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10 December 2016 05:00 (South Africa)

Hillary’s sunset or the one last race?

  • 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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US actress Emma Stone (L) and Canadian actor Ryan Gosling (R) pose during a hand and footprint ceremony honoring them at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, USA, 07 December 2016. Stone and Gosling star in the upcoming movie 'La La Land'.

While you were sleeping: 9 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Ambassador Patrick Gaspard bids farewell to friends at Hill House, 7th December 2016. (Photo: US Embassy)

Smooth Operator: Gaspard leaves South Africa as he came – carrying Obama’s ‘Hope’

By Ranjeni Munusamy
Photo: US President-elect Donald Trump maks an appearance in the lobby of Trump Tower to address reporters in New York, NY, USA, 06 December 2016. EPA/ALBIN LOHR-JONES

Trump’s Taiwan Gambit: Is there method to the King’s madness?

By J Brooks Spector
Arsenal's Lucas Perez, left, scores a goal during an UEFA Champions League Group stage Group A soccer match between FC Basel 1893 and Arsenal FC at the St. Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, 06 December 2016.

While you were sleeping: 8 December 2016

By John Stupart

In the shadow of Fidel: Music to die for – Los Frikis, Cuba’s macabre free electric band

By Chris du Plessis
Photo: A file picture dated 19 May 1998 shows Nelson Mandela with Fidel Castro at a ceremony marking the 50th anniversary of the GATT Agreement, during the ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva, Switzerland. EPA/PATRICK AVIOLAT

ISS Today: Castro’s death casts light on Africa’s relationship with its diaspora

Photo: A ‘Family photograph’ taken at the AU Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 June 2015. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Developing nations the ‘world’s net creditors’

By Greg Nicolson
Main photo: The lost mariners – Anthony Murray, Reginald “Reg” Robertson, Jaryd Payne.

Bigger Than The Weather II: The corporate cover-up goes deeper

By Kevin Bloom
People wearing costumes of Santa Claus presents homeless boy with gifts, at a poor neighborhood in Caracas, Venezuela, 03 December 2016. The Foundation Santa delivered clothes, toys and food for poor people in different parts of the city. EPA/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ

While you were sleeping: 5 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: President-elect Donald Trump (L) points to his running mate, Vice president-elect Mike Pence (R), as he is introduced during the first stop of his ‘USA Thank You Tour 2016’ rally at US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, 01 December 2016. EPA/MARK LYONS

All Aboard the Starship Trump-Surprise: Fasten your seatbelts for a four-year rocky ride

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Anthony Ray Hinton (Ruth Hopkins)

Capital punishment: A thin line between life and death

By Ruth Hopkins
Simon Allison’s travel to The Hague was supported by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the The Hague Municipality.

After a bruising year, the ICC plots a road to redemption

By Simon Allison
Photo: Supporters of the Brazilian soccer team Chapecoense gather at the Arena Conda Arena in Chapeco, Brazil, 29 November 2016, to perform a vigil in honour of the victims of the plane crash in La Union, department of Antioquia, Colombia. According to reports, 75 people died when an aircraft crashed late on 28 November 2016 with 81 people on board, including players of the Brazilian soccer club Chapecoense. The plane crashed in a mountainous area outside Medellin, Colombia as it was approaching the Jose Maria Cordoba airport. The cause of the incident is as yet unknown. Chapecoense were scheduled to play in the Copa Sudamericana final against Medellin’s Atletico Nacional on 30 November 2016. EPA/Fernando Bizerra Jr.

Brazilian football’s response to Chapecoense tragedy offers ray of light in a dark world

By Antoinette Muller
General view of the new protective shelter which is placed over the remains of the nuclear reactor Unit 4, at Chernobyl nuclear power plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine, 29 November 2016. The explosion of Unit 4 of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the early hours of 26 April 1986 is still regarded the biggest accident in the history of nuclear power generation. Under extremely hazardous conditions a steel and concrete structure was built hastily immediately after the accident. The new concrete and steel built over the still-radioactive remains of a reactor which was melted down as a result of the accident and has 105 meters tall, 150 meters length with a width of 257 meters and a 100 years life expectancy of the confinement.

