Sunday, December 8, 2013

News Headlines (433) 6 December - 7 December 2013




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6 December 2013 : You may feel like you're living in a science fiction film today -- things are moving quickly, and you may be excited to see new possibilities open up before your eyes. Enjoy the future! You might not believe that you have all the determination and ambition you need to make some major headway today, but you definitely do! Early in the morning, if you can devote some time to figuring out a few shortcuts, you will be able to free up valuable time in the afternoon to get more work done. Your brain will be sharper as the day goes on, so try to save complicated or detail-oriented work for the end of your day. In the morning, your mind will be creative but indecisive.

7 December 2013 : You have got to sit down and make plans today -- otherwise, you may find that things are too crazy to handle. Your energy is just right for at least one major distraction, but no more than that. You don't mind helping the other members of a group if they get stuck and need your assistance -- that's why you work well as part of a team. Your actions prove you are good at taking orders as well as carrying them out, plus you can also be a fantastic leader. But this is a good time to hang out in the background and learn from someone else's knowledge. It shouldn't take long to emerge as one of the team's strongest members, which could definitely lead to some excellent opportunities for you.

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NELSON MANDELA
NY TIMES 5 December 2013 : Memories of Mandela
WAPO 5 December 2013 : Grief, deep admiration expressed worldwide for the revered Nelson Mandela
WAPO 5 December 2013 : The speech at Rivonia Trial that changed history
GOOGLE 5 December 2013 : Nelson Mandela's death: Live Report
CHICAGO TRIBUNE 5 December 2013 : Nelson Mandela dead: World mourns loss of 'Madiba'
ESPN 5 December 2013 : Nelson Mandela Dies At 95
FOXNEWS 5 December 2013 : World mourns Nelson Mandela, former South African president and anti-apartheid leader
PBS NEWSHOUR  5 December 2013 : The world remembers Nelson Mandela
HUFFINGTON POST 4 December 2013 : Gal Gadot Cast As Wonder Woman In 'Batman Vs. Superman'

KHALEEJ TIMES 30 November 2013 : Late sleeping in teens tied  to school issues, distress

US MAGAZINE 4 December 2013 : Beyonce, Jay Z Going Vegan for 22 Days: "Call It a Spiritual and Physical Cleanse"  || HUFFINGTON POST 4 December 2013 : Beyonce, Jay Z Go Vegan For 22 Days ||  DAILY MAIL 5 December 2013 : Mommy and daddy's little rock chick! Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter steps out in 'Miss Blue Carter' monogrammed jacket and tiny floral Doc Martens

E ONLINE 4 December 2013 :Beyoncé and Jay Z Are Going Vegan for 22 Days: "It Just Feels Right," Rapper Says of Their New Diet ||  ► E ONLINE 4 December 2013 : Beyoncé & Jay Z Go Vegan: Exclusive Details on the First Days of Their New Diet! || [Restaurant info: November 28, 2013 (YAHOO TRAVEL)]

GOOGLE 5 December 2013 : Snowden may have accessed 20,000 secret Australian files ||  ► GOOGLE 5 December 2013 : NSA 'tracks mobile phone locations worldwide'

NBC NEWS 5 December 2013 : Obama: NSA reforms will give Americans 'more confidence' in surveillance programs

IRISH TIME 6 December 2013 :  Pope Francis to establish child protection commission in Vatican

CS MONITOR 5 December 2013 : 'Libya's best friend': American teacher in Benghazi killed while jogging (+video) ||GUARDIAN 5 December 2013

INDIAN EXPRESS 6 December 2013  : Bali deal hinges on who blinks first, India or the US

SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 6 December 2013 : Putin battles Europe for Ukraine, ex-Soviet states

US MAGAZINE 5 December 2013 : Kate Middleton Wears $35 Zara Statement Necklace at Mandela Premiere: Picture ||MIRROR UK 6 December 2013  Recap: Kate Middleton and Prince William attend premiere of Mandela film in London

USA TODAY 5 December 2013 : Keri Russell at home as burglars break in

TELEGRAPH 27 November 2013 : Children in cars 'more distracting than mobiles'

NELSON MANDELA
WAPO 7 December 2013 : South Africa still struggling to fulfill Mandela’s hopes and dreams
CBC Ca 6 December 2013 : Nelson Mandela: South Africa declares week of mourning. U.S. President Barack Obama will go to South Africa next week to pay respects to Mandela 
HISTORY : Apartheid
The History of Apartheid in South Africa
APARTHEID MUSEUM : Chapter 3: The implementation of apartheid - PDF file
DAILY KOS  6 December 2013 : Ted Cruz posts Mandela tribute on Facebook. His fans go crazy.

