“HOLODOMOR.” Say it again – “Hol-o-do-mor.” This is the most important word for South Africans to know about Ukraine, as this conflict-ridden country has come suddenly into the centre of world news after its ministry of health confirmed 88...

Hope amid Arab turmoil

ENDING the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an international priority has been overtaken by the turbulence in the Middle East. While still a desired goal – US secretary of state John Kerry is pushing hard for it – it has dropped...

Hope amid Arab turmoil

ENDING the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as an international priority has been overtaken by the turbulence in the Middle East. While still a desired goal – US secretary of state John Kerry is pushing hard for it – it has dropped...
THERE’S little surprise in the disclosure by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane last week of a cooling in relations with Israel. For years, South Africa’s formal policy has been even-handed – backing the Palestinian right to self-determination while equally...
France denies ransom paid for their release. FOUR Frenchmen held hostage in the Sahara desert by al Qaedalinked gunmen for three years left Niger on a French government plane yesterday, with questions raised in France over whether a ransom had...
Anbar province feels brunt of militants’ siege. GUNMEN and suicide bombers driving explosives-rigged vehicles killed 25 police and three civilians in a series of coordinated attacks in Iraq’s Anbar province overnight, officials and doctors said yesterday. The attacks, which hit the...
SAMANTHA Lewthwaite’s face is one we all know. For two weeks we have seen images of her staring back at us from a bogus South African passport. What we don’t know is how the hell this British national, a suspect...
CONDEMNING al-Shabaab (of Somalia) and Boko Haraam (of Nigeria) for committing atrocities, or blaming Islam which provides them with religious succour won’t solve the terrorism problem. Smoking causes the deaths of five million people annually worldwide and terrorism causes the...
SOUTH Africa’s trade deficit widened to R19-billion in August‚ its largest in seven months and far higher than analysts expected‚ as strikes cut mining output and a weaker rand failed to boost exports. Exports fell by R5.8-billion‚ or 7.6%‚ and...
SOUTH Africans need to consider four basic facts, when trying to work out what can (or can’t) be done about the slaughter in Syria. This follows on the criminal use of nerve gas against civilians in Damascus and the probable...
PRESIDENT Barack Obama and his top aides have launched a fullscale political offensive to persuade a skeptical Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, but face a struggle to win over lawmakers from both parties and a war-weary...
THE preamble to the South African Press Code states that the press exists to serve society, but the same society doesn’t understand how journalism works. Our mass media are filled with stories of journalists being killed, harassed, beaten or arrested...