Commentary / World Dec 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela: peace at last

by Gwynne Dyer

The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp than was lavished on former South African leader Nelson Mandela during a week-long media orgy. Mandela was no saint; he was just the right man at the right time.

World Dec 15, 2013

Some Afrikaners unmoved by Mandela death

by David Smith

Dirk Smit's reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela, it would be fair to assume, puts him in the minority of South Africans. "Sort of indifferent, to be honest," he said flatly of his feelings. "Calling him a terrorist was a fair comment. What we ...

Anti-apartheid movement recalls struggle

World Dec 15, 2013

Anti-apartheid movement recalls struggle

by Daniel Boffey

Key figures in the British anti-apartheid movement have spoken of their sadness at the death of Nelson Mandela, whom they described as a reluctant poster boy of a campaign that ended up focusing the world's attention on the horrors of apartheid South Africa. As their ...

Mandela saw massive change in Africa

World Dec 15, 2013

Mandela saw massive change in Africa

by Chris Mcgreal

Nelson Mandela was born into a continent colonized and in servitude to European powers in July 1918. Only Ethiopia and Liberia were independent. But Germany's defeat in the first world war brought about a reworking of the colonial order with its possessions in what ...