Photo credit: Festival Karsh "It is never my custom to use words lightly. If twenty-seven years in prison have done anything to us,...
When I think of a world without our beloved Mandela, I imagine how empty it will feel without his great intellect and incredible gift.
Two teachers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill created the Beat Making Lab to reach communities around the world. They travel with an electronic music studio that fits into a backpack and train burgeoning beat makers.
This is a moral moment on the world stage, when Israel and the Jewish people deserved to be represented and led toward the greater good. If Netanyahu really harbors some secret reason why he could not travel to South Africa this week, let's hope it was worth it, because the costs are painfully evident.
Apartheid was war. The casualty of all war is innocent life. The legacy of that war is trauma, which, for so many South Africans still remains untreated. South Africa's landscape and soil is grave to children's bones and bravery.
If any handshake critics had bothered to actually listen to President Obama's speech, they would have heard why the handshake was not only appropriate but it was something that Mandela himself would smile upon.
Nationally, we had Martin, Marcus, and Malcolm. Now we added Mandela among the giants of justice.
The transatlantic trade talks currently explored between the EU and the U.S. should eventually be extended to other Atlantic powers as a way to tie the region closer together economically and politically.
As the only United States senator to attend yesterday's memorial service for Nelson Mandela, he did the right thing. Showing respect to one of the great men this world has ever witnessed, Senator Cruz understands the importance of history.
I met Penelope Sudrow at a backyard party in the Silver Lake home of my actor friend Lee Boek, who runs Public Works Improvisational Theater.
What accounts for that greatness? What does it take to become a global icon, one mourned by the entire planet, one whose incalculable legacy many have already rushed in to claim?
Cadillac Desert is an extraordinary book. It summarizes how the federal government, doing the bidding of large farmers, manipulated water: capturing it and bringing it through concrete rivers, sometimes hundreds of miles long, to where it would irrigate the desert and make it bloom.
The pieces I've read thus far cast Mandela in the context of great events, actions and other remarkable leaders. But I am curious about the ordinary everyday human interactions that made him extraordinary.
In recent memory, there hasn't been another memorial service attended by so many dignitaries. Why was Mandela so special? What makes him worthy of this attention?
As 2013 begins to draw into itself for holiday season and the arrival of the coming new year, it is worth thinking about what human rights issues might be put onto our collective front-burners.
Mandela is nothing short of a consensus world icon, celebrated from the most insurgent to the most establishmentarian precincts, as he should be. But why, then, was his cause so difficult for so many to support when action was needed?