09 Dec

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Mandela mourners

Mourners at the Houghton home of former South African President Nelson Mandela on Dec. 9, 2013, in Johannesburg.

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South Africans of all races flocked to houses of worship Sunday for a national day of and reflection to honor Nelson Mandela, as a large contingent of foreign dignitaries, including royalty, began arriving in the country to pay their final respects to the liberation-struggle icon.

The South African government said Sunday that 53 heads of state and government as well as a broad range of eminent people confirmed that they would be attending a national memorial service and state funeral for the country’s first black and democratically elected president.

The Guardian

Edward Snowden

In May Edward Snowden flew to Hong Kong where he gave journalists the material which blew the lid on the extent of US digital spying. Photograph: The Guardian/AFP/Getty Images

Edward Snowden voted Guardian person of the year 2013

NSA whistleblower’s victory, for exposing the scale of internet surveillance, follows that of Chelsea Manning last year

For the second year in a row, a young American whistleblower alarmed at the unfettered and at times cynical deployment of power by the world’s foremost superpower has been voted the Guardian’s person of the year.

Edward Snowden, who leaked an estimated 200,000 files that exposed the extensive and intrusive nature of surveillance and intelligence gathering by the US and its western allies, was the overwhelming choice of more than 2,000 people who voted.

The NSA whistleblower garnered 1,445 votes. In a distant second, from a list of 10 candidates chosen by Guardian writers and editors, came Marco Weber and Sini Saarela, the Greenpeace activists who spearheaded the oil rig protest over Russian Arctic drilling. They received 314 votes. Pope Francis gained 153 votes, narrowly ahead of blogger and anti-poverty campaigner Jack Monroe, who received 144. Snowden’s victory was as decisive as Chelsea Manning’s a year earlier………………….




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