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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.

May 16th, 2010

Summary: Dr. Frederik van Zyl Slabbert, former leader of the opposition in the South African parliament, has died. … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on May 16, 2009, Aubrey Immelman reported that for the first time in 15 years, a majority of Americans called themselves “pro-life” rather than “pro-choice” on the issue of abortion. Meanwhile, Iraq has lost more than half of the 1.4 million Christians who once called it home, mostly since the war began, and few who fled have plans to return.

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.