Yanelisa Khandawuli has no doubt about what Nelson Mandela has meant to South Africa. “He is like Jesus,” says Khandawuli. “He went to jail for us, and set us free.” Khandawuli, a 20-year-old resident of Qunu, where Mandela grew up, is sitting near the village shabeen, an informal bar, on a white plastic chair, her one-year-old son swaddled to her back with a blue plaid blanket as she plucks feathers off dead chickens she will later sell.By Stephanie Findlay, Nancy Macdonald
TIME IS RUNNING out for Barack Obama. The U.S. President is struggling to climb out from under the lowest approval ratings of his presidency as he heads into a brutal political season building up to the November congressional elections. Control of the U.S. Senate hangs in the balance and, with it, Obama’s ability to push his domestic agenda for the rest of his presidency.By LUIZA CH. SAVAGE
WITH ITS 1.5 MILLION factory workers earning as little as $300 a month to make iPhones, laptops and PlayStations, the Chinese behemoth Foxconn has become a potent symbol of America’s manufacturing decline and the transfer of jobs to Asia.By TAMSIN McMAHON
AFTER A LOCAL video store slapped him with a $40 late fee for Apollo 13 in 1997, Reed Hastings got to thinking about a DVD-by-mail rental service. The Netflix CEO later tossed aside the rental model in favour of a more customer-friendly subscription service and, in 2007, embraced online video streaming.
THE TWO MOST anxiously awaited judgments of the Supreme Court of Canada in 2014 both happen to involve lines of work not always held in high repute. There’s an appeal case that asks the court to rule on whether laws that regulate the sale of sex expose prostitutes to unnecessary danger by, for instance, making it hard for them to work indoors rather than walking the streets.By JOHN GEDDES
Fourteen years ago, as Nelson Mandela prepared to step down as South Africa’s president, his fellow anti-apartheid activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu described him as an “icon of reconciliation and forgiveness” that prevented the country’s disintegration.By MICHAEL PETROU
NEW LOOKS AT an old war, beings of supernatural beauty and power, democratic deficits and governance failure. And, of course, Rob Ford. Even without peering down the pipeline of shiny new titles, the rough outline of the book world in 2014 is already clear.By BRIAN BETHUNE
MARS TODAY IS a freeze-dried and rusted desert. But this year, a picture of a very different Mars began to emerge: Four billion years ago, scientists believe, Mars had a thicker atmosphere, a warmer climate and liquid water on the surface.By KATE LUNAU
ANDREW GRELLA IS enthusing about the benefit of eyeliner for men—and it has nothing to do with mimicking “guyliner” pioneers David Bowie and Russell Brand. The 22-year-old founder of ManUp, a Mississauga, Ont.-based line of men’s cosmetics, skincare and fragrances, recommends men dust the $20 “Eye Chalk” lightly on the lower lid.By ANNE KINGSTON
ON THE DAY that Nelson Mandela died, I was going to a worthy but tedious charity event at the CNE in Toronto. Great moments in history ought not to be described from a worm’s-eye view, especially a worm decked out in a glitzy dress too young for her on sky-high heels, but bear with me.By BARBARA AMIEL
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