Thursday, February 03, 2005

"Where poverty exists, there is not true freedom."

Yesterday in London, former South African President - and prisoner - Nelson Mandela gave an impassioned plea to the world: end poverty and massive inequality.

"Massive poverty and obscene inequality are such terrible scourges of our times ... that they have to rank alongside slavery and apartheid as social evils.

"In this new century, millions of people in the world's poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved and in chains," he said. "They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free."

This from a man who spent a good chunk of his life in jail fighting to end apartheid. We might want to listen to him. Yet, somehow, this battle didn't make it's way into the President's State of the Union address last night. Huh. I guess he just overlooked it.

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