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Mandela, icon of peace, is dead

Dec 6 2013, 3:03am CST | by IANS

Johannesburg, Dec 6 (IANS) Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian".

Johannesburg, Dec 6 — Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian". "...

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Mandela, icon of peace, is dead

Dec 6 2013, 3:03am CST | by IANS

Johannesburg, Dec 6 (IANS) Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian".

Johannesburg, Dec 6 — Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian".

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," President Jacob Zuma said while announcing the death of Mandela, who led a peaceful struggle against racial oppression. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

Nobel Laureate Mandela, who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, had suffered health problems in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations, reported Xinhua.

Mandela, who India honoured with a Bharat Ratna, was released from hospital in early September following an 85-day stay for a recurring lung infection, the result of his longtime imprisonment during the apartheid period.

Crowds paids tribute to Mandela, dancing and singing in front of his former home in Soweto throughout the night, BBC reported.

Flags flew at half-mast.

Tributes poured in from all over the world.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as a "giant among men" and called him "a true Gandhian".

"...Not only did he represent the conscience of the world, he also remained a beacon of hope for those struggling against oppression and injustice long after he had led his own people to victory over such ills."

"This is as much India's loss as South Africa's," the prime minister said.

US President Barack Obama remembered Mandela as "a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice".

"We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," said Obama.

"I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life," said the son of a Kenyan father and an American white mother, who in 2008 himself created history by becoming the first African American President.

Anglican archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu said Mandela had transcended race and class in his personal actions, through his willingness to listen.

"We are relieved that his suffering is over, but our relief is drowned by our grief. May he rest in peace and rise in glory," he said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said: "We feel deeply aggrieved to know that Mandela, who is much respected by all people around the world, passed away".

Mandela, who spent three decades in jail and went on to lead a life that was an inspiration, died at his home in a suburb of Johannesburg.

He was a believer in principles of Mahatma Gandhi, who served in South Africa and later went on to lead India to freedom.

"The enemies that (Mahatma) Gandhi fought ignorance, disease, unemployment, poverty and violence are today common place in a country that had the potential to lead and uplift Africa. Today we are faced with the formidable task of reconstructing our country anew.

"Now more than ever is the time when we have to pay heed to the lessons of Mahatma Gandhi," said Mandela in Pietermaritzburg in June 1993.

Madiba, the clan name by which Mandela was lovingly called by South Africans, was born Rolihlala Dalibhunga Mandela July 18, 1918, in the village of Mvezo on the banks of river Mbashe in Transkei, South Africa, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the acting king of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo.

Mandela was elected the first black president in the first open election in South Africa April 29, 1994, and assumed office May 10 that year.

In 1999 he stepped down from the office after serving one term.

He married his present wife, Graca Mandela, in 1998, after his first two marriages to Evelyn and Winnie had ended in divorce in 1958 and 1996 respectively.

The Washington Post compared Mandela, who "brought the world toward a racial reconciliation" to Mahatma Gandhi and American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., both "men of peace, preaching nonviolent resistance to oppression and exploitation."

"Gandhi, King, Mandela - these, it could be argued, are the figures who will live longest in the public consciousness as we look back on the postwar world," it said.

The New York Times hailed Mandela as "one of the most extraordinary liberation leaders Africa, or any other continent, ever produced.

"Not only did he lead his people to triumph over the deeply entrenched system of apartheid that enforced racial segregation in every area of South African life; he achieved this victory without the blood bath so many had predicted and feared."

IANS

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(Image: USA flag via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO)"It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it." That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled "CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels." The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effectiveness. The White House concl ...
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(Image: USA flag via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO)"It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it." That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled "CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels." The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effecti ...
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In 2002, I had the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela. We were speaking about the phenomenon of social isolation -- a longtime area of focus for me -- and I said, "I can imagine you know a lot about isolation." But to my surprise, Madiba responded, "No." He told me that even on Robben Island, imprisoned for so many years, "We were all brothers working together with a common purpose. I was never alone." And then he continued. ...
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton told a Las Vegas crowd Monday night that more needs to be done to ensure young people can achieve their dreams and free students from onerous college debt "that can feel like an anchor tied to their feet dragging them down." "I think our young people deserve a fair shot," she told about 900 people gathered in a Bellagio resort ballroom for the annual UNLV Foundation dinner benefiting ...
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Summary: In Liberal America these days, one encounters a good deal of hopelessness about the future of our country. Why the hopelessness? The difficult circumstances certainly play a part. But they are not answer enough. Hopelessness is also a sign of disconnection from the realm of the spirit. In that realm, there is no sense of "impossible." And this disconnection from the spirit is also at the root of Liberal America's weakness. This points to a c ...
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South Africa Tells Dalai Lama: No Visa, No Cry

