Analysis of the third kind
26 June 2016 15:42 (South Africa)

From Amazon women to GI Jane

  • 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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Bodza, a young pumi dog, plays in a park in Debrecen, 226 kilometers east of Budapest, Hungary, 23 June 2016. The American Kennel Club announced on 22 June 2016, that it is recognizing the high-energy Hungarian herding dog pumi (POOM'-ee). It's the 190th breed to join the roster of Americas oldest purebred dog registry. EPA/ZSOLT CZEGLEDI HUNGARY OUT

While you were sleeping: 24 June 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. Workers of Venezuela state oil sector mobilized themselves in a march heading to Miraflores presidential palace to support the head of state, Nicolas Maduro, and in ‘defence of the homeland’. President Maduro and Thomas Shannon, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs of United States, met in Caracas to try to open a dialogue between the two countries which maintain diplomatic relations in minimum low. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

ICG: Venezuela on the edge of the precipice

By International Crisis Group
Photo: South African President Jacob Zuma (R) reacts to a point by British Prime Minister David Cameron (L) during a joint press conference at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa, 18 July 2011. EPA/JON HRUSA

ISS Today: What Brexit means for Africa

The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act awaits the signature of US President Barack Obama to be signed into law, on a table with pens and the Presidential seal, before a ceremony at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 22 June 2016. The law, which reauthorizes and modernizes the Toxic Substances Control Act, was passed in Congress with broad bipartisan support. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

While you were sleeping: 23 June 2016

By John Stupart
South Africa's Siya Kolisi (L) is tackled by Ireland's Conor Murray during the test match at Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa, 18 June 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

While you were sleeping: 20 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A man lights a candle for the victims of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, US, outside the US embassy in Bangkok, Thailand, 13 June 2016. EPA/DIEGO AZUBEL

Op-ed: Time to rethink the role of women in terrorism

By Jasmine Opperman & Daniel Lebowitz
Photo: United National Party leader and Colombo district candidate Ranil Wickremesinghe speaks at a rally at Wattala in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 12 August 2015. EPA/M.A.PUSHPA KUMARA

Sri Lanka’s Long Road to Reform: The Human Rights Council’s continued critical role

By International Crisis Group
Main photo: British Member of the Parliament and former London Mayor Boris Johnson attends a Vote Leave rally in London, Britain, 19 June 2016. Johnson is a key figure in the Vote Leave campaign in the upcoming EU Referendum where Britons will vote to either stay or leave the European Union on 23 June. EPA/STR

Great Britain: The Brexit Vote looms large and dangerous

By J Brooks Spector

MSF vs. the EU: Who’s losing?

By Marelise van der Merwe
Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu (C) gets a selfie with a fan as he departs the Youth Health Festival on Youth Day in Cape Town, South Africa 16 June 2016. The 40th anniversary of Youth Day commemorates the 1976 Soweto student uprisings during the apartheid era. Youths attending the festival learned about their rights and freedoms and the choices and consequences related to sexual practices and health. EPA/NIC BOTHMA

While you were sleeping: 17 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A Liberian man walks past an Ebola sensitisation mural in Monrovia, Liberia 06 October 2014. EPA/AHMED JALLANZO

Op-Ed: What is to be done after 11,312 unnecessary Ebola-related deaths?

By Wilmot James
Photo: Yesenia Rosa and Leslie Soto hold hands during a vigil to honor the victims of a mass shooting at a nightclub, at Eola Lake Park in Orlando, Florida, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was killed in an exchange of fire with the police after taking hostages at the club. EPA/RYAN STONE

Stock-taking times: Religion’s role in Orlando massacre

By Russell Pollitt

Emojis: The Next Gender Revolution

Photo: Police and rescue officers monitor the scene of a shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and many others injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in the early hours of 12 June, according to media reports. The shooter was killed in the police operation that followed. EPA/CRISTOBAL HERRERA

Orlando’s Most Terrifying Ride

By J Brooks Spector
Main photo: Muhammad Ali in 1967 (World Journal Tribune photo by Ira Rosenberg via Wikimedia Commons)

The Greatest: A Tribute to a Prometheus of the Boxing Ring

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Residents of San Francisco and the Bay Area gather to mourn, honor, and remember the victims of a mass shooting at a LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida, at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro District neighborhood in San Francisco, California, USA, 12 June 2016. At least 50 people were killed and 53 were injured in a shooting attack at an LGBT club in Orlando, Florida, in the early hours of 12 June. The shooter, Omar Mateen, 29, a US citizen of Afghan descent, was killed in an exchange of fire with the police after taking hostages at the club. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO.

