Throughout the week, South Africans will gather to grieve en masse the loss of Nelson Mandela. A courageous statesman, Mandela began his political life as a young Soweto lawyer steering the resistance against apartheid, only to be imprisoned for twenty-seven years for his labors, later emerging to b ... More >>
When Nelson Mandela died last week, the internet had its own sort of Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which went rather less well than South Africa's. As Mandela is a well-loved world figure, it's only natural that even his former enemies would want to act like they liked him when he passed; an ... More >>
When a towering figure like Nelson Mandela dies -- a revolutionary, an emancipator, South Africa's first black president, one of the most beloved figures ever in the struggle against not just apartheid, but racism and oppression in all its forms -- the most important thing to do is immediately estab ... More >>
'Dragons in Space Redux' Housing Works Bookstore Cafe Mar. 6, 7pm, Free And here we are, rounding off Housing Works' Geek Week, or as any respectable frat guy might know it--every other week of the year. At tonight's panel discussion, science fiction and fantasy--sorry, we mean SF/F--writers Peter B ... More >>
Two U.S. Army officers were killed at their desks in Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior Saturday by a junior intelligence officer. "We believe it was 100% linked to the Quran burning because of the religious background of this junior officer. He spent two months in a Pakistani madrassa," an Afghan ... More >>
Data rating 18,000 New York City teachers was released Friday, but not without strong caveats as both teachers and education leaders warned of flaws. Teachers are evaluated based on how much value they add as evidenced by change in student performance on standardized tests relative to measurement o ... More >>
This weekend, Occupy Wall Street is planning to attempt an occupation of Duarte Square, which is owned by Trinity Wall Street, an Episcopalian parish downtown. The plans have been in the works for some time; a few people have been holding a hunger strike for almost two weeks to get Trinity to ... More >>
Will the Chinese star's detention force the art world to better confront human rights?
Films made during the Apartheid get their U.S. debut
David Zwirner hosts the artist's new show, 'Corporate'
Pretend you're Reshma Saujani, 34, dazzling, born to an Indian family expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin, a Harvard and Yale Law School grad who returned to Africa to help build Nelson Mandela's post-apartheid government. It's late 2009 and everything you've done in your professional life since its i ... More >>
• BP has gotten the okay to begin the next phase of the "static kill" (a/k/a, pouring cement into the well part two), which is something that we never would have thought we'd be excited about 100-some days ago. Things change. Pumping operations are expected to start today. [BP] • Despite ... More >>
By now, you know what a vuvuzela is: the crackhead, steroid-taking sibling of the diminutive kazoo that made its presence known to the universe at large during the World Cup, wherein, everyone at the World Cup had one, and were blowing their vuvuzelas. It sounds like hell. Of course, appropri ... More >>
We defy you to unironically enjoy this song. The 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa kicks off on June 11th. Sports-wise, the tournament promises to be thrilling, with 32 teams from around the world pitting their varied domestic styles and approaches to the game against each other in a bid to deci ... More >>
2009 is still in full swing, but I happen to know just which films are going to get nominated for the Best Picture Academy Award next year. They are: Up in the Air with ever charming man of many hats, George Clooney Up, which has extra relevance due to headlines about "balloon boy" The Hu ... More >>
There's much to be written about Nelson Mandela, but a Mandela cookbook isn't exactly the first thing that springs to mind. Nevertheless, South Africa-based writer Anna Trapido has recently published Hunger for Freedom: The Story of Food in the Life of Nelson Mandela, a "gastro-political biography." ... More >>
Live Video streaming by Ustream For all the lovely grace notes, homages, and eulogies that have flowed from any number of erudite and compassionate individuals in the wake of Michael Jackson's untimely death at the young age of 50, a celebrity's death is not over in American until the huge, gaudy, ... More >>
About a half-hour ago Smokey Robinson made a nice speech and conveyed regrets from Diana Ross and Nelson Mandela, who counseled the family to "stay strong." Then there were several minutes of nothingness, during which Fox anchors blabbed. Now a gospel group is singing "We Are Going to See the King ... More >>
The year in picturespictures of me!
Gambling on being satisfied by ham on wry; finding sex outside of the city.
Does a nation's sovereignty allow it to destroy its own people?
No night at the opera; bodies aching all the time
It's possible to rise from the ashes
Singer-poet to be Released From Questionable Prison Term
Black U.S. Leaders Also Silent
'Could I Be Bombed? Or Be Thrown Behind Bars?'
Jim Brown: Still Punishing After All These Years
The International AIDS Conference Makes a Commitment to Saving Third-World Lives
Building Toward a Political Sports Movement
Building a Movement on the Ruins of Apartheid
Only a Dream a Nonviolent Army?
Hillary Race Is Textbook Case
Tying Postwar Balkans to the EU
Eerie Prospects After Bombing
Mzwakhe Mbuli in Mandela's South Africa
A Prison Interview With Mzwakhe Mbuli