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Posted August 26, 2009
Senator Edward M. Kennedy, an
American Great Defender of the
Voiceless, Succumbs to Brain
Cancer, Aged 77

Senator Edward M. Kennedy, even when he was in the late evening of his life, was a manifestation of the essence of the voice of all citizens, principally of those on the margin of society, replete with the sense of hope he indefatigably sought to engender, as his plenitude of dutiful rare achievements during his long United Statesí senate career ultimately affirmed.

"The past is not dead and burned; in fact, it is not even past," wrote William Faulkner.

Even long after Senator Kennedy goes to his grave, alternately his last refuge, he will always be remembered as someone who rightly, meritoriously secured his place in the pantheon of humankindís great defenders of the voiceless.

The writer, Yves A. Isidor, who teaches economics at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, is executive editor of, a democracy and human rights journal.

                                             , the scholarly journal of democracy and human rights
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