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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...

South Africans Give Ruling ANC Worst Election Results Since Taking Power

Reuters | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 08.06.2016 | World

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 6 (Reuters) - The African National Congress lost its grip on local government in Tshwane, home of the South African capital Pretoria...

China's Relationship Status With South Africa? It's Complicated.

The China Africa Project | Farah_Mohamed | Posted 07.21.2016 | World

South Africa’s relationship with China has undergone a profound transformation in a remarkably short period of time. In less than 20 years, the coun...

How liberators turn into oppressors. A study of southern African states

The Conversation Africa | Posted 04.11.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Henning Melber, University of Pretoria This article is a foundation essay. These are longer than usual and take a wider look at a key issue affecting...

Dramatic Night in South Africa Leaves President Hanging on by a Thread

The Conversation Africa | Posted 04.02.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

South African President Jacob Zuma apologised to his country on national television just before 8 in the evening after a dramatic 36 hours that ended with him hanging onto power by a thread.

Assassin of Mandela's likely successor to walk streets of the democratic South Africa for the first time

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.11.2016 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

On the afternoon of the 10th April, 1993 anti-apartheid leader Chris Hani pulled up out outside his home in Boksburg, a quiet suburb of Johannesburg. ...

A Personal Tribute to Madiba

José Ramos-Horta | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
José Ramos-Horta

I first came to South Africa in 1995 after Mandela's release. I had never set foot in Apartheid South Africa.

South Africans Reinvent Themselves for the 21st Century

Elza S. Maalouf | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Elza S. Maalouf

An interview with a candidate on reigniting Mandela's vision Twenty years after the end of apartheid, South Africa seems to be at a new crossroad. T...

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 Closer Look at Reactionary Posthumous Attacks on Nelson Mandela

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 02.08.2014 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Calling Mandela a Communist or a terrorist shortly after his death is mean-spirited, but it is a bigger condemnation of the moral blindness of much of U.S. foreign policy during the Cold War than it is a criticism of Mandela.

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...

Movie Review: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Marshall Fine | Posted 01.25.2014 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

Given how much history this film has to cover, it tends to jump around. But Idris Elba is its anchor, physically and emotionally, just as Mandela himself held the movement that was the African National Congress together, even as he moldered in a jail cell on Robben Island.

Mandela, Miami and Cuba: The Real Story

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

Capitalizing on Nelson Mandela's health problems, embargo supporters have constructed a false parallel between the multilateral sanctions against South Africa's apartheid regime and the illegal, immoral embargo against Cuba. Mandela's own relationship with Cuba tells a different story, with important lessons for current foreign policy.

America's Shameful Treatment of Mandela Still Lingers

Earl Ofari Hutchinson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Black Voices
Earl Ofari Hutchinson

The embrace of Mandela and the reality of black majority rule in South Africa have come at a steep price. The price was the U.S. government's decades old assault on Mandela's character and leadership.

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.

South Africa's Political Wars Resemble Our Own

Danny Schechter | Posted 08.26.2012 | Politics
Danny Schechter

When I came to South Africa, I thought I was escaping the way our news programs are totally dominated by political coverage even though the election is months away.

On Changing Direction: What FW De Klerk Taught Me About Leadership

Antonio Lucio | Posted 08.05.2012 | Latino Voices
Antonio Lucio

Leaders know how to read the winds of change and know when to change course. Importantly, leaders know failure when they see it and acknowledge that "failure cannot be improved".

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.

Clamp-down on Free Press... From Winners of Freedom!

David Tereshchuk | Posted 01.31.2012 | World
David Tereshchuk

South Africa's media are among the most vibrant and adventurous in the world. Currently, though, journalists in this still-young democracy, the so-called Rainbow Nation, appear to be living in a state of shock and outrage.

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.

Elected D.C. Students Begin to Bridge Representation Gap

Stefanie Dazio | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Stefanie Dazio

Come Jan. 5, 2011, congressmen will be back in school, learning how to read bills. Across town, another freshman has a similar agenda -- but add homework to his list.

Army Awards $250 Million Contract To Tiny, Inexperienced Firm Due To 'Alaska Native' Status

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In summer 2008, the U.S. military had a major problem. More than 2,400 service members had reported being sexually assaulted the previous year, and th...

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.

Appropriating Native Economies: When Is Enough, Enough?

David Kimelberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
David Kimelberg

Native Americans have been asking this question for centuries. The latest salvo in this unyielding attack is highlighted in a recent series of Washington Post articles that target Alaska Native Corporations.

Striking South African Unions Vote on Pay Increase Offer

Robert Weller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Weller

South Africa appears to be in the worst shape it has been since successfully switching from white-minority rule following elections in 1994.