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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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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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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JD's Notebook US 

JD’s Notebook: White House shakeup

Last Friday President Trump announced on Twitter that he was replacing White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus with Homeland Secretary General John Kelly.  The sudden change in one of his senior staff positions came exactly a week after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resigned following the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director, who subsequently resigned on Monday. While the President’s legislative agenda has been nothing but an embarrassing failure after Republican Senators once again, failed to follow up on their seven year promise to repeal Obamacare, Trump…

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South Africa US 

This week in pictures: July 17th – 23rd

The ANC MP launched her campaign for the ANC presidency at the Walter Sisulu square in Kliptown on Saturday.   The President is also concerned that the investigation is widening and told the New York Times this week that any probe into family finances would be out of bounds.   Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders will replace Spicer in August when he is set to leave while New York City Hedge Fund manager Anthony Scaramucci will assume the role of White House Communications Director.

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JD's Notebook US 

JD’s notebook: a thought on race politics in 2017 America

The phenomena of Trump’s election was something far more dynamic than just a political mandate from the masses of people that found a romance with the the Republican candidate’s populist style. This was an explicit indication of the direction of America’s social politics.   During the Obama years, race fared as a far more negative issue than expected during the country’s first black presidency.   The nation was subjected to a kaleidoscope of mass conspiracies, originating from the right, mostly concerned with Obama’s Kenyan ancestry and natural-born citizenship. The rhetoric…

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US 

How healthcare is hampering the GOP

After having kept negotiations and talks behind closed doors, Senate Republicans publicly released their version of the Obamacare repeal and replace on Thursday, following days of criticism from both sides of the aisle on the secretive, clandestine nature of the Bill’s drafting. The 142 page Bill, dubbed as the Better Care Reconciliation Act differs slightly to the House version, the American Health Care Act that was passed in the lower chamber last month.  The BCRA will see cuts to spending for low-income and middle-income Americans and consequently uses the savings…

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Democrats are still making the 2016 mistake

A highly spectated special election in Georgia’s 6th on June 22nd saw Karen Handel became the first Republican woman from the state to be elected to the US Congress, defeating her Democratic opponent Jon Ossof with a 3.8 percent margin victory. In a House race that saw both parties pour millions of dollars into a single Congressional seat ended in an absolute humiliation for the Democratic party, having outspent the Handel campaign $23.6 million to $4.5 million. Georgia’s 6th Congressional seat was up for election since it was vacated by…

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Comey strikes back

Former FBI Director James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Thursday was a much anticipated event that confirmed what we all suspected. Facing several questions from members of the committee, Comey was able to answer much needed queries on his interactions with President Trump, including a late January dinner at the White House where the President asked Comey for his loyalty and an Oval Office encounter that saw the President ask the Director to let go of the investigation into Michael Flynn. In his testimony, Comey expressed concern…

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