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ICJ reluctantly hands Israel a victory

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Many journalists and officials are inaccurately reporting the ICJ’s provisional measures order against Israel. On Friday 26 January 2024, the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

ICJ ruling against Israel would set grave precedent

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If the ICJ today orders Israel to cease its military operations in Gaza, the consequences would be dire. At 14:00 SAST today, the International Court

On becoming a disfavoured nation

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South Africa’s government may be gambling that it won’t pay a big economic price for antagonising major trading partners. South Africa’s foreign policy is deplorable.

Battery-backed solar scheme at Kenhardt underwhelming

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A solar plant complex with battery storage has come online in the deep Karoo. It isn’t very impressive. What with everyone being on holiday last

Israel vigorously challenged ‘profoundly distorted factual and legal picture’

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South Africa made an emotive but entirely one-sided case. Israel responded with facts and law. South Africa’s three-hour oral pleading before the International Court of

South Africa deplores ‘genocide’ only when it’s expedient

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In principle, being concerned about ‘genocide’ is laudable, but not if that concern is highly selective. Last week Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa had lovely chat

Further thoughts on SA’s genocide application against Israel

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South Africa’s grossly one-sided application before the International Court of Justice merits comprehensive condemnation. The South African government, ever cash-strapped, has found enough money between

South Africa blames the victim of genocide

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By formally accusing Israel of genocide, South Africa’s government has taken the side of genocidal zealots. It was clear from the outset that South Africa’s

The only New Year’s resolution that matters in 2024

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Happy New Year! Oh, who am I kidding. Last year was terrible, and this year will be worse. Best of luck. Should old traditions be

In defence of Steve Ballmer’s billions

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CNN appears upset that Steve Ballmer will earn $1 billion a year ‘for doing nothing’. Here’s why he deserves it. At 67 years old, Steve Ballmer