Monday, April 09, 2007

Africa...Part I

I have been following the developments of Africa at Thom's Forum and thus I thought I would create a history of some of the links of interest I found-and with some of my irreverent comments. This will be in the order of most recent posts first...
Unknown source.
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It goes to a very nice article that confirms most everything I have read over the last two years.:
Zimbabwe, the land of dying children-Times Online
Lastly, Human Rights Watch has some reports located at:
“You Will Be Thoroughly Beaten”
The Brutal Suppression of Dissent in Zimbabwe
Posted 08 April 2007 11:12

Sorry, more bad news:
Zimbabwe State Journalist Killed Over The Truth
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Be sure to watch Video of BBC news.

Mugabe critics 'injured in custody'

And the BEAT goes on...
Or is that beating.

My boss had a saying over his door:
"The beatings will continue,
Until morale improves."

Must be Mugabe's philosophy also.
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Mugabe acts against wage strike
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The Zimbabwean president has threatened tougher measures against opponents [AFP”>

Yes, a time to celebrate. I wonder what else he has planned. Unleashing his secret Ninja army on the opponents?
Claiming that the strike has flopped, Zimbabwe state media pressed on with a propaganda blitz on Wednesday, suggesting that workers had defied the unions because they did not support their "Western and imperialistic agenda".

Well I don't know but it looks like the Mugabe Socialist Agenda did not do so well. Maybe it looks like a time for some Western Imperialism (just joking).

Yes, our king of the losers has spoken again:
Mugabe: Tsvangirai deserved beating

'No pressure' on Mugabe at summitPosted 29 March 2007 13:23

Zimbabwe police arrest Tsvangirai
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But for some good propaganda check out:
NewZimbabwe

Shhhh, don't tell anyone about this:
Catholic Archbishop Pius Ncube Urges Zimbabweans To Topple Mugabe
Damn those imperialist swines!
What right does a religious leader have to ask for the removal of a government leader?

I wonder if any of the Geopolitical Wonks will look into this.
Angola sends 2500 'ninjas' to Zimbabwe
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Well the USA is not involved and no Mercenaries was hurt in the production of this article, so I will not count on any of our great advisers to mention this at all.

Mugabe associate defies EU travel ban
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U.S. envoy: Zimbabwe at tipping point

Zimbabwe - CIO kidnap Gift Tandare’s body from funeral parlour

Well, you guys may not guess who I nominate for Worst Person in the world but here is a hint:
Zimbabwe says food crisis worsening
He also said that many growers of maize, the country's food staple - the price of which is capped by the government - had instead planted crops with no price controls.

Maize is sold only to a state grain agency, which distributes it to millers.
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Zimbabwe is struggling with an economic crisis marked by shortages of food, fuel and foreign currency, the world's highest inflation at above 1,700 per cent, soaring unemployment and increasing poverty.

Once a leading agricultural exporter in southern Africa, Zimbabwe has relied on food imports since 2001, when Robert Mugabe, the president, stepped up a programme to seize white commercial farms and redistribute them to blacks.

And this is inconceivable:
The International Monetary Fund estimates that inflation in Zimbabwe will top 5,000 per cent by the end of the year.

More nice words out of Mugabe:
Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe, has told critics of his government to "go hang" themselves in his first response to the arrest and assault of opposition chief Morgan Tsvangirai.

I am not holding my breath for him being the "Worst Person in the World" though.
Mugabe: Critics can go hang
Tanzania, along with Namibia and Lesotho, is charged with dealing with the Zimbabwe crisis within the Southern African Development Community (SADC), a 14-nation regional bloc promoting development and democracy in the region.

Yes a little dramatic title link but see for yourself.
Zimbabwe Now: Dictatorship, Oppression and a Diet of Rats
Be sure to check out the report (video) from Dan Rather.

That would have been the time I would have left like that one family.

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Well, what do you think are the chances that "Countdown" will have Mugabe as the "Worst person in the World"?
Mugabe opponents 'will pay a price'

Honestly, though I am not holding my breath.

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Mugabe, 83, and in power since independence in 1980, dismisses the MDC as a puppet of Zimbabwe's former colonial master, Britain.

Zimbabwe opposition leader beaten
Yes, always easier to blame someone else for your own shortcomings.

I hope everyone gets to see the video. And be sure to check out the other posts on the blog.
Undercover ITV News report from Harare (on YouTube)

John Ampan's Four-Year Journey from Ghana to Europe
Editor's Note: This is the first installment of a multi-part series.

Should be an interesting series.
For John Ekow Ampan, Africa was his home throughout his journey. Then he lost his security -- his friends, his customers, his language and his laugh. He wanted to become a European. Today he dresses like a European, works like a European and buys European TVs and washing machines.

"But I'll never be one," he says.

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Mugabe's guards in open rebellion
We can only pray that the king of losers is forced down and someone with a brain will take over.Posted 07 February 2007 23:31

I think this is enough for now, so not to bore too many readers.

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