Magazine article In These Times

Let Me Count the Days

Magazine article In These Times

Let Me Count the Days

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Uruguayan writer Eduardo Galeano, author of the 1971 anti-imperialist classic Open Veins of Latin America- which Hugo Chavez once recommended to Barack Obama- returns with Children of the Days: A Calendar of Human History (Nation Books). In a play on a medieval "book of hours," Galeano offers a lyrical account of a little-known but politically resonant historical moment for each day of the year.

JULY 1: ONE TERRORIST FEWER

In the year 2008, the government of the United States decided to erase Nelson Mandela's name from its list of dangerous terrorists. The most revered African in the world had featured on that sinister roll for 60 years.

AUGUST 15: THE JEWEL AND THE CROWN

Winston Churchill proclaimed: "It is alarming and nauseating to see Mr. Gandhi ... this malignant subversive fanatic ... The truth is that Gandhiism and all it stands for will, sooner or later, have to be grappled with and finally crushed. …

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