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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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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US 

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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