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27 August 2016 08:21 (South Africa)

US 2012: Barack Obama rallies his troops for the final fight

  • J Brooks Spector
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    J Brooks Spector

    Spector settled in Johannesburg after a career as a US diplomat in Africa and East Asia. He has taught at the U. of the Witwatersrand, been a consultant for an international NGO, run a theatre, and been a commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media, in addition to writing for The Daily Maverick from day one. He says he learned everything he needs to know about politics from ‘Casablanca.’ Maybe he's cynical about some things, but a late Beethoven string quartet, John Coltrane’s music and a dish of Pad Thai will bring him close to tears.

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Photo: Spanish policemen guard the surroundings of the residence of a man who was arrested as part of an operation against jihadist terrorism in Ceuta, Spanish enclave in northern Africa, 07 February 2016. EPA/REDUAN

Analysis: Violence is only the tip of the Islamic State iceberg

By Jasmine Opperman
Main photo: Human rights lawyer Chaumtoli Huq was arrested in 2014 on ‘broken windows’ grounds. Photo by Charles Meacham.

Op-Ed: The colour line between black and blue in New York

By Ruth Hopkins
A Canadair plane fights a forest fire in Andreus, Abrantes municipality, Portugal, 23 August 2016. 288 firemen, 82 land vehicles and 5 planes are working to extinguish this fire. EPA/PAULO CUNHA

While you were sleeping: 25 August 2016

By John Stupart
Segments of the new shows are demonstrated during a press event in the 23-metre dome of the Zeiss-Grossplanetarium in Berlin, Germany, 23 August 2016. After 2 years of renovation work, the planetarium is to reopen on 25 August. EPA/JENS KALAENE

While you were sleeping: 24 August 2016

By John Stupart
A handout picture provided by the Bundesregierung on 22 August 2016 shows Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi (C), French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) during a press conference at the end of their meeting on the Italian military ship 'Garibaldi' near Ventotene Island, Tirreno sea, Italy, 22 August 2016. The leaders of Italy, France and Germany went to one of the birthplaces of European unity in a symbolic bid to relaunch the European project following Britain's decision to leave the EU. EPA/Guido Bergmann / Bundesregierung / Handout HANDOUT EDITORIAL

While you were sleeping: 23 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Ira Birch, of Richmond, Virginia, holds two pictures of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with money in their mouths in Cleveland Public Square during the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 20 July 2016. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US 2016: Presidential campaign truth telling and the creation of scripted reality

By J Brooks Spector
Zsofia Foldhazi from Hungary falls off horse Christino during the Show Jumping of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Modern Pentathlon events in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 August 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 22 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 20/08/2016. Mari Rabie (RSA) of South Africa competes. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Rio 2016: USA's Jorgensen wins women's triathlon gold medal, SA's Rabi ends 11th

Photo: Usain Bolt, of Jamaica poses on the lap of honour after winning the men's 4x100m relay final race of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 19 August 2016. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Solid gold Bolt bows out of the Olympics as “immortal”

A handout picture provided by the pro-opposition activist group Aleppo Media Center (AMC) on 18 August 2016 shows an injured child, reported to be Omar Daqneesh, a five-years old Syrian boy, sitting in an ambulance after an alleged airstrike hit a house in Aleppo, Syria, 17 August 2016. According to pro-opposition activists and medical staff, at least eight people were killed, including five children, and several injured in an alleged airstrike in the rebel-controlled Aleppo neighborhood Qaterji. EPA/ALEPPO MEDIA CENTER

While you were sleeping: 19 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Caster Semenya (R) of South Africa competes during the women’s 800m heats of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 17 August 2016. EPA/DAVE HUNT

Rio Olympics: Your guide to the final weekend – highlights, what to watch and more

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump waits to speak at a rally at Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Virginia, USA, 02 August 2016. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US 2016: Is the Trumpster heading for the electoral dumpster?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A handout photo provided by the Office of the President of Taiwan on 12 July 2016 shows an aerial photograph of Taiping Island, also known as Itu Aba Island in the South China Sea, 23 March 2016.  EPA/OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT TAIWAN / HANDOUT

