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Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, Nobel peace laureate and South Africa's first black president, celebrated his 90th birthday Friday by doing something he had indicated he would not do again -- grant an interview to journalists.
A cheerful-looking Mandela welcomed CNN's Robyn Curnow, along with reporters from two other organizations, into the sitting room of his home in Qunu, a small village in the rolling hills of South Africa's eastern Cape region where he grew up.
"What day is this?" Mandela joked, pretending not to realize it was his birthday.
He used a smile to dodge Curnow's first question of what was his favorite memory from his long life. He did say he was very happy to have lived to be 90.
Mandela credited his longevity to the way he conducted his life. He is known to be disciplined with his diet and exercise.
Asked if, in hindsight, he wishes he had spent more time with his family, he answered yes.
"I don't regret it because the things that attracted me were things that pleased my soul."
Graca Machel, whom he married on his 80th birthday, sat nearby and Mandela was surrounded by grandchildren. Video Watch Mandela's birthday celebrations »
Mandela then lamented the gap between rich and poor in South Africa.
"Poverty still grips our people. If you're poor, you're not likely to live for long," he said.
This was Mandela's first meeting with reporters since he announced in 2004 that he would give no more interviews. While he stayed out of the spotlight over the last four years, he has stayed busy with his charitable causes.
All week residents of Qunu, 600 miles south of Johannesburg, have been making preparations for the celebrations. Events planned include a soccer festival, a pop concert and lunch for 500 politicians, veterans of the anti-apartheid struggle and other guests at his home Saturday.
An exhibition of letters that children wrote to Mandela and the late U.S. civil rights campaigner Rosa Parks will be displayed at the Nelson Mandela Museum, a short distance from his house.
"We are very excited," local school principal Mpondomise Ndzambo told the Associated Press, sitting in his office beneath a photograph of the former president. "Usually these celebrations are done in Johannesburg, so this is a way of being part of it." Send your birthday messages
In 1964, a court sentenced Mandela to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government by violence. He spent the first 18 years at Robben Island Prison, off Cape Town, South Africa, and later spent time at Pollsmoor prison and Victor Verster Prison, closer to the mainland.
While in prison, Mandela became recognized as the most significant black leader in South Africa, and he became a potent symbol of resistance in the anti-apartheid movement. Mandela consistently refused to compromise his political position to obtain his freedom.
South Africa's last apartheid-era president who also served as Mandela's vice president, F.W. de Klerk, released Mandela in February 1990 after 27 years in prison. Mandela was elected president of the African National Congress the following year, and in 1994, he was elected president of his country.
As South Africa's first black president -- he only ran for one term -- Mandela ushered in a democratic, multiracial society that is still going strong. Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid icon, Nobel peace laureate and South Africa's... more
The man who went from prisoner to president is celebrating his 90th birthday today at what was supposed to be a quiet affair, but who has a quiet one for their 90th these days? There are now plans to throw a real shin dig with a football festival and a dinner party for 500 special guests.
He has been hailed as one of the greatest figures of the 21st century, I wonder who was lucky enough to get an invite?
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A slideshow and commentary of the career and life of Nelson Mandela: it follows his early work as a lawyer and human rights activist, his 30 year imprisonment, and his recent work for human rights causes in South Africa and around the world. A slideshow and commentary of the career and life of Nelson Mandela: it follows his... more
Nelson Mandela on Saturday called for more solidarity to end conflicts that have sown hatred and division around the world.
In a speech before the presentation of the annual Nelson Mandela lecture by Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Mandela, who turns 90 on July 18, said there was a need to place concern for others at the centre of human values.
"There is still too much discord, hatred, division, conflict and violence in our world here at the beginning of the twenty-first century," he said.
Mandela, who retired from politics nine years ago, has become a symbol of freedom admired the world over.
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WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has removed former South African president Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress from a three-decade old immigration watch list for possible terrorists, the White House said Tuesday.
In time for the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner's 90th birthday on July 18, President George W. Bush signed a bill Tuesday which effectively ended a system in which Mandela had to get special certification from the US secretary of state that he is not a terrorist in order to visit the United States.
The measure ensures "that there aren't any extra hoops for either a distinguished individual, like former President Mandela, or other members of the African National Congress to get a US visa," said State Department spokesman Tom Casey.
He explained that the original purpose of the law, introduced during the 1980s while Ronald Reagan was president, was to fight terrorism. "So we're pleased that we could make this correction to what is otherwise a good and important piece of legislation," he said. WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States has removed former South African president... more
President George W. Bush has removed former South African president Nelson Mandela and his African National Congress from the US terror watch list, the White House said Tuesday.
The bill was sent to the White House last week and signed in time for the anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize winner's 90th birthday on July 18.
"Today the United States moved closer at last to removing the great shame of dishonoring this great leader by including him on our government's terror watch list," Senator John Kerry said after the bill was approved Friday.
When a similar bill passed the House of Representatives last month, Barbara Lee, a California Democrat who co-sponsored it, said she was "especially pleased we are taking this important step to finally right this inexcusable wrong."
