April 15, 2004
NOW OR NEVER Musical multitasker Vusi Mahlasela will perform a free concert at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium at 8 p.m. Saturday. The South African native is an accomplished guitarist, percussionist, arranger and composer with an impressive list of performances, including Nelson Mandela's 1994 inauguration as president of South Africa and guest vocals on the Dave Matthews Band album Everyday. Mahlasela's concert is part of Goucher College's South Africa at Ten, a conference commemorating the 10th anniversary of democratic elections in South Africa.
December 20, 2002
SEOUL, South Korea - Roh Moo-hyun, a liberal lawyer who campaigned urging continued engagement with North Korea and greater autonomy from the United States, narrowly won the South Korean presidential election yesterday after a tumultuous campaign. The victory of Roh, the candidate of the ruling Millennium Democratic Party, sets South Korea and the United States on the most divergent diplomatic paths they have followed in a half-century of close military and economic alliance. With about 86 percent of the votes counted, Roh held a lead of 48.9 percent to 46.6 percent over Lee Hoi-chang, a staunchly conservative ex-supreme court justice who lost even more narrowly to the departing President Kim Dae Jung five years ago. The Bush administration has spent the past three months pressing traditional friends such as Japan and newer ones, such as Russia and China, to increase pressure on North Korea to force that country to abandon its nuclear weapons program and to end its missile sales in the Middle East and elsewhere.
October 26, 2000
PRETORIA, South Africa - No one said Nelson Mandela would be an easy act to follow. Not many politicians would be eager to be measured against the prisoner-turned-president who is revered as nearly holy by his nation and most of the world. But few South Africans could have predicted the trouble that Mandela's heir has had the past few months. After an ambitious start in office a little more than a year ago, President Thabo Mbeki, 58 - the gifted former deputy president and Mandela's designated successor - has become the object of ridicule, a remote president out of touch with his people, a liability, critics say, not a leader.
March 2, 1998
THE INAUGURATION of Kim Dae Jung as president of South Korea is the most exciting democratic transition since Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president of South Africa in 1994. The two have much in common, not least the almost impossibly high expectations greeting them.Each was a lifelong crusader against tyranny who spent time in prison. Mr. Kim still limps from a botched government-ordered assassination attempt. Each came to power from the opposition in a democratic election, long past retirement age. Mr. Kim is 74, a year younger than Mr. Mandela was in 1994.
December 20, 1997
FOR VALIANT opposition to tyranny, Kim Dae Jung deserved to win election as president of South Korea. No one has earned it more than this doughty crusader for democracy. He is to his country what Vaclav Havel is to the Czech Republic, Lech Walesa is to Poland and Corazon Aquino is to the Philippines. They lived to become president of their countries and were disappointing in the role.Mr. Kim, who is either 72 or 74, depending on whether you believe him or documents, retired from politics in 1992 after he lost the presidency for the third time.
April 23, 1997
F. W. de Klerk, former president of South Africa, said last night that he took the "right turn" when he eliminated apartheid and freed Nelson Mandela from prison seven years ago."I would hope that history will recognize that I, together with all those that supported me, have shown courage, integrity and honesty at the moment of truth in our history, that we took the right turn," de Klerk told a packed audience at the Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus. His appearance was part of the university's Woodrow Wilson International Symposium series.