United We Stand, Divided We Fall: ASEAN skirts around the South China Sea ruling

By Mandira Bagwandeen
Peshmerga forces shoot as they take part in an operation to liberate several villages currently under the control of the Islamic State southeast of Mosul, north Iraq, 14 August 2016. The operation aims to recapture 11 villages, according to sources thus far six were successfully retaken with the help of US-led air support. The liberation of the villages from Islamic State forces serves as a buffer zone to protect Kurdish held-cities from IS attacks and is a stepping stone to eventually recapture the city of Mosul itself. EPA/ANDREA DICENZO

While you were sleeping: 16 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: The 2016 Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida, US, 10 August 2016. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

US 2016: Trump vows ‘Cold War’ terror fight, immigrant controls

Luvo Manyonga of South Africa celebrates after placing second in the men's Long Jump final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Athletics, Track and Field events at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 August 2016. EPA/FRANCK ROBICHON

While you were sleeping: 15 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) greets supporters after casting his vote at a polling station in Istanbul, Turkey, 01 November 2015. EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

A Turkmen in SA: Heartbreak of a foreign journalist in exile

An elephant is seen at Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center in Takeo province, Cambodia, 11 August 2016. Conservation non-governmental organization Wildlife Alliance celebrated the world Elephant Day by showing its achievement of Zero Poaching for the Asian elephant population of the Cardamom Rainforest in the last decade. 37 wild Asian elephants were poached in the Cardamom Rainforest between 2000 and in 2006. EPA/MAK REMISSA

While you were sleeping: 12 August 2016

By John Stupart

Review: Get ready for the new ‘normal’

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump gestures and declares ‘You’re fired!’ at a rally in Manchester, New Hampshire, June 17, 2015.  REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Op-Ed: The case for a Presidential Sanity Test

By J Brooks Spector
Gauthier Grumier (L) of France in action against Benjamin Steffen (R) of Switzerland during the men's Epee individual bronze medal bout of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Fencing events at the Carioca Arena 3 in the Olympic Park in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 09 August 2016. EPA/JOSE MENDEZ

While you were sleeping: 11 August 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: Rabat Technopolis (Wikimedia Commons)

Countries as Companies: Morocco’s use of technology for development

By Greg Mills & Dickie Davis
Photo: Zahra Nemati of Iran takes aim during the women’s individual ranking round of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games Archery events at the Sambodromo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 05 August 2016. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Rio 2016: The most inspiring Olympics’ stories so far

By Antoinette Muller
Firefighters battle flames during a forest fire in A-dos-Ferreiros, Agueda, Aveiro, Portugal, 08 August 2016. Ninety seven seven fire vehicles and two airplanes are working to fight the fire. EPA/NUNO ANDRE FERREIRA

While you were sleeping: 10 August

By John Stupart
Photo: Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump delivers his address during the final day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 21 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

US 2016: Trump on the Rocks, ain’t no surprise

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Iraqi firefighters put out a fire at the site of a car bomb attack at Baghdad al-Jadida neighbourhood, eastern Baghdad, Iraq, 09 June 2016.  EPA/ALI ABBAS

ICG: Fight or Flight – The Desperate Plight of Iraq’s ‘Generation 2000’

By International Crisis Group
People watch floating paper lanterns released to comfort souls of victims of the 1945 atomic bombing, on the Motoyasu River at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Hiroshima, western Japan, 06 August 2016. Hiroshima marked the 71st anniversary of the world's first nuclear bombing of the city on 06 August. EPA/KIYOSHI OTA

While you were sleeping: 8 August 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Venezuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, speaks during a government event with state oil sector workers in Caracas, Venezuela, 22 June 2016. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

ICG: Slow-motion Coup in Venezuela?

By International Crisis Group

‘And on this little card are the nuclear missile launch codes, President Trump’

By J Brooks Spector