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Brooks Spector

Brooks Spector settled in Johannesburg after a career as a US diplomat in Africa and East Asia. He has taught at the University of the Witwatersrand, been a consultant for an international NGO, run a theatre, and been a commentator for South African and international print/broadcast/online media.

Opinion 18 Apr 2017 08:03 am
Donald Trump’s pathway through his term as president has begun to yield surprising changes of heart. J. BROOKS SPECTOR takes a look.
Opinion 22 Mar 2017 07:10 am
J. BROOKS SPECTOR reviews Donald Trump’s newest reality show – and gives it a two-thumbs-down, “liar liar pants on fire” rating.
Opinion 12 Jan 2017 07:00 am
President Barack Obama gave his emotional official farewell address while Donald Trump delivered a performance that virtually defies description. By J. BROOKS SPECTOR.
Opinion 20 Oct 2016 18:57 pm
It was Trump's last chance to recalibrate his standing with voters. He didn't achieve that, writes J BROOKS SPECTOR.
Opinion 05 Oct 2016 10:38 am
J. BROOKS SPECTOR poured himself another cup of strong coffee and watched this show in real time and this is what he saw.
Opinion 08 Jul 2016 17:22 pm
Is South Africa getting its money’s worth in foreign affairs these days? Who is manning the ship and what are they doing at the wheel? J. Brooks Spector looks at this question.
Opinion 24 Jun 2016 12:59 pm
J. Brooks Spector woke up early on Friday to gaze on the results of the Brexit vote with a sense of astonishment – and not a little bit of horror at the outcome.
Opinion 13 May 2016 10:43 am
Contemplating the rise of Donald Trump and Philippines' newly elected president Rodrigo Duterte, J Brooks Spector mines classical philosophy to try to understand how it works.
Opinion 23 Feb 2016 08:45 am
Mantashe’s recent outbursts about those nefarious Americans and their regime changing tools in such programs as the Mandela Washington Fellows program begs a closer look.
Opinion 08 Dec 2015 11:37 am
J. Brooks Spector contemplates the charge that Nelson Mandela somehow “sold out” the future of most South Africans for the chimera of political power.