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December 8, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Four American presidents, along with more than 60 other world leaders, will travel to South Africa this week to honor former President Nelson Mandela. One man who won't be there is the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader. The Dalai Lama has been denied visas during previous efforts to travel to South Africa, reflecting the sensitivities of China, one of South Africa's most important trading partners. A spokesman for the Buddhist leader, Tenzin Taklha, said the Dalai Lama had no plans to attend, according to South Africa's head of public diplomacy, Clayson Monyela.
December 7, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The moment would haunt Nelson Mandela all his life. It was 1948, and he was in a hospital watching his baby daughter struggle for life. The child, Makaziwe, or Maki, died as he watched. She was 9 months old. Mandela's life was Kennedyesque in its combination of great political achievement and heartbreaking personal tragedy. Mandela would also lose both his sons - in a car accident and to AIDS. And in 2010, on a day of great national pride, he missed the soccer World Cup opening after his great-granddaughter, 13-year-old schoolgirl Zenani, was killed in a car accident on the way home from the kickoff concert the previous night.
December 6, 2013 | Robyn Dixon
Dressed in black against a twilight-blue background, a somber South African President Jacob Zuma appeared on television to give his countrymen the news they had long dreaded. "My fellow South Africans," he intoned. "Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed. " With that announcement, delivered about 11:35 p.m. Thursday, South Africa learned that it had lost its greatest figure: its first black president, the leader of the movement to end the apartheid system of racial discrimination and a man known to most as simply Madiba.
December 6, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The death of revered South African freedom fighter Nelson Mandela has spurred reflection on the global state of human rights in the years since his transformation from political prisoner to president and elder statesman. Those striving to build on Mandela's vision of equality and mutual respect see a world that is profoundly more free, fair and accountable than the one that existed when he walked out of prison in 1990 to wage the final battle in the war on apartheid. Human rights horror stories persist in many places around the world, most disturbingly in Syria, where nearly three years of civil war have left more than 100,000 dead and devastated the home life and livelihoods of millions.
December 6, 2013 | Ed Stockly
Television remembers and pays tribute to Nelson Mandela. This page will be updated as more programming is announced. Friday ABC World News With Diane Sawyer” 6:30 p.m. ABC Nelson Mandela's life and legacy; George Stephanopoulos's interview with former President Bill Clinton as he reflects on Nelson Mandela's impact. (N) “20/20” 10 p.m. ABC "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed The World": Anchored by David Muir and Robin Roberts, the hour will feature Alex Marquardt reporting from South Africa, details of Mandela's passing, worldwide reaction, plans for his funeral, and images of the day, as well as chronicle the long, eventful and polarizing political and personal life of one of the 20th century's greatest figures.
December 6, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Nelson Mandela was one of the towering figures of the 20th century. Like Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas K. Gandhi, he was revered around the globe for his vision and courage, and for the enormous personal sacrifices he made to right the wrongs that plagued his country. His half-century battle against apartheid - the system under which millions of South African blacks were governed by the country's white minority - included 27 years behind bars. But he clung to his principles as well as his dignity, and emerged from Victor Verster Prison in 1990, it seemed, without rancor or bitterness.
December 6, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
In thirty years, when Tiger Woods is no longer able to hit it 320 and no longer has to answer questions about winning or not winning majors, he might have a moment of clarity on what golf has given him. The money will rate high, of course. The fame - sometimes disintegrating into notoriety - not so high. But not lost on him will be the doors the game opened. Especially the one that led into Nelson Mandela's home 15 years ago. Woods has been asked over the years about that meeting, whenever there was a thread of a connection.
December 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- On a street corner in Soweto, David Mohale sat in the warm summer sun Friday, remembering the life of the man who brought him freedom, the hero of the nation's anti-apartheid struggle, Nelson Mandela. He also thought of his youth, and his own mortality. "You see what I am. I'm old too. I can can go any time myself," said Mohale, 86. "He's waiting for me there. "I feel so much sorrow because he was a good man, who learned the people how to live together.
December 6, 2013 | By Michael Hiltzik
By the time Nelson Mandela was released from prison in 1990, the path to ending South Africa's political crisis through the abolition of apartheid was known, even if it would not be easy or straight. Solving the country's economic crisis was another story. It still is. When I first visited the country a few months after Mandela's release, the white overclass was just beginning to come to grips with the scale of the challenge. A Johannesburg economic firm had released a paper warning that South Africa's self-image as a big economy preparing to take its place on the world stage with Great Britain and Germany was a dangerous delusion--better to think of itself in terms of a second-tier economy like Belgium, they wrote.  The idea came as a shock, and the implications were stunning.
December 6, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK -- Few entertainment luminaries have had as keen an eye into Nelson Mandela's personality and worldview than Bono, The Edge and the rest of U2. Just a day before Mandela's passing, Bono and Edge were speaking to The Times about Madiba, whom they campaigned with on numerous social issues, particularly the global AIDS crisis. Band members felt strongly enough about the Nobel Peace Prize winner's legacy that they contributed a song to the soundtrack of Justin Chadwick's "Mandela" biopic, a closing-credit number titled "Ordinary Love.” On Wednesday, Bono, who also penned this essay for Time, said that he saw Mandela's greatness in his forgiveness of his white captors -- not just because it heeded his better angles but because it kept larger goals in mind.
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