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December 9, 2013
No, the next Nelson Mandela of the world is rotting in a jail cell tonight, just like Mandela nearly withered for 27 years on Robben Island. Or he is on someone’s terrorist watch list, or she is segregated and searched every time she travels through an international airport. Somewhere, government spies are reading the emails of the next Nelson Mandela. They are tracking his cell phone and listening to his calls, or monitoring her meetings with their undercover cops.
Philly.com writer Will Bunch nails it on the head, discussing who could be the next Mandela for America or across the world. 
14:50 // 10 months ago
December 5, 2013

nbcnews:

Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Nelson Mandela, the revered South African anti-apartheid icon who spent 27 years in prison, led his country to democracy and became its first black president, died Thursday at home. He was 95.

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Obviously we knew this was a long time coming, sadly. That’s why there’s so much content in this post we’re reblogging. Mandela is a hugely important figure and this world is a far better place for his existence.

(Source: NBCNews.com, via cnbc)

17:19 // 10 months ago
September 1, 2013
I think it is bittersweet – sweet because you think he is well and coming home now, but there is also a bit of bitterness. I am concerned because I think it is not very long now. It is almost like he’s sent home to rest now.
Nelson Mandela’s neighbor, Joel Shapiro • Discussing the health of the former South African leader, who was discharged from the hospital on Sunday. The circumstances around the situation imply that this is an effort to let Mandela serve out his final days at home—with Johannesburg’s City Press putting it like this: “It is now time for Mandela to be moved home to see out his final days – though it is not clear how long that might be.”
11:41 // 1 year ago
August 31, 2013

No, Nelson Mandela didn’t leave the hospital today

  • report South African icon Nelson Mandela, who has been in the hospital since June, was said to have left the hospital Saturday based on reports from some media outlets, including CNN.
  • denial Soon after, these reports were denied, with South African President Jacob Zuma’s government saying this: “Madiba is still in hospital in Pretoria, and remains in a critical but stable condition. At times his condition becomes unstable, but he responds to medical interventions.” Mandela, who is 95, has been suffering from serious health issues for most of the last year, with details on his current status limited. source
10:07 // 1 year ago
June 29, 2013
breakingnews:

Obama meets with South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s family
NBC News: President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma.
Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.”Obama will close his visit to South Africa by visiting historic prison Robben Island near Cape Town before traveling to Tanzania, his last stop on his tour to Africa.
Follow the latest on Obama’s trip at Breaking News. 
Photo: President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Obama ended up not meeting with Mandela directly—understandable, considering the rough shape Mandela is in. (Mandela was one mile away, at a nearby hospital.) It’s worth noting that while Obama was meeting with Zuma and the Mandela family, there were large protests building up outside of a university where Obama was set to hold a town hall meeting—with many critical of the U.S. president’s foreign policy.

breakingnews:

Obama meets with South African Pres. Zuma, Mandela’s family

NBC News: President Obama continued his tour of Africa Saturday with his second stop in South Africa where he met with ailing icon Nelson Mandela’s family and also held meetings with current South African President Jacob Zuma.

Obama honored Mandela during his meeting with Zuma, saying: “The struggle here against apartheid for freedom, Madiba’s moral courage, this country’s historic transition to a free and democratic nation has been a personal inspiration to me. It has been an inspiration to the world.”

Obama will close his visit to South Africa by visiting historic prison Robben Island near Cape Town before traveling to Tanzania, his last stop on his tour to Africa.

Follow the latest on Obama’s trip at Breaking News

Photo: President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Saturday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Obama ended up not meeting with Mandela directly—understandable, considering the rough shape Mandela is in. (Mandela was one mile away, at a nearby hospital.) It’s worth noting that while Obama was meeting with Zuma and the Mandela family, there were large protests building up outside of a university where Obama was set to hold a town hall meeting—with many critical of the U.S. president’s foreign policy.

10:48 // 1 year ago
December 15, 2012
16:31 // 1 year ago