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While you were sleeping: Tuesday 18 April 2017

Erdogan scoffs away criticism at referendum win, North Korea gives USA hard lesson in diplomacy, and a new supply mission to ISS launches today.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

“I know of a cure for everything: salt water...in one way or the other. Sweat, or tears, or the salt sea.”
Karen Blixen

 
 

It is evidence of how odd are some aspects of our politics that the person everyone has been talking about as the possible next president has been, up until a couple of weeks ago, also one of the quietest people in our politics. For years, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has been seen as the favourite for the position, and yet she has made very few public comments about our country, her own vision of the country’s future, or pretty much anything at all. And yet, since President Jacob Zuma shook the ANC’s fault-lines with his removal of Pravin Gordhan, she has suddenly started to pop up everywhere. And she is pushing factional politics, hard. 

 
 
 

Turkey 'votes' to entrench Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has scoffed at international criticism following his country's referendum. Winning by a narrow margin, Erdogan has been "democratically" granted sweeping powers and has ultimately made the country's parliament redundant. 

 

Korea threatens weekly missile tests

North Korea has rallied from its failed ballistic missile test by threatening to carry out further launches "weekly". Responding to US Vice-President Mike Pence's warning "not to test the US", Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol responded by stating his country's resolve to continue tests. The Trump Administration appeared today to be learning the hard way what a diplomatic quagmire looks like.

 

Opposition to march in Limpopo

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane will lead a combined opposition march to the provincial Treasury in Limpopo today. Starting at 10am, the protest will follow hot on the heels of last Wednesday's massive combined march in Pretoria. Since nobody is really working this week anyway, crowd numbers could be surprisingly higher.

 

Orbital to launch space supply mission

Orbital ATK will launch a rocket towards the International Space Station (ISS) today. Packed full of food and astro-toilet paper, the supply mission will launch from Cape Canaveral. The rocket will be re-packed by ISS crew with garbage and will burn up upon re-entry, gathering scientific data about fires in microgravity in the process.

 
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