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A DAY IN PICTURES
IT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT
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WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
A DAY IN PICTURES
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
A DAY IN PICTURES LIBYA
An anti-Gadda ghter climbs in a pigeon farm in Gadda house compound in Assdada
Fort, some 170 km (105 miles) southwest of Sirte September 13, 2011. REUTERS/Goran
Tomasevic
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
A DAY IN PICTURES AFGHANISTAN
Suzuki Motor Corp Chairman and Chief Executive Osamu Suzuki covers his face during a
news conference in Tokyo September 12, 2011. Suzuki Motor is seeking to end its two-
year-old alliance with Volkswagen after the German carmaker accused it of violating their
partnership pact by agreeing a diesel engine deal with Italy's Fiat .
REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
A DAY IN PICTURES NEW YORK
A boy (L) plays under a makeshift walkway along the ooded streets of the town of Sena
in Ayutthaya province September 13, 2011. Weeks of heavy monsoon rains and a tropical
storm in Thailand have caused widespread oods and mudslides, killing at least 84 people
since late July, including a French tourist. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
A DAY IN PICTURES ISRAEL
A Jewish settler herds sheep in the unauthorized outpost of Havat Gilad, south of the
West Bank city of Nablus September 13, 2011. A diplomatic showdown looms at the
United Nations this month when Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is expected to
seek an upgrade of the Palestinians' U.N. status. The Palestinians hope to establish a
state in the Gaza Strip and the Israeli-occupied West Bank , where Israeli Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to freeze Jewish settlement-building despite the Obama
administration's urging. REUTERS/ Ronen Zvulun.
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
A DAY IN PICTURES NEW YORK
U.S. Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour (2L) attends the Carolina Herrera Spring/Summer
2012 collection during New York Fashion Week September 12, 2011. REUTERS/Kena
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WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
IT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT
BRIEFS IT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Al-Shabaab (Reuters)
POLITICS
SOMALIA
TheAfricanUnionhas
repeateditscallforthe
worldtotakeadvantage
ofthewithdrawalofAl
Shabaabforcesfrom
Mogadishu,Somalia.The
unionrecommendedthat
internationalpowerscreate
a no-y zone and bacl
governmenttroopsasal
Qaeda's ugly siepclild seems
io lave iecenily wealened.
TheUnitedNationswillmeet
inNewYorkthisweekto
discussthebasketcaseofa
nationwhich,asidefromits
usual issues is also sueiing a
catastrophicdrought.
EUROPE
TheEuropeanUnionsplans
toreformitsbordercontrols,
well,thelackthereof,ran
intooppositionfromits
threebiggerpowers:France,
Geimany and Spain. Many
oftheunions27members
wishtobeabletoreinstate
boideis, even if iempoiaiily, io
haltillegalimmigrationfrom
northernAfricaandlegislation
providingthiswillbevoted
onsoon.However,thebill
includescontentiousrules
aboutobtainingpermission
fiom ile Euiopean auiloiiiy,
andnoonewantstohave
tobegtoshutshopafter
somethinglikeaterrorist
aiiacl, oi wlen you neiglboui
Iialy wlicl winds up wiil
:o,ooo migianis eeing Libya.
LIBERIA
Miliiaiy and police
personnelfromsixcountries
aliaied wiil ile Economic
Communiiy of Wesi Afiican
Statesmettodiscusspossible
violence duiing Libeiia's nexi
scheduledelectionson11
October.Muchofthethreat
comes fiom ile weaponiy
incirculationafterthe
neighbouringCtedIvoires
postelectionwar.Theregion
willmobilisepeacekeeping
forcesforthepollswhere
PresidentEllenJohnsonSirleaf
willseekasecondterm.
SOUTH AFRICA
TheKwaZuluNatalPremier,
Zweli Mllize, spole oui
againsi xenoplobia yesieiday
BRIEFS IT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Elizabeth Warren (Reuters)
saying iules aboui living
togethershouldbeloveand
friendship.Hementionedhow
embarrassingitwasforSouth
Africaduringthexenophobic
violence of :ooS as many
SouthAfricanshavelived
inotherAfricancountries.
Wlile ilis may be ile puiple
dinosaurapproach,itisgreat
toseexenophobiabeing
iaclled by one of oui senioi
poliiical fguies, as peisisieni
attacksonforeignerscontinue
inSouthAfrica.
USA
A Pennsylvania couii is ile
latesttoruleagainstBarack
Obamashealthcareplanwhen
adistrictjudgeruledagainst
a legal iequiiemeni io buy
healthinsurance.Heruled
thatcompellingAmerican
peopletopurchasesomething
againsttheirwilldidnothave
backinginlaw,althoughhe
didadmitthattheUSAhada
"signifcani" lealilcaie "ciisis".
By oui couni, of all ile cases
so fai, ilai's fve foi lealilcaie
iefoim as ii is cuiienily iabled
andsevenagainst.
Elizabeil Waiien, a woman
fromMassachusettswho
getsaninordinateamountof
screentimeinMichaelMoores
mosi ieceni flm called
"Capiialism: A Love Sioiy"
will face o wiil Republican
ScottBrownforthestates
seai in ile US Senaie. Waiien
wasinstrumentalinsetting
uptheConsumerFinancial
ProtectionBureau,butisso
laied by Republicans ilai
herabortednomination
toheadupthebureauwas
deadatitsinception,asthe
postrequirescongressional
appioval. Waiien is expecied
io win a ciowded piimaiy. Sle
iscompetingfortheseatonce
leld by Ted Kennedy.
NorthCarolinassenate
passedameasuretoallowa
referendumonasamesex
marriagebantobeentered
intothestateConstitution
3016.Thevotewilltakeplace
in May and Noiil Caiolina is
expectedtobecomethe31st
siaie io ban gay maiiiage.
BRIEFS IT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky presents MS Windows 8 (Reuters)
Receni polls indicaie ilai
wlile many people in ile siaie
aie noi pio-gay maiiiage,
iley aie lesiiani io enfoice a
consiiiuiional ban. Ii's always
nicewhenadecisionona
minoiiiy is lefi io a majoiiiy.
JAPAN
TheJapanesejusticeminister
hascalledforanational
debateonwhetherthenation
shouldcontinuewiththe
deail penaliy. Hideo Hiiaola
wisles io sei up a body io
facilitatenationaldialogue.
Hehasshownreluctanceto
approveexecutions,butclaims
heisawareofhismandateto
imposecapitalpunishment
wlen ile couiis see fi. We
don'i envy lim.
VENEZUELA
Tle nexi Venezuelan eleciions
willbeheldon7October
:oi:, says a membei of ile
Venezuelan eleciion boaid.
Theoppositionissettounite
againsi ile incumbeni, yei
ill, Hugo Clavez. Venezuelan
piesidenis seive six-yeai ieims
so if Clavez wins we'll lave
lim uniil :oiq (ile ocial
ieim begins only afiei ile
election,muchlikeinthe
US),constitutionmeddling
permitting.
BUSINESS
Googlesnewairfaresearch
ieclnology las licled o,
alilougl ii's cuiienily only
coveringdestinationswithin
theUS.Youcanseeitat
google.com]iglis. Google
was foiced io abide by a iafi
ofconditionsimposedonit
by ile US jusiice depaiimeni
befoie ii ieleased ile faciliiy,
includinglicensingitssoftware
toothertravelcompanies,
wlicl aie all naiuially againsi
Googlebeingpermittedthis,
until2016.
Sony is due io launcl an
Andioid-based Wallman in
Decemberwithpricesstarting
ai :S,ooo yen (R:,6(). Tle
music playei will aci mucl
likeasmartphone,willhave
atouchscreenandoperate
onAndroid2.3.Asidefrom
listeningtomusic,customers
can play games, waicl movies
andstoreimages.Althougha
company spolesman did say
theiPodtouchlikedevice
wouldbesoldoverseas,hedid
noi meniion specifc plans.
Microsoftunleasheddetailsof
iis nexi veision of Windows,
whichisenabledtorunon
tablets,desktopsandlaptops
andwillbereleasedin2012.
Windows will also begin
itsownonlineappstoreto
accompany ile sofiwaie.
Tlose of us wlo sueied
throughVistawillbewaiting
foi all oui fiiends io buy ii
fisi.
USauthoritieshavelaunched
acriminalinvestigationinto
eBay and iis dealings wiil
Craigslist.Thecasewill
deieimine wleilei eBay,
afterpurchasingastakein
BRIEFS IT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Ciaigslisi, iool confdeniial
informationtobeginitsown
classifeds siie. Wlile ilis
argumenthasbeengoing
on beiween ile fims foi
yeais, ilis is ile fisi iime
criminalproceedingshave
beenpartofthespat.An
eBay spoleswoman said ile
online auciion company
will coopeiaie wiil any
investigation.
SPORT
EUROPE
Football:IntheChampions
League fisi iound, loldeis
Baicelona weie leld :-: by AC
Milan afiei a laie equalizei foi
ile Iialians by Tliago Silva
attheNouCamp.Arsenal
drewatBorussiaDortmund,
also couiiesy of a laie goal
wlile Clelsea beai Bayei
Leveilusen :-o ai Siamfoid
BridgewithgoalsfromDavid
Luiz and }uan Maia. Tonigli
will feaiuie fxiuies including
Benfca vs Manclesiei Uniied,
Manclesiei Ciiy vs Napoli,
Iniei vs Tiabzonspoi and
Villaieal vs Bayein Municl.
SPAIN
Football:BarcelonasAndres
Iniestaisoutforfourweeks.
Hetoreahamstringafter38
minutesintheChampions
League fxiuie againsi AC
Milan.
NEW ZEALAND
Rugby: Englisl fisi-cloice
propAndrewSheridanisout
of ile Rugby Woild Cup due io
a slouldei injuiy le ieceived
wlile playing againsi Aigeniina
on Saiuiday. Maiiin }olnson
hassomecombinationsto
fddle wiil now as le is also
wiiloui locl Couiiney Lawes
forthenexttwogamesbecause
of suspension, and may lave io
iesi Lewis Moody wlo also las
injuiy conceins.
Andres Iniesta (Reuters)
BRIEFS IT HAPPENED OVERNIGHT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Manchester United (Reuters)
UK
Football:ManchesterUnited
willraisetwothirdsofits
planned$1billionSingapore
IPOthroughnonvoting
preferenceshares,according
totheFinancialTimes.The
dealwillbestructuredina
way ilai SS% of ile voiing
rightsintheclubremain
wiil ile Glazei family. Tle
slaies would also noi pay
aguaranteeddividendor
maintaintherighttosellthe
sharesbacktotheclub.
Football:Celticwillremain
in ile Euiopa League foi ile
timebeingafterSionlosttheir
appeal againsi disqualifcaiion
foi felding ineligible playeis.
TheSwissclubwasthrown
outofthetournament,which
handedCelticaspotinthe
groupstagesinspiteoflosing
ile qualifcaiion playo -i.
Sionwillbegoingtothe
CourtofArbitrationforSport.
Tluisday evening could be
interestingasitlookslikeboth
teamswillpitchupinMadrid
io play Aileiico.
CROATIA
Athletics:UsainBoltovercame
hisheadpoppingfalse
siaii disqualifcaiion fiom
ile ioom fnal in Daegu io
posi lis season's besi of q.S
secondsinZagreb,Croatia,at
a Woild Clallenge meeiing.
He fnisled well alead of Kim
Collinswhorana10.01.
LIFE
USA
Foibes las ianled Tylei Peiiy ai
thetopofalistofshowbusiness
highestpaidindividualsashe
rakedin$130millionbetween
May :oio and May :oii. He is
followed by }eiiy Biuclleimei
($113million),StevenSpielberg
($107million),EltonJohn($100
million)andSimonCowell
($90million).Therestofthe
listfeaturesDrPhilMcGraw,
Leonaido DiCapiio, Howaid
Stern,JamesPattersonandTiger
Woods.
CANADA
TheCanadiangovernmenthas
orderedTVstationstotone
downthevolumeofadverts.One
hopesthisisthestartofatrend
againstaworldwidepetpeeve.
INTERNATIONAL
TwotraincrashesinIndia
(nearChennai)andArgentina
(nearBuenosAires)have
killedupto16peopleand
woundedover300.Thedeath
tollissettoriseasrescue
workersinbothcountries
continuetopullpeopleoutof
thewreckage.TheArgentine
accidentoccurredwhenatrain
slammedintoabus.
ARGENTINA
FormerArgentineanpresident
CarlosMenemandhisbrother
wereacquittedofexporting
gunstoEcuadorandCroatia
beiween iqqi and iqq(. Tle
veidici came afiei a iliee-yeai
iiial. Wlile ile guns did go
fromArgentinatoEcuador
toCroatia,Menemclaimed
hedidnotknowthattheir
destinations,intendedtobe
Venezuela and Panama, weie
beingchangedfromwhat
heexpected.Menemruled
Argentinafrom1989until1999.
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
SOUTH AFRICA
BRIEFS SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Dalai Lama (Reuters)
DALAI LAMA VISA
APPLICATION TO BE
PROCESSED AS NORMAL
Internationalrelationsminister
MaiteNkoanaMashabanesaid
onTuesdayatagovernment
clusiei biiefng ilai Souil
AfricasmissioninIndiahad
receivedavisaapplicationfrom
theDalaiLamaandwouldbe
piocessing ii as noimal. Sle
declinedtocommentfurther
ontheapplication.TheDalai
Lamaisapplyingforavisato
attendArchbishopEmeritus
DesmondTutus80thbirthday
celebrationsinOctober.His
holinessspreviousvisaappli
caiion was declined by Souil
Africaoverfearsthatitmay
sourrelationswithChina.
ANC TO CHALLENGE DUBULA
IBHUNU HIGH COURT RULING
ANCspokesmanKeithKhoza
saidonTuesdaythattheparty
wouldbeappealingtheEqual
ityCourtsrulingthatsinging
dubulaibhunuamountedto
hatespeech.Hesaidtheparty
isawaitinglegalopiniononthe
rulingbeforedecidinghowto
proceed.Handingdownthe
ruling,JudgeColinLamont
saidthatwordswerepower
fulandcouldleadtogenocide.
TheDemocraticAlliancesaid
inastatementonTuesday
thattherulinghasripened
theEquailtyActforhigher
scrutiny,butavoidedopining
eitherwayonthecorrectness
andwelcomedaConstitutional
Courtrulingonthematter.
HEALTH MINISTER TARGETS
FAST FOOD ADVERTISING
HealthministerAaronMotso
aledihasinrecentweeksbeen
on a campaign ilai fisi saw
himtargetwomenwhodonot
breastfeed,thenthealcohol
industrysadvertisingpractices
and,onTuesday,thefastfood
industrystargetingofkids.He
announcedplanstobarfast
foodcompaniesfromadver
tisingtheirproductsduring
childrensTVprogrammes.Itis
estimatedthat23%ofchildren
in ile couniiy aie classifed as
obese,increasingtheirriskof
obesityrelatedillnesseslater
inlife.
ESKOM EXECS ESCAPE
HELICOPTER CRASH
EskomsCEOBrianDames,
threeothercompanyexecutives
andtwopilotssustainedminor
injuriesonTuesdaywhentheir
helicoptercrashlandednear
Morwaneng,45kilometres
fromGroblersdal.Allsixes
capedfromthewreckagebe
foreitcaughtalight,according
toNetcare911spokesperson
}eiey Wicls. Tle cause of ile
accidentwillbesubjecttoan
investigation.
TSHWANE POLICE CHIEF
UNDER INVESTIGATION FOR
FALSE PLATES
Tshwanesdeputymetropolice
chiefNdumisaJacastandsac
BRIEFS SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (Reuters)
cused of ouiing ile veiy laws
hisdepartmentissupposed
toenforce.Jacaallegedlyused
falsenumberplatesonhiscar
andmotorbike,andnowfaces
investigationbytheRoadTraf
fc Managemeni Coipoiaiion.
AshrefIsmail,RTMCspokes
man,saidJacaisbeinginves
tigatedandhadbeengivenan
opportunitytoreply.
MADIKIZELA-MANDELA IN
HOSPITAL AFTER ANKLE
SURGERY
Recentlyannouncedheadof
thehousingministryssanita
iion iasl ieam Winnie Ma
dikizelaMandelaisrecovering
inLifeBrenthurstClinicafter
minorsurgerytoherankle,the
ANCsaidonTuesday.Madiki
zelaMandelawasadmittedon
Saiuiday, complaining of pain
inherankle.ANCspokesman
KeithKhozawasunsureof
whenshewouldbereleased.
OMBUD RULES AGAINST
SOWETAN FOR PORNOGRAPHIC
PICTURES
ThePressOmbudsmanruled
on Monday ilai Tle Soweian
newspaperspublishingofthe
iwo jusiice oceis laving sex
intheworkplacewasnotinthe
public inieiesi. Tle Soweian
wasorderedtopublishan
apology on iis fisi iwo pages,
wheretheoriginalpictures
werepublished.Deputypress
ombudsmanJohanRetiefsaid
thatthestoryitselfwasinthe
publicinterestasitinvolved
twopublicservants.Hesaid
howeverthatthepictureswere
pornographicandshouldnot
havebeenpublisheduncen
sored,andasprominentlyas
theyhadbeen.
MALEMA DISCIPLINARY
HEARING POSTPONED TO
THURSDAY
TheANCdisciplinaryhearing
oftheANCYouthLeaguestop
fve execuiives will coniinue on
Thursday,accordingtoANC
spokesmanKeithKhoza.Into
itssecondweek,thehearing
hasbeendoggedbyproblemsof
availabilityoftheyouthleague
members,theirrepresentatives
andmembersofthedisciplin
arycommittee,andhadalso
adjournedonMondayforJulius
Malematoattendthehand
ingdownof judgementin
hishatespeechtrialatthe
EqualityCourt.
ZUMA: SA POLICY ON LIBYA
UNAMBIGUOUS
Duringhisrepliestooralques
tionsintheNationalAssembly
onTuesday,PresidentJacob
Zuma said Souil Afiica and
theAfricanUniondidnotrec
ogniseLibyasnationaltransi
tionalcouncilandwouldnotdo
sountilcertainconditionshad
beenputinplace.Hesaidthat
whilecertainmembercountries
hadontheirownrecognisedthe
NTC, Souil Afiica would noi
deviatefromthepositionofthe
AU. He also said ilai ile Souil
Africangovernmenthadnot
apologisedtoBotswanaforthe
ANCYouthLeaguescalltobring
aboutregimechangethere,but
saidrelationsbetweenthetwo
countriesremainsstrong.
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
SOUTH AFRICA MANDELA
DIGITAL GRAPEVINE RUMOURS ON MADIBA
DIED A QUIET DEATH
AfewhoursaftertheANCsentoutastatement
onTuesdaywishingMamaWinnieMadikizela
Mandelaaspeedyrecoveryafterasuccessful
..minorfootoperation,whichkeptherinhos
pitalovernight,therumoursaboutherexhus
bandstarted.
DenialsseemedtoemergeonTwittereven
beforetheactualallegationsthatformerPresi
dentNelsonMandelahasdied.
EyewitnessNewsreporterMandyWie
nertweetedthattherumourseemedtohave
startedonBlackberryMessengerandaskedher
morethan16,000followerstopleasenotper
petuateit.
Otherjournalistsactivatedtheircarefully
cultivatednetworkofMadibafamilymembers
closetoMadiba,whoalsodeniedhisdeath.
PresidencyspokesmanMacMaharajknew
nothingaboutiteither.
