While you were sleeping: 21 September 2016

By John Stupart 21 September 2016

USA blames Russia for aid strike. Trump(s) get xenophobic, again, and Kaepernick reveals death threats.

“I never loved a man as far as I could pitch my shoe.”
 Joni Mitchell

Story of the Day

False start for Ramaphosa’s campaign as Cosatu wimps out on official endorsement 

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa’s (non)campaign to succeed President Jacob Zuma as ANC leader next year is in further trouble. Trade union federation Cosatu was meant to be the first structure in the alliance to back Ramaphosa officially by arguing that the ANC should keep the tradition of deputy leaders ascending to the top job. But Cosatu continues to flounder due to internal divisions and some of its leaders wanting to toe the line of the Zuma-aligned “premier league” faction. Without a constituency, platform, a voice or even a campaign song, Ramaphosa is in serious trouble. By RANJENI MUNUSAMY.
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While you were sleeping

US blames Russia for aid strike

The deadly airstrike in Syria that killed 20 aid workers, including the International Committee of the Red Cross regional director, is likely Russia’s fault. American sources claim two Russian Su-24 aircraft were the only planes operating in that airspace at the time. Russia, meanwhile, continues to deny all responsibility. Read More

NYT partner with Google to fight comments

The New York Times has announced the introduction a Google-incubated algorithm designed to moderate online comments. Dubbed ‘Jigsaw’, the programme should be able to simultaneously slay online trolls left, right and centre, while providing legitimate commentary on its articles. Read More

Trump(s) up xenophobia speak post attacks

Never one to give up an opportunity to open his mouth, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jnr have lashed out at foreigners in the wake of the weekend’s terror attacks. Trump reiterated the dangers posed by refugees, while Trump Jnr likened the threat to that of poisoned Skittles. Skittles, in turn ,replied that refugees were people, and Skittles were delicious. Read More

Kaepernick’s protest draws death threats

For San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, his ongoing protest of standing for the national anthem is certainly no game. The NFL star has revealed that he regularly receives death threats for his silent protest. Kaepernick contnues to kneel during the anthem as a protest against racial inequality and injustice before each game in the NFL regular season. Read More

In Numbers


Of women in Hong Kong who decline to have children because, according to a local survey, they “don’t like kids”. 

Facts of the Day

Today is the International Day of Peace.

Tonga has not been colonised or conquered once in its history.


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