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Zimbabwe runs out of bread
Guardian Unlimited ^ | October 1, 2007 | Chris McGreal

Posted on 10/01/2007 7:08:53 PM PDT by george76

Harare admits land reform has failed as the deadline passes for the last white farmers to leave their land.

Zimbabwe's bakeries have shut and supermarkets have warned there will be no bread for the foreseeable future as the government admitted that wheat production had collapsed following the seizure of white-owned farms.

The agricultural ministry announcement that the wheat harvest is only about a third of what is required, and that imports are held up by lack of hard currency, came as a deadline passed today for the last white farmers to leave their land or face prosecution for trespass.

The maize harvest is expected to be equally dire and price controls to contain hyperinflation have emptied the stores of most other foodstuffs...

Last week, the government said it plans to import 100,000 tonnes of wheat but acknowledged that a shipment of 35,000 tonnes was held up in Mozambique because of a shortage of hard currency to pay for it.

The agriculture minister, Rugare Gumbo, has blamed the food shortages on black farmers who have taken over formerly white-owned land.

"I am painfully aware of the widespread theft of stock, farm produce, irrigation equipment and the general vandalism of infrastructure by our new farmers," ...

"I am disappointed that our new farmers have proved to be failures since the start of the land reform programme in 2000..."

The ministry of agriculture has also blamed electricity shortages...

The power shortages are likely to continue. Mozambique has reduced electricity supplies to Zimbabwe because of a $35m... unpaid bill...

Zimbabwe, once the world's second largest exporter of tobacco, has also seen production of its main cash crop nosedive...

(Excerpt) Read more at guardian.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: africa; bringbackiansmith; gloriesofcommunism; majorityrule; mugabe; racerelations; robertmugabe; socialism; southernafrica; starvation; zimbabwe
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Even China is jumping ship.

Anything from Jimmah'...?

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1 posted on 10/01/2007 7:08:57 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76

I’m just glad they got rid of that evil Ian Smith. Mugape showed Whitey!


2 posted on 10/01/2007 7:10:13 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: george76

Looks like those evil imperialist white farmers were feeding the country. It’s too late to do anything about it now. Too many people will starve before another crop can come in.


3 posted on 10/01/2007 7:10:43 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Clive; Jedi Master Pikachu; dynachrome; traviskicks

4 posted on 10/01/2007 7:12:12 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: metmom

This is all England’s fault, you know. These are the repercussions of colonialism. </s>


5 posted on 10/01/2007 7:12:45 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: george76

No aid unless the current government abdicates


6 posted on 10/01/2007 7:12:57 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Fred Dalton Thompson for President)
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To: george76
"I am painfully aware of the widespread theft of stock, farm produce, irrigation equipment and the general vandalism of infrastructure by our new farmers," he said.

Classic.

7 posted on 10/01/2007 7:13:00 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: george76

just like the soviet bread lines, and Canada and Britian medicine lines...


8 posted on 10/01/2007 7:14:50 PM PDT by traviskicks (http://www.neoperspectives.com/Ron_Paul_2008.htm)
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To: ConservaTexan

“I am painfully aware of the widespread theft of stock, farm produce, irrigation equipment and the general vandalism of infrastructure by our new farmers,” he said.

Wow, that sounds awfully like New Orleans.


9 posted on 10/01/2007 7:15:00 PM PDT by Comparative Advantage
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To: george76

What most appalling about this is that if this article were read to a liberal, they would still prefer Mugabe over Bush if you asked.


10 posted on 10/01/2007 7:15:51 PM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Hillary for President? In the words of Bell Biv DeVoe: "Never trust a big butt and a smile!")
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To: george76
Zimbabwe runs out of bread

Soon they will run out of Zimbabweins.

11 posted on 10/01/2007 7:20:28 PM PDT by DCBryan1 (Arm Pilots&Teachers. Build the Wall. Export Illegals. Profile Muslims.Kill all child molesters RFN!)
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To: Comparative Advantage
Wow, that sounds awfully like New Orleans.

Both places are contributing the same amount to their respective GDPs.

12 posted on 10/01/2007 7:20:55 PM PDT by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: george76

Move the UN from NYC to Harare, Zimbabwe as an object lesson in government control of production.


13 posted on 10/01/2007 7:21:07 PM PDT by Paladin2 (If you can't say something nice about CFR lackeys, just keep quiet.)
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To: george76

Let them eat cake.


