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1 June 2016 09:22 (South Africa)

Sparing Saudi Arabia’s blushes: How the US media colluded with government

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    Khadija Patel

    Khadija peddles words on street corners, in polite company she's known as a journalist. Words are her only defence against impending doom, old age and iniquity - spurring her interest in what language tells us about where we are from, what we are doing and where we are headed. Don't mind the headscarf, she don't need no liberation. 

A German Air Force (Luftwaffe) Airbus A400M military transport plane taxis along the runway at the 2016 International Aerospace Exhibition (ILA), in Schoenefeld, Germany, 31 May 2016. Some 1,200 exhibitors from 40 countries are expected at the fairgrounds of the Berlin ExpoCenter Airport located on the southern airstrip of the future BER airport. The Berlin Air Show will open its gates from 01 to 04 June 2016. The conferences within this year's ILA 2016 will be focussed on 'technological Innovation'and 'Sustainability'. EPA/WOLFGANG KUMM

While you were sleeping: 1 June 2016

Photo: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders (EPA)

US 2016: Demented Donald, Crooked Hillary, Crazy Bernie – and we ain’t seen nuthin’ yet

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A delegation of African students and their leaders leave after meeting Indian Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj to discuss the death of Congolese national Masonda Ketada Olivier, New Delhi, India, 31 May 2016. According to media reports Olivier was allegedly beaten to death by a group of men in a New Delhi residential area after an argument over hiring an autorickshaw, last week. The death of Olivier has caused protests and unrest. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

India: Brutal attacks on Africans echo SA’s xenophobic violence

By Simon Allison
Main photo: Screenshot of an Islamic State video circulated on social media on 4 March 2016. Footage includes training of ‘cubs’, children jihadists, seen performing different kinds of exercises in the name of the Caliphate: from singing nasheeds to reading the Qur’an and handling different kinds of weapons.

Born to Terror: A glimpse into the future of jihadism

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Protesters run to attack the media vehicle on a road linking to Islamabad, as they protest the execution of former police guard Mumtaz Qadri, after he was hanged to death in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 29 February 2016. Pakistan on 29 February hanged the ex-police guard who killed a former governor for opposing the country’s controversial blasphemy laws, which impose the death penalty in some cases, officials said. An anti-terror court handed Qadri the death penalty, and his appeal was rejected by the Supreme Court and the president of Pakistan. EPA/SOHAIL SHAHZAD

ICG: Pakistan’s Jihadist Heartland, the Southern Punjab

By International Crisis Group
Lightning over the German Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, 23 May 2016. EPA/PAUL ZINKEN

Weekly Wrap: 28 May

French President Francois Hollande (R) holds an umbrella as he walks beside German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the German military cemetery at Consenvoye, France, 29 May 2016, to commemorate victims of the First World War on the 100 year anniversary of the Battle of Verdun. The Battle of Verdun in World War I between German and French troops lasted over 300 days and saw the deaths of more than 300,000 soldiers on both sides in 1916. The town in the northeast of France became the epitome of brutal trench warfare during the First World War. EPA/JEAN-CHRISTOPHE VERHAEGEN

While you were sleeping: 30 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Barack Obama boards Airforce One as he departs Stansted Airport in London, Britain, 24 April 2016. President Obama is on his way to Germany where he will meet with Chancellor Angela Merkel. EPA/ANDY RAIN.

Obama’s legacy: History will judge him kindly

By J Brooks Spector
Main photo: Facing a row because of ties to the South African Gupta family, Denel resurfaced in India as an exhibitor at DefExpo 2016 after years of blacklisting. (Photo: StratPost – South Asian Defence and Strategic Affairs)

amaBhungane: How Denel was hijacked

Schönbrunn Palace is illuminated as the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra performs at the annual 'Summer Night Concert' in Vienna, Austria, 26 May 2016. Every year, around 100,000 people attend the popular open-air concert with free admission to Schönbrunn Palace – a Unesco World Heritage Site – and its Baroque gardens. EPA/LISI NIESNER

