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28 March 2017 19:43 (South Africa)

Open Letter to African Economic and Trade Ministers: There’s a Trump in your future, like it or not

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    J Brooks Spector

    Spector settled in Johannesburg after a career as a US diplomat in Africa and East Asia. He has taught at the U. of the Witwatersrand, been a consultant for an international NGO, run a theatre, and been a commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media, in addition to writing for The Daily Maverick from day one. He says he learned everything he needs to know about politics from ‘Casablanca.’ Maybe he's cynical about some things, but a late Beethoven string quartet, John Coltrane’s music and a dish of Pad Thai will bring him close to tears.

Photo: President Donald J. Trump reacts after delivering his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. Traditionally the first address to a joint session of Congress by a newly-elected president is not referred to as a State of the Union. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO
Photo: Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo, speaks at the 52nd Security in Munich, Germany, 13 February 2016. The 52nd Security Conference, where foreign policy and defence experts are meeting to discuss global crises continues until 14 February 2016. EPA/SVEN HOPPE

Op-Ed: Olusegun Obasanjo at 80 – African icon, global treasure

By Greg Mills
Photo: Patient 2441 has an HIV AIDS test at the main railway station in central Johannesburg during a new initiative of traveling AIDS testing clinics, South Africa, Wednesday 25 November 2005. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: Philanthropy is never without risk

By Shelagh Gastrow
Photo: President Trump’s National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (L) talks with Sen. Jeff Sessions (R), Present Trump’s nominee to be Attorney General, before the Inaugural Parade for President Donald J. Trump after he was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in Washington, DC, USA, 20 January 2017. EPA/JUSTIN LANE EPA/JUSTIN LANE

US: Donald Trump’s very own Russiagate in the making

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A file picture dated 23 November 2015 shows the new home of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

Op-Ed: In South Africa’s date with ICC destiny, Mandela’s legacy is a beacon to follow

By Paul Seils

Chronicle: When the Dust Settles

Photo: French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel (L-R, on screen) sit on stage during the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich during the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich during the 53rd Munich Security Conference (MSC) in Munich, Germany, 18 February 2017. EPA/PHILIPP GUELLAND

ISS Today: Munich Security Conference – two elephants, one room

Photo: U.S. President Donald Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives iin Washington, U.S., February 28, 2017.  REUTERS/Jim Lo Scalzo

US: Trump’s first speech to Congress:  A credible imitation of an actual, real-life president

By J Brooks Spector

While you were sleeping: 1st March 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: (L-R) Mahershala Ali (Actor in a Supporting Role for Moonlight), Emma Stone (Actress in a Leading Role for La La Land), Viola Davis (Actress in a Supporting Role for Fences) and Casey Affleck (Actor in a Leading Role for Manchester by the Sea) pose in the press room during the 89th annual Academy Awards ceremony at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 26 February 2017. EPA/PAUL BUCK

Oscars 2017: A whimper that ended with a bang

By Rebecca Davis
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.

ISS Today: The ICC can bring South Africa back into the fold

Photo: Potala Palace is on the Red Hill of Lhasa, Tibet. The Palace was rebuilt by the 5th Dalai Lama in 1645. It was the seat of Dalai Lamas and also the political center of Tibet. The 13th Dalai Lama extended it to the present size, 117 meters (384 ft) in height and 360 meters (1,180 ft) in width, covering an area of more than 130,000 sq meters. Comprised of the White Palace (administration building) and the Red Palace (religious building). Lhasa, Tibet. (Photo by Dennis Jarvis via Flickr)

Letter to the Editor: Chinese Embassy responds to Rebecca Davis’s story on Dalai Lama’s new representative

By Daily Maverick
Members of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas team prepare the Mercedes W08 Formula One car after British driver Lewis Hamilton (centre) tested the car ahead of a photocall to launch the new Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 car and team at Silverstone, Northamptonshire, Britain, 23 February 2017.

While you were sleeping: 24th February 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: A handout photo made available by by the Defense Video Imagery Distribution System (DVIDS) on 20 February 2017 shows Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, director, Army Capabilities Integration Center, deputy-commanding general, Futures, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, speaking to students, staff, and faculty during a visit to U.S. Naval War (NWC) College in Newport, R.I., USA, 22 March 2016. US President Donald J. Trump announced on 20 February 2017 Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster would serve as national security advisor. EPA/Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl / HO Released by CDR Barbara Mertz, Public Affairs Officer, US Naval War College, (401)841-2220,

US: The new Ringmaster for Trump’s Circus?

