Communists have always played an active role in the fight by colonial countries for their freedom, because the short-term objects of Communism would always correspond with the long-term objects of freedom movements.
These numbers are staggering, in fact incomprehensible. By all accounts, we are dealing with the greatest health crisis in human history.
Mandela's son Makgatho died on Jan. 6, 2005 of illness related to AIDS, at age 54.
We recall the joy and excitement of a nation that had found itself, the collective relief that we had stepped out of our restrictive past, and the expectant air of walking into a brighter future.
(Recalling the atmosphere at what he called the ceremonial birth of South African democracy.)