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24 July 2016 08:48 (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: A file picture dated 14 July 2016 shows US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) campaigning with Democratic Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine (R), at Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Northern Virginia Community College's Annandale campus, in Annandale, Virginia, USA. US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton selected on 22 July 2016, Democratic Senator from Virginia Tim Kaine to be her pick as running mate for the presidential elections. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Hillary Clinton picks Tim Kaine, sturdy senator, for running mate

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. Donald Trump formally accepted the nomination of the Republican Party as their presidential candidate in the 2016 election. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS.

GOP Convention: The Man Who Sold the World

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: South Africa’s Caster Semenya (C) competes in the women’s 800m race at the Mohammed VI IAAF Diamond League meeting in Rabat, Morocco, 22 May 2016. EPA/ABDELHAK SENNA

Rio Olympics: How do 2016 world track leading times compare to the records?

By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) and Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe (R) after arriving in Harare, Zimbabwe, 01 December 2015. EPA/AARON UFUMELI

ISS Today: As Mugabe fights for his political future, why is China so silent?

By Simon Allison

While you were sleeping: 21 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: (L-R) Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, Kazakhstan’s President and Supreme Eurasian Economic Council Chairman Nursultan Nazarbayev, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Kyrgyzstan’s President Almazbek Atambayev and Eurasian Economic Commission Board Chairman Tigran Sarkisyan pose for a picture prior to the Supreme Eurasian Economic Council meeting to discuss bilateral relations and co-operation within the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), Astana, Kazakhstan, 31 May 2016. EPA/ALEXEI DRUZHININ/POOL 

ICG: The Eurasian Economic Union – Power, Politics & Trade

By International Crisis Group
Photo: A handout picture provided by Turkish Presidential Press office shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaking during a press conference after cabinet meeting in Ankara, Turkey, 20 July 2016. EPA/TURKISH PRESIDENTIAL PRESS OFFICE / HANDOUT 

ICG: Turkey’s PKK Conflict – The Death Toll

By International Crisis Group
A firefighter stands at a road block in Wuerzburg, Germany, 18 July 2016. Reports state that a man allegedly wielding an axe injured multiple passengers on a regional train in Wuerzburg. EPA/Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

While you were sleeping: 20 July 2016

By John Stupart
Main photo: Team Africa Le Mans, Ginetta G55.

Le Mans 2016: Cool Runnings in the South of France

By Greg Mills
Photo: Donald Trump (L) escorts his wife Melania (R) after her speech during the second session on the first day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, US, 18 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

GOP Convention, Cleveland: Melania Trump’s speech malfunction and other curious tales from Day One

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Pro-Russian rebels stand line during the military parade in downtown Donetsk, Ukraine, 09 May 2016. Leaders of self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics (DNR and LNR) organised a Victory Day parade marking the 71st anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II. EPA/ALEXANDER ERMOCHENKO

ICG: Crossing the line in Ukraine

By International Crisis Group
The pack of riders pass by supporters holding a banner in tribute to victims of the Nice truck terrorist attack during the 14th stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 208.5Km between Montelimar and Villars-Les-Dombes Parc des Oiseaux, France, 16 July 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

While you were sleeping: 18 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Police officers stand guard near the truck after it crashed into the crowd during the Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France, 14 July 2016. EPA/FRANCK FERNANDES 

The ‘Wannabe’ Lone Wolf attackers: A global reach of ideas that poison

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a town hall at the Tampa Convention Center in Tampa, Florida, US, 14 March 2016. The winner-take-all Florida presidential primary is on 15 March 2016. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US 2016: It’s time for the GOP Freak Trump Show, a.k.a. the Republican Convention

By J Brooks Spector
Main photograph: Delville Wood’s haunting cemetery. (Justin Fox)

Into Devil’s Wood: Where poppies grow and South African men came to die

By Justin Fox
Photo: A file picture dated 19 February 2016 and made available by the official North Korean newspaper Rodong Sinmun via Yonhap News Agency (YNA), shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-un speaking during a commendation ceremony for the scientists, technicians, workers and officials who contributed to the recent successful launch of a satellite, in Pyongyang, North Korea. EPA/RODONG SINMUN

Letter to the Editor: Dirty articles criticising Supreme leader

By Daily Maverick Staff Reporter
Photo: Turkish soldiers block the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, 15 July 2016. EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

Turkish military launches coup

Photo: People participate in the Dallas Strong Candlelight Vigil at the Dallas City Hall Plaza in Dallas, Texas, USA, 11 July 2016. Five officers died after an ambush assault by a gunman during a protest rally in Dallas on 07 July. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

Op-Ed: How This Became the Era of the Gunman

By John Feffer
Photo: Republican Representative Mike Pence of Indiana (C) speaks during a news briefing on Capitol Hill in Washington DC, US, 22 October 2009. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

The Donald about to pick Mike Pence for running mate. Mike, WHO?