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: French riot police clashes with protesters during a demonstration to support Theo and against police violence in Paris, France, 18 February 2017. Theo, a young man, was hospitalised for an emergency surgery after he was allegedly sodomized with a truncheon during a police check on 02 February 2017. The incident sparked violent protests in the Paris suburb, one police officer is now charged with rape. EPA/ETIENNE LAURENT

Op-Ed: Liberté, égalité, brutalité? Police-community relations in France

By Carilee Osborne
Photo: Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and President Jacob Zuma during the SADC Organ Troika Meeting at Elephant Hills Hotel, Victoria Falls, ahead of the 34th Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Heads of State and Government Ordinary Summit on Economic Transformation. Zimbabwe . 16/08/2012. Siyabulela Duda (GCIS)

‘Hasty, irrational and unconstitutional’: High Court’s damning verdict on SA’s ICC withdrawal

By Simon Allison
Photo: Cardinal Burke at Saint Francies de Sales for Solemn Te Deum and Benediction (Photo by Phil Rousin via Flickr)

Op-Ed: Pope vs Conservatives – when the shepherd wears lace

By Russell Pollitt
Photo by Benjamin Disinger via Flickr.

Cyberspying: The Ghost in Your Machine

By Heidi Swart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump signs H.J. Res. 38, disapproving the rule submitted by the US Department of the Interior known as the Stream Protection Rule, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, February 16, 2017. The Department of Interior’s Stream Protection Rule, which was signed during the final month of the Obama administration, ‘addresses the impacts of surface coal mining operations on surface water, groundwater, and the productivity of mining operation sites’, according to the summary of the resolution. EPA/Ron Sachs / POOL

US: The unravelling of Trump, Ep 78

By J Brooks Spector
Swiss musher Ueli Gerber leads his six Samoyed dogs during the international dog sled races in the Bernese Oberland, Kandersteg, Switzerland, 18 February 2017. 

While you were sleeping: 20th February 2018

By John Stupart
A member of the Shwe Daung Circus performs during the opening show at People Park in Yangon, Myanmar, 14 February 2017. The Shwe Daung (Golden Peacock) Circus, led by Sarah Schwartz of Germany and Sergio Nguyen of France, has European, African and South American performers and was founded in 2016. 

While you were sleeping: 16th February 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump waves outside the entrance to the West Wing after seeing off Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (not pictured) following their meeting at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 15 February 2017. This is the first official meeting of the two leaders since President Trump has taken office. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Trump, eugenics, and the historical precedent for his anti-Muslim travel ban

By Steven Robins
Photo: Tibet’s new representative in South Africa, Ngodup Dorjee, works out of a tiny office in Centurion. Picture: Haji Mohamed Dawjee

Long Wait for Freedom: Tibet still hopes for SA government’s support

By Rebecca Davis
Photo: US Army Lieutenant-General Michael Flynn looks at US President-elect Donald Trump as he talks with the media at Mar-a-Lago estate where Trump attends meetings, in Palm Beach, Florida, US, December 21, 2016. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

General Mayhem: Michael Flynn resigns in disgrace; the world scratches its collective head

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Then Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates (L) and his wife Melinda (C) stand with Warren Buffett (R), the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, during a press conference where Buffett announced that he is donating $30 billion of his own wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in New York on Monday 26 June 2006. EPA/JUSTIN LANE

Dear Warren, love, Bill: What billionaires talk about when they talk about the poor

By Simon Allison
Photo: National Security Advisor, retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, speaks during a news briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 01 February 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Trump's national security advisor Flynn resigns over Russia contacts

Photo: Steve Bannon (C), chief strategist for US President Donald Trump, listens during a session with US President Donald J. Trump meeting with county sheriffs during a listening session in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 07 February 2017.  EPA/ANDREW HARRER / POOL

Analysis: SA needs to talk about the Islamic State’s real dangers, Trump’s extreme positions be damned

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: National Security Adviser Michael Flynn (C) and Senior Counselor to the President Steve Bannon (R), sit nearby as US President Donald J. Trump (L) speaks on the phone with Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull in the Oval Office in Washington, DC, USA, 28 January 2017. The call was one of five calls with foreign leaders scheduled for 28 January. EPA/PETE MAROVICH / POOL

On the ropes again: Trump’s three weeks of chaos

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A man walks in front of a huge banner with picture of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reading on ‘One nation, One flag, One homeland, One state’, in Istanbul, Turkey, 27 January 2017. Turkey’s parliament on 21 January approved a reform of the constitution to change the country’s parliamentarian system of governance into a presidential one, which the opposition denounced as giving more power to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A referendum on the amendments is expected to be held in April. EPA/SEDAT SUNA

ISS Today: Sailing from Byzantium – Turkey’s venture into Africa

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kisses the Vince Lombardi trophy during the victory parade through the streets of Boston, Massachusetts, USA, 07 February 2017. The New England Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, on 05 February 2017.

While you were sleeping: 9th February 2017

By John Stupart