14 posted on 10/01/2007 7:24:54 PM PDT by 6SJ7
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To: george76

“Peace has come to Zimbabwe
Third world’s right on the one
Now’s the time for celebration
‘cause we’ve only just begun” — Stevie Wonder, 1980


15 posted on 10/01/2007 7:25:29 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: george76

Recipes from Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has an interesting history. Its name means “house of stone,” referring to the ancient city of Zimbabwe from which the Shona people ruled and conducted a gold trade between the 8th and the 15th centuries. Its more recent history echoes that of most of Africa dealing with a colonial past. The presence of Europeans and their descendants have influenced the cuisine of the country, but the majority of the people eat the food familiar in much of sub-Saharan Africa: corn, cassava, millet, pumpkin, peanuts and yams. The importance of peanuts, which were brought to Africa by the Portuguese in the 16th century, is seen in the recipes below.

Salted Groundnuts (Zimbabwe) serves 2 to 4
1 cup peanuts, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ cup warm water

Toast the peanuts in a frying pan, without oil, stirring frequently so they do not burn. (a cast-iron pan works well)
When the peanuts are very hot, dissolve the salt in warm water. Pour this over the peanuts and keep stirring while the heat is high. Suddenly all the water will disappear and the nuts will be coated with salt.
Continue to cook for three minutes to remove any moisture.
Recipe from The World in Your Kitchen by Troth Wells, Second Story Press, 1993, p. 40

Corn Meal with Pumpkin (Zimbabwe) serves 4
Nhopi - this is a popular dish among Zimbabweans
1 cup corn meal ½ teaspoon sugar
2 cups water 2 tablespoons peanut butter
½ pound pumpkin, peeled, cooked and mashed (include any cooking liquid)
salt to taste

Bring the water to a boil in a good-sized saucepan and put in the corn meal. Cook, stirring frequently, until it forms a porridge.
Next, stir in the mashed pumpkin. Then add the sugar, peanut butter and salt and combine all ingredients well.
Continue to cook for a few minutes over low heat, adding about ½ cup of the retained pumpkin cooking water if necessary to make the consistency you prefer. Serve immediately with spinach or another leafy green.
Recipe from The World in Your Kitchen by Troth Wells, Second Story Press, 1993, p. 73

Peanut Butter Stew (Zimbabwe) serves 4-6
Dovi
2 medium onions, finely chopped 2 green peppers, chopped
2 tablespoons butter 1 chicken, cut into pieces
2 cloves garlic, finely sliced and crushed 3 to 4 fresh tomatoes (or 1 large can of tomatoes)
1 teaspoon salt & ½ teaspoon pepper 6 tablespoons smooth peanut butter
1 chili pepper or ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ½ pound spinach or pumpkin leaves

In a large stew pot over medium heat, sauté onions in butter until golden brown. Add garlic, salt and hot peppers.
Stir for 2 or 3 minutes then add green peppers and chicken. Brown the chicken.
When all the chicken pieces are brown on every side, mash tomatoes with a fork and mix them into the stew, along with about 2 cups water. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 to 10 minutes.
Thin the peanut butter with a few spoons of hot broth and add half the resulting paste to the pot. Simmer until the meat is well-cooked.
In a separate pot, boil spinach or pumpkin leaves for several minutes until tender. Drain and toss with the remainder of the peanut paste. Serve stew and greens side by side.
Recipe from The Africa News Cookbook, by the Africa News Service, Inc., 1985, p. 44


16 posted on 10/01/2007 7:25:59 PM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: george76

Am I expected to care?
Sorry, my “give a damn” is busted.


17 posted on 10/01/2007 7:26:16 PM PDT by sarasmom (Hunter-Thompson 2008 . It satisfies the senses on multidimensional levels .)
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To: george76

have those guys heard of recipezaar.com? They’ve got hundreds of recipes for bread on there. All you need is a couple of cups of flour, water, yeast, and salt. Then they’ll have lots of bread. Heck, they got several recipes for quiche


18 posted on 10/01/2007 7:26:18 PM PDT by samp in mo
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To: george76

Just blame global warming and George Bush and the liberals will come running.


19 posted on 10/01/2007 7:26:53 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: george76
The agriculture minister, Rugare Gumbo, has blamed the food shortages on black farmers who have taken over formerly white-owned land. "I am painfully aware of the widespread theft of stock, farm produce, irrigation equipment and the general vandalism of infrastructure by our new farmers," ... I am disappointed that our new farmers have proved to be failures since the start of the land reform programme in 2000..."

