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2 July 2016 05:58 (South Africa)

Stalingrad: the city, the heroism, the horror – 70 years later

  • J Brooks Spector
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    J Brooks Spector

    Spector settled in Johannesburg after a career as a US diplomat in Africa and East Asia. He has taught at the U. of the Witwatersrand, been a consultant for an international NGO, run a theatre, and been a commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media, in addition to writing for The Daily Maverick from day one. He says he learned everything he needs to know about politics from ‘Casablanca.’ Maybe he's cynical about some things, but a late Beethoven string quartet, John Coltrane’s music and a dish of Pad Thai will bring him close to tears.

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Afghan National Army soldiers breaking the fast during the holy fasting month of Ramadan at their military base on the outskirts of Herat, Afghanistan, 28 June 2016. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating and drinking during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran's first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights. EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

While you were sleeping: 1 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage poses for pictures with supporters (not pictured) outside the Electoral Commission in London, Britain, 31 March 2016. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Analysis: The case for Brexit Referendum 2.0

By Loammi Wolf
Original photo of André Slade by EWN’s Clement Manyathela.

Op-Ed: Reporting Racism in the land of Sunshine Journalism

By Marelise van der Merwe
Relatives of Umut Sakaroglu, a custom officer at Ataturk Airport who was killed in the attacks on 28 June, mourn during a funeral in Istanbul, Turkey, 29 June 2016. At least 41 people were killed and more than 239 others were wounded in three separate gun and bomb attack outside and inside the terminal of Istanbul's Ataturk international airport on 28 June, media reported quoting officials. The attacks have been linked to either the Islamic State (IS) militant group or Kurdish separatists, media added. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

While you were sleeping: 30 June 2016

By John Stupart
A handout picture provided by the World Surf League (WSL) of South Africa's Sara Baum in action during the final of the women's Ballito Pro surfing event as part of the WSL in Ballito, South Africa, 28 June 2016. Baum took the second place. EPA/KELLY CESTARI

While you were sleeping: 29 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint press conference with Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman (not seen) after his first official visit, Berlin, Germany, 27 June 2016. EPA/KAY NIETFELD

Incorruptible, indestructible: The unassuming power of Angela Merkel

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: British MP and Former Mayor of London Boris Johnson joins Members of Parliament in St Margaret’s Church for a service to mark the life of Jo Cox MP in Westminster, Central London, Britain, 20 June 2016. Cox was killed in Birstall, West Yorkshire, 16 June 2016, whilst meeting members of the public in her constituency. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Boris The ‘Great’, the man behind the day that will live in infamy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L-R), British Prime Minister David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande chat during a meeting on the sidelines of two-days European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, 18 March 2016. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET / POOL

Stuck in the Middle with EU: Europe after Brexit

By Lara Sierra-Rubia

While you were sleeping: 28 June 2016

By John Stupart

EU may refuse informal Brexit talks until UK triggers article 50

By The Guardian
Officials put the name tags of the players on the draw board, at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Saturday, June 25, 2016. The Wimbledon Tennis Championships 2016 will be held in London from 27 June to 10 July. EPA/PETER KLAUNZER EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES/NO ARCHIVES

While you were sleeping: 27 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Protestors gather outside the Houses of Parliament on the day British Prime Minister David Cameron announcing his resignation after losing the vote in the EU Referendum in London, Britain, 24 June 2016.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Brexit: The messy aftermath of a bloody mess

By J Brooks Spector
Bodza, a young pumi dog, plays in a park in Debrecen, 226 kilometers east of Budapest, Hungary, 23 June 2016. The American Kennel Club announced on 22 June 2016, that it is recognizing the high-energy Hungarian herding dog pumi (POOM'-ee). It's the 190th breed to join the roster of Americas oldest purebred dog registry. EPA/ZSOLT CZEGLEDI HUNGARY OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, speaks during a government event with state oil sector workers in Caracas, Venezuela, 22 June 2016. Workers of Venezuela state oil sector mobilized themselves in a march heading to Miraflores presidential palace to support the head of state, Nicolas Maduro, and in ‘defence of the homeland’. President Maduro and Thomas Shannon, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of United States, met in Caracas to try to open a dialogue between the two countries which maintain diplomatic relations in minimum low. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

ICG: Venezuela on the edge of the precipice

By International Crisis Group
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma (R) reacts to a point by British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) during a joint press conference at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, 18 July 2011. EPA/JON HRUSA

ISS Today: What Brexit means for Africa

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act awaits the signature of US President Barack Obama to be signed into law, on a table with pens and the Presidential seal, before a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 22 June 2016. The law, which reauthorizes and modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act, was passed in Congress with broad bipartisan support. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

While you were sleeping: 23 June 2016

By John Stupart
South Africa's Siya Kolisi (L) is tackled by Ireland's Conor Murray during the test match at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 June 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

While you were sleeping: 20 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A man lights a candle for the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, US, outside the US embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 June 2016. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

Op-ed: Time to rethink the role of women in terrorism

By Jasmine Opperman & Daniel Lebowitz
Photo: United National Party leader and Colombo district candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks at a rally at Wattala in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12 August 2015. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

Sri Lanka’s Long Road to Reform: The Human Rights Council’s continued critical role

By International Crisis Group
Main photo: British Member of the Parliament and former London Mayor Boris Johnson attends a Vote Leave rally in London, Britain, 19 June 2016. Johnson is a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign in the upcoming EU Referendum where Britons will vote to either stay or leave the European Union on 23 June. EPA/STR

Great Britain: The Brexit Vote looms large and dangerous

By J Brooks Spector

MSF vs. the EU: Who’s losing?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (C) gets a selfie with a fan as he departs the Youth Health Festival on Youth Day in Cape Town, South Africa 16 June 2016. The 40th anniversary of Youth Day commemorates the 1976 Soweto student uprisings during the apartheid era. Youths attending the festival learned about their rights and freedoms and the choices and consequences related to sexual practices and health. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 17 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A Liberian man walks past an Ebola sensitisation mural in Monrovia, Liberia 06 October 2014. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Op-Ed: What is to be done after 11,312 unnecessary Ebola-related deaths?

By Wilmot James
Photo: Yesenia Rosa and Leslie Soto hold hands during a vigil to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a nightclub, at Eola Lake Park in Orlando, Florida, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was killed in an exchange of fire with the police after taking hostages at the club. EPA/RYAN STONE

Stock-taking times: Religion’s role in Orlando massacre

By Russell Pollitt

Emojis: The Next Gender Revolution

Photo: Police and rescue officers monitor the scene of a shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and many others injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in the early hours of 12 June, according to media reports. The shooter was killed in the police operation that followed. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

Orlando’s Most Terrifying Ride

By J Brooks Spector
Main photo: Muhammad Ali in 1967 (World Journal Tribune photo by Ira Rosenberg via Wikimedia Commons)

The Greatest: A Tribute to a Prometheus of the Boxing Ring

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Residents of San Francisco and the Bay Area gather to mourn, honor, and remember the victims of a mass shooting at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro District neighborhood in San Francisco, California, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was killed in an exchange of fire with the police after taking hostages at the club. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO.

Op-Ed: The Islamic State's template for a lone wolf attack

By Jasmine Opperman
EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at Daily Maverick's The Gathering 2016 event. (Greg Nicolson)

While you were sleeping: 13 June 2016

By John Stupart