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  • 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.


Yahoo hack hit 500 mn users, likely 'state sponsored'

A marquee advertises the opportunity to watch the upcoming US presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, at the American City Diner in Washington, DC, USA, 21 September 2016. The first of three presidential debates takes place on 26 September at New York's Hofstra University. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

While you were sleeping: 23 September 2016

By John Stupart
US President Barack Obama (R), shakes hands with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (L) and Peter Thomson (2-L), President of the 71st session of the General Assembly, after addresses the General Debate of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly at UN headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 September 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

While you were sleeping: 22 September

By John Stupart
Photo: Syrian refugees wait for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to arrive, at a Syrian refugee camp in al-Dalhamiyyeh Syrian refugee camp in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon, 25 March 2016. UNHCR estimates over 1.5 million Syrian refugees are currently living in Lebanon. EPA/WAEL HAMZEH

ICG: Lebanon needs help to cope with huge refugee influx

By International Crisis Group
Photo: US President Donald J Trump takes the oath of office from US Chief Justice of the Supreme Court John Roberts as First Lady Melania Trump Bush holds the Bible during his Inauguration for his first term on the steps of the US Capitol Building  in Washington, DC Friday 20 January 2017. (Time Machine photos)

Report: Trump’s Ascent – Friday January 20, 2017

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Investigators collect evidence on the scene of an explosion that occurred overnight in the Chelsea neighbourhood of New York, New York, US, 18 September 2016. Over 20 people were injured in the blast. The motive is still being investigated, despite authorities assuming it is apparently not linked to international terrorism. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Op-Ed: In counterterrorism, good evidence trumps bad instinct

By Anton Du Plessis
Photo: A picture made available on 07 May 2016 by North Korea’s Korean Central News Agency shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during the 7th Congress of the Workers’ Party of Korea, the first such congress held in 36 years since 1980, in Pyongyang, North Korea, 06 May 2016. EPA/KCNA

Op-Ed: Africa’s role in strengthening sanctions against North Korea

Photo: A Syrian man holds his son in his arms after arriving at the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) airbase in Subang, outside Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 28 May 2016. EPA/FAZRY ISMAIL

ICG: UN Refugee Summit should address conflict prevention

By International Crisis Group
Photo: Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir (R) (No 5 spot) and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad (No 1 spot) (L) attend the opening session of Arab League of the heads-of-state Summit at the Palais des Nations outside Algiers, Algeria on Tuesday 22 March 2005. Both countries have been accused by the United States of sponsoring terrorism. EPA/MIKE NELSON

ICG: The Top 10 countries driving the global refugee crisis

By International Crisis Group
Young Boys fans light flares during the UEFA Europa League group B soccer match between Young Boys Bern and Olympiacos Piraeus in the Stade de Suisse in Bern, Switzerland, 15 September 2016. EPA/PETER SCHNEIDER

While you were sleeping: 16 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A view of a new electronic billboard supporting US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, which depicts him as ‘Super Trump’, in Times Square in New York, New York, US, 14 September 2016. The ad was purchased by the Committee to Restore America’s Greatness and is being displayed until 16 September. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US2016: Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and modern medicine

By J Brooks Spector
A woman (front) poses in Japanese painter Shigeki Matsuyama's art installation 'Narcissism: Dazzle room' during the 'rooms 33' fashion and design trade show at Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, 14 September 2016. Since 2000, 'rooms' is a biannual international fashion and design trade show which presents a wide range of items as well as art installations. With more than 500 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors, 'rooms' has become a major tradeshow. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

While you were sleeping: 15 September 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: An image from Ground Zero at the Semipalatinsk nuclear testing site, where four nuclear bombs were exploded. Only the reinforced concrete measuring structures remain. (Simon Allison)

Kazakhstan: Despatch from a nuclear wasteland

By Simon Allison
Photo: A file picture dated 26 December 2014 showing smoke rising from a large fuel depot fire, al-Sidra, Libya, during fighting. EPA/STRINGER

