Meet Kalle Lasn, the mind behind #occupywallstreet; General Petros vs the Sunday Times; Iran's nuclear ambitions; how liberal is the DA?; and asteroid 2005 YU55 pays us a visit. By iMAVERICK TEAM.
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Last week, I was fortunate to be in New York to attend the Bastiat X Prize awards dinner. Needless to say, a visit to Wall Street was called for. I found Occupy Wall Street protesters busily sweeping the pavements.
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GREENPEACE SCALES NEW HEIGHTS AT KUSILE PROTEST
A Greenpeace Africa protest at the Kusile construction site on Monday achieved its aim of attracting media attention and raising awareness around the fact that Eskom is building two new coal-fired power plants just at the time when carbon emissions are becoming a concern. Eskom reacted calmly to the incident; it probably knows better than to give Greenpeace any more publicity. By THERESA MALLINSON.
MUGABE’S SHOW OF FORCE
Security has been tightened considerably around Zimbabwe’s president. What’s he so worried about? By SIMON ALLISON.
As the two governments kiss and make up over the deportation of Mozambican journalists from Angola earlier this year, we hope Angola will have cause for reflection on its treatment of its own journalists. By THERESA MALLINSON.
MORE TERROR IN NIGERIA
The bad news from Nigeria isn’t getting any better. The US is warning of terror attacks even as Boko Haram made a mockery of the police response by killing an inspector in cold blood. This could be about to get very serious.By SIMON ALLISON.
ARAB LEAGUE LEFT SCRAMBLING AS SYRIA FAILS TO IMPLEMENT PEACE PLAN
As expected, the much touted Arab League peace plan for Libya has floundered. Opposition groups have claimed new casualties, imploring the international community for help. Meanwhile, the Syrian regime has complained about an American conspiracy and also appealed for international assistance. By KHADIJA PATEL.
Okay, well YU55 isn’t actually going to hit us on Tuesday night, not quite. But it’ll pass within 319,000km of the Earth, giving astronomers a rare opportunity to study it “up close”. By THERESA MALLINSON.
ALL HAIL KING DHONI
Former India wicketkeeper Syed Kirmani expressed pride in Mahendra Dhoni after the Indian captain broke his record of 198 dismissals in Test cricket. By CRICKET365.COM.
TIGER SOUNDS WARNING
Tiger Woods has warned that he’s regaining the swing speed and distance that once helped him bestride the golf world like a Colossus. By GOLF365.COM.
SUPER RUGBY GOES ASIAN
Super rugby’s Melbourne Rebels and Canterbury Crusaders have signed up to play pre-season games in Singapore in a bid to take advantage of the Asian market’s growing interest in the game. By PETER RUTHERFORD (Reuters).
Gauteng police commissioner Mzwandile Petros has rubbished the claims against him published by the Sunday Times and Sunday Independent this past weekend. The commissioner said that the “defamatory” accusations against him were most likely linked to disgruntled allies of a general arrested for making bomb threats in the Vaal. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
There are few certainties in South African politics. Don’t bet against Jacob Zuma is one. Julius Malema will be more outrageous today than yesterday is another. Taking on Cosatu is dangerous is yet another. And it’s this third rule that it seems someone is intent on breaking. That someone, and let’s face it, they’re nobody’s friend at the moment, is the South African National Roads Agency Limited. They’ve got a clumsy name, but Sanral is a certifiable public enemy number one. And when the dust clears and they count the bodies of their fallen, they will have Cosatu to blame. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
The Development Bank of Southern Africa releases a “Development Report” each year, outlining what South Africa needs to do to become a successful developmental state. On Monday the DBSA released the 2011 report, which doesn’t make for happy reading, especially on political governance and the economy. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
The short answer is: still very liberal. The longer answer is Shakespearian: What is in a name? Would that which we call a “liberal” be just as free by any other name? OSIAME MOLEFE explores this, steering clear of any further mutilation of the great English playwright.
CONTROVERSIAL RUSSELL TRIBUNAL FINDS THAT ISRAEL IS AN APARTHEID STATE UNDER INTERNATIONAL LAW
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine released its findings on Monday. As expected, the tribunal found that “Israel subjects the Palestinian people to an institutionalised regime of domination amounting to apartheid as defined under international law”, sparking a new round of recriminations from Israeli government representatives. By OSIAME MOLEFE.
Someone’s sending planeloads of weapons to Al Shabaab, and Kenya – which invaded Somalia to sort the Islamic militants out once and for all – is not happy. It’s blaming Eritrea, a potentially explosive accusation which could make an ostensibly domestic issue mushroom into something much more serious. By SIMON ALLISON.
The UN nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, is expected to issue its most detailed report yet on research in Iran’s potential for the development of nuclear weapons. Already, fears have been stoked by early leaks that claim the report has found that Iran evidence of an advanced warhead blueprint and a site where it may have been tested. By KHADIJA PATEL.
POLITICIANS MAKE WAY FOR TECHNOCRATS TO RESCUE TROUBLED EUROPEAN STATES
In Italy, Eastern Europe and elsewhere, technocratic governments like the one expected to take the reins in Greece, have a relatively good record of pushing through reforms seen as tough but necessary. By PETER APPS (Reuters).
US JUDGE BLOCKS GRAPHIC CIGARETTE WARNINGS
A federal judge blocked a US rule requiring tobacco companies to display graphic images on cigarette packs, such as a man exhaling cigarette smoke through a hole in his throat. By ALINA SELYUKH and JEREMY PELOFSKY (Reuters).
For 20 years AdBusters has been a bit of a Jack Russell on the fringes of capitalism, yapping about overconsumption, greed and the abusive power of mega corporations. That is until its founder KAlle Lasn predicted America’s Tahrir Square moment and gave birth to the #occupywallstreet movement. Lasn speaks to MANDY DE WAAL from his home in Vancouver, Canada.
OLYMPIC FLAME – THE JOURNEY BEGINS
China took the Olympic flame up Mount Everest in 2008 but the summit of Snowdon, 1,085 metres above sea level, will mark the highest point of the torch relay for next year’s London Games. By ALAN BALDWIN (Reuters).
TOYOTA: THE BEAST NOW STRIVING FOR BEAUTY
As Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda passed the banged-up Aston Martin Zagato in his Lexus LFA on the Nuerburgring race track last month, he figured that was it for the British race car. By CHANG- RAN KIM (Reuters).
WILLIAMS COURTING RAIKKONEN
Rubens Barrichello’s Formula One future looks increasingly uncertain after a major Williams shareholder said the team was talking to 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen about a possible comeback. By ALAN BALDWIN (Reuters).
PERFECT END TO SEASON FOR KVITOVA
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has capped a memorable season on the WTA Tour by leading the Czech Republic to their first Fed Cup title as an independent nation. BY GENNADY FYODOROV (Reuters).
CULLEN: MY MONEY’S ON HANSEN
Steve Hansen is a nailed-on certainty to become the next coach of the All Blacks and succeed Graham Henry, but New Zealand should retain the World Cup winner in some capacity, former fullback Christian Cullen told REUTERS.
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