South Africa

South Africa uses mercenaries for dirty war inside Angola

The Guardian, January 29 1981
with Jonathan Steele

South Africa's military operations in southern Angola have grown to such an extent that it is now waging a full-scale war far from its own borders.
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British deserter exposes South Africa's killing ground in Angola

The Guardian, January 29 1981

Trevor Edwards was leading his platoon through a patch of scrubland in southern Angola last October, tracking a small group of Swapo guerrillas. Suddenly two children jumped up from behind some bush and began to run.
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The Man in the Green Blanket - a story about South Africa today

The Guardian, May 19 2015

On August 16 2012, South African police opened fire on a large crowd of men who had walked out on strike from a platinum mine at Marikana, about 80 miles north of Johannesburg. They shot down 112 of them, killing 34.

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Thieves stole everything I had - except the human connections

Thespinoff.co.nz, December 14 2015

There was one single day in March which pulled together the big theme of my whole year.

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Wildlife trafficking - destructive, cruel and a most attractive crime

The Guardian, September 26 2016
with Oliver Holmes

The illegal trade in wildlife is a most attractive crime. It is highly destructive: the scale of the business is now threatening to exterminate the entire global population of some of the world's iconic species. It is also grotesquely cruel: poachers slice the face off living rhinos to steal their horns; militia groups use helicopters to shoot down elephants for their tusks; factory farmers breed...

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