Lee and others said the legislation introduced during the 1980s while Ronald Reagan was president was anachronistic and wrongfully labeled as heroes and freedom fighters as terrorists.
Lee recalled that under the legislation the ANC could travel to United Nations headquarters in New York but not to Washington, DC, or other parts of the United States.
In April, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged a Senate committee to remove the restrictions on the ANC party, calling it a "rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela."
President George W. Bush has removed former South African president Nelson Mandela and... more
Thousands gather in Hyde Park to honour Nelson Mandela and celebrate his up-coming 90th birthday.
At the close of the concert Amy Winehouse was joined on stage by Jerry Dammers, who helped organise a 1988 concert for Mandela when he was in prisons, and many of the other performers.
Accompanied by a raucous audience, they sang Dammers' "Free Nelson Mandela", which became an anthem for the anti-apartheid movement in Britain in the 1980s.Thousands gather in Hyde Park to honour Nelson Mandela and celebrate his up-coming... more
This article includes detailed biographic notes and wonderful photographs.
In addition, it includes five videos (Nelson Mandela's arrival in London; Mandela's speech to the huge crowd at The 90th Birthday Concert; and three great music videos from Mandela's 90th Birthday Concert: two performances by Amy Winehouse, another by Josh Groban).
Celebrate and enjoy!This article includes detailed biographic notes and wonderful photographs. In... more
Stricter security measures passed by Congress after the September 11, 2001 attacks against the United States kept the ANC's terrorist label because it used armed force as part of its campaign against apartheid.
Stricter security measures passed by Congress after the September 11, 2001 attacks... more
Will Smith led a crowd of 46,664 in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" to Nelson Mandela on Friday at a party for the South African prisoner, president and Nobel Peace Prize winner.
London was the scene of a concert 20 years ago to celebrate Mandela's 70th and to raise awareness of his imprisonment.
Mandela told cheering fans, "Your voices carried across the water to inspire us in our prison cells far away. Tonight, we can stand before you free.
Proceeds from the concert in London's Hyde Park will go toward the 46664 Campaign, which Mandela founded in 2003 to raise awareness about the impact of AIDS, especially in Africa, and to promote HIV-prevention measures around the world.Will Smith led a crowd of 46,664 in a chorus of "Happy Birthday" to Nelson... more
Mugabe may have forced his opposition to retreat, but he's paying a heavy toll. He's lost his knighthood, Nelson Mandela has condemned him, surrounding African Nations have called for a halt in the upcoming "election", and sanctions are on there way. Even Bill Clinton and Gordon Brown are criticizing him.
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(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) — President Robert Mugabe faced deeper international isolation Wednesday, with African states demanding that a discredited runoff election be postponed and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela rebuking the Zimbabwe leader for the first time.
Tougher sanctions, sporting bans and economic boycotts could be next — and world support may build for opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, who called Wednesday for talks on power sharing.
Regional heads of state from southern Africa met in Swaziland and said Friday's runoff should be postponed until conditions permitted a free and fair vote.
President Bush said the runoff election appears to be a "sham," joining the international condemnation of Mugabe's actions.
In London, Mandela made a carefully worded but pointed attack on Mugabe, saying there has been a "tragic failure of leadership in our neighboring Zimbabwe."
The speech, at a fundraiser that included Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former President Bill Clinton, was the first time the former South African president has spoken publicly about the political crisis in Zimbabwe. His words are devastating for Mugabe and will weaken his claim to be a champion of African interests.
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Full article can be found below at Time.com
Mugabe may have forced his opposition to retreat, but he's paying a heavy toll.... more
An emergency summit of southern African countries has called for Zimbabwe's run-off presidential election to be postponed because of recent violence.
The governments of Swaziland, Tanzania and Angola said conditions would not permit a free and fair election.
Former South African leader Nelson Mandela spoke in London of "the tragic failure of leadership" in Zimbabwe.
Meanwhile, the South African foreign ministry said about 300 Zimbabweans had sought refuge at its embassy in Harare.
A spokesman for the ministry told the BBC that the South African ambassador was in talks with the group, alleged to be MDC supporters, in an effort to resolve the situation.
Britain has also said it is to withdraw an honorary knighthood granted to President Robert Mugabe.
Mr Mugabe is the first foreigner to be stripped of the award since Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu in 1989, the day before his execution.
US President George W Bush said the election planned for Friday appeared "to be a sham" because the opposition had not been able to campaign without fear of intimidation. An emergency summit of southern African countries has called for Zimbabwe's... more
Why hasn't Nelson Mandela spoken out against Robert Mugabe?
The scale of state-sponsored crime and terror in Zimbabwe has now escalated to the point where we are compelled to watch not just the systematic demolition of democracy and human rights in that country but something not very far removed from slow-motion mass murder a la Burma. The order from the Mugabe regime that closes down all international aid groups and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations is significant in two ways. It expresses the ambition for total control by the state, and it represents a direct threat—"vote for us or starve"—to the already desperate civilian population. The organization CARE, for example, which reaches half a million impoverished Zimbabweans, has been ordered to suspend operations. And here's a little paragraph, almost buried in a larger report of more comprehensive atrocities but somehow speaking volumes:
The United Nations Children's Fund said Monday that 10,000 children had been displaced by the violence, scores had been beaten and some schools had been taken over by pro-government forces and turned into centers of torture.
