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Nelson Mandela; A life in Pictures – BBC

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 15, 2013 by sheriffali

Memorable photos – BBC

http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/12299223

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Light is come, the light of immortality, the light of a Father’s countenance.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 12, 2013 by sheriffali

Adieu, our beloved, Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King, thou hast light at even-tide, such as we have not yet! We thank you!

 

These Four Twentieth Century Saints sacrificed their lives and lived out the words of Christ; “There is no greater love than to lay down your life for another!”

 

Pain breaks not the calm of the sweet twilight of age, for strength made perfect in weakness bears up with patience under it all. Ripe fruits of choice experience are gathered as the rare repast of life’s evening, and the soul prepares itself for rest.

 

The Lord’s people shall also enjoy light in the hour of death. Unbelief laments; the shadows fall, the night is coming, existence is ending. Ah no, crieth faith, the night is far spent, the true day is at hand. Light is come, the light of immortality, the light of a Father’s countenance. Gather up thy feet in thy bed; see the waiting bands of spirits!

 

Angeles waft thee away. Farewell, beloved, thou art gone, thou wavest thine hands. Ah, now it is light. The pearly gates are open; the golden streets shine in the jasper light. We cover our eyes, but thou beholdest the unseen, adieu, beloved, thou hast light at even-tide, such as we have not yet! AMEN!

 

These four very special people lives were embedded in the wonderful words of Emily Dickinson;

 

“If I can stop one heart from breaking,

I shall not live in vain;

If I can ease one life the aching,

Or cool one pain,

Or help one fainting robin

Unto his nest again,

I shall not live in vain.”

 

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Nelson Mandela’s moral shoe is too big for the Republican Greek god, Ronald Reagan!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on December 9, 2013 by sheriffali

The regime of apartheid in South Africa, under which nonwhites were systematically oppressed and deprived of their rights, is remembered as one of the worst crimes against humanity of the 20th century.

Despite the then growing international movement to topple apartheid in the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan maintained a close alliance with a South African government that was showing no signs of serious reform.

The Reagan administration demonized opponents of apartheid, most notably the African National Congress, as dangerous and pro-communist. Reagan even vetoed a bill to impose sanctions on South Africa, only to be overruled by Congress. 

In 1985, Ronald Reagan said “They have eliminated the segregation that we once had in our own country — the type of thing where hotels and restaurants and places of entertainment and so forth were segregated — that has all been eliminated.” Of course, that was simply not true, and Reagan later walked the statement back. 

President Jimmy Carter had imposed sanctions and restrictions on South Africa and also had publicly criticized the South African government many times. When Reagan became President he went back to supporting the South African Government under a “sham disguise.”

Reagan gave a lot of public support to the South African Prime Minister, P.W. Botha and his government, portraying Botha as a moderate who was willing to start political reforms and would stay on the side of the United States and help us block Soviet influence in southern Africa.

 

Pressure was building up in the United States, and Congress was threatening to pass legislation that would put sanctions on South Africa and restrict the flow of American aid to South Africa. Reagan always said he would veto the bill and he did.

 

 

Prime Minister Botha gave the “Rubicon Speech on Aug. 15, 1985, in the face of increasing unrest in South Africa. Botha said that South Africa would never accept one man, one vote in a unitary system. Real democracy, he said, would lead to chaos. Despite Reagan saying he was disappointed with Botha’s speech, Reagan stuck with Botha. Pressure built both inside of South Africa and outside, and the protest inside of South Africa led to the imposition of martial law. Congress then voted sanctions.

 

Republican Senator Sen. Nancy Kassebaum took the lead.  She said that the situation in South Africa was virtually beyond hope and that constructive engagement was irrelevant. This regime was not going to change unless forced to. The United States was just party to this continued oppression.

 

That broke the Republican unity behind Reagan on this policy. The larger context was that Reagan had just failed in the Philippines in trying to back [Ferdinand] Marcos to the end. The Reagan doctrine was collapsing in Central America as well, with opposition growing to his interventions there. So that was also now happening in South Africa. The House vote wasn’t even recorded; it was so overwhelming in favor of imposing sanctions. The Senate vote was more than enough to override the veto, which it did.