Onetweetercallinghimself@plumbtifex
evenwrylycommentedthattheadventofsocial
Yet another rumour had it that the elderly Nelson Mandela had died, but thanks to Twitter the gossip
died quickly. It apparently followed news that Winnie Madikizela-Mandela had been admitted to
hospital. CARIEN DU PLESSIS reports.
medianetworkslikeTwitterandBlackberryhad
seenMandeladiemanytimes.
Mandelashealthhadbeenamatterofna
tionalconcern,moresosinceaprolongedstay
inhospitalatthebeginningoftheyear,
whichsawtheworldsmediacampoutside
theMilparkHospital,andlaterinfrontof
hisHoughtonhome.
InJuly,afewdaysbeforehisbirthdayand
whathasnowbecomeMandelaDay,hemoved
backtohisQunuhome,nearthevillagewhere
hewasborn,apparentlyforgood.
RumoursaboutMandelasdeathsurfaceev
eryfewmonths,withfarrightwinggroups
fearingthathisdeathwouldsparkaslaugh
terofwhitesbyblackpeopleinwhathasbeen
dubbedthenightofthelongknives.
MandelaslongtimeassistantZeldala
GrangeeventuallytweetedonTuesday:You
wantarumourtostop?Stopspeakingaboutit.
Thankyou!!
Sorifeweretherumoursthat#mandela
trendedinSouthAfrica. Photo: REUTERS
MR ZUMA GOES TO PARLIAMENT SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
PRESIDENT'S DAY OF FUN AND AMUSEMENT
IN PARLIAMENT
AcynicwouldsaythatthePresidentwas
laughinginthefaceofdemocraticprocess
astheSpeakerofParliament,MaxSisulu,
iebued any advances fiom membeis of
theoppositiontoquizhimonthePublic
ProtectorsreportintotheSAPSbuilding
leases.SorobustwasSisulusdefencethatat
one poini le called ile fndings of ile Public
Protectormereallegationsandsuggested
ilai iley weie subjeci io piopei invesiigaiion
bythepoliceandpublicworksparliamentary
commiiiees, wlo aie ieviewing ile iepoii.
Someone even moie cynical would say ilai
Zumawaslaughingallthewaytothebankas
President Jacob Zuma was all giggles in the National Assembly on Tuesday when he appeared to answer
members questions. The President at times laughed before and after his responses. He even laughed
while some members were posing their questions. Sometimes, Zuma was the only one in the room
laughing, prompting OSIAME MOLEFE to ask the obvious question.
Photo: REUTERS
hesopassionatelydefendedhisfamilysright
todobusinesswiththestatethroughwhathas
becomeknownasZumaInc.
Bui luclily, all ile cynics lave been called
toorderinanorderlyway.
OnDAparliamentaryleaderAthol
Trollipsquestionsonhowheintendstoreign
inZumaInc.thePresidentsaid,Imsure
thehonourablememberwantsustochase
shadows,totrytocreateimpressionsand
male ilem facis, because we lave goi io lave
factsandsayhereisathingthathasbeen
MR ZUMA GOES TO PARLIAMENT SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
done wiongly and ii musi be invesiigaied.
Tlese membeis (families of ile execuiive)
lave iiglis wlicl aie equal io oilei ciiizens.
Whyshouldtheybesubjectedtosuchkind
of iieaimeni (sciuiiny above ile noim oi an
outrightbanonbusinessdealingswiththe
siaie)?"
And you lnow wlai? He's iigli. No
precedentexiststobanthePresidents
oi any membeis of ile execuiive's family
fromtransactingwiththestate.Thereare
iegulaiions ovei conicis of inieiesi, wlicl
iequiie disclosuie and, wleie conici exisis
orhasthepotentialtoexist,recusalfromthe
contractawardingprocess.Iftheseregulations
lave been complied wiil, Klulubuse,
DuduzaneoranyotherZumacanfreely
establishbusinessrelationswiththestate.
Infact,Idasaspoliticalinformationand
moniioiing seivice las iepeaiedly ideniifed
implementationandmonitoringasthe
largestfailinginethicsregulations,notthe
iegulaiions ilemselves.
Bui of couise wlai ilis leaves ioom foi is
theperceptionthatwhensomeonewiththe
suiname Zuma wins goveinmeni woil, iley
lave used ile name io exeii undue inuence
onthedecisionmakers.Andinthecourtof
publicopinion,perceptionwhethershadow
ornotisking.
ItalsodoesnthelpthePresidentscaseas
amoralorethicalauthoritywhenheallows
thedebatesaroundknowncasesofbreaches
tobeshutdown,asSisuludidonthePublic
Pioiecioi's iepoii oi wlen le allows ile ANC
caucustoclaimpuzzlinglytheassertionthat
ile minisiei (of public woils) las commiiied
illegalactionshasnotbeensubstantiatedby
any fnding by anybody".
Ouiiaged, Cope leadei Mosiuoa Leloia
refusedtositdownandtookthePresident
and Sisulu io iasl. He said, "You may noi
claiacieiise ile iepoii and ile fndings of
thePublicProtectorasallegations.They
aie fndings. Ii means allegaiions lave been
invesiigaied and fndings lave been made.
Pleasecorrectyourself,sir.
Theoppositionalsomadethepointthat
thePublicProtectorcalledonZumatoact
againstpublicworksministerGwenMahlangu
Nlabinde and police commissionei Bleli Cele,
bui Zuma was all ioo lappy io lave Sisulu male
itgoaway.Despitepromisesthatheisworking
onitbehindthescenes,todatethePresident
hasstillnotactedonthePublicProtectorThuli
Madonsela's iecommendaiions oi given any
indicationastohowhewillproceed.
Zumaalsolaughedheartilyasheskirted
Leloia's quesiions on coopeiaiive goveinance
and iiadiiional aaiis minisiei Slicelo Slicela's
R,ooo iiip io Swiizeiland, allegedly io visii
hisgirlfriend.Zumasaidthatthematterisstill
undei invesiigaiion by ile Public Pioiecioi
and le would only commeni once sle fled lei
iepoii. Unfoiiunaiely ilis gives no comfoii
duetotheprecedenthehassetinhisfailureto
respondtoMadonselasSAPSleasereport.
MaybewhatticklesthePresidentmostis
howhisauthorityisseeminglynearabsolute.
How no maiiei low mucl noise ile opposiiion
oi civil socieiy males, oi low many iepoiis
ile Public Pioiecioi oi any oilei Clapiei Nine
insiiiuiion fles, condiiions aie sucl ilai le is
seeminglyanswerabletonoone.Thatwouldbe
enoughtomakeamanwithaseatasplumas
hislaugh,andtherestofus,well,cry.
ANC VS ANCYL GROOTES ASSESSMENT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
DESPERATELY SEEKING JULIUS: A SHOWMAN
WITHOUT A SHOW
Wlen ile ANC's iop ocials fisi claiged
Malema wiil sowing division and biinging
ile name of ile paiiy inio disiepuie, ii looled
lile ile woil of a masiei plannei. Tle claiges
weie pioeied jusi befoie a naiional execuiive
commiiiee meeiing ilai ilen focused on
discipline. Bui Piesideni }acob Zuma and ANC
secieiaiy-geneial Gwede Maniasle lad also
ensuied ilai as ile claiges weie now in play,
ile NEC couldn'i foimally discuss ilem because
iley weie now only a maiiei foi ile naiional
disciplinaiy commiiiee. Tle faci ilai Zuma
and Maniasle followed up wiil oilei claiges
foi Malema and ile league's leadeis seemed io
siiengilen ile impiession ilai Malema was in
deep iiouble.
Insiead wlai's lappened is ilai Malema, Photo: Phillip de Wet for iMaverick.
aided by some ieally good legal fooiwoil by
Dali Mpofu, las used ile laiei claiges io delay
ile main aciion, ile leaiing on ile claiges
againsi lim.
Ii was foui weels ago ilai Malema was
fisi claiged. Ii was iwo weels ago ilai lis
leaiing was due io begin, a faci undeilined
by lis suppoiieis io sucl violeni eeci. And
by Tuesday, ile panel las only leaid ile
case againsi league secieiaiy-geneial Sindiso
Magaqa and ii's spolesman Floyd Slivambu. Ii
siill las io iule on ile case of Malema and all of
ile league's leadeis foi disiupiing a meeiing
Tlese developmenis lave seveial aecis.
Fiisily, ile longei ilis goes on, ile moie ile
The Julius Malema Disciplinary Hearings (the capitals are deliberate) have gone from the planned twenty-
twenty bang-bang, you're out affairs they were supposed to be to a Wagnerian ve-day saga. In other
words, it's going to take a long time. The eventual length of these proceedings will have implications for all
the political gures involved. And possibly for the outcome as well. By STEPHEN GROOTES.
ANC VS ANCYL GROOTES ASSESSMENT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
poliiical will of eveiyone involved is sapped.
Esseniially, Malema is iesiing ile will and
siaying powei of Zuma, Maniasle, and ile
panel iiself. People lose inieiesi. Oilei ilings
lappen ilai become piioiiiies, especially if
you'ie ile Piesideni. Bui if you'ie Malema, youi
only piioiiiy is suivival, and ilus noiling saps
youi will.
Tlis would usually mean ilai lis posiiion
would siiengilen ovei iime. As ii is ofien in
poliiics, baiiles aie won by ilose wlo wani
io win ilem ile mosi. Will maiieis. As a
iesuli, ile longei ilis goes on, ile gieaiei lis
clances of some lind of poliiical seiilemeni.
Especially wlen you considei ilai Zuma las
a faiily bad iiacl iecoid of cieaiing poliiical
embaiiassmenis foi limself. So Malema
basically diags ii oui, loping le'll win in some
way ilai le can'i quiie see now.
Bui ai ile same iime, le is being siaived
of poliiical oxygen. Foi Malema io suivive, le
las io be seen in public. His suppoiieis need
io leai lim. A populisi demagogue cannoi be
ioo fai fiom ile populaiion. He loses lis ioucl.
And foi Malema, ilis is paiiiculaily impoiiani.
He's been one of ile mosi eeciive poliiicians
in modein Souil Afiica. Bui foi lim io iemain
ilai, a peisonal speecl in public is paiiiculaily
impoiiani. One can'i lelp bui wondei wly on
eaiil le wasn'i in couii on Monday foi lis laie-
speecl judgmeni. Suiely, suiely, ilai would be
a clance foi lim io sline, io be ile face of ile
siiuggle, ile peison wlo aciually iepiesenis ile
ieal ANC. Insiead, in a iaie display of iaciical
eiioi, le seemed io ducl ii.
Tlen we lave speecl on Saiuiday in
Alexandia - well-iepoiied commenis aboui
an economic wai wiil ile wliie minoiiiy...
in wlicl ileie would be casualiies. Exiieme,
and ilus Malema. Bui le only goi a ilousand
people ileie. And only o came io lis couii
case on Monday. Beai in mind ilai Helen Zille
geis a ilousand in ile infoimal seiilemeni of
Kya Sands. And Alexandia is fai moie Malema's
naiuial consiiiuency ilan Kya Sands is Zille's.
Paii of Malema's pioblem is ilai lis poliiical
agenda is basically siucl. Wiiloui lim, ii goes
nowleie. And ii's laid foi lim io spend lis
iime iousing people in ile siieei wlen le's
busy wiil lis numbei one piioiiiy. So le's a
slowman wiiloui a slow. And wiiloui a slow,
ileie's noi mucl io lim. Being cui o fiom
ile media aiieniion ilai le loves and laies so
mucl, le's slowly dying ile poliiical deail of
ile uniepoiied.
Even ilen, ilougl mucl of ile media,
myself included, aie busy wiiiing a bannei
ilai says Welcome io Camp }ulius ouiside lis
This would usually mean that his position would
strengthen over time. As it is often in politics, battles
are won by those who want to win them the most. Will
matters. As a result, the longer this goes on, the greater
his chances of some kind of political settlement.
ANC VS ANCYL GROOTES ASSESSMENT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
disciplinaiy leaiing. Well noi diiecily ouiside
of couise, ile police won'i lei us do ilai. We've
been pui on a paicl of land a good blocl away
fiom ile aciual venue. Ii's noi mucl of a camp-
siie, ii's basically a couple of folding claiis and a
iiipod clusieied aiound ile eNews van.
Tle locaiion of ile piess was one of ilose
negoiiaiions caiiied oui wiil a sliglily
exaspeiaied police geneial. Foi louis on
Sunday, ile fisi day of ile leaiings ai ilis
locaiion, ileie lad been ile bacl and foiil
of jouinalisi veisus police ocei. You can
imagine ile dynamic. Boied jouinalisis. Boied
police oceis.
Ii's a common pioblem. Tle ANC las made
mucl play duiing ile aigumeni ovei ile
Pioieciion of Infoimaiion Bill ilai jouinalisis
aie noi special, ilai iley slould noi be iieaied
any dieienily io any membeis of ile public.
Bui boil ai ilis locaiion, and ouiside Luiluli
House, we've been oideied o public land and
away fiom leibs, iold io siand acioss ile ioad
fiom an eniiance, ilai lind of iling. People
wlo lool jusi lile us, bui wiiloui cameias and
micioplones, aie allowed io pass by on exacily
ile same siieicl of land.
eNews lad an even laidei iime of ii on
Sunday. Unfoiiunaiely, ileii van caiiies a saielliie
disl sliglily laigei ilan ile siandaid DSTV
issue. As a iesuli, police simply iefused ilem io
come anywleie neai ile leaiings. Tlai is cleaily
againsi ile law. Being eNews, iley didn'i boilei
complaining io ile police, iley simply weni on
aii wiil ile faci ilai iley weie being oideied
oui of a public aiea by police wlo said ile weie
aciing on ile oideis of Luiluli House. Ii woiled.
Eveniually iley weie allowed in.
Obviously mucl of ilis secuiiiy, and ile
belavioui ilai goes wiil ii, is ouiiageous. How
daie police iing an aiea and demand io lnow
wleie people aie going? Having said ilai, slould
ile maiiei evei come befoie a judge, le oi sle
migli be swayed by ile images of wlai lappened
ouiside Luiluli House iwo weels ago. And an
aigumeni ilai slould someone mobilise ilai gioup
of people again, someone could be seiiously luii.
Eiilei way, ile nei iesuli of ilis is ilai
Malema is being cui o fiom lis suppoiieis,
fiom lis siieei. And ilai males ii even laidei
foi lim. And wlile ileie's been wall-io-wall
coveiage of ile comings and goings of Malema's
Range Rovei, ile lacl of ile man limself being
seen and leaid is ielling. Wlen le's ducling
and coveiing, le's ceiiainly noi being seen io
be leading.
On balance, ii seems ile longei ilis goes
on, ile woise ii's going io be foi lim. Cui-
o, silenced and slaclled, le may noi be ile
foice le once was. Unless, lile Samson, le can
somelow pusl laid ai ile pillais and lope
ilai ilis iime, ile eniiie building of ile
ANC doesn' i come ciasling down on lis
beiei-ed lead.
Giooies is an EWN iepoiiei.
The ANC has made much play
during the argument over
the Protection of Information
Bill that "journalists are not
special", that they should not
be treated any differently to
any members of the public.
STEVE BIKO MEMORIAL LECTURE SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
BIKO LECTURE: KENTRIDGE WARNS AGAINST
GOVERNMENT MEDDLING IN JUDICIAL AFFAIRS
Few people are better suited to give UCTs annual Steve Biko Memorial Lecture than Sydney Kentridge,
who represented Steve Bikos family at the inquest into his death. And his performance last night
vindicated the choice: a masterclass in appropriate commemoration, interspersed with some earnest
warnings as to South Africas judicial path. By REBECCA DAVIS.
STEVE BIKO MEMORIAL LECTURE SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
FortheaudiencegatheredatUCTsJamieson
HallonMondaynight,itseemedscarcely
crediblethatthemanatthespeakerslectern
beforethemwillbe90nextyear.Asheproved
inhisaddress,Kentridgewhohasbeen
describedonmorethanoneoccasionasthe
advocateofthecenturystillhasamindlike
asubtleknife.HewastheretotalkaboutBiko,
andthemajorthrustofhiscontentfocused
ontheBlackConsciousnessleader,buthe
alsomadeuseofhisplatformtodeftlythread
togetherparallelsbetweentheapartheid
regimesjudicialsystemandsomeofthethreats
currentlyfacingSouthAfricaslegalandmedia
autonomy.
BikossonNkosinathi,nowCEOoftheSteve
BikoFoundation,initiallytookthestage.Just
sixwhenhisfatherwasmurdered,Nkosinathi
toldofcomingfacetofacewithBikoskillers
foi ile fisi iime ai ile TRC. Spealing in
particularofpoliceColonelGideonNiewoudt,
hesaid:Ilookedintohiseyes,andIsawdeath.
Niewoudtandhiscroniesevadedjustice,
Nkosinathisaid:aviewinkeepingwiththefact
thatBikosfamilyweresomeofthehighest
piofle ciiiics of ile TRC, desciibing ile leaiings
atthetimeasa"vehicleforpoliticalexpediency"
whichrobbedthemoftheirrightforjustice.But,
quotinghisfatherinalinewewouldhearmore
thanonceduringtheevening,Nkosinathisaid
partoftheBikotragedywasthatthelikesof
Niewoudtlostthefaceoftheirhumanity.
UCTsvicechancellorMaxPriceplayedup
thelinksbetweenhisuniversityandtheBiko
Foundation,butalsotooktheopportunityto
makeitclearwhereUCTsacademiccommunity
standsontheProtectionofInformationBill.
Pricepointedoutthatthosejournalistswho
blewthewhistleonthecircumstancesofBikos
deail - among ilem ile Rand Daily Mail's
HelenZille,sittingfrontandcentremightface
jailtimeunderthecurrentdispensationifthe
SecrecyBillisallowedtopassintolawwithouta
publicinterestdefence.Hecalledonthepublic
io maicl wiil ile Rigli:Know campaign on
Saturdaytoprotectthepublicinterestclause
anddefendtheworkofbothjournalistsand
academics.
ButitwasSydneyKentridgewhothecrowd
hadcometoheardeliveratalkherevealingly
titledEvilunderthesun,fromaseriesof
EcclesiastesversesintheBiblewhichdealwith
theblightofoppressionandpowerwielded
corruptly.Thiswillnotbephilosophical,was
thecaveatwithwhichheprefacedhisaddress.I
willtalkaboutthedeathofSteveBiko.Andthis
heproceededtodo,withthematteroffactness
ofhisdeliverybothbelyingandsomehow
intensifyingthepoignancyofhiscontent.At
timeshehadtheairofthemiddleagedadvocate
hewasatthetimeofBikosinquest,drily
But it was Sydney Kentridge
who the crowd had come
to hear deliver a talk he
revealingly titled Evil under
the sun, from a series of
Ecclesiastes verses in the
Bible which deal with the
blight of oppression and
power wielded corruptly.
STEVE BIKO MEMORIAL LECTURE SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
outliningthecontradictionsbetweenpolice
testimonyastothecauseofBikosdeathand
themedicalevidenceofthetruestory.
KentridgehadheardofBikoasa"militant
youngblackleader"beforehisdeath,butnever
methim,andhewas,hesaid,astonishedby
ile ieaciion io lis deail. Bilo was noi ile fisi
persontodieinthecustodyoftheapartheid
police,hepointedout:infact,hewasthe44th,
andatleastanother30wouldmeetsimilar
endsinthedecadeafterBiko'smurder.The
extravagantpolicefabricationsaroundBiko's
deatharenowamatterofhistoricalrecord,
bui leaiing ilem fisi-land fiom Keniiidge
hammeredhomeagainthebreathtaking
arroganceandmendacitythatwerethe
trademarksoftheapartheidsecurityforces.
