Nelson Mandela

Lies. Damn Lies.
December 14, 2008

Via Matt, a new poll out of England suggests that people lie about what books they read or have read: Nearly half of all men and one-third of women have lied about what they have read to try to impress friends or potential partners, a survey suggests. Men were most likely to do this to appear intellectual or romantic, found the poll of 1,500 people.

Death Defying
October 22, 2008

'This election," said John McCain's campaign manager, Rick Davis, on the second day of the Republican convention, "is not about issues." And he meant it. The convention that Davis helped assemble devoted strikingly little time to policy. Instead, the focus was on McCain's biography. Fred Thompson set the tone early in the convention, using his address to recount McCain's life story, especially his stint as a prisoner of war. In state delegation meetings during the week, the campaign enlisted the candidate's fellow POWs to tell delegates of his experiences in Vietnam.

Time Magazine Celebrates Mandela, Ignores Mugabe
July 10, 2008

Richard Stengel's soggy Time cover story on the wisdom of Nelson Mandela is just about what you would expect. Mandela's eight lessons of leadership are indeed well taken, but Stengel almost completely avoids the issue of Robert Mugabe's dictatorial rule.

Mandela On Mugabe
July 02, 2008

It's almost like seeing Mugabe in the flesh. Which reminds me of a suck-up editorial in yesterday's Globe about Nelson Mandela. You see, Mandela has finally come around to saying a critical word about Robert Mugabe. Well, actually, it was not so critical. Here it is from the Globe: "...Nelson Mandela lamented Robert Mugabe's 'tragic failure of leadership'."  That'll scare him, alright, and scare all the other murderous tyrants in Africa. What got the Globe so excited?

The Father of Palestine
February 13, 2008

‘I’ve never been to Ramallah before,” one of the White House correspondents says, gazing out at the cold gray mountains outside Jerusalem. The walls and ceilings of the buses provided for the press are lined with strips of old shag carpet, and it takes two skinny Third-World-person-sized seats to fit a single network cameraman accompanying President Bush on the first leg of his pilgrimage to the Middle East. The printed sign in Hebrew at the front of the bus reads hebron.

Angry White Man
January 08, 2008

Kirchick: Ron Paul's bigoted past.

Nelson Mandela, the Diamond Shill
December 18, 2006

After Edward Zwick returned from Mozambique and Sierra Leone this June, he received a letter from Nelson Mandela.

Washington Diarist
October 09, 2006

Will the rich save the world? This has not been their traditional service to humankind; but in contemporary America you may be forgiven for believing in the messianic power of personal wealth. We are still enjoying the economicist fantasy that was inaugurated by technology in the Clinton years and consolidated by ideology in the Bush years. Could it be that the rich did not previously save the world because they were not rich enough? But they are rich enough now, right? I do not mean to be too clever.

New Democrats
July 12, 1999

South Africa's second post-apartheid general election, held several weeks ago, turned into quite an intriguing affair, although you would hardly know it from the American press. The media focused on Nelson Mandela's retirement and his replacement by faithful lieutenant Thabo Mbeki--a story line that fits the fairy-tale narrative into which post-apartheid South Africa is so often shoehorned. But, on the ground, real politics were taking place. In particular, the National Party, the party of F.W. de Klerk and of 50 years of apartheid, collapsed.