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South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

ADST | Posted 11.17.2015 | World

This account was compiled from an interview by ADST in 2009 with Monica Joyi, who worked for the TRC Media Office from 1996-1997.

Ahmadiyya Apartheid and the Quest for Tolerance

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 11.03.2015 | World
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

The rise of the educated Ahmadis who profess a pluralistic, peaceful version of Islam is problematic. The power of the Mullah rests on getting people riled up, ready to give their lives for their faith.

The 1976 Soweto Uprising in South Africa

ADST | Posted 10.29.2015 | World

By the 1970's, South Africa's majority black communities were sick and tired of Apartheid's oppressive policies, which led to an increase in violence, protests and militant activity. However, not all organizations and group efforts to fight apartheid involved violence.

A Shared Understanding: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 10.26.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project celebrates recent grantees whose work allows people to understand one another in new ways.

#Blacklivesmatter and the Fight for a Free Palestine

Max Dorfman | Posted 10.14.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

It seems each year there is another conflict between Palestinians and Israelis. Violence erupts--and immediately one side accuses the other of inciting terrorism. It is the most obviously cyclical conflict I have ever seen. And there is no end in sight.

It Always Seems Impossible Until it's Done (and Why Zero Suicide is Possible, Dammit)

Josh Rivedal | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Josh Rivedal

Whatever difficulty you're dealing with on a personal level or within a larger system--it always seems impossible until it's done. Alone we are vulnerable but together we can achieve much. Suicide prevention is everyone's business. What will you commit to doing?

Is Rising Global Inequality a Form of Global Apartheid?

Marie Clarke | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Marie Clarke

At this moment in America, and around the world, the gap between the most wealthy and those living in the deepest poverty continues to grow, and the reality of the rich and the reality of the poor can feel like two different worlds altogether.

A New Apartheid: South Africa's Struggle With Immigration

Scott Warren | Posted 09.01.2015 | World
Scott Warren

JOHANNESBURG -- Recent violence against immigrants threatens to upset South Africa's international image as a success story. A new apartheid is now being enforced -- one in which foreign nationals instead of black South Africans are treated as second-class citizens.

BDS: As American As Apple Pie

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 08.14.2015 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

In condemning the Palestinian BDS movement, Hillary Clinton places herself not only on the wrong side of history, but on the wrong side of American history.

UN at 70, Ready to be Retired?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Should we pronounce the UN a failure, or perhaps give it a ceremonial gold watch and retire it? The UN and its adjunct organs and agencies have made much progress, before the 50th Anniversary, but also since.

Who Are the Role Models Since Helen Keller?

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Janice S. Lintz

South Africa's Freedom Charter was adopted in 1955. The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990. The United Kingdom followed five years later with the Disability Discrimination Act. Yet where are all the great leaders championing access for people with hearing loss?

About The Flag On Dylann Roof's Jacket

Iain S. Thomas | Posted 06.21.2015 | Politics
Iain S. Thomas

What is around us that would tacitly or implicitly give permission to someone to pick up a gun and kill nine people? All the signs, all the permission he ever needed was in a flag, in a sentence, in a supposedly harmless joke, in the privacy of a car, in a home late at night, in a status update. All of it, was always just there.

A Letter From a White South African to White America

Bronwyn Lea | Posted 06.19.2015 | Impact
Bronwyn Lea

I've been watching #blacklivesmatter trend on Twitter: grief and outrage and opinions from every corner. And, as someone who grew up in Apartheid South Africa, this all feels eerily familiar. I listen to people talk and think I remember, and I recognize that.

Nick Baumann

Dylann Roof Had A Rhodesian Flag On His Jacket -- Here's What That Tells Us | Nick Baumann | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics

Dylann Storm Roof, the 21-year-old man suspected of killing nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, on Wednesday, wore a jacket w...

Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions: A Movement The United Church Of Christ Should Reject

Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie | Posted 06.05.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Chuck Currie

The General Synod of the United Church of Christ (UCC), meeting later this month, will consider two resolutions calling for divestment from Israel and another labeling the Israeli treatment of Palestinians as akin to "Apartheid."

The Enduring Inspiration of Robert Kennedy's Ripples of Hope

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 06.05.2015 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

In the summer of 1966, my parents, Robert and Ethel Kennedy, traveled to South Africa at the invitation of Ian Robertson, President of the National Union of South African Students, or NUSAS. NUSAS, which opposed the racist Apartheid regime then in power in South Africa, wanted my father to deliver the keynote address at the annual Day of Reaffirmation of Academic and Human Freedom at the University of Cape Town.

Secrets of a Career Climb: Make Shit Happen, Deal When It Does

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Jim Treacy

Embrace your scars. When you have something to offer you'll be sought. The person who wants something least holds the stronger position. Living the dream is never giving in to adversity -- hold ground, then bounce back.

African American Success Factors

Marshall Cannon | Posted 05.28.2015 | Black Voices
Marshall Cannon

The African American community has been damaged to an extent that if Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey and Sojourner Truth came back to see what now exists, they wouldn't recognize it.

Seeing the Townships

Joshua Adams | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Joshua Adams

I wish I could give a more flowery, touristy account of the experience, but to be clear, it also gave me some deeper, more "positive" revelations. I was standing in the history of colonialism. But maybe more than that, I was the history of colonialism.

Designing the Rainbow Nation: Contemporary Design in South Africa

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 05.12.2015 | World
Stefan Simanowitz

In many ways South African design mirrors the county's remarkable recent political history, emerging as it has from turbulent times and international isolation to create a vibrant synthesis of the traditional and modern: the African and the European.

On Freddie Gray, Steve Biko and Youth Protest

Jeff Kelly Lowenstein | Posted 05.06.2015 | Politics
Jeff Kelly Lowenstein

We don't yet know how the story will end in Baltimore for the accused officers and the city, but we do know that something powerful there and throughout the country has been unleashed. And young people have been at the forefront.

When Israel Would Give Up the Bomb

Joe Lauria | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Joe Lauria

It seems nearly inconceivable today that Israel would become a single state with a Palestinian Arab government. But it was once inconceivable that South Africa would be led by a black government.

How Drag Queens Have the Power to Change Your Life

Matt Baume | Posted 06.30.2015 | Gay Voices
Matt Baume

This week's episode features Johann, a South African man who grew up closeted and lonely until he discovered the gay community in a place he could never have imagined as a child: at a screening of Drag Race, hosted by Seattle performer Ben DeLaCreme.

South Africa: A Nation at War With Itself

Alex Matthews | Posted 06.16.2015 | World
Alex Matthews

Returning to a city you once lived in (and loved living in) is a bit like spending time with an erstwhile lover with whom you parted amicably. There is so much that still connects you, that remains feels familiar; and yet the encounter is fleeting.

South African University Removes Statue Of British Imperialist

Reuters | Wendel Roelf | Posted 04.13.2015 | Black Voices

South Africa's University of Cape Town removed a statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes on Thursday to cheers from students, a symbolic move that ...