Apartheid was a system of legal racial segregation applied in the Republic of South Africa from 1948 to 1993. Apartheid is derived from an African word that means "separate". But the seeds of apartheid has actually grown much before 1948 and continue to haunt South Africa before it was finally abolished. Under apartheid, discrimination against black people is not only acceptable, but also legalized by law. In such systems, the Whites have priority for housing, employment, education, and access to political power.

Although South Africa was heavily criticized, but apartheid just began to be abolished in 1991. This system really ended when Nelson Mandela was elected as the first black president of South Africa in 1994.

The first laws governing the system of apartheid was the Group Areas Act of 1950 which separated the space between the lives of citizens. White people living in urban and colored skin living in rural or suburban.

At that time, Whites and non-whites performed different jobs, live in different areas, and have different salaries, different access to education and health care.

When Blacks were forced out of urban areas, the area where they lived is called Bantustan or "African homeland." Because they were citizens of Bantustan, then the Blacks were not allowed to participate in government and forced to adhere to a curfew if they wanted to travel outside of their hometown.

Then came the one character named Nelson Mandela. He was a member of the African National Congress (African National Congress or ANC), a group that fought to abolish apartheid. Mandela joined the ANC just before World War II and pushed the organization into a national movement. ANC using  non-violent resistance, strikes, and mass civil disobedience to fight for equal rights.

In 1952, Mandela was tried for participating in Defiance Campaign and was sentenced to probation.

Furthermore, Mandela spent his time in and out of prison throughout the 1950s and became a lawyer to help The Blacks.

In 1960, the ANC was officially banned. Mandela later became one of the founders of Umkhonto we Sizwe, an organization of civil rights violence, though his membership did not last long. In 1962, after touring overseas to talk about the situation in South Africa and received military training, Mandela was jailed for life and was not released until 1990.

When apartheid began to be eliminated, the ANC then reformed in 1991 to then choose Mandela as president of the organization. When the 1994 elections, Nelson Mandela was elected as president of South Africa and served until 1999. Previously, Mandela also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 in recognition of his efforts to end the apartheid in South Africa.
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Additional note : I am thinking about how I have to say on this site manager about what I feel every time I am accessing it and then I move to another site with its white pages. It hurts my eyes. I wonder, why do they choose a very striking yellow for color pages which take a long time to read it until it's all understandable? Do they not like white color? As if they suggest that white is a painful color to be seen, whereas white is my favorite color.

LIVESCIENCE
■ 5 December 2013 : Why Nelson Mandela Was So Beloved
With half-jokingly I asked this question on my partner. Then he became busy using his memory to explain everything related to Mandela. After listening to what he said, I just added, "Mandela does not have a devil's face!"

"Devil's face?"

"Yups. His smile looks good."

"What about my smile?" he asked with a grin. I looked at a few moments on his smiling face. Hmmm... not a devil's face, but it's not the face of Mandela as well. Mandela's face is the face of art, because he could always smiling even though he was in pain, pain due to the memory of past history, and also his physical pain. Meanwhile, my partner's face is just a simple man of a man. Red for Love (Everything related to the Red, among others, are: Sex. Hungry. Foods. Furious. Jealous. Competition. Smash. Shoot. Die. Tears. Goodbye.) & Blue for the Secret of Love. (One thing related to Blue is just: He, he,...hehehehe... and I.)

But then I myself correcting my theory about the face and its smile. Mandela is not a terrorist, his smile is nice. Someone can have a nice smile, but then someone could be classified as terrorist not because of the smile, but the action.

So, terrorists could also smile sweetly. The problem is, someone can have a demon face or not, but there is always a distinction between them.

■ 5 December 2013 : The Most Popular and Weirdest Baby Names of 2013
My baby, do you like the name we gave when you were a baby and had no choice? If you already know everything and do not like your own name, tell me. We can replace your name with another name that you like. A name that makes you love your self whenever people call you. (Arrgh, whatever, ...but you do not intend to name your baby is Alain Soral, right?

