Wangari Maathai, 1940-2011

Wangari Maathai, 1940-2011

On September 25, 2011, the world received the sad news that Wangari Maathai had passed away, "after a prolonged and bravely borne struggle with cancer". We join her family, her countrymen, and the millions she inspired in mourning her loss. Her spirit will live on in...

Journey home for Nelson Mandela

Former president Nelson Mandela, accompanied by his wife Graca Machel, traveled home to Qunu in the Eastern Cape in an unscheduled visit with his extensive medical team. Sources close to the 92-year-old anti-apartheid icon said he had told his family: “I want to go...

Chinese veteran politicians call for reform

A group of 23 Communist Party elders in China has written a letter calling for an end to the country's restrictions on freedom of speech. The letter says freedom of expression is promised in the Chinese constitution but not allowed in practice. They want people to be...