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Former CIA Spy Admits To Role In Nelson Mandela's 1962 Capture

In an interview in today's Sunday Times, a former CIA operative named Donald Rickard admits to helping apartheid-era South African authorities locate and capture Nelson Mandela in 1962.


The young freedom fighter was stopped and arrested at a road block outside of Durban based on information passed on by the American spy agency. This was the beginning of almost three decades of imprisonment for Mandela who would go on to be elected South Africa's first black president in the country's first free elections in 1994.

More than 50 years later Rickard—officially the American vice consul in Durban at the time—defended his role in putting away the anti-apartheid leader as a necessary part of Cold War strategy, calling Mandela “the world's most dangerous communist outside The Soviet Union."

"I found out when he was coming down and how he was coming ... that's where I was involved and that's where Mandela was caught," Rickard told the Sunday Times.

Nelson Mandela A memorial to Mandela now sits at the site of his arrest. Creative Commons photo by Darren J Glanville.

The CIA has a long history of unsavory meddling in international politics and Cold War-era African politics in particular. One of the best known tragedies, the details of which have only emerged in recent years, was the role the spy agency played in the assassination of Congolese post-colonial hero Patrice Lumumba, setting the stage for the disastrous 30 year reign of dictator and CIA asset, Mobutu Sese Seko.

Despite his worldwide renown, Mandela was on a US terror watch list until 2008 and was only allowed to visit the US with special permission from then secretary of state Condoleezza Rice.

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Rema Welcomes 2021 With New Single 'Bounce'

The Don Jazzy produced track reminds us of why the Nigerian singer-songwriter is topping charts.

Nigerian golden boy Rema took his time on deciding how to start of 2021—and we're glad he did.

The afropop hitmaker is out with his first project of the year, "Bounce", after stunning fans with word of an upcoming album, and the cooks in this kitchen have not disappointed.

Keeping it in the Mavin Records family, legendary producer Don Jazzy sprinkles his magic on the track, while undoubtedly motivating the young singer-songwriter to be his best self. And with this track being like nothing we've heard from Rema before, one could say Jazzy succeeded. "Bounce", fast-paced and fierce, is a love song dedicated to bewitchingly beautiful and blessed bottoms. The candid declaration and hip shaking beat are a force duo and we can't help but love it.

Of the single and collaboration with head honcho Don Jazzy, Rema says, "This record was inspired by the luscious and magnificent body of the African woman. Furthermore, I'm really excited about this tune because it's my first single with the legendary Don Jazzy."

Honestly, when you start the year off with a banger, you get to make songs about butts.

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