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South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« on: December 05, 2013, 05:34:42 PM »
Mr Mandela, 95, led South Africa's transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison.
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2013, 05:36:21 PM »
Lord have mercy.

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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2013, 05:52:17 PM »
President Zuma has announced on a nationwide TV broadcast that Nelson Mandela died today at 20.50 local time, 5 December, 2013.

He apparently passed away peacefully with his family gathered around him.

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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2013, 05:55:30 PM »
Madiba :-(

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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2013, 05:57:00 PM »
Memory eternal. He was a legend in life, and will continue to be so.
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Re: Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2013, 06:00:48 PM »
My President Mandela's Memory be Eternal. 
Lord have mercy on his family and comfort both his family and the nation.
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2013, 06:10:27 PM »
Lord have mercy.

May he rest in peace.  :angel:
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2013, 06:12:38 PM »
I am going to post the entire address here from The Presidency, because it isnt a static page and so all can read it

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My Fellow South Africans,

Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed.

He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013.

He is now resting. He is now at peace.

Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.

Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.

His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world.

His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude.

They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free.

Our thoughts are with his wife Mrs Graca Machel, his former wife Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with his children, his grand-children, his great grand-children and the entire family.

Our thoughts are with his friends, comrades and colleagues who fought alongside Madiba over the course of a lifetime of struggle.

Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nationhood.

Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause.

This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.

Our nation has lost its greatest son.

Yet, what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.

And in him we saw so much of ourselves.

Fellow South Africans,

Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell.

Our beloved Madiba will be accorded a State Funeral.

I have ordered that all flags of the Republic of South Africa be lowered to half-mast from tomorrow, 6 December, and to remain at half-mast until after the funeral.

As we gather to pay our last respects, let us conduct ourselves with the dignity and respect that Madiba personified.

Let us be mindful of his wishes and the wishes of his family.

As we gather, wherever we are in the country and wherever we are in the world, let us recall the values for which Madiba fought.


Let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another.

Let us commit ourselves to strive together – sparing neither strength nor courage – to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

Let us express, each in our own way, the deep gratitude we feel for a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity.

This is indeed the moment of our deepest sorrow.

Yet it must also be the moment of our greatest determination.

A determination to live as Madiba has lived, to strive as Madiba has strived and to not rest until we have realised his vision of a truly united South Africa, a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a better world. 

We will always love you Madiba!

May your soul rest in peace.

God Bless Africa.

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.

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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2013, 06:19:53 PM »
Memory Eternal!

I wonder if the Pope of Alexandria and All Africa will be there.
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2013, 06:21:32 PM »
It would be interesting to read a news update on the status of Orthodoxy in Africa

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« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2013, 07:01:01 PM »
World-renowned champion of civil rights icon and upholder of equality Nelson Mandela--the first Black President of South Africa--has died today at the ripe old age of 95 years old.

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Mandela is seen as a social icon and champion of the impoverished and oppressed; he is considered one of the greatest upholders of equality and fairness of the last century, up there with the United States' Martin Luther King Jr. That being said, I'm sure most of you here probably don't like him and see him as a tyrannical despot. Well keep your political opinions out of this till it gets moved to politics because I can't afford another Green or Orange dot.
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2013, 08:22:52 PM »
Memory Eternal.  An icon of forgiveness in the modern world.  May God repose this man, who not only forgave those who tortured him and urged others to forgo their vengeance and do the same, but struggled against and overcame a truly evil empire.

I wonder if the Pope of Alexandria and All Africa will be there.

God willing, both H.H Pope Tawadros II and H.H. Pope Theodoros II will be there.  I truly hope they make it.

I'm sure that H.G. Antonious Markos will be there to see his personal friend Madiba off and represent the Coptic Orthodox Church.


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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2013, 08:54:51 PM »
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2013, 08:57:33 PM »
Just to clarify- was Mandela Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, anybody know? Thanks.
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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2013, 09:02:31 PM »
Just to clarify- was Mandela Anglican, Catholic, Orthodox, anybody know? Thanks.

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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #16 on: December 05, 2013, 09:03:07 PM »
Okay, thanks.
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #17 on: December 05, 2013, 09:13:02 PM »
Nelson Mandela was a man of tremendous courage and insight. He was a brilliant political strategist. He was a revolutionary leader in the freedom struggle for justice and equality. Everyone should read his wonderful autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom” – an amazing book. I admire Nelson Mandela in many ways, but I also have profound philosophical, spiritual, and moral differences with some of his tactics and policies. As we mourn his death, let us celebrate his nobility while honestly assessing his life and legacy. We will not do justice to his memory if we elevate him to sainthood while ignoring his errors and mistakes. A man as intellectually driven as Nelson Mandela would not want us to do otherwise. But today let us honor the truths that he embodied and give thanks for the light that he shined. And tomorrow let us not fear to address the darker sides of a man and a movement that were far more complex than most people care to understand.

Nelson Mandela: Memory Eternal! +++




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Re: Nelson Mandela Dead
« Reply #18 on: December 05, 2013, 09:52:38 PM »
Memory eternal! 

That being said, I'm sure most of you here probably don't like him and see him as a tyrannical despot. Well keep your political opinions out of this till it gets moved to politics because I can't afford another Green or Orange dot.

Or you could've just avoided making an outrageous comment.  Growing up is tough, I know. 
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2013, 12:00:53 AM »
R.I.P.

