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7 May 2016 00:13 (South Africa)

Covering Israel's immigration laws: When anti-Zionism becomes anti-Semitism

  • Kevin Bloom
    Kevin Bloom

    Kevin Bloom has written for a wide array of South African and international publications, including Granta, the UK Times and the Guardian, and is an Honorary Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, having completed the fall residency of the International Writing Program in 2011. Kevin’s first book, Ways of Staying, won the 2010 South African Literary Award for literary journalism, and was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award. He is currently working on a book about a changing Africa.

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The Mariinsky Theater Orchestra holds a concert in Palmyra, 5 May 2016. The city was recently recaptured from Islamic State (or ISIS) militants by Syrian government forces backed by Russian troops. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

Weekly wrap-up

Photo: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani waves to the crowd during a ceremony marking the 37th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, at the Azadi (Freedom) square in Tehran, Iran, 11 February 2016. EPA/ABEDIN TAHERKENAREH

ICG: Rouhani’s incomplete victory in Iran’s parliamentary elections

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Nigerian military parade suspected members of Boko Haram following operations in Borno State, Nigeria, 03 February 2016. Nigerian military have been carrying out operations against Boko Haram following the death of at least 85 people over the weekend by Boko Haram insurgents who stormed and torched Dalori village on the outskirts of Maiduguri in the northeast of Nigeria. EPA/STR

ICG: Is Boko Haram on the back foot?

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he speaks at a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend, Indiana, USA, 02 May 2016. EPA/TANNEN MAURY

US 2016: Indiana primary seals fate of Cruz, Kasich, Republican Party – and maybe the country

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) addresses his supporters on the eve of his victory in the Republican presidential primaries in Indiana, in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 03 May 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Op-Ed: Trump’s Cards – When the walls come tumbling down in Indiana

By James Cannon Boyce
Jorgo Riss, the director of Greenpeace EU, addresses a news conference to comment on the findings from analysis of the negotiating texts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), at the Résidence Palace in Brussels, Belgium, 02 May 2016. Greenpeace Netherlands has made these documents publically available to bring some much-needed transparency to the debate on the TTIP. Greenpeace has had its grave concerns for environment and public health confirmed, and has invited others with expertise in different areas to view the documents and analyse the impact of this trade deal, Greenpeace said. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

While you were sleeping: 03 May 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: A military truck is stationed at the 'Grand Place' in front of the City Hall in Brussels, Belgium, 21 November 2015. Last night Belgium raised the alert status at Level 4/4 as 'serious and imminent' threat of an attack, the main effect are closing of all Metro Line in Brussels, all soccer match of league one and two cancelled countrywide. Belgium government said 'the advice for the population is to avoid places where a lot of people come together like shopping centres, concerts, events or public transport stations wherever possible. EPA/STEPHANIE LECOCQ

Analysis: The Islamic State may be losing ground, but not influence

Photo by Andrew via Flickr.

AGOA, Inc: When Chickens Come Home to Roast

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Armed groups burn trucks during a confrontation with self-defense groups as they try to recover the control of the municipality of Antunez, Michoacan State, Mexico, 10 January 2014. Armed civilian groups controlling the access to their cities deter drug cartels from entering their territories. The Mexican government said that these groups, grown in several parts of the country, are to be considered out of the law. The government promises to reinforce security in the regions in which the self-defence groups operate. EPA/ULISES RUIZ BASURTO

ICG: A Very Modest UNGASS Drug Policy Review

By International Crisis Group
Five cows look for food as they stand on a snow-covered meadow near Degenfeld, Germany, 26 April 2016. Parts of Germany have been hit by heavy snowfall.  EPA/JAN-PHILIPP STROBEL

While you were sleeping: 29 April 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures as he discusses his primary wins in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, during a speech in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 26 April 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US2016: Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech sets off shock waves

By J Brooks Spector
A South African woman looks out the window of a derelict building as she watches thousands of South Africans protesting against president Jacob Zuma through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa 27 April 2016. Tens of thousands of South Africans protested across the country against president Zuma. The embattled president surrounded by corruption scandals has most recently been found guilty by South Africa's highest court the Constitutional Court for speding state funds on his private residence Nkandla. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 28 April 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Businessman and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts as he speaks at a campaign rally in Bethpage, on Long Island, New York, USA, 06 April 2016. Voters will go to the polls for the New York primary on 19 April. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Op-Ed: Yes, South Africa, Donald Trump Can Win

By James Cannon Boyce
Photo: US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks during a primary night event at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 26 April 2016.  EPA/TRACIE VAN AUKEN.

