The November jobs report out today shows the jobless rate fell from 7.3 to 7 percent last month, the lowest it’s been in five years, and 203,000 jobs were created — mainly in lower-wage sectors.
The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. About 13 percent of Americans are under-employed. If you work full time for a year earning minimum wage, you come away with about $15,000, which puts the worker below the poverty line for a two-person household.
A picture taken on September 5, 1990, shows anti-apartheid leader and African National Congress (ANC) member Nelson Mandela raising fist while addressing in Tokoza a crowd of residents from the Phola park squatter camp during his tour of townships. (Trevor Samson/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners lay floral and candle tributes to former South African president Nelson Mandela outside his Johannesburg home, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. (Athol Moralee/AP)
The world is responding to the death of anti-apartheid leader and former South African president Nelson Mandela. But it’s in South Africa where his loss is really being felt, with a mixture of songs and tears.
Flags across the country are flying at half-staff and Sunday will be a national day of prayer and reflection. Mandela was not only an inspiration for Africans, he played a key role in politics and diplomacy on the continent.
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Raised in Tehran, Goli Taraghi attended university in the U.S. and, during the Iranian Revolution, moved to Paris, where she lives today. Her other works include Winter Sleep, Two Worlds and A Mansion in the Sky.
Goli Taraghi writes about life in Iran — about love, loss, alienation and exile. She is particularly equipped to the task, as her own exile from the country began in 1980 at the outset of the Iranian Revolution.
In 1979, she was a professor living in Tehran with her two young children, and initially supported the movement.
"Of course the turmoil started, and then the executions, and the university was closed, and I thought the best thing is to go abroad and stay just one year," says Taraghi.
The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest discoveries.
This week, Watson tells NPR's Arun Rath about about a rising star in soccer who could turn things around for England in the World Cup, and a Bahraini woman who calls herself an "accidental activist." He also shares a clip from an Ozy interview with President Bill Clinton regarding Nelson Mandela's legacy.
It's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR West. I'm Arun Rath.
A great man died two days ago. The world is still mourning. Journalists still haven't run out of things to say, not even close. Because while great men and women die regularly, there's something very, very different about this one.
Growing up when I did, going to high school and college in the '80s and early '90s, I don't think I saw real political activism until I encountered the anti-apartheid movement. My own church sent a busload of congregants to picket the South African embassy. We all felt like we had a moral stake in ending apartheid and freeing Nelson Mandela.
Richard Knight says the anti-apartheid movement helped put pressure on South Africa's white leaders.
South Africa's official period of mourning for former President Nelson Mandela will culminate in his funeral a week from Sunday. Mandela's death left South Africans with "a sense of profound and enduring loss," says the nation"s president, Jacob Zuma. His compatriots, as well as foreign visitors, are flocking in homage to the Mandela homes in Soweto and Johannesburg.
A writer who has studied Nelson Mandela's life as a young man says the leader known for his grace and forgiveness, and for helping South Africa end apartheid while avoiding civil war, was once seen in a much different light. At one point, he even trained in guerrilla warfare.
If you're just joining us, it's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. Today, we're remembering the extraordinary life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. For some literary context of the South Africa that Mandela knew, we've turned to reporter and writer Kevin Roose. He recommends the novel "Cry, the Beloved Country" by the South African author Alan Paton.