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Opinion & Analysis

Israel’s lack of co-operation leaves gaps in UN war report

A Palestinian street vendor prepares falafel balls at a market in Gaza City on Tuesday. Picture: AFP PHOTO/MOHAMMED ABED

Israel’s response to international criticism has become so routine that it has become meaningless, writes Mia Swart

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Opaque Vodacom deal is of concern

Vodacom branding on the Ponte Building in Hilbrow, Johannesburg, in 2011. Picture: GALLO IMAGES/FOTO24/FELIX DLANGAMANDLA

Murky deal raises concerns about the role of the PIC and its relationship with the government and the governance of the public fund manager

Columnists

Ramaphosa’s not the deliverance ANC, SA anticipate

It is time we stop pinning our hopes on a ‘messiah’ and begin having a more honest conversation about the low standards we hold ourselves to, writes Natasha Marrian

Columnists

Little between activists and the establishment

Great debates of our time — like capitalism versus the occupy movements — have been hijacked by belligerents on the internet, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Columnists

The summit of a feckless alliance’s self-concern

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‘Alliance summit’ disregards the elephants in the room: disintegration of Cosatu, resurgent ANC tribalism, the electricity crisis, dubious nuclear energy procurement, parastatal meltdowns, rating agency downgrades, the Omar al-Bashir fiasco, and impending local government elections, writes Anthony Butler

Columnists

HALF ART: Tender terrain in ties that bind

The image thus conjured is of troops of libidinous proto-hippies living in foraging communities where everyone slept with everyone, writes Chris Thurman

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EDITORIAL: Let’s be more pragmatic about our laws

Those tasked with reviewing our laws and those who make them must become more pragmatic in their legislative approach

SAPS operates like a compromised political party a self-selecting universe where unethical are rewarded, writes Gareth van Onselen

TWEET OF THE WEEK: A political party in the making

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Young and rash, Alexis Tsipras stands a good chance of losing this weekend’s referendum and with it his job, writes Peter Bruce

THICK END OF THE WEDGE: This Greek tragedy may not end badly

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Leave worrying to competitors

Michel Pireu: The only thing George Lorimer ever put into his business which didn’t draw dividends in fun or dollars was worry. That is a branch of the trade which you want to leave to competitors

Columnists

LIQUID INVESTMENTS: What separates cheap plonk from a wallet-whacking trophy wine?

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Like all high-end purchases, deluxe wine occupies its place on the pricing spectrum as a result of an implicit contract and a social conspiracy, writes Michael Fridjhon

Columnists

Eskom's tariff application blew up over timing and future costs

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The timing was never going to fly once the finance minister refused another extension, writes Hilary Joffe

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir greets supporters at the airport in the capital, Khartoum, Sudan, on Monday. Mr Bashir flew out of SA in defiance of a Pretoria court that later said he should have been arrested to face genocide charges at the International Criminal Court. Picture: REUTERS/MOHAMED NURELDIN ABDALLAH

How to build an absurd Trojan horse

As the government seeks to manage the fallout of the Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir debacle, it is unsurprising part of its strategy involves demonising the Southern Africa Litigation Centre, writes Nicole Fritz

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Let’s be more pragmatic about our laws

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Those tasked with reviewing our laws and those who make them must become more pragmatic in their legislative approach

Columnists

Grexit lower on Bank’s list than Fed’s next move

Greek contagion is a concern, but within the MPC there is an ongoing debate about whether to pre-empt the Fed's next rate hike, writes Hilary Joffe

Columnists

TWEET OF THE WEEK: A political party in the making

SAPS operates much like a compromised political party, certainly like the ANC: a close-knitted, self-selecting universe where unethical are rewarded, writes Gareth van Onselen

Columnists

STREET DOGS: Premortems

Michel Pireu: Assume that the ‘patient’ has died, and the question to be answered is why?

