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25 June 2017 10:49 (South Africa)

Francis: People's Pope, four years on

  • Russell Pollitt
    Russell Pollitt

    Russell Pollitt is a Jesuit Priest working on the staff of the Jesuit Institute – South Africa in Johannesburg. He majored in sociology and cultural-anthropology and also studied philosophy. He has a Master's Degree in Theology. He believes that faith and justice are two sides to one coin and therefore Christian life necessarily demands that we work with people who find themselves on the margins of the Church and society. When he is not contemplating life and the many serious issues believers face today he laces up his running shoes and hits the road, occasionally doing a marathon. Russell is on twitter - @rpollittsj

Photo: Pope Francis has his picture taken during a visit to the Roman Parish of Santa Maddalena di Canossa, near Rome, Italy, 12 March 2017. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI
Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula at the Second Extraordinary Summit of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9 November 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

A Merry Muddle: The Guiding Document for South Africa’s Foreign Policy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Anthony Carroll (photo supplied)

Potential Trump pick for US ambassador to SA is ‘a good friend of South Africa’

Flames rise during a forest fire in Pedrogao Grande, Leiria District, central Portugal, 17 June 2017. About 180 firemen, 52 land vehicles and two planes are fighting to extinguish the fire.

While you were sleeping: 20 June 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Onlookers gather near a police cordon near Finsbury Park, after a van collision incident in north London, Britain, 19 June 2017.  EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Analysis: Revisiting the idea of unified nations in western states can no longer be ignored

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross responds to a question from the news media on new lumber tariffs levied on Canada during the White House daily briefing at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 25 April 2017. On Monday the Trump administration announced it planned to levy a 20% tariff on softwood lumber imports from Canada. EPA/SHAWN THEW

After AGOA: SA must prepare for two-way free trade agreements with US

Portugal's pilot Arrepiado performs during a FMX and Stunt show during the Swiss Car Event at the Palexpo in Geneva, Switzerland, 11 June 2017. Some 12,000 visitors are expected to attend the Swiss Car Event exhibition on 10 and 11 June.

While you were sleeping: 13 June 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: At Kalahari Energy’s site in Central Botswana from the left a water truck stands next to a chemical mixer for fracking chemicals next to a high-volume fracturing pressure pump and a portable drill rig on the far right. The company used this equipment for setting up test wells near the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Photo: Jeffrey Barbee

Op-Ed: Panama Papers help journalists expose fracking and the high cost of cheap gas

By Jeffrey Barbee
Photo: Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May delivers a statement to the media outside No. 10 Downing Street after meeting the Queen in Buckingham Palace in London, Britain, 09 June 2017.  EPA/ANDY RAIN

Dear Theresa May: a counter-terrorism lesson from Africa

The Springboks Frans Steyn passes the ball to Francois Hougaard as the French defence tackles him during the test match played at the Loftus Stadium, Pretoria, South Africa, 10 June 2017.

While you were sleeping: 12 June 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump speaks during a joint news conference with President of Romania Klaus Iohannis (not pictured) in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington, DC, USA, 09 June 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

We the Enemy: Trump in a value-free world

By J Brooks Spector
Former FBI Director James Comey delivers his much-anticipated testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee on the FBI's investigation into the Trump administration, and its possible collusion with Russia during the campaign, in the Hart Senate office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 08 June 2017.

While you were sleeping: 9 June 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump gestures as he walks across the South Lawn after returning to the White House by Marine One, in Washington, DC, USA, 07 June 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Op-Ed: Strengthening international co-operation in an era of Trump

By Elizabeth Sidiropoulos
Photo: A combo file picture showing US President Donald J. Trump (L) participating in a town hall meeting on the business climate in the United States, in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House complex in Washington, DC, USA, 04 April 2017, and FBI Director James Comey (R) testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.' on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 03 May 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS/SHAWN THEW

US: James Comey takes on Donald Trump as millions watch, mesmerised

By J Brooks Spector
The Prodigy music band performs on The Great National Assembly Square in Chisinau, Moldova, 03 June 2017.

