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.
The phenomenon of livestreaming attempts at self-destruction has attracted audiences who taunt, tease, and encourage the potential suicides.
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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.
As heads of state and tens of thousands of mourners converge on South Africa to pay their respects to the late leader, regular citizens are grappling with Madiba’s legacy.
As I stood in line at my bank last Friday morning, the morning after Nelson Mandela died, all the television screens were tuned to the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s blanket coverage of Nelson Mandela’s death. The shuffling Friday queue—a neat cross-section of Cape Town society—paid scant attention to the choirs singing funereal hymns, the interview with an elderly Indian woman who recounted how she cooked a pot of curry for the young Mandela, or the montage of the iconic photographs that had mythologised Mandela even before his death.
The al Qaeda-affiliated groups in Syria have started working with crime syndicates and racketeering thugs for kidnappings, arms-smuggling, and widespread looting.
Syria’s insurgent militias are becoming ever more enmeshed with organized crime, blurring the line between insurgents and racketeers and undermining the rebels’ efforts to maintain sagging popular support for the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.And it isn’t only militias affiliated with the Western-backed Free Syrian Army or Islamist militias profiting from the chaos and lawlessness to plunder and smuggle, extort and kidnap—the villainy is also being perpetrated by al Qaeda-affiliated jihadists, who present themselves as paragons of strict Islamic virtue and argue the spate of executions they have presided over are done to enforce morality.
Satellites correctly predicted a new military campaign by government forces on Sudan’s civilians—so why is the international community turning a blind eye to the violence?
At the end of October, I wrote about how the Satellite Sentinel Project observed ominous troop movements that warned against an impending attack on civilians in Sudan’s South Kordofan state. Since then, the Sudanese government has launched a multi-front military campaign in the area. At the same time, it has escalated the tempo of aerial bombardment and resumed its scorched earth campaign against civilians. South Kordofan Governor Adam Al-Faki has vowed to conduct a “comprehensive cleanup campaign” and the Minister of Defense said his troops will “not stop until we crush them.
Robben Island is a barren crucible where apartheid’s greatest opponents were honed. It’s not a pleasant trip, but it’s an undeniably powerful one.
“This is the island. This is where you will die.” These were the words which greeted Nelson Mandela on his first day of imprisonment on Robben Island.I will never forget my first sight of Robben Island. It was 2012, exactly half a century after Mandela’s incarceration. A searingly hot day, an hour’s ferry ride, then this rocky outcrop of concrete and barbed wire. A sinister swarm of black sea-birds waited at the prison port, hundreds of them crouching on the boulders, giving off a foul smell.
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