Exxon Mobil and BP pull staff as Sunni-Shi’ite rift deepens IRAQI government forces battled Sunni militants for control of the country’s biggest refinery yesterday as Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki waited for a US response to an appeal for air strikes...
Families flee strategic Tal Afar. MILITANTS gained ground yesterday in a battle for a strategic Shiite enclave in northern Iraq that provides a corridor to Syria, officials and residents said. Security forces insisted they had repelled an assault on Tal Afar,...
US mulls drone strikes as Iraqi resistance caves. JIHADISTS were pushing toward Baghdad yesterday after capturing a town just hours to its north while the US mulled air strikes to boost Iraq’s collapsing resistance. Fighters from the Sunni Muslim Islamic...
THE death toll from a military offensive in a flashpoint town in east Ukraine rose to at least 34, officials said yesterday, amid fresh warnings of civil war and the shutdown of a major airport in the region. “Chaos and...
THE US on Monday slapped sanctions on seven Russian government officials and 17 companies linked to Russian President Vladimir Putin in a fresh attempt to force Moscow to back down from its intervention in Ukraine. The White House said the...
THE intensity of debate around the Russian/Ukrainian conflict in South Africa is surprising. The past weeks have seen the publication of a number of articles with those emanating from the Left often reflecting a sympathy for the Russian position...
US PRESIDENt Barack Obama has threatened fresh sanctions against Moscow if it escalated the crisis over Ukraine, as pro-Russia separatists faced a deadline yesterday from Kiev to lay down their arms. Obama stressed that the US, European Union and other...
Crisis to dominate summit in Europe. KIEV braced for a unity rally yesterday after elite Russian forces stormed one of Ukraine’s last Crimean bases in a march that has defied both sanctions and global isolation. Saturday’s takeover involving machine gun fire...
A CROWD stormed Ukraine’s naval headquarters in Crimea yesterday and raised the Russian flag. This comes a day after a Ukrainian soldier was shot dead, the first casualty of Russia’s annexation of Crimea. A Ukrainian navy spokesman said protesters in the...
“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...