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While you were sleeping: 7 March 2017

  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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BY EPA/WAEL HAMZEH
People walk at the corniche al-Manara in Beirut, Lebanon, 05 March 2017.

Trump signs travel ban, again, THAAD deployed in South Korea, and Breytenbach receives top honours in Poland.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

“Feminism is about giving women choice. Feminism is not a stick with which to beat other women with. It’s about freedom, it’s about liberation, it’s about equality. I really don’t know what my tits have to do with it."
Emma Watson

 
 

President Jacob Zuma, speaking from the sidelines at the 20th Indian Ocean RIM Association summit in Jakarta on Monday, “appealed” to Minister of Social Development Bathabile Dlamini and her human shield, Lumka Oliphant, not to “talk in public” or answer any questions before the April 1 payment of social grants to 17-million South Africans. His blackout order comes after a disastrous press conference on Sunday where Dlamini and Oliphant blamed the media and others who have “an agenda” for the crisis. On Monday, however, the minister told the SABC she took full responsibility for the crisis. Oh, and the department also announced it had “resolved” the issue of the new contract with CPS. 

 
 
 

Travel ban 2.0 pushed through

President Donald Trump's second attempt at a travel ban has begun. Preventing travel from six Muslim-majority countries, excluding Iraq this time, Trump is attempting to renew his previously-failed plan to institute a travel ban. Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Yemen and Sudan are all listed, with several of these countries having never provided a single terrorist attacker in American history.

 

THAAD deployed in South Korea

The United States has deployed Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) systems throughout South Korea. Responding to Monday's aggressive ballistic missile tests, the deployment of THAAD provides South Korea with a fairly-unprecedented layer of anti-missile defence. Dear Leader must be thrilled.

 

Republican Obamacare replacement announced

House Republicans revealed the much-anticipated health care reform that is geared towards replacing Obamacare. The American Health Care Act will effectively end Obamacare-related subsidies and taxes in favour of incentivising purchase of private medical insurance. No cost estimate for the repeal and replace process has been announced.

 

Breytenbach to receive top award

Anti-apartheid activist Breyten Breytenbach has been awarded the 2017 Zbigniew Herbert International Literary Award. Hailed for being an "uncompromising man who sides with the oppressed," Breytenbach will receive his award in May. 

 
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IN NUMBERS

73.8

The number of models per million people in Estonia, the highest per capita rate worldwide.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1902 the Boers inflicted a surprisingly disproportionate defeat upon a British column at the Battle of Tweebosch.

Elon Musk has specifically written into their spacesuit designers' contract that they must look "badass".

 

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  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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