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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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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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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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International South Africa 

ICC exit will damage SA’s global perception

During a press conference on Sunday, Edna Molewa, the head of ANC’s subcommittee on international relations stated that the decision for South Africa to withdraw from the International Criminal Court still stands, but consultations with the concerned parties remain active. In June 2015, South African authorities failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who was facing charges of crimes against humanity, genocide, among others from the ICC. At the time, al-Bashir was attending an AU summit in Johannesburg and despite requests from the ICC, South African authorities allowed the Sudanese…

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GE2017 International 

Theresa May’s political gambles and her wounded leadership

In an election that she hoped would secure her party an even greater majority, UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan backfired when the the Tories lost their majority in the House of Commons after Thursday’s election, forcing May to form a minority government with the Democratic Unionist Party. With confidence and the polls on her side, Theresa May called for a snap election in April, citing her desire to secure a larger majority for her party and a clear mandate from voters as her government heads towards the much anticipated…

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GE2017 International 

Manchester and London: how national security will dominate the UK election

With just a few days left until voters head to the polls in the UK snap general election, there is no doubt that recent terror attacks in Manchester and London will weigh on voters minds as they cast their ballot. Before, it was BREXIT, the National Healthcare Service (NHS), and university tuition. Now national security and counter-terrorism join a consortium of key issues that parties and their leaders will need to campaign on in order to secure a victory on Thursday. Police numbers Since the attacks in Manchester and London,…

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International 

Two assailants of London terror attack named

UK police have named Khuram Shazad Butt and Rachid Redouane as two of the three attackers responsible for Saturday night’s London Bridge attack. Butt, a 27 year-old British citizen born in Pakistan, was known to police and the UK domestic spy agency, MI5. The second assailant, Redouane, was never a person of interest to police prior to the attack. The 30 year-old self-claimed Moroccan and Libyan national, had also adopted a second identity, by the name of Rachid Elkhdar. Police say they are still working on the identity of the third attacker.…

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GE2017 International 

Your guide to the UK general election

Voters across the United Kingdom will be heading to the polls on June 8th, after Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election in April. State of the Nation takes a look at how the general election works, from start to finish. Background After having secured a majority in the 2015 general election, the governing Conservative Party promised to hold a referendum on the UK’s membership within the European Union. The Prime Minister and leader of the party at the time, David Cameron along with his party had supported…

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International US 

The consequences for US diplomacy after Paris accord exit

At what point do they start laughing at us?… I was elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not the citizens of Paris In a White House Rose Garden speech on Thursday, President Donald Trump announced that the US would be withdrawing from the 2015 Paris Agreement signed by almost 200 countries to combat climate change. Trump cited his reasons for the withdrawal as his duty to protect “America and its citizens” and went on to describe the accord as “disadvantageous to the US to the exclusive benefits of other countries”.…

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International 

What is the Paris Climate Accord?

Following President Trump’s announcement that the US will withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, State of the Nation takes a look at the 2015 accord signed by almost 200 nations, and fact checks President Trump’s claims. What is the Paris Agreement? The agreement, which was finalised by almost 200 countries in 2015, came into affect on November 4th, 2016. The historic accord aims to combat climate change by enforcing a cap on global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100.  The consequences of exceeding this level could…

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