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Police surround Zimbabwe hotel (housing foreign journalists, may be detaining some reporters)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/3/08

Posted on 04/03/2008 11:57:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Security agents and paramilitary police in riot gear are surrounding a Harare hotel housing foreign journalists.

A man answering the phone at the hotel says they are taking away some reporters.

The man refused to give his name but said about 30 police entered the hotel Thursday and were preparing to take away four or five journalists.

Foreign journalists have been in Zimbabwe to cover elections in which President Robert Mugabe's party lost control of parliament. He is apparently facing a runoff for the presidency.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — State media gave Zimbabweans a hint of how President Robert Mugabe's embattled party might wage its campaign for a presidential runoff, with stories Thursday portraying the opposition as divided and controlled by former colonial ruler Britain.

Mugabe's Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga said the 84-year-old leader was ready for a runoff. The opposition claims it won the presidential race outright, and official results show it won the most parliament seats.

"President Mugabe is going to fight. He is not going anywhere. He has not lost," Matonga told the British Broadcasting Corp. "We are going to go hard and fight and get the majority required."

Mugabe has ruled since his guerrilla army helped force an end to white minority rule in Rhodesia and bring about an independent Zimbabwe in 1980. On Thursday, he was shown on state television meeting African Union election observers, his first public appearance since the elections.

While the election commission has issued results for the parliamentary races held alongside the presidential race, it has yet to release any presidential count.

"We need to see an official tally, see it soon and have assurances made that this is actually a correct counting of the votes," State Department spokesman Tom Casey said.

Independent observers say their own projection based on results posted at a representative sample of polling stations showed opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the most votes, but not enough to avoid a runoff, which would have to be held within 21 days of the first round.

A commission member indicated presidential results would be announced Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

The commission said it still was receiving ballot boxes from the provinces, raising questions about where those votes had been since Saturday's elections, amid charges there was a plot to rig the results. Western election observers have accused Mugabe of stealing previous elections.

On Wednesday, official election returns showed Mugabe's ZANU-PF party had lost its parliamentary majority. The state-owned Herald newspaper, which reflects government and ruling party thinking, said Thursday the parliamentary race was a "photo finish" and stressed the split in the opposition Movement for Democratic Change. Tsvangirai loyalists won seats, as did members of a breakaway MDC faction led by Arthur Mutambara.

Mugabe has overseen the destruction of a thriving economy. The unraveling began when he ordered the often-violent seizures of white-owned commercial farms, ostensibly to return them to the landless black majority. Instead, Mugabe replaced a white elite with a black one, giving the farms to relatives, friends and cronies who allowed cultivated fields to be taken over by weeds.

Today, a third of the population depends on imported food handouts. Another third has fled the country and 80 percent is jobless. Inflation is the highest in the world at more than 100,000 percent and people suffer crippling shortages of food, water, electricity, fuel and medicine. Life expectancy has fallen from 60 to 35 years.

Still, about half of Zimbabweans who voted in weekend elections chose the ruling ZANU-PF party.

On Thursday, The Herald charged that Tsvangirai would hand back farmland to the whites. Tsvangirai has not said that, promising instead an equitable distribution of land to people who know how to farm.

The Herald said white farmers had returned from Zambia and Mozambique and were threatening to evict blacks. It quoted the war veterans association that spearheaded violent land grabs as saying, "We will be left with no option except to take up arms and defend our pieces of land."

Mugabe blames former colonizer Britain and other Western nations for the collapse of Zimbabwe's economy. Targeted Western sanctions, though, only involve visa bans and frozen bank accounts for Mugabe and about 100 of his allies.

Mugabe calls opposition leaders stooges and puppets of Britain. The Herald said "the British government and Prime Minister Gordon Brown have now come out in the open as the real power behind MDC-Tsvangirai."

Religious leaders and diplomats were involved in a flurry of initiatives Thursday to try to persuade Mugabe to step down. Diplomats who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue said Western leaders were contacting southern African leaders. Amani Countess of the Washington-based TransAfrica Forum said religious leaders also were asking counterparts in the region to pressure presidents to approach Mugabe.


TOPICS: Breaking News; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africa; censorship; despotism; dictators; electionviolence; foreignjournalists; police; surround; tsvangirai; zanupf; zimbabwe
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1 posted on 04/03/2008 11:57:49 AM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Looks like Mugabe doesn’t have enough fo a blood legacy, he wants more..