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Suspension would be a prudent move

National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Picture: TREVOR SAMSON

Retired judge Ian Farlam’s stinging criticism of national police commissioner Riah Phiyega leaves little doubt, except for President Jacob Zuma

Opinion & Analysis

Lonmin has broken law by dodging housing obligation

MEMORIAL: Crosses planted on the koppie near the Nkaneng informal settlement in Marikana where 34 miners lost their lives at the hands of police during a protest in August 2012. Picture: THE TIMES

Social and labour plans are binding legal obligations, not targets to be pursued if the company does well, writes Lisa Chamberlain

Columnists

THE INSIDER: Saving Greece is on the menu, a salad at a time

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As is usually the case with crowd-funding efforts, there are some tantalising rewards to inspire donors to donate generously

Financial Services

Nudging individuals to save more

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Behavioural economics is shaping pensions, writes Tim Harford

Opinion & Analysis

Nurses who moonlight strain the health system

Nurses taking on extra work after hours is more prevalent in the private health sector than the public sector. Picture: DAILY DISPATCH

Close to 70% of the nurses interviewed were moonlighting, working overtime or doing agency nursing, writes Laetitia Rispel

Opinion & Analysis

How I’d vote on Sunday if I were Greek

Picture: REUTERS

Faced with the devil and the deep blue sea, Greeks might do better to risk the latter of sovereign default and monetary sovereignty, writes Martin Wolf

Opinion & Analysis

Money also has its own limitations

US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, left, meets Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jareskoear earlier this year. Jaresko has said a Ukrainian debt default is theoretically possible. Picture: REUTERS//YURI GRIPAS

It is easy to forget bounds to central banks’ power, writes Peter Eavis

Columnists

LETTER FROM WASHINGTON: It’s not just about the flag, it’s about the banner

US President Barack Obama says removing the Confederate flag is not to insult the valour of fallen Confederate soldiers, but to acknowledge slavery was wrong, writes Simon Barber

Columnists

Little between activists and the establishment

Great debates of our time — capitalism versus the occupy movements, extractive industry versus climate change — have been hijacked by belligerents on the internet, writes Simon Lincoln Reader

Editorials

EDITORIAL: Burundi a poser for the AU

Security guards surround Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza as he addresses a crowd during campaigning in the capital, Bujumbura, on Friday. Picture:  AFP PHOTO/LANDRY NSHIMIYE

Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza knew he could count on his peers in the African Union to do nothing of substance

Opinion & Analysis

Minibus taxis should get a subsidy

Noord Street taxi rank in Johannesburg is part of a much larger system that has democratised the movement of people. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES/ERIC MALEMA

Taxi industry will need radical reorganisation including accounting systems and management controls to assure the government that any public funds will be properly used, writes Paul Browning

Opinion & Analysis

US rate hike not end of the world

Janet Yellen.  Picture: REUTERS

Many emerging markets are financially resilient, writes Nouriel Roubini

Columnists

Eskom's tariff application blew up over timing and future costs

Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. Picture: SUNDAY TIMES

The timing was never going to fly once the finance minister refused another extension, writes Hilary Joffe

Columnists

Fetish with professionalism holds up rugby development

Coach who expects every boy to conform to his own cultural norms will never successfully field a racially diverse team, Liz McGregor

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Letters

LETTER: Do we want to live in a nanny state?

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Freedom is a matter of principle, not degree and no minority should be disallowed it

LETTER: Duarte doublespeak

LETTER: What Greece can teach

LETTER: Mazwai got it wrong

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Cartoons

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The Third Umpire

President Jacob Zuma, whose election promise to create millions of new jobs is looking more than a little rash in the light of the latest Stats SA figures, which show the number of discouraged young work seekers doubling.

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Durban High Court judge Esther Steyn, for ordering the demolition of a R60m luxury apartment block after finding that the city rezoned the site illegally. Brace yourselves for the lawsuit, long-suffering ratepayers.

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Departing Edcon CEO Jurgen Schreiber, whose misreading of the market during a tough time for retailers has been blamed for the group’s poor performance and difficulty repaying a €28m coupon that was due yesterday.

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