■ 30 November 2013 : Found! First Known Predator To Lure Prey By Mimicking Flowers
■ 6 December 2013 : The Maya: History, Culture & Religion
■ 4 December 2013 : 6% of US Teens Use Psychiatric Medications
■ 4 December 2013 : Top 11 Christmas Gifts for Geeks
■ 4 December 2013 : Oldest Human DNA Reveals Mysterious Branch of Humanity

SCIENCEDAILY
■ 4 December 2013 : Estrogen: Not Just Produced by Ovaries
■ 5 December 2013 : Astronomers Discover Planet That Shouldn't Be There
■ 5 December 2013 : How Mosquitoes Are Drawn to Human Skin and Breath
■ 5 December 2013 : Mother Lemon Sharks 'Home' to Their Birthplace to Give Birth
■ 5 December 2013 : Coffee or Beer? The Choice Could Affect Your Genome
■ 6 December 2013 : Laser Instrument On NASA Mars Rover Tops 100,000 Zaps
■ 6 December 2013 : Surprising Discovery: Skin Communicates With Liver
Oh that's great! Just like my baby, his cries are very communicative with my ears. Ehhehehe...

That's not too great, Cisca. Your baby is not skin, you know! Find other examples, for instance: his penis communicates with your eyes, right? aahahaha ....
WAPO 2 December 2013 :Carol Bond case showcases government run amok




NEWS & POLITIC : Nelson Mandela's Life Story. A short documentary about Nelson Mandela and his legacy. Credit: Nelson Mandela Foundation. Uploaded on Jul 7, 2011 by unitednations

NEWS & POLITICS : Obama: Nelson Mandela "belongs to the ages".  President Barack Obama extended his deepest sympathy and gratitude to the family of Nelson Mandela in a speech delivered at the White House on Thursday. Obama recounted that his first political action was protesting apartheid. "I cannot fully imagine my own life without the example that Nelson Mandela set." To honor Madiba, Obama asked that we "make decisions not guided by hate, but by love" and "strive for a future that is worthy of his legacy." Published on Dec 5, 2013 by PBS NewsHour

NEWS &  POLITICS : Peacemaker Nelson Mandela dead at 95, Jacob Zuma confirms. In a press conference late Thursday, South African President Jacob Zuma confirmed the news that Nelson Mandela has died, saying "we've lost our greatest son." Published on Dec 5, 2013 by PBS NewsHour.

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SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY : Prelude FLNG floats for the first time. Watch as the 488-metre-long hull of the Shell revolutionary Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility is floated out of the dry dock at the Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) yard in Geoje, South Korea, where the facility is currently under construction. Once complete, Prelude FLNG will be the largest floating facility ever built. It will unlock new energy resources offshore and produce approximately 3.6 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas (LNG) per annum to meet growing demand. Shell is the operator of Prelude FLNG in joint venture with INPEX (17.5%), KOGAS (10%) and OPIC (5%). Published on Dec 3, 2013 by Shell 

ENTERTAINMENT : The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - OFFICIAL Trailer - In Theaters May 2014. Published on Dec 5, 2013 bySonyPictures



NEWS & POLITICS : The Truth About Bitcoin. Stefan Molyneux looks at the rise of Bitcoin and discusses its history, mining, fees, altcoins, regulatory hypocrisy, worldwide awareness, comparisons to gold, anonymous transactions, possible government attacks and what the future holds for the decentralized cryptocurrency. Published on Sep 27, 2013 by Stefan Molyneux



CORPORATE FASCISM: The Destruction of America's Middle Class. A new kind of fascism has taken over America: the merger of corporations and government whereby corporate power dominates. With the emergence of ever-larger multinational corporations -- due to consolidation facilitated by the Federal Reserve's endless FIAT money -- the corporatocracy has been in a position to literally purchase the U.S. Congress.

A James Jaeger Film featuring RON PAUL, Congressman/Presidential Candidate; PAT BUCHANAN, Author/Political Analyst; G. EDWARD GRIFFIN, Author/Producer; EDWIN VIEIRA, Author/Constitutional Attorney and TED BAEHR, Founder of MovieGuide and Christian Film & TV Commission.

