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ENTERTAINMENT
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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OPINION
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.
NATIONAL
December 6, 2013
I met Nelson Mandela not long after he stepped down as president of South Africa. He was visiting the Gates Foundation in Seattle, and I was part of a group of journalists lucky enough to get the chance to interview him for an hour. Now, with the news of his death at 95, Mandela is being lauded as the greatest, most charismatic leader of our times and I might be expected to say how amazing it was to be in the man's presence. But on that day in Seattle, he seemed no more extraordinary than many other people I have met. He had a graceful dignity about him and a humility learned over a lifetime, but he was not physically imposing or remarkably eloquent.
WORLD
December 6, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After 10 days of national mourning, anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be buried on Dec. 15 in a private service in his home village of Qunu, President Jacob Zuma told journalists Friday. The former president, who died Thursday, will be accorded a state funeral in Pretoria after lying in state in the Union Buildings, the seat of government, for three days beginning next Wednesday, Zuma said. Huge crowds are expected as South Africans and visitors try to see Mandela for a last time and pay respects to the man who peacefully negotiated an end to the brutal system of apartheid.
WORLD
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Reed Johnson and Randall Roberts
On “Graceland,” his 1986 Grammy Award-winning album, Paul Simon sang a secular lullaby that could've been addressed to the oppressed black multitudes of apartheid South Africa and their moral leader, Nelson Mandela. “These are the days of lasers in the jungle,” Simon intoned on the album's lead-off track, “The Boy in the Bubble.” “These are the days of miracle and wonder / And don't cry baby, don't cry.” Although the ambiguous lyrics seem to refer to a broader human condition, they also evoke the aspirations that were roiling South Africa in the mid-1980s and that Mandela embodied, both within his country and to the outside world.  FULL COVERAGE: Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
Writer Nadine Gordimer was 39 years old when she sat in a Pretoria, South Africa, courtroom and watched Nelson Mandela receive a life sentence for acts of subversion against the South African state. Gordimer was already an activist then, and just beginning a career that would see her draw many precise portraits of the stubborn, idealistic and imperfect people of all races and creeds (East Indian, black, "colored," white, Jewish) who resisted apartheid. She eventually joined Mandela's African National Congress.
SPORTS
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.
WORLD
December 6, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - His greatest impact was as a moral leader, but Nelson Mandela also left a legacy in diplomacy by helping popularize the use of international sanctions to pressure a government to change its policies. Since sanctions were imposed in an effort to end apartheid and bring down South Africa's white-minority government, they have been used hundreds of times, especially by Western countries. President Clinton, who ordered sanctions against Cuba, Libya, Iran and Pakistan, mused near the end of his second term that the United States had become "sanctions-happy.
BUSINESS
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.
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