International Affairs

Michael J. Jordan

Twenty years after the fall of Apartheid in South Africa, racism isn't the country's biggest problem. Nowhere is this more evident than in the town of Ventersdorp, where the ultra-right separatist Afrikaner Resistance Movement (AWB) was founded. In this once-hotbed of racist fervor, along comes Samuel Phutiagae, the first black man to be admitted membership to the Ventersdorp Golf Club. He's playing golf ... and changing minds.  

Shaun Randol

Something is being lost in our age of physical and metaphorical din. Political leaders, pundits, activists, journalists, intellectuals, and ordinary citizens are engaging in shouting matches in all forms of media, including social media platforms. The most radical act one can take at this moment, says George Prochnik, is to engage in a patient, reflective retreat from all the noise. A more empathetic society may emerge from the quiet. 

David Fogel

For more than twenty years, David Fogel has been chasing and documenting one of nature's most beautiful—and dangerous—phenomena: the tornado. Lately the field has become crowded, luring adrenaline junkies and increasing the danger for witnesses on the hunt. Isn't this supposed to be about science? About awe? Veterans like Fogel wrestle with whether to continue the chase. 

Ed Hancox

JoJo Brisendine

To be alive is not to be made of certain building blocks, as if "life" was a structure built of component parts. No, it's much, much more complicated. To be alive is to be engaged in a metabolic, information-sharing process, argues JoJo Brisendine. In this rebuttal to a more conventional definition, Brisendine offers a more precise (and dynamic) definition of life.

Leila Seth


My name is Leila Seth. I am eighty-three years old. I have been in a long and happy marriage of more than sixty years with my husband Premo, and am the mother of three children. The eldest, Vikram, is a writer. The second, Shantum, is a Buddhist teacher. The third, Aradhana, is an artist and filmmaker. I love them all. My husband and I have brought them up with the values we were brought up with—honesty, courage, and sympathy for others. We know that they are hardworking and affectionate people who are trying to do some good in the world.

Chris Haddix

How successful are images of armed conflict in communicating something of the experience of war? What kind of demand to these images place upon those untouched by the horrors of war? A recent exhibition, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY, along with a new collection of World War I photographs published to commemorate the upcoming centennial, provide the opportunity to reflect on the continuing impact of war photographs. Chris Haddix has the review. 

Emmanuel Iduma

The Lonely Ones (1935) by Edvard Munch

“In traditional societies, everything that made sense of the world was real; the surrounding chaos existed and was threatening, but it was threatening because it was unreal. Without a home at the center of the real, one was not only shelterless, but also lost in non-being, in unreality. Without a home everything was fragmentation…

Corrie Hulse

Reading the various reports coming out of South Sudan this week, it is still difficult to be sure what exactly happened and what this outbreak of violence means for the future of the country. It remains to be seen whether this was a plotted coup attempt, or a retaliatory response that has escalated.

Marie Mainil

The majority of the prisoners remaining at Guantanamo Bay are from Yemen, a country with a rich history in alternative forms of justice-making. Restorative justice, a process similar to the reconciliation mechanisms used in Northern Ireland and South Africa, is appealing to many of Guantanamo's detainees. Could it be the key to closing the notorious prison?