”

    7) “Those who feel irritated by our friendship with President Khadafy can go jump in the pool.”

    8) “There’s one place where (Fidel Castro’s) Cuba stands out head and shoulders above the rest – that is in its love for human rights and liberty!”

    9) “The victory of socialism in the U.S.S.R., in the People’s Republic of China, in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Rumania, where the living conditions of the people were in many respects similar and even worse than ours, proves that we too can achieve this important goal.”

    10) “Communists everywhere fight to destroy capitalist society and to replace it with socialism, where the masses of the common people, irrespective of race or color, will live in complete equality, freedom and happiness. They seek to revolutionize society and are thus called revolutionaries. Those who support capitalism with its class divisions and other evils and who oppose our just struggles to end oppression are called counter revolutionaries.”

    11) “In our own country, the struggles of the oppressed people are guided by the South African Communist Party and inspired by its policies. The aim of the S.A.C.P. is to defeat the Nationalist government and to free the people of South Africa from the evils of racial discrimination and exploitation.”

    By the way, I did find one quote from Mandela that I really like. I don’t think he meant it. I do. In fact, if he got his wish on this one, the international media’s reporting about Mandela’s death would have been much different.

    “A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens.”

    Amen to that last one.

    You know what they say: Even a broken clock is right twice a day.


  24. 5) “Yasser Arafat was one of the outstanding freedom fighters of this generation, one who gave his entire life to the cause of the Palestinian people.”

    6) “The cause of communism is the greatest cause in the history of ma
    7) “Those who feel irritated by our friendship with President Khadafy can go jump in the pool.”

    8) “There’s one place where (Fidel Castro’s) Cuba stands out head and shoulders above the rest – that is in its love for human rights and liberty!”

    9) “The victory of socialism in the U.S.S.R., in the People’s Republic of China, in Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Poland and Rumania, where the living conditions of the people were in many respects similar and even worse than ours, proves that we too can achieve this important goal.”

    10) “Communists everywhere fight to destroy capitalist society and to replace it with socialism, where the masses of the common people, irrespective of race or color, will live in complete equality, freedom and happiness. They seek to revolutionize society and are thus called revolutionaries. Those who support capitalism with its class divisions and other evils and who oppose our just struggles to end oppression are called counter revolutionaries.”

  25. Castro’s Cuba has distinguished itself as one of the most MONSTROUS HUMAN-RIGHTS ABUSERS in the World.

    It is a FACT that Half a million human beings have PASSED THROUGH Cuna’s GULAG. Since Cuna’s total population is only around eleven million, that gives Castro’s DESPOTISM the highest political INCARCERATION rate rate per capita on EARTH.

  26. what vicious right wing attack on a man whose only vision was to have his people free by any means necessary. what is so wrong with that, mandella star shines brightly because he was able to forgive those who had done him and his people wrong. those who had called him a terrorist .. while his star continues to shine his haters words would continue to fall on deaf ears.
    Many of these right-wing attacks are offensive and extremely disrespectful to the memory of a truly great man, but they should not be so quickly dismissed as just the rantings of angry right wingers. These comments about Mandela are also echoes of what many said about him when he was alive, particularly before he became president of a free South Africa.

    quote:lincoln mitchell
    harriman institute

  27. @ ac
    Don’t mind Zoe.
    He can’t come to grips yet with a black man getting all the praise that Mandela is getting…
    …so he needs to point out that he was not perfect….like Zoe is… LOL

    …although Bushie still waiting to hear what is the problem with ANY of the quotes attached to Mandela… 🙂

  28. @ Zoe | December 9, 2013 at 8:45 PM |

    How can you attack Mandela in such a vicious evil nasty unchristian way?
    If there is one person that comes the closest to the moral ideals”preached” by your god and Lord Jesus Christ it would have to be Madiba by far.

  29. The accusations that Mandela was a Communist are also not simply sprung from the imaginations of Tea Partiers. Mandela did not govern as a Communist when he became South Africa’s president, nor did he demonstrate much belief in Communist doctrine, but he was the leader of a national liberation movement seeking allies in his struggle. The Cold War politics, which were the international backdrop of that struggle, pushed Mandela and the ANC to the Communist Party, which Mandela joined shortly before his long jail sentence began.

  30. Calling Mandela a Communist or a terrorist shortly after his death is mean-spirited, but it is a bigger condemnation of the moral blindness of much of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War than it is a criticism of Mandela. It was American myopia and self-absorption which led us to call Mandela a Communist and a terrorist in our efforts to prop up a collapsing South African apartheid regime. It is a reflection of Mandela’s wisdom, poise and temperament that he was able to see beyond these attacks and build strong relationships between his country and ours.

    the bloggers book

  31. Mandela had to get his friends wherever he could and if Communists supported him why should he turn them away? It wasn’t as if Britain and the USA were rushing to the aid of Black people in Africa. Could he look to Harold Wilson for help? Wilson famously said he wouldn’t invade Rhodesia led by Ian Smith after UDI because the whites were their “kith and kin”.

    The only prisoners that Reagan was interested in was hostages in Lebanon and he authorised the sale of weapons to Iran through Israel in the hopes that it would lead to their release (see how the world works Zoe?) Reagan and Thatcher were against sanctions because “it would hurt the poor people’ as if they weren’t hurting enough under apartheid.

