Newsflash: Nelson Mandela Is Stronger Than You

February 11, 2010

» “HE HAD BEEN GIVEN THE OPTION to leave earlier, but he refused to leave until his people were made free. Can you imagine it? Prison is supposed to break the prisoner’s spirit, change his resolve. But here was a prisoner who dared to dictate the terms of his own release.” on thursday celebrates the 20th anniversary of Nelson Mandela‘s release from Robben Island after he spent 27 years in the South African prison.

» “THERE SEEMS TO BE a correlation between availability of public transit and whether federal offices open. Should the federal government snow-proof Metro?” thinks that a better-equipped WMATA transit system might improve government efficiency.

» “MOVIES LIKE ‘Valentine’s Day‘ believe there are only two types of people in this world: those who absolutely adore the holiday and revel in it; and those who flat-out despise it. There’s never any in-between.” doesn’t understand why the film is so cheesy and over-the-top with its romantic story line.

» “IF NBC REALLY WANTS to prevent piracy, [it has] to offer at least some sort of alternative. Cutting 2,200 hours of live Web coverage back to just a few hundred is certainly not going to help in stopping piracy.” thinks the network’s strategy to prevent illegal streaming of the Vancouver Olympics coverage is foolhardy.

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.
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