ICG: After Libya’s oil grab, compromise could lead to a resumption of exports

By International Crisis Group

While you were sleeping: 14 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Anti-LGBT Pastor Steven Anderson Applauds Orlando Massacre: 'There's Fifty Less Pedophiles In The World' (RightWingWatch.org)

Gigaba says No to US ‘hate’ pastor, but challenges remain

By Greg Nicolson
Matthias Voelkl (C, HIDDEN) carries 29 beer mugs down a 40-meter path in the Hofbraeuhaus in Munich, Germany, 12 September 2016. With a target of 27 beer mugs, he has set a new record in beer mug lifting. EPA/ANDREAS GEBERT

While you were sleeping: 13 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: The 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, USA, 10 August 2016. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

US2016: The Sources of Soviet Donald Trump’s Conduct

By J Brooks Spector
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during the Apple launch event at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, California, USA, 07 September 2016. Media reports indicate an expected launch of several new products including a new iPhone, new Apple Watch, and new operating systems. EPA/MONICA DAVEY

While you were sleeping: 9 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson speaks during the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition in New York, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

US2016: Gary Johnson is running for President. Gary Who? And what’s a leppo?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (C) speaks at the Palacio de Narino in Bogota, Colombia, 30 August 2016, after he signed the convening for the plebiscite to endorse the peace agreement signed with the FARC a week before, in Cuba. EPA/LEONARDO MUNOZ

ICG: Colombia’s Final Steps to the End of War

By International Crisis Group
Main photo: Protesters hold placards written in the Greek, German and English language during a demonstration in front of the Greek Labour Ministry in Athens, Greece, 04 July 2016. The Greek Communist party unions in the fields of tourism, pensions, workers and students staged a protest against the social security law and unemployment. EPA/SIMELA PANTZARTZI

Greece: Rent-Seeking, Hell and the Prime Minister

US actress/cast member Renee Zellweger arrives for the wold premiere of 'Bridget Jones's Baby' in Leicester Square, Central London, Britain, 05 September 2016. The movie is the third installment in the Bridget Jones film series and opens in British theaters on 16 September. EPA/WILL OLIVE

While you were sleeping: 7 September 2016

By John Stupart
A sculpture of 17th Century London set on barges in the Thames River is set alight to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, in central London, Britain, 04 September 2016. The sculpture is a 120-meter-long, designed by US artist David Best and its lighting marks the end of festivities marking the Great Fire of London for four days in September 1666, that destroyed the majority of the city. EPA/WILL OLIVER

While you were sleeping: 6 September 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Penny for your thoughts? Mexico’s President Enrique Pena Nieto meets Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump (Reuters Henry Romero)

US 2016: Trumpean diplomacy, up close and personal

By J Brooks Spector
South African surfer Jake Kolnik rides a wave at Dungeons offshore reef in the Atlantic Ocean outside Cape Town, South Africa, 01 September 2016. The big wave surfing season is at its peak with winter swells driven by storms in the South Atlantic breaking on the Cape's outer reefs providing good conditions. Big wave surfers are competing in the 2016 Striped Horse Challenge and Rebel Sessions big wave competitons simultaneously throughout the season. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 2 September 2016

By John Stupart
Rafael Nadal of Spain sweats as he plays Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan during their match on the first day of the US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 29 August 2016. The US Open runs through September 11. EPA/PETER FOLEY

While you were sleeping: 31 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov gestures while speaking to Russian President Vladimir Putin (not pictured) during their meeting at the SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) summit in Ufa, Russia, 10 July 2015. EPA/IVAN SEKRETAREV/POOL

ICG: Brittle Uzbekistan hopes for a controlled succession

By International Crisis Group
Riders alongside a herd of fighting bulls (L) as they come down an incline towards the entrance to the town during the 2nd 'encierro,' or bull run, in the Fiesta de Cuellar, in Castilla y Leon, Spain, 29 August 2016. The fiesta in Cuella is recognised as one of the oldest in Spain, dating back to 1499. EPA/JIM HOLLANDER

While you were sleeping: 30 August 2016

By John Stupart