  32. Thus, referring to Mandela as a Communist and terrorist is not simply an angry ad hominem attack, although it may be that as well. These comments are also a good reminder of both the world in which Mandela operated as well as the extent to which Cold War politics and colonial attitudes framed many western views of Mandela. Mandela is a hero now, but for much of his life the U.S. and our allies were not on his side. This too should be remembered when we celebrate his amazing life.

    the blogger

  33. I break my silence with this quotation from Vidya Bhushan Rawat is a social and human rights activist

    “Mandela is gone. It is essential that we do not ‘deify’ him. Let there be a critical analysis of his legacy so that the movement that he launched is not stuck in the din of ‘forgiveness’ forever.”


  34. ” Amidst this pouring grief is another gimmickry of the western powers who are now canonizing Nelson Mandela today for their own benefits and ignoring their vast track record of violation of human rights of the people in Africa and elsewhere”

  35. @ ac
    …from the recent writings we see that the huzzy is home from Arizona for the holidays….
    Happy Holidays…..
    Don’t over do… 🙂

  36. “Though, it is not that Mandela changed according to western framework yet the influence was visible in the later years. Perhaps when you participate in power structure it coopt you. Mandela became a ‘statesman’ without fulfilling his party’s agenda. The blacks of South Africa still revere him yet the reality is that the ‘freedom’ has not got them much except the ‘political participation’. Is it not irony that when people seek justice they are fired and killed by the police?”

  37. @ ac
    …from the recent writings we see that the huzzy is home from Arizona for the holidays….
    Happy Holidays…..
    Don’t over do… ”

    Bushie I join with you in expressing seasons greetings to AC . hopefully we will get some peace as her husband tries to get his piece.

  38. Regarding Mandela’s relationship with Castro et al we should all remember the old saying, ” the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. Mandela required some form of assistance from wherever, because having won the War he could then decide on the nature of the relationship going forward.

    Would any of us in a desperate situation refuse help from a criminal if our lives depended on it???

  39. then one can assume that in that situation one hand was trying to wash the other except that Nelson Mandella had the vision and forsight to see and discern that the “end justify the means” also knowing that comrade Cuba was being backed and influence by Russia Mandella must have thought about this. No surprise that he boldy reach out to his enemies calling them his freinds as he must have understood the rationale and reasoning behind castro and Russia support as friends when others did not

  40. @ David (BU)

    Here’s a piece by a noted CATHOLIC magazine! It’s objectification and characterization of MADIBA is rather interesting.

    Nelson Mandela: A Candid Assessment (CRISIS MAGAZINE) by Timothy J. Williams

    Calling him one of the “most influential, courageous and profoundly good people to ever have lived,” President Obama ordered all U.S. flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday, December 5. As the worldwide tributes pour in for the former leader of the African National Congress (ANC) and first black president of South Africa, it is good to remember just who Mandela was, and who he wasn’t.

    As president of South Africa, Mandela—though a typically bumbling socialist—was not a vengeful character. After having spent much of his adult life in prison, he is widely praised for not seeking to retaliate against the former white rulers, and for having largely urged reconciliation and compromise in undoing the injustices of Apartheid.

    Though Mandela was a committed Marxist, he was also a pragmatist, disappointing his more impatient comrades by not immediately carrying out the massive nationalizations of industry he had promised, so as not to drive away foreign investment. And he recognized his own limitations, both physical and political, in deciding not to attempt to remain in power after his term in office.

    Most white South Africans rejoin that Nelson Mandela had no reason to seek revenge on anyone, nor any basis for extending forgiveness to his previous jailors. After all, as the most famous prisoner of the previous Apartheid government, he had been fairly tried and convicted of complicity in many murders, and he confessed to participation in 156 acts of terror, crimes that would certainly have earned him the death penalty in a great many countries. Moreover, his confinement was more than comfortable by any standards. During his legendary twenty-seven years in prison, Mandela communicated freely with his followers, and somehow managed to accumulate a considerable fortune. He was continually offered release by the white Apartheid government, but on one condition: that he renounce violence in pursuit of political reform. That is something he consistently refused to do.

    As was made clear by testimony before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Mandela was personally involved in the targeting and timing of terrorist bombings that took place during his imprisonment, such as the infamous “Church Street Massacre,” designed to maximize casualties among Afrikaner women and children. Even a group as left-leaning as Amnesty International refused to grant Mandela political prisoner status because of the obviously violent character of his ideology and his actions. His African National Congress party ran a horrific camp for political prisoners in Angola, with daily torture and murder, often by the “necklacing” technique, whereby a gasoline-filled tire is placed around the neck of a victim and set ablaze. Virtually all the victims of this particular horror were blacks.

    Within South Africa, on direct orders from Winnie and Nelson Mandela, the ANC targeted not only whites, but also all black civil servants, teachers, lawyers, and businessmen—essentially anyone who imagined a post-Apartheid South Africa that differed from the one mandated by the Marxist ANC. Even simple black peasants who refused to carry out terror attacks were treated as enemies, and they were killed in large numbers. Thus, just as the terroristic FLN killed far more Algerians than did the French during the Algerian war for independence, the ANC was the leading cause of death, by far, for black South Africans throughout the period of Apartheid.

