South Africa.

Exciting, Erotic Ride Through Old Theatre Classic

Michael Groberman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Michael Groberman

We rarely see the design and directing of this calibre, and the performances remind us of the heights to which live theatre may aspire. We are fortunate that this production that has been touring for two years was able to stop in Vancouver.

Pistorius Should Not Be the Face of Violence in South Africa

Dariusz Dziewanski | Posted 03.11.2014 | Canada
Dariusz Dziewanski

In South Africa violence is present and disregarded across the country. The victims of this violence are black, coloured, Indian, and white, women and men, rich and poor, famous and unknown. While the stories of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp deserve attention, there are other poignant personal histories across this spectrum of experience that are ignored, and have been ignored for decades. Surely such stories deserve real attention as well. Not a matter-of-fact reporting of time, place, and cause of death, but real attention; in narratives as penetrating and rich as is necessitated by the lives they represent.

Every Parent's Nightmare Is an Elephant's Reality

Sangita Iyer | Posted 03.06.2014 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

Every parent's nightmare: They invade your home, snatch your most treasured jewel -- your two young children. You want to run and rescue your children, but you can't. The truth is your worst nightmare is a reality for captive elephants.

What Happens When You Ask a Thousand HIV-affected Children How They Feel?

John Miller | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Impact
John Miller

Both the adults and the kids cry often but data collectors must not confuse their role with the families' service providers. It must be noted that the study has gone through several layers of ethical review and nevertheless, the stories trouble those who hear them. In some cases, children feel safe enough to make horrific disclosures for the first time.

My Brush With Madiba... At a Soccer Game

Grant Gordon | Posted 03.16.2014 | Canada
Grant Gordon

I have no idea if the man eulogized by Dr Maya Angelou last month as South Africa's "David...Man of strength Gideon", was actually in the press box that hot, sunny day at Ellis Park. But I believe he was. I could feel it in the pride his perceived presence stirred to a melodious roar.

What Would Nelson Mandela Think of Canada's Apartheid?

Anne Theriault | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada
Anne Theriault

There is no discussion of the fact that part of the reason Mandela was sent to prison was because he was responsible for bombing a power plant. Though we seem to like to imagine that Mandela brought change to South Africa with nothing but wise words and a kind, grandfatherly smile, the truth is very different. Mandela fought for his freedom, tooth and nail.

Why South Africa is Still Dealing With Segregation and Poverty

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.17.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

The South African Reconciliation Barometer, a survey of racial and social attitudes, consistently finds a deeply divided nation. Less than 40 per cent of South Africans socialize with people of another race, while only 22 per cent of white South Africans and a fifth of black South Africans live in racially integrated neighbourhoods.

Passing Mandela's Torch to a New Generation of Leaders

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

If there were such a thing as a rock star politician, the man known affectionately around the globe as "Madiba" is one. Today's youngest generation did not witness his historic struggle, release or election. Yet they know his extraordinary messages of equality, hope and forgiveness. And they are ready to receive his torch.

Nelson Mandela: A Towering Figure of Our Time

Hassan Arif | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada Impact
Hassan Arif

Mandela was a towering figure of our time, a key person in the struggles for human rights and social justice. The 20th century was a century that saw some of the worse violence in human history, two world wars, brutal dictatorships, colonization of developing countries by imperial powers, and threat of nuclear war.

South Africans Hold Day Of Prayer For Mandela

AP | Christopher Torchia, Jon Gambrell, Jason Straziuso And Alan Clendenning | Posted 02.07.2014 | Canada

CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- In death, Nelson Mandela unified South Africans of all races and backgrounds Sunday on a day of prayer for the global state...

Harper, 3 Former PMs To Pay Final Respects To Mandela

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.06.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Prime Minister's Office says three former PMs have confirmed they will accompany Stephen Harper to South Africa to pay final respects to ...

11 Songs Celebrating Nelson Mandela

HuffPost Canada Music | Rob Duffy | Posted 12.06.2013 | Canada Music

UPDATE: Nelson Mandela died at home in Johannesburg at age 95 on Thursday Dec. 5, 2013. The makers of "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," a biographic...

Watching the Watchdog: Would You Hunt and Kill a Lion?

