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2 December 2016 22:04 (South Africa)

Capital punishment: A thin line between life and death

  • Ruth Hopkins
    Ruth Hopkins
Photo: Anthony Ray Hinton (Ruth Hopkins)
Simon Allison’s travel to The Hague was supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the The Hague Municipality.

After a bruising year, the ICC plots a road to redemption

By Simon Allison
Photo: Supporters of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense gather at the Arena Conda Arena in Chapeco, Brazil, 29 November 2016, to perform a vigil in honour of the victims of the plane crash in La Union, department of Antioquia, Colombia. According to reports, 75 people died when an aircraft crashed late on 28 November 2016 with 81 people on board, including players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense. The plane crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the incident is as yet unknown. Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellin’s Atletico Nacional on 30 November 2016. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

Brazilian football’s response to Chapecoense tragedy offers ray of light in a dark world

By Antoinette Muller
General view of the new protective shelter which is placed over the remains of the nuclear reactor Unit 4, at Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine, 29 November 2016. The explosion of Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the early hours of 26 April 1986 is still regarded the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation. Under extremely hazardous conditions a steel and concrete structure was built hastily immediately after the accident. The new concrete and steel built over the still-radioactive remains of a reactor which was melted down as a result of the accident and has 105 meters tall, 150 meters length with a width of 257 meters and a 100 years life expectancy of the confinement.

While you were sleeping: 30 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 23 November 2016. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Op-Ed: The impact of Brexit on South Africa

By Richard Gibb
Photo: Fidel Castro in Washington, 1959. (Wikimedia Commons)

Fidel Castro and America – a mutually assured obsession

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. The court, governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

ISS Today: ICC states parties must walk the talk more

Photo: Confluence of the North and West branches of the Susquehanna rivers, near Sunbury, Pennsylvania,  by Chris Phan via Flickr

Letter from Trumplandia

By Glen Retief
Photo: Fidel Castro and Ahmed Kathrada, September 1994

Op-Ed: A Tribute to Fidel Castro

By Ahmed Kathrada
Photo: Pope Francis stands in front of the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica after closing it to mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy at the Vatican, 20 November 2016. EPA/TIZIANA FABI POOL

A Church Divided: Cardinals challenge the Pope

By Russell Pollitt
Photo: Young evacuee (Wikipedia/Library of Congress)

A Trump Datenbank? Attitudes to US Muslims recall internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II

By J Brooks Spector
Soldiers from paratrooper brigades take part  in the jointmanoeuvres held between UK, France, and Spain in Zaragoza, Spain, 22 November 2016. Paratroopers from the British, French, and Spanish brigades have taken part in the 'Listed-Paratrooper II 16' joint manoeuvres to evacuate civilians from places in conflict.

While you were sleeping: 23 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A file photo dated 09 March 2013 shows Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta  smiling after winning in 2013 Presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Kenya: Top official threatens civil society activist at ICC

By Simon Allison
Photo: The ICC building in the Hague, Netherlands, by Roel Wijnants via Flickr

View from The Hague: ‘The ICC bleeding has stopped’

By Simon Allison
Photo: US President-elect Donald Trump (L) hugs Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus (R) on stage during his 2016 US presidential Election Night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, New York, USA, 08 November 2016. US businessman Republican Donald Trump has won the US presidential election. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US: The Trump Cabinet of Equals

By J Brooks Spector
Main Photo: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, speaks during a press conference at Palacio de Narino, in Bogota, Colombia, 03 October 2016, one day after Colombians narrowly voted 'no' in the referendum on the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group. EPA/MAURICIO DUENAS CASTANEDA

Colombia, Turnaround Country

BY EPA/Alba Vigaray
Lettering reading 'Trump Place' is removed from the facade of an apartment complex in New York, New York, USA, 16 November 2016. Residents of the apartment building, along with two other New York City buildings, have petitioned to change the names on the properties in the wake of the US elections. US President-elect Donald Trump had his name branded on the buildings when he was the owner.

