Mandela's legacy has touched every continent, but it is distinctly personal for me as I see his influence in every mother and father figure I've ever had in my life.
Today, ten million people are accessing AIDS treatment which represents over sixty percent of all those in most urgent need of therapy and the number of new infections and AIDS-related mortality have decreased by 25 percent in the last five years. What appeared to be utopian ten years ago is now a reachable target. Mandela would undoubtedly approve.
During his nearly three decades of often-cruel imprisonment, Mr. Mandela was repeatedly offered his personal freedom provided he agreed to conditions that limited the freedom of others. Every single time, he refused.
Today, there is something pleasingly 'normal' about Winnie Mandela. Smiling, bespectacled, still beautiful, and surrounded by family. I look at her grandson, Zwonda, and ponder the alternative.
Joey donated the change. His small act and his small change, are his goal, complete with pun so you will remember it, to "change" the world. His mission is much bigger: A network for children to collect change for a cause, and encourage others to do the same.
There is a history here which I think most Canadians are unaware of, where Canada played a very important role, punching well above its weight in the international arena.
Some readers made disparaging remarks about the Palestinian leader -- the kindest of which was to point out the obvious fact that "Arafat was no Mandela." While that statement was, of course, true, it missed the point.
Happiness and well-being aren't the main reason we think Mandela's life a good one. We think it a good life mainly because he lived so admirably -- he lived well. As philosophers would put it, he led a virtuous life.
We honor Mandela when we stand up for social justice. We honor him when we break down social barriers that allow prejudice and suspicion to fester. We honor him when we reach out to others with a helping hand. We honor him when we keep fighting for justice even after we encounter failure.
Two leaders shake hands. Some people go nuts. ...
I am not trying to convince the government to take your guns away. I'd just prefer for you to not want them.
As the body of Nelson Mandela heads for its "final rest" in the rural community where he was born, reverential exhilaration is turning into emotionall...
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One year later, despite Congress's appalling lack of action, there has been important progress in some areas and states. The White House has quietly delivered on most of the executive actions President Obama promised in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.
Mandela's death sparked an almost forgotten allure toward hero worship. That was once reserved for outstanding Americans, who epitomized Americans' understanding of history and heroism. In this context, our president led the way.
President Mandela taught us so many lessons. From reconciliation and personal perseverance to the true meaning of public service and the importance national liberation movements, what he taught us was to never give up the fight for justice.