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While you were sleeping: 30 September 2016

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While you were sleeping: 30 September 2016

Clinton drops Cuban bomb on Trump, US families to leave DRC, and Rosetta scheduled for a fiery end.

“The right arm of the free world.”

 Paul Huard, on the FN FAL assault rifle.

Story of the Day

#FeesMustFall: UJ’s continuing use of violent private security – a dangerous move in dangerous times

Student protests continue across the country, raising questions of how they’re policed and how campuses can protect students, staff and property. The University of Johannesburg (UJ) has for almost a year hired private security guards, who attacked students, staff and journalists on Wednesday. Despite reports of ongoing abuses and an apology from UJ, the guards are still on campus. By GREG NICOLSON.
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While you were sleeping

Clinton drops Cuban bomb on Trump

Not content with the verbal flaying delivered at this week’s presidential debate, Hillary Clinton has accused the Orange Menace of dodging a US trade embargo on Cuba. Reports have emerged of Trump’s hotel chain spending $68,000 in Cuba in the ’90s, itself a blatant violation of trade embargoes in place at the time. Read More

US staff to leave DRC

Families of US government staff working in the DRC have been advised to leave the country. This warning came amid concern over the DRC’s deteriorating security situation. Ongoing anti-Kabila protests look as though violence is on the horizon. Read More

World leaders to attend Peres funeral 

Legendary peacemaker to some, and a ‘terrorist’ to many Palestinian leaders, ex-prime minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres will be laid to rest before a packed global audience. Leaders ranging from President Barack Obama to Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas will attend the service, a move for which the latter was condemned by Hamas. Read More

Rosetta in fiery 12-year finish

The Rosetta spacecraft will end its 12-year mission today. After stalking the short-named Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the Rosetta spacecraft will collide on its surface, and join the Philae lander on a journey around the sun. Forever. Read More

In Numbers


The percentage humans spend on average focusing on nothing in particular. Most of this is probably done on a Friday morning.

Facts of the Day

Today in 1949 saw the end of the Berlin airlift.

Lebanon currently has no president. The post has been vacant since 2014.


Financial Data

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Photo: Private security guards from the Fidelity group throw stones at
protesting students at the University of Johannesburg. (Ihsaan Haffejee for
GroundUp) #FeesMustFall: UJ’s continuing use of violent private security – a dangerous move in dangerous times 
By Greg Nicolson
Photo: Bottles of beer produced by AB InBev and SABMiller are pictured
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Photo: South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (R) and
Executive Director of UNAIDS Michel Sidibe (L) welcome demonstrators
outside the Durban International Conference Centre, in Durban, South
Africa, 18 July 2016. EPA/KEVIN SUTHERLAND Open Letter to Cyril Ramaphosa: Fifth National AIDS plan presents SA’s greatest challenge yet 
By Mark Heywood
Photo: The National Police Rwanda presenting Genocide suspect Dr
Leopold Munyakazi to the media before he was taken for an interrogation at
the airport. (Photo: Faustin Niyigena, New Times Rwanda) Rwanda: History on trial as alleged genocidaire returns home 
By Simon Allison
Photo: Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairwoman of the African Union (AU),
waits for questions from journalists, during a joint press conference with
German chancellor Merkel (not pictured), at the chancellery in Berlin,
Germany, 11 July 2013. EPA/SOEREN STACHE Open Letter to Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma: Appeal for urgent action to stop violence in DRC 
By Daily Maverick
Photo: A South African technician works among heliostats, mirrors that
concentrate the sun, part of the Helio 100 Concentrating Solar Power (CSP)
pilot facility at Mariendahl experimental farm of the University of
Stellenbosh, South Africa, 02 September 2015. EPA/NIC BOTHMA Renewables’ Big Bang – what comes next? 
By Marelise van der Merwe
McNally-Moving-Targets.jpg Op-Ed: The absurd targets we force on the police to fight crime 
By Paul McNally
Photo: From left, Sinawo Thambo, Naledi Mbaba, Lungile Sigasa and
Simon Rakei respond to yesterday’s statement by UCT Vice-Chancellor
Max Price. Photo: Ashleigh Furlong GroundUp: ‘Under threat’ UCT protesters respond to Max Price 
By GroundUp
Photo: [L] Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump (L) embraces
Indiana Governor and Republican Vice Presidential nominee Mike Pence (R)
during the third day of the 2016 Republican National Convention at Quicken
Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, 20 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS [R]
Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton (R) and Democratic Vice
Presidential Nominee Tim Kaine (L) on stage after accepting the nomination
as the Democratic presidential candidate at the conclusion of the
Democratic National Convention held at the Wells Fargo Center in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, 28 July 2016. EPA/SHAWN THEW US 2016: Hillary won the first debate – now time for the Veeps to fight 
By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Namibian elephants (Eric Bauer via Flickr) Op-Ed: Namibia ducks elephant census 
Photo: Protesters and security guards threw stones at each other on
the University of Johannesburg on Wednesday. Photo: Ihsaan Haffejee GroundUp: Ihron Rensburg commits to keeping University of Johannesburg open 
By GroundUp


ian-von-memerty.jpg Hail the Victorious Igo Venter. Although he almost loses his balance. 
By Ian von Memerty

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