While you were sleeping: 30 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves 10 Downing Street in London, Britain, 23 November 2016. EPA/WILL OLIVER

Op-Ed: The impact of Brexit on South Africa

By Richard Gibb
Photo: Fidel Castro in Washington, 1959. (Wikimedia Commons)

Fidel Castro and America – a mutually assured obsession

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. The court, governed by the Rome Statute, is the first permanent, treaty based, international criminal court established to help end impunity for the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community. EPA/MARTIJN BEEKMAN

ISS Today: ICC states parties must walk the talk more

Photo: Confluence of the North and West branches of the Susquehanna rivers, near Sunbury, Pennsylvania,  by Chris Phan via Flickr

Letter from Trumplandia

By Glen Retief
Photo: Fidel Castro and Ahmed Kathrada, September 1994

Op-Ed: A Tribute to Fidel Castro

By Ahmed Kathrada
Photo: Pope Francis stands in front of the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica after closing it to mark the end of the Jubilee of Mercy at the Vatican, 20 November 2016. EPA/TIZIANA FABI POOL

A Church Divided: Cardinals challenge the Pope

By Russell Pollitt
Photo: Young evacuee (Wikipedia/Library of Congress)

A Trump Datenbank? Attitudes to US Muslims recall internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II

By J Brooks Spector
Soldiers from paratrooper brigades take part  in the jointmanoeuvres held between UK, France, and Spain in Zaragoza, Spain, 22 November 2016. Paratroopers from the British, French, and Spanish brigades have taken part in the 'Listed-Paratrooper II 16' joint manoeuvres to evacuate civilians from places in conflict.

While you were sleeping: 23 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A file photo dated 09 March 2013 shows Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta  smiling after winning in 2013 Presidential election in Nairobi, Kenya  EPA/DANIEL IRUNGU

Kenya: Top official threatens civil society activist at ICC

By Simon Allison
Photo: The ICC building in the Hague, Netherlands, by Roel Wijnants via Flickr

View from The Hague: ‘The ICC bleeding has stopped’

By Simon Allison
Photo: US President-elect Donald Trump (L) hugs Chairman of the Republican National Committee Reince Priebus (R) on stage during his 2016 US presidential Election Night event at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York, New York, USA, 08 November 2016. US businessman Republican Donald Trump has won the US presidential election. EPA/SHAWN THEW

US: The Trump Cabinet of Equals

By J Brooks Spector
Main Photo: Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, speaks during a press conference at Palacio de Narino, in Bogota, Colombia, 03 October 2016, one day after Colombians narrowly voted 'no' in the referendum on the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group. EPA/MAURICIO DUENAS CASTANEDA

Colombia, Turnaround Country

BY EPA/Alba Vigaray
Lettering reading 'Trump Place' is removed from the facade of an apartment complex in New York, New York, USA, 16 November 2016. Residents of the apartment building, along with two other New York City buildings, have petitioned to change the names on the properties in the wake of the US elections. US President-elect Donald Trump had his name branded on the buildings when he was the owner.

While you were sleeping: 18 November 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: A picture made available on 10 November 2016 shows Iraqi policemen standing in the recently recaptured town of Hammam al-Alil, southern Mosul, Iraq, 09 November 2016. Iraqi security forces gained full control over the town of Hammam al-Alil, southern Mosul, after days of fierce clashes with Islamic state group, a military source said. EPA/STR

Islamic State: Africa braces for consequences of Mosul victory

By Jasmine Opperman
Dancers of the Moscow Ballet of Classical Choreography 'La Classique' perform on stage during the premiere of Tchaikovsky's ballet 'The Nutcracker' at the Multifunctional Concert Hall 'Jordanki' in Bydgoszcz, Poland, 15 November 2016. The ballet company inaugurated its first Polish tour.

While you were sleeping: 17 November 2016

By John Stupart