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4 reasons why Oprah would be a great Democratic Party nominee for President

Two sources close to the queen of talk show, Oprah Winfrey confirmed that the television personality was ‘actively considering’ a run for the US Presidency in 2020, CNN reported on Monday. Many individuals close to Oprah have been urging her to run and the conversation about her possible bid for the Presidency has been active for several months. While many social media users have expressed optimism at the possibility of a Winfrey candidacy, analysts have pointed out that Americans might be sceptical in electing a TV star twice in a…

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#ANC54 Latest South Africa 

6 tasks for the newly elected ANC president

With teary eyes and a beaming expression after learning he was the new ANC president, Cyril Ramaphosa and his supporters sighed relief knowing their victory had probably saved the party they so dearly loved from a continuation of the Zuma dynasty that had brought the ANC into such disrepute over the past ten years. But while it was a time worth celebration and unity, no one could erase the thoughts at the back of their mind of the daunting tasks that lay ahead for the new President. Ramaphosa, who campaigned…

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#ANC54 Latest South Africa 

Zuma’s final hustle to protect the family dynasty

In an unexpected announcement that preceded the ruling party’s highly contested national conference, President Zuma informed the nation that government will subsidise free education for poor and working class students – a stark contradiction of the recommendations by the Heher Commission. Besides the timeous nature of the announcement, several delegates from Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State and North-West were ruled as invalid following a series of court rulings on Friday. Not only did this prove to be another frustrating headache for the party leadership, it nevertheless, without doubt, enticed panic in…

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South Africa 

Cabinet reshuffle – a brutal swipe at dissidents, reward for loyalists

It’s really obvious that this cabinet reshuffle was a front to rid Blade Nzimande from Cabinet.  Who were the most critically vocal about Zuma within the tripartite alliance in recent months? the SACP. This is the one thing that the Zuma cabal are always guaranteed to do – anyone in close proximity the President – whether they are in cabinet, the ANC NEC or Parliament, who betray the tacit agreement of no public criticism towards the President – will be either be downgraded with redeployment or axed.  Not only is this a…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

Zuma strikes back: Mrs Dlamini-Zuma goes to Parliament

Never has the common expression “desperate times call for desperate measures” ever been more applicable to contemporary South African politics until this week, when ANC presidential hopeful and former African Union Chair Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was sworn in as an Member of Parliament. The postulated desperate move for the NDZ camp has only confirmed the public sentiment of how far Zuma is willing to go to ensure his ex-wife succeeds him.  What South Africans have witnessed once again is the political patronage of Jacob Zuma in action. The President has never…

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ANC Presidential Race South Africa 

5 reasons why the Ramaphosa extramarital campaign backfired

A week after the Sunday weekly national papers covered the story of Cyril Ramaphosa’s alleged extramarital affairs, the story political enemies of the Deputy President hoped would damper his chances at succeeding Zuma as ANC president, has seem to failed. The story which originated from leaked emails of the Deputy President’s private Google accounts claimed Ramaphosa has had multiple relationships.  The ANC Presidential hopeful denied such claims and only acknowledged an affair with a Limpopo doctor eight years ago – five years before he became Deputy President. Here are five…

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Book Reviews International US 

No is not enough – Naomi Klein

If there is one aspect of Klein’s writings that any progressive can appreciate, it would be her staunch critiques of a neoliberal economic system that she finds to be failing in a multitude of consequences. From the writer of No Logo, The Shock Doctrine and This Changes Everything, Klein now discusses the phenomena of shock politics, and how this relatively little-known conception played a pivotal role during the nail-biting election night of 2016 and the weeks and months that subsequently followed. Introducing this topic on the basis of the ‘shock doctrine’…

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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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