Kentridge'shypothesisisthatBiko'seventual
deathwascausedbythetraumatothehead
inicied by a police beaiing wiil an objeci lile
asandbagoraloadedhosepipe.
Thedetailsoftheinhumanityofhis
treatmentinthehoursafterhisbeating,but
befoie lis aciual deail, male foi diculi
hearing.Kentridgeremindedtheaudiencethat
afterthebeatingBikowasstrippednaked,
shackledandleftlyingonurinestained
blankets"topreventescape".Bikowasdenied
therighteventowearapairofunderpants"in
caseheusedthemtocommitsuicide".Whilein
asemicoma,hewasdrivenfor1,100kminthe
backofalorrytoPretoriaCentralPrisonrather
thantohospitalagainsupposedlybecausehe
wasconsideredsuchanescaperisk.Hediedon
ile afieinoon of i: Sepiembei iqyy on a mai in
thejailwhatKentridgetermedattheinquest
a"miserableandlonelydeath".Thepolice
oceis iesponsible foi Bilo's deail weie noi
reprimanded.Infact,tworeceivedpromotions.
And despiie Keniiidge's eoiis, ile inquesi's
verdictfoundnobodywastoblameforBikos
death.
Thereasonfortheshamverdict,Kentridge
remindedus,wasthattheindependenceofthe
apartheidjudiciarywasunderminedbybiased
judgesappointedbythestate.Atthispoint
therewasanalmostaudibleintakeofbreath
fromtheaudienceseeminglyputtingtwo
andtwotogetheraboutrecenteventsaround
theappointmentoftheChiefJustice.Andit
didseemsuddenlyasifKentridgemightbe
headingforanexplicitMogoengsmackdown,
sayingthatmerit,notpolitics,shouldalways
bethecriteriainjudicialappointments(a
statementmetwithloudapplausefromthe
audience).ButKentridgepaused,allowedthe
clappingtocease,andthenaddedpointedly
thatweshouldguardagainstlabellingany
controversyapoliticalappointment.
OnthematteroftheSecrecyBill,whichhe
neverreferredtobyname,hewassimilarly
trenchant,yetunderstated.Allgovernments
havesecrets,andallgovernmentswantto
keepthem,hesaid,but"Biko'scaseshowsus
thatwrongdoersshouldneverbefreedfrom
thethreatofexposure".Bewareofanylaw
wlicl seels io siie ile piess, le wained.
Thebiggestdangertodemocracywasnot
fromsweepingactsoflegislation,butfromthe
incremental,creepinglimitationsonrights.
Havingdexterouslyworkedthesesubtle
warningsintohisaddress,hereturnedtothe
subjectweweretheretohonour.Tonight
werememberSteveBantuBiko,Kentridge
concluded:HislifeaSouthAfricanbeacon,
hisdeathaSouthAfricantragedy.
HOME AFFAIRS SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
NTOMBOXOLO NYENDWANAS
HOME AFFAIRS TORMENT
NtomboxoloNyendwanahasalwaysdreamed
ofbeingateacher,studyingatcollege,and
gettingapayingjobsoshecouldcreateabetter
lifeforherselfandherchildren.The41year
oldseamstresscurrentlyexistsonsocialgrants
andwhatshemakesfromsewingandselling
pillows.Shealsodoesneedleworkandclothing
repairsforcash.
In1991,IwasstudyingMatricandwent
io Home Aaiis io male my fisi applicaiion.
AfterthatIgotalettertosayIdidntwrite
mypostaladdress(ontheforms).Iwentback.
TheysaidImustapplyagain.TheytoldmeI
mustpayagain.ButwhenIwentbacktheyhad
A Port Elizabeth seamstress living in a poverty stricken squatter camp in KwaNoxolo in the Eastern
Cape city speaks out about the years of suffering shes had to endure after trading sexual favours
to a Home Affairs ofcial in order to get an ID document she hoped would enable a better life. By
MANDY DE WAAL.
Photo: REUTERS
scratchedmyIDnumberoutandtoldmethat
mynumberwaswrong,saysNyendwana.
TheseamstresswascontactedbyHome
Aaiis once moie, and iley iold lei ilai lei
fngeipiinis on ile documeniaiion lad clanged.
BythistimeNyendwanahadgonebackandforth
io Home Aaiis many iimes, bui ii was only in
iqq wlen sle was ai ile goveinmeni oces ilai
shewasadvisedthatshewasoneoftwopeople
withthesameIDnumber.
"Home Aaiis called me and said ilai ileie is
apersonposingasmyself.OrIamposingasher.
HOME AFFAIRS SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Tley said I musi biing my biiil ceiiifcaie. By
thattimeIwasstudyingforaBAinEducation
andtheuniversitytoldmeifIdidntgetmyID
sortedoutIwillbeexpelled.Iwouldntgetmy
degree.
WhenNyendwanawentbacktoHome
Aaiis sle was sianding in a queue wlen a
goveinmeni ocial said le could lelp lei. Sle
sayssheknewthismanasachild,andthathe
lnew lei family. Tle ocial iold Nyendwana
hehadpowerfulconnectionsinPretoriathat
would quiclly lelp iesolve ile mess. "I spole
tothisman.Hesaidheknewpeoplewhere
theIDsweremadeandthathewouldsort
everythingoutifIsleptwithhim.Iwasafraid
andIwasdesperate.Ididntwanttosleepwith
him,butIdidntwanttobeexpelled.Hesaid
tomeImustcomewithhim.Ifollowedhim
andhetookmetothetoiletandthereheslept
withme.Hejustgavemeatoiletpapertowipe
myself. Afiei ilai we moved bacl io ile queue.
Insteadofcallingmynametohelpmehecalled
someoneelse.Iwassoangryandfrustrated
withmyself.Istoodup,walkedoutandwent
home.
Feelingashamed,Nyendwananeverwent
bacl io Home Aaiis foi a wlile, even ilougl
1994broughtdemocracytoSouthAfricaand
enabled lei io voie foi ile fisi iime. "I lad io
votewithatemporaryIDbecauseIhadnoID
book.
EventuallyNyendwanawentbacktoHome
Aaiis wleie ile same ocial iold lei sle
shouldnthaveherphotographstakenoutside,
butinside.Asshewashavingherphotographs
ialen ile ocial again asled lei foi sex, saying
hewouldassistherwithherIDprocess.He
keptaskingmewhyIdidnotwanttosleepwith
himagain.IsaidIwasaskingotherpeopleto
helpmeinstead.IsaidtomyselfIwouldnot
sleepwithhimagain.ButIdidntgetanyhelp
withmyID,soIdidsleepwithhimagaina
secondtime.Butithurtme.
Ayearlaterin1995,Nyendwanastillhadno
ID bool. Sle ieiuined io Home Aaiis wleie
anoilei ocial iold lei io go io lei eldeis and
slaughteragoat.Thispersonsaidtherewas
somuchdarknessonme.Itookitasaninsult.
Anoilei lady woiling ai Home Aaiis asled
metobringherCoke.ShesaidIwassucha
regularIwassupposedtobringsomethingfor
her.EachtimeNyendwanareturnedtoHome
Aaiis, ile same ocial ilai sle alleges was
tradingsexforfavours,pesteredherforsex.
In1996,NyendwanareturnedtoHome
Aaiis demanding pen and papei. "I iold ilem
IamgoingtowritealettertoPretoriatostate
my case." Nyendwana wioie io Home Aaiis in
Pretoriabutdidnotgetaresponse.
InJanuary1997shereceivedherIDbookin
thepost,butwiththewrongIDnumber.My
Feeling ashamed,
Nyendwana never went
back to Home Affairs for
a while, even though 1994
brought democracy to South
Africa and enabled her to
vote for the rst time. I had
to vote with a temporary ID
because I had no ID book.
HOME AFFAIRS SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
othernameisPatience.Butinmybookthey
wrotePatientinsteadofPatience.Ididntwantto
go io Home Aaiis again because I lad sueied
somuch.IwouldkeepthisIDsafewithme.
Nyendwanaresumedherstudiesbutin2005
whenshewenttodrawfundsfromherbank
accountwhichhersocialgrantwaspaidinto,
shediscoveredherbankcardwasblocked.
Thebanktoldmetherewasanotherperson
inGrahamstownwhohadmyname,surname
andatemporaryIDwithmynumber.Theysaid
shegotmymoney.ThebanksaidIhadtogoto
Home Aaiis io gei ilem io do an invesiigaiion."
AndsoNyendwanawasforcedtoreturn
io Home Aaiis again, a place sle says las
broughtherenormoushurt,shame,angerand
frustration.Theygavemealetterforthebank.
Iaskedthemtolookwhatishappeningandon
thecomputertheyshowedmethisotherperson
inGrahamstownwithmynameandID.They
saidherchildrenwereeight,mychildrenare
foui. I weni io ile SASSA oces and ilis peison
hadmadeagrantforhereightchildren.They
hadchangedtheaddressformysocialgrantto
Grahamstown.
"I was sicl wiil woiiy. Ai Home Aaiis, ile
womensaidtheywillgetmeanewnumber.ButI
wasworriedthatifIgetanothernumberIwould
siill suei." And so Nyendwana lad io apply foi
anIDdocumentyetagain.Shewasforcedtodo
soafterherbankaccountwasfrozen.Nyendwana
sayseachandeverytimeshehashadtogo
bacl io ile Home Aaiis oces ii las been a
shameful,tormentingexperienceforher.
AfterapplyingforherIDdocumentagain
earlierthisyearshewroteasixpageletterto
Home Aaiis in Pieioiia io iell ilem wlai lad
lappened and io desciibe lei sueiing. "I goi a
responsefromanassistantmanagerwhosaidhe
wasshockedandtoldmetowriteastatement.
IgotaphonecallfromaMrsNaidootosayshe
lad spolen wiil ilis ocial."
Nyendwanasaysshedidntknowwhatfurther
io expeci fiom Home Aaiis. "I was ilinling
theywouldcallmeagainbuttheydidntphone.
AcoupleofmonthslaterNyendwanagot
noiifcaiion ilai lei ID bool was ieady. "Tle
fisi peison I mei wlen I weni io Home Aaiis
was ile same ocei. I was slocled. I goi my
newIDbutIwassoangry.Iwenttothisman
andIsaid:Doyouknowwhatyouhavedone
withme?Hesaidhewasgoingtobeatme.I
saidhecouldbeatmebecausehehadhurtme
andthebeatingwouldnotpainmemore.
Theseamstressstartedscoldingthe
goveinmeni ocial and aiiacling lim. Tle police
I went to this man and I said: Do you know what
you have done with me? He said he was going to
beat me. I said he could beat me because he had
hurt me and the beating would not pain me more.
HOME AFFAIRS SOUTH AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
werecalled,whotriedtointerveneandprotect
ile goveinmeni ocial fiom Nyendwana. A few
dayslaterNyendwanahadacourtprotection
oidei fled againsi lei by ile ocial.
Nyendwanasaysshehasmadeacaseagainst
thepoliceandiswaitingforacasenumber.
NowthatIhavespokenoutIfeelbetter,but
I am noi beiiei. To be lonesi I am sueiing.
IfIhadmyID,Iwouldbesomewhere.Iwould
belivinginadecentplacecomparedtowhere
I am living. Tlis ocial was ileie io seive us.
Hetookmeandmademylifemiserable.Iam
hurt.Veryhurt.Iwishmendidnttakewomen
forgranted.IfeelIwastakenforgranted.How
manypeopleareinmysituationlikethis?Iam
noi ile fisi peison. I am noi ile lasi peison."
iMaveiicl was fisi aleiied io ilis sioiy by
theDailySun.JournalistMkhuseliSizaniwho
wrotethestorysaysheoftengetscallsfrom
foreignerswhocomplainaboutcorruptionand
Home Aaiis ocials wlo demand biibes in
ordertosecuredocuments.InAugustDaily
MaverickranastoryaboutZimbabweanswho
say iley lad io pay ocials ai ile Maiabasiad
RefugeeCentreinPretoriabribestosecure
papers.
"I spole io Sonio Lusu, ile Home Aaiis
regionalmanagerforPortElizabethandRonnie
Mamoepathenationalspokespersonwhosaid
theywillfollowthisup.Iamalsogoingto
continuewritingonthismatter,butIamjust
waitingforthearresttohappenandforthecase
number,saysSizani.Mamoepasaysheviews
theallegationsinaseriouslightandthatHome
Aaiis will invesiigaie and "deal laislly" wiil
ile ocial if ile complaini is pioven iiue.
Thiswomanslifehasbeenshattered.
BecauseofthisIDproblemshehasntbeen
able io become a ieaclei and ile ocials
abusedtheirpowerwhichisabadhabitforour
country.Sizanisaysifthematterisprovedto
be iiue, ile ieal quesiion will be low many
otherpeoplewerevictimisedbytheman.It
isterrible.WhatIwanttoknowiswasthe
delayinherIDintentionalsoastomakeher
vulnerable?
Tle alleged sex oendei's name las been
giventoiMaverickbutisbeingwithhelduntil
athoroughinvestigationintoNyendwanas
complainthasbeenconducted.
READ MORE:
1. Hard times the story of Zimbabweans trying to get legal at
Marabastad in Daily Maverick
2. Weeping, hiding as Home Affairs ofcials held in The Star
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hasnt been able to
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AFRICA
BRIEFS AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
The head of Libyan transitional government Mustafa Abdul Jalil (Reuters)
SENTENCES HANDED DOWN TO
ANGOLA ANTI-GOVERNMENT
PROTESTORS
Seventeenofthe24people
arrestedduringtheantigov
ernmentrallyinLuandaon
3Septemberhavebeengiven
sentencesranginguptothree
monthsinjail.Threeothers
wereacquitted.Portuguese
statenewspaperLusareported
thatoneofthedefencelawyers
saidthatthejudge,actingun
derpoliticalpressure,refused
toreducesomeofthesen
iences io fnes. Tle ially was
organisedbyayouthmove
mentcallingfortheresignation
ofPresidentJoseEduardodos
Santoswhohasbeeninpower
forover32years.
LIBYAS NTC HEAD DELIVERS
FIRST SPEECH TO NATION
TheheadofLibyastransitional
government,MustafaAbdul
}alil, deliveied lis fisi addiess
tothenationonTuesdayand
outlinedhisplanstomaintain
thecountryasademocratic
statebasedonwhathecalled
moderateIslam.Jalildeliv
eringhisaddressatMartryr
Square,wherethedeposed
LibyanleaderMuammarGad
daf lad deliveied many of
hisspeechestothenation
warnedagainstthosewhomay
trytohijacktherevolution.
Gaddaf's exaci locaiion is siill
unknownandtheformerlead
ei las vowed io leep fgliing
untilvictory.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
REPORT SAYS LIBYAN REBELS
INVOLVED IN TORTURE AND
KILLINGS
AmnestyInternationalhasac
cused anii-Gaddaf fglieis of
committingactsoftortureand
killingsduringtheirtoppling
oftheformergovernment.The
iepoii said ilai wlile Gaddaf's
forcescommittedmostofthe
acts,therebelshadalsobeen
involvedinsimilaractsinre
taliation.Itcalledonthetran
sitionalgovernmenttoprevent
furtherhumanrightsabusesin
thecountry.Fightingcontinues
inthecountry,particularlyin
Bani Walid and Gaddaf's lome
iown Siiie, wleie pio-Gaddaf
forcesremainincontrol.
UK SENDS DETECTIVES TO
HELP POLICE WITH MURDER-
KIDNAPPING AT KENYAN
RESORT
TheUKhassentcounter
terrorismdetectivestothe
luxuiy Kenyan iesoii wleie a
Britishtourist,DavidTebbutt,
waskilledandhiswife,Judith,
kidnappedbygunmenbe
lievedtobeeitheralShabaab
militantsorSomalipirates.
Thelocalpolice,whoremain
inchargeoftheinvestigation,
havearrestedaKenyanman
whotheysuspecthelpedcoor
dinatetheattacks.Astheecon
omyintheareaisdrivenby
iouiism and fsling, locals in
BRIEFS AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Robert Mugabe (Reuters)
theresorttownfearthattheat
tackswilldirectlyimpactupon
theirlivelihood.Theresorts
websitehasbeentakendown
sincetotheattack,displaying
amessageofsympathyforthe
deceasedandhisfamily.
FRANCE AND RWANDA BURY
THE HATCHET
RwandaPresidentPaul
KagameandhisFrenchcoun
terpartNicolasSarkozyat
temptedtoputasidetheir
countryslongrunningdif
ferencesonMondayduring
Kagamesstatevisit.Kagame
saidtheapologyhehadbeen
callingforfromFrance,for
itsallegedinvolvementinthe
genocideinhiscountry,was
nolongernecessaryandsaid
thepurposeofhistripwasto
helpbothcountriesestablish
abetterrelationship.Sarkozy,
forhispart,doubledFrances
developmentalassistanceto
Rwandato$58millionand
agreedtohelpwithenergy
projectsinthecountry.
ZIMPLATS AGREES TO
TRANSFER 51% OF
SHAREHOLDING TO BLACK
ZIMBABWEANS
Zimplats,whichhasbeenin
alongstandingdisputewith
Zimbabweanauthoritiesoverits
indigenisationplans,metwith
thecountrysempowerment
ministryandhasagreedtosub
mitarevisedplanthatwillsee
ittransfer51%ofitssharesto
blackZimbabweans.Thecom
panysoriginalplanwasreject
edanditwasgiven14daysto
resubmitarevisedplan,orelse.
Following ile expiiing of ile
14days,Zimbabweanauthori
tiesinitiatedplanstocancelthe
companysmininglicence.The
newplanwillbesubmittedby
15November,thecompanysaid.
MUGABE SHOCKED BY
WIKILEAKS CABLES
ZimbabwesPrimeMinis
terMorganTsvangaraitold
aweekendrallyatGwan
zuraStadiuminHararethat
PresidentRobertMugabewas
shockedbyrecentrevelations
inrecentlyreleasedWikileaks
cables.TsvangaraisaidMugabe
registeredhisshockatZimba
bweansrunningtotheAmeri
cans.ZanuPFleaderssuchas
VicePresidentJoiceMujuru,
ReserveBankGovernorGideon
Gonoandhighrankingmili
iaiy ocials weie among ilose
namedinthecables,whichwere
releasedwithoutredactingthe
namesofsources.Thecables
alsocontainedallegationsthat
MDCpartymembershadac
cusedTsvangaraiandthepeople
aroundhimofbeingweakand
indecisive,butTsvangaraididnt
mentionthoseattherally.
GAMBIA NOT TAKING
ASSASSINATION ACCUSATION
LIGHTLY
Gambiahasdeniedanyknowl
edgeof,orinvolvementin,Julys
rocketattackonthehomeof
GuineanPresidentAlphaConde.
Thestatementreleasedbythe
Gambiangovernmentcalledon
Condetorefrainfrommaking
unfoundedstatements.Conde
hadonSundayaccusedGambia
andSenegalofbeingawareofthe
attack,whichhesayswasplotted
intheSenegalesecapital,Dakar.
