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DEC 06, 2013 - Huffington Post

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Why Nelson Mandela Loved Fidel Castro

Americans generally view Nelson Mandela as a hero and Fidel Castro as a villain. Mandela saw things differently. The South African leader’s nationalist and anti-imperialist stances collided head on with the world’s superpower and gave him a lot in common with its Cuban archenemy. Mandela embraced the former Cuban dictator because he opposed apartheid and represented the aspirations of Third World nationalists that the United States undermined across the globe during the Cold War. As it did for many leftists in the Global South, the Cuban Revolution’s triumph in 1959 inspired Mandela. ... Read More

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