To infinity and beyond
26 November 2015 02:01 (South Africa)

Barack Obama and the Three Tests - the opera

  • J Brooks Spector
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A still image made available on 24 November 2015 from video footage shown by the HaberTurk TV Channel shows a burning trail as a plane comes down after being shot down near the Turkish-Syrian border, over north Syria, 24 November 2015. A Russian fighter jet was shot down 24 November over the Turkish-Syrian border, the Defence Ministry in Moscow said, according to Interfax news agency. The Sukhoi Su-24 was reportedly downed by Turkish forces, Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported, citing sources in the presidency. The report said that the jet violated Turkish airspace and ignored warnings. It crashed in the north-western Syrian town of Bayirbucak, Turkish security sources were quoted as saying.  EPA/HABERTURK TV CHANNEL

ICG: An alarming new escalation in the Syria War

By International Crisis Group

Photo: Pope Francis (C) smiles as he walks with Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta (L) and Deputy president William Ruto (2-L) after landing at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, Kenya, 25 November 2015.  EPA/DAI KUROKAWA.

Francis in Africa: Kenya welcomes 'Pope of Hope'

By Russell Pollitt

Main photo of Curitiba by Francesco Anzola via Flickr.

Brazil’s Lerner Driver


Photo: A worker repairs a war-shattered building at the former front line between two Bosnian entities in Sarajevo's suburb of Dobrinja November 20, 2000. (Reuters)

Analysis: Bosnian War, 20 years later

By J Brooks Spector

Photo: Refugees wait in cold temperatures for registration and the allocation of sleeping places at the State Office for Health and Social Affairs (LaGeSo) in Berlin, Germany, 14 October 2015. EPA/KAY NIETFELD

Germany: The refugee crisis and a nation defined

By Greg Nicolson

Photo:  Ashraf Fayadh (his own Instagram photo)

Death sentence for free speech: Poet Ashraf Fayadh and the rising toll in Saudi Arabia

By Marelise van der Merwe

Illustration: Depiction of the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip. Drawn by unknown.

A short history of modern terrorism

By J Brooks Spector

Photo: President Slobodan Milosevic of Serbia (L), President Alija Izetbegovic of Bosnia-Herzegovina (C) and President Franjo Tudjman of Croatia sign the Dayton Agreement peace accord at the Hope Hotel inside Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in this November 21, 1995 file photo. U.N. war crimes tribunal president Fausto Pocar said on March 12, 2006 a Dutch forensic team had not been able to determine the cause of death of Milosevic on Saturday which is why an autopsy was ordered. REUTERS/Eric Miller

Artificial Peace? Dayton Peace Accords and South Africa’s Constitution, 20 years later


Photo: A migrant child smiles as he waits to be transferred from the Migrant Offshore Aid Station (MOAS) ship MV Phoenix to the Norwegian ship Siem Pilot off the coast of Libya August 6, 2015. An estimated 600 migrants on an overloaded wooden boat were rescued 10.5 miles (16 kilometres) off the coast of Libya by the international non-governmental organisations Medecins san Frontiere (MSF) and MOAS without loss of life on Thursday afternoon, according to MSF and MOAS, a day after more than 200 migrants are feared to have drowned in the latest Mediterranean boat tragedy after rescuers saved over 370 people from a capsized boat thought to be carrying 600. Photo taken August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi

At sea: The view from MSF’s rescue ships

By Marelise van der Merwe

Photo: Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump reacts to the crowd while appearing at a campaign rally in Norcross, Georgia, USA, 10 October 2015.  EPA/ERIK S. LESSER.

Analysis: Paris attacks and 2016 US elections

By J Brooks Spector

Photo: People gather to hold a minute of silence in front of the Notre-Dame cathedral, France, 16 November 2015.  EPA/IAN LANGSDON

A letter from Paris: Fear is the enemy


Photo: A seagull prepares to take flight from the Galata Bridge as the Yeni Mosque is seen in the background on a rainy day in Istanbul, Turkey, 12 February 2015.  EPA/ULAS YUNUS TOSUN

Letter from Istanbul: Life in the time of Erdogan


Photo: Thousands of Turkish protestors welcome the Mavi Marmara passenger ship during its return ceremony in Istanbul after Israel's deadly raid on an aid flotilla bound for Gaza Strip on 31 May, in Istanbul, Turkey on 26 December 2010. EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

Would SA arrest top Israeli military commanders?