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
AFRICA AFRICA - CHINA
THE MECHANICS OF CHINAS AFRICAN EXPANSION
LibyawassupposedtohosttheCupofNations
Thesecretmemorandumofunderstanding
betweenKenyaandtheGreatWallDrilling
CompanywassplashedacrossthepagesofKe
nya's inueniial weelly ile Easi Afiican. Tle
dealwasworth$400million(nearlyR3billion),
andwillseetheChineseconstructioncompany
build So new geoileimal wells in Kenya. Tle
newspapei iaised a veiy peiiineni quesiion.
WhyareChinesecompaniesbeingcommis
sioned,insecret,forprojectsthatlocalcompa
niescancompleteathalfthecost?
Theansweris,ofcourse,money,andChinese
companiesabilitytovirtuallyguaranteefund
ing and iimescales foi Clinese-led piojecis.
Alilougl ile agieemeni siipulaies ile Kenyan
goveinmeni will seel iis own funding, ileie's a
iacii undeisianding ilai wlen Kenya asls ile
Clinese Expoii-Impoii Banl foi a loan, ii will
be gianied, wiiloui ioo many quesiions asled.
The success of Chinese companies in Africa has little to do with their cost effectiveness, meeting
deadlines or ultimate quality. Reminiscent of dubious US-led funding projects in Central American
countries in the last century, Chinese expansion in Africa has everything to do with the funding
guarantees they bring - as a new deal in Kenya demonstrates. By SIMON ALLISON.
Ii's lappened befoie - ile Gieai Wall Diilling
Companyiscurrentlydrilling26geothermal
wells in Kenya, fnanced wiil a sq6 million loan
fiom ile same banl.
Organisinganormalbiddingprocessinvolv
inglocalandinternationalcompanies,would
beultimatelycheaperforthegovernment,but
would give ii ile signifcani leadacle of fnd
ing funding fiom inieinaiional banls oi insii
tutions,andhavingtodealwithallthestrings
oftenattachedtosuchloansstringswhich
raisequestionsofdemocracy,humanrightsand
iimely paybacl.
Bui ileie's no sucl iling as a fiee geoilei
mal well, and Clina will lave io be paid bacl ai
some iime oi anoilei. Tlis migli end up be
ing moie expensive - fnancially oi poliiically
thanjustdoingtheprocessdomesticallyfrom
ile ouisei.
READ MORE:
1. Kenya gives Chinese secret geothermal deal in Kenyas The
East African
Photo: REUTERS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
AFRICA KENYA
KENYAN GOVERNMENT BEARS BRUNT OF RAGE
OVER PIPELINE DISASTER
Howmorbidthattheoilspillcamethroughthe
sewersystem;anemblemofthepoorservices
oeied in ile capiial's infoimal seiilemenis.
Thosethatwerecaughtintheepicentreofthe
blasthadbeenscoopingoilwhilemiredknee
deepinexcrement,possiblythemosteloquent
markeroftheirconditiontherecouldbe,writes
Muiiili Muiiga in Kenya's Daily Naiion, ile day
afiei ile pipeline explosion in one of Naiiobi's
slums lilled moie ilan ioo.
Theprevailingsentimentintheaftermathof
themanmadedisasterthesecondtohitEast
Africaindays,aftertheferryaccidentinZanzibar
wasangeratagovernmentwhichhasfailedto
liftitscitizensoutofthegrindingpovertywhich
exaceibaied ile iiagedy. Wlen ile oil pipeline
sprungaleak,residentsoftheSinaiinformal
settlementrushedinwithanassortmentofmis
matchedcontainers,determinedtogettheirshare
The horric pipeline explosion which killed more than 100 people in one of Nairobis poorest areas
wasnt directly caused by the government, but is widely seen as the result of a political system more
concerned with tax evasion than with providing basic services and lifting people out of poverty. By
SIMON ALLISON.
oftheblackgoldandperhapsatemporaryre
piieve fiom poveiiy. Wlen ile oil eveniually ex
ploded, iley weie in ii. Tleie was no escape.
Thegovernmentwasalsoblamedforthepipe
line bieal in ile fisi place. A ieclnician wiil
ile Kenya Pipeline Company iold ile Naiiobi
Siandaid ilai "an audii of ile line beiween Nai
iobi and Mombasa will ieveal loiiifc siiuciuial
weaknesseswithvastareasofpatchworkonpres
suiised pipes". Tle pipelines weie, in oilei woids,
an accideni waiiing io lappen.
Thisis,perhaps,therealpricetopayforpoliti
cal insiabiliiy. As Kenya muddles along wiil iis
governmentofnationalunityarguingovercon
stitutionalreformsandtaxrebatesforMPs,basic
seivices aie oveilooled and ii's ile people wlo
pay ile piice, as always.
READ MORE:
1. Why it had to happen in the Nairobi Star
2. Disaster offered a snapshot of all you need to know about
slum life in the Daily Nation
Photo: REUTERS
NIGERIA AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
JONATHANS GUNS LOOM OVER JOS
Jonathanhashadenough.Theviolenceinthe
northandcentralpartsofhislarge,disparate
countryhasgrownworsesincehecame
topowersixmonthsago,withbombings,
shootingsandsectarianviolencebecoming
afeatureofdailylife,almostunremarkable
incitieslikeJosandMaiduguri.InJosalone,
morethan100havediedinthepasttwoweeks.
Thelatestincidentwasatwinexplosioninthe
centreofJosonSundaynight,which,despitenot
killinganyone,leftthepopulationbadlyrattled.
Itwasimmediatelyfollowedbyameetingof
governorsofnorthernstateswhovesaidthey
wouldresorttovigilantismtosolvethecrisis
ifnecessary.
SoJonathanisdoingwhatNigerianleaders
do besi wlen iley fnd ilemselves wiil ileii
backstothewall,facingasituationtheydont
knowhowtocontrol:hessendinginthe
guns.Inachillinglyambiguousstatement,
After months of violence, President Goodluck Jonathans given his army a blank cheque to sort out the
problem city of Jos. Citizens of Jos, be afraid. The Nigerian army doesnt have a stellar record of conict
resolution, preferring their justice rough and their executions summary. By SIMON ALLISON.
Photo: REUTERS
ile piesideni's oce said ii was auiloiising
thechiefofdefencetotakefullchargeofthe
securitysituationinPlateauStateimmediately
andtakeallnecessaryactionstostoptherecent
spateofkillingsinthestate.
PlateauState,thecentralNigerianprovince
ofwhichJosisthecapital,billsitselfrather
optimisticallymisguidedlyasthehome
ofpeaceandtourism.Itisthefaultline
oftheMuslimChristiandivideinNigeria
andhasbeensynonymouswithsectarian
clashesforyears.Notthattheviolencehas
allthatmuchtodowithreligion;afterall,
MuslimsandChristianlivetogetherall
overNigeriainpeace.InJos,thereligious
elementismostoftenagrandpretextfor
inherentlylocalissues.
NIGERIA AFRICA
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Ithink,havingbeentoJos,thecentral
issuethereistherelationshipbetweenthe
indigenouspeopleandthesettlersfromother
partsofNigeria,saidDavidZounmenou,senior
researcherattheInstituteforSecurityStudies,
inaninterviewwithiMaverick.Forexample,if
you wani io iun foi poliiical oce in }os, you've
gottobeasettleroryoullhaveproblems.Itsall
aboutaccesstoresources,andaccesstopolitical
power.WhatishappeninginJoshasnothingto
dowithreligion.
Josalreadyhassometasteofwhatitmight
meanwhenthemilitarytakesallnecessary
actionstosolveitsproblems.Takethisaccount
fromaninterviewconductedbyHumanRights
Watchin2009,detailingthemilitaryresponse
toaostensiblysectarianclashes:
Isawadarkgreenmilitaryvehiclepull
up on ile ioad wiil fve soldieis. Tlis was
around10am.Sevenpeoplewerecomingfrom
thedirectionofthemosque.Whentheysaw
themilitary,theyranintoahouse.Mybrother
wasbehindthemandalsoranintothehouse.
Atthetimethey[thepeoplecomingfromthe
mosque]werecarryingnothingintheirhands.
Oneofthemilitarymenwentintothehouse
andbroughtthemoutofthehousetotheroad.
Themilitarymantoldmybrothertostandto
theside.Hethenshotthegroup.Somewere
hitinthechestandstomach.Hethensaidto
mybrother:Yougo'.Whenmybrotherstarted
movingheshothiminhisleg.Mybrotherwent
down.Hethenshothiminthesideandthe
chest.Hewasshotwiththreebulletsanddied
atthattime.Themilitarymanthenturned
andleft.
Giventhearmysbroadmandatefromthe
presidentitseemsunlikelythatmorerestraint
isgoingtobeshownthistime.Thedecision
tosendinthemilitaryisanactofdesperation
fromJonathan.Ifyouaregivingthemilitary
fullpowerandaskingthemtodoeverything
possibletosolvetheproblem,thiswillcomeat
thepriceofhumanrights,saidZounmenou.
ZounmenousuggestsNigeriasgovernment
mightbebetterservedbyfocussingonthe
socialandeconomicissueswhichunderpin
ile violence, iailei ilan fuelling ile fie by
sendinginmoregunsandpeoplewhousethem
withabandon.ButJonathansalreadymadehis
decision,andthestreetsofJoswillechowithits
iamifcaiions foi many weels io come.
The decision to send
in the military is an act
of desperation from
Jonathan. If you are giving
the military full power
and asking them to do
everything possible to
solve the problem, this
will come at the price of
human rights
READ MORE:
1. Jos unrest: Nigerian president Jonathan takes control on BBC News
2. Nigeria: Arbitrary killings by security forces in Jos from Human Rights Watch
3. Why Jos will boil again in The Nigerian Voice
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
WORLD
BRIEFS WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal (Reuters)
GERMANY
AngelaMerkelhastheweight
oftheeurozoneonhershoul
dersatthemoment.TheGer
manChancellorwasscram
blingtoperformdamage
controlafterGermany'secon
omyministersaidthisweek
endthatGreecewouldlikely
defaultonitsdebts.Merkel
saidthatshehadnoreason
tobelievethatGreecewasnot
geiiing iis public fnances on
track.Therehasbeenconcern
overthepossibilitythatGreece
mighthavetoleavetheeuro,
whichwouldbeabitofaneco
nomicmelodrachma.
AFGHANISTAN
TheTalibanisatitagain,at
tackingtheUSembassyand
NatoHQinKabulonTues
day.Theinsurgentstookover
a neaiby building and fied
rocketsintothecompoundsin
Kabul'sdiplomaticquarter.Itis
understoodthatthemilitants
werewearingsuicidebomb
vests.AsofTuesdayevening,
thedeathtallywasuptosix,
includingtwocivilians.Hillary
ClintonsaidthattheUSwould
doeverythingtheycouldto
combatthoseresponsiblefor
the"cowardlyattack".
IRAN
ThetwoAmericanhikersar
restedinIrantwoyearsago
forstrayingacrosstheborder
withoutpermissionhavebeen
grantedbail.ShaneBauerand
JoshFattal,bothofwhom
wereconvictedonsuspicion
ofspyingfortheUS,willpay
$500,000eachinordertobere
leased,possiblyinthenextfew
days.IranianPresidentAhma
dinejad said ile bail oei was a
"humanitariangesture",which
isverykindafterhavingkept
themrottinginprisonfortwo
yearsfornoreason.
USA
PresidentObamacontinues
hisroadshowtosellhisjobs
billtotheAmericanpeople,on
TuesdayvisitingOhio.Heison
amissiontoconvinceCongress
topasshis$447billionAmeri
canJobsAct.InOhiohe's
expectedtoespeciallystress
hisproposalsformodernis
ingpublicschools,onwhich
he'spreparedtospend$25
billion.AfterOhiohewill
trundleontoNorthCaro
linaonWednesday.
EGYPT
TurkishPrimeMinisterRecep
ErdoganmetwithEgyptian
leadersonTuesdaytostrengthen
strategictiesand,let'snotkid,
haveagoodbitchaboutIsrael.
Untilrecently,relationsbetween
TurkeyandEgyptwerequite
cool,whilerelationsbetween
Israelandthetwocountries
werereasonablywarm.TheArab
SpringandPalestine'supcom
ingUNbidforstatehoodhave
BRIEFS WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Yemen protests (Reuters)
servedtochangethelandscape
though,inadditiontotheEgyp
tianpublic'sangerwithIsrael
overrecentattacksonsecurity
forces.It'ssuggestedthatErdo
gan'santiIsraelrhetoricmay
servetowhipupantiIsraelsen
timentinEgyptevenfurther.
USA
TwoUSsenatorshaveasked
PresidentObamatosell66
fgliei jeis io Taiwan, despiie
thefactthatthissalewould
angerChina.Thesenators,John
CornynandRobertMenendez,
saythatunderthe1979Taiwan
RelationsAct,Washingtonis
obligedtosellthemtheplanes
inordertoensurethatTaiwan
candefenditself.Theprecedent
hereisthattheUSsoldTaiwan
$6.4billionworthofarmsin
2010,whichsimilarlydispleased
China.China'smajorbeefwith
itallisthattheyseeTaiwanas
partofitsterritory.Taiwan,un
fortunately,doesntagree.
AUSTRALIA
Obama'sgoingDownUnder.
TheWhiteHousehascon
fimed ilai ile US Piesideni
will visii Ausiialia foi ile fisi
timeinNovember.Hewas
meanttovisittwicebefore,but
bothtimesaWashingtoncrisis
hadscupperedhistravelplans.
Hisvisitissettomarkthe60th
anniversaryoftheANZUSde
fencealliancebetweenthetwo
countries.TheWhiteHouse
describedAustraliaas"oneof
theUnitedStates'closestal
lies",whichseemslikeanobvi
ousattempttomakethemfeel
special.
YEMEN
ItlookslikeYemeniPresident
AliSalehmaybeonhisway
out.TheYemenistatenews
agencyhasreportedthathe
hasauthorisedhisvicepresi
denttosignapowertransition
pactwiththeopposition.The
oppositionwarnedagainst
countinganychickens,butthe
decree"irrevocably"empowers
VicePresidentHaditosignon
Saleh'sbehalf.Salehcan'tsignit
himselfbecauseheisrecuperat
inginSaudiArabiaafterbeing
woundedinabombattack,one
ofmanyexpressionsoffrustra
tionwithhis33yearrule.
HOLLAND
Agroupofvictimsofabuseby
Catholicpriestshasaskedthe
InternationalCriminalCourt
tochargethePopeandtop
Vaiican ocials wiil ciimes
againsthumanity.Thegroup,
theSurvivorsNetworkofthose
AbusedbyPriests(SNAP),has
fled ovei :o,ooo pages of doc
umentswiththecourtinThe
Hague.NeitherBenedictXVI
northeVaticanspokesmanhas
commentedyet,andtheInter
nationalCriminalCourthas
notyetansweredthequestion
ofwhethertheyhavejurisdic
tiontoprosecutethePope.
AFGHANISTAN WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
IN A SHOW OF SELF-CONFIDENCE, TALIBAN
ATTACKS US'S AFGHANISTAN HEART
TheTalibanmarkedthetenthanniversary
oftheSeptember11attacksonWashington
DCandNewYorkwithavowtocontinue
fgliing againsi ile US-led coaliiion foices in
Afghanistan.ZabihullahMujahid,spokesman
forAfghanTalibanchiefMullahOmar,
issuedastatementurgingtheinternational
communiiy io ially againsi ile Uniied Siaies
foritscontinued"illegaloccupation"of
Afghanistan.Everyyear,9/11remindsusof
ile sad incideni wlen ile US aiiacled ile
IslamicEmirateofAfghanistan,especially
whenAfghanshadnoconnectionwiththe
incident,themessagesaid.TheTaliban
also vowed io coniinue iis fgli againsi
foreigntroopsinAfghanistan.Theseproud
AmericansshouldnotforgetthattheAfghans
The battle for Afghanistan continued on Tuesday as a multi-pronged attack by Taliban militants sowed chaos
and confusion in the capital Kabul. A stand-off between heavily armed militants and Afghan forces lasted
19-hours. It was only early on Wednesday that the Afghan government conrmed that the siege had nally
ended as the last remaining militants were killed. While the latest attack raises fresh doubts about the
readiness of Afghan forces to assume control of the country when Nato withdraws, the staggering loss of life
in this war has become a side-show to the political playmaking. By KHADIJA PATEL
Photo: REUTERS
havestoodresoluteagainstenemieslikerocks
and lave inicied many losses on ilem. Tle
invadersneverexpectedsucharesponsefrom
Afghansandtheyarestillastonishedabouthow
thePashtunshaveretaliated,themessagesaid.
Ten yeais may soon pass since ile US
markedtheousteroftheTalibanfrompower
inAfghanistan,butviolenceintheembattled
countryhaspeakedinrecentmonths.Beyond
ile asiounding fnancial cosi of ilis wai, ile
everincreasingcostofhumanlifeisoutrageous.
Recentmonthshaveseenhighnumbersof
foreigntroopdeathsandrecordnumbersof
civiliancasualties.War,theysay,wouldendif
thedeadcouldreturnandintheabsenceofa
AFGHANISTAN WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
miracle,thiswarcontinuestorage.
OnTuesdaytherealityofthewarwasonce
morepropelledtothetopofnewsbulletinsas
theTalibanstruckatNatoandgovernment
positionsacrossKabul.Militantsarmedwith
ioclei-piopelled gienades and suicide vesis
aiiacled goveinmeni buildings, ile US embassy
andNato'smainmilitarybaseinKabul.Chaos
reignedintheAfghancapitalasexplosions
and gunfie coniinued io iaiile ile ciiy laie
intoTuesdayevening.Formorethansixhours,
Taliban miliianis occupied ile uppei oois of
an unfnisled building in Kabul, peliing bulleis
and iocleis iowaid ile US embassy, Naio's
Afghanheadquartersandthecountry'sNational
DirectorateofSecurity.Thechoiceoftargets
was paiiiculaily signifcani - ilese iaigeis
representtheTalibansprincipaladversariesinthe
unrelentingwar.Itwaswellafter9pminKabul
whenlocalpolicedeclaredthebattleoverandthe
gunmenkilled.BilalSarwar,aBBCjournalistin
Kabul,reportedonTwitterthatthechiefofpolice
inthecity,AyubSalangisaidtheattackershad
arrivedinaminivanandworeburkas.Lessthan
anhourafterdeclaringthebattleoverandall
ile gunmen dead, gunfie eiupied again in ile
besiegedbuilding.WhileAfghanpolicebegan
combing ile building, ooi by ooi, seaicling
forboobytraps,asuicideattackerdetonated
lis suicide vesi on ile sevenil ooi. Police ilen
believedthattwomoreattackershadcampedout
on ile ninil ooi. Tle baiile would go on yei.
Earlyreportsindicatethatthedaysdramahas
claimedsevenlivesandleft17peopleinjured.
Fourofthewoundedwerevictimsofthe
aiiacl on ile US embassy compound. In a
statementreleasedtomedia,theAmerican
missionindicatedthatnoneofthoseinjured
weie US ciiizens. "Foui Afglans weie injuied
intheattackontheembassycompound,none
withlifethreateninginjuries.Theyincluded
threeAfghanvisaapplicantsandonelocal
contractguard,thestatementsaid.Forher
paii, US Secieiaiy of Siaie Hillaiy Clinion
calledtheattack"cowardly"andinsistedit
would noi deiei US eoiis in Afglanisian.
