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The Meaning of Triumph: Remembering Hugo Chavez and Nelson Mandela

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Hugo- whence did your courage arise?

You picked up the baton from Nelson,

From Fidel, from Biko, from Salvador.

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  Who would ever forget your handing

   The Leader of the Free World

That copy of Open Veins of Latin America?

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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

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  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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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, (more...)
 

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