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19 October 2017 16:42 (South Africa)

ICC: At hearings, South Africa seeks clarity on Rome Statute

  • Carien du Plessis
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    Carien du Plessis

    Jill of all trades but really, mistress of none, Carien has of late been a political tourist chasing elections and summits in various parts of the world, especially in Africa. 

    After spending her student days at political rallies in South Africa right through the country's first democratic elections in 1994, and after an extended working holiday in London, Carien started working for newspapers full-time in 2003. She's pretty much had her share of reporting on South African politics, attending gatherings and attracting trolls, but still finds herself attracted to it like a moth to a veld fire. 

    Her ultimate ambition in life is to become a travelling chocolate writer of international fame.

Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.  EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN
Photo: (left) Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Phillip Hammond speaks at an OECD press conference in central London, Britain, 17 October 2017. EPA-EFE/NEIL HALL; (right) Ajay Gupta (Gallo images)

State Capture: UK Serious Fraud Office aware of Guptas' overseas banking networks

By Marianne Thamm
Real Madrid's Croatian midfielder Luka Modric (L) in action against Tottenham's English striker Harry Kane (R) during the UEFA Champions League group H soccer match between Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, 17 October 2017.

While you were sleeping: 19 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: USA’s 16th President Abraham Lincoln (L), and 45th President, Donald Trump (EPA)

Trump v Lincoln: Condolences from two US presidents, a universe apart

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: The new Welsh Secretary Peter Hain departs 10 Downing Street following a cabinet meeting in London, Britain, 09 June 2009. EPA/ANDY RAIN.

UK: Lord Hain to question role of UK and European financial institutions in State Capture

By Marianne Thamm
Filipino soldiers conduct a patrol in the ruined city of Marawi, southern Philippines, 17 October 2017. The President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte announced that the city of Marawi is liberated after five months of fighting between the Philippine armed forces and rebels allied to the Islamic State terror group. Rodrigo Duterte's announcement came a day after the army killed Isnilon Hapilon, the self-proclaimed emir of the IS in Southeast Asia and leader of the Islamist rebels in the southern Philippines.

While you were sleeping: 18 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: UK Secretary of State for International Development, Priti Patel, delivers her speech on the third day of the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, Britain, 03 October 2017.  Photo: EPA-EFE/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Op-Ed: Has the World Bank become irrelevant?

Photo: Thomas Picauly/(Unsplash).

Letter from Trumpland: An auditorium of tears for an all-American death

By Glen Retief

While you were sleeping: 17 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A general view of barrels of red wine in a cellar at La Motte wine farm in Franschhoek on 25 August 2015. Photo: Nic Bothma/(EPA).

South Africa fails to exploit free trade agreement access to massive EU market

Vehicles burn at the scene of a massive explosion in front of Safari Hotel in the capital Mogadishu, Somalia, 14 October 2017. Reports state at least 20 peole have been killed when a truck bomb went off on a busy street in central Mogadishu. There was no immediate claim of responsibility but the country's Islamist militant group al-Shabab often carries out similar attacks in the capital.

While you were sleeping: 16 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US film producer Harvey Weinstein arrives for the Jury Cinecoles ceremony during the 13th annual Marrakech International Film Festival in Marrakech, Morocco on 6 December 2013. File photo: Guillaume Horcajuelo/(EPA).

Power, money and sex: Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump and All the King’s Men

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Antonio Grosz/(Unsplash).

Right of Reply: Gun-free proponents make emotional claims

By Jonathan Wright
US President Donald J. Trump (2-L) and First Lady Melania Trump (2-R) welcome Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (L) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (R), at the South Portico of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 11 October 2017.

While you were sleeping: 13 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (2-L) and First Lady Melania Trump (2-R) welcome Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau (L) and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau (R), at the South Portico of the White House in Washington DC, USA, 11 October 2017. EPA-EFE/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Survivor: The White House Edition

By J Brooks Spector
A general view of a forest fire close to the village of Lobios, in the natural reserve of Xures, in Orense, northwestern Spain, early 11 October 2017. At least 70 hectares were affected by a fire that started on 08 October.

While you were sleeping: 12 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Several handguns are seen at the headquarters of the National Direction for Guns and Ammunition Control (DIGECAM)) where 96 seized weapons were destroyed in Guatemala City, Guatemala, 30 January 2014. Photo: EPA/Saul Martinez

Op-Ed: Mass shootings in SA and the US – why the killings will continue

By Peter Storey & Adele Kirsten
A polling staff member holds a child while the mother votes at a polling station in West Point slum community in Monrovia, Liberia, 10 October 2017. The elections are hoped to be the first peaceful and democratic transfer of power from Africa's first female democratically elected president Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to a new leader who has to continue the countries rebuild following nearly two decades of brutal civil war.

While you were sleeping: 11 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: In this file picture students from Wits University stand defiant against police forces during ongoing protests against the cost of higher education in Johannesburg, South Africa, 04 October 2016. Photo: EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Student fees crisis in Britain – lessons for South Africa

Vietnamese Doan Thi Huong, 28 (C), who was detained in connection with the death of Kim Jong-Nam, is escorted by Malaysian police officers as she leaves the Malaysia Chemistry Department in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, 09 October 2017.

While you were sleeping: 10 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: File photo dated 04 November, 1991 shows US President Ronald Reagan giving a speech at the dedication of the library bearing his name in Simi Valley, California.  EPA/J._David_Ake

Declassified: Apartheid Profits – American Guns

By Open Secrets
Photo: Athol Fugard as Oupa in The Shadow of the Hummingbird. Photo:  Jesse Kramer

Nobel Prize for Literature: Beating the drum for Athol Fugard to be nominated in 2018

By J Brooks Spector
Cirque du Soleil artists perform on stage during the Australian premiere of the new show 'Toruk - The First Flight' in Brisbane, Australia, 05 October 2017. The show is the first in its Australian tour which ends in Perth on 30 November 2017.

While you were sleeping: 6 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: LinkedIn

Solving the US firearms conundrum: An Immodest Proposal

By J Brooks Spector
US Senator from Vermont Bernie Sanders (C), with Democratic Senators Richard Blumenthal (R) and Diane Feinstein (L), delivers remarks on gun control legislation during a press conference in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 04 October 2017.

While you were sleeping: 5 October 2017

By John Stupart
Rafael Nadal of Spain reacts after falling during his men's singles first round match against Lucas Pouille of France at the China Open tennis tournament at the National Tennis Center in Beijing, China, 03 October 2017.

While you were sleeping: 4 October 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Mourners pay tribute at a makeshift memorial on the Las Vegas Strip for the victims of a mass shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 02 October 2017. Photo: EPA-EFE/EUGENE GARCIA

Op-Ed: Why Islamic State’s claim of responsibility for the Las Vegas shooting can’t be ignored

Photo: Inhabitants of the neighbourhood La Perla take refuge in the city hall, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, 19 September 2017. EPA-EFE/Thais Llorca

Is Demography Destiny? The US Electorate, post-Hurricane Maria

By J Brooks Spector
Broken windows seen on a high floor in the Mandalay Bay hotel facing the scene of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest festival on Las Vegas Boulevard in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 02 October 2017. Police reports indicate that a gunman firing from an upper floor in the Mandalay Bay hotel killed at least 50 people and injured more than 400 before police he was killed by police.

While you were sleeping: Tuesday 3 October 2017

By John Stupart

Analysis: Unpacking KPMG International’s mea culpa media statement brings more questions than answers