TheattacksonTuesdayfollowasimilar
aiiacl on ile oces of ile BritishCouncillast
monil. Eigli Afglan police oceis and one
foreignnationalwerekilledwhentheTaliban
markedtheanniversaryofAfghanistan's
independencefromBritainwithanattack
ontheBritishCouncilbuildingwitha
characteristicdisplayofviolence.Similarto
Tuesdaysattack,theassaultontheBritish
Councilcompoundbeganwhenasuicidecar
bomberdetonatedavehicleatthefrontgate
ofthecompoundandthenfollowedwitha
six-loui-long gun baiile beiween well-aimed
TalibanmilitantsandAfghanforces.
Thisspateofattackswillcastaspersions
ontheabilityofAfghansecurityforcesto
takeoversecurityoperationsinthecountry
afterthescheduledwithdrawalofNato,but
Afglan Piesideni Hamid Kaizai insisied in
astatementreleasedonTuesdaynightthat
theattackswouldnothampertheprocessof
transition."Theattackscannotstoptheprocess
(iiansiiion) fiom ialing place and cannoi aeci,
butratheremboldenourpeople'sdetermination
intakingtheresponsibilityfortheircountry's
own aaiis, Kaizai said.
READ MORE:
1. Taliban attacks near US embassy in Kabul raise questions of inltration in The
Christian Science Monitor
2. Militants Launch Attack on U.S. Embassy in Kabul in The New York Times
3. British Council 'not deterred' by Kabul attack in The Guardian (UK)
TURKEY WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
IN CAIRO ERDOGAN EMERGES
A GLOBAL LEADER
TurkishPrimeMinisterRecepTayyipErdogan
receivedaheroswelcomeinCairoonTuesday
morning.ThousandsofEgyptiansthronged
toCairoairporttowelcomehimtoEgypt,
chantingslogansinpraiseofhim.Thewarm
welcomeextendedoutsideoftheairport
andintoCairosstreetswherepostersofthe
Turkishstatesmandecoratedthecity.Few
The Turkish Prime Minister is on a tour of the revolutionary parts of North Africa. As he struts his way
through his itinerary with stops in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya, he carries a new mantle as global Muslim
leader. By KHADIJA PATEL
Photo: REUTERS
worldleaderscanboastsuchwelcomesintheir
owncountries,letaloneaforeignone.With
Eidogan's unincling siance on Isiael, Tuiley
hasendeareditselfnotonlytoArableaders
fed up wiil laving io iow ile Isiaeli line, bui
moie signifcanily, ile Aiab people. In Tuiley,
TURKEY WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Eidogan is slown o fondly as ile mosi populai
politicianintheArabworldtoday.
APewResearchCentersurveyconducted
inMarchAprilthisyearandcitedbyReuters
slowed ilai yS% of Egypiians lad confdence
inhim,alongwith72%ofJordaniansand64%
of Lebanese. Almosi q% of Isiaelis assumed
theoppositeview.
ErdogansthreedayvisittoEgyptisbilledas
anopportunityfortheTurkishgovernmentto
boostitsstandingintheArabworldfollowing
thepopularuprisingsofthe"ArabSpring".
ErdoganspoliticalposturingintheArab
woild is especially signifcani as ii signals a
potentiallytectonicshiftintraderelationsin
theregion.Turkeyisbusysportingitselfnot
justasakeypoliticalplayerontheworldstage
butalsoaneconomicpowerhouse.
Statisticsindicatethatinthesecondquarter
ofthisyear,TurkeywassecondonlytoChina
astheworldsfastestgrowingeconomy.
Currently,thevalueoftradebetweenTurkey
andEgyptamountstoalmostthesamevalue
as iiade beiween Tuiley and Isiael. As ile
clamourofthepursestringsofapostMubarak
Egyptcontinuestounfold,reportssuggest
some250Turkishcompanieshaverushedto
invest$1.5billioninEgypt.Turkeyhasclearly
beencognisantofthepitfallsinsouringits
ielaiionslip wiil Isiael - and ii las moved io
miiigaie any adveise eecis on iis economy.
In lis opening addiess io a meeiing of
ArabLeagueinCairoonTuesday,Erdogan
condemned Isiaeli policies and seni oui an
unequivocalmessagetotheperceivedWestern
hesitationtobackarecognitionofaPalestinian
stateattheUnitedNations.Therecognitionof
aPalestinianstate,Erdogansaid,was"notan
optionbutanobligation".HetoldArabforeign
minisieis ilai Isiael lad isolaied iiself and musi
"paytheprice"forrefusingtoapologiseforits
deadly iaid on a Gaza-bound aid oiilla lasi
yeai. Wlen le accused Isiael of belaving lile a
spoiledchild,heearnedtheapprobationofan
ArabLeaguefedupwithleadersbetterknownto
compromiseitsidealsinforeignpolicies.Turkey
A Pew Research Center survey
conducted in March-April this year
and cited by Reuters showed that 78%
of Egyptians had condence in him,
along with 72% of Jordanians and 64%
of Lebanese. Almost 95% of Israelis
assumed the opposite view.
TURKEY WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
las suspended miliiaiy iies wiil Isiael, expelled
iop Isiaeli diplomais, pledged io suppoii ile
Palestinians'statehoodbidandvowedtosendthe
TurkishnavytoescortGazaboundaidshipsin
thefuture.Erdogancertainlyshowsnoindication
ofbackingoutofhisantagonisticstanceagainst
Isiael. "Isiael", le said, musi pay ile piice foi ile
crimesitcommitted."
Erdogancarriedamessageofallianceto
theArabworld,amessagethatwouldhave
beenentirelyimpossibletoconveybyprevious
Turkishgovernments.Turkeywasknownthen
tobepubliclycourtingtheEuropeanUnionand
condescendingtowardsits"backward"Arab
neighbours.Politicalanalyst,ProfessorJuan
ColeexplainstheshiftinErdogansgovernment
asashiftinideologyandidentity.Notonlyhas
TurkeymovedawayfromawoundedTurkish
secularnationalism,butEgypthasmovedaway
fromanaiveArabnationalism.Withthefallof
theHosniMubarakregime,Egyptisgroping
towardanew,multiculturalpoliticsthatmakes
aplaceforMuslimreligiouspartiesandfor
secularistsalike.ManyyoungMuslimBrothers
speakfavourablyofaTurkishmodel,Colesays.
AdelSoliman,anEgyptiananalystquotedby
Reuters,believesthatthoughErdogancertainly
doestalkthetalk,itwillnotbeabletowalkit.
"Tuiley, foi all iis veibal baibs ai Isiael, would
notbreakwithitsformerallyand,asaNato
member,(remains)alignedwiththeWest.
Erdoganhoweverincreasesinstatureas
a ceniial fguie in Aiab poliiics. Tuiley las
beenakeymediatorbetweenSyrianPresident
BasharAlAssadandtheUnitedStatesduring
theviolencebetweenSyrianstatesecurityand
theSyrianpeople.PresidentObamahassought
adviceonSyriafromTurkey,andErdogan
signalledanewroundofdiplomaticpressure
onAssadwhenhesaidthatneitherhenorthe
SyrianpeoplebelieveAssadanymorebecause
hehasfailedtocarryoutreforms."Ascivilian
deathsincreaseinSyriaweseethatreforms
havenotmaterialisedandtheydidnotspeak
lonesily. Ii is noi possible io believe ilis. And
theSyrianpeopledonotbelieveinAssad,nor
do I. We also do noi believe lim, Eidogan
saidduringhisspeech.Erdoganstoppedjust
shortofchorusingthelikesofSaudiArabia,the
EuropeanUnionandtheUnitedStatesincalling
onAssadtoresign.
WhilealltheothercallsonAssadtostep
downhavefallenondeafears,aTurkishcallmay
notgounacknowledged.Erdoganismusclinghis
waynotjustthroughtheArabworld,butacross
theglobe..
Erdogan carried a message of alliance to
the Arab world, a message that would have
been entirely impossible to convey by
previous Turkish governments.
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
WORLD IRAN/US
IRANIAN HIKERS TO BE FREED, AT LAST
JoshFattalandShaneBauer,whomaintainthat
theywanderedintoIranianterritorybymistake
whilehikinginthemountainsalongtheIran
Iraqborder,havebeeninmatesofTehran's
EvinprisonsinceJuly2009.Theircompanion,
SarahShroud,wasreleasedinSeptemberlast
yearon$500,000bail,andreturnedtotheUS.
Now,accordingtoanannouncementbyIranian
PresidentMahmoudAhmadinejadonNBC's
Todayshow,theytoowillbereleasedshortly.
Theyillegallycrossedourborders,and
theywerearrestedbytheborderguards,
Ahmadinejadsaid.Wetriedlastyeartofree
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has announced that the two American hikers, sentenced
just last month to eight years in prison, will be released in a humanitarian gesture. Why now?
Ahmadinejad's address to the UN in New York next week may just have something to do with it. Not to
mention attempts to reopen nuclear negotiations with the West. By THERESA MALLINSON.
Photo: REUTERS
oneofthethreepersons,andwearealsotrying
tomakearrangementsforthefreedomofthe
othertwo.Ithinkthesetwopersonswillbe
freedinacoupleofdays.
Ai fisi glance ilis move seems suipiising,
consideringFattalandBauerweresentenced
toapunitiveeightyearsinprisononspying
chargesasrecentlyaslastmonth.Butseeingas
AhmadinejadissettoaddresstheUNinNew
Yorknextweek,thetimingseemscalculated.
It'snotonlyabouttwopeopleinIran...Ithink
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theproblemisintheapproachoftheAmerican
politiciansandleaders,hesaid,alludingto
theUS'shostileattitudetowardshiscountry.
OK,thesetwopersonswillbereleased.Isit
goingtobeover?Wedoit,forexample,in(a)
humanitariangesture.Isitgoingtosolvethe
problems?Ihopeso.
Ifbyproblemshe'sreferringtothemultitude
ofsanctionsimposedonIranowingtoits
nuclearprogramme,Ahmadinejadshouldn't
holdhisbreath.InalettertoEUforeignpolicy
chiefCatherineAshton,thatwasobtained
bytheAssociatedPressandReuterson
Tuesday,chiefIraniannuclearnegotiatorSaeed
JaliliindicatedIran'swillingnesstoreopen
negotiationswiththeUS,Russia,China,
Britain,FranceandGermany.Whiletheletter
claimedthatIranwasreadytocooperatein
...nonproliferationandpeacefulnuclearco
operation,Westerndiplomatshavedismissedit
as a "claim oensive".
Partoftheletterreads:TheIslamic
RepublicofIranasanactivepartytothe
nonproliferationtreaty(NPT)hasalways
been and is siill of ile fim belief in ile
necessityofrealisationofthelegalrights
aswellasobligationswithoutanykindsof
discrimination.That'scodefor:webelievewe
havetherighttocontinueenrichinguranium,
(whichwemaintainwillbeusedforbuilding
nuclearpowerplants).
GivenconcernsthatIranisusingthis
enricheduraniumnottobuildpowerplants,
butnuclearweapons,it'sgoingtotakealot
morethanthereleaseoftwohikersfortheUS
andotherWesternnationstothawtowards
thecountry,humanitariangestureornot.
BauerandFattal'simminentreleaseshows
thattheyarejustbeingusedbyIranaspawns
inthebiggergameofitsrelationswiththeUS.
(Thenagain,that'swhytheywerearrestedin
ile fisi place.) Ii'll be a luge ielief io ilem io
befreedfromthisentrapment,andreturnedto
normallife.Theirfamiliessaidinastatement:
Whilewedonothavefurtherdetailsatthis
time,weareoverjoyedbythepositivenews
reportsfromIran.ShaneandJosh'sfreedom
meansmoretousthananything,andit'sa
hugerelieftoreadthattheyaregoingtobe
released.
IfAhmadinejadistruetohiswordand
thetwohikersareindeedreleased,soon
enougl we'll gei io fnd oui wleilei lis claim
thatthereare:verygoodconditionsherein
prison...it'slikestayinginahotel,bearsany
relationtoreality.We'renotsurewetrusthim
onthatone.
Given concerns that Iran is
using this enriched uranium
not to build power plants, but
nuclear weapons, it's going
to take a lot more than the
release of two hikers for the
US and other Western nations
to thaw towards the country,
humanitarian gesture or not.
READ MORE:
1. Iran will reportedly release two jailed Americans, in the New
York Times
2. Iran to free US hikers jailed for spying, in the Guardian
WEDNESDAY - 12 SEPTEMBER 2011
WORLD FRANCE
STRAUSS-KAHN IN THE FIRING LINE AGAIN
Itmaybeacaseoftravellingfromthefrying
pan io ile fie foi Siiauss-Kaln. Fiesl fiom
havingrapechargesagainsthiminNewYork
diopped by piosecuiois, Siiauss-Kaln ieiuined
io Paiis io face Fiencl piosecuiois invesiigai-
ing a iape claige daiing bacl io :oo. In ilis
case ile accusei is wiiiei Tiisiane Banon, :,
wlo alleges Siiauss-Kaln aiiempied io iape lei
wlile sle was inieiviewing lim eigli yeais ago.
Siiauss-Kaln's lawyeis claim ilai le iequesied
Monday's meeiing io cleai up wlai ile Fiencl
media call "DSK aaiie II". He would lave been
iequiied io give an undei-oail iesiimony as io
lis side of Banon's sioiy.
Apreliminaryinvestigationintotheincidentis
alieady undeiway, bui ii is noi yei lnown wleilei
Fiencl piosecuiois lave ieacled a decision aboui
Its been a short reprieve for former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn. On Monday, only days after
arriving back in his homeland of France, he was on the receiving end of three hours of questioning
relating to another sexual assault case. By REBECCA DAVIS.
low io pioceed. If iley decide ileie is sucieni
evidence foi a iape iiial, iley need io appoini
a magisiiaie io invesiigaie ii. A fiusiiaiing al-
ieinaiive ouicome foi Banon would be if iley
decide ileie is evidence foi a sexual assauli, bui
noi iape. In ilai eveni, ile case will lave io be
diopped because undei Fiencl law sucl a claige
las io be puisued wiilin iliee yeais of ile inci-
deni ialing place.
Wlai is beyond doubi, lowevei, is low Banon
feels aboui Siiauss-Kaln. On Sunday, sle com-
plained via iexi message io Fiencl news oigan-
isaiions ilai sle was nauseaied by lis iiiumplal
ieiuin, saying sle was aslamed of ile faci ilai
Fiance "welcomes as a leio a man wlo lasn'i
been cleaied".
READ MORE:
1. Strauss-Kahn Questioned on Accusations of 2003 Sexual
Assault, in The New York Times Photo: REUTERS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
WORLD YEMEN
YEMENI GROUP WINS PRESTIGIOUS UN REFUGEE AWARD
InAugustmorethan3,700Somalirefugees
travelledacrosstheGulfofAdenfromtheport
ofBossasoinnorthernSomalia,insmallopen
fsling boais io Yemen, wleie iley ieceived
auiomaiic poliiical asylum. Escaping diougli,
famine and civil wai ilese iefugees undeiiool
a iieacleious jouiney io ieacl safeiy in Yemen.
So fai ilis yeai, moie ilan 6o,ooo people lave
made ile sea ciossing io Yemen fiom Somalia,
biinging ile numbei of Somali iefugees in ile
couniiy io iq:,ooo.
Howevei, ilese aie ile iefugees wlo suivive
ile iieacleious jouiney. Eveiy yeai, lundieds
of Somali iefugees nevei male ii io Yemen alive.
Viciims of ile peiilous jouiney, ileii dead bodies
ofien wasl up on ile Yemeni sloie. Ii is esiimai
ed ilai ai leasi i:o people diowned iiying io male
ile jouiney ilis yeai.
The UN refugee agency announced on Tuesday that its annual Nansen Refugee Award will honour
Yemen-based NGO the Society for Humanitarian Solidarity for its work with refugees and migrants
who make the treacherous sea journey to Yemen from the embattled Horn of Africa region. By
KHADIJA PATEL.
SHS was founded in iqq io lelp ilose aiiiv
ing by boai fiom ile Hoin of Afiica, as well as
theimpoverishedlocalcommunitiesthathosted
ilem. Yemen is ile pooiei cousin of ile Gulf
Aiab siaies and wlile iis iefugee populaiion con
iinues io giow, ile siiain on iesouices is feli by
local communiiies.
SHS sia now moniioi almosi a iliid of Ye
men's :,ooolm of coasiline, picling up suivivois,
pioviding emeigency medical caie and ofien
buiying ilose wlo die en iouie. Tlousands of
iefugees owe ileii suivival io ile people woil
ing foi ile Socieiy foi Humaniiaiian Solidaiiiy,
saidUNHighCommissionerforRefugeesAn
inio Guieiies on Tuesday.
READ MORE:
1. Yemeni NGO to receive Nansen Refugee Award for life-
saving work on AlertNet
2. Yemeni NGO receives annual UN refugee award in
Khaleej Times Photo: REUTERS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
WORLD PAKISTAN
RECORD MONSOONS DEVASTATE A STILL-REELING PAKISTAN
Tle fguies aie noi pieiiy. Moie ilan :oo peo
ple lave losi ileii lives, i.y million leciaies of
land lave been inundaied, including moie ilan
6oo,ooo leciaies of ciops and a ioial of .y mil
lion people, including :. million clildien, lave
been aecied by ile laiesi disasiei io lii Pali
sian. Heavy monsoon iains lave swollen iiveis
and canals in ile souilein piovince of Sindl
causing ile ooding ilai las also biougli ile
commeicial capiial of Kaiacli io a giinding lali.
Millions of people in iuial Sindl aie siill ie
coveiing fiom oods lasi yeai ilai weie ile woisi
evei-iecoided in ile couniiy. Wiil millions of
people siill displaced, ile laiesi oods will piove
an exaciing clallenge io an unpopulai Palisiani
goveinmeni. Lasi weel, Palisiani Piesideni Asif
Ali Zaidaii asled Uniied Naiions Secieiaiy Gen
eial Ban Ki-Moon io declaie an emeigency in
Torrential rains have lashed the Indian sub-continent leaving thousands displaced in India, but
Pakistan has once again been left gasping desperately for help as millions of displaced people are
stranded without food. By KHADIJA PATEL.
Palisian. An appeal foi aid io Palisian will piove
a siiain io ile global aid puise as iS oilei lumani
iaiian appeals iemain open. So fai s(.( billion lave
been coniiibuied, amouniing io jusi ovei o% of
ile aciual needs, wiiloui couniing ile mosi ieceni
needs of Palisian.
Palisian's disasiei managemeni body las been
quoied as saying: "Tle siiuaiion is woisening
eacl day as waiei levels aie iising because of pooi
diainage."Clina and Iian, Palisian's allies du joui,
lave been quiclesi io pledge aid. Iian las iepoii
edly announced ilai ii will donaie sioo million foi
ile ielabiliiaiion of ood viciims wlile Clina las
pledged io dispaicl ielief woiil s(.y million.
READ MORE:
1. Pakistan: Torrential rains and oods paralyse Karachi
in BBC News
2. Report: Death toll in Pakistan oods reaches 218 in Monsters
and Critics
Photo: REUTERS
US 2012 WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
GOP TAMPA DEBATE ZEROES IN ON RICK PERRY
TheMondayeveningdebate,moderatedby
WolfBlitzerandcosponsoredbyCNNandthe
TeaPartyExpress,aratherobviouslypartisan
politicalactionbody,tookplaceinTampa,
Florida.Floridaisastatecrucialforboth
partieshopes.ReliablyDemocraticforalmost
acentury,Floridaisprobablythelargeststate
thatisconsistentlyinplayinAmericangeneral
elections.
