Simon Tisdall

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Erdogan’s blind focus on the Kurds rebounds on Turkey

His obsession with a Kurdish threat hampers more urgent attention to the terrorist menace emanating from Syria and Iraq.

South Sudan ‘at tipping point’

The international community must step in to save the war-torn state from imploding, the US warns.

Ostracised Putin suddenly finds himself in demand

European leaders, backed by President Barack Obama, have come to an uncomfortable conclusion: they need Russia.

Bombing catches junta off-guard

No one has claimed responsibility for the blast in Thailand, with everyone from Islamist groups and the Uighur to a lone operative being blamed.

Burundi on the brink of a cataclysm

The president's unrelenting bid for a third term is raising tensions that could inflame the region.

Turkey’s democracy in danger

A crisis looms as the prime minister opposes Recep Erdogan's desire to be a superpresident.

Nuclear deal USA-Iran could usher in a new era

An agreement would also boost the legacies of the presidents of both Iran and the United States.

Hypocritical West balks at hostage swaps

When in the past European governments have paid ransoms of whatever kind to free their nationals, they have been accused of letting the side down.

Saudi and the West: 1001 Arabian knots

The sands are shifting under the Arab kingdom's feet but the absolutist country is loath to adapt.

No ‘fail-safe choices’ in nuke talks

The collapse of negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme would be potentially cataclysmic.

Icy relations chill Finland

The country’s president is all too aware of the consequences of the meltdown in relations between Russia and the West.

Isis slyly gains ground as the US and Turkey quibble over strategies

Erdogan is often categorised as a Western ally. This is a misperception. His vision of Turkey is of an emerging great power and regional leader.

Press Releases

Transport Month

An infrastructure-led recovery will help to stimulate demand in the South African economy, which is vital post the Covid-19 pandemic

Limpopo’s Economic Recovery Plan to fight Covid-19 impact

Billions have been set aside to help farmers and industries get back on their feet as part of the Limpopo Socio-Economic Recovery Plan

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

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