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Nelson Mandela Death

Al Sharpton Blasts US Over Nelson Mandela

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Media

Reverend Al Sharpton spoke on Sunday about the dangers of rewriting history when it comes to the death of Nelson Mandela and America's relations with ...

Nelson Mandela and Why I'm in South Africa

Elizabeth Gould | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Elizabeth Gould

Madiba was that singular, solid, reassuring force for a country slowly, fitfully transforming itself from one of the world's most oppressive regimes into one of its most progressive young democracies.

Memories of Meeting Nelson Mandela

Meredith Carlson Daly | Posted 02.07.2014 | Impact
Meredith Carlson Daly

I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Mandela in 1994 in my homeland of South Africa, days before the historic elections. The journey leading to that meeting was a long one, a circle, a return to my childhood.

Amanda Terkel

Newt Gingrich 'Very Surprised' At Nelson Mandela Backlash | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) said Sunday he was "very surprised" at people who were critical of his decision to praise Nel...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 02.06.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought the passing of Nelson Mandela. He was a man whose towering authority derived from his relentless devotion to humanity at its most basic level. While locked away for 27 years, the rage of injustice was supplanted by a willingness to build bridges to those who'd imprisoned him. After his release in 1990, his first goal was reconciliation, not retribution. "The whites are our fellow South Africans," he said the next morning. "We want them to feel safe." And after becoming the first democratically elected black president of South Africa, that unremitting dedication to what's best in us continued. "He no longer belongs to us," said President Obama upon learning of his death, "he belongs to the ages." But let's not relegate him to the ages just yet -- we desperately need his spirit of transcendence and compassion right now. As he wrote in 1995: "It always seems impossible until it's done." Rest in Peace, Madiba.

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...

Nelson Mandela Losing Son To AIDS Was Turning Point In Activism, Awareness

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

Updated Dec. 8, 2013 3:25 p.m. EST In what some have said was a watershed moment, former president of South Africa Nelson Mandela, who died Thursda...

How Nelson Mandela Changed My World

Angelique Kidjo | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Angelique Kidjo

What my father told me was exactly what Mandela said when he got out of jail. He asked the South African people to rewrite their songs, to resist their first impulse. He said: Please do not to be defined by the prejudices of your enemies.

Bill Clinton On Why Nelson Mandela Became 'A Hero'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

Former President Bill Clinton weighed in on the late South African President Nelson Mandela, telling CNN he "became a hero because he survived and he ...

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...

Rush Limbaugh: WH, Media Are Making Mandela's Death 'All About Obama'

The Huffington Post | Chris Gentilviso | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh lashed out the White House and the media on Friday, accusing both parties of making Nelson Mandela's death all a...

Maya Angelou On Mandela: 'This Is A Very Heavy Time'

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 12.10.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — Maya Angelou, who first met Nelson Mandela in the early 1960s, praised him as a great man worthy of comparison to another icon she k...

Nelson Mandela's Wife Says He Was 'Just Her Husband'

Posted 12.06.2013 | Weddings

To the rest of the world, civil rights activist Nelson Mandela -- who died on Thursday at age 95 -- was an icon. But to wife Graca Machel, he was just...

Remembering Mandela: The Activist, the President

Ben Jealous | Posted 02.05.2014 | Black Voices
Ben Jealous

He is an inspiration for 21st century civil and human rights leaders the world over. He was a revolutionary who valiantly opposed immoral laws. He was also a transformative president who worked within the framework of government to achieve equality.

Hollywood Mourns The Loss Of Nelson Mandela

Los Angeles Daily News | Bob Strauss | Posted 02.05.2014 | Los Angeles

There's nothing Hollywood loves more than a hero, and when one is both associated with a righteous cause and the establishment of peace like Nelson Ma...

Obama Traveling To South Africa For Mandela Memorial

Reuters | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics

(Adds more Carney comments) WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama will travel to South Africa next week to participate ...

Luke Johnson

Nelson Mandela Delivered One Of The Most Scathing Critiques Of Invading Iraq | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, has received near-universal praise for his commitment to social justice and brokering peace. One often ov...

The Real Miracle of Nelson Mandela Isn't What We Think

Rev. J.C. Austin | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Rev. J.C. Austin

The true greatness of Mandela, the most profound miracle he performed, was that he made his supporters, his enemies, and his admirers around the world believe that the world could change and be redeemed; he made all of us believe that "the way things are" is not the way things have to be.

What Will Happen With The New Mandela Movie Now?

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 12.06.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK (AP) — With the passing of Nelson Mandela, the sweeping biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" transforms in the midst of its theatrical re...

Mandela Belongs to the World

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 02.05.2014 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

Mandela was neither a commander of great armies nor an emperor of vast lands. He could boast no scientific achievements or artistic gifts. Yet men, women and children from all over the world join hands to pay homage to this brave man who led his country to democracy.

Supporters of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz Offer 'Eulogy' for Nelson Mandela

Seth Abramson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Seth Abramson

What follows is a collage of sentences from the first one hundred negative responses to U.S. Senator Ted Cruz's official statement on the death of Nelson Mandela. The sentences, taken from the Senator's Facebook page, are unedited, though spelling mistakes were corrected.

Peter S. Goodman

Global Leaders Promise Mandela's Legacy Lives On | Peter S. Goodman | Posted 01.25.2014 | World

He was remembered as a freedom fighter, a political prisoner, a moral icon impervious to hate, and a reconciler of seemingly irreconcilable camps. He ...

Local News Station Mixes Up A-Rod And Nelson Mandela

Posted 12.06.2013 | Media

When reporting on Nelson Mandela's death Thursday, something was very off with a Detroit news station's tribute to the former South African president ...

What They Used To Say About Nelson Mandela And The ANC

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.05.2014 | Media

Nelson Mandela's death has brought with it fulsome tributes from all ends of the political spectrum. He has been revered as a saint, and a symbol of f...

My Mandela

Tom Rogan | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Rogan

I never had the privilege of meeting Nelson Mandela. Yet, like so many others, I feel like I knew him.