Osama bin Laden’s ‘home videos’

Myths make large, but reality diminishes. On Saturday night, the Pentagon showed Osama bin Laden alive in four video clips.

Syria shockwaves sweep across Middle East

Now that Bashar al-Assad is crushing opposition with terrible brutality, no one in the West knows how to deal with him.

Smart phone, efficient revolution

The immediacy and democracy of social media have been crucial to the success of uprisings.

Afghanistan: Which way now?

As the British and US governments ponder their next move, the <i>Observer</i>'s <b>Peter Beaumont</b> examines the four most likely scenarios.

Rwanda’s laptop revolution

Rwanda has a plan to prevent any return to the genocide of 1994: connect 100&nbsp;000 children to the outside world with their own laptops.

Years of conflict etched on a Congo village chief’s face

He has lost his family and only the UN guards at his camp now keep him safe. But when they go, what will happen?

The rise of ‘the African Taliban’

Somalis say that, beyond the facade of harsh and rigid piety, the group robs and kills and sexually assaults with impunity.

Why is China so terrified of dissent?

There is an expression in China: "Kill the chicken before the monkey." Target the weak and vulnerable, it means, to frighten the strong and many.

Violence and fear: Welcome to the Horn of Africa

In Yemen, Somalia and beyond, the lawless, strife-torn region has provided disturbing evidence that its myriad problems cannot be ignored.

Poison in the air

Controversy has flared up over the use of depleted uranium ammunition in the Balkans War.

Press Releases

Coexisting with Covid-19: Saving lives and the economy in India

A staggered exit from the lockdown accompanied by stepped-up testing to cover every district is necessary for India right now

What Africa can learn from Cuba in combating the Covid-19 pandemic

Africa should abandon the neoliberal path to be able to deal with Covid-19 and other health system challenges likely to emerge in future

Road to recovery for the tourism sector: The South African perspective

The best-case scenario is that South Africa's tourism sector’s recovery will only begin in earnest towards the end of this year

Covid-19: Eased lockdown and rule of law Webinar

If you are arrested and fined in lockdown, you do get a criminal record if you pay the admission of guilt fine

Covid-19 and Frontline Workers

Who is caring for the healthcare workers? 'Working together is how we are going to get through this. It’s not just a marathon, it’s a relay'.

PPS webinar Part 2: Small business, big risk

The risks that businesses face and how they can be dealt with are something all business owners should be well acquainted with

Call for applications for the position of GCRO executive director

The Gauteng City-Region Observatory is seeking to appoint a high-calibre researcher and manager to be the executive director and to lead it

DriveRisk stays safe with high-tech thermal camera solution

Itec Evolve installed the screening device within a few days to help the driver behaviour company become compliant with health and safety regulations