While you were sleeping: 11 December 2017

While you were sleeping: 11 December 2017

Venezuela clamps down on the opposition, IS threat looms for Africa, and Palestinians walk away from US talks.

Monday, 11 December 2017

“I think that if ever a mortal heard the word of God it would be in a garden at the cool of day.” 
F Frankfort Moore


Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma has had an impressive career. Member of Parliament for the ANC, national executive committee member, former African Union Commission chair, minister of 18 years and doctor. Yet now approaching the end of the presidential leadership race as the first female contender for the ANC’s presidency, she remains an enigma. There has been as much meaning in what she doesn’t say in public, as in what she does say. 



Venezuela bans opposition in elections

Venezuela’s dictator-aspirant President Nicolas Maduro has barred major opposition parties from participating in upcoming presidential elections. The move was announced on Sunday as opposition boycotted mayoral elections. Maduro’s grip on power looked assured after a visibly angry address questioning why the opposition were boycotting elections. 


Isis migration to Africa could be on the horizon

The African Union’s commissioner for its peace and security organ warned that up to 6,000 Islamic State violent extremists could return to Africa. Smail Chergui noted with concern the thousands of extremists joining Isis in the Middle East who may return to the continent, thereby spreading an increasing threat on the African continent.


Palestinians ‘walk away’ from Pence talks

Not a single Palestinian Authority official will meet with Deputy President and ghoul-in-waiting Mike Pence. The United States accused the PA of “walking away” from a chance to discuss peace in the region. The accusation itself is a bit laughable in the wake of Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. 


Mourinho skirmishes with Man City players

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho entered rival Manchester City’s change rooms after his team’s 2-1 defeat to complain about their noisy celebrations. Man City’s players naturally took great umbrage at Mourinho’s impertinence, throwing water and milk at him, with at least one plastic bottle colliding with the manager’s head. Mourinho, it seems, may not be as good at managing conflict as football.




The number of cities that are piloting autonomous cars.



Today is International Mountain Day. Climb a mountain today!

Speaking Kurdish in Turkey was illegal until the 1990s.






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