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His last interview
16.12.2013. Carl Sagan inspired a generation of scientists with his work in and out of the classroom. But he didn't always present science with cheer. In this clip, he passionately defends science with a grave warning. It's something we all need to hear. Thus writes Rajiv Narayan. See the 2.5 minute interview at Upworthy.
Interviewed by Der Spiegel
14.12.2013. French society is under threat, argues philosopher Alain Finkielkraut in a controversial new book. The conservative spoke to SPIEGEL about what he sees as the failure of multiculturalism and the need for better integration of Muslim immigrants. Continue reading the article French Philosopher Finkielkraut: 'There Is a Clash of Civilizations'.
Editorial note by Der Spiegel: Alain Finkielkraut is one of France's most controversial essayists. His new book, "L'Identité Malheureuse" ("The Unhappy Identity," Éditions Stock ), has been the subject of heated debate. It comes at a time when France finds itself in the midst of an identity crisis. But rather than framing things from a social or political perspective, Finkielkraut explores what he sees as a hostile confrontation between indigenous French people and immigrants. He was interviewed in his Parisian apartment on the Left Bank.
What will happen in South Africa after his death?
06.12.2013 (updated 07.12.2013). Nelson Mandela died yesterday night. What will happen in South Africa now that he is gone? The White minority fears the worst, and has for quite a while been making evacuation plans and other preparations, according to Russian media house RT.com (in English).
See also: SACP confirms Nelson Mandela was a member. Former president Nelson Mandela was a member of the South African Communist Party’s (SACP’s) central executive committee at the time of his arrest in 1962, the SACP and the African National Congress (ANC) confirmed on Friday. Even though it had always been denied, the ANC and the SACP confirmed that Mr Mandela had served on the party’s central executive committee in their statements paying tribute to the antiapartheid icon. There had been much debate about the issue among historians and academics. SACP deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila on Thursday said he was a member of the party, but it was denied at the time for "political reasons".
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