Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Vladimir Putin at the first Russia-Africa Summit in Sochi, Russia, in 2019.
The government must not trample on its own laws and court decisions. Compliance with the Constitution must be the prerogative.
US marines enter one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces in 2003.
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Agencies may make more checks, but they can’t prevent politicians misusing intelligence information, says an expert.
Without a review of what went wrong with intelligence gathering and analysis during the pandemic, we’re missing a golden opportunity to improve our intelligence agencies.
Mondli Gungubele, former minister in the Presidency, was in charge of intelligence.
Having an intelligence service that is not fit for purpose means the country is vulnerable to security threats from within and outside the country.
Debris from the spy balloon has been recovered from the ocean by the US military.
Balloons can still be useful for gathering intelligence when used alongside satellites and aircraft.
While human spies are the best-known way nations collect intelligence, there are several methods countries can use to spy on one another.
South African foreign minister, Naledi Pandor, right, hosts US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, for the SA-US Strategic Dialogue in Pretoria, in August 2022.
Tensions between the US and South Africa – this time over the terror alert – are nothing new. Their relations have always had highs and lows since South Africa became a democracy in 1994.
Members of security forces during an anti-terrorism simulation exercise in Abuja, Nigeria.
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Terror alerts, such as the one recently issued by the US and UK embassies in Abuja, should be taken seriously by the Nigerian government as well as citizens.
Regular intelligence briefings for the public’s consumption have been a feature of the war in Ukraine.
Poor cybersecurity awareness and training of users is one reason for the high incidence of successful cyber-attacks in South Africa.
The hybrid nature of threats to South Africa’s energy infrastructure can only be solved by an integrated solution, including severe sanctions that should include fines and imprisonment.
President Cyril Ramaphosa, right, receives the final State Capture Report from Chief Juistice Raymond Zondo.
The commission could have made more of the evidence and been more categorical about when it thought criminality had taken place.
The aftermath of the looting and violence of July 2021 in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.
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South Africa needs a multi-pronged strategy for building peaceful, sustainable neighbourhoods, communities, and a nation where the rule of law prevails.
Some people are inherently better at tasks like reading X-rays.
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To achieve perceptual expertise, you may need more than smarts and hard work. Research suggests there’s a general ability that may help you succeed in jobs that depend on perceptual decisions.
Words can have a powerful effect on people, even when they’re generated by an unthinking machine.
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Fluent expression is not always evidence of a mind at work, but the human brain is primed to believe so. A pair of cognitive linguistics experts explain why language is not a good test of sentience.
New research has compared the brains of chimps and macaques with those of humans.
Human brains seem to be wired differently to those of chimps or macaques.
Good news for parents…
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A big study accounting for genes and socioeconomic background suggests that video games actually cause children’s intelligence to grow.
Intellectual self-image matters because it’s often a self-fulfilling prophecy: if you think you can’t, you won’t.
Russian forces have the capability to jam signals from satellites, affecting communications and navigation.
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From jamming satellite signals to spreading disinformation, Russia’s military has sophisticated technologies it’s bringing to the battlefield in Ukraine.
Damaged radar arrays and other equipment is seen at a Ukrainian military facility outside Mariupol, Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022.
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As war begins between Ukraine and Russia, a range of stories provides context to help readers understand the conflict.