THE KHASHOGGI AFFAIR: A murder in the Orient that could throw Saudi international standing into the dustbin of history
Jamal Khashoggi’s killing in Istanbul, almost certainly carried out by operatives from Saudi Arabia, inside the Saudi consulate, has naturally roiled Saudi-Turkish relations. But it has also enmeshed the US president in this as a result of his reluctance, yet again, to criticise autocrats – in this case the Saudi king and crown prince. It has also disrupted, perhaps fatally, the kingdom’s plan for a massive investment conference planned for next week, designed to showcase the crown prince’s plans to push the kingdom into a new economic future.
Yes, land reform in South Africa is an urgent issue; the landless will almost certainly not be put off much longer for at least some movement in their direction. But what should be done – and how? Isn’t there some global experience that could be mined to help South Africa out of its dilemmas and difficulties and avoid some of the most painful pitfalls?
‘Get on with it’ best summarises the thinking of General Park Chung-hee, the boss and president of South Korea for 18 years. Or as he put it more politely, ‘We need wordless deeds and ambitious construction programmes.’ But was it authoritarianism that worked in transforming Korea from a backwater to prolific exporter, or something else?
The underlying question throughout The Fighters seems to be: ‘Has this been worth it?’ Chivers’ stories certainly contain heroics, but for every jaw-dropping account of bravery on Iraqi highways or Afghan mountainsides, he relates the toll in the form of broken families, opioid addiction, attempted suicides and shattered aspirations.
Midterms cometh: US Senate confirms Donald J Kavanaugh ascension to the US Supreme Court, sentences country to his life, no parole
With Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as an associate justice on the US Supreme Court, the battle for the 2018 midterm election is now joined. And the divisions in the country are making things more dangerous for its political stability.
The biographical drama about Neil Armstrong, First Man, will soon arrive at your local movie theatre. It’s once again an opportunity for space enthusiasts to relive the great space race era of the 1960s, and the journey of humankind to the Moon.
The future of the United States: Open letter to American voters: Think carefully about the serious choice you will soon make
Americans will soon be voting on the House if Representatives and a third of the Senate. Their choices will determine if Congress fulfills its constitutional mandate... And if the US should continue to be lead by the Republicans.
Heads of state and government officials are not the only ones who jet into New York every September to attend the United Nations General Assembly. There are the protesters too, who congregate in dedicated spaces outside the UN headquarters to make their points.