Author Adam Hochschild was 19 and writing for an anti-apartheid newspaper in Capetown, South Africa, when Nelson Mandela was arrested and put in prison. He couldn't imagine that Mandela had a chance against a government with the most military might in Africa.
The former South African president's face will appear on bills of all denominations by the end of year. Current President Jacob Zuma said the gesture was meant to express the South African people's "deep gratitude."
It's often the small signals that matter in diplomacy. And today had a doozy. President Obama greeted Cuba's President Raul Castro, as Obama was making his way to the podium to speak at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela. Did it mean something?
South African writer and Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer has died at her home in Johannesburg at the age of 90. The accomplished novelist was also beloved for her staunch anti-apartheid activism and mentoring of black South African writers.