    The only reality that makes it even remotely possible to view Mandela as a “statesman” is that he lived on a continent where the definition of “statecraft” is not exactly rigorous or exemplary. Since the wave of decolonization following World War II, the number of African states ruled by ruthless dictators has always been in the majority, and sometimes approached unanimity. The precise number of tyrants involved is actually difficult to ascertain. One simply loses count, and the shadows of the worst of them conceal the merely “semi-heinous” crimes of the lesser despots, so that their names are eclipsed and you find yourself asking: “Does so-and-so really fit the African definition of a tyrant?”

    Numbered among the rogue gallery of miscreants who have wielded power on that tragic continent, we find some of the world’s biggest drug traffickers, diamond smugglers, and slave traders. It seems that the poorer an African nation is, the greater the wealth accumulated by its “President for Life.” Almost every country in black-ruled Africa has a system of gulags. All elections are rigged, free press is non-existent, and all dissent comes from exiles. In the past fifty years, there have been more wars in Africa than in all the other continents combined. And everything is considered a weapon of war: ethnic cleansing, child soldiering and child rape, even cannibalism. Just refraining from committing genocide in Africa practically sets one up for comparison with Mother Theresa.

    So in this regard, Mandela (post-Apartheid, at least) does indeed look pretty good. Though personally implicated in a great many murders, there is at least no record of him ever eating a political foe or advocating child rape or promoting genocide. And he left office voluntarily in 1999, even if this was due more to advancing years, frail health, and the realization that he had no talent for governing, rather than to a real commitment to democracy. Still, by African standards, this is the stuff of a Nobel Peace Prize.

    Mandela did, however, leave behind another socialist nightmare in the making. With their motto of “liberation before education,” the ANC has proved itself completely incapable of governing, and South Africa is sliding into chaos at an alarming rate. Since 2004, South Africa has experienced almost constant political protests, many of them violent. Activists like to refer to the nation as the most “protest-rich in the world,” which, along with prison camps, is the only type of “riches” a socialist nation can produce. The nation is staggered by unemployment, corruption throughout all levels of the police, military, and civil service, and ubiquitous, inescapable crime. Life in South Africa is far more dangerous, especially for blacks and women, than it was under Apartheid. With about fifty murders a day, the nation is now among the undisputed murder capitals of the world, most of these crimes going uninvestigated. The astounding estimates of other violent crimes, including rape, are almost impossible to believe. But only the truth of such figures could account for the fact that the private security business in South Africa is the largest in the world, with over a quarter-million private security guards in a nation of under 53 million.

    Taking their lead from the disaster in neighboring Zimbabwe, the government of South Africa is now looking the other way as white farmers are driven off their land by arson and murder. It is said that job advertisements, even those posted by the government, routinely include the phrase “Whites need not apply.” Would it be an exaggeration to say that a “reverse Apartheid” is taking place in South Africa? The nearly one million white South Africans who have fled the growing chaos don’t think so.

    Of course, life in South Africa is now most dangerous for the most defenseless, for those waiting to be born. As president, Mandela—ever the pragmatist—signed the most liberal abortion law in all of Africa, with no reason at all needed for a woman to procure abortion in the first 20 weeks of pregnancy, and abortion easy to obtain through all nine months. Since this law took effect in 1997, even the most conservative estimates put the number of abortions that have taken place at one million. Once again, socialists and pragmatists of all stripes reveal that they cannot conceive of any form of good governance that does not involve killing on a massive scale.

    Yes, some South Africans view Mandela as a nearly messianic figure. Desmond Tutu has publically thanked God for the “gift” of Mandela. But this is the same “bishop” Tutu who recently stated that he would decline his own invitation to heaven if God turned out to be a “homophobe.” Any pious invocation by Tutu has to be regarded as more than a little suspect. Nor can we have any confidence in Barack Obama when he declares that Mandela “achieved more than could be expected of any man” and that “he belongs to the ages.” Obama no doubt believes he himself “belongs to the ages,” since his signature “accomplishments”—the government seizure of medical care, the enthronement of abortion, and the promotion of homosexual “marriage”—are all policies promoted by the ANC in the new South Africa. So we should not expect to hear much from the Obama administration about Mandela’s violent past. Statists never find anything to reproach in one of their own.


  41. @ ANON
    This is exactly the kind of analysis that one would expect from the typical white bigot (as we saw with Zoe for example).

    Why the hell should Mandela have been a saint? …..why should a black man who grew up to see his kith and kin treated like dogs by whites not have IMMENSE hatred in his heart?
    Why should a man (lawyer) finding himself helpless to bring justice to his people not lash out at the exemplification of evil that was represented by apartheid?
    Shiite man….. If it was Bushie back there – some white boys would have had to die too…. Wuh even MOSES, raised as an Egyptian prince, was moved to kill a fella who he found taking advantage of a poor slave….

    Here is the important test….WHEN MANDELA HAD THE POWER TO LEGALLY EXACT REVENGE…..he did what few white men have ever done….

    but here is Bushie’s point…..Mandela is NOT so special in that regard…. Numerous black leaders did exactly the same….from the same Mugabe that they now hate – to our own EWB…

    Not only forgive them….BUT LET THEM KEEP THEIR ILL BEGOTTEN RICHES………..Now THAT is special.

