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While you were sleeping: 18 July 2016

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While you were sleeping: 18 July 2016

Turkey purges 'virus' through arrests, women bare all against Trump, and major doping report due to hit today.

“Yessir, it’s a hard taskmaster, that guilt. I say, feel it, and wriggle a little bit if you have to, but then put it away. Get on with what you can change.”

LaVyrle Spencer

Story of the Day

Mandela Day: Extraordinary times demand extraordinary leadership 

“France is in tears, it’s deeply distressed, but it’s strong and will always be stronger – I assure you of that – than the fanatics who seek to attack it today.” This was French President Francois Hollande hours after a man ploughed a 19-ton truck into crowds of people in Nice, killing 84. In recent weeks, a series of stunning events occurred around the world, from a number of terror attacks to the leadership overhaul in the United Kingdom, police killings in the United States and an attempted military coup in Turkey. It is a time when nations are searching for hope and good leadership. This Mandela Day should not just be about charity but the essence of Nelson Mandela. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

Purge in Turkey underway

Over 6,000 judges, military personnel and assorted prosecutors have been detained in an effort to stamp out all coup plotters. Terming them a “virus”, President Tayyip  Erdo?an appears hell-bent on hammering out all resistance to his rule in the wake of Friday’s coup attempt. Read more

Baton Rouge killer a former Marine

The man who shot and killed three police officers in Baton Rouge had served in the US Marine Corps for five years. According to reports, Gavin Eugene Long had not been in any trouble before with authorities, and had pursued several relatively normal interests. Read More

Naked art installation a Trump protest 

Art blended with politics on Sunday on the eve of the Republican National Convention. Protesting the rampant misogyny of Donald Trump, over 100 women posed naked in an art installation by Spencer Tunick. The artist said he believed simply voting was not enough to fight Trump’s  “idiotic thinking”. Read more

Major Russian doping report due today

The “nuclear option” of all doping reports is due to be published today. Investigated by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren, the report is expected to illustrate “credible and tangible” evidence that doping was an ingrained, government-endorsed activity in Russia. With just days before the Rio Olympics, this could very well upset the athletic apple cart. Read more

In Numbers

50m

The length which squids can often propel themselves out of water.

Facts of the Day

Today is Mandela Day. Also, it happens to be Nelson Mandela’s birth date. Madiba was born in 1918.

Fact of the day: Ripe cranberries will bounce like a rubber ball.

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Features

Photo: Former President Nelson Mandela smiles as he formally announces
his retirement from public life at his foundations offices in Johannesburg,
June 1, 2004. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings Mandela Day: Extraordinary times demand extraordinary leadership 
By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: Nokuthula Simelane was kidnapped, tortured and disappeared by
apartheid forces in 1983. An apartheid murder reckoning: Does the NPA have the courage? 
By Kevin Bloom
Photo by Gavin Fordham. Op-Ed: Eskom has us over a barrel. Time for a different approach. 
By Dirk de Vos
Photo: US businessman and philanthropist, Bill Gates, speaks during
the 14th annual Nelson Mandela Lecture, held at the University of Pretoria,
Mamelodi Campus, South Africa, 17 July 2016. US businessman and
philanthropist Bill Gates and his wife Melinda co-chair the Gates
Foundation looking to combat infectious diseases, ensure more children
survive and thrive and empower the poor, especially women and girls. Gates
is the 14th speaker of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Lecture that this
year is delivered the day before what would have been the late former South
African President’s birthday.  EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI Bill Gates: Remove obstacles for youth to thrive 
By Greg Nicolson
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 of Jonathan Jansen courtesy of UOFS. Video: Between the Lines – Jonathan Jansen 
By John Matisonn
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: A young girl smiles as she is held up by her mother in front of
a portrait of the late South African president Nelson Mandela at the Nelson
Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, 7 December 2013. EPA/DAI
KUROKAWA Op-Ed: What Nelson Mandela means to me 
By Mondli Zondo
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: Police officers with tear gas canisters prepare to charge as
they face opposition supporters protesting against Member of Parliament
(MP) Moses Kuria, in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya, 14 June 2016.
EPA/DAI KUROKAWA Kenya: Cop goes rogue, raising flags about security 
By Njeri Kimani
Photo: A patient lies in bed at the Hillcrest Aids Centre in Durban,
South Africa, 1 December 2011. More than 34-million people globally are
suffering from the disease with South Africa having the highest number of
people infected with HIV in the world. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Health-E: Aids2016 – Making the dwindling dollars go further
By HEALTH-E NEWS
Main photo: Sex workers marched on 3 March 2013 in Johannesburg to
commemorate International Sex Workers’ Rights Day. Photo courtesy of
Sonke Gender Justice. GroundUp: How sex workers are avoiding HIV infection 
By GroundUp
Evitas-Free-Speech-July-17_w.jpg Video: Evita’s Free Speech, Ep.47 – Evita takes 67 steps on her long walk to freedom 
By Pieter-Dirk Uys
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 photo: The Health Minister of South Africa Aaron Motsoaledi
during a press conference at the 18th International AIDS Conference in
Vienna, Austria, 20 July 2010. EPA/GEORG HOCHMUTH. GroundUp: Success against deadly drug-resistant TB in rural KZN 
By GroundUp

Opinionista

Tony-Lankester.jpg Grahamstown, we have a problem 
By Tony Lankester
busani-ngcaweni.jpg Mandela: The zeitgeist, in antiquity, to posterity 
By Busani Ngcaweni
Lauren-Hutton.jpg Genocide of the mind: Why can’t we have a rational conversation about meat eating? 
By Lauren Hutton
Jeff-Rudin-new-photo.jpg The Convenience of the Racist Guest House 
By Jeff Rudin
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