Nelson Mandela, the acclaimed former president of South Africa who became famous for his staunch opposition to apartheid, died on Thursday, December 5, 2013. He was 95.
Lifestyle & Belief
Many parts of downtown Cape Town remain racially divided, and some are deserted at night and unsafe. It's part of the legacy of apartheid that hasn't changed. But Nelson Mandela's death has brought new life and integration to the center of the city — at least for now.
If you know the five countries that still call themselves communist, can you say which one is hewing most closely to Marxist principles?
Nelson Mandela once accused the US of "unspeakable atrocities." We also recall that Ethiopia was Mandela's training ground for guerrilla war. Plus, who would have thought that thieves flew business class? All that and more, in today's Global Scan.
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.
Arts, Culture & Media
Nelson Mandela loved music and inspired musicians both as an anti-apartheid leader and then as a politician. South African Richard Nwamba looks at the music that accompanied Mandela's life.
Conflict & Justice
Veteran BBC reporter John Humphrys recalls interviewing former South African President P.W. Botha, who saw nothing wrong with treating blacks differently than whites.
Former President Nelson Mandela is now a symbol for peace around the world. But until five years ago, he still had a very different label — on a US list of terrorists.
Conflict & Justice
Jiyar Gol was a young boy in Iran when he watched the promise of the Iranian Revolution turn sour. As an adult and a BBC reporter covering the Middle East, he traveled to South Africa and found a model for compromise and reconciliation that he believes could help Middle Eastern countries now stuck in their transitions to democracy.
Development & Education
As president of South Africa, Mandela pushed for equality between blacks and whites in the nation's schools. Anders Kelto of PRI's The World went to a school he's been following for a year to find out what teenagers were feeling after Mandela's death.