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Believing in Mandela, Believing in His Circle, Believing in Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Let us not rest with the knowledge that another world is possible. Let's join together to make a world of justice and dignity so probable as to be inevitable. I thank Madiba and all of his circle for setting an example that we must all still follow.

Government Can Learn a Few Lessons About Forgiveness

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

If the insurance industry had blown the Obamacare rollout, there likely would have been little forgiveness, compassion or understanding coming their way from Washington or the states. Yet, forgiveness is exactly what the Obama administration wants from all of us.

Shining Lights

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The human animal is, quite reasonably, afraid of the dark. When living in it, we seek light. In accepting the reality of Nelson Mandela's death, my sad heart is drawn to the light of hope he offers us all: history will be what we make of it.

Mandela Inspired a Generation of Activists, Including Obama

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The anti-apartheid divestment protest at Occidental was one of the most formative moments of his life. It was the beginning of a trajectory that led him from student, to community organizer, to law professor, to politician and eventually to the White House.

Mandela's Gift: How to Be Loved by the People

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

In recent memory, there hasn't been another memorial service attended by so many dignitaries. Why was Mandela so special? What makes him worthy of this attention?

Mandela: Remembering It Took a Very Long Time to Do the Obvious

William Bradley | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Mandela is nothing short of a consensus world icon, celebrated from the most insurgent to the most establishmentarian precincts, as he should be. But why, then, was his cause so difficult for so many to support when action was needed?

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

From the opening shot of a small African boy running through the bush, we know the realm that this film occupies. Fortunately, the performances of both Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie lift this above melodrama - just.

The People's Politics of Nelson Mandela

Harry Boyte | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Harry Boyte

We need to switch from the dominant "great man" view of Mandela as a singular savior of South Africa to an understanding of his citizen-empowering politics if we are to do justice to his legacy and its potential for contribution to a world in turmoil and crisis.

What Mandela's Critics Could Learn From Him

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Obadias Ndaba

A friend of mine said to me, "He was no saint. He was violent and harbored communist leanings." That is sad. Yes, Mandela was not a saint. We all know he was a human being. And he was always the first to point out his failings and shortcomings.

LOOK: Inside Mandela's Last Photo Shoot

Posted 01.25.2014 | Black Voices

As the world grapples with Nelson Mandela's death, stunning tributes to the former South African president have poured in from around the planet. ...

Nelson Mandela and the Triumph of the Impossible

Adam Moscoe | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Adam Moscoe

Now is the time for an honest, dignified, and multilateral dialogue on the international community's role in the pursuit of global justice, peace, and prosperity. Anything less would dishonor the great Madiba.

My Heroes Are Dying!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The examples and lessons of the heroes that emerged at the end of the last century are more relevant than ever to the real and projected fears, threats, and challenges facing us in this one.

Who Was Nelson Mandela?

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Bryan Cain-Jackson

It's hopeful that there are more that are reading this that know the answer to this question than those who don't. However, for those who truly do no...

Hijacking the Mandela Legacy

Alan Singer | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Alan Singer

Fox News curmudgeon Bill O'Reilly is reported to have acknowledged that Mandela was a "great man," but at the same time dismissed him because "he was a communist." I think O'Reilly, as usual, had it wrong

Remembering How Hip Hop Took On the Issue of Apartheid

Davey D | Posted 02.08.2014 | Black Voices
Davey D

In South Africa, there were scores of rappers, but the most potent and most political was Prophets of Da City (POC) who wound up being banned by the government because of their lyrics.

When I Met Nelson Mandela

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

What was it about this man that makes him the obvious, and for many of us, the only hero of our time? On one level, he was saintly. On another, he was practical. He wanted to create harmony.

Why Rick Santorum Is No Nelson Mandela

Dennis Jett | Posted 02.08.2014 | Media
Dennis Jett

In Santorum's book, affordable health care is as much an injustice as apartheid, the systematic dehumanization of 85 percent of South Africa's population that existed until Mandela and others brought it to an end.

The World's Next Mandela Is Rotting in Jail Somewhere

Will Bunch | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Will Bunch

The Nelson Mandela of the 21st century is right here, right now. We just can't see it. We're too busy spitting on him and calling him a terrorist.

Nelson Mandela and the Arts of South Africa

Michael Kaiser | Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

There will be so much written about Nelson Mandela in the wake of his passing -- about his personal history, the struggle for equality in South Africa, his political contributions -- but, I fear, there will be little discussion about his impact on the arts of South Africa, and the world.

Mandela, Me and Chemical Bank

Deborah J. Levine | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Deborah J. Levine

Lobbying Chemical Bank to divest in South Africa was the catalyst for my involvement not only in the anti-apartheid movement, but in the advocacy of civil rights over a lifetime.

How American Conservatives Turned A Blind Eye To South African Apartheid

Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

As news of Nelson Mandela's death spread on Thursday, Americans on the right and left lauded his accomplishments and expressed their sadness at his pa...

The Right to Vote? Meet the GOP Confidence Game

Rick Horowitz | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

Facts? They'll go with feelings......

Friday Talking Points -- Defending Populism

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Welcome back (after we took last week off, to digest) to our Friday roundup! We should have two weeks of news to cover, but nothing much of anything strange or startling happened Thanksgiving week, so we're going to concentrate on just this current week.

Zach Carter

Here Are 6 Moments From Mandela's Marxist Past That You Won't Hear On CNN | Zach Carter | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Nelson Mandela is one of the greatest political heroes of the last century -- a man who earned the highest accolades from those at every point on the ...

What Kids Can Learn From Nelson Mandela

Posted 12.06.2013 | Parents

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book: Topic: The passing of Nelson Mandela Story to read: Former South...