El Nino Exacerbates Africa’s AIDS Epidemic

September 15, 2016

Faced with a choice between using their sparse income to access anti-retroviral therapy or nourishment, many affected by AIDS in Africa opt for the latter. In July, UNICEF issued a stark warning that the El Nino climate cycle had created a humanitarian disaster in the developing nations most...

What is the Risk of Transmitting HIV?

December 01, 2015

There are new effective strategies to reduce the risk of HIV infection. Charlie Sheen’s recent announcement that he has HIV has raised concerns about whether he may have transmitted the infection to other people. While we obviously don’t know his specific medical details (and really,...

Tweeting Racism: Lessons From Justine Sacco’s Twitter Scandal

December 30, 2013

South Africa’s AIDS epidemic exists because of colonialism and apartheid. In what has been dubbed the "Tweet heard around the world," Justine Sacco, former head of corporate communications at InterActiveCorp (IAC), tweeted the following before stepping on a plane to Cape...

The Legacy of Nelson Mandela

December 09, 2013

Mandela has become a symbol of what one can achieve with true dedication to a cause. Background When Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born in 1918, South Africa was a country entirely different from what it is today. Since colonial times, people of color in South Africa were seen as...

South Africa Beyond Mandela

South Africans ponder over what lies ahead in the post-Mandela years. By Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills Nelson Mandela’s leadership has been justly celebrated. He is rightly recognised as one of the great figures of our time. Many will also ask how South Africa will fare without Mandela...