Nelson Mandela’s condemnation of the Iraq war

This video says about itself:

“What I am condemning is that one power, with a president who has no foresight, who cannot think properly, is now wanting to plunge the world into a holocaust. … If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care.” — Nelson Mandela

Original footage from Democracy Now! here.

Nelson Mandela‘s speech at the International Women’s Forum in Johannesburg (29 January 2003), prior to the 2003 invasion of Iraq: see here.

As news of Nelson Mandela’s death spread across South Africa, residents of the black township of Soweto gathered in the streets near his old house, singing and dancing to mourn his death and celebrate his colossal life: here.

No political leader in living memory has been so genuinely loved and appreciated across the spectrum or touched so many people’s lives through his palpable humanity: here.

British campaigners say best tribute to Mandela is continuing his lifelong struggle: here.

The trade union and progressive movement across the world paid its own tributes to Nelson Mandela: here.

Politicians and national leaders in all spheres have joined together to honour South Africa’s fallen hero Nelson Mandela: here.

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  14. On the 20th of March 2008, the BRussells Tribunal published 95 Messages to the People, commemorating 5 years of war against Iraq.

    On the occasion of Christmas, a feast to celebrate peace, we want to share a few of these timeless contributions, because they are still valid today .

    Some honorary members of the BRussells Tribunal have sadly left us around the time of Christmas: Harold Pinter in December 2008, Dennis Brutus in December 2009, Howard Zinn in January 2010. They fought relentlessly against this unjust war that has decimated the Iraqi people and destroyed its society.

    We must continue their work to let justice prevail. One such unique opportunity is the Iraq Commission ?Towards Accountability and Justice for Iraq: April 16-17, 2014? during the 18th Congress of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a non-governmental organization having consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in Brussels (Belgium) from 15th to 19th April 2014

    The BRussells Tribunal intends to bring together international legal experts and activists who will explore the possibilities for legal action against those responsible for the war of aggression against Iraq. Participants will also share their experiences about past and present legal procedures, and civil society initiatives. We will discuss the different forms of possible legal and civil actions.


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