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Ryszard Kapuscinski Quotes

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Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    Amin is the shame of the whole world. The fact that he managed to rule so long and commit so many crimes was only possible thanks to the hypocrisy of the East and the West who were waging the Cold War for world domination. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Amin knew that neither West nor East would criticize him for fear that he would support the other side. He felt he was untouchable and he said so openly. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Amin managed to invite both the US and Soviet ambassadors to his palace at the very same time and then deliberately kept them together in his waiting room. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    At that time Uganda had four aircraft, one of which was at the exclusive disposal of Amin. It would fly to London on shopping trips for the president and his entourage. In Uganda there was nothing. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Be careful: they have arms, and no alternatives. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Conditions were so hard. To send the news out, telex was the only means, but telex was very rare in Africa. So if somebody was flying to Europe, we gave him correspondence to send after he arrived. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Do not be misled by the fact that you are at liberty and relatively free; that for the moment you are not under lock and key: you have simply been granted a reprieve. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    He killed his enemies because he was afraid they would kill him. Amin ordered entire tribes to be put to death, because he feared they would rebel. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    I remember in 1978 meeting two Ugandan captains in the hotel talking Russian. They had been educated in Moscow and since they came from different Ugandan peoples, it was the only way they could understand one another. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    I remember that during the period leading up to independence in Angola in 1975, I was the only correspondent there at all for three months. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    I started in journalism in 1950. I was 18, and the newspaper people came to ask me to work. I learned journalism through practice. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    I'll tell you what colonial experience is. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    I'm trying to put more elements of the essay into my writing. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    In order to feel contempt, you generally need to cherish some kind of feelings. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    In the First World War, there was the sudden passion of nationalism, and the killing took place because of these emotions. But the Soviet case is different, because you had systematic murder, like the Holocaust. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    In the Russian experience, although the Russian state is oppressive, it is their state, it is part of their fabric, and so the relation between Russian citizens and their state is complicated. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Money changes all the iron rules into rubber bands. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Most correspondents came from the former colonial powers - there were British, French, and a lot of Italians, because there were a lot of Italian communities there. And of course there were a lot of Russians. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Our salvation is in striving to achieve what we know we'll never achieve. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    People were really interested in what was going on because of the international context of the Cold War. Ryszard_KapuscinskiRyszard Kapuscinski
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    Readership was high, and very attentive. It was people's only source of knowledge about the world. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/21.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    The Cold War in Africa is one of the darkest, most disgraceful pages in contemporary history, and everybody ought to be ashamed. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/22.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    The Cold War was waged in a particularly brutal and cynical way in Africa, and Africa seemed powerless to do anything to stop it. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/23.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    The extent of one man's guilt may be defined by how much of it is experienced by the party he injured. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/24.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/25.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    Underground literature only began in the '70s, when technical developments made it possible. Before that, we were involved in a game with the censors. That was our struggle. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/26.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    We have such a mixture now, such a fusion of different genres. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/27.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski
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    When man meets an obstacle he can't destroy, he destroys himself. Ryszard_Kapuscinski/28.php">Ryszard Kapuscinski