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23 April 2017 18:05 (South Africa)

Covering Israel's immigration laws: When anti-Zionism becomes anti-Semitism

  • Kevin Bloom
    Kevin Bloom

    Kevin Bloom has written for a wide array of South African and international publications, including Granta, the UK Times and the Guardian, and is an Honorary Writing Fellow at the University of Iowa, having completed the fall residency of the International Writing Program in 2011. Kevin’s first book, Ways of Staying, won the 2010 South African Literary Award for literary journalism, and was shortlisted for the Alan Paton Award. He is currently working on a book about a changing Africa.

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Photo: Madhya Pradesh police contigents show their skills of martial art near a ring of fire after completion of their two-month long special commando training by commando trainer Deepak Dubey (unseen) at 25th Battalion police ground in Bhopal, India, 23 October 2011. EPA/SANJEEV GUPTA

ISS Today: India’s iron fist in the velvet glove

Wrestler 'Big Fire' (L) strangles his opponent 'Cowboy' during a hardcore wrestling match at the Brakpan Community Hall, in Brakpan, Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 March 2017. The winner of the fight was the wrestler who could throw his opponent through the metal table. 'Big Fire' went on to win this match. In the East Rand region of South Africa lives dedicated, passionate, amateur hardcore wrestling community, whose members find time between work and family to put on shows for their devoted following of fans at local community halls, high schools and motorcycle rallies. Hardcore wrestling is a form of professional wrestling where disqualifications, count-outs, and all other different rules do not apply. Matches are decided by the use of numerous dangerous items including tables, chairs, barbed wire, light tubes, shovels, chains, hammers, etc.

While you were sleeping: TGIF 21 April

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks prior to signing the Memorandum Regarding the Investigation Pursuant to Section 232(B) of the Trade Expansion Act during a ceremony in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 20 April 2017. The act directs Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross to investigate whether steel imports into the US should be blocked on national security grounds. EPA/SHAWN THEW

Analysis: Trump’s Say-As-You-Go foreign policy

By J Brooks Spector
Protesters shout slogans during a rally against the referendum results in Istanbul, Turkey, 18 April 2017. Media reports Turkish President Erdogan won a narrow lead of the 'Yes' vote in unofficial results, 17 April 2017. The proposed reform, passed by Turkish parliament on 21 January, would change the country's parliamentarian system of governance into a presidential one, which the opposition denounced as giving more power to Turkish President Erdogan.

While you were sleeping: Thursday 20 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (L) reacts next to South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma during the opening of the 25th African Union summit in Johannesburg, June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko  - RTX1GG85

Op-Ed: With global democracy in retreat, what are the implications for Africa?

By John Filitz
Children participate in the egg roll during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington DC, US, on 17 April 2017. President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted thousands of people during the annual Easter celebration.

While you were sleeping: Tuesday 18 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: An actor portraying US President Donald J. Trump calls on the President to release his tax returns outside the Trump Hotel in Washington, DC, USA, 15 April 2017. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

Trump’s Learning Curve: Syria, Afghanistan, North Korea and lessons from the Cuban Missile Crisis

By J Brooks Spector
Photo of President Jacob Zuma by Jordi Matas.

Op-Ed: Where is the FICA Bill, Mr President?

By Magda Wierzycka
Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.  EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

ICC: At hearings, South Africa seeks clarity on Rome Statute

By Carien du Plessis
An Indonesian Sukhoi Su-30 jet fighter performs during a ceremony to mark 71th anniversary of the Indonesian Air Force at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, 09 April 2017. Indonesia plans to buy eight Su-35 multirole air superiority fighter jets from Russia to boost the capabilities of the Indonesian air force.

While you were sleeping: 10 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: ‘Economic serial killer,’ read one sign referring to Zuma during the Save South Africa march on Union Building on 7 April, Pretoria. (Greg Nicolson)

The Momentum of Change: Where (and how) do we go from here?

By J Brooks Spector
People take photos as they view cherry blossoms in full bloom in Tokyo, Japan, 06 April 2017. Temperatures rose to 21.9 degrees Celsius, highest temperature this year.