So just to see if I've got this straight, they're given license to steal the land, and then this clownbag is "disappointed" when they go ahead and steal everything that's on it.

I believe Mr. Gumbo is about to find out he's in the wrong time and place to be named after a food...

20 posted on 10/01/2007 7:27:02 PM PDT by TheyConvictedOglethorpe
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To: george76
"I am painfully aware of the widespread theft of stock, farm produce, irrigation equipment and the general vandalism of infrastructure by our new farmers," ...

It took all this time to discover ... oh heck, why state the obvious.

Question to Hillary: Didn't your ol' man support Blacks stealing Whites' lands? For the two smartest people on Earth, you fail the test every time.

21 posted on 10/01/2007 7:27:59 PM PDT by lakey (Duncan Hunter '08 for President!)
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To: NonValueAdded
No aid unless the current government abdicates

I'd opt for a different kind of regime change. But if the locals don't care, why should I?

22 posted on 10/01/2007 7:28:19 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: george76

23 posted on 10/01/2007 7:29:48 PM PDT by Lancer_N3502A
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To: george76
A country that has created the first shortage of bread in history. All through Robert Mugabe's inept policies. That's another historical milestone besides ruinous inflation.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

24 posted on 10/01/2007 7:32:41 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: crazyshrink
The importance of peanuts,

It finally makes sense to me. Jimmy Carter destroyed Rhodesia to eliminate competition in the peanut market. Thanks for giving me a clue to the explanation after 3 decades.

25 posted on 10/01/2007 7:33:01 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: ConservaTexan

It reminds me of the greenhouses in Gaza.


26 posted on 10/01/2007 7:33:33 PM PDT by Sender (Dar al-harb, USA)
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To: samp in mo
All you need is a couple of cups of flour

A joke I guess? First you need your flour, and its a little late to start growing wheat!

27 posted on 10/01/2007 7:35:03 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (IF TREASON IS THE QUESTION, THEN MOVEON.ORG IS THE ANSWER!)
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To: george76

Thanks for posting. Very interesting.


28 posted on 10/01/2007 7:35:22 PM PDT by PGalt
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To: TheyConvictedOglethorpe; SunkenCiv; blam

Rugare Gumbo : the thief who stole the land for his friends is now surprised that his friends are stealing stuff from him.


29 posted on 10/01/2007 7:35:57 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: TheyConvictedOglethorpe

“The agriculture minister, Rugare Gumbo, has blamed the food shortages on black farmers who have taken over formerly white-owned land.”

Let them eat Gumbo.


30 posted on 10/01/2007 7:36:09 PM PDT by fleagle
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To: PGalt

thanks


31 posted on 10/01/2007 7:37:19 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: fleagle
There's the racism of driving white farmers off the land. Besides food shortages, blacks are unemployed and starving. Thanks, Comrade Mugabe for looking out for the country's future.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

32 posted on 10/01/2007 7:38:09 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: george76

Awww, the beauty of Socialism/Communism shines brightly through to display the inevitable splendor of empty shelves and empty promises.


33 posted on 10/01/2007 7:38:21 PM PDT by prophetic
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To: fleagle

A recipe for Mugabe

Skunk Skillet Stew
(A sensory entree, not recommended for the weak-stomached)

Two adult skunks, skinned, deboned and shredded; save scent sacs and set aside; one-fourth cup oil; one-fourth cup butter; two cups finely chopped celery; one-fourth cup finely chopped parsley; two cloves garlic, finely minced; one bay leaf; two carrots, chopped; two tablespoons flour; one cup beef broth; one cup dry red wine; three tablespoons cognac; one pound ripe, red tomatoes, peeled, seeded and chopped; salt and freshly ground pepper to taste; juice of half-lemon; one-fourth teaspoon nutmeg; one cup Madeira wine.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In large skillet, brown skunk well in oil and butter; add carrots and stir until lightly browned. Sprinkle with flour. Add broth as needed when mixture starts to brown. Stir to dissolve brown particles. Add remaining broth, red wine, cognac, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Place in oven, cover and bake three hours. Strain gravy, pressing as much of cooked vegetable mixture as possible through sieve. Bring strained mixture to boil. Add lemon juice, nutmeg, Madeira. Carefully puncture scent sacs and add fluids to mixture. Simmer five minutes. Pour sauce over skunk.

