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18 December 2017 03:23 (South Africa)

While you were sleeping: 9th February 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.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kisses the Vince Lombardi trophy during the victory parade through the streets of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 07 February 2017. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on 05 February 2017.
Photo: Justice Minister Michael Masutha (GCIS)

Op-Ed: South Africa could inspire reform of the International Criminal Court – but chooses to be an outlier in the global justice system instead

By Angela Mudukuti

Dawid Malan (C) watches as Australia's Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith miss the catch on Day 1 of the Third Test match between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 14 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 15 December 2017

By John Stupart
File Photo: A picture dated 23 June 2014 shows Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohammed Fahmy flashing the victory sign from behind bars during the sentencing session for al-Jazeera journalists in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court on 12 February 2015 ordered the release of two Al Jazeera journalists jailed for more than a year. Fahmy was ordered to pay a bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds (around US$32,890). His colleague Egyptian journalist Baher Mohammed was released without bail. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Op-Ed: Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

By Elana Beiser
Fire fighters at the scene of an explosion at a gas hub of OMV in Baumgarten, Austria, 12 December 2017. According to reports by the Red Cross, at least one person has died and 18 others have been injured in the explosion.

While you were sleeping: 13 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: People hold a massive flag of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic during a demonstration called by EUCOCO Support and Solidarity with the Sahrawi People, in downtown Madrid, Spain, 14 November 2015. Morocco has refused to hold a referendum on the disputed territory’s status in the western Sahara. EPA/ANGEL DIAZ

Open letter to Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa: The Sahrawi have a right to self-determination

By Catherine Constantinides
By EPA-EFE/Fredrik Sandberg
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden at the table of honour during the Nobel banquet during the banquet for the Nobel Prize laureates in Stockholm, Sweden, 10 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 12 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A file photograph dated 23 May 2006 shows a child receiving a plate of food at a feeding scheme in Soweto, South Africa.  EPA/JON HRUSA

Op-Ed: Mind the (food) gap

Photo: Suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore during an address at the state judicial building in Montgomery, Alabama, 25 August 2003. Media reports on 15 November 2017 state that US Senate Majority Leader McConnell stated that Roy Moore, who is standing as the Republican candidate for US Senate in Alabama is 'unfit' for the US Senate as Moore is facing allegations of sexual misconduct. Photo: EPA-EFE/JAMIE MARTIN

Op-Ed: Roy Moore and the Republican War in Trump’s America

By Jonathan Faull
Photo: The original iconic photo that was taken by photographer Sam Nzima.

Repurposing Historic Symbols: Lessons from Hector Pieterson via Trump’s America to Selborne College

By J Brooks Spector
Tunisians take part in a protest against US President Donald J. Trump decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, in Tunis, Tunisia, 07 December 2017. US president Donald J. Trump on 06 December announced he is recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and will relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

While you were sleeping: 8 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Minister of Justice and Correctional Services Mike Masutha, addresses the National Human Rights Day Commemoration in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, on 21 March, 2015. (Photo: GCIS)

‘SA should not withdraw from ICC, needs to project itself as a leader in anti-impunity efforts’ – NGOs

Photo: A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas grenade during clashes at Huwwara checkpoint, near the West Bank City of Nablus, 07 December 2017; 34 Palestinians were wounded, including one in critical condition during the clashes following Palestinians protests after an announcement of a general strike and a rage day to protest against US President Donald J. Trump declaration recognising Jerusalem as the capital of the Israel. EPA-EFE/ALAA BADARNEH

Op-Ed: Recognition of Jerusalem by the US is reckless and must be sanctioned

By Shenilla Mohamed
Photo: Palestinians refugees attend a protest against the US President decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, in Jabaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip, 07 December 2017. US president Donald J. Trump on 06 December announced he is recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and will relocate the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. EPA-EFE/MOHAMMED SABER

US: 12/06/2017 – The day Jerusalem gained a US embassy, and Donald Trump threw away US leverage