While you were sleeping: 6 June 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Members of London's muslim community hold signs of condolence and support near the site of an attack at Borough Market in London, Britain, 04 June 2017. At least seven members of the public were killed and dozens injured after three attackers on late 03 June plowed a van into pedestrians and later randomly stabbed people on London Bridge and nearby Borough Market. The three attackers wearing fake suicide vests were shot dead by police who are treating the attack as a 'terrorist incident.' EPA/ANDY RAIN

Analysis: Islamic State propaganda a smokescreen in failure to lure instant extremists

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (L) is flanked by his senior advisor Jared Kushner (R) during a meeting with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni (not pictured), at Villa Taverna in Rome, Italy, 24 May 2017. EPA/ETTORE FERRARI

Jared Kushner: Flying Too Close to the Sun

By J Brooks Spector
Handout photo of the liftoff of flight VA209, the 65th Ariane 5 mission, from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, France, 28 September 2012 An Ariane 5 launcher lifted off on its mission to place two telecommunications satellites, Astra-2F and GSAT-10, into their planned geostationary transfer orbits. The target injection orbit had a perigee altitude of 249.5 km, an apogee altitude of 35 937 km and an inclination of 6 degrees relative to the equator. The satellites were accurately injected into their transfer orbits about 27 minutes and 30 minutes after liftoff, respectively.

While you were sleeping: 2 June 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump speaks during a Rose Garden event where he announced that the US is withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 01 June 2017. EPA/Molly Riley

US Climate GameChanger: Donald J Trump turns his back on the world and common sense

By J Brooks Spector
French President Emmanuel Macron (R-2) welcomes Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) at the Versailles Palace for a work meeting near Paris, France, 29 May 2017. Discussions between the two are expected to include the situation in Syria and Russia's veto position at the UN security council.

While you were sleeping: 30 May

By John Stupart
Abo Mohammed pray the sunset prayers with his family, during the first day of Ramadan at al-Shaffouneh, rebel-held besieged Eastern Ghouta, outskirts of Damascus, Syria, 27 May 2017 (Issued 28 May 2017). Abo Mohammed's family locally emigrated several times, the family was from al-Qesa city which belongs to al-Marj side in Eastern al-Ghouta, they emigrated from al-Qesa to Hamoria after huge bombing, then they emigrated to al-Shaffouneh after a huge battle between the opposite forces in Eastern Ghouta. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating, drinking, and sexual acts daily between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran’s first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights.

While you were sleeping: 29 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron (R) during a meeting on the sidelines of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) summit, at the US ambassador's residence in Brussels, Belgium, 25 May 2017. EPA/PETER DEJONG/POOL MAXPPP OUT

Trump’s Travels Travails: Manners (Un)maketh the Man

By J Brooks Spector
President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Ministers and Deputy Ministers in support of Africa Day 2017 celebration which will take place today, 25 May 2017.

While you were sleeping: 25 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: The cranium of Malapa hominid 1 (MH1) from South Africa, named ‘Karabo’. The combined fossil remains of this juvenile male is designated as the holotype for Australopithecus sediba. Photo by Brett Eloff. Courtesy Profberger and Wits University who release it under the terms below. – Own work

Explainer: Has Africa lost its claim to the earliest human ancestors?

By Marelise van der Merwe
A woman sits in the street in a blanket near the Manchester Arena as police guard the area following reports of an explosion, in Manchester, Britain, 23 May 2017. According to a statement released by the Greater Manchester Police on 23 May 2017, police responded to reports of an explosion at Manchester Arena on 22 May 2017 evening. At least 19 people have been confirmed dead and others 50 were injured, authorities said. The happening is currently treated as a terrorist incident until police know otherwise. According to reports quoting witnesses, a mass evacuation was prompted after explosions were heard at the end of US singer Ariana Grande's concert in the arena.

While you were sleeping: 24 May 2017

By John Stupart
U.S. President Donald Trump touches the Western Wall, Judaism's holiest prayer site, in Jerusalem's Old City, 22 May 2017. Trump arrived for a 28-hour visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority areas on his first foreign trip since taking office in January.

While you were sleeping: 23 May 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Sacked former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan listens to speakers during the memorial serice for Ahmed Kathrada in Cape Town, South Africa, 06 April 2017. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

Gordhan: Glorification of globalisation has masked its considerable downsides

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: The Facebook icon is displayed in Taipei, Taiwan, 28 April 2017 (re-issued 16 May 2017). EPA/RITCHIE B. TONGO

Op-Ed: Facebook’s puzzling content policies

Photo: People use computers at a cyber cafe in Taipei, Taiwan, 13 May 2017. According to news reports, a 'Ransomware' cyber attack has hit computers in 99 countries with the attacker demanding 300 US dollars in Bitcoin to decrypt the files. Photo: EPA/DAVID CHANG

ISS Today: Be ready for the next global cyberattack

Visitors observe the Panorama 'Luther 1517' by Yadegar Asisi in Wittenberg, Germany, 20 May 2017. The Wittenberg city celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation and hosts the World Reformation Exhibition 'Gates of Freedom'.

While you were sleeping: 22 May 2017

By John Stupart