Will we see Africa's rhinos become extinct in our lifetime? The continent's rhinos are already endangered and now they are being killed at a rapidly increasing rate. The rhinos are not safe in South Africa's parks despite drastic measures including deadly gun battles with poachers.
PRETORIA — Amateur rap artists have performed dubious trial-related songs on the sidewalk out front. Bikers on pink motorcycles, dressed all in pink, have roared up to support the deceased, Reeva Steenkamp. And fascinated visitors from faraway continents have entered the courtroom as spectators.
NEW YORK — Some of the largest nations on Earth — including Afghanistan, Brazil and India, not to mention the United States — will hold important elections in the coming year, any of which could affect the global political landscape profoundly.
On a warm January afternoon in 1993, I was with a group of visiting American newspaper editors gathered at the suburban Johannesburg home of Allister Sparks, the noted journalist, for a backyard braai. Sparks had arranged for us to meet Nelson Mandela, and before long he appeared, wearing a Harvard sweatshirt. We sat around a wooden picnic table under a straw thatched veranda. Mandela drank from a bottle of beer and talked easily, if cautiously, about his vision for South Africa. The country’s general election marking the end of apartheid was still 14 months away. Earlier that day, our group had attended a church service in Soweto, where the buoyant mood of the worshipers and the hopeful expressions on their faces raised for us these questions: Why does there not seem to be more anger in the black community? Out of the history of white oppression of blacks, why is there no call for revenge?