ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

Cyril is just like NDZ, a product of the ANC hegemonic establishment

It was a crucial stress test for Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday when he appeared in Parliament for a question and answer session with MPs.  Analysts would have expected the Deputy President to have been more courageous and critical against the government after an array of scandals have plagued the news cycle.  Most importantly, it is an election year for the ANC, and Ramaphosa has the only option of branding himself as the outsider of the Zuma network. Many within and outside the ANC have placed their bets on…

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JD's Notebook US 

Donald Trump the neoconservative?

On Monday night, during a live televised address to the nation on the war in Afghanistan, President Trump announced that the US military will be sending in an additional number of troops to the volatile middle eastern country. While the President did not specify exactly how many troops, reports confirm that 4000 of those that are serving will be deployed. The U.S. have been engaged in active combat in Afghanistan for the past 15 years that started when the Bush administration launched air and ground invasions against the then Taliban-led…

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JD's Notebook South Africa 

JD’s Notebook: Remember Marikana

Five years have passed since that darkly fatal day that retreated South Africa back to the cruel years of the Apartheid regime. But today was a moment of reflection and remembrance.  Since the death of those 34 miners, South Africa has received a whitewashed Marikana Commission that easily exonerated the executive of any guilt.  For those miners and their families, justice has still not been delivered. But while our government leadership has failed those miners, their families and all South Africans, for those of us that remain, there is still…

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US 

How Trump missed a crucial moment of true leadership

Racism is evil and those who cause violence in its name are criminals and thugs, including the KKK, neo-Nazis, white supremacists. In a press briefing from the White House on Monday, President Trump denounced the KKK, neo-nazis and other alt-right groups following the events that occured in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday. During anti-white supremacy protests on Saturday in Charlottesville, VA, 20 year-old James Alex Fields Jr rammed his car into a group of counter protestors, killing one woman, 32 year-old Heather Heyer and injuring a further 19 people. President Trump…

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International US 

The problem with Trump’s war of words

Tensions between the United States and North Korea escalated to troubling levels this week when US President Donald Trump and Pyongyang entered into a back and forth verbal feud of threats amid further successful missile tests conducted by the Kim Jong Un regime. What started as a threat by POTUS that the US would rain “fire and fury” on North Korea following continuous missile tests by the pariah state, Pyongyang responded with a report on state-owned media that a plan to fire four missiles near the US Pacific military territory…

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South Africa 

Zuma could still go but only at the ANC’s discretion 

A highly spectated motion of no confidence in President Zuma on Tuesday ended in a razor thin result. While there were only 177 MPs that voted in favour and 198 against, it is estimated that at least 30 ANC MPs had sided with the opposition and voted for the motion through the unprecedented secret ballot method. While analysts have already crunched the numbers and speculated the possible outcomes, taking into consideration such elements as the PAC’s pledge that they would not support the motion and the number of absent MPs…

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South Africa 

A secret ballot is not enough – Tuesday’s motion of no confidence could still fail

On Monday afternoon National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete announced in a press conference that she will allow a secret ballot to be used during Tuesday’s planned motion of no confidence against Jacob Zuma in the legislative body’s lower house.  The decision by the Speaker comes weeks after the country’s highest court ruled that Mbete has the constitutional power to grant a secret ballot. However with much suspense and suspicion, the Speaker took as much time as possible in order to arrive at a final decision. Delivering a carefully articulate and…

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Contributors South Africa 

Are we missing the true significance of Title Deeds?

Working for a Political Party means that you are often at the forefront of social change. You have to create a narrative, whether it be your own or a counter-narrative against your opposition. The truth, however, is always found somewhere between the two opposing sides in an ideological no-mans land. The Democratic Alliance as an opposition party has made huge strides to finally position itself as a genuine contender to rule. It has won key metros in the 2016 Municipal Elections and now is beginning to look and feel like…

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