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Arrest looms in Trump-Russia collusion probe, NFL players take the knee en masse, and Saudi women to be allowed in stadiums.

Monday, 30 October 2017

“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.” 
JRR Tolkien

 
 

Mpumalanga Premier and ANC provincial chairperson David “DD” Mabuza has been playing his cards close to his chest about which presidential candidate he’s backing ahead of the ANC’s elective conference in December. With branch nominations nearing completion, word is that the ANC’s kingmaker province could, as soon as this week, give its blessing to ANC MP Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma. 

 
 
 

Trump rages in the Twitter night as Russia arrest looms

Speculation is rife this week that a grand jury on the Russian collusion probe into the Trump ’16 campaign will yield an arrest soon. Although the media have not yet revealed who the suspect is, President Donald Trump threw a larger-than-usual rant on social media on Sunday, calling the probe a “witch hunt” and denying any link to Russia. With what appeared to be some criminality uncovered, this week will hopefully prove Trump right or dreadfully wrong.

 

Texans team take a knee in defiance of owner

Most of the Houston Texans took a knee during the NFL’s national anthem playthrough, in defiance of owner Bob McNair’s remarks likening his players to inmates. All but 10 Texans took a knee, protesting against police brutality on black Americans, but probably now also giving a solid sporting middle finger to McNair, Trump, and effectively the critics countrywide.

 

Saudi Arabia to allow women in stadiums

From next year Saudi Arabia will allow women into three sports stadiums, a first for the notoriously disempowering kingdom. The ruling follows hot on the heels of the “brave” decision to allow women to drive from next June, the last country in the world to do so. The ruling will not only allow women to attend a stadium but will now enable a full family outing to a sports match or concert. 

 

#Metoo takes to French streets

Thousands of French residents took to the streets on Sunday after the #Metoo campaign launched online. Demonstrators in Paris waved #Metoo signs, with similar protests being held in Marseille, Bordeaux and Lille. Initially launched in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault scandal, the French, it seems, have taken it away from keyboards and phones and placed the campaign back in the streets.

 
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