No one is indispensable. Yet history is full of individuals whose absence or presence changed the course of human events and altered the fate of nations. Most of these were autocrats whose accumulation of power was itself the reason to fear the vacuum resulting from their departure. Show More Summary
As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager. He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort. And he’s been a big part of the Irish consciousness even longer than that. Show More Summary
Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. Mandela was 95. “He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have [...]
Former South African president's struggle and sacrifices made him one of the world's most revered statesmen.
Today is an extremely sad day. Nelson Mandela, one of most courageous leaders, has passed away. South Africa -- indeed, the whole world -- is saying goodbye to a great human being and an incredible inspiration. I am among the millions around the world who feel a deep sense of loss. Show More Summary
Dr Yawei Huang writes: I have just read Mr Keating's recent speech on China's strategic responsibility in Asia. I found Mr Keating's position towards China's rise and his view on the new order and Australia's role in the region haveShow More Summary
(QUITO, Ecuador) — President Rafael Correa’s government has shut down a nonprofit environmental group that opposes Amazon rainforest oil drilling, alleging it was involved in disturbing public order. The closure Wednesday is the first...Show More Summary
Nelson Mandela is dead at age 95, the president of South Africa told the world today. "We've lost our greatest son," Jacob Zuma announced to his nation, as quoted by AP. The anti-apartheid icon had been in failing health and spent about 3 months in the hospital with a lung...
By Richard Stengel Nelson Mandela was always uncomfortable talking about his own death. But not because he was afraid or in doubt. He was uncomfortable because he understood that people wanted him to offer homilies about death and he had none to give. Show More Summary
Nelson Mandela has died, South African President Jacob Zuma says.
Progressive Socialist Party leader MP Walid Jumblatt slammed Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah’s accusation that Saudi Arabia was linked to attack against the Iranian embassy in Beirut saying that the party should have at least waited for the facts to be revealed. “The accusations would drag Lebanon more into regional conflicts that may once again [...]
Jerusalem, 2016 As you may be aware, the Government of Israel and its Palestinian partners have come to an agreement concerning the permanent border between Israel and the new Palestinian state. There are several hundred thousand Israeli citizens in areas of the West Bank that will be part of the new Palestine. Show More Summary
Most African countries still suffer frequent power outages which inhibit economic growth. They are not, however, lacking in resources. This post outlines some of those least known in Africa.
A priest who left the church after fathering a child with the daughter of one of the Pope’s closest advisors will marry the mother of his love child this weekend. The former Rev. Thomas Williams, of the Legion of Christ, admitted last year to fathering a love child several years before with the daughter of Mary Anne Glendon, the U.S. Show More Summary
An open letter from Students for Justice in Palestine chapters in support of the American Studies Association boycott resolution.
U.S. prosecutors have charged 49 current and former Russian diplomats and their family members with participating in a scheme to get health benefits intended for the poor by lying about their income. The charges come against a backdrop of tense exchanges between Russia and the United States over law enforcement actions in both countries. According [...]
Israel has no shortage of reasons to welcome the demise of Hassan Lakiss, the senior Hizballah commander who was assassinated outside his Beirut home just after midnight on Wednesday. According to Israeli security officials and Hebrew...Show More Summary
I want to tell you about the day it happened and about the next day. About how I felt and the days after that when fragments of that day would spill in unexpected spaces and places. And the months after that when I discovered all the...Show More Summary