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June 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- President Obama walked in the steps of Nelson Mandela on Sunday as he visited the lime quarry where the civil rights icon once hunched in backbreaking work and the spare cell where he spent 18 years confined for fighting apartheid. Obama's tour of the prison at Robben Island was something of a symbolic union between the first African American president of the United States and the first black president of South Africa. The long-distance tribute would have to stand for a face-to-face meeting during Obama's tour of Africa, as Mandela, 94, remained hospitalized in critical condition in Pretoria.
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January 12, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. takes plenty of grief from those who don't view the organization in the same esteem as, say, the storied Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But the HFPA has a staunch defender in Bono, who seemed to urge reporters backstage at the Golden Globes on Sunday night to take the awards ceremony more seriously. “We kind of laugh about the foreign-language press, [but] we have values in European cinema,” the U2 frontman said after U2's “Ordinary Love” was named best original song.
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WORLD
June 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Nelson Mandela will leave a legacy that demonstrates the success of "acting on our ideas," President Obama said Sunday as he tried to define his own imprint on a rapidly changing continent at a crossroads. "You showed us how a prisoner can become president. You showed how adversaries can reconcile," Obama said in a speech at the University of Cape Town, the signature event of his weeklong trip to Africa. "If there's any country in the world that shows the power of human beings to effect change, this is the one. " Obama's words were the coda to a day spent honoring the man he calls a personal hero and credits with inspiring his first steps into politics.
WORLD
December 9, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Thousands of South Africans filed into the 94,000-seat soccer stadium in Soweto early Tuesday for the state memorial service of the nation's apartheid-struggle hero, Nelson Mandela. Low gray clouds and misty rain cast a somber mood, but the atmosphere in the stadium was joyful and exuberant, as the crowds sang liberation struggle songs, danced, ululated, whistled and blasted vuvuzelas - the plastic trumpets that South Africans blow at soccer matches and joyful occasions, waiting for the service to begin.
NEWS
February 17, 1997 | From Reuters
Vice President Al Gore toured the island prison Sunday where South African President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, calling prisoners' tales a source of inspiration for the world. Hosted by South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, whose father, Govan Mbeki, was imprisoned in the cell next to Mandela's, Gore made the half-hour boat trip from Cape Town to Robben Island and walked the narrow corridor to cell No. 5, a tiny concrete room barely big enough for a bed.
OPINION
May 10, 1987 | Steven Mufson, Steven Mufson is South Africa correspondent for Business Week
Just six miles past the luxury beach-front homes of Cape Town's Clifton Beach lies a tiny outcrop of limestone--a bleak, wind-swept island caught in the icy Benguela Current that flows up from Antarctica. A Readers' Digest guide lists Robben Island as "noted for its arum lilies" and "superb" view. But Robben Island is better known as home to more than 500 of South Africa's most important political prisoners, the rock where resistence lives and grows.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 12, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. takes plenty of grief from those who don't view the organization in the same esteem as, say, the storied Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. But the HFPA has a staunch defender in Bono, who seemed to urge reporters backstage at the Golden Globes on Sunday night to take the awards ceremony more seriously. “We kind of laugh about the foreign-language press, [but] we have values in European cinema,” the U2 frontman said after U2's “Ordinary Love” was named best original song.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
Pointless duties are designed to break the prisoners' spirits. Random blows are meant to break their bodies. Yet they refuse to be beaten down. Set on South Africa's Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for nearly 18 years, "The Island" presents a harrowing depiction of apartheid.
TRAVEL
April 18, 2010
1 South Africa Soccer's World Cup in South Africa in June and July marks a coming of age: It's the first time an international sporting mega-event has been held on African soil. But it's also a chance to see game parks, Cape Town's stunning coastline and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Ticket sales are low so far, whether because of security fears, the global recession or doubts that an African nation can pull off the event. Half a million tickets recently went on sale.
NEWS
February 11, 1995 | BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They arrived the first time chained hand to foot, branded as terrorists and banished to this bleak Atlantic island by a ruthless regime determined to crush dissent and uphold white supremacy. They returned in triumph Friday in an emotional reunion of about 1,200 former political prisoners, free men all in a free South Africa now largely led by the alumni of this infamous penitentiary. A few struggled in wheelchairs, hobbled on crutches or were bent with age.
HEALTH
December 6, 2013 | By Thomas Curwen
In the summer of 1990, Nelson Mandela stood on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall, eager to greet a city that had joined the worldwide celebration accompanying his release from prison. Shouting his name and the Zulu word for power, amandla , the crowd embraced the man who had so quickly become a hero. In New York, he had been showered in ticker tape. In Atlanta, he placed a wreath on the tomb of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., and in Washington, he spoke to Congress about the meaning of his long exile.
