Eve Fairbanks

Jose Mujica Was Every Liberal's Dream President. He Was Too Good to Be True.
February 05, 2015

He spoke truth to power, and legalized marijuana and abortion. So why are Uruguay's progressives so disappointed?

"I Have Sinned Against the Lord and Against You! Will You Forgive Me?"
June 18, 2014

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 a Bunch of Fulbright Scholars Overseas Is Not 'Soft Diplomacy.'
March 28, 2014

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.