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Nelson Mandela has passed away, at the age of 95

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Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa who fought apartheid in South Africa and was, for many years, the symbol of the anti-apartheid movement, has died.

He was 95.

This may be strange to those of you of a certain age, but when I was growing up in the 1980s, Nelson Mandela wasn't the universally heralded hero that he is considered now.  Apartheid was seen as wrong, but with the backdrop of the Cold War, Mandela's being a socialist in an era where Communism was seen by some in the U.S. as being a greater evil than apartheid.

Mandela was condemned by some as a terrorist and a Communist, and incredibly, only in 2008 was he removed from the U.S. Terror Watch List.