By J Brooks Spector
A Los Angeles County Fire helicopter flies over during the 'Skirball Fire' which began in the early morning in Bel-Air, California, USA, 06 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 7 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A file photograph showing South African president PW Botha during his last election speech in Johannesburg, on 04 May 1987. Botha led white minority rule of the nation between 1978 and 1989. EPA/STF

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – Ties to Tel Aviv

By Open Secrets
Romain Jordan Sebastian Imadouchine from France reacts during the men's 85kg weight class Snatch competition at the Weightlifting World Championships at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California, USA, 03 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 5 December 2017

By John Stupart
Visitors enjoy viewing the so-called 'Supermoon' from a gondola of a ferris wheel at an amusement park in Tokyo, Japan, 03 December 2017. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) a series of three 'Supermoons' - dubbed the 'Supermoon trilogy' - will appear in the sky on 03 December 2017, on 01 January 2018 and and 31 January 2018.

While you were sleeping: 4 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A general view of Mount Gunung Agung volcano spewing hot volcanic ash seen from Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, 01 December 2017.  EPA-EFE/MADE NAGI

Gunung Agung: When a great volcano spews molten anger

By J Brooks Spector
Pope Francis reviews a honour guard during a welcome ceremony as he arrives at Dhaka International Airport in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 30 November 2017. Pope Francis' visit in Myanmar and Bangladesh runs from 27 november to 02 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 1 December 2017

By John Stupart
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte (2R) is sent to the stands after remonstrating with referee Neil Swarbrick during an English Premier League soccer match against Swansea at Stamford Bridge in London, Britain, 29 November 2017.

While you were sleeping: 30 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (2-L) and Mohammed VI (C), the King of Morocco speak ahead of a family picture at the 5th African Union-European Union (AU-EU) summit in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 29 November 2017. The summit aims to improve cooperation on issues such as migration and development. EPA-EFE/BALLESTEROS

AU/EU Summit: Joint task force planned to target modern slavery

A man kneels down as he and others face off against police officers after they tried to force their way into the stadium where President-elect Uhuru Kenyatta is about to arrive for his swearing-in ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya, 28 November 2017.

While you were sleeping: 29 November 2017

Photo: Protesters attend a demonstration against alleged slavery in Libya, at Sergelstorg in Stockholm, Sweden, 25 November 2017. A CNN’s footage of young Africans being auctioned off near Tripoli, filmed on a hidden camera and aired on November 14, has prompted protests in various parts of the world. EPA-EFE/CLAUDIO BRESCIANI.

AU/EU Summit: European countries blocking the migration of Africans blamed for rise in slavery

Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is crowned the 2017 Miss Universe following the conclusion of the pageant at The Axis at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 26 November 2017.

While you were sleeping: 28 November 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Augusto Pinochet, shortly after the military coup in Chile, 11 September 1973.

Declassified: Apartheid Profits –Pals with Pinochet

By Open Secrets
A Balinese farmer works on his farm as the Mount Agung volcano spews volcanic ash in Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia, 26 November 2017. According to reports from the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation Centre, the volcano has erupted and is spewing an ash cloud more than 1,500 metres in height. The airlines Jetstar and Quantas have cancelled all flights to and from Bali as a result of the eruption. 

While you were sleeping: 27 November 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Shoppers are seen during the Black Friday sales in New York, USA, 24 November 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES

Black Friday: Shopping craze origins nothing to do with slavery – here’s the real backstory

By J Brooks Spector
A man walk on a sand-barrier, at the southern areas of Dead Sea near Ein Bokek, Israel, 22 November 2017.

While you were sleeping: 24 November 2017

By John Stupart
Presidential bodyguards stand guard prior to the address of Zimbabwean former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa (not seen) at the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (Zanu-PF) headquarters in Harare, Zimbabwe, 22 November 2017. Mnangagwa reportedly left the country after he was sacked by then-president Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe resigned from his post on 21 November, following a military intervention, he was president of Zimbabwe for 37 years.

While you were sleeping: 23 November 2017

By John Stupart