Oct 7 2014 1:52pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The South African government asked the Dalai Lama to withdraw his application for a visa to visit the country, for reasons “in the national interest,” according to Guy Lieberman, a Tibetan activist who helped organize the three previous visits by the Dalai Lama to South Africa. The government had said that the Tibetan leader, who was scheduled to attend the Nobel Peace Laureates world summit this week, changed his mind about attending, “thus effectively cancellin ...
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Gen '97 Drives Struggle for Identity and Fairness in Hong Kong

Oct 3 2014 8:12am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

Hong Kong - On both sides of the barricades blocking this city's streets, media pundits from New York and Beijing assert that the protests in Hong Kong arise from demands for greater autonomy. Completely unnoticed is a major demographic shift in the region's population, which is redefining the issues that motivate the younger generation to shut down this global financial center. The leadership and activist numbers are coming from Generation ...
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Oct 3 2014 8:12am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

Hong Kong - On both sides of the barricades blocking this city's streets, media pundits from New York and Beijing assert that the protests in Hong Kong arise from demands for greater autonomy. Completely unnoticed is a major demographic shift in the region's population, which is redefining the issues that motivate the younger generation to shut down this global financial center. The leadership and activist numbers are comi ...
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We are turning our kids into pill poppers. The rate of ADHD has tripled in just 20 years -- it is now diagnosed in 11 percent of all children aged 4-17 and is medicated in 6 percent of them. And the percentages get really crazy for teenage boys -- 20 percent are diagnosed and 10 percent are medicated. There is also compelling evidence that most of this "ADHD" comes from careless diagnosis. How else to explain that ...
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The Department Of Homeland Security is known for being somewhat overzealous with its terrorist watch list—Nelson Mandela was infamously on the list as late as 2008, for instance. Hundreds of thousands of people are routinely placed on the list, often for very minimal reasons. On Tuesday, the world got another glimpse into the baffling choices the federal government sometimes makes when conservative writer and Fo ...
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Mandela, icon of peace, is dead

Dec 6 2013, 3:03am CST | by IANS

Johannesburg, Dec 6 (IANS) Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian".

Johannesburg, Dec 6 — Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian". "...

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50 weeks ago

Mandela, icon of peace, is dead

Dec 6 2013, 3:03am CST | by IANS

Johannesburg, Dec 6 (IANS) Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian".

Johannesburg, Dec 6 — Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. World leaders mourned the death of South Africa's first black president who India called "a true Gandhian".

"He is now resting. He is now at peace," President Jacob Zuma said while announcing the death of Mandela, who led a peaceful struggle against racial oppression. "Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father."

Nobel Laureate Mandela, who served as president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999, had suffered health problems in recent months, including a recurring lung infection that led to numerous hospitalizations, reported Xinhua.

Mandela, who India honoured with a Bharat Ratna, was released from hospital in early September following an 85-day stay for a recurring lung infection, the result of his longtime imprisonment during the apartheid period.

Crowds paids tribute to Mandela, dancing and singing in front of his former home in Soweto throughout the night, BBC reported.

Flags flew at half-mast.

Tributes poured in from all over the world.

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described him as a "giant among men" and called him "a true Gandhian".

"...Not only did he represent the conscience of the world, he also remained a beacon of hope for those struggling against oppression and injustice long after he had led his own people to victory over such ills."

"This is as much India's loss as South Africa's," the prime minister said.

US President Barack Obama remembered Mandela as "a man who took history in his hands, and bent the arc of the moral universe toward justice".

"We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again," said Obama.

"I am one of the countless millions who drew inspiration from Nelson Mandela's life," said the son of a Kenyan father and an American white mother, who in 2008 himself created history by becoming the first African American President.

Anglican archbishop emeritus Desmond Tutu said Mandela had transcended race and class in his personal actions, through his willingness to listen.

"We are relieved that his suffering is over, but our relief is drowned by our grief. May he rest in peace and rise in glory," he said.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said: "We feel deeply aggrieved to know that Mandela, who is much respected by all people around the world, passed away".

Mandela, who spent three decades in jail and went on to lead a life that was an inspiration, died at his home in a suburb of Johannesburg.

He was a believer in principles of Mahatma Gandhi, who served in South Africa and later went on to lead India to freedom.

"The enemies that (Mahatma) Gandhi fought ignorance, disease, unemployment, poverty and violence are today common place in a country that had the potential to lead and uplift Africa. Today we are faced with the formidable task of reconstructing our country anew.