WORLD
June 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- President Obama walked in the steps of Nelson Mandela on Sunday as he visited the lime quarry where the civil rights icon once hunched in backbreaking work and the spare cell where he spent 18 years confined for fighting apartheid. Obama's tour of the prison at Robben Island was something of a symbolic union between the first African American president of the United States and the first black president of South Africa. The long-distance tribute would have to stand for a face-to-face meeting during Obama's tour of Africa, as Mandela, 94, remained hospitalized in critical condition in Pretoria.
WORLD
June 30, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Nelson Mandela will leave a legacy that demonstrates the success of "acting on our ideas," President Obama said Sunday as he tried to define his own imprint on a rapidly changing continent at a crossroads. "You showed us how a prisoner can become president. You showed how adversaries can reconcile," Obama said in a speech at the University of Cape Town, the signature event of his weeklong trip to Africa. "If there's any country in the world that shows the power of human beings to effect change, this is the one. " Obama's words were the coda to a day spent honoring the man he calls a personal hero and credits with inspiring his first steps into politics.
OPINION
November 25, 2012 | David Schalkwyk, David Schalkwyk is director of research at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington and editor of the Shakespeare Quarterly. He is the author of "Hamlet's Dreams: The Robben Island Shakespeare." He will be lecturing at the Huntington Library in San Marino on Monday evening
It doesn't look like much -- just a tattered, 1970 edition of "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare. " But inside, the book bears testament to an era. Currently on display at the British Museum as part of an exhibition called "Shakespeare: Staging the World," the book belongs to Sonny Venkatrathnam, who was incarcerated during the 1970s in South Africa's apartheid-era political prison, Robben Island. Having convinced a warden that the volume was a Hindu religious text, Venkatrathnam was allowed to keep it with him in prison, where it was passed from prisoner to prisoner.
TRAVEL
April 18, 2010
1 South Africa Soccer's World Cup in South Africa in June and July marks a coming of age: It's the first time an international sporting mega-event has been held on African soil. But it's also a chance to see game parks, Cape Town's stunning coastline and Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned. Ticket sales are low so far, whether because of security fears, the global recession or doubts that an African nation can pull off the event. Half a million tickets recently went on sale.
NEWS
February 17, 2010 | By Reed Johnson
Not long ago, Morgan Freeman attended a screening in South Africa of "Invictus," the Clint Eastwood-directed historical drama that has earned Freeman a lead actor Oscar nomination. Present in the audience was a VIP guest, a friend of Freeman's since the early '90s. It was Nelson Mandela, the former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who upended history by leading his country out of the apartheid wilderness and onto democracy's bumpy path. Years ago, Mandela said that if anyone ever were to play him in a movie, he hoped it would be Freeman.
NEWS
November 5, 1987 | United Press International
The chief lieutenant to imprisoned African National Congress leader Nelson Mandela was released today after 23 years in prison, leading to speculation the government action could be a prelude to Mandela's freedom. Govan Mbeki, 77, was flown by the government from Cape Town to the southern coastal city of Port Elizabeth, where he plans to live. He told a news conference that he had been released without conditions and that he was still a member of the ANC and the South African Communist Party.
WORLD
December 9, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Thousands of South Africans filed into the 94,000-seat soccer stadium in Soweto early Tuesday for the state memorial service of the nation's apartheid-struggle hero, Nelson Mandela. Low gray clouds and misty rain cast a somber mood, but the atmosphere in the stadium was joyful and exuberant, as the crowds sang liberation struggle songs, danced, ululated, whistled and blasted vuvuzelas - the plastic trumpets that South Africans blow at soccer matches and joyful occasions, waiting for the service to begin.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 11, 2003 | Daryl H. Miller, Times Staff Writer
Pointless duties are designed to break the prisoners' spirits. Random blows are meant to break their bodies. Yet they refuse to be beaten down. Set on South Africa's Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held for nearly 18 years, "The Island" presents a harrowing depiction of apartheid.
NEWS
February 17, 1997 | From Reuters
Vice President Al Gore toured the island prison Sunday where South African President Nelson Mandela was incarcerated for 18 years, calling prisoners' tales a source of inspiration for the world. Hosted by South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki, whose father, Govan Mbeki, was imprisoned in the cell next to Mandela's, Gore made the half-hour boat trip from Cape Town to Robben Island and walked the narrow corridor to cell No. 5, a tiny concrete room barely big enough for a bed.
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