Tag: Desmond Tutu
Remembering Nelson Mandela

At our Gala for Liberty honoring him, Archbishop Desmond Tutu offered his memories of working with Nelson Mandela in transitioning South Africa from the violent, divided rule of apartheid, by way of the first Truth and Reconciliation Commission that could grant amnesty to perpetrators (subject to forgiveness by the victims or their families)—a stirring...
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Easter Lessons, Revisited

This week is the most holy for Christians, as we commemorate Jesus’ trials, scourging, crucifixion, and triumph three days later over the Roman Empire’s most fearsome weapon: death.

Memo to Obama: Capitalism Trumps Racism

A new political thriller from PBS, “Endgame,” provides the little-known, true back story of apartheid’s end in South Africa, with credit given to a for-profit mining company. Foreseeing that deteriorating conditions in South Africa would likely result in a total loss of their assets, Consolidated Goldfields initiated secret discussions between representatives of the white...
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Inglourious Basterds: “An Eye-for-an-eye” Makes the Whole World Blind

In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, “Inglourious Basterds and the Problem of Revenge,” Jordana Horn incisively examines the theme of Quentin Tarantino’s new, fictional, revenge film, Inglourious Basterds, in which German soldiers and others in World War II are targeted by an elite Jewish-American commando unit to be killed, scalped, tortured,...
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Forgiveness and the State

There are so many shootings in major urban areas these days that most have ceased to garner any public attention. An exception occurred last year when an 11 year-old boy taking a piano lesson on a school-day afternoon was shot and paralyzed by a stray bullet from a gas station hold-up attempt across the...
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Nobelist in Peace Desmond Tutu on Advice for the Next U.S. President

A very timely, new article by Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu, has just been published in the San Francisco Chronicle: “Advice for the Next U.S. President,” by Desmond M. Tutu Archbishop Tutu is one of three honorees at the Independent Institute’s gala dinner event, A Gala for Liberty, to be held...
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