Anointed by the newest polling data, Republican front-runner Rick Perry was in the crosshairs of all of
the other participants in the most recent debate over who will challenge Barack Obama come November
2012. By J BROOKS SPECTOR.
Photo: Mitt Romney and Rick Perry. (REUTERS)
Backin1965,ashewasabouttosignthe
landmarkCivilRightsActhehadbulldozed
throughCongress,thenPresidentLyndon
Johnson(aTexanhimself)famouslytolda
politicalfriendthatoncehesignedthisbill
andmadeitlawhedoomedtheDemocratic
PartyschancesintheSouthforatleasta
US 2012 WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
generation.Whilehispredictionlargely
cametrue,paradoxicallyithasalsomeant
theRepublicanshave,inthatsameensuing
halfcentury,becomeastarklymoresouthern
and wesiein paiiy, slucling o ileii oldei
northeastern,internationalist,bigbusiness,
suburbansupport.Asaresult,Floridaisan
importantkeytotheirsuccessinnational
electoralcampaigns.
Thestatehasalarge,variedpopulation
thatrangesethnicallyfromCubanAmericans,
retiredhyphenatedAmericansfromnorth
easternstates,AfricanAmericansand
Whiteruralandsmalltownvoterswhose
sensibilitiesaresimilartothepopulationsof
othersouthernstates.Floridahasbecomea
battlegroundforpresidentialcandidatehopes
overthepastseveralelectoralcyclesand
was,ofcourse,thestatewhereacontested
victoryputGeorgeWBushintotheWhite
Housein2001.
Summingupthetextureofthisnewest
debate,WashingtonPostcolumnistJonathan
BernsteinwroteTuesdaymorningthat:The
problemwithassessingtheseRepublican
presidentialdebatescontinuestobethatthere
areonlytwopeopleupthereonthestage
whoarereally,honesttogoodness,running
forpresident.IdontknowwhatMichele
Bachmann,NewtGingrich,JonHuntsman,
HermanCain,RickSantorumandRonPaul
thinktheyredoing,buttheyarentserious
candidatesforthenominationandneverhave
been.Aretheytryingtowinabookcontract
oraslotonFoxNews?Aretheytryingtonudge
thepartyintheirdirectionontheissues?If
itsthelatterwhyaretheysoobviously
incapableofspeakingaboutthoseissueswith
aminimalamountofknowledge?AllIknow
isthatitmakesithardtosortthroughwhat
eeci, if any, ilese debaies lave on Ricl Peiiy
andMittRomney.
Dothesefolksreallybelievethatthe
biggesteconomicproblemtodayisrunaway
inaiion? Tlai Ameiicans aie despeiaie io iid
themselvesofSocialSecurity?Thatpolicies
enactedbyBarackObamaandtheDemocrats
in2009(whateveryouthinkofthosepolicies)
causedarecessionthatbeganin2007?That
exceptionalismisthebeginningandendof
foreignpolicy?Theaudiencehasbeentrained
byRushLimbaughandGlennBeckandthe
restofthatsquadandthereforeacareful,
cautious,Republicanpresidentialcandidate
whoisperfectlywellversedintheissues,
solidlyconservativeinthetraditionofRonald
Reagan,andknowsexactlywhatheorshe
needstodotowintheRepublicannomination
isgoingtosoundlikeanuthalfthetime.
Specifcally, ile iempiaiion is io slide inio
thelanguageofautomotivewriters:Itest
Florida has become
a battleground for
presidential candidate
hopes over the past several
electoral cycles and was,
of course, the state where
a contested victory put
George W Bush into the
White House in 2001.
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WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
drovetheRickPerrywithitsfast,powerful
moioi, iugged o-ioad lools, bui I found
iis sii sieeiing iends io pull laid io ile
right.ThentherestheRomneythatcomes
withaclassic,sleekchassisthatcomesfrom
generationsofgrooming,butunfortunately
thetransmissionsuddenlyshiftsgears
withoutwarning.Ofcourse,theresarealso
theBachmann,Paul,SantorumandCainon
themarketnow,buttheyareeccentric,even
esotericmodels.Theyhavepassionatefans
buttheysimplydontappealtobroaderbands
ofbuyers.Thatmeanstheywillendupbeing
discontinuedbytheirmanufacturers.
Atthestartofthiselectoralcycle,it
probablydidntoccurtomostthatthekey
issuesoftheRepublicandebatewouldbethe
nefaiious inuence of ile Fedeial Reseive
BankorthepurportedlyfraudulentSocial
Securitypensionsystem.Andyet,onMonday
nigli Ricl Peiiy came undei fie ovei lis
outlierpositiononSocialSecurity,aswellas
hisrecordofcreatingjobsinTexas.andeven
hisearlieradvocacyofmandatoryvaccination
ofTexasschoolgirlsagainstacancercausing
sexuallytransmitteddisease.
Perry,ofcourse,haswrittenthatSocial
Securityisviolentlytossingasideanyrespect
forourfoundingprinciplesoffederalismand
limitedgovernmentandsoMittRomney
hammeredawayatPerryscommentsonSocial
Security,whilefellowTexanRonPaul,assailed
himforstatetaxincreases,andMichele
BachmannandRickSantorumwentafterthe
vaccinationissue.BachmannchargedPerry
hadreceivedcampaigncontributionsfromthe
drugcompanymakingthevaccine.
Sincebeingcalledoutonhisviewsover
thepastseveralweeks,Perryhadbacked
awayfromhisearlierharshrhetoricabout
Social Secuiiiy. Tlis iime le oeied up "A
program(me)that'sbeenthere70or80years,
obviouslywe'renotgoingtotakethataway.
AndthenhecounterpunchedagainstRomney,
accusinghimofstrainingtoscaretheseniors
withthefederalpensionsystemifhewere
elected.
InPerryandRomneysbroedertwis
overSocialSecurity,RomneyinsistedPerrys
positioncouldspelldefeatfortheRepublicans
nextyearanacknowledgementofthe
importanceoftheseniorvote.Perryretorted
thatRomneyhadhimselfarguedinhisown
writingthatifpeopledidtheirownfamily
fnancing in ile way ile goveinmeni landles
Social Secuiiiy ii would be a ciiminal oense.
Comingrightbackathim,Romneyinsisted,
You'vegottoquotemecorrectly.WhatIsaid
At the start of this electoral cycle, it probably didnt
occur to most that the key issues of the Republican
debate would be the nefarious inuence of the Federal
Reserve Bank or the purportedly fraudulent Social
Security pension system.
US 2012 WORLD
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
wastakingmoneyoutoftheSocialSecurity
trustfundiscriminalandit'swrong.
AlthoughalltheRepublicancandidates
havenaturallybeencosyinguptoTeaParty
attitudes,Perry,RomneyandBachmannall
saidtheyopposedrepealingtheMedicare
piesciipiion diug benefi - a iiuly majoi
unfunded liabiliiy ilai is a signifcani
contributortotherapidlyrisingcostsofthe
federalhealthinsuranceprogramforseniors.
Surveyshaverepeatedlyshownthatveryfew
TeaPartysupportersarealsoinfavourof
repealingMedicareorSocialSecuritydespite
ileii coniiibuiions io fedeial defciis.
Infact,thewinnerofthisparticular
debatemayjustpossiblyhavebeentheman
whowasnteventhereBarackObamaas
criticismsofhisadministrationwereless
inthelimelightthanaccusationsbetween
Republicans aboui ileii inieinal dieiences.
Andso,Republicansnowhaveanincreasingly
starkchoice.Shouldtheygowithan
experienced,businesssavvy,mainstream
Republicanwhoisnextinline,andwho
maybeabletooustawoundedDemocratic
president?Orshouldtheyholdtheircollective
breathsandrollthedicewithacandidatewho
saysheispreparedtomakemajorchangesin
governmentprioritiesandspending,butwho
may be way ioo fai o ile ceniie of ile ioad
towinthatcrucialindependentvoteinthe
generalelection.
GiventheimportanceofFloridato
theelectoralchancesoftheRepublicans,
speculationisalreadybeginningthatthe
vicepresidentialnomination,regardlessof
whetherRomneyorPerryistheeventual
Republicanpresidentialcandidate,wouldgo
toFloridaSenatorMarcoRubio.
Thinkaboutit:hesyouthfuland
handsome,notyourstandardissue,knee
jerkconservative,arealFloridianandmost
importantofall,aCubanAmericanLatino
politicianwithcharismatospare.TheLatino
votecouldbecrucialinmorestatesthan
justFlorida,andiftheRepublicansplaythis
elecioial caid jusi iigli, ii migli lelp osei
theDemocratsusualreserveofAfrican
Americanvoterpower.
READ MORE:
1. Perry assailed by GOP rivals, defends his record on AP
2. Rick Perry goes on defensive in Republican presidential
debate in The Washington Post
3. Perry Is Target as Republican Candidates Take Aim on
The New York Times
4. FACT CHECK: Social Security prompts debate miscues
at the AP
Given the importance of
Florida to the electoral
chances of the Republicans,
speculation is already
beginning that the vice
presidential nomination,
regardless of whether
Romney or Perry is the
eventual Republican
presidential candidate,
would go to Florida Senator
Marco Rubio.
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
BUSINESS
BRIEFS BUSINESS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Euro (Reuters)
SOUTH AFRICA
TheJSEAllShareIndexgained
0.6%afteratopsyturvydayon
ile maileis io fnisl ai o,o:.
CombinedMotorHoldings
gained10.5%torecoverlosses
fiom Monday, and Rainbow
Chickenclimbed6.7%afteran
nouncingthepurchaseofBush
Valley Cliclens foi Rq:, mil
lion.Comairledthelaggards
down (.S% io iis lowesi level in
a yeai afiei fling a iiading up
daie wiil Wesizwe Plaiinum,
losing (.i%.
FiisiRand ieveised iwo days
of losses io gain :.y% as ii an
nounced ii would pay a special
dividend afiei full-yeai piofis
soared.Sasolclimbedonthe
backofrisingoilpricestogain
:%. Ii also announced ilai ii
was consideiing plans io build
ile fisi gas-io-liquid plani in
Louisiana, USA.
UK
Tle FTSE ioo gained o.q% ie
versingintradaylossestoclose
ai ,i6y. Financial siocls led
ile bouise liglei as ile Royal
Banl of Scoiland suiged .%,
wiil Baiclays PLC up (.y%. Fi
nancialsregainedsomeofthe
lossesfrompreviousdaysafter
Greekdefaultconcernscaused
woild maileis io sled value.
Caiin Eneigy, an oil and gas
exploiaiion company, fell S.:%
afterannouncingtheplugging
of one of iis laigei oil wells.
Biiiisl inaiion giew in Augusi
asseasonaldiscountsboosted
pricesintheclothingandfur
nituresector.Yearonyear
consumei piices giew (.%
compaied wiil (.(% in }uly.
EUROPE
GermanChancellorAngela
MerkelsaidGreeceismoving
intherightdirectiontore
ceive iis nexi bailoui paymeni,
and wained of diie conse
quences foi ile iegion slould
ile Gieels defauli. Wiil no
programmefororderlyinsol
vency" in place uniil :oi, ile
prospectofaGreekdefault
would lave deiiimenial
consequences foi alieady
shakymarkets.
Tle euio fell io iis weal
estlevelinalmostadecade
againsi ile yen, as Gieel and
Iialian fnancial woes weigl
heavilyonthesinglecurrency.
FrenchandGermanministries
rejectedrumoursthatthey
would announce a joini iniiia
iive io deal wiil ile "Gieel
problem.
Frenchbanksreboundedin
tradingafterrejectingmar
ketconcernsovertheirability
io iaise fuiilei capiial. BNP
Paiibas and Socieie Geneiale
gained y.:% and S.i% iespec
tivelyaftertheSocGenCEO
claimedthebanksexposure
io soveieign debi issues was
manageable.
BRIEFS BUSINESS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Microsoft's Steve Balmer (Reuters)
Tle man wlo iool coniiol of
Argentinascentralbankafter
ii's :ooi defauli, advised Gieece
todefaultonitsbondsinan
eoii io siop ile deieiioiaiion
ofitseconomy.MarioBlejer
was quoied as saying "Gieece
slould defauli, and defauli
bigorfaceanextendedreces
sionfuelledbythesternbail
outpackageconditions.
US
Real Esiaie Invesimeni Tiusis
(REITs) aie aiiiaciing ile mosi
inieiesi in fve yeais, as inves
torsseekinghigheryieldin
vesimenis ocl io ile piopeiiy
bacled invesimenis. Wiil
inieiesi iaies neai zeio and
yieldontreasuriesfallingto
iecoid lows, REITs aie be
comingincreasinglypopular
inlightoftheirincomeand
dividendyield.
Microsoftislikelytodisap
pointinvestorsbyonlyraising
iis dividend iq%. Invesiois aie
fiusiiaied wiil ile s:.S bil
lion wai clesi of casl siiiing in
ile sofiwaie company's balance
sheet.Theincreaseissimilar
toprioryearspoliciesfuelling
investorangst.
Gold iallied in New Yoil iiad
ing as Euiopean fnancial woes
spurreddemandforthepre
ciousmetal.Goldrose0.6%to
si,S:( pei ounce afiei ieacling
iis iecoid level of si,q: on 6
Sepiembei :oii.
CHINA
Piopeiiy piices in Clina aie
sei io decline ovei ile nexi i:
io iS monils as banls ieduce
loanstopropertydevelopers.
Thegovernmentispushingfor
bankstoholdbacklending
asittriestocooltherampant
housingmarket.
EMERGING MARKETS
TheMSCIEmergingMarket
Indexfell0.7%andissetfor
iis lowesi close in a monil.
Shanghaisboursefell1.1%
wlilsi easiein Euiopean indices
gainednearly1%.Creditdefault
swaps slowed a qS% piobabil
itythatGreececoulddefaulton
itssovereigndebtinthenext
fve yeais.
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
BUSINESS AMAZON
AMAZON TO LAUNCH NETFLIX-STYLE BOOKSTORE
AccordingtotheWashingtonPost,Amazon
isthinkingaboutmakinganonlinelibraryfor
ebooksavailabletoAmazonPrimesubscrib
ers.For$79ayear,AmazonPrimesubscribers
getonlinevideoandunlimiteddealsontwo
dayshippingandiftheWallStreetJournals
sourcesquotedbythePostarecorrect,accessto
anAmazonlibrary.
Thiswillbealibraryinthepropersense
ofthewordonlyoldtitleswillbeavailable,
andthereisalimitontheamountofbooks
eachsubscriberwillbeabletoreadforfree
permonth.
Amazonalreadyallowsrentaloftextbooks
tostudents.
Would you subscribe to an online library? Amazon thinks you would. Some say that they are planning
to launch a rental bookstore for ebooks in the Netix mould. Amazon themselves dont appear
to be terribly bullish about the idea their ebook library will only be available to a few. By SIPHO
HLONGWANE
TheWashingtonPostsaid,AccordingtoJour
nalsourcesfamiliarwiththematter,Amazon
istryingtoselltheideatopublishers,whomay
be waiy aboui ile eeci ilai ilai lind of seivice
wouldhaveonthevalueofbooksandtheirpart
nershipswithbookstores.
Thenewserviceshouldgonicelywiththenew
AmazonKindle4,whichanalystssayissomething
ofaniPadrival.Thecompanyitselfhasnotan
nouncedwhenitwilllaunchthenewKindle,but
itcouldbebeforetheendof2011.
READ MORE:
1. Amazon aims for book rental service, says report in
Washington Post
2. Amazon tablet could take on iPad on price, more in USA Today
3. Should I wait for the Kindle 4 in The Telegraph
Photo: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. (REUTERS)
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
BUSINESS TELECOMS
VODACOM THROTTLES HEAVY BLACKBERRY USERS,
MTN MAY FOLLOW SUIT SOON
Accordingtomobiletelecommunicationscom
panyVodacom,theystudiedusagepatternsto
betterunderstandthecausesofcongestionat
peal iimes and one suipiising fnding was ilai
moie ilan q% of BlaclBeiiy daia usage was ai
tributabletolessthan5%ofusers.
InEnglish:theydiscoveredthatatinymi
noiiiy of Blaclbeiiy useis weie ile cause foi
mosi of ile daia iiac ai peal peiiods. Tlus
thesolutionistolimittheamountofconges
iion ilis iilsome minoiiiy can cause by slowing
ileii conneciion speeds down. Slowei connec
iion means less bandwidil consumed, wlicl
males eveiyone else's biowsing expeiience
morepleasant.
Clienis wlo use moie ilan iooMb pei monil
would be moved fiom ile fasiei G neiwoil io
ile slow :G neiwoil. Accoiding io Vodacom's
clief ieclnology ocei Andiies Delpoii, only
People will take liberties when they think stuff is for free, wont they. Vodacom has decided to clamp
down on the most excessive users of the Blackberry Internet Service. By SIPHO HLONGWANE.
% of ileii useis will ilus be aecied. He said
io TeclCeniial ilai usage by some clienis ian
inio ile Gigabyies eveiy monil. "We lad a
documenied case of a usei exceeding ile ioGB
levelinamonth,hetuttutted.
Tle oendeis iepoiiedly use Blaclbeiiy's
"fiee" inieinei seivice (ii aciually woils oui io
aboui R:,oo pei day) foi laige media downloads
wlen ii ieally was designed foi email and in
nocuous biowsing.
Kanagaiainam Lamboilaian, MTN Souil
Afiica clief ieclnology ocei said, "MTN las
seen a signifcani numbei of cusiomeis using
ile BIS plaifoim foi puiposes ii was noi iniiially
iniended foi. MTN is cuiienily exploiing ways
tominimisethenegativeimpactthismight
lave and will communicaie io cusiomeis in
duecourse.
Photo: REUTERS
READ MORE:
1. Vodacom defends Blackberry throttling in TechCentral
2. Vodacom takes aim at Blackberry abusers in Mail & Guardian
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ANGRY BIRDS BUSINESS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
ANGRY BIRDS, THE SMASHING GAME CHANGER
Whatdoyoudowhenyouaccidentallycreate
theworldsnextcraze?Figureoutifits
marketable,ifyoureoftheruthlesscutofcloth.
Butwhathappenswhenyouwerejust
arsingaboutwhenyoucreatedsomething
thatquiteliterallyeveryonewantsapieceof?
InthecaseofTwitter,thefoundersarentin
anyhurrytoturnitintotheirownprivate
Its a ridiculously simple game that has made its way into hundreds of millions of mobile devices around
the world. Its wild success took its creators by surprise, but they are responding now. If youve never
heard of Angry Birds, the Star Wars of mobile gaming, now would be a good time to get acquainted. By
SIPHO HLONGWANE
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mint,thoughinvestorsfromNewYorkCity
toMoscowareslobberingatthethought.
Paii of ile ieason is ilai iley laven'i fguied
howtosellTwittersmostpowerfulasset:its
socialrelevance.Possibly,Twittersfounders
justcantbebothered.Theydidntcomeout
ANGRY BIRDS BUSINESS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
oftheambitiousPaypal mafastableforno
reason.Theresnoburningdesiretoquickly
exchangetheelectronicgrindofSilicon
ValleyforMiamiblondesandyachtshere.
AndsoitiswithAngryBirds.
Thepuzzlevideogamehasbecomea
phenomenon.Over12millioncopiesof
ithavebeenpurchasedfromApplesApp
Store.Rovio,thecompanythatdevelops
andpublishedAngryBirds,saysthatthe
gamehasbeendownloadedastaggering350
milliontimesacrossallplatforms.