US 2016: Trump, Clinton surge towards head-to-head clash

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: British Home Secretary Theresa May arrives for a cabinet meeting at Downing Street in London, Britain, 22 March 2016. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Britain’s Investigatory Powers Bill: A gift to securocrats everywhere

By Jane Duncan
German Chancellor Angela Merkel receives US President Barack Obama (L) at Herrenhausen Palace in Hanover, Germany, 24 April 2016. President Obama is on a two-day visit to Germany. EPA/KAY NIETFELD

While you were sleeping: 25 April 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: SunEdison website front page.

Analysis: SA’s Department of Energy in a quandary as SunEdison files for bankruptcy protection

Photo: Two Austrian teens, Samra Kesinovic, 17, (left) and Sabina Selimovic, 16, (right) departed some time in 2015 to join Islamic State (picture taken from an Islamic State-affiliated social media account).

Thwarting Islamic State: Make IS propaganda part of your dinner table conversation

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) appears with his wife Melania (L) and daughter Ivanka Trump (R) on a NBC Town Hall at the Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, USA, 21 April 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY

‘Après moi, le deluge’: The Trump ‘Hundred Days’

By J Brooks Spector
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) rangers carry the tusk of an elephant, arranging them at a burning site after offloading them from a container at the KWS headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya, 20 April 2016. Containers loaded with ivory tusks from various parts of the country like Mombasa, Voi, Nanyuki and other places were offloaded at the burning site ahead of the ivory burning event on 30 April 2016 where 105 tonnes of ivory is set to be burned. This would be the single biggest haul ever to be burned. EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

While you were sleeping: 21 April 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A file combo picture made available on 20 April 2016 shows US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addressing the National Action Network’s national convention in New York, New York, US, on 13 April 2016; and US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaking at Trump Building in New York, New York, US, on 3 November 2015. EPA/JUSTIN LANE / ANDREW GOMBERT

US 2016: The Morning After the Morning After – New York state of mind

By J Brooks Spector
Tulips on a sunny spring day in a field near Celle, Germany, 19 April 2016. EPA/SEBASTIAN GOLLNOW

While you were sleeping: 20 April 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Burning of a Village in Africa, and Capture of its Inhabitants (p.12, February 1859, XVI).

Slavery and Redress: When history haunts the present

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Yemeni fighters, loyal to the Saudi-backed Yemeni government, ride on a vehicle during an offensive against Houthi rebels’ positions, ahead of a UN-announced ceasefire, in the eastern province of Marib, Yemen, 09 April 2016. According to reports, a nationwide ceasefire is scheduled to begin on midnight of 10 April 2016 in Yemen ahead of a new round of UN-sponsored peace talks starting 18 April in Kuwait, in a fresh attempt to end Yemen’s yearlong conflict which killed over 6,000 people. EPA/STR

ICG: Can the Kuwait peace talks break Yemen’s deadlock?

By International Crisis Group
Photo: South Africa’s Bryan Habana dives to score a try against Samoa during the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool B match South Africa vs Samoa in Villa Park in Birmingham, Britain, 26 September 2015. EPA/DAVID JONES

Pro Rugby launch in US could be a game changer for South African players

By Antoinette Muller
Activists attend a demo in support of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff next to a mural depicting her in Sao Paulo, Brazil on April 17, 2016. Rousseff risks being driven from office if the lower house votes in favor of an impeachment trial Sunday in Brasilia.

While you were sleeping: 18 April 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Barack Obama and US First Lady Michelle Obama welcome South African President Jacob Zuma and his wife Nompumelelo Ntuli to the opening dinner for G-20 leaders at the Phipps Conservatory on September 24, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. EPA/Win McNamee

Drift Equals Disaster – the Foreign Policy Edition

By J Brooks Spector
Marine police hold a green turtle prior to its release at Kuta beach near Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on April 14, 2016. Indonesia Marine police seized 45 illegal green turtles from a traditional boat in Karangasem waters during an operation on April 6. 

While you were sleeping: 15 April 2016

By John Stupart
A tourist woman takes selfies in front of Mossack Fonseca headquarters at Panama city on April 13, 2016. Police on Tuesday raided the headquarters of the Panamanian law firm whose leaked Panama Papers revealed how the world's wealthy and powerful used offshore companies to stash assets.
Ed Grimaldo / AFP

While you were sleeping: 14 April 2016

By John Stupart