Tim Knight | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada
Tim Knight

Her name's Melissa Bachman. She kills wild animals on American TV for a living. Sometimes with a rifle, sometimes with bow and arrow. Then she killed a full-maned male lion, and posted a picture of herself, cradling her rifle, laughing triumphantly, while the once-magnificent lion sprawled dead at her feet. And all hell broke loose.

Awash In Refugees, Whose Needs Come First?

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada
Diane Weber Bederman

We are awash in refugees, today, especially with the disaster taking place in Syria. We have limited resources -- human and financial. We must priorit...

Are the BRICS' Economies Slowing Permanently?

Peter Hall | Posted 11.18.2013 | Canada Business
Peter Hall

How the mighty are falling. Resilience was a word used liberally to boast of the BRICS countries' staying power in the post-crisis period. Many even ascribed global-growth-engine status to these rising powerhouses. But 2013 has been a second tough year for the August group, even as OECD nations are steadily returning to growth.

The Group Scaring Celebs Away From Israel

Diane Weber Bederman | Posted 11.09.2013 | Canada Politics
Diane Weber Bederman

It's time Canadians are made aware of the tactics of intimidation employed by the BDS movement so that they understand that many celebrities who cancel events in Israel are not doing so for political reasons but rather out of concern for their lives -- personally and professionally.

When the Population Explodes, Wildlife Suffers

Sangita Iyer | Posted 11.03.2013 | Canada
Sangita Iyer

Population explosion is already having detrimental consequences on many environmental and social aspects, but for the purposes of this article, I'll focus on the loss of biodiversity, specifically the tragic loss of wildlife fueled by demand for their body parts in Asia, especially in China.

Mandela's Death Will Not Be a Traumatic Day

Tim Knight | Posted 10.12.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Many people outside South Africa think Nelson Mandela is an exception; an aberration. Mandela is not like other black people, they say. This misconception lies at the heart of the paranoia among right-wing South Africans, recently repeated in some foreign media, that when Mandela dies, black people will drop the pretense of the last 20 years and start murdering whites.

Watching the Watchdog: As South Africa's State Broadcaster Goes, So Goes the Nation

Tim Knight | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

Nelson Mandela lies dying in a Pretoria hospital. The government he once headed as the rainbow nation becomes more and more like the kleptocracy that was the apartheid government it replaced. And the South African Broadcasting Corporation reverts back to the servile state broadcaster it used to be.

Watching the Watchdog: Watching Mandela With Bated Breath

Tim Knight | Posted 08.24.2013 | Canada
Tim Knight

It is winter in South Africa and inside Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital the old lion lies dying. Most of all, though, people are waiting for the word. After the tears that will follow Madiba's death, South Africans will still go about their daily business. And they will surely laugh because that's all they know, and that's how they've always endured.

Governor General David Johnston Reflects On Africa's Past And Future

Samuel Getachew | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

Earlier this month, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston made a historic trip to Africa at the request of the Prime Minister. His travel included Ghana, Botswana and South Africa.

Canada Could Be a Leader in Anti-Wildlife Poaching

Sangita Iyer | Posted 06.01.2013 | Canada Impact
Sangita Iyer

The Conservative government could have taken a much bolder stance on wildlife poaching, especially given the recent Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). Canada has even more power to coerce China into bringing forth sweeping changes to it's treatment of animals and the environment.

Chief Theresa Spence's Heroism Already Eclipses Nelson Mandela's

Obert Madondo | Posted 03.06.2013 | Canada
Obert Madondo

Hunger-striking Attawapiskat First Nation Chief Theresa Spence is the reincarnation of Mahatma Ghandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. She is becoming the ...

Menswear Shone at South Africa Fashion Week

Ramp1885.com | Posted 12.31.2012 | Canada Style
Ramp1885.com

The runways were packed with the latest presentations from various notable and up and comer designers. What we couldn't ignore was the strong presence of menswear. Here are three that need to be noted: Palse Homme, House of Ole and Skorzch.

Watching the Watchdog: Last Night Obama Got His Mojo Back

Tim Knight | Posted 12.17.2012 | Canada Politics
Tim Knight

During his first debate with Mitt Romney, Barack Obama seldom looked directly at Romney. He seldom contradicted Romney. He never raised his voice to Romney. He never really challenged Romney. So what happens in the second U.S. presidential debate? OBAMA GETS HIS MOJO BACK!!! He came out bristling for a fight. This time Obama's in charge. He dominates the fight, provides the drive, the passion. This time, no deference.