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While you were sleeping: 11 May 2016

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While you were sleeping: 11 May 2016

Rousseff in impeachment appeal drama, Hyperloop gets French, and world's oldest axe fragment unveiled.

The past was always there, lived inside of you, and it helped to make you who you were. But it had to be placed in perspective. The past could not dominate the future.

  Barbara Taylor Bradford

 

Story of the Day

Madonsela: ‘You don’t need to throw stones anymore’ 

Burning schools is never justified. That was Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s message on Tuesday, speaking at the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The threat of violence has gone beyond protest and into Madonsela’s life recently, but her message remains the same: we must pursue lawful, democratic means of confronting the country’s challenges. By GREG NICOLSON.
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While you were sleeping

Rousseff makes last ditch appeal

Not one to go down without a fight, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court against her impending impeachment vote. The Brazilian senate will vote on the matter on this week, and could possibly reach a verdict by Thursday. Read more
 

Sanders seizes Virginia

Bernie Sanders continues to nip at Hillary Clinton’s heels, taking the state of Virginia with a margin of at least 11 percent. The unchallenged Donald Trump won in West Virginia and Nebraska. Although Clinton is virtually guaranteed the Democratic vote, Sanders’ persistence continues to challenge several Clinton policy problems. Read more
 

France backs Hyperloop

The French National Rail Company has announced, through Hyperloop, their backing of the supersonic transportation project. Hyperloop achieved $80 million in a second round funding, with progress on a working prototype going well. It’ll still be years before you can be jettisoned across the world in a tube though. Read more
 

World’s oldest axe fragment found

A rock flake belonging to a piece of an axe has been found in Australia. The fragment is believed to be from a period of human arrival around 50,000 years ago. This discovery could imply that humans moving out of Africa and the Middle East invented the axe only once settled in Australia. Read more
 

In Numbers

99.7

The vaccination rate of Mississippi. The highest rate in the United States.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1997 saw Deep Blue defeating chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov. It was the first such triumph of a supercomputer over a human in chess history.

Fact of the day: A submerged submarine has only ever once deliberately destroyed another submerged submarine.

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FEATURED

Photo: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela (Greg Nicolson / Daily
Maverick) Madonsela: ‘You don’t need to throw stones anymore’ 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Anglo Platinum’s Mapela mine (Liane Greeff, via Flickr) amaBhungane: Broken Trust in Mapela – the people, the kgoshi and the cool R175m 
By AMABHUNGANE
Photo: Alide Dasnois talks to Right2Know protesters outside the Labour
Court on Monday. Her litigation had the support of Right2Know and the Open
Democracy Advice Centre. Photo: Masixole Feni for GroundUp. Cape Times Dasnois settlement: No place for truly independent editors 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: The cover the Cape Times wraparound the morning after Mandela
died, named by TIME as one of the 14 best. Op-Ed: How we made newspaper history at the Cape Times the night Madiba died 
By Tony Weaver
Guptas-in-Parly-Merten.jpg Secrecy surrounds state meeting with the Gupta Four banks
By Marianne Merten
Photos by Jozi Cats. Jozi Cats: Africa’s first gay rugby club has an important role to play in SA 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: Former IFP MP Mario Oriani-Ambrosini. The Zol Bill: Enact it as a living legacy to Oriani-Ambrosini, says IFP whip 
By Marianne Merten
Photo: Pensioners wait outside Parliament. (Marelise van der Merwe) Desperation, Inc: Pensioners’ Parliament protest – A Long Walk to Nothing 
By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma of South Africa leaves the room after
giving a press conference during the 19th African Union Summit in Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, 15 July 2012. EPA/MARTIN DIXON ISS: Replacing Dlamini-Zuma won’t be business as usual 
By ISS TODAY
Photo by Jolene Bertoldi. A Festival on Fire: The Phenomenon of AfrikaBurn 
By Nadia Rosenthal
Photo: LEFT: Businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald
Trump speaks at a campaign rally at the Century Center in South Bend,
Indiana, USA, 2 May 2016. EPA/TANNEN MAURY. RIGHT: Republican Speaker of
the House from Ohio, Paul Ryan, speaks at the 43rd Annual Conservative
Political Action Conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention
Center in National Harbor, Maryland, US, 3 March 2016. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO The American Broedertwis: Trump vs the Establishment and Nearly Everybody 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: King Kgafela Kgafela. Photo supplied GroundUp: Pilanesberg’s Game of Thrones 
By GroundUp
Right-of-Reply-Parly.jpg Right of Reply: Misreading a parliamentary report 
By Daily Maverick
Russian soldiers march with a replica of the victory banner during the
military parade on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, 09 May 2016. Russia
celebrates the 71st anniversary of the victory over the nazi Germany in the
World War II. EPA/SERGEI CHIRIKOV While you were sleeping: 10 May 2016 
By John Stupart

OPINIONS

Wayne Duvenage Dear Minister Peters: E-Toll Defiance is also here to stay 
By Wayne Duvenage
Lubabalo-Ntsholo.jpg A solution: Annihilate the system that makes whites feel superior 
By Lubabalo Ntsholo
Gavin-Davis.jpg The Return of Bantu Education? 
By Gavin Davis
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