    …can’t promise that Bushie would have been so generous. The bushman would have forgiven them, tried them in a court of law, and then hanged every last one of them….
    ……assuming of course that those Afrikaners had done unto the blacks as they would have wanted Bushie to do unto them….they would have been SURELY obliged.

    …but then …Bushie don’t want to be no knight of no damn Malta 🙂

  42. bt

    dont hang a soul.

    shoot them in shoulders elbows wrists knees hips and ankles

    then put them in a cold dungeon for life

    osteoarthritis for life! and in multiple locations

  43. @ The bushman

    “Here is the important test….WHEN MANDELA HAD THE POWER TO LEGALLY EXACT REVENGE…..he did what few white men have ever done….HE REACHED OUT IN FORGIVENESS.”

    Every word you so eloquently spat out cannot be contested!

    “he did what few white men have ever done…”

    SADLY, no white man has ever been where MADIBA was then!

    Human beings have been killing through wars and genocide since time immemorial – what is regrettable is that the contorted issue of race has created a form of polarization that pits brother against brother and ethnic group against ethnic group.

    No one wins in this war – what we have to do is take the best and discard the rest!

    MADIBA* never sought to impress even his enemies – but he succeeded in making himself hard to forget!

    • A Dissenting Opinion on Nelson MandelaBy Jonathan Cook
      copied from
      December 07, 2013 “Information Clearing House –  What I am going to write here will doubtless make me unpopular with some readers, even if only because they will assume that what follows about Nelson Mandela is disrespectful. It is not.
      So let me start by recognizing Mandela’s huge achievement in helping to bring down South African apartheid, and make clear my enormous respect for the great personal sacrifices he made, including spending so many years caged up for his part in the struggle to liberate his people. These are things impossible to forget or ignore when assessing someone’s life.
      Nonetheless it is important to pause during the general acclamation of his legacy, mostly by people who have never demonstrated a fraction of his integrity, to consider a lesson that most observers want to overlook.

  44. i believe that cook has thrown too much curry into the stew, the celebration of Mandella life is not what he didn’t do to stand up against the tyranny of corporate masqueraders, but his active and forceful approach in freeing his people from apartheid governance that denied them every possible human right to equality and justice, that is why Madella is being hailed as a hero today He will be remembered and respected as a Freedom fighter.. as Madella might have made up his mind that was enough of a role for one man to undertake and fighting the forces of empirical tyranny should be left up to the masses worldwide,.

  45. this quote is for Zoe another great freedom fighter ST>PAUL1 cor. 9:19-23

    19 Though I am free and belong to no one, I have made myself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible. 20 To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. To those under the law I became like one under the law (though I myself am not under the law), so as to win those under the law. 21 To those not having the law I became like one not having the law (though I am not free from God’s law but am under Christ’s law), so as to win those not having the law. 22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings

  46. “Though, it is not that Mandela changed according to western framework yet the influence was visible in the later years. Perhaps when you participate in power structure it coopt you. Mandela became a ‘statesman’ without fulfilling his party’s agenda. The blacks of South Africa still revere him yet the reality is that the ‘freedom’ has not got them much except the ‘political participation’. Is it not irony that when people seek justice they are fired and killed by the police?

    In the new set-up of Africa when Mandela was being canonized and glorified to maximum hiding the western hypocrisy and double standard about human rights and democracy, the person who stood with him and took his battle further in his absence, his partner Winnie was villainised. In a revealing interview to Nadira Naipaul, in March 2010, she said, ‘

    “This name Mandela is an albatross around the necks of my family. You all must realise that Mandela was not the only man who suffered. There were many others, hundreds who languished in prison and died. Many unsung and unknown heroes of the struggle, and there were others in the leadership too, like poor Steve Biko, who died of the beatings, horribly all alone. Mandela did go to prison and he went in there as a burning young revolutionary. But look what came out,” she said, looking to the writer. He said nothing but listened.

    It is hard to knock a living legend. Only a wife, a lover or a mistress has that privilege. Only they are privy to the intimate inner man, I thought.

    “Mandela let us down. He agreed to a bad deal for the blacks. Economically, we are still on the outside. The economy is very much ‘white’. It has a few token blacks, but so many who gave their life in the struggle have died unrewarded.”

    She was pained. Her uncreased brown face had lost the softness.

    “I cannot forgive him for going to receive the Nobel [Peace Prize in 1993] with his jailer [FW] de Klerk. Hand in hand they went. Do you think de Klerk released him from the goodness of his heart? He had to. The times dictated it, the world had changed, and our struggle was not a flash in the pan, it was bloody to say the least and we had given rivers of blood. I had kept it alive with every means at my disposal”.

    We could believe that. The world-famous images flashed before our eyes and I am sure hers. The burning tyres – Winnie endorsed the necklacing of collaborators in a speech in 1985 (“with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country”) – the stoning, the bullets, the terrible deaths of “informers”. Her often bloodthirsty rhetoric has marred her reputation.

    “Look at this Truth and Reconciliation charade. He should never have agreed to it.” Again her anger was focused on Mandela. “What good does the truth do? How does it help anyone to know where and how their loved ones were killed or buried? That Bishop Tutu who turned it all into a religious circus came here,” she said pointing to an empty chair in the distance.

    “He had the cheek to tell me to appear. I told him a few home truths. I told him that he and his other like-minded cretins were only sitting here because of our struggle and me. Because of the things I and people like me had done to get freedom.”

