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Why the West should listen to Putin on Syria

As everyone knows, the only way to stop the slaughter in Syria is for the US to work with Assad – and to stop worrying about what looks good.

Who is in control of law and order in Baltimore?

Policing cities will always be tough, but that merely increases the need for clear political control.

Egypt’s lesson for Ukraine

Defiant crowds may destroy an old regime, but seldom do they build a new one that endures.

Bankers happy to play Nero as Europe burns

While Rome burned, Nero put on fancy dress, stood on a tower and played his lyre, writes Simon Jenkins.

Connection is not conversation

Cellphones may at last be falling victim to etiquette, but this is largely because even talk is considered too intimate a contact.

Norway doesn’t need patronising

The Norwegian tragedy is just that, a tragedy. It does not signify anything and should not be forced to do so.

Unionism means Germany has to pay up for Greece

What would you do this morning if you were a Greek? Would you agree to your government cutting public-sector jobs, pay and pensions?

Media can’t make blemishes vanish

It's for governments, not journalists, to guard public secrets and there's no national jeopardy in WikiLeaks' revelations, argues <b>Simon Jenkins</b>

Iraq war: A $1-trillion catastrophe

Mission accomplished? The Iraq war did more than anything to alienate the Atlantic powers from the rest of the world.

Cheney and the apologists of torture distrust democracy

Our way of life is threatened not by an al-Qaeda nutcase, but politicians like former US vice-president Dick Cheney in thrall to a fantasy war.

Parallels with Nam

The reason for invading Afghanistan seemed like a good idea at the time. Simon Jenkins reports.

America is not the country I once knew

America seems much in need of Roosevelt's maxim to stop fearing fear itself. Virtually all comment on the Mumbai massacre has mentioned 9/11.

West’s impotence laid bare

Moscow has to take some of the blame. But it is the West's policy of liberal interventionism that has fuelled war in Georgia.

Sanctions against Zimbabwe are an empty gesture

Economic sanctions are a coward's war. They do not work but are a way in which rich elites feel they are "committed" to some distant struggle.

Playing the dictators’ game

Two dictators face two disasters, one is in China, the other in Burma. One is an earthquake, the other a flood. Tens of thousands are dead and millions at risk. Being dictatorial, both regimes responded in a manner heavy with the politics of sovereignty. In one case that helps people, in the other it kills them.

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Hopefield: Brutal police vs brutalised citizens

The small town’s residents, who say they’ve been terrorised by rogue police officers for years, were unsurprised when Reginald Linnerd was found beaten to death in a holding cell

Western Cape warned not to be complacent about flat-lining Covid-19 cases

The Western Cape, which once had the highest number of Covid-19 cases in South Africa, is seeing a steady decline in active cases

Sisulu axes another water board

Umgeni Water’s board in KwaZulu-Natal was appointed irregularly by her predecessor, the water and sanitation minister claims

Press Releases

Associate general accountant reveals why she chose to work in the public sector ­– and stayed

Rakshika Danilala is part of the team tasked with auditing the R500-billion fiscal package allocated by government to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

Accounting for sustainability: A South African case study

The accountancy profession has been recognised and seen its models replicated as successful models for projects that contribute towards the SDGs

Debt management amid Covid-19 and beyond

This webinar on Debt Management, sponsored by Debt Rescue, had its experts share a practical approach to debt management amid this crisis and beyond

NSTF-South32 Awards

All of the awards are made for outstanding contributions to science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa

The benefits of being a GEMS member

The scheme offers comprehensive and affordable healthcare options to all public service employees and greater access to better healthcare

The evolution of South Africa’s savings culture

A common misconception is that you need a lot of money to start saving, but this is simply not true – you can start with R50

Tobacco producers welcome new research confirming that cigarette ban has failed

Every day that goes by shows the importance of getting rid of this ban and going back to producing and selling cigarettes as we were before

Cost increases sharing of cigarettes

Many people are questioning whether the ban on tobacco in South Africa is not in fact having the opposite effect of that intended

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