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Archbishop Desmond Tutu: Father of South Africa’s 'rainbow nation' dies at 90

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu has died at the age of 90 - but the principles of ethical and moral integrity defended by the man who carved out a permanent place in the hearts and minds of millions live on.... Read more»

Controversial definition of anti-Semitism set for full Arizona Senate vote

A strike-everything amendment turned House Bill 2282 from a small business grant bill into legislation that would require a controversial definition of anti-Semitism when teaching about the Holocaust in Arizona schools, raising concerns about people’s First Amendment rights to criticize government and academic freedom.... Read more»


Celebrating Mandela on 20th anniversary of end of apartheid

Commentary: South Africa’s transcendent mission to address the abuses of apartheid began 20 years ago this week.... Read more»

20 years since apartheid: What's changed in South Africa, and what hasn't

Twenty years since the end of apartheid. The anniversary of that day, April 27, 1994, is now a public holiday — Freedom Day. This year South Africans are preparing to go to the polls again, with elections scheduled for May 7. It will be only the fifth general election held since the end of racist white minority rule, and the first since Mandela's death.... Read more»

The truth about America’s Mandela policy

As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, international leaders, including US President Barack Obama, gathered in Johannesburg to honor the legacy of the South African freedom fighter and reconciliation icon. Obama eulogized Mandela as “the last great liberator of the 20th century.” But Washington has not always praised South Africa’s first black president in this way.... Read more»

Leader, savior, terrorist: How white South Africans remember Mandela

Here in Fochville, a sleepy farming and mining town in South Africa’s conservative Afrikaner heartland, asking about Nelson Mandela can make people suddenly very busy.... Read more»

Mandela: The fondest farewell the world has ever seen

U.S. President Barack Obama led world tributes to Nelson Mandela on Tuesday, hailing him as 'a giant of history' at a rain-soaked memorial attended by tens of thousands of South Africans united in proud, noisy celebration. "He was not a bust made of marble, he was a man of flesh and blood," Obama said of Mandela. "It is hard to eulogize any man... how much harder to do so for a giant of history, who moved a nation towards justice."... Read more»

During Tutu party, Dalai Lama brands Chinese officials liars

The Dalai Lama has branded Chinese officials liars in a sharp rebuke after the country appeared to block his trip to South Africa for Archbishop Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday celebration, Associated Press reports... Read more»1

Mandela's 93rd celebrated with song, volunteering

South Africans and people around the world are celebrating Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday with songs and voluntary work. Millions of South African schoolchildren sang "Happy Birthday" to the frail anti-apartheid icon.... Read more»

Comic: Immigration

Arizona Mandela

Emotions are running high over the question of how, or whether, Arizona should defend itself against illegal immigration. Heroes, however, are thin on the ground.... Read more»

White town doesn't embrace South Africa's World Cup

Vuzuzelas are unlikely to break the silence in this small town. The yellow jerseys of the national team, worn by every other South African, are nowhere to be seen, and the steady schedule of World Cup matches that brings the country to a standstill has no impact here.... Read more»1

South African soccer comes a long way

When the World Cup kicks off on June 11, South African soccer will have completed an incredible journey: from international pariah to host of the world’s greatest football tournament.... Read more»