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Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first post-apartheid president has died after suffering from a long term lung infection. He was 95.
The amazing leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a beloved figure around the world.
Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela emerged determined to use his prestige and charisma to bring down apartheid while avoiding a civil war.
“The time for the healing of the wounds has come. The moment to bridge the chasms that divide us has come,” Mandela said in his acceptance speech on becoming South Africa’s first black president in 1994. “We have, at last, achieved our political emancipation,” he added.
President Barack Obama hailed Mandela as a leader who left his country with a legacy of freedom and peace with the world.
“He achieved more than could be expected of any man,” Obama said at the White House shortly after the announcement of Mandela’s death.
“Today he’s gone home, and we’ve lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth,” Obama said.
“He is now resting,” said South African President Jacob Zuma. “He is now at peace. Our nation as lost his greatest son,” he continued. “Our people have lost their father.”
EOTM Media looks…. through pictures…at how Mandela changed the world.
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
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Former South African President Nelson Mandela has died at age 95 of complications from a recurring lung infection.
Mandela had been in the hospital on and off since early spring and was said to be receiving “home-based care” at his residence in the posh Johannesburg suburb of Houghton.
The anti-apartheid leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate was a beloved figure around the world.
“He is now resting,” said South African President Jacob Zuma. “He is now at peace.”
“Our nation as lost his greatest son,” he continued. “Our people have lost their father.”
A state funeral will be held, and Zuma called for mourners to conduct themselves with “the dignity and respect” that Mandela personified.
“Wherever we are in the country, wherever we are in the world, let us reaffirm his vision of a society… in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed ed by another,” he said.
In 1993, Mandela, who was in prison for 27 years, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize together with then-President of South Africa FW de Klerk, for their work for the peaceful termination of the apartheid regime, and for laying the foundations for a new, democratic South Africa.
While serving his prison term, Mandela was diagnosed with early stage tuberculosis in 1988, a disease which killed his father.
In 2001, he received radiotherapy treatment for prostate cancer and told reporters the following year that he had been given a clean bill of health against the disease.
Serving as president from 1994 to 1999, stepping aside to allow his deputy, Thabo Mbeki, to run and take the reins. Mr. Mandela spent his early retirement years focused on charitable causes for children and later speaking out about AIDS, which has killed millions of Africans, including his son Makgatho, who died in 2005.
His second wife was Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1958-1996) and they had two daughters before divorcing. On his 80th birthday in 1998 he wed Graca Machel, widow of Samora Machel, the former Mozambican president.
But his nation was his beloved offspring as well. “My daughter Zinzi says,” he once observed, “that she grew up without a father, who, when he returned, became a father of the nation…for me, there is no place like home.”
The Associated Press & CNN contributed to this report.
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Just when we were enjoying the media for a day – NO Partisans bickering and cable news fights — then came the Sharkeisha Video
By Tawanda Cawthon
Sharkeisha —- who? Yeah..you know the name. (over 500,000 Google searches per minute)
Shark-eisha ( Char kee shuh ) Verb. 1. To Punch The Soul From Another Being’s Body. Ok…now lets use in a sentence, “She Sharkeisha ‘d That H*e!”
One word says it all and after you’ve seen the viral video that has spread so quickly and caused so much controversy in the last 48 hours…you’ll know why….then again….maybe you won’t. [shrugs]
And its all transpiring on Turkey Day….which means… usually we could all enjoy the media for a day: Basically every single firebrand stops spewing fire for a day; partisans stop bickering for at least a few hours; and cable news fights become a thing of the past.
Until Sharkeisha happened…..
Which just happens to be the name of the woman whose vicious close-fisted, sneak attack sucker punch of an unsuspecting victim first surfaced on Instagram.
The beating has since been taken down from the social media site, but Sharkeisha’s attack lives on, as all things do in the Internet Age.
Check out some Sharkeisha facts we found online: (they may or may not be true)
- Sharkeisha is allegedly Sharkeisha Tyeshia Thompson from North Carolina
- The brutal altercation was allegedly over a boy. In the video clip she can be heard screaming: “Who were you trying to f**k” after attacking the victim.
- According to unconfirmed reports, she was arrested by police and subsequently released on $500 bond, after authorities caught wind of the violent video. A mug shot is making their rounds online.
- The name Sharkeisha is allegedly a combination of her father’s name, which is Shamar and her mother’s name Keisha.
- She now has her entry in the Urban Dictionary: ( Char kee shuh ) Verb. 1. To Punch The Soul From Another Being’s Body. “She Sharkeisha ‘d That H*e!”
- Sharkeisha is allegedly also at the centre of a suicide investigation and is being blamed for driving the victim to kill themselves.
You can watch it here, but please note: It is extremely violent.
