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Democracy Wins in South Africa

Barry D. Wood | Posted 07.12.2014 | World
Barry D. Wood

The biggest winner in South Africa's May 7th parliamentary election is democracy itself. Twenty years after the first all race ballot, Nelson Mandela's rainbow nation is alive and well in the country of 50 million. The election is a triumph of constitutional government and rule of law.

Is the Clock Running Out for South Africa?

Charlotte Florance | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics
Charlotte Florance

While the remarkable and peaceful democratic transition that began in 1994 opened up the political system and dismantled the racist apartheid regime, the country has hit debilitating political and economic roadblocks, potentially derailing the country completely.

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."

'Marching on Pistorious': Athlete and Democracy On Trial in South Africa

Danny Schechter | Posted 06.11.2014 | Media
Danny Schechter

With Nelson Mandela's death, news from South Africa seemed to have died along with the world's most famous ex-political prisoner turned president. It ...

S. African Prez Slammed For $23 Million Home Makeover

Reuters | Posted 05.19.2014 | World

By Ed Cropley PRETORIA, March 19 (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma "benefitted unduly" from a $23 million state-funded s...

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...

Boo Politics

Drew F. Cohen | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Drew F. Cohen

While the booing incident at Mandela's memorial service was not exactly a turning point for South Africa -- almost no one expects the ANC to lose in the upcoming elections -- it did expose the rest of the world to the souring state of South African politics in the most unflattering manner possible.

Desmond Tutu: HRAC's Person of the Year

Jack Healey | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

Tutu was part of a tsunami of change that challenged and toppled the walls of apartheid. But he was not finished then. He has continued to fight onwards to publicize the plight and agitate for positive change.

Zuma Booed At Mandela Memorial

Reuters | Posted 02.09.2014 | World

By David Dolan JOHANNESBURG, Dec 10 (Reuters) - South African President Jacob Zuma was booed and jeered at a memorial to anti-aparthei...

Even With Mandela's Death -- Sloppy Telling of His Life

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.05.2014 | Media
David Tereshchuk

It does Mandela's life-story no service, nor the movement's -- nor that of sheer historical truth -- to canonize him as some one-sided Man of Peace.

Pope Mourns Mandela

Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis paid tribute to Nelson Mandela on Friday, as he joins the world in grieving the death of one of the world's most ardent fighters for equa...

Obama Offers Condolences To South Africa's President

AP | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama has offered his condolences to South African President Jacob Zuma (ZOO'-muh) on the death of the Nelson Man...

Why South Africa Is Not Fit to Lead Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Zuma's domestic record have left him open to criticism. Countries such as Angola and Nigeria are finding it hard to refer to South Africa as a regional leader when its own house is in such a state of disrepair.

Obama Tells Leaders To Follow Mandela's Example

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 08.29.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Barack Obama met privately Saturday with Nelson Mandela's family as the world anxi...

Nelson Mandela In Critical Condition

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 08.23.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG -- Nelson Mandela's health has deteriorated and he is now in critical condition, the South African government said Sunday. The office of...

Mandela's Health Improving

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 08.16.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela is engaging with his family and seeing improvement from the recurring lung infectio...

South African President Gives Update On Mandela's Health

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 08.12.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela began responding better to treatment Wednesday morning for a recurring lung infection following "...

Dancing While Rome Burns: Why South Africa Has Not Had Its Revolution Yet

Estelle Nagel | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Estelle Nagel

Facing the hostile crowd, who had been fed-up, hungry, shot at, and arrested in scores, there was little else he could do. What can you say to the men and women who faced the tragedy, and painstakingly picked up bullet casings? What can you do in response?

Mandela Appears An Ailing Man In New Video

AP | MICHELLE FAUL | Posted 06.29.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — South African President Jacob Zuma said he found Nelson Mandela "in good shape and in good spirits" Monday, but a video of his en...

The Central African Republic: Implications of Africa's "Phantom State"

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.12.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

The future of the CAR is naturally uncertain. For the country to become capable of controlling its destiny and asserting its sovereignty by preventing armed militias from entering its land, Séléka must avoid the mistakes of its predecessor.

Nelson Mandela Discharged From The Hospital

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 06.06.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Former President Nelson Mandela was discharged from a hospital on Saturday following treatment for pneumonia, the presidency said...

Nelson Mandela Still In Hospital

AP | Posted 06.02.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Former South African President Nelson Mandela remains in a hospital, where he is being treated for pneumonia for a sixth day. Pr...

Nelson Mandela Hospitalized

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.27.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela was back in the hospital for the third time in four months Thursday, and the 94-year-old former South African pres...

Assad Begs BRICS Countries For Help

AP | ALBERT AJI and BASSEM MROUE | Posted 05.27.2013 | World

DAMASCUS, Syria — Syria's increasingly isolated president sent a letter calling for help from leaders of five nations at an economic meeting Wed...

Africa: Where a More Inclusive Future Is Being Written

Ajay Banga | Posted 02.26.2013 | Impact
Ajay Banga

When I returned to New York, I couldn't help but think that through the everyday resolve and achievements of people like Hilda and the systemic strides inspired by heads of state in Sub-Saharan Africa, I had just seen the future.