CNN just reported that Mandela is on life support (rumours of which have been going around for over a week) and there's also a story that he opened his eyes and smiled when he heard about Obama's visit.
~Desmond Tutu & Nelson Mandela~ "I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear"
Nelson Mandela was one of the last century’s great freedom fighters, taking on the evils of white supremacy in South Africa and defying the cold-hearted Realpolitik of Washington. But his triumph meant that the Western media would water down his radicalism and transform him into a less complex figure, writes Danny Schechter from South Africa.
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Nelson Mandela of South Africa (1918- ). The first democratically elected President of South Africa, Mandela is best known for his struggle and eventual triumph over racism and the Apartheid Regime in his country.