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Truth and Reconciliation Commission

CIA Torture Cover-up: The U.S. Cannot Run From Its Legacy of Torture Any More

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

Torture is never justified and is always and everywhere morally wrong. The fact that a majority of Americans still don't get that is a great moral catastrophe and one that must be faced directly.

Nelson Mandela and Saths Cooper: Two Generations of Anti-apartheid Activists Share a Prison Cell Block and Become a President

Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Judy Kuriansky, Ph.D.

The name Sathasivian Cooper may not be as famous internationally as that of Nelson Rohihlhla Mandela, but the younger man fondly called "Saths" and the older man affectionately nicknamed "Madiba" (meaning "troublemaker") were both rebels and anti-apartheid activists.

Joseph and Mandela: Exemplars of Reconciliation (Vayehi, Genesis 47:28-50:26)

Rabbi Toba Spitzer | Posted 02.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Those lofty goals are far from being met in South Africa, or here in the U.S., for that matter. Mandela's legacy to us is to hold out the greater vision of reconciliation, a dream of justice grounded in a profound faith in the human capacity to change.

Nelson Mandela, Forgiveness and Brothers and Sisters

Judith Greenberg, Ph.D. | Posted 12.09.2013 | Impact
Judith Greenberg, Ph.D.

How did he do it? How did he see stars instead of bars while in prison? Apartheid, suffering, and twenty-seven years of imprisonment did not stop him from leading a nation through a process of truth and reconciliation.

My Heroes Are Dying!

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

The examples and lessons of the heroes that emerged at the end of the last century are more relevant than ever to the real and projected fears, threats, and challenges facing us in this one.

A Letter to Malcolm in Prison on the Death of Mandella

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Malcolm, we know that South Africa continues to face its own struggles and that the United States is not a post-racial society, not when with "The New Jim Crow" such a large percentage of black men are incarcerated.

Mandela's Legacy: Teaching Ubuntu

Ken Brack | Posted 02.05.2014 | Education
Ken Brack

I am a former teacher turned full-time writer and one day hope to return to the classroom. If I could inspire high school students to discover and apply one huge and empowering achievement of our time, I would point them to South Africa.

Growing Up With Nelson Mandela

John K. Herr | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
John K. Herr

Nelson Mandela deserves a place of honor with the dissidents and dreamers who knocked down the Berlin Wall and defeated the Soviet Union. And I am honored to have grown up watching it happen.

The Act of Killing

Francis Levy | Posted 11.06.2013 | Entertainment
Francis Levy

In The Act of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer has assembled a group of thugs who were instrumental in the murder of over one million suspected Communists...

Mandela: The Imperfect Nobility of a Great Leader

Ted Harro | Posted 08.28.2013 | World
Ted Harro

South Africa's problems are far from solved. But stop for a second and imagine what South Africa might be like if it weren't for remarkable people like Mandela.

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Desmond Tutu Wins $1.7 Million Templeton Prize

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

New Hopes From Rabat

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Joseph Braude

By effectively designating the homicide a matter of "state security," the army only stoked conspiracy theories that further fueled distrust of the government. Shining a light on the truth of the matter would have been better for the family, and better for the kingdom itself.

On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If we really want to honor the Americans in uniform who gave their lives fighting for their country, we'll redouble our efforts to make sure we're worthy of their sacrifice; we'll renew our commitment to the rule of law, for the rule of law is essential to any civilization worth dying for.

Forgiveness: You Can't Have It Both Ways

Maria Mayo | Posted 07.22.2012 | Religion
Maria Mayo

Conflating biblical understandings of forgiveness with individual, therapeutic notions distorts the biblical text and creates pressure on individual victims.

Restorative Justice And The Economy Of Grace

Derek Flood | Posted 12.20.2011 | Religion
Derek Flood

Theologians have traditionally spoken of a conflict between justice and grace: justice is about there being consequences for wrong action and grace is about leniency.

Give 'Til It Hurts

BJ Gallagher | Posted 08.13.2011 | Religion
BJ Gallagher

As the collection basket made its way toward me, I wondered what to do. My business had been slow, so I had no extra money to give. I desperately wanted to support this marvelous process unfolding in South Africa.

Sri Lanka's Defining Moment?

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sandeep Gopalan

There are allegations that the media in Sri Lanka has been intimidated through killings, torture, disappearances and detentions. Accurate reporting is the casualty.

Desmond Tutu Meets Victims and Perpetrators of Violence

Marina Cantacuzino | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marina Cantacuzino

It is easy to see why everyone wants a little piece of Desmond Tutu. His immense humanity and irrepressible good humor are infectious.

'Empathic Civilization': Why Empathy Is Essential For Doctors And In Conflict Resolution

Jodi Halpern | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jodi Halpern

When empathy is guided by a deeper understanding of each other's perspectives, it offers enormous promise for helping us build global cooperation.

Reconciliation Means Never Having to Say You're Sorry

Yvonne Malan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yvonne Malan

The world loved the Rainbow Nation success story and chose, along with many South Africans, to ignore that reconciliation can easily be used to justify impunity.

Following Up on Kristof in Liberia: Views on Truth and Reconciliation from the Ground

Robert Blair | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Blair

Nicholas Kristof asked, "What on earth is happening in Liberia?" I ask Liberians what they think.

Drip, Drip... Sosa... Drip, Drip

Roger I. Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Roger I. Abrams

The Sosa disclosure has spawned a debate whether the time has come to lay out all the remaining 102 names on the list and get on with the post-steroid era.

President Obama's "Spock" Rationale On Iraq War Investigation Untenable

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gail Vida Hamburg

The President's refusal to investigate the Bush administration's policies and actions relating to the Iraq War is the embodiment of Vulcan logic -- free from messy human emotions and moral obligation.

Video: Why we need a Truth Commission

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

In spite of all the recent news, some in Washington still need to be sold on the idea of creating a truth commission to investigate Bush-Cheney administration.

Truth or Reconciliation?

Russ Baker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Russ Baker

Official investigations of the Bush administration are on the way. Politicians will appear heroic. The media will get a hot story they won't have to do a bit of digging for. And the rest of us?