    Winnie’s pain has to be understood. She was sounding bitter but then it is a reality when friends part ways, when you see the one become larger than life while other colleagues are painted as villain then what can we expect? Except for Mandela, most of the ANC team was relegated to nothingness and those who were assertive were projected negatively by the western media. Can we truly say that South Africa is a country of unity at the moment? The lofty ideals of ‘forgiveness’ as being hailed by Clintons and Obamas need to be asked to those who have witnessed those humiliation of living life pushed as slaves. I know Winnie was charged with murders, retribution, frauds and what not but none can deny her commitment to the cause of her people and her struggle in building up organization with other people in the absence of Mandela. After Mandela was released, she was sidelined and it is certain that a person who commits herself so much feel bitter which the interview clearly reflected.

    The double standards are visible. You glorify a person because he has been fixed into your ‘democratic’ ‘tolerant’ model. So, you are great because you have ‘forgiven’ the tyrants, the democratic ones, who left no stone unturned to kill you and your ‘violence’. ‘We’ are opposed to ‘violence’ they would say without giving any alternatives to those who suffers in indignity and humiliation daily. Yes, violence does not mean the P.Botha regime was killing the blacks, firing upon them when they were raising issues of their human rights. Yes, ‘slavery’ is not violence perhaps and that was you can bring Gadhafi to law books, kill Saddam Hussein for violating human rights of the people but whether it is Yitzhak Rabin or FW D Klerk you baptize them through your Nobel Prizes and the entire ‘past’ is ‘forgiven’. In this battle the Western regimes have won but they have actually created differences among the communities who have been oppressed. Whether Mandela or Yasser Arafat, people of both South Africa and Palestine felt betrayed as their dream lands still eludes them.”

  47. In the now more often than not repeated words of a world FREEDOM FIGHTER. father forgive them for they know not what done. these words are the mirror image of mandella thoughts. Winnie has not been able to understand the need and necessity of healing through forgivness and clings to bitterness as a way of healing. maybe the politics of economics might have been too much of a burden for one man however he put so africans on the right path and it is up to them to continue the fightfor economicfreedom

  48. Apparently, it takes a special kind of conservative to avoid falling into what even an embarrassed Cornell West has characterized as the “Santa-Claus-ification” of Nelson Mandela.

    It’s tough to buck the tsunami of media deification of Mandela in the wake of his death.

    What else can explain the warm fuzzy talk from the likes of Ted Cruz, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and even Rush Limbaugh in recent days?

    Why is it so difficult for conservatives to tell the truth about Mandela?

    Is it a lack of information?

    Is it a fear of being labeled “racist”?

    Here are some documentable and undeniable facts about Mandela:

    He was a longtime Community Party member, though he lied about his allegiance from time to time.
    He was not a “political prisoner” for 27 years, as is often reported, but was convicted of specific acts of sabotage and revolutionary activity. He was offered many opportunities to walk out of prison a free man if he simply denounced violence and terrorism. He refused.

    His best friends on the world scene during his active political life were Fidel Castro, Moammar Gadhafi and Yasser Arafat.

    He hated the United States and called it the country that, more than any other, “committed unspeakable atrocities in the world.” He concluded by saying Americans “don’t care for human beings.”

    What’s the documentation for this? His own words. His own deeds.

    It’s one thing for the state-run media to pronounce secular sainthood on Mandela. But Rush? Say it ain’t so.

    Is it too much to ask for even conservatives to stand up to the whitewashing of Mandela’s record?

    If so, won’t they have to apologize to the likes of Arafat, Gadhafi and Castro?

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    I know it’s tough. It’s not like Mandela didn’t have some redeeming qualities. He was not a cartoon figure as his triumvirate of evil friends were. Yes, he even reined in his wife, Winnie, and divorced her when she publicly chanted for “necklacing” their political opponents – placing gasoline-soaked tires around their necks and lighting them on fire. Yes, he was right to oppose Apartheid and helped bring it to an end.

    I get that.

    Nevertheless, should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for an America-hater?

    Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for a Communist Party leader?

    Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for a liar and a deceiver?

    Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for an unrepentant terrorist?

    Should the U.S. be lowering its government flags to half-staff for a friend of Arafat, Gadhafi and Castro?

    This is something the U.S. didn’t do for one of its strongest friends and allies in modern times – Lady Margaret Thatcher.

    I’m grateful Rush Limbaugh pointed that out with some irony.

    But conservatives need not jump on the bandwagon of official sanctification and media adulation.

    What’s wrong with a dose of truth?

    Mandela was not a freedom fighter – any more than his loathsome buddy Yasser Arafat was.

    Forgive me if I don’t mourn for Mandela. I mourn instead for his victims. I mourn instead for those martyrs being persecuted, tortured and killed every day around the world for their faith in God. I mourn instead for the tens of millions of innocent victims of Communism and other forms of totalitarianism Mandela promoted.

    By the way, though my commentaries on Mandela have been read by hundreds of thousands of people in the last week, not a single person has questioned even one of the facts I have reported that indict his semi-official narrative.

    Maybe I just don’t have enough mourning in me for people like Mandela, who got more than he deserved as his reward during 95 years of life on the planet.