While you were sleeping: 27 May 2016

By John Stupart
South African school children from Chris Hani High dance during Africa Day celebrations at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town, South Africa, 25 May 2016. Africa Day is celebrated across the continent each year on 25 May to celebrate the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). On this day in 1963, 30 leaders of the 32 independent African states signed a founding charter in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which later led to the current organization known as the African Union (AU). EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 26 May 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: LISCR's office on 5th Street Sinkor District Monrovia, where mail for the more than 40,000 companies registered to 80 Broad Street is delivered. (Photo by George Turner)

amaBhungane: Liberia, America’s outpost of financial secrecy

Serena Williams of the US in action against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the first round of the women's singles matches at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 24 May 2016. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 25 May 2016

By John Stupart
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II visits the Chelsea Flower Show in London, Britain, 23 May 2016. This year's theme focuses on health and happiness in the garden. EPA/STR UK OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 May 2016

By John Stupart
Lotus-shaped illuminated lanterns float on Beira Lake during Vesak celebrations in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22 May 2016. Vesak is a holiday for Buddhists. The day marks the birth, enlightenment and demise of Buddha and is celebrated in Sri Lanka with illuminated pandals, lanterns and 'dansals' or free offers of food, drinks and refreshment to the wayfarers. This year, most of these dansals were absent following devastating monsoonal floods and landslides in some areas. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

While you were sleeping: 23 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Washington Redskins player Will Blackmon (C) celebrates after intercepting a pass at the goal line against Dallas Cowboys player Cole Beasley in the second half of their game at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, USA, 03 January 2016. EPA/LARRY W. SMITH

Analysis: Sports, Race and Identity

By J Brooks Spector
The longest pizza ever made: a two kilometers margherita (16 inch wide) pizza stretches along the city waterfront, Naples, Italy, 18 May 2016. EPA/CIRO FUSCO

Weekly wrap: 21 May


China: A not so Happy 50th Birthday for the Cultural Revolution

By J Brooks Spector
US actress, Kristen Stewart, arrives for the screening of 'Personal Shopper' during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival, in Cannes, France, 17 May 2016. The movie is presented in the Official Competition of the festival which runs from 11 to 22 May. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

While you were sleeping: 19 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: President elect and Democratic National Alliance candidate Maithripala Sirisena greeting officials with the traditional clasped palms while arriving to be sworn in as the 6th Executive President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka at Torrington Square in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 January 2015. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

ICG: Jump-starting the Reform Process in Sri Lanka

By International Crisis Group

While you were sleeping: 17 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Rain clouds cover the newly erected Nelson Mandela Statue in Howick, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, 06 August 2012. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK.

Nelson Mandela’s Howick arrest: Was it all a CIA Effort?

By J Brooks Spector
Savelio Ropati from Samoa catches the ball against Tim Agaba from RSA during the quarter-final match between Samoa and South Africa on the third day of the World Rugby Sevens Series in Paris, France, 15 May 2016. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

While you were sleeping: 16 May 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Karl Marx.

The Life and Times of Karl Marx, in the words of Ronnie Kasrils

By Ronnie Kasrils
The sun rises behind wind turbines in Berlin, Germany, 11 May 2016. EPA/PAUL ZINKEN

Weekly Wrap-up: 14 May

Koala Oobi-Oobie sits with a eucalyptus branch in his mouth in a tree in the new Koala House at the zoo in Leipzig, Germany, 12 May 2016. The Koala House was set up in the heritage-protected former primate house for 1.5 million euros. Leipzig is the third zoo in Germany with the Australian marsupials. Zoo Director Junhold is aiming to breed koalas in Leipzig. EPA/JAN WOITAS

While you were sleeping: 13 May 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: Elvira R. Karaeva

Elvira Karaeva: The story of the Russian Spy That Wasn’t

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez (C), flanked by ELN (National Liberation Army) Peace Negotiation Team members Pablo Beltran (L) and Maria Elena Velazco (2-R), speaks during a press conference, at the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry facilities, in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 March 2016.  EPA/MANAURE QUINTERO

ICG: National Liberation Army joins Colombia’s search for peace

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A picture made available on 12 May 2016 shows Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte speaking to supporters during a rally in Manila, Philippines, 07 May 2016. EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Analysis: The real Mad Men of world politics

By J Brooks Spector