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While you were sleeping: 10 April 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.

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.

Ben Loomis of the USA in action during the Ski Jumping portion of the Nordic Combined Large Hill / 4 x 5 km Team competition at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 22 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 23 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Example of Islamic State Propaganda Calling for Attacks (TRAC)

Op-Ed: Is the Islamic State ready to open a battlefront in South Africa?

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: (Left) President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa listens to the annual Budget speech delivered by Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba at Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, 21 February 2018. EPA-EFE/BRENTON GEACH. (Right) US President Donald J. Trump (L) gestures while delivering remarks beside First Lady Melania Trump (R), while hosting a reception in honour of National African American History Month, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 13 February 2018. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Time/Space Continuum: I hope for South Africa, I fear for the United States

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A male pangolin in its enclosure at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Takeo province, Cambodia, 20 February 2016. The world marks the annual Pangolin Day on 20 February to raise awareness for pangolin conservation, as they estimated that every year about 10,000 pangolins are trafficked. EPA/MAK REMISSA

Cross-border investigation: Pangolin poaching in Africa and trafficking to Asia

Photo: Evangelist Billy Graham speaks on the third and final day of the Greater New York Billy Graham Crusade, at Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, New York, Sunday 26 June 2005. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Op-Ed: Death of a Salesman – Billy Graham (1918-2018)

By Patrick Pillay
Photo: Members of the Security Council stand for a moment of silence before the start of the United Nations Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 20 February 2018. EPA-EFE/JASON SZENES

ISS Today: South Africa returns to UN Security Council with a new leader


Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba delivers his maiden Budget Speech. This is his first budget speech under the presidency of Cyril Ramaphosa. 21 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 22 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Secretary of Defence Caspar W. Weinberger (not seen) hosts Samuel Kanyon Doe (L, tan suit), Head of State of the Republic of LIBERIA in Washington DC, 1981. (Wikimedia Commons)

Lutheran Church Massacre: The Long Arm of the Law reaches a suspected Liberian war criminal in Philadelphia

Photo: Residents of Cape Town collect drinking water in the early morning from a mountain spring collection point in Cape Town, South Africa, 31 January 2018. EPA-EFE/NIC BOTHMA

Op-Ed: The value of urine in a water-sensitive future

By Dyllon Randall

US actress Jennifer Lawrence arrives for the European premiere of 'Red Sparrow' at Leicester Square in London, Britain, 19 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 21 February 2018

By John Stupart

Op-Ed: The Islamic State challenge – from the front line to a shadow international terror organisation

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Then South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang shake hands during a meeting at the Zhongnanhai leadership compound in Beijing, China, 14 July 2015. Photo: EPA/NG HAN GUAN / POOL

Analysis: Ramaphosa’s China Conundrum – to kowtow or hit back?

By Kevin Bloom
Photo: British writer Tony Judt poses during the presentation of his essay Postwar period. A History of Europe since 1945, in Madrid, Spain, Thursday 26 October 2006. EPA/VICTOR LERENA

Op-Ed: Tony Judt, a historian who asked the right questions – what would he make of us now?

By Todd M Johnson

A view on a mural by Italian street art artist Andrea Ravo Mattoni of a famous painting 'Orphan Girl at the Cemetery' by French artist Eugene Delacroix at 'Le Mur' in Paris, France, 17 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 19 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Ajay and Atul Gupta and Duduzane Zuma (Muntu Vilakazi for Gallo Images)

Op-Ed: The Guptas can be extradited from the United Arab Emirates

By Anton Katz & Eshed Cohen
Photo: Residence of South Africa-based Gupta Brothers in Dehradun. Photo: Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times: Uttarakhand gives Z-security to Gupta brothers probed over graft in South Africa

By Hindustan Times
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin (front) visits the Budker Institute of Nuclear Physics in Novosibirsk, Russia, 08 February 2018. Photo: EPA-EFE/ALEXEY NIKOLSKY / SPUTNIK / KREMLIN POOL MANDATORY CREDIT

South Africa’s Electricity Choice, Part 4: The dangers of dealing with Russia

By Anton Eberhard & Amory Lovins

EFF Commander Julius Malema addresses media following Jacob Zuma's resignation, Parliament, 15 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 16 February 2018

By John Stupart

President Jacob Zuma addresses the media during a national television address in which he resigned, Pretoria, South Africa, 14 February 2018. President Zuma has been under intense pressure to resign amidst ongoing corruption and state capture allegations.

While you were sleeping: 15 February 2018

By John Stupart

Hirono Asami of Japan in action during the Women's Snowboard Slopestyle Final Run 1 at the Bokwang Phoenix Park during the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Games, South Korea, 12 February 2018.

While you were sleeping: 13 February 2018

By John Stupart

An ANC supporter holds a placard during Sunday's rally as part of marking 100 years since Mandela's birth.

While you were sleeping: 12 February 2018

By John Stupart

Tibet/South Africa Relations: A tale of two countries – trade and the voiceless

Photo: Iris Dawn Parker

Theatre Review: A point of contention passed over to posterity

By Nkateko Mabasa
Photo: Kim Young-nam (L), president of the Presidium of the North Korean Supreme People’s Assembly and Kim Yo-jong (C), the sister of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un at the women’s Ice Hockey match between Switzerland and Korea at the Kwandong Hockey Centre during the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games 2018, in Gangneung, South Korea, 10 February 2018. EPA-EFE/ALEXANDRA WEY

The Koreas: Games on and off the field as Winter Olympics offer a chance to thaw relations

By J Brooks Spector

A handout photo made available by the Sanhsing Township Office shows people posing for photographs beside dogs made of straw in Sanhsing Township, Taiwan, 06 February 2018. The township office has made two large dogs which are three and two meters tall respectively, and three puppies to usher in the Chinese New Year, or the Year of the Dog, which starts on 16 February.

While you were sleeping: 9 February 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump at the official reception to the opening day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, 07 July 2017. EPA/DANIEL KOPATSCH

US: Memento Mori, Donald – and no tanks for the memory

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: BSF Nigeria / Instagram

Winter Olympics 2018: All eyes on remarkable Nigerian women bobsleigh team

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Lobsang Sangay, President (Sikyong) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), speaks at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia, 08 August 2017. EPA/MICK TSIKAS

China reacts with fury to Tibetan leader’s visit to South Africa

Main photo: Live abalone Haliotis midae. Photo© Adelle Roux/Flickr

Abalone Poaching: ‘Hong Kong sucking up mountain of poached SA seafood’

By Tony Carnie