12 Mandela Quotes That Won’t Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries

On “sanitizing” the legacy of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday at age 95, was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary who served as President of South Africa from 1994-1999. During the 1950’s, while working as an anti-apartheid lawyer, Mandela was repeatedly arrested for ‘seditious activities’ and ‘treason.’ In 1963 he was convicted of sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government, and sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela served 27 years in prison before an international lobbying campaign finally won his release in 1990. In 1994, Mandela was elected President and formed a Government of National Unity in an … Continue reading 12 Mandela Quotes That Won’t Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries

In 1990 ‘Nightline’ town hall, Jewish leaders call Mandela ‘hypocritical’ and ‘amoral’ over support for PLO, Koppel warns it isn’t politically wise to upset lobby

Watch this fascinating Ted Koppel interview with Nelson Mandela from 1990. The video is part of a New York City town hall meeting broadcast on ABC’s Nightline during Mandela’s first trip to the United States after being released from prison. In it Koppel presses Mandela on his support for the Palestinians and the political fallout this may cause in the U.S. This was certainly in response to the fact that the American Jewish establishment at the time rejected Mandela over his support for the PLO. At 5:35 in the video Mandela gets a question from audience member Ken Adelman, a … Continue reading In 1990 ‘Nightline’ town hall, Jewish leaders call Mandela ‘hypocritical’ and ‘amoral’ over support for PLO, Koppel warns it isn’t politically wise to upset lobby

The unspoken alliance: Israel’s secret relationship with apartheid South Africa

Editor’s note: The eulogies from Israeli leaders in response to the death of Nelson Mandela are pouring in. What goes unspoken in their remembrances is that Israel had a close relationship with the South African apartheid regime. Here’s an excerpt from Sasha Polakow-Suransky’s groundbreaking book that delves deep into the alliance. Titled “The Unspoken Alliance: Israel’s Secret Relationship with Apartheid South Africa,” it was published in 2010. On April 9, 1976, South African prime minister Balthazar Johannes Vorster arrived at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem with full diplomatic entourage in tow. After passing solemnly through the corridors commemorating … Continue reading The unspoken alliance: Israel’s secret relationship with apartheid South Africa

Stolen radioactive cobalt-60 shipment found in Mexico ‘had been opened’

Officials have begun the delicate task of recovering a stolen shipment of highly radioactive cobalt-60 abandoned in a field in central Mexico. The material, which the International Atomic Energy Agency called “extremely dangerous,” was found removed from its protective container. The pellets did not appear to have been damaged or broken up and there was no sign of contamination to the area, the agency said, quoting Mexican nuclear safety officials. Juan Eibenschutz, director general of the National Commission of Nuclear Safety and Safeguards, said it could take at least two days to get the material safely to a waste site. … Continue reading Stolen radioactive cobalt-60 shipment found in Mexico ‘had been opened’

‘Going to be one hell of a decade’ – Manning to Wikileaks in private online chat in 2010

Buried deep inside a bulging US Army dossier relating to Chelsea (formerly Bradley) Manning’s court martial are 13 pages of online chat between Manning and a Wikileaks contact believed to be Julian Assange. The communications, first published on the US Army’s FOIA reading room in late November but since removed, provide some interesting insight as to what may have motivated former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning to release the biggest haul of classified documents in US history. Naturally, many of the conversations involve Manning’s release of top secret US Army documents to WikiLeaks. On March 6, Assange tells Manning … Continue reading ‘Going to be one hell of a decade’ – Manning to Wikileaks in private online chat in 2010

Russian plane crash investigators probe fake pilot licenses

Russian investigators are searching the Federal Aviation Agency to determine whether some pilots received fake licenses. The investigation was sparked by a plane crash near the Russian city of Kazan last month that killed 50 people. Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin said in a statement Friday that investigators believe some pilots working for Russian airlines received “fake commercial licenses”in centers certified by the aviation agency. There are currently over 100 pilot training centers in Russia, and Markin believes the issue of dubious licenses is “primarily concerned with smaller airlines.” The probe follows the November 17 crash near the southern city … Continue reading Russian plane crash investigators probe fake pilot licenses

Biden urges Chinese students to take inspiration from young Americans and ‘challenge’ their government, teachers and religious leaders

.Joe Biden told Chinese students to challenge their nation’s authority .He urged them to follow American youths and reject ‘orthodoxy’ .US Vice President spoke to visa applicants at US Embassy in Beijing .Biden has landed in the Chinese capital for a two-day visit to country Chinese youths should challenge authority and reject conformity, US Vice President Joe Biden said today. Mr Biden took a stand for the American mindset shortly after arriving in China for a two-day visit, as he addressed a group of visa applicants at the US Embassy in Beijing. The Vice President urged Chinese exchange students to … Continue reading Biden urges Chinese students to take inspiration from young Americans and ‘challenge’ their government, teachers and religious leaders

David Cameron urges British students to ditch French and learn Mandarin

PM ends three-day visit to China by telling young people they should learn language that will ‘seal tomorrow’s business deals’ David Cameron, who has notoriously poor schoolboy French, is urging today’s youngsters to abandon the language of Molière and Voltaire to concentrate on the tongue of the future – Mandarin. In a parting shot, as he left China after a three-day visit, the prime minister said that pupils should look beyond the traditional French and German lessons and instead focus on China. To reinforce his message the prime minister quoted Nelson Mandela, who said learning someone else’s language is the … Continue reading David Cameron urges British students to ditch French and learn Mandarin

Analyst: US ruling elite see China as big threat

The ruling elite of the United States see China as the greatest threat to the country’s future, said a political commentator on Wednesday, as tensions are rising between the two nations over Beijing’s new air defense zone. The US is “pursuing a strategy of surrounding China” said Richard Becker in an interview, a regional coordinator of the ANSWER Coalition, a US based protest umbrella group consisting of many antiwar and civil rights organizations. Becker said the Obama administration’s 2012 strategy of a pivot or rebalance toward Asia is “ominous since about 60 percent of all US foreign military is already … Continue reading Analyst: US ruling elite see China as big threat

Hackers could steal personal data from computers using SOUNDWAVES – and even the most secure PCs may be at risk

.German computer scientists transmitted passwords between two machines using soundwaves that are inaudible to humans .Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Communication, Information Processing and Ergonomics in Germany tapped into laptop speakers .The experiment is set to change the way important computers are secured, which are currently protected by ‘air gaps’ In the future, computer hackers could steal sensitive data from people’s computers using nothing but soundwaves, experts have warned. German computer scientists have proved the idea is possible by developing a new type of malware that can travel between machines using sound waves that are inaudible to unsuspecting humans. … Continue reading Hackers could steal personal data from computers using SOUNDWAVES – and even the most secure PCs may be at risk