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While you were sleeping: 14 March 2017

  • John Stupart
    John Stupart
    John Stupart

    John Stupart is the editor of the African Defence Review. He has completed his masters in War Studies at Kings College and has blathered endlessly on several mediums on all things pertaining to African defence policy, strategic, operational and tactical challenges. Most importantly, he brings you DailyMaverick's First Thing daily newsletter each morning.

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.
The Soyuz booster rocket FG with Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft is rolled out to the launch pad by train at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, 26 July 2017. Expedition 52-53 crewmembers Paolo Nespoli of European Space Agency, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos, and Randy Bresnik of NASA are scheduled to launch on the Soyuz MS-05 to the International Space Station (ISS) on 28 July 2017. The Expedition 52/53 crew will spend more than four months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth in December.

While you were sleeping: 27 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: First lady Melania Trump (R) introduces US President Donald J. Trump (L) before his speech during a 'Make America Great Again' rally at the Covelli Centre in Youngstown, Ohio, USA, 25 July 2017. EPA/DAVID MAXWELL

US: The Unlikeable Mr Trump's less than great week

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: A man holding a Colombian flag walks in the transitional local zones for normalization (ZVTN) of Buenavista, in Meta, Colombia, 27 June 2017. After completing the handover of their weapons to monitors of the United Nations, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) has ceased to exist and will now work as a political party. EPA/MAURICIO DUENAS CASTANEDA

Colombia: Guerrillas of war to guerrillas of conservation

Convention goers participate in a photo shoot for people dressed as Marvel Comics characters during the second day of the Comic Con International 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California, USA, 21 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 26 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Michael Flynn, then National Security Adviser to US President Donald J. Trump... and PW Botha. (EPA and Reuters)

Letter from Trumpland: Wieners on the grill, next to the boerewors and sosaties

By Glen Retief
By EPA/Jason Bean
O.J. Simpson (R) attends his parole hearing at Lovelock Correctional Center, in Lovelock, Nevada, USA, 20 July 2017. Simpson is serving a nine to 33 year prison term for a 2007 armed robbery and kidnapping conviction.

While you were sleeping: 21 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump holds a Channellock tool during a meeting with US company representatives and featuring products made in the United States, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, DC, USA, 19 July 2017. EPA/MICHAEL REYNOLDS.

When the leadership skills are missing in action: Exhibit Trump

By J Brooks Spector
A fireman works to extinguish embers the day after a large fire swept through the pine forest of Castelfusano in Ostia near Rome, Italy, 18 July 2017. Homes in Rome have been evacuated after famed beauty spots went up in smoke outside the Italian capital and in the southern Italian port amid a continuing spate of alleged arson related wildfires across Italy.

While you were sleeping: 20 July 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Mathias_Voelzke – When We Were Exhaling Images at Friedrichsplatz

Documenta 14 Kassel: Art with purpose, beyond neoliberal culture

By EPA/Balazs Czagany
Goalie Jessica Milcich of New Zealand prepares to save a shot during the New Zealand vs South Africa women's water polo Group B second round match at the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Hajos Alfred National Swimming Pool in Budapest, Hungary, 18 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 19 July 2017

By John Stupart
Britain's Prince George (L) and Princess Charlotte (R) look through the airplane window as they arrive with their parents Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (not seen) at the airport in Warsaw, Poland, 17 July 2017. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are on a first official visit to Poland.

While you were sleeping: 18 July 2017

By John Stupart
Main photo: Manufacturing the Black Banner – Islamic State Flag. Portrayed in a recent photo report of the Islamic State. Damascus (Syria)

Op-Ed: Islamic State’s future lies in a narrative of an imaginary world that became reality

By Jasmine Opperman

amaBhungane & Scorpio: The Almighty Dollar – A #GuptaLeaks game-changer?

