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ELLISON OR PEREZ FOR TOP DNC JOB

The Democratic Party are about to announce the next chair of the party’s national committee. The frontrunners are former Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Congressman Keith Ellison. Both represent two conflicting factions within the party, the progressives – largely inspired by Bernie Sanders during the election, and the establishment – the career politicians who were hoping for a 2nd Clinton president. Ellison is strongly supported by the progressives and Perez is safely favoured by the establishment left. But what does this mean for the future of the Democratic Party heading…

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US 

WATCH OUT FOR NORTH KOREA, PRESIDENT TRUMP!

Okay, so 2 days ago, North Korea launches an intermediate-range ballistic missile that subsequently landed in the Sea of Japan, after a 310-mile travel from the North Pyongan province. Unsurprisingly, this supposed test was conducted while President Trump was hosting Shinzō Abe, the Japanese Prime Minister. Earlier today, major US and International news networks reported that Kim Jong-un’s half-brother, Kim Jong-nam, has died following a sudden illness. However, Al Jazeera has reported that South Korean media are calling it an assassination by poison, conducted by North Korean operatives. The rest…

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South Africa 

SONA 2017: A REFLECTION OF THE FRUSTRATED SOUTH AFRICAN

Once again, on Thursday evening, South Africans were treated to a greatly entertaining SONA ceremony. Filled with racial insults between MPs, attacks on Zuma’s eligibility of being president and of course, the much anticipated WWE-style removal of the EFF by the so-called ‘white shirts’ after refusing to sit down and remain silent. Naturally, the couch critics of our country came out on social media, airing their disgust and embarrassment of our Parliament, adding the typical, expected question of ‘what does the rest of the world think of us?’ Our country’s…

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South Africa 

MAKE OUR BEACHES BOOZE FREE

Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip banned all alcohol on beaches across the metro. However, some ANC councillors in the city are calling for that ban to be lifted due to many beachgoers having no place to enjoy themselves as they “do not have swimming pools at home”. Right. My ignorance is so bliss that I forgot one NEEDS alcohol at the beach in order to enjoy themselves. That humanity owns such beaches and we can do whatever we please without suffering any consequences of our actions. Dear…

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South Africa 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING TONIGHT’S SONA PROCEEDINGS

1: The EFF will most certainly interrupt the speech, firstly, by attempting to prevent Zuma from speaking, and secondly, during Zuma’s first few lines. 2: The DA will find some reason to raise a provocative objection. This could be anything. As an opposition party, they’re going to need to score brownie points with voters by exhibiting some form of watchdog persona tonight. 3: Baleka Mbete, a candidate for ANC President, will be accused of something; perhaps being a biased Speaker or Zuma protector, or a so-called Zupta. 4: Guptas, state…

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South Africa 

EXTRA SECURITY FOR SONA – ZUMA SCARED?

441 SANDF soldiers deployed for security during SONA proceedings and barbed wire courteously delivered by riot police. We are not fooled by this Machiavellian approach. The Presidency and the National Security community are trying to put fear in potential threats of SONA, such as the EFF, who have endured physical confrontations with security during the 2015 and 2016 SONAs. However, what the National Security community is not telling us is that there is a possibility of more violence erupting from outside parliament during tonight’s proceedings. One does not simply deploy…

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South Africa 

5 TOPICS TO EXPECT FROM ZUMA’S SONA

Tonight’s address will be an absolute whitewash speech for the ANC. We’re not going to hear anything negative about government leadership. So here are a few key points I predict will be mentioned by the President; 1: Zuma will discuss government’s victory in signing the R3500 minimum wage bill. 2: Possible mention of the legalisation of medicinal cannabis. A crucial piece of legislation that can help the ANC swing undecided liberals to their side. 3: Zuma will highlight the ANC victories in other municipalities during the August local elections. He…

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US 

TRUMP EDUCATION PICK TO WIN OR NOT TO WIN?

Tonight, The US Senate will vote on whether or not to confirm President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos. DeVos, the former Republican Party Chair of Michigan, could face a tie in tonight’s vote. At least 2 Republican Senators have confirmed their decision to vote no on the nomination. DeVos has come under left-wing criticism for her school choice policies, often likening it some bourgeoisie state capture as the first step in privatising the American public education system. Contrary to that, Republicans have romanticised de Vos’ potential succession…

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Book Reviews International US 

DEBRIEFING THE PRESIDENT – JOHN NIXON

It’s no secret that there is still a whole lot more to the Iraq War that we do not know about. However, it is with clear articulation through former CIA Analyst, John Nixon’s words, that what preceded the invasion, was a very confused, naïve, and trigger-happy US government, with a tough decision to make. While minimal portions throughout the novel are redacted in a clandestine-turned-The Blacklist narrative, Nixon seems to adopt a Colin Powell liberal-style stance towards the Iraq War, making one question, which factions within the Bush administration, closest…

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