December 9th, 2013
11:02 AM ET

Community Unites After Mandela's Death

In today's edition of the "Good Stuff" CNN's Chris Cuomo highlights the unity of children after Nelson Mandela's death.

The visionary leader  stopped at nothing to end apartheid in his country and his perseverance influenced many but he says what most inspired him is children, whom he called "our greatest treasure" and "our future."

Mandela once said "history will judge us by the difference we make in the every day lives of children."

Kids and their parents – black and white – have come out to remember the South African icon.

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December 9th, 2013
10:54 AM ET

World Leaders Gather to Remember Mandela

Tune in to "New Day" Tuesday as Chris Cuomo will be live with tens of thousands of South Africans, dozens of presidents and prime ministers, celebrities and street sweepers at a stadium in Johannesburg to honor Nelson Mandela.

Dozens of heads of state, including Presidents Zuma, Obama and Castro, will be there with thousands of South Africans at the 90,000 seat FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

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December 9th, 2013
10:46 AM ET

Prince Harry, Wounded Vets' Race to South Pole Canceled - But Trek Continues

The race to the South Pole is off - although the trek still continues for Prince Harry and teams of wounded veterans.

Ed Parker, the expedition director of the Virgin Money South Pole Allied Challenge, revealed Saturday that he'd made the decision to call off the competition among three teams to reach the pole after five days.

"The reason for this is entirely simple - safety, which remains the core principal of our expeditions," Parker said in a statement.

It wasn't bad weather that led to the decision, and Parker even said that "all three teams were progressing well" over the first five days. Rather, it was the fact that the mission - especially as a competition - was putting undue strain on the participants.

"It was becoming evident that there was a higher degree of stress imposed on the team members, due to unprecedented terrain on the plateau," said Parker, a former British soldier who co-founded Walking With The Wounded in 2010.

Prince Harry - himself a member of Britain's armed forces, having served in Afghanistan and elsewhere - has had a long association with this charity.

In several ways, he's been preparing for this latest mission for a long time. That includes taking part in a Walking With The Wounded expedition to the North Pole - even plunging into the Arctic Ocean's freezing waters - in 2011 before withdrawing to attend his brother William's wedding. More recently, he traveled to Iceland for training and even spent 24 hours in an industrial freezer in preparation for the South Pole race.

Yet, while Harry may be the only royal in Antarctica, he's hardly the only celebrity.

Swedish actor and "True Blood" star Alexander Skarsgard is an honorary member of the U.S. team, while Dominic West, perhaps best known for his role as McNulty in "The Wire," joins veterans wounded in combat from the Commonwealth nations of Canada and Australia.

Still, the stars - and focus of the event - are the veterans themselves. The three teams of seven participants each represent the United Kingdom, United States and the Commonwealth, which consists of several countries long affiliated with the British empire.

The plan was to trek more than 200 miles (322 kilometers) across the sparse continent, in temperatures as low as -35 degrees Celsius (-31 Fahrenheit).

And that's still the plan; it's just that they won't be racing.

The participants on Sunday are set to resuming the walk, hoping to traverse the 70 remaining miles to the South Pole "with no stress being placed on the teams ... enabling them all to do this in their own time," Parker explained.

Parker said he expects them all to reach that, by Friday or Saturday of next week, all of them will be at the finish "celebrating."

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December 9th, 2013
10:28 AM ET

Gingrich Pushes Back Against Mandela Critics

Newt Gingrich is fighting back against conservative critics who attacked the former Speaker of the House and co-host of CNN's “Crossfire” for his praise of Nelson Mandela.

After Mandela passed away Thursday, Gingrich posted a statement, praising him as "one of the greatest leaders of our lifetime."

The right-wing response was overwhelmingly reproachful.

"Such an amazing re-write of history since 1962 and 1990. Newt, I thought you of all people, a historian, would be true to who this guy really was," Mike Winkelman posted on Gingrich's Facebook page.

"This clenched-fist, murdering, gorilla warrior does not deserve respect from informed Americans," posted Trish Baehr-Schaefer.

There were several others posts, many generating dozens of "likes," and some with language unfit for publication.

But Gingrich shot back with a statement Saturday, challenging his critics to ask themselves what they would have done in Mandela's shoes.

"Some of the people who are most opposed to oppression from Washington attack Mandela when he was opposed to oppression in his own country. After years of preaching non-violence, using the political system, making his case as a defendant in court, Mandela resorted to violence against a government that was ruthless and violent in its suppression of free speech," he wrote.

He went on to compare Mandela to the Founding Fathers and the farmers who took up arms at Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War. He praised the former South African president for his calls for reconciliation, his Christian faith and his turn from Communism to opening South Africa up to free enterprise.

"I was very surprised by it," Gingrich said Sunday CNN's "State of the Union" about the backlash.

"Callista posted my statement on her Facebook page and was amazed at some of the intensity, some of whom came back three, four and five times, repeating how angry they were."

Gingrich continued: "Ironically, most of the things that people complained about occurred during the 27 years he was in prison."

Gingrich has a long history as a Mandela supporter. During the Reagan administration, he was among the many Republicans in Congress who pressured the president to impose sanctions on the apartheid regime.

Fellow conservative Ted Cruz faced a similar backlash this week when he posted a respectful tribute to Mandela that generated angry criticisms. No comment yet from the Texas senator on the reaction of some of his supporters.

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