Nelson Mandela | Anytime the mainstream press starts glorifying someone, you need to take a deeper dive.

Did you know that the CIA was involved in Nelson Mandela’s arrest in 1962? Did you also know Mandela was on the US terror watch list until 2008? Most people don’t. And most people have no idea that apartheid still exists today, and we’re funding it in Israel.

Here are some of the more truthy articles I’ve read regarding Nelson Mandela in the past several days.

12 Mandela Quotes That Won’t Be In the Corporate Media Obituaries | On “sanitizing” the legacy of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela https://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/12/06-0

The hijacking of Mandela’s legacy | What must absolutely be buried under the tower is that the apartheid regime in South Africa was sponsored and avidly defended by the West until, literally, it was about to crumble under the weight of its own contradictions. The only thing that had really mattered was South Africa’s capitalist economy and immense resources, and the role of Pretoria in fighting “communism.” Apartheid was, at best, a nuisance.

Mandela is being allowed sainthood by the 0.0001% because he extended a hand to the white oppressor who kept him in jail for 27 years. And because he accepted – in the name of “national reconciliation” – that no apartheid killers would be tried, unlike the Nazis.

Among the cataracts of emotional tributes and the crass marketization of the icon, there’s barely a peep in Western corporate media about Mandela’s firm refusal to ditch armed struggle against apartheid (if he had done so, he would not have been jailed for 27 years); his gratitude towards Fidel Castro’s Cuba – which always supported the people of Angola, Namibia and South Africa fighting apartheid; and his perennial support for the liberation struggle in Palestine. http://rt.com/op-edge/mandela-legacy-hijacked-death-903/

The Hypocrisy on Mandela is Palpable | Believe it or not, there is an aspect of this hypocritical praise of Mandela that is mentioned even less than the media coverage of his passing. That is the uncomfortable similarity that Israel’s occupation of Palestine now has with the apartheid regime in South Africa.

The Times of Israel reported last February that Alon Liel, a former Israeli Foreign Ministry director-general and ex-ambassador to South Africa, believes Israel currently qualifies as an apartheid state. “In the situation that exists today, until a Palestinian state is created, we are actually one state. This joint state — in the hope that the status quo is temporary — is an apartheid state,” Liel said in Jerusalem. http://antiwar.com/blog/2013/12/06/the-hypocrisy-on-mandela-is-palpable/

Mandela’s greatness may be assured, but not his legacy | I had asked him why the pledges he and the ANC had given on his release from prison in 1990 had not been kept. The liberation government, Mandela had promised, would take over the apartheid economy, including the banks – and “a change or modification of our views in this regard is inconceivable”. Once in power, the party’s official policy to end the impoverishment of most South Africans, the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), was abandoned, with one of his ministers boasting that the ANC’s politics were Thatcherite.

“You can put any label on it if you like,” he replied. “…but, for this country, privatisation is the fundamental policy.”

“That’s the opposite of what you said in 1994.”

“You have to appreciate that every process incorporates a change.”

Few ordinary South Africans were aware that this “process” had begun in high secrecy more than two years before Mandela’s release when the ANC in exile had, in effect, done a deal with prominent members of the Afrikaaner elite at meetings in a stately home, Mells Park House, near Bath. The prime movers were the corporations that had underpinned apartheid. http://johnpilger.com/articles/mandelas-greatness-may-be-secured-but-not-his-legacy

Mandela’s Disturbing Legacy | John Pilger’s work exposed South African apartheid harshness. Doing so got him banned. Thirty years later he returned.

He wanted to see firsthand what changed. He interviewed Mandela in retirement. His “Apartheid Did Not Die” documentary followed.

“Behind the modern face of democracy, the scourges of inequality, unemployment and homelessness persist,” he said.

White supremacy remained unchanged. It’s no different today. A few blacks share wealth, power and privilege. The vast majority of black society is worse off than under apartheid. http://sjlendman.blogspot.com/2013/12/mandelas-disturbing-legacy.html

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela: A Dissenting Opinion | ‘Offering a dissenting opinion at this moment of a general outpouring of grief at Nelson Mandela’s death is not likely to court popularity. It is also likely to be misunderstood.

So let me start by recognising 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 widespread 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. Perhaps the best way to make my point is to highlight a mock memo written in 2001 by Arjan el-Fassed, from Nelson Mandela to the NYT’s columnist Thomas Friedman. It is a wonderful, humane denunciation of Friedman’s hypocrisy and a demand for justice for the Palestinians that Mandela should have written. [http://www.keghart.com/Mandela-Palestine]

Soon afterwards, the memo spread online, stripped of el-Fassed’s closing byline. Many people, including a few senior journalists, assumed it was written by Mandela and published it as such. It seemed they wanted to believe that Mandela had written something as morally clear-sighted as this about another apartheid system, an Israeli one that is at least the equal of that imposed for decades on black South Africans. However, the reality is that it was not written by Mandela, and his staff even went so far as to threaten legal action against the author. Mandela spent most his adult life treated as a “terrorist”.

There was a price to be paid for his long walk to freedom, and the end of South Africa’s system of racial apartheid. Mandela was rehabilitated into an “elder statesman” in return for South Africa being rapidly transformed into an outpost of neoliberalism, prioritising the kind of economic apartheid most of us in the west are getting a strong dose of now. In my view, Mandela suffered a double tragedy in his post-prison years. First, he was reinvented as a bloodless icon, one that other leaders could appropriate to legitimise their own claims, as the figureheads of the “democratic west”, to integrity and moral superiority. After finally being allowed to join the western “club”, he could be regularly paraded as proof of the club’s democratic credentials and its ethical sensibility. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-legacy-of-nelson-mandela-a-dissenting-opinion/5360467

Mandela Archive | aangirfan http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/search?q=Mandela

Did He Jump or Was He Pushed? | The Mandela Years in Power http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/06/the-mandela-years-in-power/print

Nelson Mandela: Obama, Clinton, Cameron, Blair – Tributes of Shameful Hypocrisy http://www.globalresearch.ca/nelson-mandela-obama-clinton-cameron-blair-tributes-of-shameful-hypocrisy/5360539

MANDELA IN LONDON IN 1962 MEETING SPOOKY PEOPLE http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2013/12/mandela-in-london-in-1962-meeting.html

BBC: Mandela taken off US terror list http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/americas/7484517.stm

NY Times: C.I.A. TIE REPORTED IN MANDELA ARREST http://www.nytimes.com/1990/06/10/world/cia-tie-reported-in-mandela-arrest.html

Whitewashing Human Atrocities in the Middle East and Africa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuxFER92eM0

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