Prayers for the Zibabweans seeking release from tyranny.


2 posted on 04/03/2008 11:59:09 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

What kind of an idiot journalist goes to that country? I really hope their networks give hazard pay or at least life insurance.


3 posted on 04/03/2008 12:00:44 PM PDT by utherdoul
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To: NormsRevenge; Clive

Alert Jimmy .

/s


4 posted on 04/03/2008 12:01:28 PM PDT by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: NormsRevenge

Welcome to the Hotel Zimbabwe


5 posted on 04/03/2008 12:01:36 PM PDT by keat (You know who I feel bad for? Arab-Americans who truly want to get into crop-dusting.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Certainly journalists won’t be expecting any military help, now would they? ;-)


6 posted on 04/03/2008 12:03:01 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: NormsRevenge
Still - half of Zimbabweans voted for ZANU-PF. Apparently, even economic ruination and starvation hasn't dissuaded people from supporting those who brought it about.

"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

7 posted on 04/03/2008 12:03:11 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

Your updates on Zimbabwe are appreciated.


8 posted on 04/03/2008 12:03:38 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("If someone who has access to the press says something over and over again, people believe it"- B.C.)
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To: HAL9000

No problem, Thanks!.

This is one tyrant that all Zimbabweans and their neighbors will benefit greatly from having been kicked to the curb.


9 posted on 04/03/2008 12:08:15 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

The ZEC also announced that the results of the Senate elections (which, by law, have to be released before the presidential results) have been delayed indefinitely due to ‘logistical problems’.


10 posted on 04/03/2008 12:11:23 PM PDT by vikingd00d
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To: goldstategop

Apparently, even economic ruination and starvation hasn’t dissuaded people from supporting those who brought it about.

I don’t know, I wonder if Mugabe’s thugs used the extra million ballots it was rumored they had printed up or are they still “processing” them?

It’s just one more speedbump for the country,, here’s to them finally seeing Mugabe in the rear view mirror at the end of this go-around..


11 posted on 04/03/2008 12:12:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: vikingd00d

‘logistical problems’ ?

lol,, That’s a good one.. Thanks!


12 posted on 04/03/2008 12:14:22 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: goldstategop
Still - half of Zimbabweans voted for ZANU-PF. Apparently, even economic ruination and starvation hasn't dissuaded people from supporting those who brought it about.

Change "half" to "most", "Zimbabweans" to "American Blacks" and "ZANU-PF" to "Democrats" and it's STILL a damningly true statement.

Dear old Bobby Mugabe, he makes the Clintoons look like pikers!

13 posted on 04/03/2008 12:14:41 PM PDT by ssaftler (Campaign 2008 slogan: DRIP [Don't Return Incumbent Politicians] on Congress)
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To: vikingd00d
ZANU-PF is hoping to retain control of the Senate which allow them to retain control over presidential appointments in the event Mugabe is forced out. They will not go quietly into the night.

"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

14 posted on 04/03/2008 12:15:04 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
No, the government says half the people voted for ZANU-PF.
15 posted on 04/03/2008 12:16:33 PM PDT by GAB-1955 (Kicking and Screaming into the Kingdom of Heaven!)
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To: NormsRevenge

The BBC World News had a report from Zimbabwe last night, and the anchorman noted that the BBC is banned from reporting there, but their reporter managed to get in there and file a report anyway. That may be who Mugabe is looking for.


16 posted on 04/03/2008 12:22:48 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("If someone who has access to the press says something over and over again, people believe it"- B.C.)
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To: NormsRevenge

>>>>‘logistical problems’ ?
>>lol,, That’s a good one.. Thanks!

Sadly, it’s not too far fetched. There have been rumours that some of the ballot boxes had to be transported by ox cart because there wasn’t any fuel for trucks. The ZEC also said they were unable to count ballots at night because they didn’t have enough candles.


17 posted on 04/03/2008 12:23:15 PM PDT by vikingd00d
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To: goldstategop

They’re very much like New Jersey voters.


18 posted on 04/03/2008 12:29:19 PM PDT by Postman
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To: vikingd00d
"Logistical problems" is short hand for ballot box stuffing. The final presidential election results may have little to do with the ones claimed by the opposition. The people counting the ballots owe their jobs to the regime and have no interest in a free and fair election.

