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LeDaro: Nelson Mandela the highly evolved soul

If you’re wondering why I write so much about Nelson Mandela then it is because of my interest and involvement in human rights issues. A fellow prisoner and friend of Mandela was invited here in the Maritimes to speak at a human rights conference. My job was to pick him up from the hotel and . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Nelson Mandela the highly evolved soul

LeDaro: Nelson Mandela, Rest In Peace

He was 95 and in ill-health, but it is still hard to come to grips with the reality that he is gone. He was a leading figure of our times, a historical figure, a living legend who played a leading role in the fight against the injustice of Apartheid in South Africa.

It has . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Nelson Mandela, Rest In Peace

LeDaro: Former Fredericton MP Andy Scott Passes Away

At the age of 58, former MP Andy Scott has passed away after a battle with cancer. Very sad news. He was a very hardworking MP, dedicated to helping the poor and vulnerable. In his post-political career, he played a leading role in establishing the New Brunswick Social Policy Research Network, linking academics and . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Former Fredericton MP Andy Scott Passes Away

LeDaro: Margaret Thatcher RIP

It is not my style to speak ill of dead. However, I think Margaret Thatcher was a twin of Ronald Reagan. They both put their countries on the path of neo-conservatism from which these countries have not recovered yet.

It is worth noting, Thatcher gave her full-hearted supported to Chile’s brutal dictator, Augusto Pincohet, . . . → Read More: LeDaro: Margaret Thatcher RIP

350 or bust: Let Us Be Loving, Hopeful, and Optimistic

It will be a year tomorrow since Jack Layton passed away, only 3 months after a triumphant election that left the NDP with federal Official Opposition status for the first time in history. In recognition for Mr. Layton’s three decades of public service and the progressive contribution the NDP Party has made to Canadian politics . . . → Read More: 350 or bust: Let Us Be Loving, Hopeful, and Optimistic

Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Rip Movie

Just saw the film, Rip, last weekend. The movie explores most of the present day struggles with copyright and notions of ownership of “intellectual property.” I thought it was interesting in how it presented a US government decision in the 90s (through interviews with those responsible) to definitively shift its economy from a manufacturing oriented . . . → Read More: Thus Prate the Pundit » Social Critique: Rip Movie