Editotial: Bad precedents for plane politics – Mail & Guardian Online

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The problem is that we stumbled around for half a decade without addressing the structural problems that cause scandal to erupt every few months. Cyril Ramaphosa arrives in Japan in a Gupta-owned plane. (Kopano Tlape) This article has been tagged as premium content and is exclusive to M&G subscribers. To read this article, please subscribe by following this link. Alternatively, the Mail & Guardian newspaper is available at all good newsagents. If you are an existing subscriber, please email your subscriber number to [email protected] in order to have your free digital subscription activated. Additionally, holders of our free M&G member accounts get free access to this content online after the weekend. Top Stories – Google…

Japan has lifted a WWII ban on its military fighting in overseas conflicts – NEWS.com.au

Demonstrators hold placards to protest against Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial security bills in front of the National Diet in Tokyo on September 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGI JAPAN has made a dramatic change in policy moving away from an adherence to pacifism in a decision that will have far reaching implications for world affairs. The country’s parliament passed contentious security bills into law in the early hours of Saturday, in a move that could see Japanese troops fight abroad for the first time in 70 years. Lawmakers approved the bills to ease restrictions on the country’s tightly controlled military, while outside thousands rallied in a last-ditch show of opposition to laws they…

Flabba’s friends, family miss him dearly – Independent Online

YOUTUBE Nkululeko Flabba Habedi, who was stabbed to death in his home in Alexandra in March this year. Johannesburg – As the murder trial of Hip Hop Nkululeko “Flabba” Habedi’s lover continued on Friday, friends and family said they remained devastated by his death in March. “We are taking the loss like anyone who suffers a loss, we are all devastated,” fellow Skwatta Camp member Lebohang ‘Shugga Smax’ Mothibe told the media outside the High Court sitting in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court. “Flabba will always be missed, the sense of humour … because that brought us together. We have been following the trial, I wanted to support the family… My outcome is whatever the court…

JZ looms large in cop vs cop battle – Mail & Guardian Online

18 Sep 2015 00:00 Sam Sole This week’s raid by the Hawks’ boss on a senior colleague is linked to the presidential succession race Political obstacle: Johan Booysen is said to be close to former police commissioner Bheki Cele, who is part of an anti-Jacob Zuma faction in the KwaZulu-Natal ANC. Photo: Tebogo Letsie This article has been tagged as premium content and is exclusive to M&G subscribers. To read this article, please subscribe by following this link. Alternatively, the Mail & Guardian newspaper is available at all good newsagents. If you are an existing subscriber, please email your subscriber number to [email protected] in order to have your free digital subscription activated. Additionally, holders of…

Pics: Jerusalem’s Old City under siege – Independent Online

September 18 2015 at 10:20pm Jerusalem – Israel deployed hundreds of extra police in Jerusalem where clashes broke out after Palestinian leaders called for a “day of rage” on Friday to protest at new Israeli security measures. Palestinians also protested in a number of cities in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including Ramallah, Hebron and Nablus, where a young man was shot by Israeli security forces after throwing a fire bomb, the Israeli army and medics said. Around 800 extra police were posted in the heart of Jerusalem and adjacent Arab neighbourhoods, where tensions have been high for the past week, following clashes at al-Aqsa Mosque and Palestinians throwing stones at Israeli cars. The focus of…

• US risks losing moral authority over torture, suggests Cameron – Telegraph.co.uk

The London Conference On Afghanistan Is Closed With An Address From The Prime Minister

CIA officers also beat him regularly and put him in a coffin-like box that they said would be the only way he would ever leave their custody. At times, it appears that even his interrogators were horrified by what they were doing. One CIA note from the jail quoted by the Senate report says: “Several on the team profoundly affected, some to the point of tears and choking up.” Abu Zubaydah, who is now 43, remains in Guantanamo Bay to this day. It is claimed that the CIA significantly overestimated his seniority within al-Qaeda. While some CIA officers have claimed that the “enhanced interrogation” techniques used on him produced useful intelligence, others say that the…

ASA orders FNB to withdraw Steve ad’s – BDlive

ASA orders FNB to withdraw Steve ad’s by Agency Staff, 2014-12-06 15:29:12.0 The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ordered First National Bank to withdraw its ‘Steve’ advertisements as it was harmful to children. “The potential harm in the current matter lies in the possibility that children could interpret the advertising to effectively condone ridiculing anybody named Steve merely because of their name,” the authority said in a statement. It said about 20 complaints were lodged against FNB’s Steve campaign which was broadcast on radio and television, and printed on billboards. The theme for the campaign focused on how people should “Un-Steve” themselves by moving to FNB rather than “suffering the frustrations they currently endure”. The…

Mandela’s legacy celebrated – News24

George Bizos and Mandla Mandela (Stefan Heunis, AFP) Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  Â·  Send us your stories Johannesburg – A year after his death, former president Nelson Mandela’s legacy was celebrated throughout the country on Friday. To commemorate the first anniversary, musician Johnny Clegg’s song, Asimbonanga, took on a new meaning. The Zulu word Asimbonanga means “we have not seen him”, and when the song was initially written in 1989, it reflected Mandela’s absence in South Africa, due to him being banned in the media. In a video released on YouTube on Thursday, Clegg is shown teaching the song to a group of…

Tributes pour in for Professor Botman – South African Broadcasting Corporation

Professor Russel Botman was born in Bloemfontein on October, 18, 1953.(Stellenbosch University ) Tributes are pouring in for the late Stellenbosch University Rector Professor Russel Botman. Botman died in his sleep at the age of 60 at his Stellenbosch home Friday night. Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has described his passing as a loss to education while Western Cape Premier Helen Zille says Botman will be remembered for enriching South Africa’s academics. Stellenbosch Mayor, Conrad Sidego, says he will remember Botman as a great educator. “He was more than a rector of a university, he was a community leader and I have the highest regard for him. He’s also internationally respected as a theologian. He was…