On December 5, 2013, the world lost one of its most visionary leaders in the fight to protect and promote human rights. The passing of Nelson Mandela is not just a loss for South Africa. It is a loss for people all over the world who are fighting for freedom, justice and an end to discrimination.
Nelson Mandela has been an example and a lifelong inspiration to so many of us. His dedication to political struggle, his grace under pressure, his self-sacrifice, and his courage and integrity were remarkable. Thanks God, his legacy as a human rights defender lives on.
For me personally, his humility and the way he responded to injustice with love, forgiveness and reconciliation – along with his unwavering belief in our shared humanity – has provided a vision of what is possible in the world. And we all, politicians and national leaders first of all, always should share this philosophy, as long as injustice and inequality persist in our world.
Today, at 91 years, Margherita Hack, is dead, an Italian scientist considered an icon and a reference to the world of astrophysics. Born in Florence June 12, 1922, Hack was one of the most brilliant minds of the Italian scientific community. She was the first woman to direct an astronomical observatory in Italy, played an important activity of disclosure and gave a considerable contribution to the search for the study of many different types of stars’ spectral classification. The scientist is member of the Accademia dei Lincei, the International Union of Astronomers and Royal Astronomical Society.
A warm farewell to her that on TV has always tried to put in a simple way each topic not easy to understand for the general public.
In regard to the two bombs exploded in the crowded streets near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, I just wanted to say that regardless of whether it’s a terrorist act or a madman enterprise, whenever innocent people are killed, it becomes a crime against humanity, insanity that has any explanation or justification. This event, which took place in a city deemed peaceful and at a sports event, which in itself is an event of peace, should give pause to all and in every nations, because now the madness has no limits, and whatever the reasons for this act, we got to the “pure” madness, where human life has no more value. The death of the eight year old child, who at the finish line was waiting his dad to share with him the joy of his participation, should serve as a warning to those who commit such heinous acts, and I hope that Martin Richard’s face will remain forever in the mind of his killer.
As always it happens, after the death of celebrities, then many speak well and even turn them into saints and heroes.
Death does not like anyone and sorry to everyone, including myself, that someone leaves us, but about the recent death of Margaret Thatcher “The Iron Lady“, I do not share some posthumous opinions that so many national and international politicians are saddling her with, making she rise to the role of the great stateswoman.
For me, considering her work, however, can be considered a symbol of capitalism, which has not hesitated to attack the British workers to assert the interests of capital through exploitation and desertification of entire production sectors. She was responsible for the destruction of the Trade Union and unfortunately other politicians in other countries tried to follow her examples, as well as in Italy and the tragic result is today under the eyes of everyone.