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While you were sleeping: 7 July 2016

While you were sleeping: 7 July 2016

Troops to remain in Afghanistan, Clinton not to be charged for emails, and Wales bowed by unbroken.

“Despite explicit warnings, the consequences of the invasion were underestimated. The planning and preparations for Iraq after Saddam Hussein were wholly inadequate.?”

– The Chilcot Report

Story of the Day

Oscar Pistorius sentence: Masipa’s homage to exceptionalism and privilege 

High Court Judge Thokozile Masipa delivered a much-needed reality check on the continued triumph of exceptionalism and white privilege in our society. The laughable six-year sentence she handed down to convicted murderer Oscar Pistorius was a reminder of how inequality penetrates and impairs every aspect of our lives. Why should the showcase trial of South Africa’s former Olympic star be any different? Judge Masipa validated his bullshit version of events and his feigned remorse and told us that the “fallen hero” shouldn’t suffer because of our “unjustified outrage” at Reeva Steenkamp’s murder. So thank you My Lady for that “zombie stopper” shot in the head. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Troops to remain in Afghanistan: Obama

President Barack Obama has opted to slow the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan. Obama announced on Wednesday that 8,400 troops wouldl remain until 2017 to help in the fight against the Taliban. Read more

No charges for Clinton emails

The United States Justice Department announced on Wednesday that no charges would be brought against Hillary Clinton for using a private email server while secretary of state. Donald Trump, as if on cue, cried foul, accusing Bill Clinton of bribing an attorney general and labelling Hillary “crooked”. Read more

Wales’s proud defeat against Portugal

Wales has been knocked out of the Euro 2016 semi-finals, losing 2-0 to Portugal. With the stadium’s fans streaming tears of pride, the defeat seemed, much like Iceland, less of a loss and more of a great achievement. One fan wryly commented, “We’ve done better than England. That’s what counted.” Read more

Murray through to semi-finals

Andy Murray has defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (12/10), 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1 to reach the Wimbledon semi-finals. In doing so, Murray has achieved his 100th grass court win, and a match-up against Czech 10th seed, Tomas Berdych. Read more

Ridealong Episode Two

Ridealong Episode 2: Ghost Squad
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In Numbers


The number of litres of water required to grow enough beans to make one cup of black coffee.

Facts of the Day

Today is World Chocolate Day. Nothing else needs to be said. You have permission from the world.

Fact of the day: Japanese scientists have developed a way to capture simple images from the brain. Eventually, this technology could theoretically lead to the recording of dreams.


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Photo: South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is seen inside the
dock at the high court in Pretoria for his sentencing hearing at the high
court in Pretoria, South Africa, 14 June 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK / POOL Oscar Pistorius sentence: Masipa’s homage to exceptionalism and privilege 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: The SABC Broadcast Centre headquarters in Auckland Park,
Johannesburg (Mike Powell, via Wikimedia Commons) SABC crisis: Defending Hlaudi Motsoeneng, Chairman Maguvhe paints alternate reality 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Paul O’Sullivan (Sally Shorkend) House of Cards: Magistrate says Paul O’Sullivan free to fly 
By Marianne Thamm
Photo: A picture made with a zoom effect shows South African
Paralympian Oscar Pistorius inside the dock at the high court in Pretoria
for his sentencing hearing at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, 14
June 2016. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK / POOL Oscar’s 6-year sentence: Speaking volumes on SA 
By Greg Nicolson
1H4A4387-2.jpg Ridealong: On the streets with Cape Town’s Ghost Squad 
By Daily Maverick Chronicle
KEVIN-BLOOM-Shadow-play.jpg Shadow play: Louise Linton and the arrival of the African age 
By Kevin Bloom
Photo: President Jacob Zuma claps hands after initiating the
Hydrostatic Boiler Pressure Test in Medupi Powerstation, Lephalale. South
Africa. 08/06/2012. (GCIS) Medupi, Kusile, and the massive cost/time overrun 
By Chris Yelland
Main photo: The Karoo Moose, The Inconvenience of Wings, The Keeper of
the Kumm. (By Cue) Grahamstown ArtsFest ‘16: Digging Deep – parallel quests to understand ourselves as human beings 
By Tony Jackman
Photo: Former Prime Minister and the opposition leader Raila Odinga
looks on as he joins others in singing national anthem during a rally held
by the opposition Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (CORD) in Nairobi,
Kenya, 01 June 2016. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA Kenya: DisCORD in main opposition as election looms 
By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A general view over buildings in the Olympic Village during a
media tour in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23 June 2016. The Rio 2016 Summer
Olympics are held from 05 to 21 August 2016. EPA/ANTONIO LACERDA Rio Olympics: Concerns mount after ‘Super Bacteria’ discovery 
By Antoinette Muller
Photo: A South African woman watches while her husband measures wood
needed to rebuild their fire damaged shack, in Masiphumelele, Cape Town,
South Africa, 15 February 2016. EPA/NIC BOTHMA GroundUp: Deductions from social grants – Reserve Bank enters the fray 
By GroundUp
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
Photo: President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte speaks inside a
military airbase in Angeles City, east of Manila, Philippines, 05 July
2016. EPA/FRANCIS R. MALASIG ICG: The Philippines, renewing prospects for peace in Mindanao 
By International Crisis Group
Serena Williams of the US takes a fall as she plays Svetlana
Kuznetsova of Russia in their fourth round match during the Wimbledon
Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 04
July 2016. EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA While you were sleeping: 6 July 2016 
By John Stupart


Mandla-Lionel-Isaacs.jpg The leaders Africa needs 
By Mandla Lionel Isaacs
t-wapenaar-thumbnail.jpg Stateless brains, brainless states 
By Timon Wapenaar

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