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Nadine Gordimer: The Great Post-Mandela Disillusion

Michael Skafidas | Posted 04.14.2014 | 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...

Reagan's Birthday: No Party Hat and Candles Here

René Bryce-Laporte | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
René Bryce-Laporte

President Reagan's attitude and actions towards black Americans leaves most of us unable to find him to be a heroic or even sympathetic figure. When the 40th president's birthday comes around, don't expect most of us to break out the party hats and candles.

South Africa Must Look Forward After Mandela

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

There have been key figures throughout history that have been extremely influential in a country's destiny. Nelson Mandela is one such figure. This bl...

A Chance Meeting With Nelson Mandela

Lateef McLeod | Posted 03.24.2014 | Black Voices
Lateef McLeod

At nine I realized it was a grave injustice for Nelson Mandela to be locked in prison for 27 years since he advocated for all who inhabited the land that his ancestors lived for centuries have the freedom and democracy that everyone deserves in their home country.

'I Shook Hands With Mandela and de Klerk Today'

Denise Scott Brown | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Denise Scott Brown

It is July 4, 1993 and I want to set down what happened today so I don't forget it. I went to the luncheon given for the President of the ANC and the President of South Africa by the City of Philadelphia at the Convention Center.

Christmas Behind Bars With Nelson Mandela: Recollections of Younger Anti-apartheid Activist Saths Cooper

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

The opening of the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom on Christmas Day in America was an appropriately timed gift, given the film's message about faith in one's belief, overcoming injustice and choosing love over hate.

Remembering Madiba: Freedom for Prisoners in Punjab

Mandeep Singh | Posted 02.21.2014 | World
Mandeep Singh

Not only does South Africa have a long way to go to correct the errors of Apartheid, but many places all over the world still suffer from the poison of inequality and injustice that he opposed. One of the emerging world leaders dedicating his life to a freedom movement in the way Mandela did is Bhai Gurbaksh Singh Khalsa in India.

My 5 'Mandela Moments': How the Quintessential DreamMaker Helped Me to See the Light

Michele Hunt | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Michele Hunt

Nelson Mandela's life inspired me to continue to dream big and reinforced my core values of love, peace and the belief that the world can be changed.

The Power Of Moral Action: Nelson Mandela And Pope Francis

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.18.2014 | World
Carla Seaquist

The question becomes: Will we have the courage to "break good"? Think Mandela, think Pope Francis -- and act.

Mandela's Evolutionary Poltitics

Francis Levy | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Francis Levy

It can be hard to identify with the goodness of the great. The bar is set too high. Figures like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa and Nelson...

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.

America Needs Some Homegrown Heroes Like Mandela

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Steven Kurlander

Mandela's death sparked an almost forgotten allure toward hero worship. That was once reserved for outstanding Americans, who epitomized Americans' understanding of history and heroism. In this context, our president led the way.

Nelson Mandela: The Measure of the Man

James A. Joseph | Posted 02.12.2014 | College
James A. Joseph

In 1996, I was back in South Africa to present my credentials to President Mandela as the U.S. Ambassador. "I have come to exchange my 'free Mandela' sign for my credentials as the United States Ambassador," I said. He loved it.

Mandela's Crucial Lesson for America -- And The Republicans Who Never Learn

Joe Conason | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics
Joe Conason

Beyond the eulogies bestowed this week on the late and truly great Nelson Mandela, a visionary, revolutionary, and peacemaker, there is much for Americans to learn from the story of his vexed relationship with our country.

Dark Memories of Sunny South Africa

Anya Schmemann | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Anya Schmemann

We had just arrived in Johannesburg, South Africa from snowy New York City. It was suddenly the middle of summer, the garden was lush and green, and there was a sparkling pool outside our window beckoning us. All year we had dreamed of our new life in Africa.

Farewell, Tata

Diann Rust-Tierney | Posted 02.10.2014 | World
Diann Rust-Tierney

When I think of a world without our beloved Mandela, I imagine how empty it will feel without his great intellect and incredible gift.

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.

Believing in Mandela, Believing in His Circle, Believing in Human Rights

Jack Healey | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Let us not rest with the knowledge that another world is possible. Let's join together to make a world of justice and dignity so probable as to be inevitable. I thank Madiba and all of his circle for setting an example that we must all still follow.

Government Can Learn a Few Lessons About Forgiveness

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Stuart Muszynski

If the insurance industry had blown the Obamacare rollout, there likely would have been little forgiveness, compassion or understanding coming their way from Washington or the states. Yet, forgiveness is exactly what the Obama administration wants from all of us.

Shining Lights

Paula Gordon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Politics
Paula Gordon

The human animal is, quite reasonably, afraid of the dark. When living in it, we seek light. In accepting the reality of Nelson Mandela's death, my sad heart is drawn to the light of hope he offers us all: history will be what we make of it.

Mandela Inspired a Generation of Activists, Including Obama

Peter Dreier | Posted 12.10.2013 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The anti-apartheid divestment protest at Occidental was one of the most formative moments of his life. It was the beginning of a trajectory that led him from student, to community organizer, to law professor, to politician and eventually to the White House.

Mandela's Gift: How to Be Loved by the People

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

In recent memory, there hasn't been another memorial service attended by so many dignitaries. Why was Mandela so special? What makes him worthy of this attention?

Mandela: Remembering It Took a Very Long Time to Do the Obvious

William Bradley | Posted 02.09.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Mandela is nothing short of a consensus world icon, celebrated from the most insurgent to the most establishmentarian precincts, as he should be. But why, then, was his cause so difficult for so many to support when action was needed?

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (Review)

Alice Charles | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Entertainment
Alice Charles

From the opening shot of a small African boy running through the bush, we know the realm that this film occupies. Fortunately, the performances of both Idris Elba as Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie lift this above melodrama - just.