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Quotable - Stendhal, born 23 January 1783, died 23 March 1842. Read more here: bit.ly/1efsklX
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#Zuma refused to meet #Trump before the US elections. But that could be a good thing.

Ranjeni Munasamy writes: "Perhaps the two men’s common traits, including questionable financial dealings, entitlement to women’s bodies and making the presidency a family affair, could bring them closer. There was certainly a big similarity in their speeches this weekend.

In his inauguration speech, Trump said:

“There is no fear, we are protected and will always be protected by the great men and women of our military and most importantly we will be protected by God.”

Speaking at an ANC rally in Burgersfort in Limpopo on Sunday, Zuma said the ANC would win the 2019 elections with a greater margin than before:

“The ANC is on the side of the people and God is on the side of the ANC. We cannot lose,” he was quoted by News24.

If nothing else, perhaps their common belief that God is on their side will unite them. But considering both their propensity to cause chaos, keeping Trump and Zuma as far apart as possible might be in the best interests of the two countries and the world."

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If there is anything we know about America’s spanking new president it is that he is petty and vindictive. Up to now, the worst he could do was post a bitchy, misspelt tweet with exclamation marks if he were not shown the reverence he felt entitled to. Now the repercussions could be more serious. The whole world is unsettled by the onset of the Trump presidency but South Africa has particular reason to be nervous. It turns out that shortly before...
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great stuff, love the architectural build, and not only that but it also says to me: reading takes you up in the world.
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At the beginning of every year, we have a tradition of posting our Top 42 Writing Posts from the previous year. (There was no special reason for the number 42 in 2013 when we started, but we've...
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How low can you go? If the ANC had paid their propagandists, we would probably never have known.

Susan Comrie from amaBhungane writes: 'The ANC planned to spend R50 million on a covert campaign targeting opposition parties in the 2016 local government elections, according to court papers filed in the High Court in Johannesburg.

A covert team, initially known as the War Room, intended to “disempower DA and EFF campaigns” and set a pro-ANC agenda using a range of media, without revealing the ANC’s hand.

As traditional election campaigns lose their impact with voters, political parties are increasingly turning to more subtle methods, using everything from fake news to paid Twitter accounts to manipulate voter sentiment.

For the War Room this included a seemingly independent news site and chat show, using “influencers” on social media, and planning to print fake opposition party posters.

However, a scathing close-out report attached to the court application claims the initiatives were either short-lived or stillborn due to mismanagement and a lack of funding.'

Follow the link to read the rest of the article.

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24 Jan 2017 - Susan Comrie. Inside the ANC's “black ops” election campaign. A covert team, first known as the War Room intended to “disempower" opposition party campaigns and set a pro-ANC agenda without revealing it's hand. A covert team, first known as the War Room intended to “disempower" ...
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I'm so happy that +Writers Write was included in this list.
 
We are thrilled that +Writers Write has been chosen as one of The Best Writing Blogs for Writers in 2017.

This list of 50 blogs for writers is chosen by PositiveWriter.Com

Thank you, Bryan Hutchinson, and Positive Writer.
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Fake news websites are multiplying in parasitic fashion in South Africa, with Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan their latest target

Africa Check has compiled a list of fake news sites to watch out for:

• Live Monitor
• iMzansi
• Mzansi LIVE
• African News Updates
• Mzansi Stories
• News24-TV
• CitySun
• Gossip Mill Mzansi
• Pretorialive

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According to Africa Check, readers' emotional response to a story can override their critical faculties making them vulnerable to fake news.
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Because fictional lives were created by factual lives, I'd like to believe that they speak to the very essence of who we are as (real) people. So definitely fictional lives matter!
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I am a South African writer. I create business writing, creative writing, and blogging courses for Writers Write.
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Can exist on books, cupcakes, coffee and dark chocolate. But seriously...Nominations: Woman of the Year (2006 & 2010), Most Influential Woman in Business & Government (2010), Mondi Awards (various), Feather Awards (2011) - all in South Africa
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