Behind the Scenes in Melbourne

Sharon Lewin | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Lewin

I think all of us who have attended an International AIDS Conference in some capacity will agree that events of this kind are few and far between. I go to many conferences both as a delegate and speaker and nothing rivals the pure energy, colour and emotion that International AIDS conferences bring to the people that attend them, in the first instance and secondly, to the cities that host them...

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Tony Mckenna | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Entertainment
Tony Mckenna

In the epoch of the twitterati - when culture is more and more served to us in palatable, postmodern, bite-sized fragments, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is pure old-school - providing the grand narrative of a life very much in the style of the epic film of yore - think Ghandi or Ben-Hur, for instance.

The Mandela Legacy: Leadership Can Transform HIV/AIDS

Sharon Lewin | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Sharon Lewin

It's been quite a month and I had planned on beginning this blog with an initial reflection on the recent ICAAP conference in Bangkok but that has been superseded by the passing of Nelson Mandela, a champion of the HIV/AIDS cause.

Mandela's Legacy Lies Elsewhere

Christopher Jackson | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK Politics
Christopher Jackson

There were many contenders, but the contest for the act that best sanctified the memory of Nelson Mandela was won by the handshake of Barack Obama and Raul Castro. That two such men could, but for a moment, be so cordial and content with one another attests to how he was regarded by so many sides. The eulogies and the emotions expressed by South Africans of all colours exhibited how much Mandela did for his people.

Definitely Not Sign Language

Katie Hopkins | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Katie Hopkins

I am no expert. But even to the untrained eye you could tell he was not doing what he should be. The guy looked about as bored as most of us get watching X Factor - glancing occasionally to the heavens for inspiration or to see if the rain was ever going to stop.

The Law of Unintended Consequences: Musings on Congress, Iran, and Mandela

Hilary Stauffer | Posted 11.02.2014 | UK
Hilary Stauffer

On Tuesday, as world leaders and tens of thousands of South Africans gathered in a giant stadium to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry faced off against his political foes in a much smaller arena: the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

On Books and a Giant of a Man, Nelson Mandela

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

On books As I get older, I tend to read very old books. Centuries old. Modern writing has become something of a mystery to me and I eschew best seller...

Tributes Have Flooded In

Mark Steel | Posted 09.02.2014 | UK
Mark Steel

I wonder if it was like this 2,000 years ago. If it was, when Jesus died, Pontius Pilate would have appeared on Sky News moments after the cross was taken down and said "The world mourns today a man of great integrity. It was an honour to have known him, and even when I sentenced him to crucifixion, he showed great forgiveness, and that shows what a great figure he was."

An Evening With 'The Arch'

Charlotte Allan | Posted 08.02.2014 | UK Politics
Charlotte Allan

As memorable evenings go, spending last night in the presence of Archbishop Desmond Tutu discussing his friendship with Nelson Mandela, is not one to forget in a hurry. I sat there thinking "self, when it's your time to depart, these will be some of the moments that flash before your eyes."

Sleep Well Madiba

Tony Clarke | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK
Tony Clarke

Mandela didn't just battle against and conquer racism, he crushed it as a very concept, he taught the world how futile ethnic indifference to be and on a personal note he personally helped alongside others to make me the person I am proud to be and helped me teach my children the importance of collective human endeavour.

Caroline Frost

Idris Elba 'Too Emotional' To Attend Mandela Screening

HuffingtonPost.com | Caroline Frost | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Idris Elba was “too emotional” to attend a screening of the film Mandela Long Walk to Freedom, on Friday evening, less than 24 hours after the dea...

Mandela's Magic Was His Practice

David Mochel | Posted 05.02.2014 | UK
David Mochel

What did Mandela practice? Among other things, it seems to me that he practiced courage, patience, forgiveness, and compassion. However, even these are still concepts. What exactly did he do?

Simon Amstell Apologises For Mandela Comment On Radio One

The Huffington Post | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Simon Amstell has said sorry after suggesting there was racial segregation between Radio 1 and its sister station BBC Radio 1Xtra with reference to Ne...

Nelson Mandela Becomes First Politician To Be Missed

The Onion | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Comedy

JOHANNESBURG—Following the death of former South African president and civil rights leader Nelson Mandela today at the age of 95, sources confirmed ...

Mandela Grandson Accused Of Grave Tampering

Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.09.2013 | UK

Nelson Mandela's grandson has been accused of illegal grave tampering. Sixteen members of former South African President Nelson Mandela's family ha...

Nelson Mandela: Great for What He Did - And What He Didn't Do

Jeffrey Gedmin | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK
Jeffrey Gedmin

Mandela has been a leader of remarkable courage, of stamina and resilience. These qualities started to show early in school, as Mandela suffered penalties and expulsions, the result of his steady anti-apartheid conviction. He went to law school, passed the bar and helped to establish South Africa's most prestigious black law firm. No small feat, these accomplishments in those days.

Releasing Mandela

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 10.08.2013 | UK
Kanmi Iyanda

"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time." - Mark Twain Thirty years, when I was sti...

In Preparation for OscarMania....

Kanmi Iyanda | Posted 14.07.2013 | UK Sport
Kanmi Iyanda

In the next few weeks or so, Oscar Pistorius will return to court to face charges on the killing of his then girlfriend and as with anything which is bound to attract intense media attention, it will automatically drill a space in our minds and hold us sufficiently captive from start to finish.

Margaret Thatcher's Carrot and Stick approach towards Apartheid

Thomas Hauschildt | Posted 10.06.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hauschildt

How much Thatcher's influence contributed to Mandela's release is not clear, but considering her leverage she might have had more influence than many other organisations or head of governments at that time.

Nelson Mandela Hospitalised

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 06.04.2013 | UK

Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a recurrence of a lung infection. Nelson Mandela is back in hospit...

The Harlem Shake In Tunisia - Big Compliment to Inobedience

Ilco van der Linde | Posted 01.05.2013 | UK
Ilco van der Linde

Despite the craziness of the moves I somehow see this protest dancers in Tunisia as part of a long inspiring tradition of ordinary people who became famous or at least influential because they didn't accept 'business as usual' and the repressive laws related to it.

'In Relation to Animals, all Humans Are Nazis' - Animal Rights Today Part One

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

'When we were children', he explains, 'we listened to our parents read us a story about animals, we smiled and giggled, we mimicked the noises the animals made, we wanted to play with them.. not have someone shove a knife in their throat and cut them up into pieces'.

Humanity Can Overcome Technology

Hugh Salmon | Posted 16.04.2012 | UK Politics
Hugh Salmon

Whatever your politics, however much of a geek you are, you have to have faith that human beings can rise above technology and touch people with meaning and with soul. For, if not, what is there to live for?