A result of the corporate purchase of Congress is that many of the nation's "laws" have been re-configured to benefit WE THE CORPORATIONS, rather than WE THE PEOPLE. "Laws" like NAFTA and GATT resulted in the outsourcing of the U.S. manufacturing base and the destruction of the Middle Class. This is nothing less than the 1 Percenters abusing the 99 Percenters. Known as "monopoly capitalism," "crony capitalism," "mercantilism," "globalization," "the new world order," and/or "free trade" -- this is NOT your Grandfather's capitalism. Published on Aug 30, 2011 by OriginalIntentDoc



TRAVEL & EVENTS Kobe vs. Messi : The Selfie Shootout. Basketball star Kobe Bryant and football icon Lionel Messi are back in this epic face-off for selfie supremacy. Armed with cameras and Turkish Airlines - the carrier that flies to more countries than any other - these superstars show up and show off across the globe. Published on Dec 3, 2013 by Turkish Airlines




NON PROFITS & ACTIVISM : SA Main Featurette of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. This video is the main South African featurette of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom featuring Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Terry Pheto, Zikhona Sodlaka, Atandwa Kani, Lindiwe Matshikiza. Published on Nov 8, 2013 by Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory ||FILM &ANIMATIONS : MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Press Conference | Festival 2013. Streamed live on Sep 8, 2013 by TIFF



EDUCATION : Christopher Hitchens on the ANC, South African Apartheid, History, Desmond Tutu (1985). Published on May 20, 2013 by
The Film Archive




EDUCATION : Inside the KGB: Terror of the Soviet Union | History Documentary.  The Committee for State Security, more commonly known by its transliteration "KGB" (Russian: Комитет государственной безопасности (КГБ), Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti (KGB)), was the main security agency for the Soviet Union from 1954 until its collapse in 1991. The committee was a direct successor of such preceding agencies as Cheka, NKGB, and MGB. It was the chief government agency of "union-republican jurisdiction", acting as internal security, intelligence, and secret police. Similar agencies were instated in each of the republics of the Soviet Union aside from the Russian SFSR and consisted of many ministries, state committees and state commissions.

The KGB also has been considered a military service and was governed by army laws and regulations, similar to the Soviet Army or MVD Internal Troops. While most of the KGB archives remain classified, two on-line documentary sources are available.[1][2] Its main functions were foreign intelligence, counterintelligence, operative-investigatory activities, guarding the State Border of the USSR, guarding the leadership of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union and the Soviet Government, organization and ensuring of government communications as well as fight against nationalism, dissent, and anti-Soviet activities.

After breaking away from the Republic of Georgia in the early 1990s with Russian help, the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia established its own KGB (keeping this unreformed name)

Published on Jun 30, 2013 by SecretServiceDoc






Nelson Mandela: 1918-2013 - By Ed Cropley and Pascal Fletcher
Former South African President Nelson Mandela died peacefully at his Johannesburg home after a prolonged lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said.
* Nelson Mandela, from apartheid fighter to unifier
* Video: Nelson Mandela – A Life in Pictures
* Video: Africa loses beloved leader
* Photo Gallery: Nelson Mandela: 1918 - 2013
* Nicholas Wapshott: What Mandela meant
* SLIDESHOW : Nelson Mandela: 1918 - 2013
Microsoft leads disruption of largest infected global PC network

Remembering Mandela - By Tosin Sulaiman and Peroshni Govender
JOHANNESBURG - As South Africans mourned Nelson Mandela, analysts assessed how his death would affect 2014 elections and the political fortunes of beleaguered President Jacob Zuma
* Reaction: World honors Mandela
* Video: Losing a beloved leader
* In Africa, dreams of a new Mandela
* Salam: Heirs face rocky ecomomic future

South Africa mourns Mandela, will bury him on December 15

Australia foreign minister downplays China air defense zone tension in visit

AT& aims to sidestep shareholder request on surveillance data

Yanukovich defies protesters to meet Putin - By Richard Balmforth and Pavel Polityuk
KIEV - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich met Russia's Vladimir Putin on Friday to lay the grounds for a new "strategic partnership" to shore up Ukraine's creaking economy.
* Thai protest leader vows final push to 'victory' on Monday

Reuters Rohingya report prompts investigation - By Andrew R.C. Marshall, Jason Szep and Arshad Mohammed
BANGKOK - The United Nations and the United States called for investigations into the findings of a Reuters report that Thai immigration officials moved Myanmar refugees into human trafficking rings. || Related Story
* Video: Vicious circle awaits Rohingya refugees in Thailand