"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

19 posted on 04/03/2008 12:30:19 PM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: NormsRevenge

They’re likely being arrested for spreading the ugly lies about Mugabe losing the election. While they’re being tortured to confess their crimes against Zimbabwe, the recount will be underway.


20 posted on 04/03/2008 12:32:24 PM PDT by Spok (Ignorance is no excuse-it's the real thing.)
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To: keat
Welcome to the Hotel Zimbabwe

The Monomatapa iswhere they used to hang out years ago.

21 posted on 04/03/2008 12:38:07 PM PDT by Prokopton
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To: vikingd00d

update on this ap piece, they’re cracking down on MDC

Zimbabwe opposition offices raided
ANGUS SHAW, Associated Press

HARARE, Zimbabwe - President Robert Mugabe’s government raided the offices of the main opposition movement and rounded up foreign journalists Thursday in an ominous indication that he may use intimidation and violence to keep his grip on power.

Police raided a hotel used by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and ransacked some of the rooms. Riot police also surrounded another hotel housing foreign journalists, and took away several of them, according to a man who answered the phone there.

“Mugabe has started a crackdown,” Movement for Democratic Change general secretary Tendai Biti told The Associated Press. “It is quite clear he has unleashed a war.”

Biti said the raid at the Meikles Hotel targeted “certain people ... including myself.” Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai was “safe” but had canceled plans for a news conference, he said.

Biti said that Thursday’s clampdown was a sign of worse to follow but that the opposition would not go into hiding.

“You can’t hide away from fascism. Zimbabwe is a small country. So we are not going into hiding. We are just going to have to be extra cautious,” he said.

Independent observers say their own projection based on results posted at a representative sample of polling stations showed opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai won the most votes in Saturday’s election, but not enough to avoid a runoff.

Mugabe’s Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga said Mugabe was ready for a runoff, dashing hopes that he would bow quietly off the national stage he has dominated for 28 years.

“President Mugabe is going to fight. He is not going anywhere. He has not lost,” Matonga said on the British Broadcasting Corp. “We are going to go hard and fight and get the majority required.”

On Thursday, Mugabe was shown on state television meeting African Union election observers, his first public appearance since the elections.

A commission member indicated presidential results would be announced Friday, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media. But that was before the commission announced that Thursday’s expected announcement of senate results was delayed because of “logistical problems.”

The commission said it still was receiving ballot boxes from the provinces, raising questions about where those votes had been since Saturday’s elections, amid charges there was a plot to rig the results. Western election observers have accused Mugabe of stealing previous elections.

Mugabe has ruled since his guerrilla army helped force an end to white minority rule in then-Rhodesia and bring about an independent Zimbabwe in 1980.

He ordered the often-violent seizures of white-owned commercial farms, ostensibly to return them to the landless black majority. Instead, Mugabe replaced a white elite with a black one, giving the farms to relatives, friends and cronies who allowed cultivated fields to be taken over by weeds.

Today, a third of the population depends on imported food handouts. Another third has fled the country and 80 percent is jobless. Inflation is the highest in the world at more than 100,000 percent and people suffer crippling shortages of food, water, electricity, fuel and medicine. Life expectancy has fallen from 60 to 35 years.


22 posted on 04/03/2008 12:42:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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Biti said that Thursday’s clampdown was a sign of worse to follow but that the opposition would not go into hiding.

“You can’t hide away from fascism. Zimbabwe is a small country. So we are not going into hiding. We are just going to have to be extra cautious,” he said.


23 posted on 04/03/2008 12:43:14 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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ap re-title on this piece

Zimbabwe opposition offices raided


24 posted on 04/03/2008 12:46:12 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

PLEASE let Dan Rather, Katie Kouric and Keith Olberman be there!!!


25 posted on 04/03/2008 12:46:14 PM PDT by LSUfan
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To: NormsRevenge

MAN if they going after Sky news reporters they must be bad**** go after them you don’t go after Sky news reporters

They are tough Aussies or Brits


26 posted on 04/03/2008 1:04:35 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NormsRevenge

MAN if they going after Sky news reporters they must be bad**** go after them you don’t go after Sky news reporters

They are tough Aussies or Brits


27 posted on 04/03/2008 1:04:38 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("We are Freepers, all your media belong to us, resistence is futile")
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To: NormsRevenge

Preview of the second term election for the Obama administration...