While this politicization of the food situation in "his" country was being completed, President Robert Mugabe benefited from two things: the indulgence of the government of South Africa and the lenience of the authorities in Rome, who allowed him to attend a U.N. conference on the world food crisis—of all things—despite a five-year-old ban on his travel to any member of the European Union. This, in turn, seems to me to implicate two of the supposed sources of moral authority on the planet: Nelson Mandela and the Vatican.
By his silence about what is happening in Zimbabwe, Mandela is making himself complicit in the pillage and murder of an entire nation, as well as the strangulation of an important African democracy. I recently had the chance to speak to George Bizos, the heroic South African attorney who was Mandela's lawyer in the bad old days and who more recently has also represented Morgan Tsvangirai, the much-persecuted leader of the Zimbabwean opposition. Why, I asked him, was his old comrade apparently toeing the scandalous line taken by President Thabo Mbeki and the African National Congress? Bizos gave me one answer that made me wince—that Mandela is now a very old man—and another that made me wince again: that his doctors have advised him to avoid anything stressful. One has a bit more respect for the old lion than to imagine that he doesn't know what's happening in next-door Zimbabwe or to believe that he doesn't understand what a huge difference the smallest word from him would make. It will be something of a tragedy if he ends his career on a note of such squalid compromise.
It is the silence of Mandela, much more than anything else, that bruises the soul. It appears to make a mockery of all the brave talk about international standards for human rights, about the need for internationalist solidarity and the brotherhood of man, and all that. There is perhaps only one person in the world who symbolizes that spirit, and he has chosen to betray it. Or is it possible, before the grisly travesty of the runoff of June 27, that the old lion will summon one last powerful growl?Why hasn't Nelson Mandela spoken out against Robert Mugabe? The scale of... more
Though it has been nearly two years since Eminem last hit the stage, he’s chosen to perform at Nelson Mandela’s birthday on June 27th.
The birthday celebration takes place in London’s Hyde Park, where an expected capacity crowd of 45,000 will witness the event to support Mandela’s AIDS charity 46664. This music charity event was created to help aid Mandela’s cause to raise money and awareness of the growing problem concerning the HIV virus...
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http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.6734Though it has been nearly two years since Eminem last hit the stage, he’s chosen... more
Swiss Chris is no ordinary drummer. This video is his tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient that is in jail for speaking of freedom and democracy in Burma.
Who is Aung San Suu Kyi?
* Known to much of the world as "Asia's Nelson Mandela", she currently leads a popular, nonviolent freedom struggle in Burma.
* In 1990, the year of Burma's last democratic election, her political party, the National League for Democracy, won 82% of the seats in parliament; however the ruling military regime refused to recognize the results.
* One year later, in 1991, while still under house arrest and leading a non-violent struggle for democracy she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
* The regime has kept her imprisoned for 11 of the past 16 years.
* She has won over 70 major international awards for her work on behalf of the people of Burma, including: the Nobel Peace Prize, Sakharov Prize (from the European Parliament) and the US Presidential Medal of Freedom.
In an increasingly jaded world of political apathy and power-hungry institutions, Aung San Suu Kyi is truly that rare heroine of legend - a symbol of hope - championing the rights of individuals in the face of human rights violations and dictatorial oppression. Suu Kyi continues to stand alone in defiance of an unjust and brutal military regime with grace and Gandhi-like resolve.
Throughout 11 of the past 16 years, she has struggled in obscurity, with little or no contact with the world. Due to her perseverance amid growing concern for health and well-being, a determined community of individuals from around the world have rallied in support of Suu Kyi and the plight of the Burmese people.
The video displays his innovative techniques and electronic know how along with his passion for the plight of Aung San Suu Kyi. Besides the ordinary drum kit, Swiss Chris adds electronic pads that when hit with his drumsticks, triggers a multitude of sounds and video that he's prerecorded into his mixing unit. The result is a sound thats like having a backing band, including a vocalist if he wants as well as various video of current news, historic news and just about anything he wants that he gets clearance for.
Swiss has used this technology mainly for his human rights efforts for the Freedom campaign as well as his own organization, Saving With Instruments Samples and Soundz (SWISS). Swiss Chris is also the Music Director and Drummer for 5 time Grammy winner John Legend.
More info on Swiss can be found at: www.myspace.com/swisschristhemanonthedrums
Swiss Chris is no ordinary drummer. This video is his tribute to Aung San Suu Kyi, a... more
Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Sambadrome hosts the top samba schools for several nights of glittering parades during the celebration of Carnival. The shows go on until dawn as endless rows of samba school dancers and giant, elaborate floats pass by packed spectator stands.Rio de Janeiro's world-famous Sambadrome hosts the top samba schools for several... more