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Female fighters battle for freedom and equality in Syria

17 December 2014 13:15

Every night before 27-year-old Arin goes to bed, she hangs her Makarov, a Russian semi-automatic pistol, from a steel coat rack by the entrance to her one-bedroom apartment in a small, dusty town on the Syrian border with Iraq.

Maaapy new year: Window cleaners, dressed in costumes featuring animal signs from the Chinese zodiac calendar, work during an event promoting the year-end and new year at a hotel in the business district of Tokyo on Friday (December 19 2014). The year of 2014 is the year of the horse and 2015 is the year of the sheep according to the Chinese zodiac calendar.

Picture: Issei Kato/Reuters

Faces of Nigeria

@City_Press 14 December 2014 15:00

They were not only beloved mothers and fathers, devoted daughters and sons, and adored siblings. The 85 South Africans who died in the collapse of the Synagogue Church of All Nations guesthouse in Lagos were also citizens with irreplaceable skills. Among them were six teachers, a doctor, five senior government officials and a host of go-getters destined for success. These are the faces of the tragedy

Africa’s list of influence

@City_Press 7 December 2014 15:00

Given the transformation that is happening at every level in every country, it might not seem the right thing to do to pick out just a handful of individuals as the continent’s most influential people.

Hot or Not

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    Musician John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, sponsored food trucks in New York so that crowds protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings by white ­policemen didn’t have to go hungry. They paid for the trucks on behalf of a Twitter-based activist group, Operation Help or Hush. Nice to know the gorgeous couple are good citizens, too.


    ‘Harsh’ and ‘abhorrent’ were the toughest words CIA boss John Brennan could find to defend revelations that his agency tortured and brutalised detainees after 9/11. Declassified pages from a massive secret report exposed ­harrowing details of just how the agency operated – and how the US government knew all about it.

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    Chad le Clos keeps getting ­better every time he dives into a swimming pool. On Thursday night, he broke ­another world record and picked up a second gold medal at the world short-course championships in Qatar. The young swimmer is the kind of sports star who makes us look ­forward to the next Olympics. After all, he’s our golden boy.


    We all have bad days at work, but it seems a little career limiting to complain publicly about how much the job bores us. Gauteng’s ­community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who earns R1.7 million a year, took to ­Facebook to bemoan the “boring” legislature this week. We’re sorry your life’s so tough, ma’am.

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    Only in South Africa would a puppet emerge as the champion of the ­freedom of speech and the battle against racism. Puppet Chester Missing claimed victory for these causes when he ­defeated Steve Hofmeyr and his ­representative Dan Roodt in court this week. ­
    Viva SA’s favourite puppet. Viva!


    Spare a thought for poor Dan Roodt, whose life in post-1994 South Africa is worse than we thought. Roodt, who represented Steve Hofmeyr against Chester Missing, told 702 that Hofmeyr and other Afrikaans pop singers were the only “consolation” Afrikaners had now that ­democracy is here to stay. Someone buy the man a Beyoncé CD.

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    Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy ­president and leader of the ANC’s ­political committee in ­Parliament, made an effort to rise above the petty politics of political parties to provide a solution to arrest the decline of the ­institution. Although his deal fell apart after reaching the parties’ caucuses, his efforts were a step in the right ­direction and should continue.


    Political parties in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves for further dragging down the name and reputation of the institution. Even with attempts to mediate a solution to restore Parliament’s dignity, the hostility among MPs appears to be deep-seated. At this rate, we’re not far from open ­violence in the House.

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    Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.


    Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.

Behind the Icon – Miriam Tlali: Her story

7 December 2014 15:00

The 19th icon of the second season of 21 Icons SA is Miriam Tlali, the first black woman in South Africa to publish a novel. Muriel at Metropolitan, which was published in 1975, was a semi-autobiographical work.



We have not given in and we have not backed down.
Sony Pictures Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton on shelving of The Interview

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