British singer Ian Watkins, former frontman of the band Lostprophets, has pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a baby, amongst a sleu of other charges. Watkins admitted to the attempted rape and sexual assault of a child under 13 years old, “three counts of sexual assault involving children and six involving taking, making or possessing indecent images of children and one of possessing an extreme pornographic image involving a sex act on an animal.”
Alongside Watkins, two female co-defendants pleaded guilty to various sex offenses against their own children, the South Wales Evening Post reported. He also admitted to attempting to rape the 11-month-old baby boy of one of the co-defendants and conspiring to rape the baby girl of the other.
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According to the official police documents Watkins encouraged his co-defendants to abuse their own child during a webcam chat.
He made a last-minute change of plea before his trial started at Cardiff Crown Court in Wales, sparing the jury from seeing what the judge called “extremely graphic and distressing” video footage.
Watkins is due to be sentenced in December.Lostprophets formed in 1997 and went on to sell 3.5 million albums over the group’s 15-year career. The group called it quits earlier this year after Watkins was charged.
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(CNN) — Four Marines were killed Wednesday during a range maintenance operation at Camp Pendleton in California, the military said.
The incident was the deadliest for Pendleton since seven Marines were killed in a February 2012 midair collision between helicopters along the Arizona-California border, said a military spokesman. Six of them were based at Camp Pendleton, California, and the other was from Yuma, Arizona, the Marines said then.
The four Marines were working in a range area used for live-fire exercises, but the deaths didn’t occur under such live fire, said a military spokesman who asked not to be identified while the matter is under investigation. The incident could have “very possibly” involved unexploded ordnance suddenly detonating, the spokesman said.
The range is known as Zulu Black, a Marine spokesman said.
The deaths are under investigation.
“We offer our heartfelt prayers and condolences to the families of the Marines lost today in this tragic accident. Our first priority is to provide the families with the support they need during this difficult time,” Brig. Gen. John W. Bullard, commanding general of Camp Pendleton, said in a statement.
Today US Marines celebrate the 238th anniversary of the Marine Corps. On this day, Sunday, November 10th many will celebrate aboard ships and elsewhere in the world. The tradition has the youngest and oldest Marine cut a cake, preferably with a mameluke sword. But a k-bar knife will do as well.
The Marines take their birthdays — and other traditions — seriously. From their earliest days in boot camp, young Marines are told about Belleau Wood, Iwo Jima and the Chosin Reservoir. Over the course of their career they learn to revere Chesty Puller, Dan Daly and others in the pantheon of Marine legends.
Other services are defined by their missions and their equipment. The Marines too have a unique mission — it’s an expeditionary force able to respond quickly. But what really sets it apart is something that is harder to describe but no less potent. It’s sometimes described as an esprit de corps, but ultimately it’s hard to define.
It’s an ancient code that holds that discipline, will and spirit can overcome numerical and technical advantages of an enemy. It is what got Marines to stand up on the beach at Iwo Jima and assault heavy Japanese fortifications, and to mark the occasion the Commandant of the Marine Corps, James F. Amos released a birthday message:
For 238 years, The United States Marine Corps has proudly served our great Nation with unfailing valor – bolstered by the enduring fortitude of our fellow Marines, our families, and our friends. This is why each year on November 10th, Marines from all generations gather together, in groups large and small, to celebrate the birthday of our Corps and to reflect on the proud legacy and warrior ethos we share. This is what unites us as Marines. From our first battle at New Providence to today in Afghanistan, Marines have always shown that they were made of tougher stuff – that when the enemy’s fire poured in from all angles, and the situation was grim, Marines unequivocally knew that their fellow Marines would stay behind their guns, fight courageously, and drive the enemy from the battlefield. We have always known hardship, fatigue, and pain…but we have never known what it is to lose a battle!
Marine of generations past built our reputation as the most disciplined and honorable warriors to ever set foot on a battlefield, and we have triumphed in every battle because our Corps has always focused on iron discipline and combat excellence. This is who we are…this is what we do! It matters not whether you carried an M-1, and M-14, or an M-16. It matters not whether you fought on a lonely island in the Pacific, assaulted a citadel in the jungle, or marched up to Baghdad. It matters not whether you are a grunt, a pilot or a loggie. What matters most is that, when the chips were down and things got tough, your fellow Marines could count on you to stand and fight…and fight we did!
This year, we celebrate the anniversary of several epic battles in our celebrated history: the 70th anniversary fo the 2nd Marine Division landing on Tarawa, the 45th anniversary of the Battle of Hue City, and the 10th anniversary of the “March Up” to Baghdad. Marines who fought in these legendary battles each made their mark upon the history of our Corps. They have passed a rich and illustrious legacy on to us – a much heralded reputation. It is ours to jealously guard, and it is up to us to make our own marks and thus proudly pass it on to the generations of Marines who will follow.
