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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. Spector is a Writing Fellow of the Unit of Johannesburg’s Institute for Advanced Studies. 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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Photo: Protesters demonstrate against the World Economic Forum (WEF) and US president Donald Trump, in Bern, Switzerland, 13 January 2018. The WEF will take place from January 23 till January 26 in Davos. EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN MERZ

Statesmen write to Trump about 'enduring bonds' between Africa and the US

By PETER FABRICIUS
BY EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

Former Trump Campaign Manager and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (L) leaves the building after he testified before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill on Washington, DC, USA, 16 January 2018. Bannon refused to answer questions from the committee and was served on the spot with a subpoena.

While you were sleeping: 18 January 2018

By John Stupart
BY EPA-EFE/DEAN LEWINS

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves against Tatjana Maria of Germany during round one, on day two of the Australian Open tennis tournament, in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 16 January 2018.

While you were sleeping: 17 January 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: Lord Peter Hain (EPA)

Scorpio: Hogan Lovells declares 'disappointment' at Lord Hain accusations

By PAULI VAN WYK

While you were sleeping: 16 January 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump makes opening remarks as he holds a cabinet meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 10 January 2018. Pictured from left to right: US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson; President Trump; US Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis; and US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. EPA-EFE/Ron Sachs / POOL

US, SA agree not to step in the by-product of Trump’s racist statement

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: Lord Peter Hain (EPA)

Scorpio: Lord Hain labels Moyane and Makwakwa ‘corrupt’, Hogan Lovells ‘either a willingly gullible or malevolent accomplice’

By PAULI VAN WYK
BY EPA-EFE/STR TURKEY

A Boeing 737-800 passenger plane of Pegasus Airlines sits on a cliff crashed after going off the runway at Trabzon Airport in Trabzon, Turkey, 14 January 2018. According to reports, the aircraft flying from Ankara to Trabzon went off the tarmac after landing on 13 January. No injuries of the 162 passengers and 6 crew were reported in the accident.

While you were sleeping: 15 January 2018

By AFP
Photo: Jessye Lapenn, the Chargé D’Affaires at the U.S. Mission to South Africa, administered the oath to Peace Corps volunteers on September 22, 2017. Photo: US Embassy SA (flickr)

South African government to démarche US embassy official over Trump’s slur

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump returns to the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, 07 January 2018. EPA-EFE/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL

US: Trump’s cringeworthy prelude to a nasty, dangerous 2018

By J Brooks Spector
File Photo: US President Donald Trump delivers remarks during a prison reform roundtable in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 11 January 2018.  EPA-EFE/SHAWN THEW

Trump's slur against African countries causes outrage

By PETER FABRICIUS
Photo: A placard with the hashtag MeToo (#MeToo) stands on a desk during a debate to discuss preventive measures against sexual harassment and abuse in the EU at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, 25 October 2017. EPA-EFE/PATRICK SEEGER

Op-Ed: Breaking the Silence - Male Survivors of Sexual Violence in Conflict

By ALEXANDRA AMLING
BY EPA-EFE/DAN HIMBRECHTS

Cattle on a dyke bordered by flood water at Fort Pannerden in Doornenburg, The Netherlands, 10 January 2018. After heavy rains and snow melt, the water levels in the Dutch rivers have risen.

While you were sleeping: 11 January 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: www.publicdomainpictures.net

Op-Ed: Cryptocurrencies – Digital gold, a bubble or an investment case?

By Daniel Polakow, Nico Katzke & Onno Huyser
BY EPA-EFE/DAN HIMBRECHTS

Rebecca Hickson (L) and Sarah Turnbull pose for photographs after being married in a ceremony in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, 09 January 2018. The day marks the first official day same-sex marriage ceremonies can take place in Australia after legislation was passed in parliament in December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 10 January 2018

By John Stupart
PICTURE OF THE DAY

BY EPA-EFE/FRIEDEMANN VOGEL

A general view of the church of Immerath that is to be demolished to expand the Tagebau Garzweiler daylight mine, in Immerath, North-Rhine Westphalia, Germany, 08 January 2018. The large surface mine (Tagebau) is operated by RWE and is used for mining lignite. 

While you were sleeping: 9 January 2018

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump gestures as he returns to the White House in Washington, D.C., USA, 07 January 2018. President Trump was on a weekend trip with Republican leadership and members of his cabinet at Camp David. EPA-EFE/KEVIN DIETSCH / POOL

US: The 'Very Stable Genius' of Donald Trump

By J Brooks Spector

US: Donald Trump’s Yuge, Bigly first year as President. It was gonna be amazing, folks. It wasn’t.

By J Brooks Spector
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Flying low: The Guptas could lose ZS-OAK, their private jet

By Richard Poplak
BY EPA-EFE/JIM LO SCALZO

US President Donald J. Trump, joined by Republican members of the House and Senate, speaks about the passage of the Republican tax plan on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, USA 20 December 2017. The President is expected to sign the bill in January.

While you were sleeping: 22 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrive for the opening of the Frankfurt Book Fair at Messe Frankfurt, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, 10 October 2017. EPA-EFE/ARMANDO BABANI

2017 Daily Maverick International Persons of the Year runners-up: Axis of Reason – Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A protester holds up a sign at a #MeToo rally in front of the Trump International Hotel at Columbus Circle in New York, New York, USA, 09 December 2017. EPA-EFE/PETER FOLEY

2017 Daily Maverick International Persons of the Year – The Silence Breakers

By J Brooks Spector
BY DAILY MAVERICK

Zizi Kodwa and David Mahlobo address the media at the ANC elective conference, Wednesday 20 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 21 December 2017

By John Stupart

US: Donald Trump’s Yuge, Bigly first year as President. It was gonna be amazing, folks. It wasn’t.

By J Brooks Spector
BY DAILY MAVERICK

Street vendors sell ANC memorabilia on the sidelines of Nasrec, Sunday 17 December.

While you were sleeping: 18 December 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Justice Minister Michael Masutha (GCIS)

Op-Ed: South Africa could inspire reform of the International Criminal Court – but chooses to be an outlier in the global justice system instead

By Angela Mudukuti
BY EPA-EFE/DEAN LEWINS

Dawid Malan (C) watches as Australia's Cameron Bancroft and captain Steve Smith miss the catch on Day 1 of the Third Test match between Australia and England at the WACA in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, 14 December 2017.

While you were sleeping: 15 December 2017

By John Stupart
File Photo: A picture dated 23 June 2014 shows Canadian-Egyptian journalist Mohammed Fahmy flashing the victory sign from behind bars during the sentencing session for al-Jazeera journalists in Cairo, Egypt. An Egyptian court on 12 February 2015 ordered the release of two Al Jazeera journalists jailed for more than a year. Fahmy was ordered to pay a bail of 250,000 Egyptian pounds (around US$32,890). His colleague Egyptian journalist Baher Mohammed was released without bail. EPA/KHALED ELFIQI

Op-Ed: Record number of journalists jailed as Turkey, China, Egypt pay scant price for repression

By Elana Beiser
BY EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA
Fire fighters at the scene of an explosion at a gas hub of OMV in Baumgarten, Austria, 12 December 2017. According to reports by the Red Cross, at least one person has died and 18 others have been injured in the explosion.

While you were sleeping: 13 December 2017

By John Stupart