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While you were sleeping: 12 September 2017

  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

View of a giant land art painting entitled 'A story of the future' by French artist Saype, depicting a young girl reading a book, on a hillside in Les Rochers-de-Naye, in Veytaux above Montreux, Switzerland, 11 September 2017. The artwork covering approximately 6,000 square meters was produced with over 600 liters of biodegradable paint made from natural pigments, water and a milk protein and is part of the celebration for the 125th anniversary of the Glion Rochers-de-Naye train line.
Photo: Judge Navi Pillay speaking at a press conference in Geneva in December 2013. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

No ‘one size fits all’ solution for intrepid international jurists on the world stage

A file picture dated 15 September 2001 shows smoke continues to rise from the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, USA. On 11 September 2001, during a series of coordinated terror attacks using hijacked airplanes, two airplanes were flown into the World Trade Center's twin towers causing the collapse of both towers. A third plane targeted the Pentagon and fourth plane heading towards Washington, DC ultimately crashed into a field. The unprecedented attack claimed the lives of almost 3,000 people.

While you were sleeping: 11 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump waits to greet President Sauli Niinisto of Finland as he arrives to the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 28 August 2017. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW.

US: From Hurricane Harvey to Cyclone Donald, a country weathering multiple storms

By J Brooks Spector
Safal Pokhrel takes a shower after shaving his head during a full moon day in Gurukul’s premise in Kathmandu, Nepal, 27 July 2017. Once a month, in the auspicious day of full moon, the students must shave their head since they believe that by shaving the hair they are free from the sins. A temple in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu is home to one of the world’s oldest Sanskrit schools. Located within Pashupati Temple and founded in 2040 BS (Nepali Year Calendar), 34 years ago, Shree Bhagwat Sanyash Ashram and Gurukul School and hostel is funded by the donations of Hindu followers. The school was established to practice and preserve the Sanskrit Dharma-shastra. Sanskrit is the main holy language in Hinduism and Dharma-shastras are Hindu scriptures teaching the rules of social behavior.

While you were sleeping: 8 September 2017

By John Stupart
Kevin Anderson of South Africa hits a return to Paolo Lorenzi of Italy on the seventh day of the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 03 September 2017. The US Open runs through September 10.

While you were sleeping: 7 September 2017

By John Stupart
By EPA-EFE/Paul Bergen
Singer Erlend Hjelvik of Norwegian band Kvelertak performs in a pre-programme for the Metallica concert at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 4 September 2017.

While you were sleeping: 6 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A handout image provided by the Air National Guard shows an aerial view showing extensive flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey in a residential area in Southeast Texas, USA, 31 August, 2017 (issued 01 September 2017). EPA-EFE/Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez

Letter from Trumpland: Will the Irma & Harvey tag team drown US climate denial?

By Glen Retief
By EPA-EFE/Kenzaburo Fukuhara
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) listens to the speech of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) during a BRICS Business Council and signing ceremony, at the BRICS Summit in Xiamen, China, 04 September 2017. The ninth BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Summit in Xiamen runs from 03 to 05 September.

While you were sleeping: 5 September 2017

By John Stupart

Op-Ed: UK companies must distance themselves from Bell Pottinger after SA malevolency

Original photo of the Gupta brothers by Gallo Images.

Take that, Bell Pottinger: Guptas’ PR firm given UK’s harshest industry smackdown

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: A file photograph showing South-African president PW Botha during his last election-speech in Johannesburg, South Africa, on 04 May 1987. EPA/STF

Declassified: Apartheid profits – Inside the arms money machine

Photo: CEO of Rosgeologia, Roman Panov. (Photo by Rosgeo)

PetroSA: Russian geological SEO Rosgeo throws national oil company a R5-billion lifeline

Photo: President Putin, President Zuma, Prime Minister Modi, President Xi Jinping and President Temer start the Dialogue of BRICS Business Council members and the signing of agreements at the 9th BRICS Summit held at the Xiamen International Conference Centre, in the People’s Republic of China. The 9th BRICS Summit in Xiamen is held under the theme ‘Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future’. (GCIS)

Op-Ed: Taking BRICS from economic pragmatism to reformed global governance

A Russian Soyuz MS-04 space capsule lands in a remote area outside the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan, 03 September 2017. The Soyuz capsule carrying Astronauts Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA and Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian space agency Roscosmos undocked from the International Space Station (ISS)'s Rassvet module and safely returned to Earth in the Kazakh steppe on 03 September.

