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Using Tragedy to Change the Narrative

Nida Khan | Posted 07.05.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

Until the inhumane treatment of Palestinians is ended, Netanyahu cannot play the victim no matter how hard he may try to spin a situation -- even when he disgustingly uses the deaths of innocent teenagers to do so.

Sarajevo 1914 and New York City 2001: Is It Happening Again?

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 06.26.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Sarajevo 1914 does not appear so distant, at least in terms of rhetoric and inclination to dehumanize the other. But, then perhaps our awareness has been raised to the danger.

Anti-Apartheid Archbishop Calls Presbyterians to Back Divestment from Israeli Occupation

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.16.2014 | Religion
Robert Naiman

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the leader who more than any other human being alive is associated with the successful use of divestment to help overturn apartheid in South Africa, is calling on Presbyterians to choose divestment from the Israeli occupation.

48 Years of a Ripple of Hope

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

Forty-eight years ago today, my father, Robert Kennedy, spoke to students at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, delivering what is now known as the "Ripple of Hope" speech.

California Primary: Jerry Brown Romps While Republicans Dodge Their Own Silver Bullet and Other Races Intrigue

William Bradley | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Though the election was largely a bore, it did have some interesting outcomes, not only in the statewide races but also in some district level races for Congress and state Assembly and even local office.

Black and White in Gay Cape Town

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 05.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeremy Helligar

The implication: It was OK to kiss me in the hallway of a dark club on Saturday night, but he wasn't interested in me as a multi-dimensional human being or, presumably, being seen in public with me in the harsh, unforgiving light of day.

Happy

Jack Schimmelman | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion
Jack Schimmelman

Dasha. Photo by Tania. Used with permission. If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution. So said Emma Goldman more than 100 year...

How Five Days in Johannesburg Changed My Perception of Color

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 07.20.2014 | Black Voices
Jeremy Helligar

It had nothing to do with black pride and everything to do with what I saw in the eyes of that little boy: myself.

Brown, Economic Inequality and the Absolute Necessity of Public Schools

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Norma Cook Everist

We see once again closing of public schools. Although the "appearance is race neutral," the reality is not, Attorney General Eric Holder has noted.

The Choice We Face, the Debate We Must Have

James Zogby | Posted 07.10.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

What troubled me most was that Kerry, after acknowledging that many Israelis have offered the same warning, apologized for using the word "apartheid" saying that "it is a word best left out of the debate here at home." In other words, Israelis can have this debate, but we can't.

Resolution on Dalits Commendable But Outdated

Murali Balaji | Posted 07.08.2014 | Black Voices
Murali Balaji

For many years, the complex social practice of caste in the Indian subcontinent (and to a lesser degree, the South Asian Diaspora) has been the subject of activism and reform efforts.

Public School Apartheid in Harlem

Allison Fine | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Allison Fine

At some point, we tacitly consented to the notion that providing only 20 percent of the children in Harlem, those that win the lottery and go to charter schools, with adequate teachers, equipment and food, is a morally acceptable public policy.

Activist Shareholders: Hear Them, Don't Necessarily Heed Them

Jim Treacy | Posted 06.29.2014 | Business
Jim Treacy

January 1987 and South Africa was burning. The eyes of the free world transfixed on a country in turmoil -- declared state of emergency, mounting Anti...

Beyond Forgiving: Two South Africans Share Their Story of Healing

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Marina Cantacuzino

It would appear that to listen to the other's story when no one else will or when you've been deeply hurt or violated yourself, is the greatest catalyst for change in countries with a history of sectarian violence.

Is Anyone in Washington Willing to Defend John Kerry?

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The words that Kerry used are, in a way, an unhelpful distraction from the point he was trying to make: the establishment of an independent and contiguous Palestinian state is the only way that the state of Israel can be both democratic and Jewish.

Kerry Backs Off 'Apartheid' Remark, Does Not Apologize

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 06.29.2014 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry says he chose the wrong word in describing Israel's potential future after coming under withering cr...

Cruz: Kerry Should Step Down Over Contentious Comment

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Secretary of State John Kerry to step down for saying Israel risks becoming an "apartheid state." The Daily Beast repo...

John Kerry Regrets 'Apartheid' Comment, But Israeli Leaders Have Said The Same Thing

AP | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday he had chosen the wrong word in describing Israel's potential future after coming under ...

Kerry Criticized For Israel 'Apartheid' Comment

AP | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Republicans in Congress and pro-Israel groups criticized Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday for reportedly saying Israel could...

Absent a Two State Solution a "Jewish State" Means Apartheid

Akbar Ganji | Posted 06.28.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that have been in the works for nearly two decades are back to square one. There are many reasons for the failure of the negotiations, but one of the key reasons is that Israel has moved the goalposts. In the past negotiations between the two sides, the most important demand of Israel was for the Palestinians to recognize Israel's right to exist. But the hardline government of Benjamin Netanyahu is now demanding that the Palestinians must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

Jimmy Carter, John Kerry and Their Best Friends

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Raymond J. Learsy

Certainly there are many issues that both sides need to accommodate, but pundits rationalizing the isolation of Israel will only make the Palestinians more intransigent and the Israelis more fearful of the long shadow of history and their sworn determination that it will happen "Never Again."

South Africa Celebrates 20th Anniversary Of The Fall Of Apartheid

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 06.27.2014 | World

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africans on Sunday celebrated 20 years of democracy with song, prayer and praise for those who guided their country into a...

A Photo History Of South African Apartheid 20 Years On

Posted 04.27.2014 | 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...

Nadine Gordimer: The Great Post-Mandela Disillusion

Michael Skafidas | Posted 06.14.2014 | World
Michael Skafidas

"I am afraid that, in South Africa, we have not done with our freedom what we said we were going to do. And that makes it now the worst of times because it is a great disillusion."

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...