Mental floss for the discerning
15 December 2017 14:01 (South Africa)

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – The Triple Coup

  • Open Secrets
    Open Secrets
Photo: A former leader of Yugoslavia, Josip Broz Tito.
Zimbabweans watch as President Robert Mugabe addresses the nation live on national TV in Harare, Zimbabwe, 19 November 2017. This comes a day after tens of thousands of people toke to the streets of the capital to call for President Mugabe to step down.

While you were sleeping: 20 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma (L) and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) embrace as they arrive for an extraordinary meeting of the SA Development Community (SADC) heads of state and government at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 June 2009. EPA/UNATI NGAMNTWINI

Zimbabwe: When is a coup not a coup?

By J Brooks Spector
A Zimbabwean Army armoured personnel carrier is seen parked in Harare. As of the end of Thursday, the Zimbabwean military remained squarely in control of the country.

While you were sleeping: 17 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Chad le Clos of South Africa on his way to win the men’s 200m Butterfly final during the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in the Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, 26 July 2017. EPA/TAMAS KOVACS HUNGARY OUT

Reporter’s Sporting Weekend Notebook: A week of epic World Cup fails

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: HSBC's City of London branch, 24 April 2015. Photo: Andy Rain/(EPA)

State Capture: HSBC SA warned London of Gupta money laundering – Peter Hain

By Marianne Thamm
A woman reads a copy of the special edition of a local daily in Harare, Zimbabwe, 15 November 2017. The Zimbabwe National Army (ZNA) has reportedly taken control over the government of President Robert Mugabe. The army seized the national broadcaster's headquarters (ZBC) on 14 November night. The military denied it staged a coup d'etat.

While you were sleeping: 16 November 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: A file picture dated 12 June 1987 shows US president Ronald Reagan (R) and German chancellor Helmut Kohl (L) waving as Reagan visits the Berlin Wall in West Berlin, Germany on the occasion of Berlin’s 750th anniversary. EPA/ROLAND HOLSCHNEIDER

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – German U-boats

By Open Secrets
Photo: Former US President Barack Obama (R) campaigns with Virginia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Lt. Governor Ralph Northam (L) at the Richmond Convention Center in Richmond, Virginia, USA, 19 October 2017. Former President Obama won the state of Virginia in the 2008 and 2012 elections. Photo: EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO

Op-Ed: A Cosmopolitan Riot – Virginia’s 2017 Election

By Jonathan Faull
Photo: Thembisa Mdoda performs in The Children’s Monologues at the Market Theatre on Monday. Photo: Supplied

Theatre: The Children’s Monologues – telling South African stories through the mouths of babes

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo: South African Defence Force soldiers secure a perimeter during a crime operation in Ottery, Cape Town, South Africa 22 May 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: Militarisation – our new response to societal issues

BY EPA-EFE/Robin van Lonkhuijsen
A light construction made by Daniel Margraf projected on the Catharina Church during Glow, the annual light art festival in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, 12 November 2017. With their light installations, dozens of light artists give Eindhoven’s city centre an entirely new face.

While you were sleeping: 14 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Jardine House, (C), which houses the offices of Appleby in Central District, Hong Kong, China, 07 November 2017. Leaked  financial documents dubbed the Paradise Papers have revealed how powerful and ultra-wealthy people secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. The vast majority of the transactions involve no legal wrongdoing. According to the reports, the leaked documents allegedly originate from the Bermuda-based law firm Appleby. Photo: Jerome Favre/(EPA-EFE).

Op-Ed: Paradise Papers – It’s not just tax evasion, it’s wage evasion by the wealthy and powerful

By B Ashley & D Forslund
Photo: Surrounded by a security entourage, Russian President Vladimir Putin (C-L), US President Donald J. Trump (C), China’s President Xi Jinping (L) and APEC Chairman and Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang (C-R) speak as they head to a group photo session with fellow APEC leaders at the 25th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Da Nang, Vietnam, 11 November 2017. Photo: Mikhail Klimentyev/(EPA-EFE/SPUTNIK/KREMLIN)

US: Donald’s Less Than Excellent Asian Adventure

By J Brooks Spector
School children having breakfast in a barn in Krimpenerwaard, The Netherlands, 10 November. This week there is special attention for healthy breakfast for children. Over the last ten years the number of children going to school without breakfast has lowered from 80 to 90 procent.

While you were sleeping: 13 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Zaura Warsma welcomes her daughter Najma Abdishakur, a Somali national who was denied entry under the Trump administration travel ban, after she cleared customs at Washington Dulles International Airport in Chantilly, Virginia, USA, 06 February 2017. Photo: Shawn Thew/(EPA).

Op-Ed: ‘Little Mogadishu’ – The political success of Somali-Americans

By David Reiersgord
A man jumps in front of a metal wall, part of the Berlin Wall memorial site in Berlin, Germany, 08 November 2017. November 09th marks a significant date in German history when both the Fall of the Berlin Wall as well as the 'Kristallnacht' or 'Reichskristallnacht' (lit.: Crystal Night, or Night of Broken Glass) are commemorated.

While you were sleeping: 10 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo of Ajay and Atul Gupta by Gallo Images.

Announcement: #GuptaLeaks to be released to journalists worldwide

By Daily Maverick

Israel hopeful South Africa won't downgrade relations

Firefighting vehicles move towards a fire burning through indigenous Fynbos vegetation encroaching the suburb of Scarborough in Cape Town, South Africa, 08 November 2017.

While you were sleeping: 9 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: South African fans show support for the 2023 World Cup bid during the 2017 Incoming Rugby Series between South Africa and France at Kings Park Stadium, Durban, on 17 June 2017.  Photo: Gavin Barker/(BackpagePix).

Rugby could learn from cricket: Could a rotation system help solve squabbles?

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: Lenin returns to Moscow, April 1917.

On the Historical Record: Revolutions that shook the world

By J Brooks Spector
Chinese people wear masks during an air pollution day in Beijing, China, 06 November 2017. Beijing issued an orange alert on air pollution during 04 to 08 November 2017.

While you were sleeping: 7 November 2017

By John Stupart
Romy Chevallier is a senior researcher in the Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs.

Op-Ed: COP23 – ‘Technical COP’ to finalise Paris Agreement despite US withdrawal

By Romy Chevallier
File Photo: South Africa 2023 World Cup hosting bid during the 2017 Incoming Rugby Series between South Africa and France at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, on 24 June 2017. Photo Gavin Barker/(BackpagePix)

#RWC2023: Squabble, squabble, toil and trouble – tensions rise from other bidders

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Singapore. Bernard Spragg/Flickr

Declassified: Apartheid Profits Singapore – Pretoria’s gateway to Asia

By Open Secrets
BY EPA/Peter Foley
Ghirmay Ghebreslassie, (Far Left) from Eritrea runs during the 2016 New York City Marathon in New York, New York, USA, 6 November 2016. Ghebreslassie went on to win the marathon, his unofficial time was 2:07:51.

While you were sleeping: 6 November 2017

By John Stupart

Op-Ed: World of investigative journalists descends on Johannesburg

By Anton Harber

While you were sleeping: 3 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: EFF members picket outside the Israeli Embassy in Pretoria on 2 November 2017. Photo: Manash Das

Malema urges peace in Palestine but wants police to teach #BlackMonday protesters a lesson