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US-Cuba deal ‘was about Latin America’

18 December 2014 6:38

United States relations with Latin America have been rocky at best, with increasing pressure on President Barack Obama to build bridges to Cuba. Cuba, for its part, is struggling economically. The Obama administration is the first to admit that growing world pressure to make things right with Cuba played a role in yesterday’s end to a 50-year stalemate. It was bad enough that regional powers ganged up on President Barack…

Hero worship: North Koreans bow to bronze statues of North Korea’s late founder Kim Il Sung and late leader Kim Jong Il at Mansudae in Pyongyang on Tuesday (December 16 2014) to mark the third anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il.

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ANC prepares for EFF ‘mass exodus’

17 December 2014 17:14

The African National Congress has called on its members and leaders to ready themselves for the return of EFF members to the ruling party. “This mass exodus of EFF members back to the ANC is imminent given the high degree of unhappiness among its members and dictatorial leadership,” said ANC spokesperson Zizi Kodwa today. The […]

Masualle upbeat for 2015 in classrooms, council chambers

@LubabaloNgcukan 17 December 2014 15:13

The school holidays have only just begun, but Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle says it’s “all systems go” for the province’s 2015 academic year.

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    Musician John Legend and his wife, model Chrissy Teigen, sponsored food trucks in New York so that crowds protesting against the Michael Brown and Eric Garner killings by white ­policemen didn’t have to go hungry. They paid for the trucks on behalf of a Twitter-based activist group, Operation Help or Hush. Nice to know the gorgeous couple are good citizens, too.

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    ‘Harsh’ and ‘abhorrent’ were the toughest words CIA boss John Brennan could find to defend revelations that his agency tortured and brutalised detainees after 9/11. Declassified pages from a massive secret report exposed ­harrowing details of just how the agency operated – and how the US government knew all about it.

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    Chad le Clos keeps getting ­better every time he dives into a swimming pool. On Thursday night, he broke ­another world record and picked up a second gold medal at the world short-course championships in Qatar. The young swimmer is the kind of sports star who makes us look ­forward to the next Olympics. After all, he’s our golden boy.

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    We all have bad days at work, but it seems a little career limiting to complain publicly about how much the job bores us. Gauteng’s ­community safety MEC, Sizakele Nkosi-Malobane, who earns R1.7 million a year, took to ­Facebook to bemoan the “boring” legislature this week. We’re sorry your life’s so tough, ma’am.

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    Only in South Africa would a puppet emerge as the champion of the ­freedom of speech and the battle against racism. Puppet Chester Missing claimed victory for these causes when he ­defeated Steve Hofmeyr and his ­representative Dan Roodt in court this week. ­
    Viva SA’s favourite puppet. Viva!

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    Spare a thought for poor Dan Roodt, whose life in post-1994 South Africa is worse than we thought. Roodt, who represented Steve Hofmeyr against Chester Missing, told 702 that Hofmeyr and other Afrikaans pop singers were the only “consolation” Afrikaners had now that ­democracy is here to stay. Someone buy the man a Beyoncé CD.

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    Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC deputy ­president and leader of the ANC’s ­political committee in ­Parliament, made an effort to rise above the petty politics of political parties to provide a solution to arrest the decline of the ­institution. Although his deal fell apart after reaching the parties’ caucuses, his efforts were a step in the right ­direction and should continue.

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    Political parties in Parliament should be ashamed of themselves for further dragging down the name and reputation of the institution. Even with attempts to mediate a solution to restore Parliament’s dignity, the hostility among MPs appears to be deep-seated. At this rate, we’re not far from open ­violence in the House.

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    Deputy Chief Justice Dikgang Moseneke deserves kudos for asking uncomfortable questions and provoking discussions about how power is dispersed in our democratic dispensation. He is correct to ask if we need future presidents to have sweeping powers, and his critique of land reform, the access to justice and inequality is pertinent.

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    Unpatriotic and “prima donna” behaviour will take you nowhere. Bafana Bafana midfielder May Mahlangu this week shunned the national team’s call, citing fatigue. Mahlangu has no one else to blame but himself if he does not feature for Bafana ever again after Safa imposed an immediate ban on him from playing for the team.

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It cannot be true that everything is going well with textbook delivery when there are only half the books needed in storage being delivered.
A senior official in the department on textbook delivery in Limpopo for 2015

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