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Re: Nelson Mandela Dead
« Reply #20 on: December 06, 2013, 04:07:08 AM »
World-renowned champion of civil rights icon and upholder of equality Nelson Mandela--the first Black President of South Africa--has died today at the ripe old age of 95 years old.

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Mandela is seen as a social icon and champion of the impoverished and oppressed; he is considered one of the greatest upholders of equality and fairness of the last century, up there with the United States' Martin Luther King Jr. That being said, I'm sure most of you here probably don't like him and see him as a tyrannical despot. Well keep your political opinions out of this till it gets moved to politics because I can't afford another Green or Orange dot.

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« Reply #21 on: December 06, 2013, 04:07:08 AM »
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« Reply #23 on: December 06, 2013, 02:23:26 PM »
World-renowned champion of civil rights icon and upholder of equality Nelson Mandela--the first Black President of South Africa--has died today at the ripe old age of 95 years old.

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Mandela is seen as a social icon and champion of the impoverished and oppressed; he is considered one of the greatest upholders of equality and fairness of the last century, up there with the United States' Martin Luther King Jr. That being said, I'm sure most of you here probably don't like him and see him as a tyrannical despot. Well keep your political opinions out of this till it gets moved to politics because I can't afford another Green or Orange dot.

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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #24 on: December 06, 2013, 03:26:12 PM »
From the website of His Holiness the Pope of Alexandria:

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His Holiness Pope Tawadros II, 118th Pope of Alexandria and Patriarch of the See of Saint Mark, along with all Coptic Orthodox Christians throughout the world, join in remembering the life and legacy of Mr. Nelson Mandela.

Earlier today, His Holiness released the following statement:“Let us never forget the legacy of a man that dared to right injustice through peace, understanding, mutual respect, and forgiveness. His example of perseverance and fortitude not only shaped a life, but an entire country, generation and even the world. Today, a great peacemaker has completed his mission. Mr Nelson 'Madiba' Mandela is not only the 'Father' of South Africa, but he is a father to all through his teachings and philosophy. We were promised in Matthew 5:9; 'Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God.' May Mr. Mandela rest in peace with the Prince of peace, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray for his family and the entire nation of South Africa.”May God repose the soul of Mr. Mandela and bring comfort to his family.
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« Reply #25 on: December 06, 2013, 05:00:11 PM »
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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #26 on: December 06, 2013, 05:04:50 PM »
R.I.P.

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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #27 on: December 06, 2013, 05:36:38 PM »


Heh I almost wish this were real.
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« Reply #28 on: December 06, 2013, 05:41:50 PM »


Heh I almost wish this were real.
+1

Nelson Mandela was a man of tremendous courage and insight. He was a brilliant political strategist. He was a revolutionary leader in the freedom struggle for justice and equality. Everyone should read his wonderful autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom” – an amazing book. I admire Nelson Mandela in many ways, but I also have profound philosophical, spiritual, and moral differences with some of his tactics and policies. As we mourn his death, let us celebrate his nobility while honestly assessing his life and legacy. We will not do justice to his memory if we elevate him to sainthood while ignoring his errors and mistakes. A man as intellectually driven as Nelson Mandela would not want us to do otherwise. But today let us honor the truths that he embodied and give thanks for the light that he shined. And tomorrow let us not fear to address the darker sides of a man and a movement that were far more complex than most people care to understand.

Nelson Mandela: Memory Eternal! +++




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Gebre, I thought what you wrote here was excellent.  Really balances exactly what he stands for without advocating everything he might have politically done.
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« Reply #29 on: December 06, 2013, 05:50:49 PM »
R.I.P.
I'd respond with facts, but that might be construed as political.
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« Reply #30 on: December 06, 2013, 07:21:27 PM »
Start a new thread in the politics section.  I think that would help a lot of people who want to both politically defend and condemn Mandela.
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Heh I almost wish this were real.
+1

Nelson Mandela was a man of tremendous courage and insight. He was a brilliant political strategist. He was a revolutionary leader in the freedom struggle for justice and equality. Everyone should read his wonderful autobiography, “Long Walk to Freedom” – an amazing book. I admire Nelson Mandela in many ways, but I also have profound philosophical, spiritual, and moral differences with some of his tactics and policies. As we mourn his death, let us celebrate his nobility while honestly assessing his life and legacy. We will not do justice to his memory if we elevate him to sainthood while ignoring his errors and mistakes. A man as intellectually driven as Nelson Mandela would not want us to do otherwise. But today let us honor the truths that he embodied and give thanks for the light that he shined. And tomorrow let us not fear to address the darker sides of a man and a movement that were far more complex than most people care to understand.

Nelson Mandela: Memory Eternal! +++




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Gebre, I thought what you wrote here was excellent.  Really balances exactly what he stands for without advocating everything he might have politically done.
What Gebre wrote is pretty much nonsense. I guess he's gently scolding Mandela for not being a pacifist.

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« Reply #32 on: December 06, 2013, 10:56:13 PM »
(Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, two and a half years into a blood-soaked rebellion against his rule, mourned Nelson Mandela's death on Friday, calling his life an inspiration for freedom fighters and a lesson to tyrants.
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The Syrian presidency added its voice to the chorus with a statement on its Facebook page on Friday, calling the South African statesman "an inspiration in the values of love and human brotherhood".

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Re: South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies
« Reply #33 on: December 07, 2013, 01:59:12 AM »
As the news of his death was being announced in SA, the premier of the Film 'Mandela' attended by two of his daughters had just ended in London.

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« Reply #34 on: December 07, 2013, 07:05:10 PM »
Some Apartheid-era posters.

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