    Conservatives need to buck up and learn how to defend their own heroes. They don’t need to align themselves with the media myth-makers.

    With the death of this legend, even the boldest conservatives of our time have become self-conscious about proclaiming the truth. And it’s the truth that always sets us free.

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    • Winnie is making an obvious point which is often overlooked when we romanticize Mandela. The simple message, no one man is a mountain.

  49. As a witch hunt continues by the conservative right to descercrated a freedom fighterNelson Mandella.the eyes of the word stays focus and steadfast in remenbering a man who chose good over evil

  50. The bottom line of reality for Mandela, in eternity IS* did he repent as a Sinner, like ALL of us are, accepting and receiving The Lord Jesus Christ into his heart and life, if he did NOT; then he is in Hell!

    As Almighty God is NO* respecter of ANY person, as He does NOT see or deal with the Colour of man’s skin, ONLY what IS* done in, by and through Christ, by any man, will have rewards in Heaven.

    ‘For by Grace (unmeritted, un-earned FAVOR!) you have been saved through Faith ( In Christ Jesus) and that NOT of yourselves; it IS* the GIFT* of God. NOT or WORKS, (Why not?) lest anyone should BOAST.” ( Eph. 2: 8,9) Emphasis added.

    “Nor is there Salvation in any other, for there is NO OTHER name (other than Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men by which we MUST be Saved.” ( Acts. 4: 12)

    The playing field before Almighty God IS* level for ALL men, regardless of COLOUR!

  51. Mandellab did not choseb his rilen but he was chosen as a vehicke for neccessary change. howevervlike milion of stars in the universe there is always one that shines brighter and Nelson was that one nevertheless those who fought and die for his cause will be revel and illuminated in history just for being in his presence.and there deaths would have not been in vain Winnie point might be justifiable according to her point of view but can be easily be musunderstood no need for her to be centre stage.

  52. @ Zoe
    It REALLY pisses you off that a BLACK man who at some stage was responsible for kicking some white butt and befriending people like Castro, Gadaffi and the USSR could now be universally venerated nuh!!!?

    When did you rant and rave against what your pals like Botha and DeClerk ROUTINELY did to the poor blacks of South Africa?…and Barbados?

    Did you ever pause to note who JESUS associated with…?
    Was it not with foul mouthed fishermen who routinely talked about “brass bowls” and used other flowery and ‘less than refined’ language?
    Did HE not associate with prostitutes, bushmen and beggars and other anti- establishment types….?

    What kind of exegesis expert are you?
    It appears that you start from your racist biased position, and then seek to convince yourself that your analysis of the bible supports that position. LOL….no wonder you can’t figure out the Trinity nonsense….

    While you look to find any possible fault with Mandela, others are looking at the examples of love and unselfishness that he exemplifies..
    ….perhaps if you do an exegesis on Jesus’s response to those who wanted to stone the adulteress to death – you would be less inclined to pelt rocks at Madeba…… 🙂

    ….or knowing you…..perhaps not.

  53. BUSH TEA

    Zoe | December 11, 2013 at 11:13 AM |
    The bottom line of reality for Mandela, in eternity IS* did he repent as a Sinner, like ALL of us are, accepting and receiving The Lord Jesus Christ into his heart and life, if he did NOT; then he is in Hell!

    As Almighty God is NO* respecter of ANY person, as He does NOT see or deal with the Colour of man’s skin, ONLY what IS* done in, by and through Christ, by any man, will have rewards in Heaven.

    ‘For by Grace (unmeritted, un-earned FAVOR!) you have been saved through Faith ( In Christ Jesus) and that NOT of yourselves; it IS* the GIFT* of God. NOT or WORKS, (Why not?) lest anyone should BOAST.” ( Eph. 2: 8,9) Emphasis added.

    “Nor is there Salvation in any other, for there is NO OTHER name (other than Jesus Christ) under heaven given among men by which we MUST be Saved.” ( Acts. 4: 12)

    The playing field before Almighty God IS* level for ALL men, regardless of COLOUR!

  54. Another defining moment yesterday as if an alingment of two powerful human beings one in death and the other alive souls were to be connected as one on the same soil as obama was met with great enthusiasm and exhuberance the equivalence of a baptism of fire heaped on him in his homeland by the So african people .the america conservative should take note Out of one many

    • Actually the defining moment was Mandela in death exposing the folly of the division created by man made ideology. The Castro Obama handshake.

  55. @ David
    What division created by what man made ideology are you talking about? The only REAL divisions that exists among mankind are race and religious. The others are merely convenient mechanisms designed to achieve specific materialistic and strategic advantages at particular points of time….

    The Americans were the FIRST to make up with the Russians when it became clear that this was to their material advantage in the world wars.

    They then demonized them as communists during the Cold War years when the fight was on for strategic alliances ….and they made up again after Reagan’s time, and when George Bush looked into the president of USSR’s eyes and declared him to be trust-worthy.

    When the eastern block began to shake its tail, the Americans were quick to make friends with China…(communism and all) while CUBA remans public enemy no 1 despite being NO THREAT…..and this will continue until it becomes clear that the USA has something to gain from an alliance with Cuba….and has overcome its hurt pride from the Bay of Pigs.