While you were sleeping: 4 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: President Barack Obama, with Director of Political Affairs Patrick Gaspard, waits to be introduced at a luncheon for US Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias of Illinois at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Ill., Aug. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Patrick Gaspard: ‘It’s disheartening to see similarities in regression in the US and SA’

Maria Sharapova of Russia reacts after defeating Timea Babos of Hungary on the third day of the US Open Tennis Championships at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 30 August 2017. The US Open runs through September 10. EPA-EFE/JOHN G. MABANGLO

While you were sleeping: 1 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A Chinese scientist in Kentucky, Dr Wei Ping Pan believes enzymes from mushrooms could reduce the emission from power plants like Eskom's coal-fired power station near Johannesburg. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK (file)

Mushrooms may hold the secret to saving the planet from coal emissions

A general view of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, 29 August 2017. Around 2.6 million muslim are expected to attend this year's Hajj pilgrimage, which is highlighted by the Day of Arafah, one day prior to Eid al-Adha. Eid al-Adha is the holiest of the two Muslims holidays celebrated each year, it marks the yearly Muslim pilgrimage (Hajj) to visit Mecca, the holiest place in Islam. Muslims slaughter a sacrificial animal and split the meat into three parts, one for the family, one for friends and relatives, and one for the poor and needy.

While you were sleeping: 31 August 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Princess Diana, wearing a heavy duty protection vest and face shield, is accompanied by a mine clearing expert of the Halo Trust during her visit to the minefields in the high plateaux near Huambo, to watch mine-clearing operations in an area once on the frontline of the country's civil war, 15 January 1997. (EPA)

Twenty years after her death, Princess Diana's Angolan visit is still remembered

By Mercedes Sayagues
Photo: Former US ambassador Patrick Gaspard at the launch of South Africa Media Innovation Programme. (Photo: Daily Maverick)

Media Innovation: New programme aims to combat strain on journalism’s traditional revenue model

Photo: An undated photo made available by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, on 7 March 2017, shows four projectiles during a ballistic rocket launching drill of Hwasong artillery units of the Strategic Force of the Korean People’s Army at an undisclosed location, North Korea. According to the South Korean military, North Korea test-fired several short-range unidentified projectiles into the sea from the eastern Kangwon province on 26 August 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/KCNA

Op-Ed: Can South Africa de-escalate the Korean Peninsula crisis?

By Aditi Lalbahadur
Dominic Dominguez searches for his boat in a boat storage facility that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Harvey near Rockport, Texas, USA, 27 August 2017. Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the south coast of Texas as a major hurricane category 4, and was the worst storm to hit the city of Rockport in 47 years. The last time a major hurricane of this size hit the United States was in 2005.

While you were sleeping: 29 August 2017

By John Stupart
Floyd Mayweather (C) of the US climbs the ring ropes to celebrate his win against Conor McGregor (not pictured) of Ireland during their fight for the WBC 'Money Belt' at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 26 August 2017.

While you were sleeping: 28 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Jerry Lewis in 1960s – a publicity photo (Wikimeda Commons), Dick Gregory in 1964 (Herman Hiller, World Telegram staff photographer - Library of Congress. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection.)

Appreciation: Jerry Lewis & Dick Gregory have earned their place in history

By J Brooks Spector
Dutch player Valentin Verga (R) in action against Austrian player Xaver Hasun during the EuroHockey Championships 2017 match between The Netherlands and Austria in Amstelveen, The Netherlands, 23 August 2017.

While you were sleeping: 25 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his wife Grace Mugabe at a funeral of his sister Bridgette Mugabe, in January 2014. Photo: Aaron Ufumeli/(EPA)

#MugabeGate: A handbook to diplomatic immunity and impunity

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Cooperative banks are 100% owned by their members and can be used by citizens to service and uplift communities in disadvantaged areas. Photo: Kim Ludbrook/(EPA)

Notes from the House: What happened to the roll-out of co-operative banks in SA?

Photo: China's then Vice President Xi Jinping meets South Africa's President Jacob Zuma (L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, August 25, 2010. REUTERS/Adrian Bradshaw/Pool

China pledges to help SA fight crime to boost tourism and investment

Photo: Arid Israel has tried and tested technology when it comes to water supply. Photo: LeviXU/(Unsplash)

Op-Ed: Water is scarce, but solutions can be found

By Shauna Westcott