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19 September 2017 15:20 (South Africa)

Israel's quintessential hard man, Yitzhak Shamir, dies quietly at 96

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    J Brooks Spector

    Spector settled in Johannesburg after a career as a US diplomat in Africa and East Asia. He has taught at the U. of the Witwatersrand, been a consultant for an international NGO, run a theatre, and been a commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media, in addition to writing for The Daily Maverick from day one. Spector is a Writing Fellow of the Unit of Johannesburg’s Institute for Advanced Studies. He says he learned everything he needs to know about politics from ‘Casablanca.’ Maybe he's cynical about some things, but a late Beethoven string quartet, John Coltrane’s music and a dish of Pad Thai will bring him close to tears.

A police officer and a cat stand by a barrier cordon outside an address in Sunbury-upon-Thames, London, Britain, 18 September 2017, as part of the investigation the 15 September 'Parsons Green' bomb attack. Detectives are continuing to search a number of properties in relation to the explosive device left on a tube train at 'Parsons Green' station.

While you were sleeping: 19 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks to the news media prior to boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 14 September 2017. EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

US 2020? Welcome to The Age of Perpetual Campaign

By J Brooks Spector
German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (L) of Scuderia Ferrari and Finnish teammate Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen collide at the start of the Singapore Formula One Grand Prix at the Marina Bay Street Circuit in Singapore, 17 September 2017.

While you were sleeping: 18 September 2017

By John Stupart
Residents of Hangberg run from tear gas fired by police as they clash during protests in Cape Town, South Africa, 14 September 2017. The fishing community of Hangberg in Hout Bay have been protesting for four days against the Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department's decision to cut fishing quotas but say criminal elements within the community have hijacked the protests. The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Department announced that rock lobster quotas would be cut from 110kg to 50kg. Residents claim that fishing is their livelihood and cutting the quota will deprive them of it. 

While you were sleeping: 15 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Zane Dangor

Op-Ed: Why Zane Dangor should be the next executive director of the UN Population Fund

By Tlaleng Mofokeng

Book Review: The anti-psychotic case for a post-GDP growth world

By Kevin Bloom
Mike Gilbert (L) hugs his daughter Brooke (R) while looking at a destroyed three-story condominium building after Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys in Islamorada, Florida, USA, 12 September 2017. The Gilbert family owns a unit in the building. Many areas that sustained damage during the storm remain under a dawn to dusk curfew.

While you were sleeping: 14 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: People hold a banner with picture of Myanmar democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on, during a protest against violence in Myanmar, in Peshawar, Pakistan,  on 7 September 2017. At least 123,000 Rohingyas have crossed the border into Bangladesh fleeing violence in northeastern Myanmar, a United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson said on 5 September. International organisations have reported claims of human rights violations and summary executions allegedly carried out by the Myanmar army. Photo Bilawal Arbab/(EPA)

Explainer: What’s happening to the Rohingya Muslims?

By Rebecca Davis
Referee Bibiana Steinhaus (R) talks to Bremen's Florian Kainz (L) during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Hertha BSC and Werder Bremen at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany, 10 September 2017. Steinhaus became the first female referee to officiate a Bundesliga match.

While you were sleeping: 13 September 2017

By John Stupart
Photo of Jacques Chirac by INRA DIST Jean Weber via Flickr

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Pretoria’s beehive in Paris

By Open Secrets
Photo: Robert Wood, US Ambassador to the Conference on Disarmament, informs to the media during a briefing about the US objectives for the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) PrepCom, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, 28 April, 2017. Photo: EPA/SALVATORE DI NOLFI

Nuclear Ban: Treaty will make the world more dangerous, not safer –US

Photo: An undated handout file photograph made available on 04 March 2016 by the North Korean news agency KCNA shows the test-firing of new-type large-caliber multiple launch rocket system by the North Korean military. Tensions between North Korea and the west have intensified due to the west's implimentation of economic sanctions in response to North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons and test firing of delivery systems. Photo: EPA/KCNA

Op-Ed: Nuclear disarmament – why the world should follow Africa’s lead

Photo: With One World Trade Center at left, a light tribute is seen from Jersey City, New Jersey, marking the 16th anniversary of the terror attacks on 9/11. Nearly 3,000 died when hijackers flew commercial airplanes into New York’s World Trade Center, the Pentagon and in a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Photo Porter Binks/(EPA)

Remembering 9/11: The long-term effects are only playing out now, 16 years later

By J Brooks Spector
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.

While you were sleeping: 12 September 2017

By John Stupart
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’