Sergeant Major Michael Barrett joins me in congratulating each of you. Because of you, your selfless service, and your many sacrifices, our Corps remains strong and ready to respond to any crisis. Throughout history, Marines have faced tough times and there will be tough times ahead, but there is no challenge we cannot overcome if we remain honorable and always faithful to our Nation, our Constitution and each other. Happy Birthday, Marines!
James F. Amos
General, U.S. Marine Corps
Commandant of the Marine Corps
Happy Birthday Marines from your friends at EOTM! Online!
By: Christina Bellantoni and Terence Burlij Terry McAuliffe supporters in Tysons Corner, Va., cheer after he is declared the winner of the governor’s race Tuesday night. Photo by Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post via Getty ImagesFormer Democratic National…
By Jane J. Lee
Solar Eclipse Tomorrow Morning — Sunday, November 3 2013
People around the world, and through time, have come up with many a tale to explain the sun’s disappearance.
Viking sky wolves, Korean fire dogs, and African versions of celestial reconciliation—these are only some of the many ways people around the world, and through the ages, have sought to explain solar eclipses.\
People in equatorial Africa will be treated to a rare view of a total solar eclipse this Sunday, November 3. Those living on the eastern North American coast, northern South America, southern Europe, or the Middle East, will get to see a partial solar eclipse.
“If you do a worldwide survey of eclipse lore, the theme that constantly appears, with few exceptions, is it’s always a disruption of the established order,” said E. C. Krupp, director of theGriffith Observatory in Los Angeles, California. That’s true of both solar and lunar eclipses.
“People depend on the sun’s movement,” Krupp said. “[It's] regular, dependable, you can’t tamper with it. And then, all of a sudden, Shakespearean tragedy arrives and time is out of joint. The sun and moon do something that they shouldn’t be doing.”
What that disruption means depends on the culture, and not everyone views an eclipse as a bad thing, said Jarita Holbrook, a cultural astronomer at theUniversity of the Western Cape in Bellville, South Africa.
Some see it as a time of terror, while others look at a solar eclipse as part of the natural order that deserves respect, or as a time of reflection and reconciliation. (Related:“Pictures: Solar Eclipse Creates Ring of Fire.”)
Many cultures explain eclipses, both solar and lunar, as a time when demons or animals consume the sun or the moon, said Krupp.
“The Vikings saw a pair of sky wolves chasing the sun or the moon,” said the Griffith Observatory astronomer. When one of the wolves caught either of the shining orbs, an eclipse would result. (Read “Vikings and Native Americans” in National Geographic magazine.)
“In Vietnam, a frog or a toad [eats] the moon or the sun,” Krupp added, while people of the Kwakiutl tribe on the western coast of Canada believe that the mouth of heaven consumes the sun or the moon during an eclipse.
In fact, the earliest word for eclipse in Chinese, shih, means “to eat,” he said.
In order to combat this devouring, people in many cultures made noise in order to scare the demon or animal away, said Nancy Maryboy, president of theIndigenous Education Institute on San Juan Island, Washington. She’s currently working with NASA on bringing indigenous astronomy into mainstream awareness.
People banged pots and pans or played on drums to get whatever was swallowing the sun or the moon to go away, she explained.
Krupp orchestrates a modern version of this during lunar eclipses on the front lawn of the Griffith Observatory. He dons a wizard’s outfit and leads the public on a march in front of the observatory while banging pots and pans to chase away whatever’s eating the moon.
“We’re always successful,” Krupp said.
Other myths tell of deception and theft to explain the sun’s disappearance during an eclipse. Korean eclipse mythology involves fire dogs that try to steal the sun or the moon, said Krupp.
On orders from a king, the mythical canines try their best to capture the fiery sun or the ice-cold moon. They always fail, but whenever they bite either orb, an eclipse results.
One of the more colorful stories in Krupp’s opinion involves the Hindudemon Rahu, who disguises himself as a god in order to steal a taste of an elixir that grants immortality. The sun and moon see what Rahu is up to, and they report his crime to the godVishnu.
“Vishnu slices off his head before [the elixr] can slide past his throat,” said Krupp. As a consequence, Rahu’s head turns immortal, but his body dies.
The demon’s head continues to move through the sky, chasing the sun and the moon out of hatred. “Every now and then he catches them and swallows them,” explained Krupp. But since Rahu has no throat, the sun and the moon fall out of the bottom of his head.
Nature and Reconciliation
“My favorite myth is from the Batammaliba people inTogo and Benin“ in Africa, said Holbrook.
In this myth, the sun and the moon are fighting during an eclipse, she said. The people “encourage the sun and the moon to stop fighting.”
“They see it as a time of coming together and resolving old feuds and anger,” Holbrook said. “It’s a myth that has held to this day.”
A Navajo tradition regarding eclipses has also endured into the present day, notes Maryboy.