28 posted on 04/03/2008 1:07:58 PM PDT by Boagenes (I'm your huckleberry, that's just my game.)
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To: NormsRevenge
AFP via translation -

Two foreign journalists arrested in Zimbabwe

HARARE - Zimbabwean police Thursday night identified a hotel in Harare which housed many foreign journalists and announced a short time later the arrest of two reporters here.

"I can only confirm that we have arrested two journalists at the Lodge York," said a spokesman for the national police, Wayne Bvudzijena.

"They are under investigation for financial year (from their jobs) without accreditation. They were arrested early in the evening and detained," he added, without giving details about their identity.

Earlier, a witness told AFP that security forces surrounding this small hotel near the centre of the capital. "We do not know what is happening. The police are here at the moment," said the witness, under cover of anonymity.

Towards 19H00 GMT, the hotel was closed, all lights extinguished, and no activity was visible around the property. The phone lines were ringing all occupied, noted journalists from the AFP.

The government of President Robert Mugabe, in power for 28 years, has refused to grant accreditation to most foreign journalists for the general elections on Saturday.

He had warned last week that it would show severe to those who contourneraient the ban and illegally opèreraient

Information minister Sikhanyiso Ndlovu had stated two days before the election that some media had installed "sophisticated equipment for broadcast, telecommunications equipment and other devices spying via the Internet in our country".

"The government will not graciously n'acccueillera this imperialist propaganda," he started.

Two South Africans, accused of illegally participate in media coverage of elections, had been arrested the same day.

"The two South Africans were arrested (...) on the grounds that they were not accredited to cover the elections, told AFP Ronnie Mamoepa, spokesman for the South African Ministry of Foreign Affairs .

"They are not journalists. These are technicians. Our company provides a service to satellite radio and television media, had said their boss, Alan Hird, CEO of the company GlobeCast Africa, based in Johannesburg.

There are no private radio or television in Zimbabwe, where the only national newspaper is controlled by the state.

Around 5.9 million Zimbabwean voters were called to the polls on March 29 to nominate their president, deputies, senators and councillors.

If the ruling party had lost its majority in the Chamber of Deputies, no indication has yet been given on the presidential elections.


29 posted on 04/03/2008 1:11:07 PM PDT by HAL9000 ("If someone who has access to the press says something over and over again, people believe it"- B.C.)
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To: vikingd00d

Zimbabwe senate race results coming in

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080403/wl_nm/zimbabwe_election_dc;_ylt=AmMeEoANtjTXiy9lKwFffYW96Q8F

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe’s Electoral Commission on Thursday started issuing election results of the country’s upper house of parliament election.

So far opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai’s MDC and President Robert Mugabe’s ruling ZANU-PF each won five seats in the 60-seat contest.

(Reporting by Stella Mapenzauswa)


30 posted on 04/03/2008 1:20:45 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: Boagenes

and Jimmy Carter will be there, nodding his head in approval.


31 posted on 04/03/2008 1:22:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: goldstategop
"The people counting the ballots owe their jobs to the regime and have no interest in a free and fair election.

This could describe some US Cities, most notably Detroit.

32 posted on 04/03/2008 1:24:34 PM PDT by TCats (The Clintons Are Not Just Wrong - They Are Certifiable AND Dangerous! See my Page)
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To: vikingd00d; goldstategop

Zimbabwe: Recession Slows Election Results
http://allafrica.com/stories/200804021068.html
4/2/08
Harare

The painful slowness of announcing the results of Zimbabwe’s 29 March poll is being condemned internationally as “suspicious”, but the accusations do not take account of the debilitating affects of the country’s eight-year long recession and its impact on the electoral process.

In past elections, results were announced almost immediately by the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC). But this time, the battered economy and the world’s highest inflation rate in excess of 100,000 percent, could mean that final results may only be finalised on 11 April, election officials and candidates told IRIN.

“We could have expected more in terms of preparations for such major elections, but the current economic problems naturally constrained the voting process,” David Chimhini, candidate for the opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in the rural province of Manicaland, told IRIN.

Chimhini, who is also the director of Zimbabwe Civic Education Trust (ZIMCET), said: “Worse still, the ruling party hurried the elections in spite of protestations from the opposition that the polls should be postponed to June, all because they thought they wanted to retain power before our crisis got out of hand.”

