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President Erdogan declares 3 month state of emergency, new dinosaur discovered, and new vehicles for Tesla.

“When there is an invisible elephant in the room, one is from time to time bound to trip over a trunk.”

Karen Joy Fowler

Story of the Day

Bigger than the weather: A corporate cover-up on the high seas 

In 2015, after three South African seamen went missing somewhere in the vastness of the Southern Ocean, their families tried to trace their final movements. Uncovering the truth would require going to war with the world’s largest tourism conglomerate, a €20-billion-a-year monolith that had no interest in fielding questions. An investigative feature by KEVIN BLOOM.
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While you were sleeping

Erdo?an declares state of emergency

Addressing the Turkish people on Wednesday night, President Tayyip Erdo?an declared a three-month state of emergency. Although shorter than the 15-year state of emergency maintained until 2002, the announcement was rather extreme. Regardless, a travel ban on academics and over 50,000 arrests are cause for concern. Read more

Saudi bans Pokémon Go

Haters of everything fun, the Saudi Arabian Permanent Committee for Scholarly Research has revived a 2001 fatwa banning Pokémon. Damning the game for its dastardly insinuation that evolution is a thing, promoting gambling, and generally encouraging deviant youths to join Satan’s fiery embrace, Saudi kids and kids-at-heart should not expect the fatwa to be overturned anytime soon. Read more

New dinosaur discovered

An 80-million-year-old fossil has been discovered in Patagonia, unveiling an entirely new carnivorous dinosaur. Known as ‘Murusraptor barrosaensis’, the fossil belongs to the ‘Giant Thieves’ type of species. Additionally, the Murusraptor is a member of the megaraptoids family, also commonly known as the best-named dinosaur family to belong to. Read More

Tesla unveiled plans for new vehicles

Elon Musk announced on Wednesday intentions to develop a bus and pick-up truck. Stressing the need for the world to move to electric vehicles, Tesla intends to unveil early stage versions of these vehicles in 2018. Self-driving technology for said vehicles, Musk stressed, was the next logical step. Read more

In Numbers


The number of times when a nuclear weapon was almost used due to false alarms or accidents.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1967 Nobel Laureate Albert Luthuli died.

Fact of the Day: Neptune possibly snows diamonds.

Weather & Financial Data

BFN: min: 3° max: 21°, sunny
CPT: min: 12° max: 16°, rainy
DBN: min: 18° max: 24°, cloudy
EL: min: 15° max: 19°, rainy
JHB: min: 3° max: 22°, sunny
KIM: min: 6° max: 22°, sunny
NLP: min: 6° max: 28°, sunny
PMB: min: 10° max: 25°, cloudy
PKN: min: 6° max: 24°, sunny
PE: min: 13° max: 16°, rainy
PTA: min: 4° max: 23°, sunny

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Photo: The lost mariners – Anthony Murray, Reginald
“Reg” Robertson Bigger than the weather: A corporate cover-up on the high seas 
By Kevin Bloom
Photo: Outside: Hlaudi Motsoeneng (Steven Lang); Inside: A man
gestures to the police (not in picture) during violent service delivery
protests in Bekkersdal, west of Johannesburg October 25, 2013.
REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko SABC buckles, but crisis isn’t broken 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo by Nick Thompson via Flickr. Op-Ed: Hlaudi’s Humpty Dumpty Day 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo: Bokang Ramatšella (Lesotho Times) amaBhungane: Senior Lesotho politician denies death threat against ‘terrorist’ US ambassador 
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman. South Africa in crisis: Is there a way out? 
By Raymond Suttner
Photo: Long Island Solar Farm (Brookhaven National Laboratory via
Flickr) The roles of private sector IPPs and Eskom in renewable energy: An interview with the South African Renewable Energy Council 
By Chris Yelland
Photo: South African Health Minister Manto Tshabala-Msimang addresses
a media briefing in Cape Town February 12, 2002. Tshabala-Msimang said that
the South African government was not yet ready to expand the provision of
anti-retroviral drugs in State hospitals to prevent mother to child
transmission of the AIDS virus. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings Africa Check: A round-up of fake AIDS ‘cures’ 
Photo: Burundian protesters react in joy after pushing back police
officers during an anti-government demonstration in the capital Bujumbura,
Burundi, 22 May 2015. More than 105,000 Burundians have fled the country to
seek refuge in neighbouring countries such as Rwanda, DR Congo, and
Tanzania, says the United Nations refugee agency. EPA/DAI KUROKAWA ‘I am full of despair’: Burundian refugees tell their stories 
By Amanda Sperber
Photo: Lucky, the JMPD employee who was caught on camera selling a
driver’s licence to a client, is confronted by GroundUp. GroundUp: Official who offered bribe for driver’s licence suspended 
By GroundUp
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.
By International Crisis Group
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
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


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By Brian Kamanzi
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By Michael Fridjhon
Joel-Modiri.jpg Criminalisation of Racism: Another form of race denialism 
By Joel Modiri

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