Here’s a roundup of Nelson Mandela links from the last 24 hours.
New York Times obit.
The explanation for his absence of rancor, at least in part, is that Mr. Mandela was that rarity among revolutionaries and moral dissidents: a capable statesman, comfortable with compromise and impatient with the doctrinaire.
When the question was put to Mr. Mandela in an interview for this obituary in 2007 — after such barbarous torment, how do you keep hatred in check? — his answer was almost dismissive: Hating clouds the mind. It gets in the way of strategy. Leaders cannot afford to hate.
Also from the Times is this short video, this interactive timeline, a fantastic collection of anti-apartheid posters,
From the Globe & Mail: Nelson Mandela was a hero who conquered bitterness and hate.
It is hard to imagine that anyone alive today would be more widely mourned than Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday at the age of 95. He was a universal hero.
As Winston Churchill was to steadfastness in the face of a tyrannical foe, as Mahatma Gandhi was to non-violent resistance, Mr. Mandela was to reconciliation with an oppressor.
The Economist has collected its Mandela covers and posted several articles, including this one.
As a politician, and as a man, Mr Mandela had his contradictions (see article). He was neither a genius nor, as he often said himself, a saint. Some of his early writings were banal Marxist ramblings, even if the sense of anger with which they were infused was justifiable. But his charisma was evident from his youth. He was a born leader who feared nobody, debased himself before no one and never lost his sense of humour.
And this one.
Mr Mandela was a celebrity, and this is an age that sets a high value on any kind of fame. When every pop star is “awesome”, reality television makes idols out of oafs and “iconic” is so freely applied that it has become meaningless, it would be absurd not to see in the lionisation of Mr Mandela some of the veneration that came to attend Princess Diana: the world needs heroes, or heroines, and will not always choose them wisely. In Mr Mandela, though, the need for a hero was met by the real thing.
Quartz has pulled Mandela’s thoughts on other world leaders from a 2002 video. The BBC has collected the response to his death from leaders and other public figures.
Margaret Thatcher once regarded Nelson Mandela as a common terrorist, but she gets no unkind word from the former president. Instead, Mandela calls her “warm and motherly” and cleverly recounts an exchange he had with a prominent English politician to make a point about why she was called the Iron Lady: “When I saw Margaret Thatcher for the first time, we were supposed to have a meeting for one hour. Our meeting lasted for three hours and I had to offer an excuse. I then went to Neil Kinnock in parliament, and he was very excited. He says, ‘How is the Iron Lady?” I said, ‘She was warm and motherly.’ He says, ‘Warm and motherly? You must have met another lady.’”
Here’s Mandela’s first TV interview from 1962. [via]
NPR has put together a Nelson Mandela playlist, which is kind of interesting (also, why music mattered in Mandela’s life).
Here is next week’s New Yorker cover, as well as a look at Mandela’s life in photos, as the father of six children and an entire country, and a collection of Mandela articles in the magazine over the years.
ESPN’s coverage is surprisingly good, ditto Sports Illustrated.
Most of the 63,000 in the stadium that afternoon were white. For years they had been conditioned to believe that Mandela, who served 27 years in jail, was both of a lesser race and a dangerous terrorist. Yet that afternoon, in what Archbishop Desmond Tutu described as “an electric moment,” they bellowed Mandela’s name as he wore the green and gold jersey that only a year or two earlier most blacks had reviled.
And you can, obviously, go through the hundreds of other links that will be trickling out over the next days and weeks through Google News.