While you were sleeping: 18 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A picture made available on 10 November 2016 shows Iraqi policemen standing in the recently recaptured town of Hammam al-Alil, southern Mosul, Iraq, 09 November 2016. Iraqi security forces gained full control over the town of Hammam al-Alil, southern Mosul, after days of fierce clashes with Islamic state group, a military source said. EPA/STR

Islamic State: Africa braces for consequences of Mosul victory

By Jasmine Opperman
Dancers of the Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography 'La Classique' perform on stage during the premiere of Tchaikovsky's ballet 'The Nutcracker' at the Multifunctional Concert Hall 'Jordanki' in Bydgoszcz, Poland, 15 November 2016. The ballet company inaugurated its first Polish tour.

While you were sleeping: 17 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Then US Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at The Farm in Selma, North Carolina, USA, 03 November 2016. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Donald Trump, Africa and a wise Barber

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Protesters take to the streets following an anti-Trump demonstration in front of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, 12 November 2016. President-elect Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America to serve from 2017 through 2020. EPA/KEVIN HAGEN

Op-Ed: In the world that belongs to Trump, time for vigilance, everywhere

Photo: Australian captain Steve Smith looks on after losing the toss on day one of the 2nd Test match between Australia and South Africa at Bellerive Oval in Hobart, Australia, 12 November 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

Cricketastrophe! How the Australian front pages covered the Aussies’ humiliation

By Antoinette Muller
South African families watch the super moon rising over the Cedarberg Mountains in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 November 2016. 14 November 2016 sees the largest full moon since 1948 also known as the 'supermoon,' when the moon reaches its closest point to Earth. The next time the moon will be this close will be on 25 November 2034. BY EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 15 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Police escort thousands of protesters as they march up Fifth Avenue to Trump Tower to protest against President-elect Donald Trump, in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA, 12 November 2016. President-elect Donald Trump will become the 45th President of the United States of America to serve from 2017 through 2020.  EPA/KEVIN HAGEN

Choose Dope: The silver linings playbook of Donald Trump’s brave new world

By Ranjeni Munusamy
ritain's Queen Elizabeth II during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph in London, Britain, 13 November 2016. Remembrance Day observed in Commonwealth of Nations member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

While you were sleeping: 14 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Thousands of demonstrators march to protest the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, in Los Angeles, California, USA, 12 November 2016. EPA/MIKE NELSON

Op-Ed: The Gatvol syndrome, The Apprentice and world politics

By Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
Photo: President-elect Donald Trump delivers remarks to members of the news media during a meeting with US President Barack Obama (not pictured) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 November 2016. President-elect Donald Trump and future First Lady Melania Trump are meeting with President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House and are expected to discuss efforts toward a smooth transition of power. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

America: Well and Truly Trumped

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Wreaths are placed at the sea side in Utvika, Norway, opposite ot the Utoya island (in background), 22 July 2013 as the country marks the second anniversary of the twin Oslo-Utoeya massacre by self-confessed killer Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik was sentenced to 21 years in prison in August 2012 for the bomb and shooting attacks in 2011 in Oslo and at a political youth camp near the capital. It was the worst acts of violence in Norway since World War II. EPA/ALEKSANDER ANDERSEN

Op-Ed: Fighting extremism while keeping democracy alive

Photo: A matryoshka doll with the face of US President-elect Donald Trump surrounded by other matryoshkas is displayed on the table of the street souvenir vendor in the Andriyivskyy Descent in downtown Kiev, Ukraine, 10 November 2016.  EPA/ROMAN PILIPEY

ISS Today: Trump hears the primal scream

Photo: US President elect Donald Trump (C), with his wife Melania Trump (L), and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R), gives the thumbs up after a meeting in the Majority Leaders office in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 10 November 2016. Earlier in the day President-elect Trump met with US President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Trump’s Foreign Policy: A riddle inside a mystery inside an enigma

By J Brooks Spector