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‘No one took us seriously’: Black cops warned about racist Capitol police for years

Allegations of racism against the Capitol Police are nothing new: Over 250 Black cops have sued the department since 2001. Some of those former officers now say it’s no surprise white nationalists were able to storm the building

Trump impeached for ‘inciting’ US Capitol riot

In historic vote, Trump becomes first US president to be impeached a second time for inciting mob that attacked the Capitol

The last Trump?

US President Donald Trump may have less than a fortnight left in office, but he’s not done yet — he may well be remembered for destroying the Republican party

The hallucinatory bunker of the white right

The anti-Black Lives Matter backlash in South Africa highlights the growing ideological convergence between the far right and conservatives

Do you have to take the Covid-19 vaccine or not?

The South African law does not make it mandatory for citizens to be vaccinated, and the same will apply for Covid-19 immunisation. But experts say people still have the responsibility not to act recklessly — and they should follow Covid-19 health protocols

Editorial: 2021 — No choice but be strong

Pharmaceutical companies are yet to register their vaccines with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority, boding ill for its delivery to the public

America’s lessons for African dictators

COMMENT: Trump’s attacks on democracy grab the headlines, but the real story is one of democratic resilience

US democracy is stronger than it looks

We learnt this week that an American president, no matter how rogue, cannot keep himself in power against the will of the people

Virtual reality a relief this year

Viewing January 8 off the screen instead of from the middle of a stadium should be the way of the future

Twitter, Facebook freeze Trump’s accounts after Congress assault

Facebook also said it would search for and remove content which praised the storming of the Capitol or encouraged the violence

Insurrectionist mob storms US Capitol as Trump is accused of ‘coup’

Egged on in an extraordinary rally across town by an aggrieved Trump, a flag-waving mob broke down barricades outside the Capitol and swarmed inside, rampaging through offices and onto the usually solemn legislative floors

Democrats win first Georgia runoff, control of Senate in reach

Should Republicans lose the second race it would be a political debacle just as Trump is expected to suffer another bitter blow when Congress affirms Biden's Electoral College victory

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail despite US extradition block

Julian Assange will have to remain in custody in Britain, pending a US appeal of the decision to block his extradition to face charges for leaking secret documents, a judge in London ruled on Wednesday

2020 in pictures

Mail & Guardian pictures editor Paul Botes presents some of the most striking images of 2020

Debt forgiveness will top the African agenda in 2021

After being praised for their handling of the pandemic, African countries must now confront the economic fallout – even as they grapple with existing political and security challenges

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