    Just like “Mandela” was created, manipulated, and used, …to ensure that whites retained their position and wealth “post liberation” in South Africa,… these various ideologies are created to achieve similar ends from time to time….
    The white people are not brass bowls. They KNOW how to manipulate us…and how to protect their interests at any costs…
    …cause if they had left Winnie and her people ‘large and in charge’ would have been a different going down in SA way….

    …of course the white world would have then done a “Haiti / Cuba/ Zimbabwe” on South Africa. So either way the blacks would have ended up in poverty and misery…..

    Perhaps Mandela’s approach was right after all….. 🙂

  56. David agree but the castro moment can be defined in similar fashion to mandella with a ting ever so small of forgiveness one that some might hate while others would love. unbelievable events with unforseen similarities that only a god could direct such pathways.

  57. @Bushie
    You know that ALL HUMAN Politicians that depend on votes will do anything to get those votes. Florida has a lot of Votes and many are CUBAN! Those Cubans agree on one thing, Castro is one terrible hombre!

    Never forget that Pols always love to use the “bogeyman” to their advantage, especially those that are external.

    Winnie would surely have cost half a million lives+! No way the West would, or frankly could, allow 41% of the World’s PLATINUM to get into the hands of potential enemies in SA or Commies! NB Russia is number 2 in Platinum.
    SA has 23 of the most required metals and minerals whereas the US has 6! They would HAVE to respond militarily OR risk their Economy AND Military functions! ONLY TOTAL IDIOTS would permit such REGARDLESS of Race!

    Strategic SUICIDE!

  58. @ Bush Tea | December 11, 2013 at 3:02 PM |

    Well said!

    What about the Japanese, Korean and Vietnam situations?
    It would be interesting to see how America responds to any further breakdown in relations between China and Japan now that China has the military wherewithal to flex its muscles and seek revenge on the Japanese nation for the atrocities committed by the Imperial Army during 1937-45.

  59. Man Miller…you alright?
    What is this lotta “Bushie praise”……Bushie is more accustomed to taking licks from the Miller….
    Ya got BT offset yuh….

    Bushmen are wary of Anunnaki bearing gifts…..

  60. @Miller
    The Americans have already sent unarmed bombers through the NO FLY Zone established over the Islands that China covets but Japan possesses.
    The Americans are obliged to defend Sth Korea and Japan by treaty and obviously by self interest.

    Yes the ATROCITIES of throwing Babies in the air and bayoneting them on the way down in Nanking! You guys thought it was just Whitey that was / is terrible??? HUMANS including the very Darkest can be terrible to other humans regardless of race!!! Dont forget that modern Japs are actually from China 2000 yr ago! Dem all creamy / light brown.

  61. Mandela left prison and became President, the exact opposite of what should happen to most Pols in Bim and elsewhere!

  62. @ Bush Tea | December 11, 2013 at 3:56 PM |

    Bushie, when you are talking sense or making jokes I will have your back.
    I am not a volte-face hypocrite like ac. If the Anunnaki messenger from the BBE is for you who can be against you? LOL!!!

    Despite your determined anti-red stance and obvious leanings to the yellow camp, you do sometimes make justifiably constructive criticisms of this beleaguered DLP administration which is much unlike ac and CCC who can be classified as true yellow dye in-the-wool yardfowls.

    Watch and see how she is going to justify the laying off of thousands of public sector workers as DEMANDED by the IMF in their recent consultations and passed on to the PM for implementation by January coming. He has indicated his intent to make the necessary announcement before year-end, preferably before Parliament goes on the Xmas recess. We shall see if he remains true to his MO and vacillate, defer and prevaricate; passing the buck of making a public announcement to someone else like bigmouth Donville Inniss.

  63. There are some measures which cannot be postponed.EWB came to the aid of Castro when the Cubans fought the war of liberation of Southern Africa.The last slaves arriving in Cuba in 1873 came from Angola.Their descendants returned to liberate their kith and kin beginning in 1973.It is no accident that Mandela admired and embraced Castro because without the Cuban army,Mandela might have been a memory.The tour de force was the defeat of the South African forces by the Cubans with the cooperation of EWB.On this basis then
    the PM should have been on the rostrum in Jo’burg yesterday.Historian that he is supposed to be,someone would have had to brief him of that history.Perhaps
    he has a lot on his plate,prevaricator and loser that he is.

  64. miller who de hell voted the imf to be anything in barbaddos , except they being the global mouthpiece for the world’s financial networks,..

  65. @David
    Actually the defining moment was Mandela in death exposing the folly of the division created by man made ideology. The Castro Obama handshake.
    I did some research and it has been done before; Bill Clinton shook hands with big brother Fidel at the UN in 2000. After the greetings Obama still delivered this zinger ““There are too many leaders who claim solidarity with [Mandela’s] struggle for freedom, but do not tolerate dissent from their own people,” which probably made some leaders shift uncomfortably in their seats. (Raoul’s interpreter probably whispered that Obama said there were showers of blessings today)

    The USA is guilty of many things but the US has relaxed some of the tough measures that it has imposed on Cuba, what has Castro done in return? Castro has purged the Party of young upcoming leaders and solidified power in his hands, when he became too feeble he passed the torch on to “young” Raoul.

    Whatever faults Mandela had he knew as an octogenarian the Presidency was not for him, that lesson has been lost on Mugabe.