By amaBhungane & Scorpio
Roger Federer of Switzerland kisses the championship trophy following his victory over Marin Cilic of Croatia in the men's final of the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 16 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 17 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: People shout slogans holding Turkish flags during a rally for the first anniversary of the failed coup attempt on Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul, Turkey, 15 July 2017. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed US-based Turkish cleric Fetullah Gulen and his movement for masterminding the failed coup and Turkey remains under a state of emergency as a result. Photo: EPA/TOLGA BOZOGLU

One year after the attempted coup, Turkey warns SA of ‘dangers’ of exiled Gülenists

Photo: Republican Donald Trump talks with son Donald Trump Jr.(L) at the end of the second Presidential Debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, 09 October 2016. EPA/SAUL LOEB

‘Lawyer Up’ Time: Trump Administration lumbers deeper into the swamp

By J Brooks Spector
A fire service helicopter drops flame retardant on the 'Whittier' wildfire in Santa Barbara County, California, USA, 11 July 2017. High temperatures in the western US and Canada have wildfires burning in several states and provinces.

While you were sleeping: 13 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: Donald Trump, Jr. upon his arrival in the lobby of Trump Tower in New York, NY, USA, 18 January 2017. EPA/ALBIN LOHR-JONES / POOL

Trump & Son Inc: Or, How Donald Jr learned to stop worrying and love the email bomb

By J Brooks Spector
Alison Mosshart singer of indie rock band The Kills performs on the stage of the Auditorium Stravinski during the 51st Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland, 10 July 2017 (issued 11 July 2017). The event runs from 30 June to 15 July.

While you were sleeping: 12 July 2017

By John Stupart
Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in their third round match during the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, 08 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 10 July 2017

By John Stupart

Analysis: Bell Pottinger has taught us what to treasure in the long, painful haul back to freedom

By Marianne Thamm
Photo: Ivanka Trump (C), daughter and personal adviser of US President Donald J. Trump, and Christine Lagarde (R), managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), watch UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres (L) gesturing as they speak ahead of the the launch event of the 'Women's Entrepreneurship Facility' within the second day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, 08 July 2017. The G20 Summit (or G-20 or Group of Twenty) is an international forum for governments from 20 major economies. The summit is taking place in Hamburg 07 to 08 July 2017. EPA/MICHAEL UKAS / POOL

‘Dear Diary’: Ivanka Trump in Hamburg

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Team Sky rider Christopher Froome (R) of Great Britain in action during the 9th stage of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 181.5 km between Nantua and Chambery, France, 09 July 2017. EPA/YOAN VALAT

Tour de France for Dummies, weekend wrap: Crashes, cramps, broken bones and wins by 6mm

By Antoinette Muller
Main photo: Ducati’s Borgo Panigale factory in Bologna produces three-quarters of its annual sales.

La Passione + Innovation, Branding and Markets = Success

By Greg Mills

The Art of Spin 2.0: Bell Pottinger apology – playing the victim – not accepted

By Marianne Thamm
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

ICC: SA had a duty to arrest al-Bashir and surrender him to the courts

A Tibetan artists wearing a traditional costume waits before their performance during the 82nd pre-birthday celebration of Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama at a Monastery in Kathmandu, Nepal, 05 July 2017. More than 1,000 monks and other Tibetans gathered at the Monastery compound to celebrate their spiritual leader's birthday. The Nepalese government has banned all kinds of Tibetan activities against the Chinese rule in Tibet so Tibetans have been changing the venue of the Dalai Lama's birthday celebration. The Dalai Lama will turn 82 on 06 July 2017.

While you were sleeping: 6 July 2017

By John Stupart
Photo: US President Donald J. Trump (R) and First Lady Melania Trump (L) wave after arriving at Okecie Airport in Warsaw, Poland, 05 July 2017. US President Donald J. Trump is on a two-day visit in Poland. He will meet Polish President Andrzej Duda as well as speak to the leaders of Three Seas Initiative nations and address the Polish people at Warsaw's Krasinski Square. EPA/Pawel Supernak

Donald Goes East: Days of TrumPutin

By J Brooks Spector
Photo: Team Sky rider Christopher Froome (R) of Britain and BMC Racing Team rider Richie Porte (L) of Australia in the final sprint of the 104th edition of the Tour de France cycling race over 160,5km between Vittel and La Planche des Belles Filles, France, 05 July 2017. EPA/GUILLAUME HORCAJUELO

Tour de France for Dummies, Stage 5: Good day for Meintjes, Froome takes the yellow jersey

By Antoinette Muller