“There were hardly enough vehicles to ensure smooth voting in the province,” said Chimhini, who won his seat. “The transportation of ballot boxes after voting on Saturday was a real headache. Officials ended up resorting to unreliable transport such as private lorries and tractors that broke down.

“To make matters worse, there was little fuel and in one case in my constituency, the lorry that was used because there was no official vehicle ran out of fuel on its way to [ZEC’s] command centre, and that meant a big delay in relaying the results,” Chimini said.

Shortages of fuel, food and energy have become commonplace, but the election placed extra demands on an economy which has become shadow of its former self.

—snip—

fwiw


33 posted on 04/03/2008 1:25:53 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: george76
"We are going to go hard and fight and get the majority required."

Has he invited Jimmy Carter to rubber stamp the legitimacy of the vote?

34 posted on 04/03/2008 1:29:28 PM PDT by Vigilanteman ((Are there any men left in Washington? Or are there only cowards? Ahmad Shah Massoud))
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To: NormsRevenge

In Mugabeland its Chicago style, with Daley elections and Capone enforcement.


35 posted on 04/03/2008 1:34:08 PM PDT by Nextrush (MCCAIN, OBAMA, CLINTON......WHAT A CHOICE?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Apparently this is Mugabe’s idea of an April Fool’s joke.


36 posted on 04/03/2008 1:34:59 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: anymouse

He should lose his O.B.E. .

This guy is a bad joke for how many years already?


37 posted on 04/03/2008 1:36:33 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

I guess this means Mugabe won’t go quietly. I didn’t expect him too, but had hoped.


38 posted on 04/03/2008 1:47:28 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: colorado tanker; All

Power corrupts.

He destroyed a nation,, and for what? The cause?

New York Times correspondent held in Zimbabwe

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20080403/us_nm/zimbabwe_election_arrest_dc;_ylt=AlJpQb2HxRkMhmovbCuEDdC96Q8F

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwean police have arrested a New York Times correspondent who was covering the country’s election, the newspaper said on Thursday.

“Barry Bearak, a Times correspondent based in Johannesburg, was taken into custody today by police in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he was covering the elections. We do not know where he is being held, or what, if any, charges have been made against him,” the newspaper’s executive editor, Bill Keller, said in a statement.


39 posted on 04/03/2008 2:02:00 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
He destroyed a nation,, and for what? The cause?

Megalomania, one of the oldest stories in the book.

What a tragedy. Zim was once well-fed and one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. A beautiful place with an agreeable climate. Now the people are starving and its in ruins. Dante would invent a new ring for that scum.

40 posted on 04/03/2008 2:11:02 PM PDT by colorado tanker (Number nine, number nine, number nine . . .)
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To: colorado tanker

yup, I agree, megalomania can trip up even the well educated it seems..

One thing I regret in life (well sort of), was not going up in that neck of the woods when I had a chance to in the 80s.

I took a long drive to Durban on the coast instead from the TransVaal while working in Zud Afrika on a project in the 80s.


41 posted on 04/03/2008 2:15:52 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge

http://www.africasia.com/services/news/newsitem.php?area=africa&item=080403202015.evsfaorw.php

03/04/2008 20:20 NEW YORK, April 3 (AFP)
New York Times reporter arrested in Zimbabwe: newspaper

Pulitzer-prize winning New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak was one of two foreign reporters arrested in Zimbabwe, where he was covering the elections, the newspaper said Thursday.

“We do not know where he is being held, or what, if any, charges have been made against him,” the paper’s executive editor, Bill Keller, said in a statement.

“We are making every effort to ascertain his status, to assure that he is safe and being well treated, and to secure his prompt release.”

snip

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2008/04/new-york-times-reporter-arrested-bearak.php

Times Reporter Taken Into Custody

A New York Times reporter covering the contentious elections in Zimbabwe has been detained by police. Executive Editor Bill Keller just sent out the following statement:

Barry Bearak, a Times correspondent based in Johannesburg, was taken into custody today by police in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he was covering the elections. We do not know where he is being held, or what, if any, charges have been made against him.

We are making every effort to ascertain his status, to assure that he is safe and being well treated, and to secure his prompt release. Barry is an experienced and respected professional who has reported from many places. He won a Pulitzer prize in 2002 for his deeply affecting coverage of daily life in war-torn Afghanistan.

