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With Mandela Gone, Gays in South Africa Worry About Potential Rollback of Rights: VIDEO

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As the only country in Africa with marriage equality, gay and lesbian South Africans have arguably enjoyed more expansive freedoms and rights than most other LGBT individuals across the continent.

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 11.38.53 AMSouth Africa's unique situation is, in no small part, thanks to Nelson Mandela and the human rights reforms he set into motion as president during the 1990s.

Now, with Mandela's passing, some gay South Africans are concerned about a possible rollback of LGBT rights. In a video profile, The New York Times interviews an interracial, gay South African couple to get their take on Mandela's passing and what it means for larger challenges related to the intersection of race, class, and sexuality in the country.

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Jon Stewart Throws Water on the Firestorm Over the Castro Handshake: VIDEO

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Yesterday we reported that the media and right-wingers had become all aflutter over Obama's handshake with Cuban leader Raul Castro at the Mandela memorial. Jon Stewart ironed things out with a rendition of "The Hills Are Alive" from The Sound of Music.

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Media Studies Interactions Between Obama and Raul Castro, Danish PM Helle Thorning Schmidt: VIDEO

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Forget the stunning speech or the remembrance. Mandela's memorial provided ample opportunity to study Obama's interactions with world leaders, and the media, both social and traditional, are having a field day.

First, Obama shook hands with...a dictator! In honor of the Raul Castro moment, DailyKos has posted 10 photos of Republican presidents and VPs shaking hands with dictators.

The NYT wonders:

Was Mr. Obama trying to signal a new effort by the American government to reach an accommodation with Cuba 50 years after the Communist revolution that put Fidel Castro, Raúl’s brother, in power? Or was Mr. Obama simply trying to avoid delivering a diplomatic snub at a memorial dedicated to forgiveness?

The president’s aides would have known in advance which world leaders would be at the podium when the president approached for his own remarks. But White House officials declined to offer any explanation of the handshake or confirm that there had been a discussion about whether to offer one.

Still, Mr. Obama’s own remarks, delivered just moments afterward, offer tantalizing possibilities about what was going through the president’s mind when he approached Mr. Castro.

FOX News, of course, has its eyebrow arched over the exchange.

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Meanwhile, another story is being weaved over a set of photos showing interactions between Obama and Danish PM Helle Thorning-Schmidt, while Michelle Obama looks on with an unamused stare.

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News: Vin Diesel, Nelson Mandela, Comet, Ja Rule

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Screen-Shot-2012-12-26-at-5.43.06-PM-400x3486a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi Vin Diesel relayed a touching moment he had with Paul Walker's mother: “His mother hugged me and said I am so sorry… I said sorry? You’re the mother who lost a son?… She said yes, but you lost your other half…”

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi Fast & Furious 7 director says that the film will move forward.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi Nelson Mandela's family releases their first statement since the late leader's death: "[The family] is humbled by the messages of condolences and support we continue to receive from governments and people of the world."

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi It appears that Miley Cyrus will keep twerking through the holidays.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi Ja Rule attempts to debunk gay rumors by posing with his wife in lip-locking photo on Instagram.

Rosetta_2758749b6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi European spacecraft might be the first to landing on a comet: "Scientists hope that studying how the comet changes as it moves into the inner solar system will help explain unsolved mysteries about life on Earth, such as how water first arrived on our planet."

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi Family Secrets, which is being touted as the very first gay Egyptian film, will screen at the Dubai International Film Festival.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi Five Lesbian films that apparently get same-sex love right.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi The 45 most powerful photos of the year.

6a00d8341c730253ef019b0242bbdc970d-800wi The full list of Grammy nominations in case you want to keep tabs.


Rachel Maddow on Mandela's Experience and the Movement Inspired by Him: VIDEO

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Rachel Maddow delivers a moving look back at Nelson Mandela's life before discussing his legacy with Congressman and civil rights hero John Lewis.

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Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

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The great South African leader and defender of equality Nelson Mandela has died at 95.

South African President Jacob Zuma announced the sad news:

"He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20.50pm on the fifth of December 2013,” Zuma said. "He is now resting, he is now at peace. Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. Although we knew this day would come nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss. His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free..."

The world has lost one of its bravest souls and greatest champions of freedom. May his legacy continue to inspire new generations.

Obama's statement:

The Human Rights Campaign mourned Mandela's passing:

“Nelson Mandela tore down oppression, united a rainbow nation, and always walked arm-in-arm with his LGBT brothers and sisters—and with all people—toward freedom," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "Though every man, woman and child who seeks justice around the world mourns this loss, his vision of an equal future lives on undimmed."

Mandela, who was South Africa’s first post-Apartheid president, was an outspoken advocate for LGBT equality. He appointed an openly-gay judge to South Africa's High Court of Appeal and during his presidency, South Africa became the first nation in the world to constitutionally prohibit sexual orientation-based discrimination. Mandela will be remembered for his social justice activism and commitment to equality for all people.


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