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A group of former peace and human right activitst: Nelson Mandela, Kofi Annan etc. who work without no vested interest on solution to global problems AIDS, poverty etc and using the political influence to avoid different conflicts.
Despite being thought of as near saintly by some Mandela doesn't have a clean track record either.
Originally posted by OutonaLimb
last week, a water board engineer told me to my face that he knew he
was poisoning my child with 0.4 to 0.7 milligrams flouride per litre, but he was doing it
because it was the LAW and the government told them to do it!
clean water my arse! these celebraties don't care about s**t.
I guess you don't see the irony in celebs and terrorists being part of a scheme asking the public to pay for things that politicians are to blame for.
It is a common misconception that the ANC’s leader in the 1994 South African elections, Nelson Mandela, had been jailed for his “political beliefs.” He was in fact acquitted of treason after a 4-year trial, but re-arrested a few years later, and sentenced to 5 years imprisonment for launching an armed insurrection (as ...founder and commander-in-chief of Mkontho We Sizwe-MK; the ANC's militant win...g).
However Mandela conspired not just to bring down the government—he was planning on killing tens of thousands of civilians in his quest for power.
He was then later charged with 193 counts of terrorism: for sabotage and for trying to smuggle, prepare, or manufacture (mostly Soviet-bloc) munitions, including: 210,000 hand-grenades, 48,000 anti-personnel mines, 144 tons of ammonium- nitrate, 21.6 tons of aluminum powder, and 1,500 timing devices.
Nelson Mandela’s personal Makarov pistol (“for killing white policemen”) which he buried in Rivonia before his arrest during the ANC’s “armed struggle,” was never recovered. He was given this pistol & ammunition during a clandestine visit to Ethiopia, where he received training in sabotage.
These multiple charges were clearly not “trumped up” political charges:
In his eloquent closing statement to the court, Mandela
candidly admitted his guilt on the charges of sabotage,
adding that he was, if needs be, prepared to die for his
ideals. It was apparent from the huge amount of smuggled
explosives that he was not planning to die alone.
The judge at his trial comment that “personal ambition” may well
have played a role in his plans. Mandela was never tortured during
either his interrogation or incarceration
(as he undoubtedly would have been in a black African nation).
Most have been denied access to the truth by the treacherous liberal media and understand why Amnesty International never accepted him as a political prisoner. Even as the world finally woke up to how wicked Winnie Mandela is, we must face reality about how dangerous and deceitful Nelson Mandela has been.
The fact is that even Amnesty International refused to take on Nelson Mandela’s case because they asserted that he was no political prisoner but had committed numerous violent crimes and had had a fair trial and a reasonable sentence.
Nelson Mandela was the head of UmKhonto we Sizwe, (MK), the terrorist wing of the ANC and South African Communist Party. He had pleaded guilty to 156 acts of public violence including mobilizing terrorist bombing campaigns, which planted bombs in public places, including the Johannesburg railway station. Many innocent people, including women and children, were killed by Nelson Mandela’s MK terrorists.
That same public has a right to expect that aid policy will keep our own interests in mind. For instance, it makes sense to suggest that DFID should favour British products and that aid should be supplied in ways that benefit British foreign policy. But this tends not to be the case, because the prevailing culture in the aid community is hostile to any consideration of material benefit to the donor country. To get anything in return is, they think, to be insufficiently altruistic. What a daft way to guide policy.
The waste and corruption that goes unseen or unchallenged by DFID is a kick in the teeth both for the people at home who pay the bill and for the people aid is supposed to be helping. A genuinely compassionate policy would be ruthless and rapid in its cutting of aid to wasteful and corrupt multilateral organisations like the EU’s aid programme and to cynical and corrupt central and local governments in places like Kenya and Ethiopia. It would have long ago made coherent choices about where Britain should focus the aid it can afford. Perhaps it would make sense to focus on former colonies and other countries with historic links, or perhaps the very poorest countries (though those often have the worst governance and the worst results), or the most strategically important ones. What makes no sense at all is to spend money (as DFID does) on countries which fit into none of those categories, like Brazil and Vietnam.
About $40 billion in global foreign aid may be wasted each year – failing to reach the poor people of the world – due to inefficient, political and nationalistic obstacles set up by aid donors, top aid officials have admitted.
Foreign aid has grown into a vast, unregulated industry in which more than a million workers spend $130 billion donated by the United States, Europe, Japan and the World Bank.
Yet there is too little oversight of all this cash, personnel and investment. And aid experts who know how to educate, heal, irrigate and build roads are routinely overruled by political concerns at the State Department and other foreign ministries.
“There are some estimates that we may be wasting 30 percent of the $130 billion in foreign aid each year” spent by all donor nations, said Brian J. Atwood, former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Atwood, who served under President Clinton, is currently head of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC), a group of aid donors based in Paris that is part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
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