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Brazil and South Africa Are Addicted to Gun Violence

Robert Muggah | Posted 11.19.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

There is nothing inevitable about gun violence. And while the scandalously high rates of murder in both Brazil and South Africa are treated by many as "normal," there are encouraging signs of change. Targeted crime prevention measures and public health interventions pursued in both countries are cause for cautious optimism.

On the Wild Side: South African Retail

Jon Bird | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Jon Bird

There's a word for South African (SA) retail: wild (which can be both positive and negative, as I'll reveal later in this article). It's unlike anythi...

The World's 20 Longest Non-Stop Flights

Hopper.com | Posted 10.20.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

If you find yourself wondering just how far we've come today and what worldly extremes are now accessible by commercial air, then be sure to check out this list of the top 20 longest non-stop flights on the planet.

Street Artist Gives Johannesburg's Decrepit Landmarks A Neon Pink Makeover

artnet | artnet News | Posted 09.12.2014 | Arts

This piece originally appeared on artnet News. Eileen Kinsella During the past few summer months, residents of Johannesburg have been notici...

The 10 Longest Non-Stop Flights from New York

Hopper.com | Posted 11.09.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

The team at Hopper has put together this list of the 10 longest non-stop flights from New York City; the ones that take passengers further afield than anywhere else, from the bubbling bazaars of Indian Mumbai, to the seething streets of China's megacities.

Homeless Man Gives Free Books To Kids Because 'You Don't Have To Be Rich To Change The World'

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact

If anyone proves you should never judge a book by its cover, it's Philani Dladla. Sporting a flat-bill baseball hat, a colorful, striped dress shir...

Can Biking and Walking Save Lives in Cities in the Global South?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings, parks, and green areas are all pieces of a complex puzzle to help citizens navigate their city safely and sustainably.

Black and White in Gay Cape Town

Jeremy Helligar | Posted 07.29.2014 | 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.

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.

Land Titles for the Urban Poor

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Rio de Janeiro is moving forward with the expansion of land titling for its most vulnerable citizens through Minha Casa Minha Vida, the national housing program, and Morar Carioca, the city's urban upgrading program.

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...

Red Vaya, Lamata, Kopaja, Busetas: How the Urban Poor Commute

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 06.22.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Too many transportation initiatives focus on cars and highways, thus favoring the rich and the middle class. But there are ways to provide safer, more affordable, eco-friendly and reliable transportation to the poor in the Global South, as the following examples demonstrate.

The World's Top 10 Airport Hotels With Stunning Runway Views

HotelsCombined.com | Posted 06.01.2014 | Travel
HotelsCombined.com

In the last few years, airport hotels have evolved from being an unavoidable stopover to luxurious, must-visit retreats.

Can Slums Be Used as Laboratories for Urban Improvement?

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Slums in the Global South are often used as "laboratories of urbanism," where initiatives are experimentally "tried out." While this approach encourages self-invention in slums, it can also be highly controversial to use informal communities as experimental territory.

From the Front Lines in the Fight Against Climate Change

Matt Petersen | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Matt Petersen

Cities are increasingly on the front lines in the fight against climate change as gridlock and dysfunction at the federal level have stymied efforts to address one of the most significant threats to our planet and way of life.

Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before, A Giraffe Walks Into A Restaurant...

The Huffington Post | William Goodman | Posted 02.03.2014 | Green

Alright, go ahead and stop us if you've heard this one before: a female giraffe named Perdy walks into a restaurant at the Lion Park in Johannesburg, ...

A Concrete Way to Remember and Honor Nelson Mandela

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

His commitment as a leader to South Africa's children was the extension of a principle that has governed leaders of traditional communities for generations: If the children are well, then all of us are well.

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.

Soweto

Kevin Richberg | Posted 02.08.2014 | Travel
Kevin Richberg

This 3 Minute Postcard shows a slice of Mandela's life through the Township that meant so much to him, and to all of South Africa.

Nelson Mandela's Lesson on Love

Dr. Terri Kennedy | Posted 02.07.2014 | World
Dr. Terri Kennedy

Mandela became our conscience. He transcended race and class. His thought was on the collective, not his individual pain. He was an authentic leader who never claimed to be perfect. His is a story of transformation, from militant freedom fighter to peacemaker.

Envision Your World

Kristin Duquette | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

I never thought I could feel so empowered and inspired on a 16-hour flight to the United States. From the time I entered the car on my way to O.R. Tambo International Airport, I began typing my thoughts and ideas about social change on my iPhone while taking occasional breaks to look up at the beautiful South African sunset.

Mandela Receives Apology For Mix Up

AP | Posted 08.05.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG -- The city of Johannesburg has apologized for a mix up over a warning notice it delivered to the house of Nelson Mandela, the former Sou...

A Walk In The Footsteps Of Nelson Mandela

Agence France Presse | Jean Liou | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices

A guided tour of key Johannesburg sites linked to Nelson Mandela has long been popular with visitors and residents alike, but the walk in the footstep...

Will Nelson Mandela's Influence On South African Politics Fade?

AP | CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA | Posted 05.20.2013 | Black Voices

JOHANNESBURG -- Nelson Mandela, old and frail, lives in seclusion in his Johannesburg home. Beyond the high walls of the house, the fighting over his ...

South Africa and the Worldwide Web of Life

Scott S. Smith | Posted 06.19.2013 | Travel
Scott S. Smith

We need to unplug periodically to get in touch with nature and the Eden within, otherwise evolution will move on to the next stage without us.