Cuba's Raúl Castro was in the meet-and-greet line of world leaders assembled in Johannesburg for the Nelson Mandela memorial service, and Obama shook his hand. What have other US presidents when facing communist leaders?
President Obama is off to South Africa for a global extravaganza honoring Nelson Mandela. Joe Biden got left behind – but is that so bad?
Mandela is revered worldwide as champion of nonviolence and peace. Human rights activists and freedom fighters around the globe aim to follow his example of reconciliation, forgiveness, and non-retributive justice. This philosophy will be vital for future transitions in Iran and Syria.