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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Nelson Mandela
The New York Yankees honored Nelson Mandela on Wednesday night during their rain-delayed celebration of the legacy of Jackie Robinson, another icon of social change.
What could be controversial about the city of Toronto congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes?
The daughter of baseball great Jackie Robinson shared memories of her father at a special tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela in Vermont.
The 39-year-old grandson of deceased South African President Nelson Mandela has been charged with assault after reportedly assaulting a teacher and pointing a firearm at him in a road rage incident late last year.
Two granddaughters of the late Nelson Mandela will be on hard before tonight's game vs. the Pistons and both teams will receive wristwear honoring him.
The fake sign language interpreter who signed at Nelson Mandela's memorial service this month in South Africa before being outed as a fraud has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, according to news reports.
David Keene imagines that without Nelson Mandela, "South Africa could easily have taken the course that destroyed what was once Rhodesia and is today Zimbabwe" ("Nelson Mandela's legacy," Commentary, Dec. 9). I remember the State Department's No. 2 official in the Africa division, Jeff Davidow, prematurely crowing, "Zimbabwe is a success." South Africa today appears to be on the same downward path as Zimbabwe.
Consider this scenario. An important political figure is in poor health. The government is fortunate enough to have several months to ensure that every detail of a planned public memorial is in order.
South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela was buried Sunday in the African ground he loved after a funeral ceremony that included a 21-gun salute and flyovers by military aircraft as well as a eulogy by a traditional leader wearing an animal skin.
The sign-language interpreter who stood on stage at Nelson Mandela's memorial services, and took fire for faking his hand signals, said he suffered a schizophrenic episode.
The White House faced an uproar from journalists Thursday over a lack of access to President Obama, including a virtual blackout of photographs during his nearly 40-hour flight to South Africa and back this week for the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
The sign language interpreter who stood beside some of the world's top leaders to interpret their memorials of Nelson Mandela for the hearing-impaired has been accused by outraged deaf individuals of being a fake.
Big Mama didn't much care for the pictures of President Obama and the Danish prime minister horsing around taking pictures at Tuesday's memorial service in Johannesburg for Nelson Mandela.
Hundreds of people joined foreign dignitaries, civil-rights leaders and the vice president of the United States on Wednesday to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela.
Soweto, the Johannesburg suburb where popular resistance to apartheid set off the revolution that changed South Africa and established Nelson Mandela as the father of a new country, is the most dangerous place on the continent this week. Anyone who ventures into the street risks being crushed by the hordes of official visitors trying to get in front of a camera.
"Able to fill the shoes of our grandfather. That is not why we are here. It's simply symbolic to the fact that we all make up a piece of his magnificent work. I and family, just like all of you who are here, are just a custodian of his legacy," Zondwa Mandela said before the ceremony.
"The efforts of the Robinson family, the efforts of our grandfather, should continue to give us a sense that the efforts of today are not supposed to reflect on our experience today,"