UPDATE: AFP reports that Bearak was arrested with another reporter: “According to Zimbabwean police, the two foreign reporters were detained on suspicion of reporting without press accreditation. Zimbabwean authorities, who barred most foreign media from covering last Saturday’s general elections, warned a week ago they would deal severely with journalists who sneaked into the country and were caught operating illegally.”


42 posted on 04/03/2008 2:24:17 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7329682.stm

Zimbabwe police ‘raid MDC office’
Mr Mugabe was said to be ready to fight ‘to the last’
Mugabe on state TV

Police in Zimbabwe have raided a Harare office of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), sources inside the country have told the BBC.

There are also reports that senior MDC members have gone into hiding.

In a separate incident police arrested two foreign journalists - one of them a reporter for the New York Times - in a raid on a hotel in the capital city.

Tensions are high with election results delayed and the MDC claiming it has defeated President Robert Mugabe.

Reports said a number of hotel rooms used as offices by the MDC had been searched by the police. The MDC said party officials were not there at the time.

Brian Hungwe, a Zimbabwean freelance journalist in the capital, Harare, says the raid is believed to be linked to the MDC’s announcement of presidential poll results ahead of the Zimbabwe Election Commission, which is illegal.

Pulitzer prize winner

A source in Zimbabwe told the BBC that a number of senior MDC members had gone into hiding.

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43 posted on 04/03/2008 2:26:28 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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To: abb

South African newspapers say that Mugabe has started a war. He has raided the opposition offices and arrested people.

Whoever thought he was going to go quietly was obviously mistaken. Let’s see if the world finally condemns him.


44 posted on 04/03/2008 2:28:28 PM PDT by Ironfocus
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To: Ironfocus
Whoever thought he was going to go quietly was obviously mistaken. Let’s see if the world finally condemns him.

Yes. Keller's in a jam now. One of his Commie heroes has arrested one of his employees.

45 posted on 04/03/2008 2:30:27 PM PDT by abb (Organized Journalism: Marxist-style collectivism applied to information sharing)
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46 posted on 04/03/2008 2:54:17 PM PDT by Clive
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To: HAL9000

yup ,.. I also saw that , . . gave me TheCreeps

{{ meanwhile , “our press” keeps their agenda-driven drumbeat }}


47 posted on 04/03/2008 2:59:20 PM PDT by Dad yer funny (FoxNews is morphing , and not for the better ,... internal struggle? Its hard to watch)
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I'm pretty much lost as to who we should be cheering for here.

Bus full of reporters plunges off of cliff...everyone was relieved to learn that the bus was insured.

48 posted on 04/03/2008 3:01:22 PM PDT by txroadkill (Liberals believe that the only oppressed people in Cuba are the terrorist in GitMo)
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To: abb

Will he support his employee, or his hero?


49 posted on 04/03/2008 3:08:54 PM PDT by patton (cuiquam in sua arte credendum)
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Zimbabwe opposition offices ransacked
ANGUS SHAW, Associated Press

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080403/ap_on_re_af/zimbabwe_elections;_ylt=Ah.dNe7qKTBMcnWr13wwV25vaA8F

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Intruders ransacked offices of the main opposition party and police detained foreign journalists Thursday in an ominous sign that President Robert Mugabe might turn to intimidation and violence in trying to stave off an electoral threat to his 28-year rule.

Earlier, Mugabe apparently launched his campaign for an expected run-off presidential ballot even before the official results of Saturday’s election were announced, with state media portraying the opposition as divided and controlled by former colonial ruler Britain.

Five days after the vote, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission still had not released results on presidential election despite increasing international pressure, including from former U.N. chief Kofi Annan, who recently mediated an end to Kenya’s postelection violence.

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change already asserted its leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, won the presidency outright, but said it was prepared to compete in any run-off.

The police raids came a day after official results showed Mugabe’s party had lost control of parliament’s 210-member lower house. The election commission was slow on the 60 elected seats in the Senate, releasing the first returns late Thursday that gave five seats each to the opposition and ruling party.

MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti said hotel rooms used as offices by the opposition at a Harare hotel were ransacked by intruders he believed were either police or agents of the feared Central Intelligence Organization.

“Mugabe has started a crackdown,” Biti told The Associated Press. “It is quite clear he has unleashed a war.”

Biti said the raid at the Meikles Hotel targeted “certain people ... including myself.” He said Tsvangirai was “safe” but had canceled plans for a news conference. Tsvangirai was arrested and severely beaten by police a year ago after a banned opposition rally.

