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While you were sleeping: 5 December 2017

By John Stupart 5 December 2017

Trump travel ban upheld, Trump endorses child molester for senate, and government shutdown looms large

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

“If you’re horrible to me, I’m going to write a song about it, and you won’t like it. That’s how I operate.” 
Taylor Swift


Former Minister of State security, David Mahlobo, and President Jacob Zuma were aware when they appointed SSA Director General, Arthur Fraser, in September 2016 that he was a key suspect in two damning and confidential reports by the then Inspector-General of Intelligence, Faith Radebe. The investigation into the clandestine and parallel intelligence structure, the Principal Agent Network (PAN), established by Fraser and former NIA DG Manala Manzini, found millions blown over the years without any authorisation, or accountability. The DA is considering approaching the courts to rule Fraser’s appointment as DG as illegal and irrational. 



Supreme Court enforces travel ban

Travellers from Chad, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen will no longer be allowed into the United States. The Supreme Court has ruled that a Trump-enforced ban on these countries would remain in effect, pending appeal. The ruling overturns the lifting of said ban by lower courts. the enforcement of the ban, however, will bolster Donald Trump’s flagging presidency.


Democrats to meet Trump over shutdown

The Democrats will meet with their prime political adversary this week to discuss how to avert a US government shutdown. Republicans are pushing to pass emergency funding through in order to prevent the lockdown on government spending. Democrats, meanwhile, want Republicans to ease up on key reforms, specifically immigrant rights. Nobody is budging, and the average America will ultimately be left in the lurch.


Switzerland to return stolen Nigerian millions

A sum of $320-million stolen by former Nigerian dictator Sani Abacha will be returned to the country by Switzerland. The sum is just a small fraction of the total $2.2-billion embezzled by Abacha during his five-year reign as Nigeria’s ruler. The ruling may bode well when one day South Africa’s lost billions are located and repatriated.


Trump endorses Moore for Senate

President Trump took a break from shutting down the government to endorse Roy Moore. Moore is accused of multiple counts of child molestation, which initially was termed by Trump as “troubling”. Faced with the prospect of a Democrat rival winning instead of Moore, however, it seemed as though Trump valued Moore’s power over basic human rights.




The length of the long-extinct Titanoboa snake.



Today is Robert Sobukwe’s birthday. The PAC’s founder was born in 1924.

The movie Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is titled It’s Raining Falafel in Israel.




Op-Ed: Getting Beyond Aid in Africa





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