Note: If any of these species are not commonly found on roadsides in your geographic area, you may easily substitute such other carrion delicacies as armadillo, alligator or mongoose meats. Be creative. Bon appétit!


34 posted on 10/01/2007 7:39:14 PM PDT by crazyshrink
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To: 6SJ7

Let them eat dirt.


35 posted on 10/01/2007 7:39:25 PM PDT by wrench
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To: prophetic; Grampa Dave; Fred Nerks

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Awww, the beauty of Socialism/Communism ...


36 posted on 10/01/2007 7:46:39 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Don’t forget, the end result of racism.


37 posted on 10/01/2007 7:48:59 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: george76

new farmers? Thugs on tractors aren’t exactly farmers unlessthey can grow something.........


38 posted on 10/01/2007 7:51:32 PM PDT by Red Badger (ALL that CARBON in ALL that oil & coal was once in the atmosphere. We're just putting it back!)
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To: george76

That looks like a Supermarket I visited in Kazakhstan back in 1992!


39 posted on 10/01/2007 7:53:49 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Withhold Taxes - Starve a Liberal)
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To: george76
What is that saying?

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day.
Teach a man to fish and he will eat for the rest of his life."

They looted the farms. Screw them and their Aids money!

40 posted on 10/01/2007 8:01:01 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: Army Air Corps
Don’t forget, the end result of racism.

They really showed those damned white people!

41 posted on 10/01/2007 8:03:56 PM PDT by MaxMax (God Bless America)
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To: george76

42 posted on 10/01/2007 8:09:08 PM PDT by xrp (Republicans Message: Vote for us, we suck less than Democrats.)
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To: lakey; george76
excerpt

March 29, 1998 New York Times

By JAMES BENNET

President Clinton commemorated the moral courage of the long struggle against apartheid here today, but he also turned his attention to the gritty, complex tasks of state-building, crime-fighting and economic development that have succeeded it.

In this sprawling collection of townships, the President and Hillary Rodham Clinton planted a tree at the memorial to the 13-year-old Hector Peterson, whose shooting death on June 16, 1976, led to riots and galvanized the anti-apartheid movement. The boy was the first black killed by the police while protesting a law mandating the use of Afrikaans, the language of the Dutch settlers, in the schools.

snip

Mandated for use in schools, not in homes. The British in India taught English and that common language allowed communication throughout the country, a country with over 400 dialects.

43 posted on 10/01/2007 8:12:41 PM PDT by lakey (Duncan Hunter '08 for President!)
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To: MaxMax

Yep, he sure taught these evil honkies a lesson! How dare they be productive and feed the nation. Evil pale devils!


44 posted on 10/01/2007 8:14:58 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: george76

reminds me of my favourite Zimbabwe story...when the ‘veterans’ first began to take over the farms, one native set himself up in a shack on 400 acres and planted a patch of corn...

but a few weeks later, along came another ‘veteran’ who also wanted to build a little shack and plant some corn on the same 400 acres...

when ‘veteran’ two wouldn’t leave, ‘veteran’ one shot him.

(Veterans are former guerrillas in the war for independence.)


45 posted on 10/01/2007 8:18:47 PM PDT by Fred Nerks (Fair dinkum!)
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To: george76

I wonder if the poster on this site who said seizing white farms etc was getting even with whitey and justified is happy now that Blacks will starve


46 posted on 10/01/2007 8:20:45 PM PDT by uncbob (m first)
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To: george76
Coming to a North American country near you......


47 posted on 10/01/2007 8:21:23 PM PDT by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: NonValueAdded

How about no aid to Zimbabwe period. Why would you give any country that butchered white men and women foreign aid. Their savages and besides President Bush now wants to give foreign aid to our dear friends the North Koreans.


48 posted on 10/01/2007 8:25:16 PM PDT by Plains Drifter (If guns kill people, wouldn't there be a lot of dead people at gun shows?)
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To: george76

Only the results of a great plan coming together ....
Thanks for the great leadership Mugabe.


49 posted on 10/01/2007 9:06:37 PM PDT by parthian shot (I can't stand much more of this!!)
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To: george76

Let them eat cake!


50 posted on 10/01/2007 9:09:45 PM PDT by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo Parthiam Esse Delendam -- Forsan et haec olim meminisse iuvabit))
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