VIDEOS
President Obama lights the National Christmas Tree
Mandela tributes go into night in Soweto 
Harlem remembers Mandela's historic visit




Greek Catholic Church gives support to Kiev protesters || Pro-European Union protesters continue to rally in Kiev

NELSON MANDELA
Mandela: in their own words
Mandela's legacy of hope for South Africa
Obama: Mandela 'courageous and profoundly good'
World-revered political figure Nelson Mandela dies at 95
People mourn Mandela outside his Johannesburg home
Mandela, South Africa's icon of freedom and forgiveness, dies
Mandela's homeland: a microcosm of South Africa
Ban Ki-moon, UN pay homage to the late Mandela
Afrikaners divided about Mandela's legacy
Mandela: the president who became a global brand
Mandela: Remembered by those who met him
Mandela's early life in Soweto, South Africa's biggest township
Tributes gather at Washington's South African Embassy
Mandela mourned around the world
World leaders bow in respect to Mandela
South Africa's challenges
Mandela film premieres in Britain amid mourning of S. African icon
People gather at Mandela's house to pay respects
New Yorkers pay tribute to Nelson Mandela
Dalai Lama pays homage to late Nelson Mandela
Johannesburg residents pay tribute at Mandela Square
South Africa president Zuma visits Mandela's family
S. Africa's Archbishop Tutu offers Mandela tribute
Tourists headed for Robben Island pay tribute to Mandela
London pays tribute to late Nelson Mandela
South Africans mourn nation's hero
Ivorians say Mandela should be example
Former US state secretaries pay homage to Mandela
US support of apartheid regime recalled at Mandela event

Japan agency offers travel for your teddy bear
Young Romanian musicians struggle on low funding

African, EU leaders react to French C.Africa intervention

Smiling Pope Francis immortalised in Rome wax museum

Anti-EU protesters hold counter demonstration in Kiev





NEWS
Nelson Mandela, from apartheid fighter to president and unifier
Why Nelson Mandela Was So Beloved
SLIDESHOW : Former South Africa leader Nelson Mandela
Ukraine leader returns to crisis over ditched EU pact
White House Weddings
US: Russian diplomats charged; Russia objects

Prelude, the world's largest ship, launches  

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Ukraine opposition leader Tymoshenko ends prison hunger strike: daughter
Ukraine leader meets Putin to discuss Russia deal
Putin dampens amnesty chances for Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot
Russia PM: No amnesty for political prisoners
Afghanistan won't bow to U.S. "pressure" over security pact: official
Scientists to Congress: We Have the Technology to Find Alien Life
North Korea frees U.S. Korean War veteran after seven weeks

SHINE
Best Hot Chocolate Ever
Doc McStuffins Is Breakout Holiday Toy for Boys and Girls of All Races
Do Jay Z and Beyoncé Know Going Vegan is a Lifestyle, Not a Fad?
Let it be. From fad eventually they will know. Once they know, maybe they will like it. Once they like what they know, then maybe they will choose it as a lifestyle. Why not? So, B & Jay, go ahead and make your diet as a lifestyle, ok? Vegetarian is healthy. Trust me.
HOMES : 2014 Color of the Year: We can't help but love it

SHOPPING : What to buy - and not to buy - in December

OMG! : SLIDESHOW : Blue Ivy's Fab Fashions

HEALTH : 9 Foods That Boost Metabolism Naturally

TV : Embracing the Baroness: Talking 'Sound of Music Live!' With Laura Benanti

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MOVIES : Shove Over, Smaug: Stephen Colbert Is Breakout Star of 'Hobbit' Sequel

GOOD MORNING AMERICA : Gabriel Byrne on Pope Francis: 'He's a Figurehead'

MUSIC : Jamie Lynn Spears Countrifies Britney Tune — And It's Really Good!




