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23 August 2017 06:31 (South Africa)
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Covering Israel's immigration laws: When anti-Zionism becomes anti-Semitism

  • Kevin Bloom
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    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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Thar A Thae Ta Pwint, right, from Myanmar fights with Victor Hugo Nunes from Brazil during the seond Myanmar Lethwei World Championship at the Thuwanna indoor stadium in Yangon, Myanmar, 20 August 2017. 

While you were sleeping: 23 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Union Bank of Switzerland, photo by Wikimedia Commons

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Nuclear Bunkers and Swiss Bankers

By Open Secrets
Photo: People pay their respects to the victims outside the Liceu Theatre, on the site of a deadly van attack in Barcelona, Spain, 20 August 2017. At least 14 people were killed and some 130 others injured after cars crashed into pedestrians on the La Rambla boulevard in Barcelona and on a promenade in the coastal city of Cambrils on 17 August. EPA/MARTA PEREZ

Analysis: Extremism involves more than just unsophisticated vehicle attacks

By Jasmine Opperman
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Bell Pottinger: What’s at stake for SA’s least favourite PR firm?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: The playing pieces of ‘Whacky Wit’ stand on the board at the SPIEL non-electronic game fair in Essen, in 2013. Photo: Roland Weihrauch/(EPA)

Board games are quietly, nerdily, becoming big business

By Simmy Peerutin
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Spanish King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia, right, pay their respects to the victims outside the Liceu Theatre, on the site of a deadly van attack in Barcelona, Spain, on 19 August 2017. At least 14 people were killed and about 130 others injured after cars crashed into pedestrians on the La Rambla boulevard in Barcelona and on a promenade in the coastal city of Cambrils on 17 August.

While you were sleeping: 21 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (L) listens to CEO of Merck Kenneth Frazier (R) speaks during the announcement of a pharmaceutical glass packaging initiative, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 20 July 2017. Kenneth Frazier announced on 14 August 2017 that he would step down from one of US President Trump's advisory panels, citing 'a responsibility to take a stand against violence and extremism', days after a series of racist demonstrations erupted into violence in Charlottesville. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

The White House, Trumped: Quo Vadis, Donald?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A handout photo made available by the Virginia State Police shows crowd members at the Charlottesville rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 12 August 2017. EPA/Virginia State Police

Op-Ed: Charlottesville and the limit of ‘The South’

By David Reiersgord
Photo: Protesters chant outside of Trump Towers in New York, New York, USA, 14 August 2017. US President Donald J. Trump will make his first overnight trip back to New York since becoming president. EPA/ANDREW GOMBERT.

The Road Not Taken: Donald Trump’s fatal misstep

By J Brooks Spector
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People take part in the celebrations that honor the virgin of the merchants, the Virgin of Asuncion, during the festivities of the fair of Joyabaj, a small indigenous municipality, in Guatemala, 14 August 2017.

While you were sleeping: 16 August 2017

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Photo: Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen. (Photo: Government of Canada)

Learning from Canada’s refugee policy: Diversity is good for business

By PETER FABRICIUS
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Virginia State Police inspect the site where a vehicle hit protesters in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 12 August 2017. According to media reports at least one person was killed and 19 injured after a car hit a crowd of people counter-protesting the 'Unite the Right' rally which was scheduled to take place in Charlottesville on 12 August. At least 15 others were injured in clashes during protests.

While you were sleeping: 14 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Virginia State Police keep crowds back after Jason Kessler, organiser of the Unite the Right rally, had to be rushed away after a press conference at City Hall in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA, 13 August 2017. According to media reports at least one person was killed and 19 injured after the car hit a crowd of people counter-protesting the Unite the Right rally which was scheduled to take place in Charlottesville on 12 August. At least 15 others were injured in clashes during protests. EPA/TASOS KATOPODIS

Trump, Charlottesville and the Alt-Right: The Fire This Time

By J Brooks Spector
Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has pursued a proactive foreign policy. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Pool (EPA)

ISS Today: Saudi Arabia-Qatar rift rattles the region

By ISS TODAY
A supporter of the opposition leader Raila Odinga holds rocks behind his back during a protest after Odinga announced that he rejects the provisional result of the presidential election announced by the electoral body, in Kibera slum, one of Odinga's strongholds in Nairobi, Kenya, 09 August 2017. Provisional result of the presidential poll shows incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta leading opposition leader Raila Odinga, who rejected them saying that the official tally doesn't match their own counts. The police is beefing up security on Nairobi streets as the fear of the post-election violence looms.