While you were sleeping: 7 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump participates in a television interview in the East Room shortly before attending an event hosting participants of the Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride, at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 06 April 2017.  EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US: Donald Trump takes on The World

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: (L-R) Association of African Students President Samuel Jack, Association of African Students Public Relations Co-ordinator Presidoe Okungi, along with other African students Ezeugo Nnamdi Lawrence and Rodrique Kazamba during a press conference in New Delhi, India, 28 March 2017. According to a news report, African students were beaten up by the mob in Greater Noida outskirts of New Delhi, after a 17-year-old Indian boy allegedly died due to the drugs overdose. EPA/RAJAT GUPTA

Analysis: Attacks on African students echo India’s long history of racism

By Samira Sawlani
Russian rescuers carry a victim of an explosion at Tekhnologichesky Institute metro station in Saint Petersburg, Russia, 03 April, 2017. According to reports, at least 10 people were killed and dozens injured in an explosion in the city's metro system. The cause of the blast was not immediately known.

While you were sleeping: 4 April 2017

By John Stupart
A man rides a bullock cart during the traditional racing festival on the outskirts of Naypyitaw, Myanmar, 01 April 2017.
The famous traditional race takes place during summer in Myanmar.

While you were sleeping: 3 April 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump speaks about trade in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 31 March 2017. EPA/Olivier Douliery

Op-Ed: Emerging US Africa Policy focuses on security issues

By Reed Kramer
Photo: President Jacob Zuma waves at the crowd after arriving at the Medi-Clinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria on Thursday, 18 July 2013 to visit former president Nelson Mandela on his 95th birthday. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

Corruption, cronyism, calamity: What the world thinks of South Africa’s latest political crisis

By Simon Allison
Photo: Doctor Ewelina Krol from the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology of the University of Gdansk and the Medical University of Gdansk during her work in the university laboratory in Gdansk, Poland, 04 October 2016. EPA/ADAM WARZAWA

Op-Ed: In an age of Zika and a threat of biochemical terror, health security must be everybody’s concern

By Wilmot James
Photo: Lawrence Tomlinson talking to the author in Garforth, Leeds. Photo: Greg Mills

An answer to the fourth industrial revolution

By Greg Mills
Photo: Marine Le Pen, Leader of the French National Front. Photo: Rémi Noyon

ISS Today: Le Pen and France’s anti-terrorism strategy in Africa

Visitors to the Thomas Jefferson Memorial are seen behind cherry blossoms in bloom, at the Tidal Basin in Washington, DC, USA, 27 March 2017, as the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival is underway. The festival commemorates the 1912 gift of three thousand cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.

While you were sleeping: 29 March 2017

By John Stupart
A gallery assistant looks at the light installation 'Forms in Space...by Light (in Time)' by Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans at the Tate Britain in London, Britain, 27 March 2017. The sculpture is made from almost 2km of neon lighting and is created for the annual Tate Britain Commission. The annual commission, with the support by Sotheby’s auction house, invited contemporary British artist Cerith Wyn Evans to create fro 2017 a new artwork for the Duveen Galleries in the center of the Tate Britain museum.

While you were sleeping: 28 March 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump gets in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler while meeting with truck drivers and trucking CEOs on the South Portico prior to their meeting to discuss healthcare at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 23 March 2017.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US: Trump’s week of incompetence wrapped in arrogance, with a hint of treason

By J Brooks Spector
Polar bear cub Quintana explores her enclosure at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 23 March 2017. The cub was born on 21 November 2016.

While you were sleeping: 24 March 2016

By John Stupart
Armed police following major incidents outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain, 22 March 2017. Scotland Yard said on 22 March 21017 the police were called to a firearms incident in the Westminister palace grounds and on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured in central London.

While you were sleeping: 23 March 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Armed police following major incidents outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Analysis: Lessons to be learnt from terror attacks beyond South Africa’s borders

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb Brian Chesky speaks during an interview in Langa township, Cape Town, South Africa March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Airbnb’s African takeover: One-on-One with founder Brian Chesky

By Rebecca Davis
US President Donald J. Trump walks to a meeting with House Republicans to encourage a deal on the American Health Care Act in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 21 March 2017. The long-awaited House vote to repeal Obamacare is expected on 23 March.

While you were sleeping: 22 March 2017

By John Stupart