From the news desk

Say Pakistan….

SAY Pakistan and the eyebrows raise. Match fixing. Corruption. Taliban. Extremism. US interference. The list is a long one. But this week I go there to cover a humanitarian mission – the giving of aid to the 20 million people along the Indus River lowlands who’ve been rendered homeless by[…]

Read »

The Ground-Zero of Religious Tolerance?

THE other day I was challenged as to why I hadn’t fervently chased after the story of the International Burn a Qur’an Day.  This event had been promoted by an obscure Floridian pastor, Terry Jones, a man renowned in the local Gainesville community for his gay-bashing and Islamophobia. This churchman,[…]

Read »

Media Threats

Media bills threatening to restrict press freedom will only stifle the grassroots where media diversity, much needed in South Africa, will have to take root. I THINK it was Aristotle who said that republics become democracies, and that democracies can become dictatorships. As a South African I’d hate to be[…]

Read »

The Fatal Attraction of being a News Addict

I’VE just finished reading a book by the BBC journalist, Jeremy Bowen. Entitled “War Stories”, it deals with his career in hotspots such as Sarajevo, Salvador, Grozny, Lebanon and Iraq. Bowen has enjoyed an exciting career, and his book details his experiences as one of the BBC’s front-men. Like his[…]

Read »

Ark of the Covenant

I SHOOK my head in amazement at Isma’il’s antics. Street savvy and outgoing with a rough-edged charm, Israelis seemed to instinctively like him. Israel is a brash country anyway, and my extrovert Memen friend never seemed to offend the Israelis – even when bargaining for an Orthodox Jew’s hat at[…]

Read »

Ebrahim Rasool Pours Cold Water on Spin Doctor

IT comes as a surprise to discover that Ebrahim Rasool, former Western Cape Premier and next ambassador to Washington, is only 48 years old. It seems as if he’s survived a hundred years in politics. A Young Turk from the UDF, a key member of the Call of Islam, one[…]

Read »

The Igshaan “Gaddafi” Isaacs Murder

THE appalling news that a young Mitchells plain cleric, Maulana Sharief Hendricks, and Fazlin Isaacs (whom he was counselling) had been shot by her estranged husband, Igshaan “Gaddafi” Isaacs, distressed and angered me greatly. Here was a man who had two outstanding charges of domestic violence against him. The magistrate[…]

Read »

The Bunkum of History

“HISTORY is more or less bunk,” said Henry Ford, the larger-than-life American car-maker who made history with his mass-produced Model-T. Apart from his take on history – which I will get back to later – Mr Ford confronted the world with a street-wise swagger. Failure, he said, was an opportunity[…]

Read »

Joha's Nail

THE Qur’an says that Jesus Christ was not crucified1. The Gospel of Barnabus suggests that Judas Iscariot, who resembled Jesus, was placed on the cross instead. In the Islamic motif Jesus doesn’t die, but is taken ‘unto God’ where he will await the Final Days. In other words, a crucifixion[…]

Read »
WhatsApp WhatsApp us
Wait a sec, saving restore vars.