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Political Pardons Would Damage the Legacy of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Paul Seils | Posted 03.06.2015 | World
Paul Seils

President Zuma should make the climb to the moral high ground currently occupied by the victims. From there he may see more clearly the values that are needed to build the nation.

Celebrating Kathy

Barbara Rick | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Barbara Rick

Happy birthday to South Africa's freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada! "Kathy" -- as he's well known there -- turned a robust 85-years-old on August 21. He is the premiere guide and custodian of the history of infamous Robben Island, where he and Nelson Mandela were unjustly imprisoned for 18 years.

Presbyterian General Assembly Biennial Meeting: My Message on Israel and Palestine

Desmond Tutu | Posted 08.16.2014 | Religion
Desmond Tutu

The sustainability of Israel as a homeland for the Jewish people has always been dependent on its ability to deliver justice to the Palestinians. We learned in South Africa that the only way to end apartheid peacefully was to force the powerful to the table through economic pressure.

When South Africa Called, We Answered

Danny Schechter | Posted 07.02.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

Even as South Africa celebrates its 20th anniversary as a democracy with elections slated for next week, there has never been more rancor and anger in a land we all wanted to see as a true "rainbow nation."

A Photo History Of South African Apartheid 20 Years On

Posted 12.05.2014 | World

The anniversary of the fall of apartheid on Sunday takes on a special poignance this year. Exactly two decades ago, centuries of white-only rule w...

Winnie, 'The Mother of the Nation' Freed Mandela's Voice

Opal Palmer Adisa | Posted 02.17.2014 | Black Voices
Opal Palmer Adisa

I listened, with millions from around the world, as President Obama eulogized Nelson Mandela. And while I agreed with all that was said, I kept waiting to hear Winnie's name lifted up too, because she more than anyone else freed Nelson Mandela's voice.

The Banality of Evil: Lessons From South African Apartheid

Michael Keegan | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Keegan

The passing of Nelson Mandela brought back to mind many of the lessons of that experience and what they mean for us today here at home. No system, however evil, is ever permanent. And no system, no matter how righteous, just continues to be so without eternal vigilance.

Memories of Meeting Nelson Mandela

Meredith Carlson Daly | Posted 02.07.2014 | Impact
Meredith Carlson Daly

I had the good fortune to meet Mr. Mandela in 1994 in my homeland of South Africa, days before the historic elections. The journey leading to that meeting was a long one, a circle, a return to my childhood.

How American Conservatives Turned A Blind Eye To South African Apartheid

Posted 12.09.2013 | Politics

As news of Nelson Mandela's death spread on Thursday, Americans on the right and left lauded his accomplishments and expressed their sadness at his pa...

Many Republicans Opposed Sanctioning Apartheid South Africa In 1986. Watch Them Explain Why.

Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

Politicians from across the ideological spectrum heaped praise upon the lifetime and legacy of former South African president Nelson Mandela following...

Mandela Inspired Millions To Seek Peaceful Change

AP | JOHN DANISZEWSKI | Posted 12.06.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK (AP) — The thing about Nelson Mandela was that he made the rest of us want to be almost as noble as he. Imprisoned for 27 years, the anti-...

Nelson Mandela -- Who Will Carry His Torch?

Pablo Eisenberg | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Pablo Eisenberg

He has been such a forceful presence in our collective minds ... the liberator of South Africa, the global torchbearer for freedom and liberty, the moral conscience of a world plagued by intolerance and violence. Is there anybody of stature today who can carry his torch? Alas, nobody comes to mind.

LOOK: History Of Apartheid In South Africa

The Huffington Post | Kavitha A. Davidson | Posted 12.05.2013 | World

Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95. The former President of South Africa left an indelible mark on both his country and the world, becoming...

The World Has Lost a Great Man in Nelson Mandela

Mohamed A. El-Erian | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Mohamed A. El-Erian

Today is an extremely sad day. Nelson Mandela, one of most courageous leaders, has passed away. South Africa -- indeed, the whole world -- is saying goodbye to a great human being and an incredible inspiration.

The Peaceful Warrior: Kumi Naidoo

Yvonna Russell | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green
Yvonna Russell

The Malcolm X credo, "by any means necessary" applies to Kumi's exhaustive work ethic and passion to spread the word globally through social media, conferences (World Economic Forum in Davos, United Nations Climate Conference, Rio Earth Summit) and peaceful civil disobedience.

U.S. Ambassador To South Africa Had Very Memorable Meeting With Mandela

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 11.09.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG -- JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The new United States ambassador to South Africa says he was a "young kid" when he first met Nelson Mandela, who...

Mandela's South Africa: Reviewing Two Decades of Freedom

Colin Coleman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Colin Coleman

After almost two decades of democracy the world is asking: "what has Nelson Mandela's South Africa done with its freedom?" With the 95-year-old father of the nation ailing, the 52 million South Africans who see him almost universally as a hero are also asking what lies ahead long after "Madiba."

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.

Zimbabwe President Says Nelson Mandela Too Soft On Whites, In Documentary

Agence France Presse | Johannes Myburgh | Posted 07.26.2013 | Black Voices

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe criticises Nelson Mandela for being too soft on whites, in a documentary giving a rare and intimate look into the f...

Facing The Trauma And Embarking On The Healing Journey: An Interview With Michael Lapsley

Ethan Vesely-Flad | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Ethan Vesely-Flad

The Rev. Michael Lapsley barely survived a letter bomb attack by agents of the South African apartheid government who sought to kill him. The bomb exploded in his hands. In the wake of the recent Boston bombings, he reflects on his own experience of physical and psychological healing.

Did Margaret Thatcher Help Or Hinder Apartheid?

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 06.09.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Nineteen years after the end of apartheid, South Africans are still passionately divided over whether Margaret Thatcher helped or...

Jaweed Kaleem

Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million Templeton Prize | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 04.04.2013 | Religion

Desmond Tutu, the former Anglican archbishop of Cape Town who rose to international fame as he helped lead the fight against apartheid in South Africa...

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela Shocked At Possible Prosecution

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 03.17.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG -- Nelson Mandela's ex-wife Winnie expressed "surprise and shock" that prosecutors are considering charges against her following the exhu...

Young Activists' Bodies Exhumed In South Africa Echoes Of Dark Past

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 05.12.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG -- Forensic scientists on Tuesday exhumed two bodies believed to belong to young activists last seen 24 years ago at the home of Winnie M...

A Sojourn to Truth and Reconciliation

Sophia Bracy-Harris | Posted 02.05.2013 | Black Voices
Sophia Bracy-Harris

Both South Africa and the U.S. must honor the stories of apartheid and slavery told by their people. By acknowledging the wrong and committing to make it right, we help ensure that no race can ever again succeed in elevating itself at the expense of others.