By compaiison, ile fisi peison
shooterCallofDutymanaged,aftereight
incarnations,apaltry55millionsellsover
sixyearsbeginningin2003.Farmville,the
farmingsimulationsocialnetworkgame,
isthreeyearsoldandisplayedbysome8.1
millionpeopleeveryday(thegamesarent
quitecomparable,butyougettheideaof
AngryBirdsenormity).
AngryBirdswaslaunchedinDecember
2009toalmostimmediatecriticaland
fnancial success. Cliis Holi ai Macworld.
comsaid,AngryBirdsisanaddictive,clever
andchallengingpuzzler;at$1,itscertainly
worthcheckingout.JonathanLiuatWireds
GeekDadblogwasequallyimpressed.At
only s.qq foi io levels, ii's defniiely a gieai
buyandonethatIvereallyenjoyedforway
toomanyhours,hesaid.Ihadagreat
iime fguiing oui ile besi ways io biing
downthestructures,particularlyonsome
levelswherehittingtherightspotwiththe
iigli biid can male all ile dieience."
Thegamehasspawnedamassive
globalfollowing.Rovionowsellsoverone
millionAngryBirdsthemedplushtoys
andtshirtseverymonth.Thereisaspoof
iiailei io an Angiy Biids Hollywood flm.
AngryBirdsRiowaslaunchedtogowith
ile :oil Ceniuiy Fox animaied flm Rio.
Thereistalkofan aciual flmbasedonthe
game.AngryBirdshasbeenamonumental
success.Sowhatnext,Rovio?
Tle Finns wlo fisi came up wiil
AngryBirdsseemveryawareofjusthow
unrepeatablethescaleofAngryBirds
successisgoingtobe.Theydontseem
tobeevenbotheringwithtrying.At
therecentDisruptconferencehostedby
SiliconValleytechblogTechCrunch,the
NorthAmericangeneralmanagerfor
RovioavoidedquestionsonRoviosfuture
products,andchosetofocusonthesuccess
of Angiy Biids. "Hollywood is loi foi ile
The game has spawned a massive global following.
Rovio now sells over one million Angry Birds
themed plush toys and t-shirts every month. There
is a spoof trailer to an Angry Birds Hollywood lm.
ANGRY BIRDS BUSINESS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
READ MORE:
1. Whats next for Angry Birds publisher Rovio in CNets News
2. Why is Angry Birds so damn popular in PC Mag
VIDEO:
1. Angry Birds in-game trailer
2. Angry Birds: the movie (trailer)
[AngryBirds]brand,andthatthecompany
wouldbeengagingwithnewentertainment
opportunities,hesaid.There'saverystrong
focusonAngryBirdstoturnitintoan
entertainmentfranchise.
Andbeyondthat?Stalbowpointedoutthat
Roviohadcreatedaverystrongdistribution
channelforitself.EventhoughAngryBirds
wasthemostpopularpaidappintheApple
App Sioie, ile company iefused io confne
themselvestotheAppledistributionchannel.
ThegameisnowavailableforiPhone,iPod
Touch,iPadandtheNokiaN900.Itisalso
availableontheAndroidmarketplace,
makingitaccessibletoSamsung,Motorola
and HTC mobile devices. Sony ieacled a
dealwithRovioneartheendof2010,and
thegameisnowavailableonthePlaystation
Portabledevice.InMay2011,aninbrowser
versionofAngryBirdswasputintheGoogle
Chromewebstore,availableforfree.
WhatRoviohasdoneismadesurethat
almostanybodywithamobiledeviceworth
speakingofnotonlyknowsaboutthe
game,butplaysit.Fromthere,anentire
industrycanbebuiltaroundthebrand.
ItissomethingthatGeorgeLucasdid
speciaculaily well wiil ile Siai Wais flm
seiies, and Disney wiil flm fianclises lile
ToyStoryandCars.
No,theearliercomparisontoTwitter
doesntdoAngryBirdsjustice.Thissilly
gameisprobablymuchbiggerthanthe
celebratedsocialnetwork.
ThenextstepforRoviowillprobablybe
io fnally biing ile game io Facebool and
devicessuchastheBarnes&NobleNook,the
AmazonKindleandtouchscreenBlackberry
mobiledevices.
Roviowilleventuallyusetheir
AngryBirdsrichestodevelopanother
multiplatformvideogame.Iftheecosystem
beingbuiltaroundthebattlebetweenthe
fve biids and ile pigs is any indicaiion,
AngryBirdswillbewithusforalongtime
still,inoneformoranother.
The next step for
Rovio will probably
be to nally bring the
game to Facebook and
devices such as the
Barnes & Noble Nook,
the Amazon Kindle and
touchscreen Blackberry
mobile devices.
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
LIFE, ETC
BRIEFS LIFE, ETC
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Rolls Royce 101EX electric concept (Reuters)
USA
Resultswhichmaynotcome
asasurprisetomenwithchil
dren:anewstudyclaimsthat
fatherhoodlowerstestosterone
levels. Tlis fnding is biougli
io you by scieniisis ai Noiil
westernUniversity.Theyfound
ilai men wlo siaiied wiil ligl
testosteroneweremorelikely
io become faileis - piesum
ably because all women wani
io be impiegnaied by an alpla-
male - bui ilai once ileii
paiineis lad given biiil, ileii
testosteronelevelsdropped
subsianiially. Ii's suggesied
ilai ile funciion of ilis, in
evoluiionaiy ieims, is io equip
ilem beiiei foi faileilood by
diopping ileii sex diive and
theirneedforsocialdomi
nance. You don'i need eiilei of
ilose foi clanging nappies and
aiiending PTA meeiings.
BRAZIL
Tle woild can siop lolding iis
bieail. Tle iesulis of ile laiesi
Miss Univeise pageani, leld
in Sao Paulo on Monday nigli,
aie oui, and ile winnei is Leila
Lopes of Angola. Sle beai oui
MissUkraine(secondplace)
and Miss Biazil (iliid place) -
ile laiiei in leeping wiil ile
unocial iule ilai ile iepie
sentativeofthehomenation
hastoplacesomewhereinthe
iop iliee. Miss Souil Afiica,
Bolang Monijane, failed io
biing lome any lauiels.
GERMANY
Wlo'd lave ilougli ii: Rolls
Royce is going gieen. Tle
luxuiy cai company unveiled
its102EXelectricconceptcar
attheFrankfurtautoshow.
Ii's based on ile classic Rolls
Royce Planiom, bui ii las an
eleciiic powei iiain engine.
BMW is also jumping on ile
gieen wagon, wleeling oui
iis eleciiic i and iis iS lybiid
spoiis cais. }usi because you'ie
iicl, ileie's no longei an ex
cusetokilltheplanet.
NEW ZEALAND
Spoileralert:skipthisitemif
you'ie a fan of a lappy end
ing. Tle penguin wlo became
an inieinaiional celebiiiy afiei
losing lis way and wasling
up in New Zealand is missing.
"Happy Feei", as iley dubbed
lim, was only ile second pen
guin evei iecoided in New Zea
land, and was nuised bacl io
lealil ai Wellingion zoo afiei
wasling up on a beacl neaiby.
Bui ile iiaclei iley fiied io
himwhentheyreleasedhim
earlierthismonthstopped
emiiiing a signal on Fiiday,
wlen le would lave been only
lalf way lome io Aniaiciica.
Tley now believe ilai Happy
Feei las been eaien. Life sucls,
lids, life sucls.
UK
Biiiisl ioddlei Emily Baldiy,
fve, las slown an eaily ialeni
foi palaeoniology by digging
upa160millionyearoldfossil.
TheRieneckieodysseuswas
onceakindofmolluscwith
biisiles coming oui of ii. Em
ilynicknameditSpikeasa
BRIEFS LIFE, ETC
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Marks & Spencer (Reuters)
iesuli, slowing sle also las an
apiiiude foi labelling. Spile is
nowondisplayatacentrein
Ciiencesiei, and Emily com
menied upon being ieunii
edwithhimthathe"looks
veryshiny".
HOLLAND
Good news foi ile iiansgen
deredcommunityinHolland.
Up uniil now, a coniioveisial
Dutchlawpreventedthem
fiom iegisieiing ileii new gen
dei on ID documenis uniil iley
lad lad a full sex clange and
been sieiilised. In ile face of
harshcriticismfromthelikes
of Human Riglis Waicl, an
aboui-iuin on ile policy was
announced on Tuesday. New
legislaiion will be piesenied io
ile Duicl Cabinei afiei legal
advisershavevettedit.
SOUTH AFRICA
Anoilei boosi foi ile Souil
Afiican flm indusiiy: "How io
Sieal Two Million", ile debui
icl fiom Clailie Vundla, las
been selecied foi ile USA's
populai Faniasiic Fesi in Aus
iin, Texas. Tle fesiival special
ised in loiioi, faniasy, sci-f
and aciion movies. HTSTM fis
inio ile laiiei caiegoiy, ielling
thestoryofreformedcrimi
nalswhofailtomakeitonthe
siiaigli and naiiow and iesolve
io iob a louse insiead. Ii's goi
some big names - }oln Kani
and Hlubi Mboya among ilem.
UK
DepartmentstoreMarks&
Spencerhasrevealeditselfto
lave a suipiising sense of lu
mour.CustomerBillBennett
wrotetothestoretocomplain
ilai le lad been wiongly
claiged almosi double ile
priceofasalmonsandwichat
anoutletinSomerset.When
hedidnotreceiveanycompen
saiion, le wioie again io de
mand"ahanddrawnpictureof
asmileydinosaur"tocompen
sateforhisinconvenience.Sure
enougl, a cusiomei advisei foi
theshopproceededtosend
lim a gifi caid and a (iailei
good, aciually) sleicl of a giin
ning dinosaui.
UK
As you'll lnow if you'ie a Twii
iei usei, Tuesday was Dall day,
commemoiaiing ile life of
clildien's auiloi Roald Dall.
Bui ile day didn'i iuin oui so
well foi Dall's daugliei So
plie. Soplie weni on BBC's
Radio ( on Tuesday moining
io appeal foi coo,ooo fiom
listenerstomoveashedwhere
Dall did all lis wiiiing io a
museum.Buttheappealhas
caused someiling of a bacl
lasl. Tuins oui ile public
isn'i mad aboui being asled
foi money by a millionaiie
model, maiiied io a million
airemusician(JamieCullum).
Funnythat.
SCOTLAND
A Scoiiisl iadio siaiion las
defended iiself againsi obscen
iiy claiges by claiming iley
believed ile woid in quesiion
iefeiied io an Iialian sandwicl.
Biicl FM was lauled befoie
ile bioadcasiing ombuds
man foi playing a song wlicl
included ile woid punani, a
slang ieim foi "vagina" popu
laiised by comedian Ali G. In
ileii defence, siaiion manageis
aigued ilai iley lad believed
ile song io be maling iefei
ence io a panini, ile Iialian
lunchsandwich.Ofcourse.
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
LIFE, ETC 9/11
WILL IT EVER BE APPROPRIATE TO TELL 9/11 JOKES?
Onthedayofthe9/11anniversary,Carrtweeted:
"Sept11th:dateofterribleairdisaster.When
EasternAirlinesFlt212crashedin1974.Killing
69.Noonewillforgetthatinahurry".There
sponsewasoneofoutrage:manyofCarrsTwit
terfollowersunfollowedhiminprotestimmedi
ately.
Caii is noi ile fisi comedian io fnd oui ile
hardwaythattheworldisn'treadyfor9/11jokes
(atleast,nottheWesternworld.Nowordonhow
theyfeelabout9/11jokesinAfghanistan).Russell
BrandinfamouslyrockeduptohisjobasanMTV
presenterdressedasOsamabinLadentheday
afiei q]ii, foi wlicl le was insianily fied. And US
comicGilbertGottfriedtriedsome9/11materialat
aHughHefnereventshortlyaftertheattacks,say
Is it too soon to tell jokes about 9/11? British comedian Jimmy Carr received an answer to that
question in the way of an overwhelming "yes" when he risked a relatively mild September 11 gag last
weekend. By REBECCA DAVIS.
inghehadbeendelayedbecausehehadacon
neciing igli ai ile Empiie Siaie Building.
ButbothBrandandGottfriedtriedtheir9/11
shtickalmostimmediatelyaftertheevent.What
Carrsexperiencesuggestsisthatevenadecade
later,peoplearentready.Perhapsthisisntsur
prising:66yearsafterWorldWarII,theclosest
wevecometoHolocausthumourisRobertoBe
nignisLifeIsBeautiful,anddespitethefactthat
Benigni'sownfatherhadspentthreeyearsinthe
Beigen-Belsen deail camp, le siill faced fie fiom
critics.
Thereis,ontheotherhand,aproliferationof
Hitlertargetedhumour:fromMontyPythonto
thefurryFhrers.Soperhapsthekeyforanyone
keentogetalaughoutof9/11isinthefullness
oftimetogoafterOsamaratherthantheat
tacksthemselves. Photo: REUTERS
MISS UNIVERSE LIFE, ETC
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
UNIVERSE, WE HAVE A NEW MISS
In this crazy, strife-torn world there is one global event which gives us an opportunity to
come together and stand shoulder-to-shoulder in shared humanity. For a few glittering
hours on an evening of pageant, we remember what really matters: deciding who is the
hottest 18 to 27-year-old woman in the Universe. By REBECCA DAVIS.
MISS UNIVERSE LIFE, ETC
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
MissUniverseturned60in2011,which
makesherjustnineyearsolderthanour
newChiefJustice.Andtheoldgalisgoing
strong:organiserswerepredictingaround
abillionviewersfortheMondaynight
TVspectacle.Thatmeansalmostonein
sixofuswatchedit,whichalsomeans
thatalmostoneinsixofusliedaboutnot
watchingit.
Butwaitasecond,youcry,isnt
therealsoaMissWorldpageant?Whats
ile dieience?" Tle obvious dieience,
youfools,isthatMissUniversepermits
entriesfromtherestofthecosmos,
althoughthisyeartherepresentativefrom
MarshadherBrazilianvisadeclined.
(Pity,becauseapparentlyshedhavebeen
ashooinlegsfromanotherdimension,
theysay.)
No,thisyeartheluckywinnerwas
Miss Angola, wlo ile Hungion Posi
gracefullynotedwasoneofthefew
blacksevercrownedMissUniverse.
ChalkthenameofLeilaLopesupthere
withMartinLutherKingandRosaParks,
andraiseaglasstothepostracialsociety
wherewecanobjectifyblackwomenas
freelyaswedotheirwhitesisters.South
Africa,ofcourse,wasrobbed;asyoull
knowifyouvewatchedtheclipofour
own Bolang Monijane feailessly felding
thequestionsputtoherinthenotoriously
taxingQ&Asectionofthecompetition.
Whenaskedifshebelievedinlifeon
otherplanets(anunderstandablequery,
giventhepageant'spangalacticfocus),
MissSouthAfricareplied:Idonotbelieve
inlifeonotherplanets.Ionlybelieve
thatthereislifeonPlanetEarth.Finally,
theinsistenceonempiricalrigourso
oftenmissingfromtheextraterrestrial
conversation.Onecontestant,whowas
neverinwithashot,wasColombia's
CatalinaRobayo,whoreportedlyhadto
beinstructedbyorganiserstopleaseput
onsomeunderwear.Behaviourgrossly
unbecomingforaparticipantinanevent
synonymouswithdignityandclass.
Canyoubelievewellhavetowaita
wholeEarthorbitoftheSunforthenext
MissUniverse?In2012,ourmoneyson
MissUranus.
... this year the
lucky winner was
Miss Angola, who
the Hufngton Post
gracefully noted
was one of the few
blacks ever crowned
Miss Universe.
WEDNESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
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BRIEFS SPORT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Caption (Reuters)
SOUTH AFRICA
TheLionshavemadethree
changes,includingapositional
switch,forFriday'sCurrieCup
clashagainsttheLeopardsin
Potchefstroom.Amongthefor
wards,JohanSnymanreplaces
WickusvanHeerdenwhohas
akneeinjurywhileatlock,
andMichaelRhodescomesin
ai blindside anl foi Deiiicl
Minnie,whomovestotheoth
ersideofthescruminplaceof
CobusGrobbelaar.
NEW ZEALAND
EnglandTeamManagerMartin
Johnsonbelieveshiscaptain
Lewis Moody will be fi foi
Sunday'sPoolBclashagainst
Geoigia in Dunedin. }olnson
wasfrustratedafterlockCourt
neyLawesreceivedatwo
matchbanafterhewasfound
guiltyofrecklesslystriking
againstArgentina.However,
thatdisappointmentwassoon
forgottenwiththenewsthat
Moodyissettoreturntoaction
andtakeoverthecaptaincy
fromMikeTindall,aftershak
ing o a peisisieni lnee injuiy.
Theeightmatchesplayedsofar
atRugbyWorldCup2011have
resultedinonlyonepositional
changeinthelatestIRBWorld
Rankings.Englandaretheside
ontherise,tradingspotswith
Francetotakeoverfourthspot
andthemantleastheleading
northernhemispherenation
behindNewZealand,Austra
liaandSouthAfricaaftertheir
139victoryoverArgentina.
Truetoform,Francecoach
MarcLivremonthasmade
11personnelchangesandone
positionalswitchinhisstart
ingXVtofaceCanadaonSun
day.WingVincentClercand
y-lalf Fiancois Tiinl-Duc aie
theonlyplayerstoretaintheir
originalplacesinanallnew
backlinewhileAurlienRoug
erieshiftsfromcentretowing.
Therearesevenchangestothe
packwherehookerWilliam
Servatistheonlyplayertohave
startedinlastSaturday's4721
winoverJapan.
UK
TheOldCourseHotel,Golf
Resort&SpaatStAndrewshas
oncemorebeennamedScot
land'sLeadingGolfResortat
theWorldTravelAwards2011
Europeceremonystagedin
Turkeyearlierthismonth.The
OldCourseHotel,locatedon
theiconic17thRoadHoleof
theOldCourseatStAndrews
andknownastheHomeof
Golf,triumphedoverstrong
competitionfromthelikesof
GleneaglesandTurnberryto
wintheawardforanamazing
seventhtimesince2004.
BRIEFS SPORT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Jacques Kallis (Reuters)
Liveipool boss Kenny Dalg
lishhasearnedthepraiseof
chairmanTomWernerwho
reckonstheScotwillrevital
isetheclub'sformerlustre.
Wernerhasrevealedthatthe
Redsboss'slatesttenurehas
insiilled lope ai Anfeld and
broughtfortharealisticgoalof
liftingoneortwocupsinthe
nottoodistantfuture.
FormerScotlandnumbereight
JohnBeattiehascalledforan
extensionofthepremierEu
ropeaninternationalcompeti
tion.Withlessthanaweekof
WorldCuprugbycomplete,the
performancesofsomeofthe
game'ssmallernationshave
causedmanytorethinktheir
positioninworldrugby.Hav
ingseenScotlandstruggleto
siave o Romania, Beaiiie sug
geststhatthetimehascome
tocreateatwotierEuropean
competitionoranextended
SixNations.
INDIA
JacquesKalliswillcaptainthe
KolkataKnightRidersdur
ingtheirChampionsLeague
Twenty20qualifyingcampaign
asGautamGambhircontinues
tostrugglewiththeheadinjury
thatruledhimoutofIndia's
onedayseriesagainstEngland.
Gambhirknockedhisheadon
thegroundafterfallingback
waids in ile feld duiing ile
fourthTestagainstEnglandat
TheOvalandhasbeentrou
bledbyconcussionandblurred
visionsince.
