| Dec 5, 2013
| 1:56 PM
South African leader Nelson Mandela leaves a lengthy list of accomplishments: successfully fighting against apartheid, becoming the first black South African elected to the presidency of that country, chairing the African National Congress, winning the...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 4:41 PM
We've heard about the war on terrorism and the war against drugs, but there is another war that has gone on for decades — the war on poaching — and it's about time we give it just as much attention.
On Sept. 26 in New York City, the...
| Oct 23, 2013
Warren Winiarski, former University of Chicago lecturer and iconic founder of Napa Valley's Stag's Leap Wine Cellars, was fond of stating that good wine depends on three G's: "the grapes, the ground and the guy." (The aphorism dates to the 1970s; today,...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 11:09 AM
Justine Sacco has now apologized for the infamous tweet she posted about AIDS two days after the insensitive remark went viral, causing her to lose her public relations job.
On Friday, Sacco tweeted "Going to Africa. Hope I don't get AIDS. Just kidding....
| Oct 30, 2013
"When we have visitors to our winery," says Christopher Howell, winemaker and general manager at Cain Vineyard & Winery in Napa Valley, Calif., "I remind them of the most basic thing: that wine comes from grapes, that grapes grow in vineyards and that...
| Dec 22, 2013
It would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons, other states continue with their efforts to acquire nuclear weapons,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 2:35 PM
"Isn't Mandela still president?" That startling question came from a homeless teenager in a Cape Town township during an interview in 2007, as I set off around South Africa to explore the meaning of freedom in the lives of young people. At first, I...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 10:38 AM
A big blue diamond has been found at a South African mine known for churning out famous diamonds, and the stone could be worth tens of millions of dollars.
The diamond, extracted from the Cullinan mine near Pretoria, is 29.6 carats.
| Dec 3, 2013
"Traveling is good for the brain," says musician Jonathan Butler, 52. "The mind needs it. I can't imagine life without getting to see all the amazing, different parts of the world." Born in Cape Town, South Africa, the Grammy-nominated singer-guitarist-...
| Jan 12, 2014
Two American academic groups — the American Studies Assn. and the Assn. for Asian American Studies — have called for a boycott of Israeli universities. Those resolutions have met with many objections. Much has been made, for example, of the...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 10:27 AM
This post has been updated. See below for details.
A communications executive for media mogul Barry Diller went from relative obscurity to global pariah after an insensitive tweet about AIDS and Africa went viral.
Justine Sacco, a director of...