In an attempt to add a thread with something other then “the Middle East crises” as a world news subject to GD, here is a story I found interesting:
US blocks visa for ANC businessman in this story the USA has blocked a South African bussinessman from entering the country because of his past:
He was blocked from the US to attend a personal witnessing of the first appearance of the South African mining firm Gold Fields (of which he is a director) on the New York Stock Exchange. However, long time comrade and former South African president Nelson Mandela, was allowed to go through and had to ring the bell to open trading.
Apparently the US gov. made a mistake and it was not deliberate:
While I am a passivist, I know quite a few people who were sent to jail in (Ethiopian ran) Eritrea for various “crimes” (treason and such). Some would consider them freedom fighters while others would call them terrorists (maybe not terrorists, but something along those lines).
What is the SDMB thoughts on this? “throwing a grenade at police while smuggling weapons” is serious, but then again his cause was what most would concider “just” (equal treatment under the law). I doubt that most people would concider him a criminal, but instead a freedon fighter. Any comments?