By Rebecca Davis

Main photo: View of an avenue during the activities of the VII Americas Summit in Panama City, Panama, on 11 April 2015. 15 of the largest 20 Latin American skyscrapers are in Panama EPA/Alejandro Bolivar

Panama: Locks, stocks and a smokin’ economy


Photo: A Pakistani lights candles for the victims of the 13 November Paris attacks, in Karachi, Pakistan, 16 November 2015. EPA/SHAHZAIB AKBER

Africa Check: Fact-checking in a time of emergency


Photo: Mother (L) and relatives of Rawan Awwad, killed in twin suicide attacks 12 November in a Beirut suburb, mourn during her funeral procession, in the Bourj al-Barajneh suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, 13 November 2015. According to local sources at least 43 civilians were killed and over 235 wounded when two suicide attackers blew themselves up 12 November near a busy market outside the al-Imam al-Hussein mosque on al-Husseiniya street in the suburb with a large Hezbollah presence. The group calling themselves the Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the attack, after which a day of mourning was declared in Lebanon for 13 November. EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

Op-Ed: After Paris and Beirut attacks, finding solidarity in our common humanity

By Judith February

Photo: Leaders wave as they pose during a family photo at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, 15 November 2015. In additional to discussions on the global economy, the G20 grouping of leading nations is set to focus on Syria during its summit this weekend, including the refugee crisis and the threat of terrorism.  EPA/ANADOLU AGENCY/POOL

Analysis: Paris attacks will set global agenda

By J Brooks Spector

Photo: A soldier patrols under the Eiffel tower in Paris, France, 14 November 2015. The French government declared a state of emergency, tightened border controls and mobilized 1,500 soldiers in consequence to the 13 November Paris attacks. At least 120 people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on 13 November, according to French officials. Eight assailants were killed, seven when they detonated their explosive belts, and one when he was shot by officers, police said. EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO.

Analysis: Averting Clash of Civilisations

By J Brooks Spector


Cartoon: Pourquoi? By JERM.


People are evacuated by bus outside the scene of a hostage situation at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, France, 13 November 2015. At least 149 people have been killed in a series of attacks in Paris on 13 November, according to French officials. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Paris attacks: shootings and explosions leave at least 120 dead

By Guardian UK

Photo: Wounded people are evacuated outside the scene of a hostage situation at the Bataclan theatre in Paris, France, 14 November 2015. EPA/YOAN VALAT

President Zuma reaches out to France as terror grips country

By News24

Main photo: Nanotech centre in Monterrey. (Greg Mills)

In Mexico, manufacturing is a race to the top


Photo: US President George W. Bush (R) stands with former Vice President Al Gore during a photo op with the 2007 Nobel Prize recipients in the oval office at the White House in Washington DC USA on 26 November 2007. Gore, who was narrowly defeated by Bush in the 2000 Presidential election, won the Nobel Peace prize for his work on global warming. EPA/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL

Fifteen Years after The Recount: A look back on President Al Gore’s administration - #LeadersMatter

By J Brooks Spector

Photo: Myanmar's National League for Democracy (NLD) Party's leader Aung San Suu Kyi visits a polling station at her constituency in Kawmhu township, Yangon, Myanmar, 08 November 2015. Myanmar held the first general elections for 25 years since 1990 that all major parties have contested a poll. Aung San Suu Kyi's National League for Democracy won the 1990 polls, but the results were annulled by the military. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT

Burma: Voting For The Lady

By James Cannon Boyce

Photo by Warren Rohner via Flickr.

Analysis: Playing Chicken on the AGOA Speedway

By J Brooks Spector

Photo by Antoine Skipper via Flickr.

Op-Ed: Twenty First Century struggles for Social Justice

By Mark Heywood

Photo: A handout picture provided by Turkish President Press office shows, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (2-R) and Tukish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu (R) cheer their fans during a rally against what they claim is 'PKK terror' in Istanbul, Turkey, 20 September 2015. EPA/TURKISH PRES. PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT

ICG: The road back to Turkey’s peace talks

By International Crisis Group

Photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson applaud before the start of the 2016 U.S. Republican presidential candidates debate held by CNBC in Boulder, Colorado, October 28, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Masochist Trail: GOP presidential candidate debate follies

By J Brooks Spector

Photo: Ali Wahdan and his son Mosaab. (Shan Swingler)

Gaza: Defiant in the face of death

By Shaun Swingler