South Africa and world mourn Mandela
South Africans and world leaders pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, who led the transition from white minority rule and has died aged 95.
* Reaction to Mandela's death Live
* Anti-apartheid fighter
* International reaction
* Obituary
* Mandela's death announced - VIDEO
* Life in pictures
* Remembering the man
* Special report

Reaction to Nelson Mandela's death Live
Latest updates after the announcement of the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95.
* Full text: Obama tribute
* Key quotes from announcement of death
* Writers on Mandela's global legacy
* Nelson Mandela death: A rare saintly politician
* Mandela inspired American activists
* In pictures: Mourning Mandela

VIDEOS
Obituary: Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela: Jacob Zuma says 'Our nation has lost its greatest son'
Obama: Mandela 'one of the most profoundly good humans'
Archive: Nelson Mandela is released from prison
Nelson Mandela: Tributes pour in from around the world
Nelson Mandela: BBC reporter describes his legacy
Nelson Mandela: South Africa mourners sing and dance
Nelson Mandela 'worked tirelessly for ANC'
FW de Klerk: Mandela 'was a great unifier
Nelson Mandela was 'a global impact force for good' - Jesse Jackson
Nelson Mandela: The local hero
Archive: Graca Machel of Mozambique on marrying Mandela
Nelson Mandela: What legacy does he leave behind?
Nelson Mandela, in his own words
Obituary: Nelson Mandela's twilight years 
Nelson Mandela's campaign to tackle South African poverty
Nelson Mandela: The 27 prison years
Nelson Mandela: How attitudes in Britain changed
Nelson Mandela: Businessman on meeting hero behind bars
Archive: Former US President Bill Clinton on Mandela

MAGAZINE
What would you ask a room of Nobel prizewinners?
Nicky Crane: The secret double life of a gay neo-Nazi

HEALTH : Doubt cast on vitamin D's role against disease

FUTURE : How sleep makes your mind more creative

Russia and Ukraine leaders seek partnership treaty

10 things - You can teach a wolf new tricks, and nine other news nuggets. 10 things we didn't know last week

FUTURESOS: Save our seas Protecting the planet's blue heart. Ocean 2050: How to sustain our biggest ecosystem

Today's African Proverb : "If you raise a dog on milk, tomorrow it will bite you" - A Shona proverb sent by Taurayi Beremauro, Chinhoyi, Zimbabwe




Iconic anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela dies at 95
'Real leaders must be ready to sacrifice all for freedom of their people': Mandela's most powerful quotes 
Internet's new biggest threat? How web traffic can be secretly redirected
Sweden 'spied on Russian leaders for US'
Kentucky town to pay police chief in bitcoin
US charges 49 Russian diplomats with Medicaid fraud worth $1.5mn
BUSINESS : Ukraine gets $8bn investment from China
WTO salvages historic $1 trillion trade deal
Mandela's sharp statements rarely cited in mainstream media
Dozens of protesters arrested in clashes across Egypt (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
Tighter rules of engagement contributed to US casualty rate in Afghanistanreport
OP-ED : 'Hypocritical agenda': EU has only austerity to offer Kiev
Charity claims it's been targeted for feeding the homeless
Radioactive material container from hijacked truck found empty in Mexico
VIDEOS
Chaos, vandalism & looting as police strike in Argentinа
Non 'John'! Prostitutes protest bill penalizing clients in France
'Monstrous' Terror: Islamist rebels hold nuns hostage in Syria
Pinch of Poverty: Millions in EU forced to live close to breadline
'Protest in Ukraine not against Russia, but against post-Soviet future'
Sweden spied on Russian leaders for US - NSA leaks
Liberals dying slow death? EU faces right-wing future as Euro-skepticism grows
'No way to hide from NSA except live in cave & revert to handwriting'
RIP Nelson Mandela: Iconic anti-apartheid leader dies at 95
■ 'Struggle is my life': Mandela's personal & political lives were indivisible
Fast Food Fight: Thousands of low-paid workers take to US streets
Betting Britain: Social responsibility takes back seat as gambling flourishes
Involuntary Freedom? Two Gitmo detainees fear imprisonment in Algeria
■ 'France pursues only own interests in Africa, competes with US for control'  [Related opinion : my post 1 February 2013]
CrossTalk: China's New March
Prisoner to President: World mourns loss of Nelson Mandela
Afghanistan presidential candidate: Any potential leader has to be approved by West
■ 'Violence & Intimidation': Chevron fracking again in Romania despite local protests




People and Power - A Tale of Three Cities

Nelson Mandela legacy lives on
Featured Documentary - I Knew Mandela. Who was the man behind the legend? We get an insight into Nelson Mandela's life through the eyes of the people who knew and met him.



