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19 January 2017 01:59 (South Africa)

Reporter’s Davos notebook: Beware of Russia, Biden warns a chilled Europe

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    Stephen Grootes

    Grootes is the host of the Midday Report on 702 and Cape Talk, and the Senior Political Correspondent for Eyewitness News. He's been part of the political hack pack since before the Polokwane Tsunami, and covers politics in a slightly obsessive manner. Those who love him have recommended help for his politics addiction. He quotes Amy Winehouse.

Photo: US Vice-President Joe Biden speaks during a panel session on the first day of the 46th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum, WEF, in Davos, Switzerland, 20 January 2016. EPA/LAURENT GILLIERON
Photo: A burning Ford Pinto after a rear-end collision.

When lives are cheaper than financial losses: Ford Pinto’s chilling lesson

By Rebecca Davis
A rider goes through a bonfire at the 'Luminarias' (Illuminations) in San Bartolome de Pinares, Avila, central Spain, 16 January 2017. More than twenty bonfires are placed on this village streets continuing a more than two centuries tradition which tries to purify the animals.

While you were sleeping: 18th January 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A man allegedly involved in drug dealing or consumption lies lifeless on a street after being shot down by an unidentified gunmen in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines, 24 December 2016. President Rodrigo Duterte launched a nationwide anti-drug campaign that has so far reportedly led to the deaths of more than 6,000 people killed in police raids and at the hands of vigilante groups since the campaign started on 30 June. EPA/MARK R. CRISTINO ATTENTION

Trump, Duterte, Zuma and midget wrestling in the Philippines

Photo: Democratic Representative from Georgia John Lewis responds to a reporter’s question beside members of the Congressional Black Caucus at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 08 July 2016. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Trump v Lewis: It was always gonna be an Unequal Fight

By J Brooks Spector
Police secure the roof of the Congress Centre where preparations are underway for the 47th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, 16 January 2017. The annual meeting brings together business leaders, international political leaders and select intellectuals, to discuss the pressing issues facing the world. The overarching theme of the 2017 meeting, which takes place from 17 to 20 January, is 'Responsive and Responsible Leadership'.

While you were sleeping: 17th January 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: President-elect Donald J Trump, Steve Hofmeyr.

President Trump, SA’s white right’s white knight?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Mmusi Maimane shakes hands with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Picture: Mtshatshalazisi

Maimane in Israel: DA defends visit while attacks mount

By Greg Nicolson
Andy Murray of Britain during a practice session ahead of Australian Open Tennis tournament in Melbourne, Australia, 14 January 2017. The Australian Open tennis tournament will run from 16 to 29 January 2017.

While you were sleeping: 16th January 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Martin Luther King at the 1963 Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. (Rowland Scherman; restored by Adam Cuerden - US National Archives and Records Administration)

Op-Ed: Martin Luther King’s path was not always triumphant

By Jeff Kelly Lowenstein
Photo: Mmusi Maimane shakes hands with Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit. Picture: Mtshatshalazisi/

Maimane’s Israeli blunder: The DA’s self-inflicted injury

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: South Africa’s Statistician-General, Pali Lehohla at the conference. (StatisticsSA via Flickr)

Sexy, cool data: Get ready for the UN’s ‘Cape Town Global Action Plan’

By Marianne Merten
Photo: J. Peter Pham has been mentioned for the job of assistant secretary of state for African affairs in a Trump administration. (Photo: Atlantic Council)

Analysis: The puzzle of Trump’s Africa policy

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A banner reads ‘Socialism or death' at a street downtown Havana, Cuba on December 31, 2012. Hundreds of banners have been placed at Havana streets celebrating new year’s eve and the 54th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution that took place on January 1, 1959. EPA/Alejandro Ernesto

Cuba 2017: A doomed but still compelling dream

By Glen Retief
Photo: President of the United States Barack Obama (R) welcomes President of South Africa Jacob Zuma (L) during the Nuclear Security Summit at the Washington Convention Center in Washington DC, USA, 12 April 2010. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

A tale of two speeches: Zuma and Obama’s legacies, in their own words

By Ranjeni Munusamy

Cartoon: Legacy Blues

By Zapiro
Photo: French President Francois Hollande arrives to visit the Leon Bernard pediatric cancer centre in Lyon, France, 23 March 2016. EPA/OLIVIER ANRIGO

ISS Today: Hollande’s swansong in Africa

Photo: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma smiles as he is welcomed by Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir (R) upon his arrival at Khartoum airport January 31, 2015.  REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Report: Human Rights Watch slams South Africa’s human rights record

By Simon Allison
Photo: US President-elect Donald Trump calls on reporters during a press conference in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, New York, USA, 11 January 2017. Trump, who is set to take the Oath of Office on 20 January 2017, gave his first press conference in nearly 6 months. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Oh, the depths you will plumb: Trump’s first press conference, a painful spectacle

By J Brooks Spector

Trump Revealed: A 21st Century Wizard of Oz

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: The Global Covenant of Mayors at the C40 Mayors Summit. Mayor Solly Msimanga of Tshwane

TRAINSPOTTER: Did Tshwane’s Solly Msimanga really break SA foreign policy?

By Richard Poplak
Photo: U.S. President-elect Donald Trump listens to questions from reporters in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., January 9, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Segar

Trump hit with claims Russia has compromising info on him

Photo: US President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address to the American people at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, USA, 10 January 2017. Obama's eight year term as president of the USA ends on 20 January when President-elect Donald Trump takes the oath of office. EPA/KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI

Obama says 'Yes, We Did' in emotive farewell address


‘Nessie’ resurfaces, 78 years later: Have you seen this monster?

By Rebecca Davis

While you were sleeping: 10 January 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Namibian Genocide (Ullstein Bild)

Analysis: Can Germany be made to pay up for Namibian genocide?

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: Then US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (C) appears with his wife Melania (L) and daughter Ivanka Trump (R) in an NBC Town Hall on the Today Show in Rockefeller Plaza in New York, New York, USA, 21 April 2016. EPA/PETER FOLEY

US: Donald Trump’s presidential transition to remember

By J Brooks Spector
Photo:  Figurines and paraphernalia related to US President-elect Donald Trump are displayed in a tourist shop in New York, New York, USA, 05 January 2017. Trump will be sworn in as the next President of the United States on 20 January 2017. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US intel report: Putin sought to help Trump in election

Photo: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper Jr., (C) and Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Marcell Lettre II (L), listen to National Security Agency and Cyber Command Chief Michael Rogers (R) testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on 'Foreign Cyber Threats to the United States' in Washington, DC, USA, 05 January 2017. In several tweets, President-elect Donald Trump appeared to side with Julian Assange's claim that Russia was not the source of the DNC's hacked emails released by Wikileaks. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US: Spy chiefs stand firm on Russia findings

Firefighting helicopters battle a vegetation fire fanned by gale force winds raging in the Helderberg mountains around Somerset West, South Africa, 04 January 2017. Over 120 firefighters, three helicopters and a water bombing aircraft have been battling the fire, fanned by winds, around in the Somerset West and Stellenbosch areas. The fire broke out early 03 January, several properties in the area have been evacuated. The cause of the fire is yet unknown. 

While you were sleeping: 5th January 2017

By John Stupart