"Now more than ever is the time when we have to pay heed to the lessons of Mahatma Gandhi," said Mandela in Pietermaritzburg in June 1993.

Madiba, the clan name by which Mandela was lovingly called by South Africans, was born Rolihlala Dalibhunga Mandela July 18, 1918, in the village of Mvezo on the banks of river Mbashe in Transkei, South Africa, to Nonqaphi Nosekeni and Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the acting king of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo.

Mandela was elected the first black president in the first open election in South Africa April 29, 1994, and assumed office May 10 that year.

In 1999 he stepped down from the office after serving one term.

He married his present wife, Graca Mandela, in 1998, after his first two marriages to Evelyn and Winnie had ended in divorce in 1958 and 1996 respectively.

The Washington Post compared Mandela, who "brought the world toward a racial reconciliation" to Mahatma Gandhi and American civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., both "men of peace, preaching nonviolent resistance to oppression and exploitation."

"Gandhi, King, Mandela - these, it could be argued, are the figures who will live longest in the public consciousness as we look back on the postwar world," it said.

The New York Times hailed Mandela as "one of the most extraordinary liberation leaders Africa, or any other continent, ever produced.

"Not only did he lead his people to triumph over the deeply entrenched system of apartheid that enforced racial segregation in every area of South African life; he achieved this victory without the blood bath so many had predicted and feared."

IANS

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2 weeks ago

The Leading Terrorist State

Nov 3 2014 9:25am CST | Source: Truthout Stories

(Image: USA flag via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO)"It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it." That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled "CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels." The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effectiveness. The White House concl ...
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2 weeks ago

The Leading Terrorist State

Nov 3 2014 9:25am CST | Source: Truthout Stories

(Image: USA flag via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO)"It's official: The U.S. is the world's leading terrorist state, and proud of it." That should have been the headline for the lead story in The New York Times on Oct. 15, which was more politely titled "CIA Study of Covert Aid Fueled Skepticism About Helping Syrian Rebels." The article reports on a CIA review of recent U.S. covert operations to determine their effecti ...
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In 2002, I had the opportunity to meet Nelson Mandela. We were speaking about the phenomenon of social isolation -- a longtime area of focus for me -- and I said, "I can imagine you know a lot about isolation." But to my surprise, Madiba responded, "No." He told me that even on Robben Island, imprisoned for so many years, "We were all brothers working together with a common purpose. I was never alone." And then he continued. ...
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Summary: In Liberal America these days, one encounters a good deal of hopelessness about the future of our country. Why the hopelessness? The difficult circumstances certainly play a part. But they are not answer enough. Hopelessness is also a sign of disconnection from the realm of the spirit. In that realm, there is no sense of "impossible." And this disconnection from the spirit is also at the root of Liberal America's weakness. This points to a c ...
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South Africa Tells Dalai Lama: No Visa, No Cry

Oct 7 2014 1:52pm CDT | Source: Big Government

The South African government asked the Dalai Lama to withdraw his application for a visa to visit the country, for reasons “in the national interest,” according to Guy Lieberman, a Tibetan activist who helped organize the three previous visits by the Dalai Lama to South Africa. The government had said that the Tibetan leader, who was scheduled to attend the Nobel Peace Laureates world summit this week, changed his mind about attending, “thus effectively cancellin ...
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7 weeks ago

Gen '97 Drives Struggle for Identity and Fairness in Hong Kong

Oct 3 2014 8:12am CDT | Source: Truthout Stories

Hong Kong - On both sides of the barricades blocking this city's streets, media pundits from New York and Beijing assert that the protests in Hong Kong arise from demands for greater autonomy. Completely unnoticed is a major demographic shift in the region's population, which is redefining the issues that motivate the younger generation to shut down this global financial center. The leadership and activist numbers are coming from Generation ...
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7 weeks ago

Gen '97 Drives Struggle for Identity and Fairness in Hong Kong

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Hong Kong - On both sides of the barricades blocking this city's streets, media pundits from New York and Beijing assert that the protests in Hong Kong arise from demands for greater autonomy. Completely unnoticed is a major demographic shift in the region's population, which is redefining the issues that motivate the younger generation to shut down this global financial center. The leadership and activist numbers are comi ...
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12 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Kids From Too Many Pills

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The Department Of Homeland Security is known for being somewhat overzealous with its terrorist watch list—Nelson Mandela was infamously on the list as late as 2008, for instance. Hundreds of thousands of people are routinely placed on the list, often for very minimal reasons. On Tuesday, the world got another glimpse into the baffling choices the federal government sometimes makes when conservative writer and Fo ...
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