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In the movement for equality, justice and peace, we smile at trouble and gather strength from distress. We grow brave by reflection and do not shrink.

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In what looks to many civil rights watchdogs like an ominous throwback to the days of apartheid, the South African parliament passed a law Tuesday that significantly curtails the ability of the press to cover stories about politically sensitive subjects, according to the government's standards.

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Former South African politician and anti-apartheid crusader Helen Suzman, a white woman who was once the only member of parliament to openly oppose the pernicious system of racial separation in South Africa, died Thursday at her home in Johannesburg. She was 91.

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As the dust settles from the feverish dances that greeted Barack Obama’s victory in the American elections, Africans wonder what “our son and brother” will be able to do for Africa in the face of daunting challenges in the United States and other parts of the world.

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As his country teeters on the brink of collapse, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his information minister, Sikhanyiso Ndlovu, are pointing fingers at the U.K. as the source of the recent cholera outbreak that has killed hundreds in the African nation.

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Truthdig tips its hat this week to South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who took the Anglican Church to task for what he called its "homophobic" attitude, declaring in a recent interview with BBC Radio 4 that, "If God, as they say, is homophobic, I wouldn't worship that God."

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