A moving story of redemption, and its complications, in post-Apartheid South Africa.
Oscar Pistorius' Paranoia
April 16, 2014
To understand his defense, you need to understand South Africa.
Sending Fulbright Scholars Abroad Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.' But There Are Better Reasons Not to Axe the Program
The Dark Spot of Nelson Mandela's Legacy
December 09, 2013
Is he responsible for South Africa's leadership crisis?
The Scene Outside Nelson Mandela's Home was Not that Dramatic—Because His Country Has Become a Normal One
December 06, 2013
Media hype aside, the scene outside Nelson Mandela's house was not that dramatic. That's because he turned South Africa into a normal country.
Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013
December 05, 2013
He was a hero who ranks with Abraham Lincoln. But he left a more ambivalent legacy, too.
Africa's Obsession with Shopping Malls
September 23, 2013
A year ago, a friend from rural South Africa called me full of excitement. His hometown, a large village called Burgersfort, was finally “getting on the map,” he said.
Nelson Mandela's Less Attractive Legacy
July 18, 2013
Not as kindly as you think.
"You Have All the Reasons to Be Angry"
March 04, 2013
The liberation of South Africa was one of the great triumphs of the twentieth century. What happened next is one of the great disappointments of the twenty-first.
August 18, 2011
Outjo, Namibia—Growing up in Namibia in the 1980s, Willem Bezuidenhout was alone with his cowboy dream. He wallpapered his father’s house in the capital of Windhoek with posters of Hopalong Cassidy and shunned play dates to watch The War Wagon again and again in his darkened bedroom, pausing the tape to trace John Wayne’s image onto pieces of translucent paper that he pressed up to the screen. His playmates—the sons of Namibia’s white farmers, doctors, or lawyers, like his father—made fun of him. But that was before the white communities of southern Africa went crazy for country.