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Tuesday, 29th December

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever

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What you read: September & October 2015
Daily Maverick Chronicle: #FeesMustFall – Violence at the Gates of Parliament
When students stormed Parliament's grounds on Wednesday afternoon, SHAUN SWINGLER was
there to document the police's brutal response. It is an upsetting but important video.
#FeesMustFall: South Africa recreated, history redefined, Zuma’s moment ofreckoning
When Nelson Mandela died in December 2013, South Africa went through a period of mourning and soul searching about who we were and where we were heading. We have been in a state of leaderless turmoil for years and
moments like Madiba’s death forced a hard look at ourselves. This week, the youth of South Africa shook this nation to the core; they took their destiny into their hands and put a failing political leadership on notice. Through #FeesMustFall, they
have shown what true leadership, courage and solidarity means. On Friday the Class of 2015 takes their battle to the seat of government. It is a moment of reckoning for our nation and, mostly, for President Jacob Zuma. By RANJENI
Sisonke Msimang: So, Blade is a coward. What's next, Mr President
The first fact that South Africans of good will must agree on, is that the leaders of the ANC who were gathered in Parliament yesterday were afraid, and that the most fearful of them all was one Blade Nzimande, the Minister of Higher
Education, whose job it is to address the concerns of students.
Zambia's power woes: All roads lead to Kariba Dam
Experts have warned that without urgent repairs the Kariba Dam risks collapse, unleashing a ‘tsunami’ of water through the Zambezi Valley, reaching the Mozambique border in just eight hours where it would overwhelm the Cahora Bassa
wall, in so doing eliminating 40% of the region’s hydro-electric capacity and putting an estimated 3.5-million human lives at risk. Overlooked, perhaps inevitably, amidst the hyperbole of collapse, destruction and loss of life, is the cost of the
poor management of the asset, and the water resource, something that can be relatively easily fixed and where the failure to do so is less dramatic but no less costly. By GREG MILLS.

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Wall Street in 2016: What could possibly go wrong?
By all rights, 2016 should be a good year for the U.S. stock market. But a lot could go wrong. Here is the experts' laundry list of concerns. By
Caroline Valetkevitch for Reuters.
Iraqi Prime Minister vows to defeat ISIS in 2016
A triumphant Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared on Monday that the coming year will see his forces defeat Islamic State, after his
military achieved its first major victory since collapsing in the face of the fighters 18 months ago. By Stephen Kalin and Maher Chmaytelli for Reuters.
In Case You Missed It
Video: Evita's Free Speech - Episode 13
Leading up to the 2016 South African Municipal Elections and the 20th year celebration of her theatre in Darling, Evita se Perron, Tannie Evita
has committed herself to broadcasting a Sunday recap of the week's news, with the accent on Free Speech. Here's the Episode 13, by Evita’s sister, Bambi Kellermann. By PIETER-DIRK UYS.
Iraqi army declares victory over Islamic State in

Iraq's army said on Sunday it had defeated Islamic State fighters in a provincial capital west of Baghdad, the first major victory for the
U.S.-trained force since it collapsed in the face of an assault by the militants 18 months ago. By Ahmed Rasheed for Reuters.
As Central Africans prepare to vote, major challenges still

As General Bala Keita, the military head of Central African Republic's U.N. peacekeeping mission, fended off militia attacks on a polling station
in a besieged Muslim enclave in the capital Bangui earlier this month, he was surprisingly optimistic. It certainly wasn't an auspicious start to a constitutional referendum meant to pave the way for pivotal general elections. But amid the machine
gun fire and incoming rocket-propelled grenades, the battle-tested Senegalese officer saw hope. By Crispin Dembassa-Kette and Joe Bavier for Reuters.
Mbuyiseni Ndlozi: The trial: The church on the cross
If the government wants to collect taxes from churches and other religious bodies let it be, many governments in the world do so. It can treat
them as donation tax and get on with it. It must not pretend and overstep its authority by investigating doctrinal questions as a way to arrive at tax collection.
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