Inside Story : Is CAR on the verge of genocide?
101 East : The Killer Storm
Al Jazeera Correspondent : Identity and Exile : Part two. Al Jazeera's Matthew Cassel examines why so many American Jews defend Israeli policies regardless of the issue or cost.
Fault Lines : Elsipogtog: The Fire Over Water. We go to Mi'kmaq territory in New Brunswick, Canada, to find out what happens when a First Nation says no to fracking.
Mandela overshadows Paris summi




World Leaders Mourn the Death of Nelson Mandela  - President Obama, Prime Minister Cameron and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon are among the many across the globe who paid tribute to the South African leader who died on Thursday
* Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013: An Icon of Freedom
* Prince William on Mandela: 'An Extraordinary and Inspiring Man'
* Watch: A Video Tribute Narrated by Richard Stengel
* Nelson Mandela's Extraordinary Life: An Interactive Timeline

PHOTO ESSAY
Robben Island: Nelson Mandela's Prison Home
A Tribute to Nelson Mandela by Pulitzer Winner David Turnley
BUGDETS : Congress Plays 'Let's Make a Deal' - Lawmakers' budget deadline approaching fast

FRANCE : Europe's Next Headache - French president needs to start slashing spending

Mandela's Jailer Mourns
* Presidents to Pay Last Respects
* TIME's Rick Stengel: Remembering an Icon of Freedom
* People: The Actors Who've Portrayed Nelson Mandela
* Bono Honors the Man Who Could Not Cry
* How Newspapers Around the World Covered Madiba's Death

Smog Blankets Shanghai - Pollution spreads to southeast of China




WORLD : Mandela: A life devoted to liberty
* Nelson Mandela dies at 95; Peace Prize winner inspired millions
* Obama credits Mandela with his own transformation
* Unforgettable face, spirit captivate film world
* Videos: Famous moments in Mandela's life
* First-person: Growing up in a changing South Africa
* A life in photos
* Mandela's legacy
* A remarkable life
* Full coverage

JACKET COPY - BOOKS : Nelson Mandela, remembered through his books

LOCAL : Paul Walker death: 2 allegedly stole parts of Porsche after crash

ENTERTAINMENT
Keri Russell separates from husband Shane Deary
Newcomers have solid Grammys showing - Kendrick Lamar, Daft Punk and Taylor Swift are nominated for top awards. Jay Z leads all nominees with nine. Macklemore, above, performs 'Thrift Shop.
* Photos : Nominated artists
* Ballot : Play at home
* Nominees : Complete list
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FRAMEWORK : Christmas lights from around the world 



Christmas decorations light up the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris. BY: Christophe Ena / Associated Press





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CZ

"Thank you for your perception! I like your romantic side, even if I do not always comment and I'm glad that you're in my circle of friends."
(Courtesies by: Wolfgang A. Gerhardt)

Wolfgang A.Gerhardt : May be you like this Sunday collage

Cisca Zarmansyah : Before today, there never was a person doing this to me. You create a simple matter to look special. This is a special thing for me.

Cisca Zarmansyah : Thank you. I love it. I love you, my friend.

CieL- FreYa Ceastle : Hmm, he's so nice...















"I am me.
In all the world,
there is no one else exactly like me.
Everything that comes out of me
is authentically mine,
because I alone chose it --
I own everything about me:
my body,
my feelings,
my mouth,
my voice,
all my actions,
whether they be to others or myself.
I own my fantasies,
my dreams,
my hopes,
my fears.
I own my triumphs and successes,
all my failures and mistakes.
Because I own all of me,
I can become intimately acquainted with me.
By so doing,
I can love me
and be friendly with all my parts.
I know there are aspects about myself that puzzle me,
and other aspects that I do not know
-- but as long as I am friendly
and loving to myself,
I can courageously and hopefully
look for solutions
to the puzzles and ways
to find out more about me.
However I look and sound,
whatever I say and do,
and whatever I think and feel at a given moment in time
is authentically me.
If later some parts of how I looked,
sounded,
thought,
and felt
turn out to be unfitting,
I can discard that which is unfitting,
keep the rest,
and invent something new
for that which I discarded.
I can see,
hear,
feel,
think,
say, and do.
I have the tools to survive,
to be close to others,
to be productive,
and to make sense
and order out of the world of people
and things outside of me.
I own me,
and therefore,
I can engineer me.
I am me,
and I am okay."

VIRGINIA SATIR
(American Phychologist and Educator, 1916-1988)