US
Afteraweek'sbreak,theFe
dEx Cup playos iesume on
Thursdaywiththethirdlegof
thefoureventseries,theBMW
Championship,attheCogHill
Golf Club's No. ( couise, Dub
sdread,inIllinois.Theelite
groupofUSPGATourhope
fuls,stillchasingthe$10m
bonanzathatwillgotothe
eventualwinneroftheFedEx
Cup,havebeenwhittleddown
to70,withWebbSimpsonnow
toppingtherankingsafterhis
vicioiy in ile Deuiscle Banl
Championshipafortnightago.
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
SPORT ENGLAND PREMIERSHIP
DEFOE: MODRIC MOVE NOT OVER YET
TheprospectofModricleavingWhiteHart
LanehungoverSpursbossHarryRedknapp's
lead foi mosi of ile o-season, wiil ile liiile
Cioaiian admiiiing le was in favoui of a move
tojoinLondonrivalsChelsea.
Bui ai leasi iliee lefiy bids laiei - and club
chairmanDanielLevyreportedlyrenegingona
piomise io giani ile playei lis wisl io leave if a
biggei club came in foi lis seivices - and Modiic
isstillatWhiteHartLane.
Defoe is ielieved ile o-feld diama las died
down and expecis lis ieammaie io lnuclle
down and conceniiaie on ile job ai land.
Tleie's always speculaiion - ii's paii and paicel
of ile game - and ii will siaii again in }anuaiy,
Jermaine Defoe is relieved Luka Modric is still a Tottenham player, but expects the transfer furore
around the midelder to continue unabated. By Football365.com
said ile :S-yeai-old siiilei.
(Bui) we jusi wanied ile window io close, and
le's leie now and ilai's ilai. He's jusi goi io be
professional.Youcan'tgointogamessulkingbe-
cause you'll gei found oui and lei ile ieam down.
Lula's a good piofessional and, if you didn'i
lnow ileie was speculaiion aboui lim going and
you saw lim aboui ile place, you'd nevei lnow.
He's been good. In pie-season, maybe oilei play-
eis would lave said, 'I've goi an injuiy and I don'i
wani io play', bui le didn'i do ilai and I don'i
ilinl ileie aie many playeis wlo would lave
donethat.
Clelsea's a massive club and ileie was an op-
poiiuniiy foi lim, bui ii didn'i lappen and now
le's goi io gei on wiil playing fooiball because
he'sabigplayerforus." Photo: REUTERS
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
SPORT RWC
VICKERMAN RELISHING THE BIG STAGE
Althoughthepairhaveplayedagainsteach
otherinthepast,Vickermanspentseveralyears
livinginBritainwherehesawhowgoodthe
BritishandIrishLionscaptainisinthenorth
ernhemisphere'sclubcompetitions.
He is a massive fguie, and an inspiiaiion foi
ilai side, said Vicleiman. Tlai 's noi only foi
Iieland, bui foi Munsiei ioo, because eveiy iime
le plays le lifis ile guys aiound lim.
In ile line-oui le is foimidable. Aiound ile
park,heismobileandstrong.AlongwithBrian
O'Driscoll,hereallygivesIrelandthatleader
shipquality,whichissecondtonone.
Alilougl Iieland failed io win any of ileii
warmupmatchesanddespitestutteringtoa
2210winoverUSAintheiropeningmatch,
Vickermanexpectsatoughbattle.
"They'reaveryproudnation.Everytimewe
South African-born Wallabies' lock Dan Vickerman is relishing the chance of facing Ireland's Paul
O'Connell in their Pool C clash in Auckland on Saturday. By PlanetRugby.com
play againsi Iieland, iley come oui fiing,
and leep ile piessuie on foi So minuies.
Whentheygetarollon,theirbacksareso
dangerous.You'vecertainlygottobeonyour
gameagainstthem,"hesaid.
Meanwlile, le's ieammaie Adam Aslley-
Coopei is loping io line up againsi one of
hisheroesinIrelandcaptainandoutside
centreBrianO'Driscoll,inSaturday'sclash.
Biian is a fieal. He cieaied a pieiiy pain
ful iesuli foi us ai Ciole Pail a couple of
yearsagowhenhescoredunderthepoststo
drawthegame,"saidAshleyCooper."He's
aclieved so mucl. All of us in ile Aussie
camprespecthimsomuch.Onagoodday
le's one of ile besi in ile woild. Bacl in
2002IwastoldbymycoachtostudyBrian
O'Driscollbecausehewasthebestatwhat
hedidat13.We'rehopinghehasaquiet
nightonSaturday,"headded. Photo: REUTERS
TENNIS SPORT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
DJOKERS WILD: IS NOVAK THE BEST EVER?
Menstennisiscurrentlyenjoyingagildedage.
Therearethreeplayersonthescene,allmoreor
lessintheirprime,playingthegameasthegods
would.Likeeveryendeavour,tennisissubject
tothelawsofprogress:Itgetsincrementally
faster,tougherandmorespecialisedeverytime
itsplayed.Thisdoesntipsofactomakeitbetter
thanitwasinthedaysof,say,ArthurAshe.But
watchagamefromthaterabeforethelikes
ofRafaelNadalsparentswerebornandyoull
wonderifitwasshotunderwater,withaslomo
camera,byacinematographeronValium.
ThisisnttodenigratethelegendaryAshe.
Rather,topointouthowcarefulweneedtobe
When David Foster-Wallace wrote his rapturous piece on Roger Federer for The New York Times
Magazine, a piece often lauded by people who dont read sports essays as the best sports essay of all
time, Roger Federer was considered by people who dont watch tennis as the greatest tennis player of all
time. Perhaps its time for a reappraisal. By RICHARD POPLAK.
Photo: REUTERS
whenwebandyabouttagthebestofalltime.
Asheplayedthegameaswellashecould,ina
timebeforeracquetandshoecompaniesspent
moreonR&DthanthecontinentofAfricadoes
onmalariamedication.Ashebequeatheda
longlineofexcellenceonplayersthatsteadily
builtonthegamefromConnorstoBorgto
McEnroetoSampras,tonamebutafew.That
line eeciively ends ai ile cuiieni iiifecia:
Federer,Nadal,andrecentUSOpenChampion
andworldnumberone,NovakDjokovic.
WhenFosterWallacewrotehisFederer
TENNIS SPORT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
piece,hewasconsideringhisintangibles:
nothisspeedandpowernecessarily,butthe
metaphysicalwayinwhichheseemedtoread
thegame.WelearnthowFedererwarped
time,andhisabilitytoinvertphysical
possibilitythroughhisinherenttennisgenius.
Thepiececoncernedtheartofwatching
FedererplaytennisasmuchasitdidFederers
actualtennisplaying,butitstillmanagedto
getoneortwooftheintangibleswrong.
Foronething,inthemid2000s,Federer
didnothaveanopponentworthyofhim.
Nadalwasstilltoocallowtobeaconsistent
winnei and Andy Roddicl and Maiai Safn
hadthemisfortuneofbeingborninanera
whenvery,verygoodwasnowhereneargood
enough.IntakingthecrownfromSamprasat
thetenderageof21,Federersignallednotjust
thatanewtalentwouldrulethescene,but
thatanewtypeofbrilliancehademerged.It
was no longei enougl io lave a nucleai fisi
serve,strongmovesonthebaselineandarush
tovolley.
ThisisnttoknockSamprassgame,which
wassuperblyvariedandnuanced.Itsjustthat
hedidntlookvariedandnuancedcompared
toFederer.HelookedinsteadlikeaNike
brandedmannequinholdingatennisracquet.
Itwasshocking.Watchingthemplay,afterso
manyyearsofSamprasdominatingthegame,
wastounderstandtheprocessofevolution
asbothDarwinandthecreationistsdo:there
wasthescienceofthething,andthefactthat
youcouldnotdiscountthesparkofahigher
power.Advantage,FosterWallace.
Butwemustconsiderthetwomissing
componentsfromtheFedererthesisan
edgeandanenemy.Sampraswasanoldman
whenhepassedonthecrown.TowinGrand
Slamsearlyinhiscareer,Federerwasplaying
Roddicl, Safn, Lleyion Hewiii, an ancieni
anddisinterestedAndreAgassi,andavery
youngRafaelNadal.Inshort,untilNadal
cameintohisown,Federerhadntbattled
througharivalryworthyofthename,norwas
heplayingopponentsagainstwhichhecould
defne limself.
We can fddle aiound wiil ile numbei
ofGrandSlamtitlewinsFedererhasinhis
pocket,andthelengthofhisreignatopthe
ATPrankings,butthatwontdoasagauge.
No,whenitcomestothesethings,thestats
failus,astheydosooften.Anditsthe
emergenceofNovakDjokovicthattrulyputs
greatnessinperspective.
Thereis,ofcourse,theproblemof
For one thing, in the mid-2000s, Federer did not have
an opponent worthy of him. Nadal was still too callow
to be a consistent winner and Andy Roddick and Marat
San had the misfortune of being born in an era when
very, very good was nowhere near good enough.
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WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Djokovicspersonality,whichisinsomeways
unprecedentedforachampioninanymajor
sport.Despitehisearlybreakout;despitethe
factthatweknewhewouldbeastarwhenhe
wasstillinhisteensandregardlessofthefact
thathehadsomeimpressivewinsunderhisbelt
withoutseemingtotry,therewasnorealhint
atthedepthandbreadthofhispower.Hewas
ajoker,bestknownforhisimpressionsofother
players,ratherthanhisdominatingthemonthe
court.
ThereisalsotheproblemofDjokovics
inconsistencyintheearlypartofhiscareer,
ile gieai blu of lis iise up ile ATP ianlings,
whichpointedmoretohispotentialthanhis
actualprowess.Butattheendofamiddling
2010,whenhewasmerelygood,heshedthe
lastvestigesofhiscallownessattributeitto
gluien, oi finess, oi ile love of a good woman
andbecamesublime.
ThereisnothingDjokoviccantdoand
watchinghimagainstFedererbringstomind
Fedeiei againsi Sampias, wiil one signifcani
dieience - Djolovic doesn'i male ii lool easy.
Heseemsjustasblownawaybythemagicofhis
playingasweare.DjokovicisdazzledbyDjokovic,
andthatsasitshouldbe,becausesomuchof
wlai le does slouldn'i be possible. Eciency isn'i
partofhisprogramme.Themanisntarobot,
orarobotprogrammedtoplaylikeahuman.If
weoncecomparedDjokovictoIvanLendl,those
comparisonsarenolongerinstructive.Lendl
wasamachine,whileDjokovicisaconjurer.He
iedefnes piogiess. Wlai will come afiei Djolovic,
wewonder?Whatevolutionaryquirkwouldittake
io beiiei lis combinaiion of speed, powei, finess,
control,creativityandyesjoy?No,afterDjokovic
comesthepostDjokovicera.TheOrcswillrule
MiddleEarth.
Andthatsthenubofit.Therewillbeno
postFedererera,becauseFederer,assupremely
brilliantasheis,wasbestedbytwosuccessive
playerswho,byandlarge,hadhisnumber.We
knowthatwhenwewatchDjokovic,andweknow
ilis in ile paii of oui biains ilai isn'i aecied
bystatisticalanalysisornumbercrunching,that
wearewatchingoneofthegreatestsportsmen
ofourera.Weknowthateverygameheplaysat
thehighestlevelisaworkofartthatspeaksto
ourmaximalist,postmoderngeneration.Heis
amashupofeverythingthathascomebefore
limwe fnd in lis lexicon McEnioe, Sampias,
Lendl,Federer,Nadal,thelot.Heisperfection
withoutbeingperfect,scrappywithoutbeingan
undeidog, appably unappable. Noval Djolovic
maywellbethebesttennisplayertoplaythe
game,andoneoftheworldsgreatestever
sportsmen.Game,setandmatch.
There is nothing Djokovic
cant do and watching
him against Federer
brings to mind Federer
against Sampras, with
one signicant difference
- Djokovic doesnt make
it look easy. He seems
just as blown away by the
magic of his playing as
we are.
CRICKET SPORT
WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
THE RISE AND RISE OF JONATHAN TROTT
TheGuardianreportedfromthecampaign
fnale ai Noiilampion: "Tle season diibbled
away and ilen disappeaied in a mood of
incieasing ioipoi. Waiwiclsliie weie ioq
foi fve wlen ile game convenienily ended.
}onailan Tioii lad, by lis siandaids,
ciawled io S".
Tle mind boggles ai Tioii ciawling by lis
siandaids. Tleie aie iimes, mosi iecenily
in England's one-o ODI againsi Iieland in
Dublin, wlen you could ieplace ile iigli-
landei ai ile ciease wiil lis ancesioi Albeii io
minimal disiupiion, and AE Tioii died in iqi(.
Jonathan Trott had his rst full season in English rst-class cricket in 2004, nishing with 1,126 runs
and a title medal. A sign of things to come. By PETER MAY.
Photo: REUTERS
Even wlen upping lis siiile iaie io o,
Tioii iaiely giabbed ile leadlines in ilose
eaily days, playing in ile sladow of lis moie
obviously gified ieam-maie, Ian Bell. Bui ileie
weie pleniy wlo alieady saw lim ciawling
iowaids ile liglesi level of ile game.
Aslley Giles, now ile diiecioi of ciiclei
ai Edgbasion, was capiain wlen Tioii made
lis Beais debui againsi Sussex wiil a ceniuiy
in May :oo and quiclly eaimailed ile
newcomei foi England lonouis.
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WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
By ile iime Tioii, wlo iepiesenied
Souil Afiica ai ile Undei-iq Woild Cup,
lad compleied ile iliee-yeai iesidency
qualifcaiion io go wiil lis Biiiisl passpoii,
ile landscape lad clanged foi ile Cape-
boin, nails-on-ile-blaclboaid-accenied iigli-
landei seeling a iliee lions cap. Beiween
ilai :oo( iiile and Tioii's :oo6 England
qualifcaiion, Kevin Pieieisen lappened.
Pieieisen's emeigence defned Tioii
wlenevei lis ciedeniials weie discussed,
someiling absuid on ai leasi iwo counis. Tle
iwo playeis lad nexi io noiling in common,
besides ileii couniiy of biiil, as anyone
wlo lad seen Tioii bai lnew veiy well. And
Pieieisen was quiie simply biilliani so, even
if Tioii biougli similai iiaiis, wlai was ile
pioblem? One KP is no doubi pleniy if you
aie iiapped in a lifi, bui a ciiclei ieam would
be glad if ileie weie iwo oi iliee veisions of
lim ai ile veiy leasi.
Tle pioblem, of couise, was ile issue of
biiil. Iiiaiional conceins aboui low many
foieign-boin playeis ile England ieam could
iale defniiely made Tioii a less aiiiaciive
opiion as Miclael Vauglan's side siiuggled
io compile laige ioials iliougl :ooy and
:ooS. (Mucl moie ieasonable conceins ai
wly ile England ieam was so pooily seived
by ile Englisl sysiem lave been foigoiien wiil
subsequeni success.)
In paiiiculai, laving benefied so
ouiiageously fiom Pieieisen's falling oui wiil
Souil Afiica, England weie ieluciani io iiy
iepeaiing ile iiicl. "I suppose you migli wisl
Tioii was a bii moie Englisl," wioie Vauglan
laiei.
In iiuil Tioii lad a pooi :ooy limself bui a
siellai season ile following yeai did noi pioduce
a clamoui foi inclusion wiil Ravi Bopaia and
Owais Slal favouied in ile Tesi pecling oidei.
Tleie weie few conceins aboui Slal (boin in
Kaiacli) oi Amjad Klan (Copenlagen), wlo
was capped duiing ilis peiiod, wlile Daiien
Paiiinson (Melbouine) was a seleciion calamiiy
all of iis own.
Yei wlen Tioii's England debui fnally came,
le was siill defned in ile naiiowesi ieims.
"Tioii: I'm fied up by KP" declaied Tle Sun
alead of ile ffil Tesi ai ile Oval in :ooq.
"}onailan Tioii is convinced le can wiilsiand
ile ciusling piessuie of England's biggesi musi-
win maicl foi yeais," ii coniinued. "And le will
iale inspiiaiion fiom Kevin Pieieisen - lis one-
iime ieenage iival in Souil Afiica."
As Tioii limself said, "A loi of people
compaie me io Kevin. I don'i lool io emulaie
anyone."
In particular, having beneted so outrageously from
Pietersen's falling out with South Africa, England were
reluctant to try repeating the trick. I suppose you might
wish Trott was a bit more English, wrote Vaughan later.
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WEDNESDAY - 14 SEPTEMBER 2011
Ii iuined oui, ilougl, ilai ile iwo baismen
did lave someiling in common afiei all: ile
capaciiy io oiclesiiaie an Asles vicioiy in
Kenningion. Aiiiving ai ile ciease ai q] in
ile lome ieam's second innings, Tioii's iiq
deieimined ile :ooq seiies win ilai sei ilis
England on ile ioad io woild numbei one.
Even ilai Saiuiday in souil London,
ilougl, veiy few people would lave imagined
Tioii anoinied ICC Playei of ile Yeai, as le
was on Monday nigli.
Wlen England aiiived in Souil Afiica a
few monils afiei ileii Asles win, lome coacl
Micley Aiilui insisied ile visiiing numbei
iliee would noi male lis own ieam. Tioii's
foim in ilai seiies did noi male a siiong case
eiilei way, bui evei since, le las been piolifc
enougl foi jusi aboui any ieam ai any iime,
scoiing ovei a ilousand iuns in Tesi and ODI
ciiclei in ile lasi i: monils. Noi only was le
decisive in anoilei Asles win bui ai ile Woild
Cup, le slowed ile sieel ilai ile Pioieas so
conspicuously lacl, albeii in a doomed cause.
Lile ile England ieam le las diiven
io laigei ioials and new leiglis, Tioii was
noi boin gieai bui las aclieved gieainess
in a siaiilingly sloii peiiod. His success is
noiling sloii of iemailable - a iesiameni
io ile iewaids on oei foi applicaiion, and a
speciaculai iebule foi ilose wlo believe in
ceiiain playeis possessing innaiely "ilai exiia
liiile bii of qualiiy".
Foi a man paiied and compaied wiil Bell
and Pieieisen iliougloui lis fisi-class caieei,
Tioii is ile one wlo males baiiing laid woil
foi limself and speciaiois alile. Yei le las
accomplisled in iwo yeais wlai neiilei of lis
moie ialenied ieam-maies las managed in six.
Tle man ciawling along las been in a luiiy
afiei all.
As Tioii said limself in colleciing ile
awaid: "If you'd said io me iwo yeais ago ilai
I'd lave won ilis playei-of-ile-yeai awaid, I'd
lave asled you if you ieally slould be oui ai
ilis iime."
Of pievious ICC Playeis of ile Yeai, only
Slivnaiine Clandeipaul comes close foi anii-
leio ciedeniials: loved by ieam-maies and
suppoiieis; a fdgeiing, iiiemovable iiiiiani io
opponenis and iliill-seeleis.
Howevei, a beiiei analogy may be Mile
Hussey ciica :oo]6: a liglily-iaced o-yeai-
old, and wiil ile Tesi and ODI games
appaienily ai lis meicy; ii's diculi io believe
le can iemain quiie so piolifc, bui we can
expeci lim io be aiound foi a long iime io
come.
For a man paired and
compared with Bell and
Pietersen throughout
his rst-class career,
Trott is the one who
makes batting hard
work for himself and
spectators alike.
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