Mayor Rob Ford Votes Against Nelson Mandela and Olympic Athletes

What could be controversial about the city of Toronto congratulating Canada's Olympic and Paralympic athletes? Ask Rob Ford. The Toronto mayor on Wednesday cast the sole 'no' vote on a City Council motion to offer the athletes kudos. Minutes earlier, he also was the only council member to vote against a proposal to name a Toronto street after the late Nelson Mandela. Ford asked for a re-vote on both motions a half-hour later but was denied. 'We all make errors,' said Ford, who claimed he was stretching...

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Contents of Mandela’s Last Will Revealed

Nelson Mandela left portions of his roughly $4.1-million estate to his wife Graca Machel, family members, staff, schools and the ANC, according to a summary of his will released Monday. Two months after the death of the 95-year-old South African statesman, lawyers said wife Graca was entitled to half the estate, but may opt to receive only specified assets, including four properties in Mozambique. Royalties from his books and other projects, as well as his homes in Johannesburg, Qunu and Mthatha...

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Nelson Mandela’s Will to be Made Public Today

The dying wishes of South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela will be revealed on Monday, the Constitutional Court announced. "The executors in the estate... invite you to a media briefing on the contents of his last will and testament," the court's vice president, Dikgang Moseneke, said in a statement Sunday nearly two months after Mandela died on December 5. The Mandela Foundation will reveal the contents at midday on Monday at the foundation, he said. A spokeswoman for the foundation,...

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PIC – Is George Bush Flirting at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial?

So President Obama went to the Nelson Mandela Memorial a few days ago and the right wing media couldn't control themselves when this photo went public. They were quick to point out that President Obama was flirting and Michelle Obama was obviously the angry black woman. After all, she is black and she is... a woman. But did you see the picture below? Did you hear anything about it? I bet you didn't. Using the same logic the right used to chastise the President and the First Lady, couldn't...

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Mandela’s Fake Sign Interpreter Speaks – Says He’s Schizophrenic

JOHANNESBURG — The South African sign language interpreter accused of using "fake" signs at Nelson Mandela's memorial service this week said he suffered a schizophrenic episode at the event during which he hallucinated and heard voices. Thamsanqa Jantjie made the admissions to Johannesburg's Star newspaper Thursday following allegations that have led to him being called an impostor by sign language experts. "There was nothing I could do. I was alone in a very dangerous situation," Jantjie...

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Jon Stewart to the “Media” – “What The F*ck Is Wrong With Us?”

It was a memorial service for one of the most important man on the face of the earth. But if you listened to the American media earlier this week, the story was not about Mandela or his amazing accomplishments in ending Apartheid, or becoming South Africa's first black president, or his underlining amazing quality of forgiveness. No. If you listened to the American media covering the Nelson Mandela memorial, all you heard was about a handshake between President Obama and Cuba's Raúl Castro. Or,...

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‘Fake’ Sign Language Interpreter Marred Mandela Memorial

As President Obama and other world leaders spoke Tuesday in Johannesburg at a memorial for Nelson Mandela, a man stood nearby and appeared to be doing sign language interpretation. Many in the deaf community are outraged because the man appeared to be faking. Pedro Ugarte /AFP/Getty Images There's outrage among many in the deaf community over the appearance on stage Tuesday of a man who they say was only pretending to do sign language interpretation as President Obama and other world...

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