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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/a...mpression=true

    Is there anything sketchier than private mercenary companies doing the dirty work of governments in active warzones?
    Aid and charity workers doing sketchy things?
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    Aid and charity workers doing sketchy things?
    I don't think that compares to people actually killing other people.

    That incident is very very shady though. Doesn't feel like we've got the full story out at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    I don't think that compares to people actually killing other people.

    That incident is very very shady though. Doesn't feel like we've got the full story out at all.
    Both doing sketchy shady things... just you expect it from the mercenary companies, but ideally not from the charities. But once again people continue to confound me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    Both doing sketchy shady things... just you expect it from the mercenary companies, but ideally not from the charities. But once again people continue to confound me.
    By sketchy I mean we don't know why this attack happened, and who gave the orders. The timing is definitely a bit weird, given what's been happening in Afrin and the Israeli attack on Iranian military targets inside Syria. Not to mention the fact that there's an American base there in the first place. Seems like a general escalation all around.

    EDIT: Julian Roepcke of BILD is now saying the number of Russian mercs killed is 600+. This must have been a big attack...
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    I mean the main reason governments outsource is to distance themselves from morally dubious behaviour. So hiring scumbag mercenaries is a natural progression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    I mean the main reason governments outsource is to distance themselves from morally dubious behaviour. So hiring scumbag mercenaries is a natural progression.
    Right yeah. Basically just swap the word "mercs" for "soldiers" in my post and everything remains more or less the same. Clearly there was a big attempt to dislodge the American presence in Eastern Syria, the question is why (and why it got curbstomped so easily)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spark View Post
    https://www.bloomberg.com/amp/news/a...mpression=true

    Is there anything sketchier than private mercenary companies doing the dirty work of governments in active warzones?
    Probably them hiring third world country employees on throw away wages to get the job done.
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    South Africa's Jacob Zuma resigns after pressure from party - BBC News

    For those who have not noticed.... his recent interviews show just how out of touch and delusional this man is; hung on for an extra week just to be belligerent..... now to see if he will be charged along with his Gupta friends and associates, who already look to be in trouble.

    Cross-fingers Cyril is actually capable of sorting the country out......

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    don't know much about the guy Cyril Rhamposa, any of the south africans on here care to shed some light as to what kind of a reputation he has and whether he seems like a good candidate for the job?
    And smalishah's avatar is the most classy one by far Jan certainly echoes the sentiments of CW

    Yeah we don't crap in the first world; most of us would actually have no idea what that was emanating from Ajmal's backside. Why isn't it roses and rainbows like what happens here? PEWS's retort to Ganeshran on Daemon's picture depicting Ajmal's excreta

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    don't know much about the guy Cyril Rhamposa, any of the south africans on here care to shed some light as to what kind of a reputation he has and whether he seems like a good candidate for the job?
    He is probably the best leader that SA could hope for at the moment..... whether he can actually turn SA around quickly enough and fight the internal factionalization in the ANC, along with rooting out corruption, we will have to see.

    He is highly intelligent, shrewd negotiator and businessman. From the intellectual side of the ANC (Mandela, Biko etc). Very very wealth, through what is believed to be largely uncorrupt means (whatever that is for a politician nowadays!). He grew up, was educated and politicised through the unions, imprisoned for 4 years late 70's before going into exile. Was the primary negotiator between 1990-94 for Mandela's release, and then lead negotiator of the SA constitution and deputy president. Originally Mandela's wanted him as successor/president in 1999, but internal politics put Mbeki in place. He left the ANC went into business, came back 5 years ago as deputy president and appears to have maneuvered himself into taking back the ANC from Zuma and his cohorts. Still a long way to go though and we shall see how he goes after shuffling of the cabinet, new ministers will show us his control of the ANC, along with his true direction.

    Edit: explained better and more accurately. theconversation_who-is-cyril-ramaphosa-a-profile-of-the-new-leader-of-south-africas-anc
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    Capetown will literally run out of water by May this year and there’s nothing that can be done about it because the opportunity to rescue the dams was lost due in 2015 due to a mixture of worsening weather conditions, corruption, and gross incompetence. One would assume that that the collapse of Capetown as a viable city will have a catastrophic effect on the overall economy.

    https://www.news24.com/Analysis/cape...ought-20171214

    Just out of interest, is there any good news that may prevent outsiders thinking that South Africa is in an irreversible death spiral toward a failed state and getting rid of the mad idiot Zuma is a case of too little too late.
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    Quote Originally Posted by watson View Post
    Capetown will literally run out of water by May this year and there’s nothing that can be done about it because the opportunity to rescue the dams was lost due in 2015 due to a mixture of worsening weather conditions, corruption, and gross incompetence. One would assume that that the collapse of Capetown as a viable city will have a catastrophic effect on the overall economy.

    https://www.news24.com/Analysis/cape...ought-20171214

    Just out of interest, is there any good news that may prevent outsiders thinking that South Africa is in an irreversible death spiral toward a failed state and getting rid of the mad idiot Zuma is a case of too little too late.
    Ignorance.... as most of what you have just said in hyperbole is incorrect, extrapolating from an article things that are not true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    Ignorance.... as most of what you have just said in hyperbole is incorrect, extrapolating from an article things that are not true.
    Lol, I see you're just getting introduced to Watson

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    Quote Originally Posted by smalishah84 View Post
    Lol, I see you're just getting introduced to Watson
    I know Watson well from the other politics threads....

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    Quote Originally Posted by StephenZA View Post
    I know Watson well from the other politics threads....
    And yet you choose to try and correct him?

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