| Apr 25, 2009
Jacob Zuma, the man destined to become South Africa's president after his African National Congress party swept national elections this week, is a polygamist, a former communist revolutionary with little formal education, an alleged taker of lavish bribes...
| Nov 19, 2008
The "green bomber" dropped into Club M5 the other day to get a bottle of Lion beer to go, but he wasn't fast enough. Right away he was surrounded by five members of the opposition, people he used to beat up, in a township bar where he used to be king....
| Dec 13, 2008
In one of his most strongly worded statements directed at the government of Zimbabwe to date, President Bush recently joined a chorus of international leaders and statesmen in calling for its monstrous president, Robert Mugabe, to step down. As he has...
| Dec 28, 2008
George Habash, 82; founder of Arab nationalism and architect of infamous airline hijackings in the 1960s and 1970s (Jan. 26)
Suharto, 86; former dictator of Indonesia who ruled ruthlessly for 32 years (Jan. 27)
Dan Shomron, 70; former...
| Jan 1, 2009
The fates were kind to The Times in 2008. OK, not the financial fates, what with our parent company's bankruptcy filing and all. But five of the 31 wishes we made last year at this time came true; that may not seem like an impressive record, but in the...
| Jan 2, 2009
Helen Suzman, an anti-apartheid activist and former longtime opposition leader in South Africa's parliament who was one of the few white elected officials to win the trust and respect of the country's black majority, died Thursday. She was 91.
| Feb 17, 2009
Los Angeles Times staff writer Paul Pringle has won a George Polk Award for investigative stories that "revealed potential corruption" in California's largest union local, it was announced today.
In August, Pringle reported that a Los Angeles local of...
| Oct 16, 2008
What's the right role and structure for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? How about the Federal Housing Administration? Previously, Abromowitz and Mitchell discussed John McCain’s proposal for the government to buy bad mortgages, the biggest players in...
| Apr 8, 2008
The first to go was the English teacher. Six months later, the commerce teacher followed. The next year, 2005, the trickle turned into an exodus. By 2007, the departures from Mufakose 3 High School were like bricks in a collapsing...
| May 14, 2008
James Kirchick has pounded out several Op-Ed articles on South Africa and Zimbabwe and gotten them published in major newspapers, like “South Africa’s unseemly alliance."
His claim that the leaders of South Africa's ruling African National...
| Sep 3, 2007
Kuda Shumba goes at one speed: fast. He prides himself on being able to get hold of almost anything, and he's open for business day or night.
That's what it takes to be one of Zimbabwe's black-market cowboys.
Shumba spends his days on a motorbike...