R.I.P. Desmond Tutu
Bishop Desmond Tutu (1931-2021)
“I came to [the US] in May of last year and visited a number of campuses … at a time when normally on campuses people are virtually obsessed with exams and grades and degrees,” Tutu said, addressing what was reported as an over-capacity crowd of 3,000 in a 2,250-seat auditorium.
“I would speak to audiences of 15,000 students [gathered] to demonstrate, to protest, against the evil of apartheid. They were saying, ‘There are some things more important than degrees.’ ” —January 1986 speech at the University of Pennsylvania.
Father Michael Lapsley
In the face of growing corruption in South Africa during the democratic era, Desmond Tutu became the embodiment of the conscience of the nation. This brought him the ire of much of the political elite whilst Tutu was cheered on by millions of long-suffering citizens still living in abject poverty. — Tutu & Me
Maybe if we shifted some of that $11B/year spent on robo dogs to housing services we could get somewhere. —Twitter
Edward Snowden on Julian Assange
Julian is one of history’s greatest criminals, you know?… And what was Assange’s crime? Telling the truth about something that the government did not want to be told. — Democracy Now
Joshua Shifrinson, associate professor of international relations at Boston University
“Russia does not want other political groupings present near their homeland. That’s not a hard thing to understand. Imagine if China were to form an alliance with Canada. Powerful states don’t want other powers forming alliances near their borders.” — Guardian
Ineffectual appeals to “save our democracy” reflect the paralysis of mainstream Democrats in the face of the Republican offensive that has weaponized a minority-rule constitutional system. — Guardian
Donald Trump, Jr.
The teachings of Jesus have “gotten us nothing.” — Atlantic
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