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While you were sleeping: 4 October 2016

By John Stupart 4 October 2016

Wits digs in for a hard Tuesday, Trump camp prepares for difficult VP debate, and WikiLeaks turns 10.

“I wouldn’t be able to help myself,”

– Adolf Hitler, on whether he would return to war if he had made peace with Soviet Russia.

Story of the Day

TRAINSPOTTER: Adam Habib – the rock, the hard place, and the cruel beauty of an uncaring universe

Last week, University of Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib made the Hail Mary desperation play of running an SMS poll, asking students and staff if they were willing to return to classes if the security apparatus standing sentinel throughout the campus remained there to keep them safe. It was another attempt to break the deadlock between students and management, following the renewed bout of #FeesMustFall protests that were the result of Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande’s recommendation that fee increases for 2017 should be capped at 8%. On Monday, a national higher education imbizo took place, which included all “stakeholders”. In the first of a series of profiles of South Africans working the frontlines of our troubled country, RICHARD POPLAK sits down with the VC, a man who finds himself as the face of Power, while wielding none of it.
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While you were sleeping

Wits puts its foot down

A statement issued by vice chancellor Adam Habib late last night fixed Wits’ eyes forward. Forward, and most definitely open. Citing the 77% of students who are for keeping university doors ajar, Wits campus will reopen, but with a heavy security presence to clamp down on any IRA-esque ‘closure cells’ roaming the university. Things are about to get very tense, and possibly very weird, at Wits. Read More

Trump’s VP to snipe from the trenches

Experiencing the fury of a Clinton campaign in full swing, the Trump camp has taken yet another knock ahead of tonight’s vice presidential debate. The Donald J. Trump foundation has received a cease and desist order for any fundraising activities. Combined with the possibility that Trump has paid zero income tax for two decades, and the lunatic ship appears a little leaky. Read More

US pulls out of ceasefire talks in Syria

The United States has stopped all attempts to convince Russia to impose a ceasefire on the Syrian regime. Regime forces, backed by Russia, have continued a ceaseless campaign against Aleppo. The target is ostensibly ‘jihadists’, but as is now the norm in Syria, the victims are generally civilians.Read More

WikiLeaks turns 10

It has been a decade since WikiLeaks registered its domain in 2006. Berlin will host a commemoration event today, with a video message from Julian Assange beamed in as part of the ceremony. A rare balcony-based viewing of Assange from the Embassy of Ecuador in London was cancelled due to ‘security concerns’. Read More

In Numbers


The number  of languages spoken in New York City.

Facts of the Day

Today is Swedish Cinnamon Roll Day. There is no reason at all why it could not be your own Cinnamon Roll Day either.

The 2014 ALS ice bucket challenge has actively helped create a new form of gene therapy to treat the disease.


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Photo: University of Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor Adam Habib (Photo:
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By Richard Poplak
Photo: SARS Commissioner Tom Moyane, suspended SARS executive Jonas
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By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Students from University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) protest
during the third week of ongoing protests against the cost of higher
education, Johannesburg, South Africa, 03 October 2016. EPA/CORNELL TUKIRI Education imbizo fails, except in highlighting divisions 
By Greg Nicolson
Grootes-on-ANC-presser-word-cloud.jpg ANC post-NEC: Words don’t come easy 
By Stephen Grootes
Photo of Raymond Suttner by Ivor Markman. Op-Ed: Universities crisis – what is the way forward? 
By Raymond Suttner
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By Marelise van der Merwe
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By Simon Allison
Main photo: A local journalist reacts after hearing the results of the
peace deal referendum in Bogota, Colombia, 02 October 2016. Colombians
voted 'No' to the peace pact signed less than a week ago between the
government and the FARC guerrillas, according to official results with
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Protesters marched from Observatory to UCT's medical school, then onto
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the two Swiss alps peaks Tour d'Ai and Tour de Mayen, at 2,330 meters above
sea level, in front of the Geneva Lake, in Leysin, Switzerland, Saturday,
01 October 2016. Balancing the 'slackline' or 'highline' is a training
method for climbers to improve their equilibrium sense. To avoid the danger
of falling down, the athlete is secured with a rope. EPA/NICOLAS
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"The fall of one regime does not bring in a utopia. Rather, it opens the way for hard work and long efforts to build more just social, economic and political relationships and the eradication of other forms of injustices and oppression." ~ Gene Sharp