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3 May 2016 10:30 (South Africa)
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Released into freedom's chains

  • Greg Nicolson
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    Greg Nicolson

    Nicolson left his hometown of Melbourne to move to Johannesburg, beset by fears Australia was going to the dogs. With a camera and a Mac in his bag, he ventures out to cover power and politics, the lives of those included and those excluded. He can be found at the tavern, searching for a good story or drowning a bad one.

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Jorgo Riss, the director of Greenpeace EU, addresses a news conference to comment on the findings from analysis of the negotiating texts of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), at the Résidence Palace in Brussels, Belgium, 02 May 2016. Greenpeace Netherlands has made these documents publically available to bring some much-needed transparency to the debate on the TTIP. Greenpeace has had its grave concerns for environment and public health confirmed, and has invited others with expertise in different areas to view the documents and analyse the impact of this trade deal, Greenpeace said. EPA/LAURENT DUBRULE

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Photo of #RUReferenceList protest by Rhodes University.

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Main photo:  Hovering over Orlando Stadium and Soweto on Saturday, an enormous EFF flag was being dragged by a helicopter. Some supporters were angered when a plane carrying a DA banner circled the stadium, but they pointed out that the EFF flag was much larger. (Greg Nicolson)

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Five cows look for food as they stand on a snow-covered meadow near Degenfeld, Germany, 26 April 2016. Parts of Germany have been hit by heavy snowfall.  EPA/JAN-PHILIPP STROBEL

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Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma arrives at a plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit in Margarita Island September 27, 2009. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi urged African and South American leaders on Saturday to strive for a new world order countering Western economic dominance. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

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A South African woman looks out the window of a derelict building as she watches thousands of South Africans protesting against president Jacob Zuma through the streets of Cape Town, South Africa 27 April 2016. Tens of thousands of South Africans protested across the country against president Zuma. The embattled president surrounded by corruption scandals has most recently been found guilty by South Africa's highest court the Constitutional Court for speding state funds on his private residence Nkandla. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma introduces Minister of State Security David Mahlobo to President of Angola Josѐ Eduardo Dos Santos on arrival. President Zuma is on a working visit to Angola. The President is accompanied by the Minister of State Security, Mr David Mahlobo. 24/11/2015 (Photo: GCIS)

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Photo: Participants in The People’s Assembly made up of civil society leaders and ordinary people hold placards as they take part in a rally to pressure the government into impeaching or demanding the resignation of South African President Zuma, Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 April 2016. About 75 civil society groups including those from churches, Corruption Watch and Section 27, are united in calling for the resignation of the president after he was found by the Constitutional Court to have illegally benefitted from upgrades to his personal homestead known as Nkandla. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI

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