As the world mourns Mandela’s passing, The Daily Beast remembers six pivotal moments from the extraordinary life of the icon of peace and equality.
Taking his place alongside India's Mahatma Gandhi and Tibet's Dalai Lama, Nelson Mandela was one of the 20th century’s most revered activists and a triumphant icon in the struggle for racial equality. The Daily Beast looks back at the defining moments that made the former political prisoner turned South African president a legend.First InterviewIn 1961, Mandela was a wanted man for his leadership in the African National Congress, which was turning to increasingly violent methods in its fight for equality.
The world mourns the death of the South African leader, who symbolized an era of great hope, when equality and justice seemed possible.
Nelson Mandela is dead.We will all grieve; many of us will weep as if we have lost a father, or a savior, or a protector, even if we have never actually laid eyes on him.Much of this grief is nostalgic; a sadness about the passing of an era of great hope and stirring sentiment, an era when equality and justice seemed possible. Mandela has come to symbolize the Last Good Man, representing the kind of benevolent paternity that we so often hope for from our leaders even if we claim to be democrats and republicans; his life presents a redemptive narrative that embodies goodness in a way not found outside of myth, legend, and theology.
The extraordinary life of the man who liberated South Africa—and then kept the country from falling apart.
Nelson Mandela, who died December 5, refused to be thought of as a saint. “I never was one,” he insisted—“even on the basis of an earthly definition of a saint as a sinner who keeps trying.” He wasn’t just being modest. He had a weakness for fine clothes and good-looking women, and he certainly was no pacifist. But a halo was the last thing Mandela needed. He spent half a century wrestling South Africa’s white-minority rulers to the negotiating table, and when he finally got them there, he had to be a hard bargainer, not a holy man.
After a month of revelations at the phone hacking trial, a clear picture of the sex-obsessed, cut-throat world of Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid journalists has been presented.
The first month of the phone hacking trial at the Old Bailey in Central London has heard an extraordinary account of alleged malpractice, duplicity and illegality at the heart of Rupert Murdoch’s biggest selling newspaper, the now defunct News of the World tabloid. The prosecution case against Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and six others, all of whom deny the charges, resumes on Thursday. Here is everything we have learnt so far.The Devil is in the MetadataIn British trials, there are usually a number of admissions or ‘agreed facts’, uncontested by either side.
Jennifer Grout, a 23-year-old singer from Boston, speaks no Arabic—and yet she’s become a phenomenon across the Middle East for her flawless renditions of classic songs on the spinoff series ‘Arabs Got Talent’.
Susan and Daryl Grout were in the car on a Sunday afternoon last month when their daughter, Jennifer, 5,000 miles away, emailed a link to a YouTube clip showing her flawless rendition of Um Kalthoum’s “Ba’eed ‘annuk” — “Far From You,” aptly—in perfect Arabic.The performance floored the judges on Arabs Got Talent, which the 23-year-old Grout is now a favorite to win despite not speaking Arabic. “She’s a born performer,” Daryl Grout says of his daughter.
Texas native Ronnie Smith, described by his students as an inspiring motivator and a beloved “best friend,” was shot by gunmen while jogging in a residential district in Benghazi.
Militants in the Libyan city of Benghazi claimed another American life today when gunmen shot dead a chemistry teacher while he was out jogging in an upscale residential district not far from where U.S. ambassador Christopher Stevens died last year.Thirty-three year-old Ronnie Smith was one of just a handful of Americans who have braved the risks to continue living in Benghazi following the assault last year on the U.S. consulate and a CIA annex that left Stevens dead along with three other Americans.
For victims who silently suffered child abuse at the hands of priests, nothing the Vatican does will ever be quite enough. But a new commission ordered by Pope Francis could be a solid step in the right direction.
On Thursday, Pope Francis agreed to appoint a special ad-hoc “commission for the protection of minors” to address alleged and proven sex abuse by Catholic priests. The commission was suggested by a council of eight cardinals, tasked with advising the pope on church reform, who are meeting in Rome this week.Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston—a city that was once the epicenter of the sex-abuse coverup scandal—briefed reporters after the council met with the pope.
The demotion of the North Korean leader’s second in command is a sign of deep turmoil in Pyongyang’s snake pit.
Jang Song Thaek, often described as the No. 2 figure in the North Korean regime, has been purged from Kim Jong Un’s side, losing all posts of consequence. He was last seen in public on November 6, and two of his aides were publicly executed late last month. So say two South Korean legislators citing a briefing from the country’s National Intelligence Service. The news, if true, suggests the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea will enter a new period of instability.
An Italian woman who traveled to Britain while pregnant says doctors forced her to have a C-section and took her child from her. But did mental illness play a role?
Alessandra Pacchieri was heavily pregnant when she traveled to London for a flight attendant training course. She accepts that she suffered some form of mental health episode while she was in Britain, but says that is no justification for what happened next.The Italian citizen was involuntarily sectioned, sedated, and subjected to an enforced C-section, before her child was taken into the custody of the British state against her will. Her lawyer in Italy told The Daily Beast that the mother only saw the baby girl twice before she was taken from her.
The new anti-prostitution law in France is supposed to make sex workers safer, but it may make their business more dangerous than ever.
A passerby found her body last week, half hidden, half burned, in the Bois de Boulogne on the outskirts of Paris. Her name is still unknown, but her occupation was easy to guess. Men cruise the roads of that vast park at night, sometimes almost bumper to bumper, to pick up prostitutes. It’s a dangerous business for the women and transvestites plying their trade, and this woman just happened to hook up with a killer. He beat her bloody with brass knuckles; he stabbed her multiple times and he tried to incinerate her corpse before, finally, he fled.
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She is a true inspiration. Teenage activist Malala Yousafzai has released a video statement for the first time since being shot by the Taliban last October. 'God has given me this new life,' Malala says, and in return, she is launching the Malala Fund, created to help educate children all over the world.