While you were sleeping: 22 June 2017

By John Stupart 22 June 2017

Michigan stabbing injures one, IS blow up iconic mosque, and Trump basks in Georgia win.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

“God save us from people who mean well.”
Vikram Seth


With the costly, UK-based PR spin doctors Bell Pottinger paid up and shipped out, South Africa’s First Family, the Guptas, scrambled to find a replacement spin machine after damning revelations of their involvement in the capture of ministers and government officials, gleaned from #GuptaLeaks, began to be made public last month. Soon afterwards, several websites and Twitter accounts relating to “White Monopoly Capital” were launched and used to attack some of the Guptas’ biggest opponents. Scorpio has identified one man associated with this fake news – former Gupta-owned Sahara Computers employee Saurabh Aggarwal. 


Michigan knife attack injures officer

Authorities are investigating a knife attack on a police officer at Michigan’s Bishop International Airport. The suspect, Amor Ftouhi, stabbed the officer in the neck with a 12-inch knife after screaming “Allahu Ackbar”. Ftouhi was then wrestled to the ground by the officer and detained. No other passengers or officers were injured in the attack.


IS blow up historic Mosul mosque

The mosque where Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Islamic State’s leader, declared a caliphate in 2014, was destroyed on Wednesday night. Despite IS perpetrating the destruction, the terrorist group were quick to blame American aircraft. The destruction of the Nuri mosque was a probable attempt to avoid a propaganda victory for advancing Iraqi forces. 


Myanmar mounts counter-terror raids against camp

Three people have been killed by Myanmar’s security forces in a raid against Rohingya Muslim militants in the north of Rakhine state. Guns and ammunition were found inside the camp, believed to belong to the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA). ARSA is suspected of conducting earlier attacks in October.


Trump basks in Republican victory

Donald Trump has revelled in Republican Karen Handel’s defeat of Democratic novice Jon Ossoff. Costing the Democrats a fortune, Trump quipped “they love us!”, and later “All we do is win, win, win!” As the antipathy for the Democratic party disarray mounts ahead of crucial mid-term elections in 2018, the Sentient Naartjie may well be right.




The number of years which the happy birthday song was falsely copyrighted for.



Today in 1941 Nazi Germany invades the Soviet Union

Children won’t fully grasp sarcasm until about the age of 10. This is possibly reduced if they are the offspring of journalists.





But is it art?

A column by MIKE ABEL


Court erred in social grant deductions case



An open letter to my fellow swimmers



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Watch Pauli van Wyk’s Cat Play The Piano Here!

No, not really. But now that we have your attention, we wanted to tell you a little bit about what happened at SARS.

Tom Moyane and his cronies bequeathed South Africa with a R48-billion tax shortfall, as of February 2018. It's the only thing that grew under Moyane's tenure... the year before, the hole had been R30.7-billion. And to fund those shortfalls, you know who has to cough up? You - the South African taxpayer.

It was the sterling work of a team of investigative journalists, Scorpio’s Pauli van Wyk and Marianne Thamm along with our great friends at amaBhungane, that caused the SARS capturers to be finally flushed out of the system. Moyane, Makwakwa… the lot of them... gone.

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