In a further signal of the government’s hardening mood, heavily armed riot police surrounded and entered a Harare hotel housing foreign correspondents and took four away, said a man answering the telephone at the hotel. Eight journalists were staying at the York Lodge.

Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times, said Times correspondent Barry Bearak, a winner of a 2002 Pulitzer Prize, was one of those taken into custody. “An American consular official who visited him at the central police station reported that he was being held for `violation of the journalism laws,’” Keller said.

The identities of the other reporters hadn’t been determined.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists expressed alarm over the detentions and called for the reporters’ immediate release. “It is imperative that all journalists, foreign and domestic, be allowed to work freely,” said Joel Simon, the group’s executive director.

Zimbabwe lawyer Beatrice Mtetwa said “quite a few” American and British people had been detained by police but no charges had been filed against them. She said some were being questioned indiviually by police but were not allowed to have lawyers present.

Mugabe has ruled since his guerrilla army helped force an end to white minority rule and bring about an independent Zimbabwe in 1980, but his popularity has been battered by an economic freefall that followed the often-violent seizures of white-owned commercial farms in 2000.

Seemingly laying the groundwork for a Mugabe run-off campaign, the state-run Herald newspaper said the ruling ZANU-PF party was running neck and neck with the opposition in the vote count, and it highlighted divisions among Mugabe’s foes.

The Herald also charged that Tsvangirai would give farmland back to whites.

The opposition leader has not said that, but has promised to make an equitable distribution of land to people who know how to farm. Mugabe claimed his land reform was to benefit poor blacks, but gave most seized farms to relatives, friends and cronies, and agricultural production has plunged.

Mugabe has sought to deflect criticism over widespread shortages of food, fuel and other goods by blaming former colonizer Britain and other Western nations. But Western sanctions involve only visa bans and frozen bank accounts for Mugabe and about 100 of his allies.

Independent election observers say their projections based on election results posted at a representative sample of local polling stations indicate Tsvangirai won the most votes in the presidential contest, but not enough to avoid a run-off. A run-off would have to be held by April 20.

Mugabe, who appeared on state television Thursday for the first time since the elections, was said to be pondering conflicting advice from his advisers on whether to quietly cede power or face a run-off, both humiliating prospects for the 84-year-old president.

Deputy Information Minister Bright Matonga said Mugabe was ready for a run-off.

“President Mugabe is going to fight. He is not going anywhere. He has not lost,” Matonga said on British Broadcasting Corp. “We are going to go hard and fight and get the majority required.”

Reports said leaders of the ruling party scheduled a meeting Friday to discuss the run-off. Nathan Shamuyarira, the party’s secretary for information and publicity, said that “we have many meetings tomorrow,” but declined to give further detail.

Matonga accused the opposition of trying “to get rid of President Mugabe at all costs and that is what we are going to fight.”

“This election campaign was not a campaign for democracy but a campaign for regime change,” he said, adding that the opposition was being backed by the West.

Matonga said ZANU-PF would campaign vigorously in “a very peaceful manner.”

Biti said the police clampdown was a sign of worse to follow, but insisted the opposition would not go into hiding.

“You can’t hide away from fascism. Zimbabwe is a small country. So we are not going into hiding. We are just going to have to be extra cautious,” he said.

International concern mounted about the continuing delays in releasing official election results.

“We still have not seen the important thing, which is real live election results,” State Department spokesman Tom Casey said. “We need to see an official tally, see it soon and have assurances made that this is actually a correct counting of the votes.”

Annan, the former U.N. secretary-general, said the delay was dangerous. He urged the government and the election commission “to declare the election results faithfully and accurately.”

“We live in an open world today and indeed the eyes of the world are on Zimbabwe, on its electoral commission, on its president,” Annan said. “I urge them to do the right thing, to respect the constitution and to obey the electoral laws. The election results should be released now.”

The election commission said it was still receiving ballot boxes from the provinces, raising questions about where the votes had been. The opposition has charged Mugabe planned to rig the results, and Western election observers have accused him of stealing previous elections.

According to official results, a total of 2,405,147 valid votes were cast in Saturday’s parliamentary contests, supporting opposition charges that the voter roll of 5.9 million names had been hugely inflated with dead and fictitious people.


50 posted on 04/03/2008 3:35:28 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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