The ANC has shown its steadfast support for Ramaphosa, giving him a bigger win than he achieved in 2017 despite the recent scandal at his game farm. He must now avoid focusing too much on problems within his party, and instead start to govern on behalf of the entire nation amid this severe energy crisis.
Ramaphosa has won the presidency of the ANC, but he won't necessarily be able to resolve internal party divisions or put forward his renewal project for the party. The political culture of the organization is toxic, and conflicts between his faction and that of the Radical Economic Transformation group have only deepened during the conference. These political circumstances will act as an unyielding barrier to effective leadership and governance.
Putin knows Russia is losing the war and is panicking. The Russian leader is clearly paranoid and believes anyone who wants to promote peace is a spy or traitor. Russian propagandists may argue that the country is operating from a position of strength, but they are shaking in their boots.
NATO and the US — which have ignored Russia's security concerns by breaking its promise not to expand eastward in return for German reunification — are coordinating to impose their dominance, and Putin, knowing what’s at stake, is taking the lead to make sure his security leaders do too.
There is a 95% chance that Vladimir Putin will be the president of the Russian Federation by February 1, 2023, according to the Metaculus prediction community.
While those responsible for the Holocaust should rightfully be held to account, it's unclear just how much justice victims and families will truly get by convicting perpetrators who either don't have to serve their sentences because of their advanced age or receive lenient ones, such as in this case. It's time to consider alternative but equally promising ways of dealing with unresolved Holocaust crimes.
Trials like this are vital to keeping the tragedy of the Holocaust in our collective memories, and they send an important signal, reaffirming the political and moral responsibility of individuals in authoritarian regimes. This is especially true in this case, as the role played by female Nazi war criminals is often overlooked.
According to the government's account, Bankman-Fried's corruption was baked into FTX's processes from the very start of its operation. Whether he was dishonest, deluded, or both, the US government needs to conduct the most thorough investigation and prosecution of this fraudulent crypto billionaire.
Among the charges that Bankman-Fried faces are those of campaign finance violations going up to tens of millions of dollars. These donations went to the highest level of leadership in both the Democratic and Republican parties, which begs the question did these political elites know where their high-dollar donations were coming from? And what will happen to all that money?
Hobbs thought she could get away with these election irregularities without facing pushback, but Lake isn't going down without a fight. Arizona has endured widespread election issues recently. She may not win, but these hearings will give Lake — and voters who feel disenfranchised — a chance to take the stand and speak up. Due process can now play out.
After ranting and tweeting endlessly to her voters about "election fraud," and asking her supporters to foot the bill for her legal actions, Lake will now get her day in court. She’s told her supporters to “buckle up” for victory, but she needs to provide actual evidence there was indeed a conspiracy to tamper with votes, or she could face court sanctions in addition to defeat.
Stanford University is a diverse, inclusive, and highly respected institution of higher learning, which is why it has taken steps to redesign its website to that effect. Though small linguistic changes like these may seem inconsequential, they can have a monumentally positive impact on the communities that have historically been put down by the use of biased language. This is a welcome gesture.
While Stanford claims to be fighting for the disenfranchised through this new initiative, what it's really doing is implementing Big Brother tactics that, ironically, have long been used to silence the marginalized. No matter your race or gender, the best way to combat this is by speaking your mind — uninhibited by administrative rules — and exposing what a mockery of education and freedom the university's Orwellian guide is.
Israeli authorities purposefully neglected Abu Hamid due to his involvement in resistance to Israel's violent occupation. Abu Hamid is yet another martyr to die at Israel's hands because of their cruelty. Israel's systematic and deliberate killing of Palestinian prisoners is well-known, and the international community must intervene to prevent Israel from continuing these abuses.
Abu Hamid was a mass murdering terrorist, plain and simple, yet Israel still provided him a level of decency. He was involved in the murder of multiple Israelis, as well as Palestinians. Accusations that Israel neglected Abu Hamid are also preposterous, as the relevant officials went out of their way to provide him with care.
It’s going to be difficult for the fossil fuel companies to deny these charges when there’s an actual Shell internal report predicting a suit like this would come in the future. There are numerous threads to the industry’s deception — including the funding of think tanks that would produce favorable studies, and the creation of lobbying groups that existed solely for the industry’s benefit. It’s about time the industry was held accountable.
These preposterous lawsuits are a desperate attempt to get a select handful of companies to pay for catastrophes that have resulted from decades of activity by numerous entities across the globe or simply natural causes. It’s a waste of money to sue rather than focus on the collaborative efforts being made by the industry with other groups to combat climate change in a meaningful way.
The Taliban is committed to respecting women's rights as defined by the Islamic Sharia laws, not by secular customs imposed by the so-called international community. Female students will be allowed access to formal education once a decent cultural and religious environment has been created in Afghanistan.
Barring women from higher education is a step in the wrong direction for the Taliban. The choice is guaranteed to hurt the group's efforts to receive international donations at a time when the country is deep in an ever-worsening humanitarian crisis. The Taliban cannot expect to be a legitimate member of the international community until they respect the rights of all Afghans.
While increased funding for the military and checks on wasteful domestic spending ought to be applauded, the GOP should not have supported the passage of this bloated bill that was rammed through a lame-duck Democratic session. While it wouldn't be pretty, a government shutdown would be preferable if it means that the incoming Republican-controlled House can save Americans from Biden's unchecked wastefulness.
The passing of this legislation would be a big win for democracy, as the bipartisan reform of the Electoral Count Act would stop Trump and other reckless leaders from attempting to undermine the Constitution, making the nation safer from tyranny in the process. Democrats should celebrate securing funding for the US's allies overseas, government programs for everyday Americans, and, most importantly, passing a budget before obstructionist Republicans take control of the House.
In a skillful piece of political theater, both Democrats and Republicans get to declare victory for an enormous, inflationary spending bill. Taxpayers will have to pick up the tab. 4,000 pages of spending increases rammed through both houses. These mountains of cash are being shoveled into bloated government agencies with reckless abandon as irrelevant policy measures are snuck into a piece of legislation no lawmaker will actually read.