  66. “Winnie has not been able to understand the need and necessity of healing through forgivness and clings to bitterness as a way of healing. maybe the politics of economics might have been too much of a burden for one man however he put so africans on the right path and it is up to them to continue the fightfor economic freedom”
    I sure wish you could apply your hypocritical posturing to yourself and stop demonising Mr Arthur

  67. “The only REAL divisions that exists among mankind are race and religious. The others are merely convenient mechanisms designed to achieve specific materialistic and strategic advantages at particular points of time….”

  68. “The tour de force was the defeat of the South African forces by the Cubans with the cooperation of EWB.”
    not trying to be facetious Gabriel but I did not know of this . point me to where I can read about the glorious role Barbados played in the liberation of south Africa and the freeing of MANDELA particulary when HARP, the Barbados branch of SRC known to be involved in the selling of arms to SOUTH AFRICA AND ELSEWHERE WAS FIRMLY IMLPANTED ON BARBADIAN SOIL BEFORE IT RELOCATION TO ANTIGUA IN 1978 ON THE RECOMMENDATION OF EWB.

    • @Sargeant

      You are so blind you can’t see Mandela’s memorial as a poignant moment in world history which Obama used to send a message?

      Why do you believe that going on to use his time to represent human rights was only directed at Castro? Why not its main trading partner China?

    • Mandela, America, Israel and systems of oppression

      Nelson Mandela was beloved by the people of South Africa and celebrated by human rights activists abroad as a symbol of courage, patience and tolerant perseverance. Photo: Monica Morgan
      WASHINGTON ( – In the 23 years since Nelson Mandela walked from his notorious Robben Island prison cell, leaving behind the rotting corpse of South Africa’s system of racial and economic oppression known as apartheid, a new generation has grown into adulthood there, literally unaware of the cruel exploitation and indignities the tiny White minority population inflicted on the masses of that country’s people.
      A Black South African, for example, could be beaten for not looking away, in order to avoid looking directly into the face of a White person.
      Now, with the death—at age 95—of Mr. Mandela, South Africa’s first president elected in 1994 by a true majority of that nation’s residents, the entire world is poised to finally close that painful chapter of world history, just as Mr. Mandela had done in life—in the spirit of reconciliation and forgiveness.
      President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama will lead a delegation of U.S. officials including former president and Mrs. George W. Bush, as well as dozens of members of the Senate and the House of Representatives who are preparing to attend the funeral of the man whose name was once a prominent fixture on the State Department’s “Terrorist Watch List,” when this country’s policies supported the apartheid regime and were squarely on the wrong side of the moral arc of the universe.

  69. LOL @ balance
    Thanks – that means a lot coming from you.
    Never mind Shakespeare….GLADSTONE….wow!…Bushie now needs a larger hat… 🙂

  70. @ Bush Tea | December 12, 2013 at 6:02 AM |

    Bushie, you see now that the miller was genuine in his recognition of your top class writing full of intellectual worth.
    Keep it up. We like you so. You might even get a few converts along the way like Balance or Gabriel.

  71. For short, pithy, witty, thoughtful posts that uneeringly get to the point that most others miss, there is no one writing today like Bushtea.

    But Bushtea is just one among a group of savants and clear thinkers that ensures that I spend a lot of my time everyday on BU savouring the gems from their computers. That group includes Balance, Robert Ross, BAFBFP, Caswell Franklin, PUDRYR, Millertheannunaki and latterly Cyprian LaTouche whose writing style is different but also reminiscent of Gladstone Holder.

    David, keep up the good work.

  72. @David
    If you read my comment you will note these words “ which probably made some leaders shift uncomfortably in their seats”. I couldn’t name them all but you keep referring to a handshake like it was a pivotal moment in world history and that’s why I pointed out that it has been done before.

    As for China its citizens seem to be on a faster pace to achieving limited freedoms than Cubans, at least China has its version of Facebook etc. while the Internet is banned in Cuba and Chinese citizens have some access to travel if you go by the tourists that overwhelm the various sites in my travels to various countries over the past few years.

    The Castro brothers have a paternalistic attitude to Cubans which extend to the children and grandchildren of the “Revolution”. The State still directs all commercial and political activity these many years past, the revolution is long over, the citizens are mature Castro and his Politburo should get off the stage.

    BTW Canada is the USA’s main trading partner.

    • @Sargeant

      You are correct, many acts have been done before to different effect.

      China has been and continues to be used as the opportunity for greedy capitalist enterprises to expand outside of saturated domestic and existing markets. This is fact.

  73. @Sarge and David
    Canada is also Cuba’s major trading partner, partially on behalf of the US!

    The under priveleged, under fed, under EVERYTHING former Commie Chinese are NOT complaining about the benefits of business or INCENTIVES to become RICH! Historically the Chinese are certainly known to be business people, check them in Tdad, JA and Guyana.(globally) Singapore is rich because of the Chinese and certainly not the local/ indigenous Malays. In Indonesia, a country of 200 mn people the Chinese at one point held 80% of the Wealth with about 1 % of the population!

    Some people are clever and hardworking!

  74. David; Yes, The Ciprian LaTouche style, to me, is reminiscent of Gladstone Holder’s. The substance isn’t.

    I forgot Islandgal in my listing above but she is also one whose posts I have to read come what may. There are a few more that don’t come to mind at present. But Bushtea is in a class of one.

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