The South African underclass Mandela became an inspiration to continues to suffer unnecessarily in every possible way: lower incomes, marginal educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and shorter life expectancies.
The government of the United Kingdom plans to allow copyrighted material to be copied for personal use; Julian Assange gives kudos to Bradley Manning from the balcony of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London; meanwhile, South Africa’s ruling party has called for an official boycott of Israel. These discoveries and more after the jump.
With official results expected Saturday, South Africa’s presidency and a two-thirds majority in parliament will go to Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress, making Zuma the third president in the country’s short democratic history.
Former South African politician and anti-apartheid crusader Helen Suzman, a white woman who was once the only member of parliament to openly oppose the pernicious system of racial separation in South Africa, died Thursday at her home in Johannesburg. She was 91.