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Inside apartheid's prison -- an experience that haunts for a lifetime

The Conversation Africa | Posted 10.25.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Raymond Suttner, Rhodes University Raymond Suttner was actively involved in the liberation struggle against apartheid, both in legal political activi...

Is the Clock Running Out for South Africa?

Charlotte Florance | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Florance

While the remarkable and peaceful democratic transition that began in 1994 opened up the political system and dismantled the racist apartheid regime, the country has hit debilitating political and economic roadblocks, potentially derailing the country completely.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Is a Short Walk to the Oscars

Nsenga Burton | Posted 03.05.2014 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

Chadwick brilliantly paints the struggle for freedom by black South Africans against the backdrop of the sweeping mountainous and beach terrains of South Africa while managing to stay away from hero worship in the film.

Mandela's Utilitarianism and the Struggle for Liberation

Stephen Zunes | Posted 02.17.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

In the weeks since his death at age 95, Nelson Mandela's thinking on the strategic direction of the liberation struggle in South Africa has been oversimplified by proponents of nonviolent and armed resistance alike.

A Time to Reflect on Mandela and Canada's Role in South Africa

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 02.13.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

There is a history here which I think most Canadians are unaware of, where Canada played a very important role, punching well above its weight in the international arena.

Mandela's Death: A Tale of Two Zimbabwean Newspapers

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

A golden rule of readership can be summarized by leveraging the old real estate cliché about "location, location, location."

Mandela and Arafat

James Zogby | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
James Zogby

In late February of 1990, just two weeks after being released from prison, Nelson Mandela met with Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasir Arafat. Afterwards Mandela spoke publicly of his affinity with the Palestinian people and his support for their struggle.

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

What's the Best Way to Remember Nelson Mandela?

Richard (RJ) Eskow | Posted 02.04.2014 | Politics
Richard (RJ) Eskow

Nelson Mandela wasn't a "personality" politician. He was the leader of a movement and a model for the world. We'll be learning from his example long after the eulogies have ended.

Nelson Mandela Was On The U.S. Terrorist Watch List Until 2008

The Huffington Post | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

Former South African President Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday evening at the age of 95. While he was revered by politicians today as a human righ...

Dick Cheney Didn't Regret His Vote Against Freeing Nelson Mandela, Maintained He Was A 'Terrorist'

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 12.06.2013 | Politics

In 1986, Nelson Mandela -- the former president of South Africa who died Thursday at the age of 95 -- was serving the 23rd year of what would ultimate...

Can the Humanities Heal South Africa?

Alex Matthews | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alex Matthews

Creativity and critical thinking help the healing of a divided country. We need a nation of scientists, engineers and accountants. But we also need a nation of dreamers, thinkers and storytellers.

Meeting with Ela Gandhi - An Interview with the Granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi

Nicolas Rossier | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Nicolas Rossier

Ela Gandhi is the granddaughter of Mohandas Gandhi, also known as 'Mahatma' (great soul) Gandhi, the man who famously led Indians to independence from their British colonizers in 1946. She was born in 1940 in the Phoenix Settlement in the Inanda district of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa.

Prisoner of Mandela: How I was "captured" By His Movement

Danny Schechter | Posted 09.17.2012 | Black Voices
Danny Schechter

So, I have become, a Long Walker too, across the decades, steeped in the mythologies and the limits of a process here that has succumbed to division, disillusioning so many who need a Mandela to make them believe again.

Gov. DeVal Patrick:I Will Not Let Obama Be Bullied Out Of Office!

Lonna Saunders | Posted 09.11.2012 | Black Voices
Lonna Saunders

Patrick shared with the audience that he had been written off when he ran for re-election as governor of Massachusetts in 2010. That he had not accomplished all he had wanted to at that juncture. Just as the president has more he wants to accomplish.

South Africa's Ruling Party Is Stifling Gender Debate

Alex Matthews | Posted 08.04.2012 | World
Alex Matthews

In the aftermath of the fury unleashed by the ANC, will artists still dare to challenge and provoke? Or has South Africa accepted that culture and "acceptability" is something determined only by its ruling party?

Empowering the People's Voice: An Interview with Dr. Sylvester Bongani Maphosa

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 08.01.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Dr. Sylvester Maphosa is chief research specialist and head of peace and security at the Africa Institute of South Africa (AISA), located in Pretoria,...

Cape Town's Stunning Beauty And Deep History

Kristofer Eisenla | Posted 06.22.2012 | Travel
Kristofer Eisenla

Whether you visit Cape Town for fun or business, you will not be disappointed in the stunning sights or rich history lesson you get during your visit.

Harry Belafonte: Artist and Activist Still on the March

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.26.2012 | Impact
Marcia G. Yerman

In the spring of 1956, Harry Belafonte's life took a turn when he received a phone call from Martin Luther King. After spending four hours speaking with King, Belafonte knew "he would be in his service."

2012 Media Windfalls to Watch For

David Tereshchuk | Posted 03.06.2012 | Media
David Tereshchuk

This coming weekend, on January 8th, I foresee that just a few dedicated media practitioners outside of Africa will mark the passing of a hundred years since the hot and dusty day when Nelson Mandela's movement, the African National Congress, was first formed.

Political Power Struggle Overshadows South Africa's Broken Promise

Michelle Chen | Posted 11.21.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

It's been more than two decades since South Africa overthrew apartheid rule, but ordinary South Africans today live under a different, subtler form of oppression.

Mugabe: From Liberator to Jailer

Jack Healey | Posted 06.25.2011 | World
Jack Healey

On April 18, 2011, the writer Peter Godwin wrote an article for the New York Times about Côte d'Ivoire and South Africa. Reading it awakened in me me...

South Africa's Sushi Scandal: A Timeline

Danny Groner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Danny Groner

South Africa's governing party has declared that eating sushi off the body of a model in a bikini is "politically incorrect." Here, a timeline of the events that have led up to today's announcement.

Barefoot or Branded Politics?

Khadija Sharife | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Khadija Sharife

Academics, activists and intellectuals should not be influential in defining the boundaries of disputes with enemies by settling personal scores through political issues.

The FBI's 'War on Dissent'

Curtis Black | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Curtis Black

A dozen or so peace activists have been subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury in Chicago.