While you were sleeping: 11 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: An undated file photo released by the North Korean Central News Agency (KCNA), the state news agency of North Korea, shows an 'underwater test-fire of strategic submarine ballistic missile' conducted at an undisclosed location in North Korea (reissued 22 March 2017).  North Korea is under tough UN sanctions following its recent nuclear and missile tests at a moment of great tension in the Korean peninsula. EPA/KCNA

The Donald vs Kim Jong-un: When Bluster trumps Diplomacy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Swami Parthasarathy is internationally recognised as the greatest living exponent of Vedanta. Photo: Vedanta Life Institute

Corruption in the modern world: Insights from an ancient science

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: A picture released by the US Marine Corps on 09 October 2014 shows US Marines and Sailors assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Africa prepare to board an KC-130J Super Hercules as they deploy to West Africa in support of Operation United Assistance, at Moron Air Base, Spain, 08 October 2014. Photo: EPA/US Marine Corps/ Gerard Farao 

ISS Today: Is Trump militarising US-Africa policy?

By ISS TODAY
Photo: Afghan security officials check people and vehicles on a road side check point, as Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is due to visit the families of the victims of Jawadia Mosque bombing in Herat, Afghanistan, 04 August 2017. EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

A complex historical and geopolitical burden: Welcome to Afghanistan, Donald J

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Professor Françoise Barré-Sinoussi (Photo by iasociety.org)

Health-e News: Cancer and HIV fields collaborate for a cure

By HEALTH-E NEWS
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Firefighters at the scene of the fire at the Tsukiji Outer Market in Tokyo, Japan, 03 August, 2017. Reports state that he fire is believed to have originated in a three-story building at the outer market. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

While you were sleeping: 4 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (L) speaks with North Korean Premier Park Pong-ju (R) during a parade for the 'Day of the Sun' festival on Kim Il-sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, 15 April 2017. EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG

Trump and Korea: Then, now and in the future – strategic choices

By J Brooks Spector
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Migrants look at a police dog during a police operation in the Central Railway Station to carry out security checks on migrants and to combat lawlessness, in Milan, Italy, 01 August 2017. Italian police had been carrying several security checks in the area since a migrant stabbed a police officer outside the station.

While you were sleeping: 2 August 2017

By John Stupart
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Bolivarian National Police (PNB) agent was wounded in an explosion in the street near motorized police in the vicinity of the Altamira Square, in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 July 2017. Clashes are breaking out as the voting on a constituent assembly takes place under strict security measures and despite the rejection of local opposition and the international community. The new assembly would have powers to rewrite a constitution and bypass the National Assembly which is currently controlled by the opposition.

While you were sleeping: 1 August 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Minister of Police Fikile Mbalula accompanied by Deputy Minister Bongani Mkhongi introducing Lieutenant-General Lesetja Mothiba as the new Acting National Commissioner of Police at a media conference held at Imbizo Media Centre in Cape town on June 1, 2017. (Photo: GCIS)

Op-Ed: The American War on Drugs – A cautionary tale for the South African Police

By David Reiersgord
Photo: White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci attends a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House after former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned, in Washington, DC, USA, 21 July 2017. US President Donald J. Trump has removed Anthony Scaramucci as White House communications director at the request of new White House Chief of Staff, John F. Kelly in Washington, DC, USA, 25 July 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US: Trump’s new comms director Scaramucci is out

By Daily Maverick
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Pussian President Vladimir Putin attends a naval parade in St. Petersburg, 30 July 2017. Traditionally the Russia Navy Day is celebrated on the last Sunday in July.

While you were sleeping: 31 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Bolivarian National Police (PNB) agent was wounded in an explosion in the street near motorised police in the vicinity of the Altamira Square, in Caracas, Venezuela, 30 July 2017. Clashes are breaking out as the voting on a constituent assembly takes place under strict security measures and despite the rejection of local opposition and the international community. The new assembly would have powers to rewrite a constitution and bypass the National Assembly which is currently controlled by the opposition. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

Op-Ed: Dictatorship, violent overthrow or civil unrest? The portents are grim for Venezuela’s future

By John Endres
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Film: The Hard Facts about Getting this House in Order

By Kalim Rajab