Some 70,000 people crammed into Johannesburg Stadium to hear luminaries like Barack Obama and Desmond Tutu speak—and to boo current South African president Jacob Zuma.
A tired world came to South Africa this week to rejuvenate itself by reconnecting with the most inspiring story of modern times: the way Nelson Mandela forged an impossible peace out of certain civil war by reconciling his people with their oppressors. Instead, at today’s official memorial service for Mandela, it witnessed the tawdry, workaday reality of a rambunctious democracy and a seemingly-disaffected electorate. The South African president, Jacob Zuma, was repeatedly and loudly booed by a significant portion of the crowd.
One human rights group criticized President Obama Tuesday for not doing enough to combat human rights abuses in Sudan.
President Obama is in South Africa honoring human rights champion Nelson Mandela today, but back in Washington, a leading Sudan advocacy group is criticizing Obama’s record on protecting Africans in danger.“In 2007, Mr. Obama said that genocide is ‘a stain on our souls’ and promised, ‘As president of the United States I don’t intend to abandon people or turn a blind eye to slaughter.’ Yet, according to Act for Sudan in the fifth year of his Presidency, he continues to oversee a disastrous approach to the ongoing genocide in Sudan,” the group will say in a Tuesday press release, timed to coincide with the annual celebration of Human Rights Day.
The shocking revelations of the New York City Police Department’s report on ‘lessons learned’ from the September terrorist attack in Kenya.
You say the word “Nairobi” and the place sounds just about as far away as it is. But if you look at pictures and plans of its Westgate Shopping Mall, where terrorists slaughtered 67 people last September and wounded 200, you feel like you’ve been there before in many cities in America, and many times. There’s the multiple levels built around an open atrium, the glistening escalators, the cafés, the boutiques selling jewelry, shoes and clothes.
Raúl Castro got his moment in the spotlight at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, but the the real headlines will come when Cuba finally finds a real liberator of its own.
So Barack Obama and Raúl Castro shook hands and Twitter shouted "Awkward!" Big deal. Doubtless some American conservatives will use this non-historic handshake as fresh evidence the President of the United States cannot be trusted to advance the great republic's interests. Then again, some of them doubtless think it reprehensible that he speak at a memorial service for an old "communist". Even one named Nelson Mandela.
In the pouring rain in Soweto, South Africa before a sweeping array of world leaders, the president hailed the departed Mandela as ‘the last great liberator of the 20th century.’
President Obama celebrated Nelson Mandela as the “last great liberator of the 20th century” Tuesday before a cheering crowd and host of world leaders who gathered in a soccer stadium in Soweto to pay tribute to the former freedom fighter and first black president of South Africa.Describing the “great soul” of a man who conquered apartheid and became a “giant of history” by peacefully ushering in the country’s first era of biracial government, Obama said, “It took a man like Madiba to free not just the prisoner, but the jailor as well.
"The last great liberator of the 20th century."
To Graça Machel and the Mandela family; to President Zuma and members of the government; to heads of state and government, past and present; distinguished guests - it is a singular honor to be with you today, to celebrate a life unlike any other. To the people of South Africa - people of every race and walk of life - the world thanks you for sharing Nelson Mandela with us. His struggle was your struggle. His triumph was your triumph. Your dignity and hope found expression in his life, and your freedom, your democracy is his cherished legacy.
Iran this week said the nuclear negotiations will collapse if Congress passes new sanctions—but the House is forging ahead with plans to pass additional measures on Tehran.
The Obama administration this week will begin more forcefully to make the case to Congress that any new sanctions on Iran would threaten to upset the delicate talks that produced a deal last month in Geneva—one that the president hopes will end the Iranian nuclear crisis.On Tuesday, Secretary of State John Kerry will appear before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to make that case in public. Later in the week he is scheduled to brief the Senate in a classified hearing closed to the press.
Ukraine’s government is busing riot police into the capital as mass protests continue to roil the street and activists brace for violence.
The eyes that peeped out from the cracks of the shiny black police helmets looked sad. Ukrainian riot police, most of them men in their 20s, lined up under the arch of a building on Lutheran Street in Kiev on Monday night. In the snow and cold wind, hundreds of police troops had been waiting for their commanders’ signal to clear the crowds and barricades surrounding the presidential administration building, under siege now for days.Metal barricades and buses covered in opposition stickers blocked the streets.
The phenomenon of livestreaming attempts at self-destruction has attracted audiences who taunt, tease, and encourage the potential suicides.
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