South Africa, World

While you were sleeping: 6 June 2017

By John Stupart 6 June 2017

London attackers named, Melbourne attack claimed by IS, and Sudan steps into Gulf foray.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

“It was unknowable then, but so much of the progress that would define the 20th century, on both sides of the Atlantic, came down to the battle for a slice of beach only 6 miles long and 2 miles wide.”
Barack Obama

 
 

In January last year Victoria Geoghegan, British-based PR firm Bell Pottinger’s Financial and Corporate partner, met with President Jacob Zuma’s son Duduzane to strategise a campaign aimed at marketing a “narrative that grabs the attention of the grassroots population who must identify with it, connect with it and feel united by it”. In so doing, the firm directly undermined the ANC’s capacity to communicate its own policies and programmes to South Africans and hijacked the ruling party’s message, seemingly to benefit the image of the Gupta family. By SCORPIO and AMABHUNGANE.

 
 
 

Two London attackers named

Khuram Butt and Rachid Redouane were named late on Monday by British police as two of the three London attackers. Butt was already known to security services and had appeared on a local documentary titled The Jihadis Next Door. As British police seek to arrest any and all who may have been connected to the attack, the United Kingdom remains braced for a hotly-contested election in just two days.

 

Comey testimony to proceed unopposed

The White House has announced that it would not seek to block ex-FBI Director Jame’s Comey’s testimony. Comey is expected to deliver an explosive interview with the Senate’s intelligence committee, with most US news outlets planning live broadcasts. However, you can almost definitely expect most answers to begin and end with “that’s classified”.

 

Melbourne attack claimed by Islamic State

Monday’s hostage drama in Melbourne has been claimed by Islamic State, announcing the perpetrator as one of their “soldiers”. Australian authorities confirmed that they were treating the hostage incident – where a woman was taken captive – as a terrorist situation. Australian police were able to kill the hostage-taker and free the victim.

 

Sudan seeks resolution to Qatar crisis

Sudan has offered to hold reconciliatory talks with Gulf states who had isolated Qatar and severed all relations. Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Yemen had all announced their cutting off of ties with Qatar on the grounds that the nation was destabilising the region. But when a disaster like Sudan needs to step in and tell you to calm down, you know you’re probably getting a little drastic.

 
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IN NUMBERS

242

The amount in hundreds of millions of dollars Nigerian scammers sold a fake airport for.

 

FACTS OF THE DAY

Today in 1944 the D-Day landings in Normandy took place.

In 1952, Wernher von Braun wrote a paper where he believed a colony on Mars would be led by an individual named “Elon”.

 

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