By J Brooks Spector
South Africans gather in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement outside the US embassy in Cape Town, South Africa, 13 July 2016. The protest organised by the Black Solidarity Movement handed over a memorandum to a representative of the US embassy saying US citizens are not welcome in South Africa and warned the US against killing black people in America and elsewhere. The protestors were initially prevented from nearing the embassy but later allowed access to the entrance of the embassy where they met a representative under a heavy police presence. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 14 July

By John Stupart
Photo: A photograph dated 14 February 2015 of fishermen carrying red snapper fish from their boat to be weighed on a scale in Watamu, a small village located on the Kenyan coast, 556.7km from Nairobi, after spending 24 hours on the shores of Indian ocean fishing them.  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

ICG Analysis: Landmark South China Sea ruling could revive negotiations

By International Crisis Group
A rider descends in the mist and rain from the Pyrenees during the 10th stage of the 103rd edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 197km between Escaldes-Engordany and Revel, France, 12 July 2016. EPA/YOAN VALAT

While you were sleeping: 13 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: (Left) British Home Secretary Theresa May waves on her arrival at Number 10 Downing Street to attend the last cabinet meeting hosted by British Prime Minister David Cameron in Westminster, central London, England, 12 July 2016. Cameron will resign on 13 July 2016 with Theresa May due to take over as Prime Minister later that day. EPA/WILL OLIVER (Right) Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and former Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (R) hug as they appear together at an event at Portsmouth High School in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, US, 11 July 2016. Sanders, who had run against Clinton in the Democratic Primary, endorsed Clinton at the event. EPA/CJ GUNTHER

Race to Power: May brings air of cool to the UK’s hot July, Bernie in Hillary’s corner (finally)

By J Brooks Spector
French President Francois Hollande (L) shakes hands with South Africa President Jacob Zuma (R) prior to a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, 11 July 2016. Zuma is in Paris for a three-day official state visit. EPA/CHRISTOPHE PETIT TESSON

While you were sleeping: 12 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Federal and State officials investigate the crime scene where Micah Johnson gunned down twelve police officers, in Dallas, Texas, US, 8 July 2016. On 07 July 2016, military veteran Micah Johnson open fire during a peaceful protest held in response the killing of two black men by police in Minnesota and Louisiana; Johnson killed five police officers and injured seven. EPA/RALPH LAUER CORBIS

Dallas, Texas: Death and distrust return to the streets that once changed America forever

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane is seen on a TV monitor speaking during a press conference with US Secretary of State John Kerry (not pictured) at the State Department in Washington, DC, USA 16 September 2015. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

How the Maite Have Fallen: Whatever happened to informed, worldwise foreign ministers?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto (unseen) speak during a joint statement at Los Pinos presidential house in Mexico City, Mexico, 08 June 2016. EPA/MARIO GUZMAN

Open letter to Indian PM Narendra Modi: Leave Lawyers Collective alone

By Daily Maverick
Former British prime minister Tony Blair speaks during a press conference in response to the Chilcot Iraqi Inquiry, at the Admiralty House, London, Britain, 06 July 2016. Tony Blair said: 'I express more sorrow, regret and apology than you may ever know or can believe'. Mr Blair said that the report contained 'serious criticisms' but showed that 'there were no lies, Parliament and the Cabinet were not misled, there was no secret commitment to war, intelligence was not falsified and the decision was made in good faith'. The Chilcot Inquiry, chaired by Sir John Chilcot, examines the circumstances surrounding the British Governments involvement in the 2003 Iraq War. EPA/STEFAN ROUSSEAU

While you were sleeping: 7 July 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Mali President Boubacar Keita at the airport in Bamako, Mali, 12 February 2016. EPA/WOLFGANG KUMM

ICG: Central Mali – an uprising in the making?

By International Crisis Group