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WITHOUT MANY people realising it, the world has been plunged into a raging Information war of epic magnitude. That we are not seeing jets flying, tanks invading countries and missiles fired does not mean nothing is going on. It took one of the world’s biggest powers, the United States of America (USA) to bring the rest of the world closer to confronting a truth that has been lurking for a while now.

The US election last November yielded what some people describe as a ‘surprise’ outcome. But if you were really paying attention, the emergence of president-elect, Donald Trump, as victor is hardly a surprise. To pay attention, however, sometimes requires that you do not pay attention to certain things as well. And, when it comes to Media – mainstream media especially – paying less attention has profound merit.

To his credit, Trump understood this point very well and made sure it was central to how he ran his campaign. He not only cast aspersions on mainstream broadcast media like Cable News Network (CNN) and print media like The New York Times, but he went further to directly tell these media exactly what he thought of them – lapdogs being stroked by their masters (The Establishment) so that no change happens, and millions of Americans continue to be disenfranchised. Read More

HE STARTED as a joke and now he is here, as the president-elect of the United States of America, one of the world’s most powerful countries. As the election campaign unfolded, laughter begot intrigue, which then begot despair. And now most of the world is living in suspense, waiting to see what a Donald Trump presidency will look like.

Largely seen as an inexperienced, weak and deplorable candidate, Trump was never supposed to stand a chance against the much-endorsed, experienced and preferred Hillary Clinton. So, what happened?  Read More