 

Reagan’s attitudes hadn’t changed, but the policy changed because Congress changed it and voted sanctions. That cut off a lot of the flow of American capital.  Bishop Desmond Tutu who came to the United States in 1984 after being awarded the Nobel Prize and spoke in the House of Representatives, said that constructive engagement is a farce, and that it just entrenched the existing order. He said Reagan’s policy was “immoral, evil and totally un-Christian.”

 

Reagan met with Desmond Tutu and at a press conference Reagan was asked to talk about their meeting. Reagan said, “It is counterproductive for one country to splash itself all over the headlines, demanding that another government do something.” Then he claimed that black tribal leaders had expressed their support for American investment. He was trying to discredit Tutu’s argument that U.S. policy had hurt blacks.

Reagan’s support of Botha’s fictional “constructive engagement,” gave Botha’s Government life and gave it hope that the United States would continue to stick with it. It gave it continued flow of aid as well as ideological support. It delayed the changes that were going to come. The big crackdowns came in ’86 and ’87 and proved that there was harm in the lengthening and there was harm in the violence that continued.

After all of Reagan’s pernicious involvement with Botha’s South African egregious Government, Regan’s lame excuse was, “If we’re willing to talk to the Russians, why aren’t we willing to talk to the South African government?” We’re going to encourage them to moderate and reform — it sounded reasonable, but it was all talk and it was exposed as that.

“Article is the result of material used from various researches.”

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Nelson Mandela’s comprehension and execution of “forgiveness,” changed his Nation and inspired the World!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 6, 2013 by sheriffali

Even in death, Nelson Mandela lives on, He looms from the Heavens above!

 

During Nelson Mandela’s trial he gave a speech rather than a testimony and he said;  “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 need be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.”

 

Nelson Mandela, Prisoner number 46664, in July 1964, he was sent to Robben Island, five square miles of land floating just north of Cape Town. Robben Island had been the site of a colony for lepers, a lunatic asylum and a series of prisons. It was a place of exile, punishment and isolation, a place where people were sent and then forgotten.

 

Nelson Mandela didn’t only speak forgiveness, he lived it. Mandela said; “To go to prison because of your convictions, and be prepared to suffer for what you believe in, is something worthwhile. It is an achievement for a man to do his duty on earth irrespective of the consequences.”

The Poem that helped Nelson Mandela to “stand-up,” when all he wanted to do was “lie-down.”

 

Invictus

[Unconquerable]

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

By William Ernest Henley

 

Nelson R. Mandela;

July 18, 1918 – December 05, 2013 R.I.P.

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Nelson Mandela And The “Power of Forgiveness!”

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 29, 2013 by sheriffali

By faith, I believe that Icon Nelson Mandela, will live for another quarter century as a gift from God to us.

I do not think that it is possible to convey the measure of Mr. Mandela’s hurt and despondency at any comprehensible human level. The hurt that Mandela suffered at the hands of his subjugators who may have vehemently propagated malfeasance out of arrogance and ignorance, may have seemed like perpetuity to Mandela. This type of hurt that embodies hopelessness, despair, anguish and the likes; can only really be felt by the sufferer and his Creator.

 

It seems apparent that Mr. Mandela had the foresight to look upwards with “blind faith” at these pivotal times, which allowed his fears of pestilence and dolorousness to be placated by God’s mercy and grace.

 

We should be ever so thankful this day for the blessings of God’s forgiveness that He imputed into Nelson Mandela that made Mr. Mandela, the person that he is!

 

And so, if we too would look upwards with “blind faith,” we may begin to understand the mysteries of God’s mercies that would allow us to see that today’s sorrows become tomorrows joy; today’s failures are tomorrows successes; today’s hate turns into tomorrows love, and all of our weaknesses are transformed into Samson’s like strength.

 

It is then we would come to realize that in the like manner that man uses fire to refine Gold, God does the same in refining His souls!

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