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28 March 2017 13:52 (South Africa)
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Of generals, spies, pretty women and the FBI: The Petraeus Affair

  • J Brooks Spector
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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.

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A gallery assistant looks at the light installation 'Forms in Space...by Light (in Time)' by Welsh artist Cerith Wyn Evans at the Tate Britain in London, Britain, 27 March 2017. The sculpture is made from almost 2km of neon lighting and is created for the annual Tate Britain Commission. The annual commission, with the support by Sotheby’s auction house, invited contemporary British artist Cerith Wyn Evans to create fro 2017 a new artwork for the Duveen Galleries in the center of the Tate Britain museum.

While you were sleeping: 28 March 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump gets in the driver’s seat of an 18-wheeler while meeting with truck drivers and trucking CEOs on the South Portico prior to their meeting to discuss healthcare at the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 23 March 2017.  EPA/JIM LO SCALZO

US: Trump’s week of incompetence wrapped in arrogance, with a hint of treason

By J Brooks Spector
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Polar bear cub Quintana explores her enclosure at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, 23 March 2017. The cub was born on 21 November 2016.

While you were sleeping: 24 March 2016

By John Stupart
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Armed police following major incidents outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain, 22 March 2017. Scotland Yard said on 22 March 21017 the police were called to a firearms incident in the Westminister palace grounds and on Westminster Bridge amid reports of several people injured in central London.

While you were sleeping: 23 March 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Armed police following major incidents outside the Houses of Parliament in central London, Britain 22 March 2017. EPA/ANDY RAIN

Analysis: Lessons to be learnt from terror attacks beyond South Africa’s borders

By Jasmine Opperman
Photo: Co-founder and CEO of Airbnb Brian Chesky speaks during an interview in Langa township, Cape Town, South Africa March 17, 2017. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Airbnb’s African takeover: One-on-One with founder Brian Chesky

By Rebecca Davis
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US President Donald J. Trump walks to a meeting with House Republicans to encourage a deal on the American Health Care Act in the US Capitol in Washington, DC, USA, 21 March 2017. The long-awaited House vote to repeal Obamacare is expected on 23 March.

While you were sleeping: 22 March 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Martin McGuinness, deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland, arrives to a meeting of the Joint Ministerial Committee at number 10 Downing street in London, Britain, 24 October 2016 (reissued 21 March 2017). EPA/FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Op-Ed: Martin McGuinness and the comparative struggles of Northern Ireland and South Africa

By Wilmot James
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Review: The Chocolate Case, the Netherlands’ answer to child slavery

By Marelise van der Merwe
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump looks on during a rally at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, 20 March 2017. Trump is appearing at several Make America Great Again rallies around the country. EPA/MARK LYONS

Trump Under Scrutiny: Expect Watergate on steroids

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A woman walks past a disused tanker in Sheikh, Somaliland. Photo: Greg Mills.

Security in Africa: Military partnerships can foster economic growth on the continent

By OLUSEGUN OBASANJO, GREG MILLS & DICKIE DAVIS
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (R) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel during a joint news conference in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 17 March 2017. EPA/CLEMENS BILAN

Health-e News: US Gag Rule to cause more abortion-related deaths

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Photo: President Jacob Zuma with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Second Extraordinary Summit of the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crises (ACIRC) at the African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 9 November 2016. (Photo: GCIS)

Analysis: ANC's International Relations Discussion Document – not a guide to what to do next

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: In this file picture dated 17 June 2003, armed UN soldiers from Uruguay gather in their headquarters in Bunia, Congo. EPA/MAURIZIO GAMBARINI

Op-Ed: Mental health, the missing link in sustainable peacebuilding

By Friederike Bubenzer
Photo: Pope Francis has his picture taken during a visit to the Roman Parish of Santa Maddalena di Canossa, near Rome, Italy, 12 March 2017. EPA/ANGELO CARCONI

Francis: People's Pope, four years on

By Russell Pollitt
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An Ultra Orthodox Jewish child dressed as a clown (C) stands among men reading from the Book of Esther during a prayer for the Jewish Holiday of Purim in the Mea Shaarim neighborhood in Jerusalem, Israel, 12 March 2017.The joyful Jewish holiday of Purim celebrates the Jews' salvation from genocide in ancient Persia, as recounted in the Scroll of Esther.

While you were sleeping: 14 March 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: German Chancellor Angela Merkel greets the chairwoman of the African Union Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma before the beginning of the outreach conference at Elmau Castle in Elmau, Germany, 08 June 2015. EPA/PETER KNEFFEL

Analysis: How to Shatter Glass Ceilings

By J Brooks Spector
Main photo: Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena speaks to the media during a news conference after attending the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. Headquarters, in Colombo, October 2, 2015. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

Sri Lanka: A dream of becoming India’s Hong Kong

By Greg Mills
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump attends a meeting on healthcare in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 13 March 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS

Letter from Trumpland: Aminé, the N-Word, and a Parable of Race and Numbers

By Glen Retief
Photo: South African President, Jacob Zuma (2-R) and AU chair, Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe (3-L) seen during the ‘Family photograph’ taken at the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Op-Ed: A gap opens for South Africa to do right on the ICC

By Max du Plessis
Photo: A photo provided by the South African GCIS shows South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma (L) speaking to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attending a session of the 24th African Union Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State/Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) at the African Union Headquaters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011. EPA/Ntswe MokoenaPhoto: A photo provided by the South African GCIS shows South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma (L) speaking to Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) attending a session of the 24th African Union Summit of the NEPAD Heads of State/Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC) at the African Union Headquaters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 29 January 2011. EPA/Ntswe Mokoena

South Africa and the ICC: The Hague’s golden opportunity to convince Zuma to stay

By Simon Allison
Photo: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May gives a press briefing during the European spring summit in Brussels, Belgium, 09 March 2017. EPA/OLIVIER HOSLET

ISS Today: Brexit Europe, not Brexit Africa

By ISS TODAY
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People are seen around a sculpture titled 'The Fearless Girl' by artist Kristen Visbal which was installed overnight facing the famous sculpture of the charging bull in Lower Manhattan by State Street Global Advisors to promote the idea of women in leadership positions in New York, New York, USA, 07 March 2017.

While you were sleeping: 9th March 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Dhaka, by Mariusz Kluzniak via Flickr

Bangladesh: An African Path to Prosperity?

By Greg Mills
Photo of Justice Zak Yacoob by Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick.

Top SA jurists make the case for the ICC, as South Africa withdraws its original notice of withdrawal

By Simon Allison
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump gestures after disembarking Marine One walking on the South Lawn towards the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 05 March 2017. EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

US: Sleepless in Trumpland

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) applaud as US President Donald J. Trump (C) delivers his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. EPA/JIM LO SCALZO / POOL

Gagged and bound: Abortion, the Mexico City policy and the cost of silence

By Marelise van der Merwe
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Brazilian tennis player Marcelo Demoliner receives a ball from a trained dog that collects tennis balls, during an exhibition event aimed at promoting the adoption of stray animals during their ATP 250 Brazil Open 2017 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 4 March. 

While you were sleeping: 8th March 2017

By John Stupart
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People walk at the corniche al-Manara in Beirut, Lebanon, 05 March 2017.

While you were sleeping: 7 March 2017

By John Stupart