OPINION: Trump, Media, Public Engagement And Where It’s Heading

OPINION BY: Martin Turner, Media Entertainment & Arts Alliance WA Media Section President  Donald Trump controls the media, so if you’re someone who uses media (and you’re engaging with the media right now), welcome to Trump Land. You may wonder why this has happened in a very short time. Trump is barely out of his presidential diapers…

Ex-Trump campaign manager Manafort jailed

Paul Manafort, campaign chairman for the Trump election campaign, has been jailed awaiting trial for witness tampering. Mr Manafort was charged with witness tampering as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the US election. US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson revoked his bail in Washington, sentencing him to jail after…

South Africa’s new president Ramaphosa warns tough decisions ahead

South Africa’s new President Cyril Ramaphosa has hailed a “new dawn”, but warns that there will be tough decisions ahead. Mr Ramaphosa promised to combat corruption, which has weakened state-owned enterprises in South Africa’s industrialized economy. Mr Ramaphosa has committed to “policy certainty and consistency” as part of his work to repair the stagnant economy…

Stopgap bill ends second US Government shutdown this year

A stopgap funding bill was passed by the US House of Representatives and Senate, and signed into law by President Donald Trump in order to end the second government shutdown this year. Despite holding a majority in the House, the Republicans were unable to pass the bill due to 67 dissenting Republicans, including Rand Paul,…

Kenya Supreme Court nullifies election result

In a landmark decision the Kenyan Supreme Court has nullified the re-election of Uhuru Kenyatta, declaring a new election must occur within 60 days. The decision has been labelled a watershed moment for the nation, and sets a new precedent for the continent. The court placed the blame on the election commission, saying it “committed…

Steve Bannon out of white house

Steve Bannon was fired from his role as chief strategist by President Donald Trump on Friday, after a controversial run as part of the Trump administration. White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, released a statement confirming the firing, after rumours that Mr Bannon would be fired soon had already started spreading. “White House Chief…

Trump appear to confirm investigation into his firing of Comey

A Tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump appears to confirm reports that he is being investigated for obstruction of justice in regards to his firing of James Comey. The investigation relates to the inquiry into whether Russians acted to interfere with the election, and an examination of ties between the Trump administration and Russia. “I…

Donald Trump Announces US Withdrawal from Paris Climate Change Agreement

United States President Donald Trump has announced the US will withdraw from the 2015 Paris climate change agreement, claiming the deal is more “about other countries gaining an advantage over the United States.” The US would withdraw from the agreement immediately and would start negotiating a new deal “on terms that are fair to the…