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Otta Helene Maree, known as Helen Zille, is a South African politician. She has served as the Chairperson of the Federal Council of the Democratic Alliance since 20 October 2019.
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The War on the West
Douglas Murray - 2022-04-26
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In The War on the West, bestselling author Douglas Murray challenges why only Western nations are blamed for the flaws in humankind's history. Murray explores how discussing the flaws and crimes of non-Western cultures is deemed hate speech, while celebrating their contributions is acceptable. He exposes how dishonest scholars, hatemongers, hostile nations, and human rights abusers use polarization and lies to distract from their ongoing villainy while attacking reason, democracy, science, progress, and the citizens of the West. From highlighting the hypocrisy in protests to defending enlightenment values, Murray calls for a necessary reckoning and defense of justice and equality.
Helen Zille
"And into the silence left by the impossibility of saying what is true, anything and everything can roam." Thanks @DouglasKMurray for an excellent and timely book, The War on the West. It makes it easier for the rest of us to tell the truth.      source
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The Madness of Crowds
Gender, Race and Identity
Douglas Murray - 2019-09-17
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This thought-provoking book by a bestselling author delves into the most contentious issues of our time including gender, sexuality, race, and technology. The author exposes the alarming culture wars occurring in our workplaces, universities, schools, and homes. In a society dominated by narrow interests, Murray issues an impassioned plea for free speech, shared values, and sanity in a world of mass hysteria. This fiercely provocative book is a must-read for all who want to make sense of the complexities of today's world.
Helen Zille
1) The past 10 yrs should be designated, negatively, the "decade of the mob," facilitated by social media. It is fitting that the decade ends with Douglas Murray's brilliant book "the Madness of Crowds". And Corbyn's boast that the Twitter mob stood firmly behind him.      source
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Gangster State
Unravelling Ace Magashule’s Web of Capture
Pieter-Louis Myburgh - 2019-04-01
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In spite of Cyril Ramaphosa’s ‘new dawn’, there are powerful forces in the ruling party that risk losing everything if corruption and state capture finally do come to an end. At the centre of the old guard’s fightback efforts is Ace Magashule, a man viewed by some as South Africa’s most dangerous politician....
Helen Zille
Here's a book that everyone needs to read before regretting their vote for the mirage called "New Dawn".      source
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Coalition country
Leon Schreiber - 2018-03-19
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This book delves into the current political situation in South Africa and the potential dramatic shift in power that may occur. With the ANC's hold on the government weakening, the 2019 elections could bring about a new leader, including Mmusi Maimane and Julius Malema. What will this mean for the country? This is a must-read for those interested in global politics and current events.
Helen Zille
Just spent the past two hours reading this excellent book on the emergence and future of coalition-building in SA and the key lessons from our experiences so far. Wish this book existed in 2006 when the DA governed Cape Town in a 7-party coalition!      source
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A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari - 2015-01-01 (first published in 2011)
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Discover the story of human history, from the first humans to walk the earth to today's modern society. Explore how we came to believe in gods, nations, and human rights, and how our societies were shaped by the Cognitive, Agricultural, and Scientific Revolutions. Sapiens covers it all, using insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics to challenge our beliefs about what it means to be human. Are we happier now than we were before? Can we change our behavior and influence the future? Dr. Yuval Noah Harari's provocative and wide-ranging book will challenge the way you think about our species and our place in the world.
Helen Zille
@Savo_Heleta Just a little quote from Yuval Harari's Sapiens, one of the best books I read this year. Someone should have given it to you for Christmas, if you are prepared to look beyond your Fanon blinkers.      source
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Enemy of the People
How Jacob Zuma stole South Africa and how the people fought back
Adriaan Basson - 2017-11-07
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Explore the rise and fall of Jacob Zuma and his catastrophic misrule in the pages of this gripping non-fiction book. Witness the firsthand accounts of how South Africa was brought to its knees and how the people fought back against a corrupt patronage network. Discover the roots of the tenderpreneur and industrial-scale corruption that has damaged state enterprises, institutions of democracy, and the ANC itself. Follow the captivating story of a divided ANC and a new era of activism that emerged from the chaos. Enemy of the People is a must-read book for anyone interested in understanding the current state of South Africa.
Helen Zille
Having just read these two excellent books, it boggles the mind that the Zuma faction can still mobilise 50% of delegates to the ANC conference. Bottom line: they voted for criminality and the destruction of democracy. A huge challenge lies ahead.      source
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Presidents Keepers
Jacques Pauw - 2017-10-15
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Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw uncovers the dark and corrupt underbelly of South Africa's government, revealing a covert cabal that protects President Jacob Zuma from prison by eliminating his enemies and removing those who uphold the law. With revelations stemming from the Gupta emails leak, Pauw delves into the question of whether Zuma is the mastermind behind the cabal or just a puppet. Follow Pauw's trail of lies, spies, cash, and power as he exposes the shadow mafia state that has corrupted the highest levels of South African government.
Helen Zille
Having just read these two excellent books, it boggles the mind that the Zuma faction can still mobilise 50% of delegates to the ANC conference. Bottom line: they voted for criminality and the destruction of democracy. A huge challenge lies ahead.      source
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As by fire
The end of the South African university
Jonathan Jansen - 2017-05-12
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When does a university cease to exist? South African universities, very soon, unless drastic action is taken....
Helen Zille
I agree. It is a profound book, which shows exactly the enormous shift away from the Mandela era. Essential reading.      source