While you were sleeping: 16 March 2017

By John Stupart 16 March 2017

Trump travel ban 2.0 halted, Wilders out on his electoral arse, and New Zealand stage a valiant comeback.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

“Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.”
Anthony D’Angelo


“Absolute incompetence.” Minister Bathabile Dlamini probably does not care that Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng delivered this damning assessment of her handling of the social grants system. From her performance in the National Assembly on Tuesday, it is clear criticism bounces off her. But if the ANC has any hope of continuing to run South Africa, they should care. Their policy documents say they need to focus on building “a capable and developmental state”. But we have reached a situation where the judiciary, civil society and Chapter 9 institutions have to protect us from an executive and Parliament that repeatedly breach the Constitution and fail in their duties. 


Trump travel ban blocked before implementation

A federal judge in Hawaii has blocked President Donald Trump’s travel ban 2.0 just hours before its implementation. The ruling by District Judge Derrick Watson effectively created a 90-day nationwide freeze on the travel ban. There was a predictable froth issued forth by Trump, who vowed to take the ban’s ban up to the Supreme Court.


Netherlands sees Wilders out on his arse

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte convincingly defeated a challenge by far-right rival Geert Wilders in the Netherland’s key elections. Many in the EU had been monitoring the vote to gauge the current mood in Europe towards the the union in general. With Wilders soundly defeated, it appears as though far-right orange lunatics are having a rough Thursday.


Anti-austerity riots erupt in Brazil

Brazilian government attempts to curb a crumbling economy has been met with protests by tens of thousands of citizens. Led in part by former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, protesters occupied the finance ministry and the centre of Sao Paulo, while teachers disrupted classes.


Black Caps stage valiant recovery

Henry Nicholls has led a New Zealand recovery after losing three early wickets for 21 runs. Nicholls held firm with Jeet Raval in a 52-run stand, ultimately clawing New Zealand back from the brink to take them to 160-5 at tea.




The percentage of Americans who can drive stick (manual).



Today in 1968 the My Lai massacre occurred.

More people suffer from obesity than hunger.





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