Independence you can trust
6 February 2016 17:15 (South Africa)

Kim Jong-un 'Sexiest Man Alive': Is the joke on China or the West?

  • 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.

C:\fakepath\bloom on Kim Sexygvdw
Residents look at protesters called up to demonstrate by opposition groups as they march in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, February 4, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares

Weekend Wrap-up, 6 February 2016

Main photo: Republican U.S. presidential candidates (L-R) Senator Marco Rubio, businessman Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz pose together before the start of the Fox Business Network Republican presidential candidates debate in North Charleston, South Carolina January 14, 2016. REUTERS/Chris Keane

US2016: What do the American Big Five really think about the untidy world beyond America?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Pope Francis speaks during the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican, January 27, 2016. REUTERS/Tony Gentile

Pope Francis reaches out to China

By Russell Pollitt
Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event at Clinton Middle School in Clinton, Iowa January 30, 2015. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

US 2016: Donald Trump loses his mojo on the Iowa prairie

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz kisses his wife Heidi Cruz after winning at his Iowa caucus night rally in Des Moines, Iowa, February 1, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

Ted Cruz tops Trump in Iowa caucuses, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders tie

By Reuters
Photo: Supporters of the Free Patriotic Movement (FPM) carry flags and a broom stick during a protest in Beirut, Lebanon, September 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir.

Lebanon’s Christians United in Hope of Effective Presidency

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Donald Trump (L) talks with fellow candidate and former Jeb Bush during a commercial break at the first official Republican presidential candidates debate of the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign in Cleveland, Ohio, August 6, 2015. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

2016 US presidential election: Understanding the game

By J Brooks Spector
Former Filipino "comfort women", a Japanese euphemism for women who were forced into prostitution and sexually abused at Japanese military brothels before and during World War Two, hold a protest in front of the Japanese embassy in Manila. January 29, 2016. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Weekend Thing: 30 January

Photo: A circus performer shows off a condom packet during an information campaign in downtown Lisbon February 13, 2013. REUTERS/Jose Manuel Ribeiro

Sustainable Development Goals: When reducing births means reducing deaths

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Chinese coastguard ships give chase to Vietnamese coastguard vessels (not pictured) after they came within 10 nautical miles of the Haiyang Shiyou 981, known in Vietnam as HD-981, oil rig in the South China Sea, July 15, 2014. REUTERS/Martin Petty

Stirring up the South China Sea: Oil in troubled waters

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Then New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks during a news conference at City Hall in New York, September 18, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid.

President Michael Bloomberg: Is America ready for an independent in the White House?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), attends the session 'Where Is the Chinese Economy Heading?' of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Ruben Sprich

A new head for the IMF. Same as it ever was.

By Ismail Lagardien
Photo: An Islamic State flag hangs amid electric wires over a street in Ain al-Hilweh Palestinian refugee camp, near the port-city of Sidon, southern Lebanon January 19, 2016. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho

Destroying ISIS: 10 DOs and DON’Ts

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Theodor Adorno, Herbert Marcuse (Wikimedia Commons), Student protest turning violent in front of the Union Buildings 23 November 2015 (Photo by Greg Nicolson)

Theodor Adorno vs Herbert Marcuse on student protests, violence and democracy

Photo: People protest in front of Saudi Arabia's embassy during a demonstration in Tehran January 2, 2016. Iranian protesters stormed the Saudi Embassy in Tehran early on Sunday morning as Shi'ite Muslim Iran reacted with fury to Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shi'ite cleric. REUTERS/TIMA/Mehdi Ghasemi/ISNA

The Saudi Missions and the mobs: Who controls the Iranian Street?

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A general view of the low-income neighbourhood known as Boca la Caja next to the business district in Panama City September 17, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso

Op-Ed: Global inequality, tax-evasion and corruption

By Winnie Byanyima

3-SpaceX launches climate satellite but botches ocean landing

By Reuters

China to start implementing RRR for some banks in offshore yuan market

By Reuters

Tennis-Documents show match-fixing at top level of world tennis - BBC/BuzzFeed

By Reuters

Clinton goes on offense against Sanders at Democratic debate

By Reuters
Photo: Shi'ite Muslims beat themselves during a religious festival marking Ashura, in Tehran's grand bazaar October 24, 2015. Ashura, which falls on the 10th day of the Islamic month of Muharram, commemorates the death of Imam Hussein, grandson of Prophet Mohammad, who was killed in the 7th century battle of Kerbala. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/TIMA

Iran (and Cuba), Axis of Evil no more

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman is escorted by soldiers during a presentation in Mexico City, January 8, 2016. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo

El Chapo arrested, again: Is Mexico getting a grip?

By International Crisis Group
Indonesian police bomb squad members walk to the site of a bomb blast at Thamrin business district in Jakarta, January 14, 2016. Militants launched a gun and bomb assault in the centre of the Indonesian capital on Thursday, killing at least six people, police said, in an attack on a country that Islamic State had threatened to put in its "spotlight". REUTERS/Beawiharta TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

While you were sleeping: 15 January 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: People listen as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at University of Nebraska Omaha arena, in Omaha, Nebraska, January 13, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Obama's final State Of The Union speech over, the 2016 fight resumes

By J Brooks Spector
The statue of Cecil Rhodes is seen on the facade of Oriel College in Oxford, southern England, in this file photograph dated December 30, 2015. The chancellor of the University of Oxford responded in January 2016 to a student campaign to remove a statue of 19th century colonialist Cecil Rhodes from one of the university's colleges by warning against rewriting history according to today's moral standards. Inspired by protests at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, which led to its statue of Rhodes being removed in April 2015, the "Rhodes Must Fall in Oxford" campaign says the statue at Oriel College celebrates a legacy of racism and violence. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh/files

While you were sleeping: 14 January 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Military Police at camp X-Ray on the Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay move
a detainee to an interrogation room for questioning February 2, 2002. REUTERS/Marc Serota

From Afghanistan to Ghana, via Guantanamo Bay

By Simon Allison
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (L) shakes hands with Tajikistan President Imomali Rakhmon during Putin's welcome reception for foreign delegations' heads and honorary guests in the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, May 9, 2015. REUTERS/Host Photo Agency/RIA Novosti

Tajikistan Early Warning: Internal Pressures, External Threats

By International Crisis Group
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma, who is also the president of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), waves with his cap as he arrives for the party's 104th anniversary celebrations in Rustenburg January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko

While you were sleeping: 11 January 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with ministers in Caracas, in this handout picture provided by Miraflores Palace on January 9, 2016. REUTERS/Miraflores Palace/Handout via Reuters

Venezuela: The Light at the End of the Tunnel?

By International Crisis Group