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Summary: Psychological assessments of U.S. presidents and presidential candidates, world leaders, and rogue or terrorist leaders conducted at the Unit for the Study of Personality in Politics.

Factors accounting for South Africa’s transition from apartheid state to nonracial democracy: externally — the collapse of the former Soviet Union, the successful transition to majority rule in neighboring Namibia, and international sanctions against South Africa (including cultural isolation and economic divestment; internally — the liberation struggle, white opposition to apartheid, the failure of apartheid, moderation of the leadership in the ruling National Party, and the breakdown of National Party hegemony; the personal qualities of Nelson Mandela and F. W. de Klerk.

Jul 18th, 2011

Summary: Former South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is 93 years old today. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on July 18, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that twin suicide bombings killed nearly 50 people in Iraq as U.S. combat troops prepared to withdraw by the end of August 2010.

Jan 2nd, 2009

Summary: South African anti-apartheid icon Helen Suzman, one of the first white lawmakers to fight against the injustices of racial rule, died on Thursday, January 1, 2009 at the age of 91.