Op-Ed: The Islamic State's template for a lone wolf attack

By Jasmine Opperman
EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at Daily Maverick's The Gathering 2016 event. (Greg Nicolson)

While you were sleeping: 13 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Two women look through the window of a bus, leaving the cemetery after funerals of the victims of the hostage crisis in Beslan, North Ossetia, Monday 06 September 2004. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV

ICG: Women in the North Caucasus conflicts – an under-reported plight

By International Crisis Group
Photo: US presumptive Democratic Party Presidential nominee and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures an embrace to her supporters at the conclusion of a Primary Night campaign event at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in Brooklyn, New York, USA, 07 June 2016. On Monday Mrs. Clinton exceeded the delegate threshold to become the presumptive Democratic Party nominee for the President of the United States. EPA/PETER FOLEY

Her Storied History: Clinton wraps up Democratic Nomination

By J Brooks Spector
Palestinians shop at a market for the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan in the old city of Nablus, 07 June 2016. Muslims around the world celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by praying during the night time and abstaining from eating and drinking during the period between sunrise and sunset. Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is believed that the Koran's first verse was revealed during its last 10 nights. EPA/ALAA BADARNEH

While you were sleeping: 8 June 2016

By John Stupart
A female boxer trains during an early morning training session at the inner city boxing gym in Hillbrow, Johannesburg, South Africa, 06 June 2016. Boxers from the inner city boxing gym trained in memorial to the late Muhammad Ali, dubbed as 'The Greatest,' who died on 03 June 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, at the age of 74. A public funeral procession and memorial service will be conducted 10 June 2016 in Louisville. The Gym is situated in one of the country's most dangerous inner city areas and is built in a dis-used petrol station. Both male and female boxers from all races train with George Khosi. Khosi was once The Soweto Super Middle weight boxing champion until one day in 1997 robbers shot him in both legs and in the right eye thus ending his boxing career. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

While you were sleeping: 7 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro (C), participates in a demonstration of a group of people, public officials and supporters, in Caracas, Venezuela, 31 May 2016. Organisation of American States head Luis Almagro on 31 May invoked the body’s Democratic Charter against Venezuela, an unprecedented step that could lead to the country's suspension from the OAS. With this step a process of meetings and votes is initiated that could lead to resolutions and diplomatic moves for the eventual suspension of Venezuela from membership in the organisation, which would require a two-thirds majority of the foreign ministers, something that has only occurred once, after the coup d'etat in Honduras in 2009. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

ICG: Venezuela’s toxic cocktail – too many guns, too little food

By International Crisis Group
A file photo dated 25 May 1976 of US heavy weight boxer Muhammad Ali (behind) after knocking-out his British challenger Richard Dunn (on ground) in the fifth round of their fight, in Munich, Germany. Born as Cassius Clay, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, dubbed as 'The Greatest,' died on 03 June 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, at the age of 74, a family spokesman said. EPA/DPA FILES

While you were sleeping: 6 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: US Democratic Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, speaks at a campaign rally at Camden County College in Blackwood, New Jersey, USA, 11 May 2016. New Jersey will hold primary elections on 07 June 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY

US2016: Hillary’s anti-Trump speech forces sanity back to the game

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Muhammad Ali in 1966 (Wikimedia Commons)

Muhammad Ali: Simply The Greatest

Johannesburg artist Anastasia Pather's work on display at Cape Town's infamous First Thursday gallery open event, at 'L99p', 99 Loop Street. 'First Thursdays' sees galleries in Cape Town's CBD throw open their doors in the evening. Photo by JAN PASCAL.

While you were sleeping: 3 June 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (Wikimedia Commons)

ISS Today: Swiss bankers stirred, but not shaken, into returning Africa’s stolen loot


Obituary: A Political Party finally passed away in the Twenty-Teens, a victim of its own success

By J Brooks Spector
Artists perform during the opening show directed by German director Volker Hesse, on the opening day of the Gotthard rail tunnel, the longest tunnel in the world, at the fairground Rynaecht at the northern portal in Erstfeld, Switzerland, 01 June 2016. The construction of the 57 kilometer long tunnel began in 1999, the breakthrough was in 2010. After the official opening on 01 June, the commercial opperation will commence on December 2016. EPA/ALEXANDRA WEY

While you were sleeping: 2 June 2016

By John Stupart