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The Meaning of Triumph: Remembering Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela

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Or, better yet, the references to sulfur at the podium?

With the world lying prostrate before military

Might, n'ary a word of protest anywhere

  Against naked aggression, cluster bombs

Depleted uranium, and epics filled with lies

  And the uncontrolled arrogance of barbaric greed

You, almost alone, brought a breath

Of fresh air; I for one felt I could breathe again.

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The good die young, oft we hear

And history bears testimony.   You mocked

And defied the tyrants- the chameleons that wear

  Ever-changing cloaks of piety; the kind that now declare

Nelson a Hero, after having done everything

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To put him in jail, and aid the machine of apartheid;

Defeated at last, spewing words of piety to steal the limelight.

Thus, indeed, death took you much too soon.

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Monish R. Chatterjee received the B.Tech. (Hons) degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from I.I.T., Kharagpur, India, in 1979, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering, from the University of Iowa, Iowa (more...)

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