The Navajo regard the cosmic order of the universe as being all about balance, she said. “Something like an eclipse is just part of nature’s law. You pause to acknowledge that that time is special, [and] you reflect on the cosmic order.”
Maryboy explained that some Navajo still observe traditions associated with an eclipse by staying inside with their family, singing special songs, and refraining from eating, drinking, or sleeping.
You’re not supposed to look at an eclipse either, she added. “They say if you look at the sun during an eclipse, it will affect your eyes later.” A person who looks at the sun goes out of balance with the universe, leading to problems down the road. The same goes for eating and drinking during this time.
As director of the Griffith Observatory, Krupp has heard his share of misunderstandings and fears regarding eclipses.
Perhaps one of the more persistent ones, according to Krupp, is that there is a danger to pregnant women and their unborn children during an eclipse.
“It seems irrational,” he said, but they can get dozens of calls asking about it.
Another misconception is that people can’t look at the sun when it’s completely covered during a total eclipse. Both Krupp and Holbrook mention that of course people shouldn’t look directly at the sun. Doing so can cause eye damage. But if the sun is completely covered, it’s ok to look at, said Holbrook. “That’s when you should be out there experiencing it,” she added. (Learn about how to view an eclipse.)
“It’s an amazing experience, even though you know it’s just the moon moving in front of the sun,” Holbrook said. “That’s why there are eclipse chasers.” (Related:“Chasing the Total Solar Eclipse.”)
Eclipses are certainly something Krupp experiences as often as he can. “I’ve gone after 13 total eclipses so far,” he said.
“They’re a chance to see the universe working,” Krupp explained. It’s “the solar system doing its thing right before your eyes, and it’s a deep and personal pleasure.”
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Horrific deaths of 92 migrants – including 48 children – who died of thirst in the Niger desert after their buses broke down on desperate journey to Algeria
(CNN) — Stranded in the unforgiving expanses of Niger’s Sahara desert after their vehicles broke down, scores of people, almost all of them women and children, slowly died of thirst.
The migrants had been trying to reach Algeria, Azaoua Mahaman of the Synergie nongovernmental organization said Thursday.
Instead, they died of dehydration, unable to escape the sandy wastes of the Sahel.
A total of 92 bodies have been found, Niger security forces told CNN Thursday. Synergie earlier put the number found at 87.
Many of the bodies were severely decomposed and appeared to have been partially eaten by animals.
The travelers were hoping to find a better life for themselves in Algeria, trying to escape the extreme poverty and economic hardships in Niger, said Mahaman.
Their story is the latest tragedy to befall migrants trying to leave behind a woeful existence for opportunities elsewhere.
Others who have survived the arduous journey from sub-Saharan Africa to the continent’s northern shores have drowned as they tried to cross the Mediterranean in overcrowded boats, with Europe in their sights.
For many of Niger’s 16 million or so people, life is not easy.
The population is one of the fastest growing in the world, but the large, landlocked country is prone to political instability and natural disasters, according to the World Bank.
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Droughts, floods and locust infestation all contribute to the country’s chronic food insecurity — and the poverty rate is one of the highest in the world.
The World Bank puts the annual per-capita income at just $360, and the country lies second from bottom in the U.N.’s Human Development Index. Less than 30% of adults are literate, and life expectancy is only 57.5 years.
‘Extremely dry and difficult conditions’
Faced with these tough conditions, many decide to leave.
This has turned Niger’s desert north into a major transit area for migrants, according to the International Organization for Migration, and many human smugglers operate there.
Algeria and Libya are the final destinations for some travelers, while others seek to reach Europe, said Laura Lungarotti, migrant assistance regional specialist in the IOM’s west and central Africa office in Senegal. Most are from Niger, although others also come from central and western Africa.
Once they embark on their journeys, they face “extremely dry and difficult conditions,” she said. Those who get stranded in the desert face a challenge to survive.
Part of the problem is that many would-be migrants are stopped by Algerian or Libyan authorities and are expelled back over the border into Niger’s desert, Lungarotti said.
Some of those kicked out are transported directly to two transit centers run by the IOM — outposts in the desert where the migrants can receive food, water and first aid. Others manage to make their own way there.
Despite the dangers, the migrants’ numbers have been increasing since the beginning of this year, Lungarotti said.
Over the past 10 months, more than 15,000 from Niger and 1,300 from other countries have reached the two transit centers — one in Arlit, closer to Algeria, and the other in Dirkou, nearer to the Libyan border.
Some who’ve made their way back from Libya have told of being held in detention where they suffered harsh treatment, Lungarotti said.
Before Libya’s revolution overthrew the regime of strongman Moammar Gadhafi two years ago, many migrants from Niger worked in its construction and agricultural sectors. But the instability forced many out.
The recent conflict in northern Mali also sent about 60,000 refugees over the border into Niger, according to the European Community Humanitarian Office, adding to the pressure on its meager resources.
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