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Stalingrad: the city, the heroism, the horror – 70 years later

  • 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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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
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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

By ISS TODAY
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
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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

By AFP
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

By AFP
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‘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

By AFP
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

By AFP
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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
Photo: Rod Rodriguez wearing a Donald Trump clown mask and carrying a sign that reads 'Scariest Clown Ever!', joined over a thousand demonstrators who marched on International Migrants Day through downtown Los Angeles, California, USA, 18 December 2016.  EPA/MIKE NELSON

US: Trump again dismisses intel on Russian hacking

By AFP
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Podcast: The Wait Is Almost Over

By SOUND AFRICA
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A diver wearing costumes of Santa Claus feeds fishes and rays at Sunshine Aquarium during a special seasoning feeding show in Tokyo, Japan, 22 December 2016. 

While you were sleeping: 23 December 2016

By John Stupart
PICTURE OF THE DAY
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The truck that crashed into a Christmas market, close to the Kaiser Wilhelm memorial church in Berlin, Germany, 19 December 2016. According to the police, several people are reported killed and many injured in what police suspect was a deliberate attack. 

While you were sleeping: 21 December 2016

By John Stupart
Photo: Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a working lunch with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (not pictured) at the prime minister's official residence in Tokyo, Japan, 16 December 2016. EPA/TOMOHIRO OHSUMI / POOL

2016: A Big Year for Putin

By Saif Islam
Photos by EPA (Trump) and Greg Nicolson/Daily Maverick (Zuma)

Analysis: South Africa’s Trump moment is brewing

By SIMON FREEMANTLE
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A stormtrooper walks trough the red carpet during the premiere of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premier at the Tate Modern Museum in London, Britain, 13 December 2016. Rogue One forms part of the new Star Wars Anthology series and will be released in the UK on December 15.

While you were sleeping: 15 December 2016

By John Stupart