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Zimbabwe leaders appeal for $5 billion (Too funny.. and sad. Mugabe needs a bail-out!)
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/09 | Angus Shaw - ap

Posted on 03/19/2009 4:24:20 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

HARARE, Zimbabwe – President Robert Mugabe and a longtime opposition leader-turned-finance minister made an unusual joint appeal Thursday for $5 billion (euro3.66 billion) in international aid to revive Zimbabwe's shattered economy.

The two men presented an economic recovery program that scraps the stringent price controls which have fueled a black market and spiraling inflation. It also sets up "safety nets and social protection for vulnerable groups exposed to market forces," Finance Minister Tendai Biti said, without offering details.

The longtime opponents disagreed, however, over the causes of the country's economic meltdown.

Biti said Zimbabwe had to do its part by restoring democratic freedoms and the rule of law — and demanded that a new wave of seizures of white-owned farms in recent weeks blamed on Mugabe loyalists stop.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: africawinsagain; appeal; mugabe; zimbabwe

1 posted on 03/19/2009 4:24:21 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, seen here on March 10, 2009, on Thursday called for foreign aid to revive his nation's shattered economy and urged Washington and Brussels to end "cruel" sanctions on his inner circle. (AFP/File/Desmond Kwande)


2 posted on 03/19/2009 4:25:59 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed.)
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To: NormsRevenge; Clive

Didn’t think there were that many white owned farms left. Who are these fools?


3 posted on 03/19/2009 4:26:48 PM PDT by dynachrome (Barack Hussein Obama yunikku khinaaziir)
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To: NormsRevenge

The congress and Obama will probably send them a bailout.

The republicans will bitch because the dems want to send too much, and will offer alternative legislation, that would cut the bailout by half...


4 posted on 03/19/2009 4:27:12 PM PDT by KoRn
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To: NormsRevenge

Obama will try to give it to him.


5 posted on 03/19/2009 4:27:39 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (Is /sarc really necessary?)
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To: NormsRevenge
Friends of Zimbabwe, please come to our aid," [Mugabe] said. "I appeal for the removal of your sanctions which are inhuman, cruel and unwarranted."

Chutzpah.

6 posted on 03/19/2009 4:28:37 PM PDT by HoosierHawk (Democrats - Looting American citizens for generations to come.)
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To: NormsRevenge

die a miserable and slow death, you genocidal racist pig f*cker

i believe that is the strongest worded phrase i have ever typed here on FR. i apologize to any kiddies that stumbled across the utterance.... but it is what i feel.


7 posted on 03/19/2009 4:31:51 PM PDT by sten
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To: NormsRevenge
The two men presented an economic recovery program that scraps the stringent price controls which have fueled a black market and spiraling inflation.

Keep this in mind. Mr. Obama will be calling for price controls in the very near future despite the overwhelming evidence from around the world and even this country that price controls destroy economies.

8 posted on 03/19/2009 4:34:35 PM PDT by Reaganesque
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To: NormsRevenge

What a great democrat this thug would make.


9 posted on 03/19/2009 4:37:15 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: NormsRevenge

No problem, just send them 5 Billion Zimbabwe dollars


10 posted on 03/19/2009 4:38:24 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Oshkalaboomboom
No problem, just send them 5 Billion Zimbabwe dollars

I think a postage stamp costs more!

11 posted on 03/19/2009 4:50:54 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (http://isportsdigest.tripod.com)
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Here,now **ck Off !!!
12 posted on 03/19/2009 4:55:57 PM PDT by razbinn (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it ...)
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To: NormsRevenge; All
Back in the late 70's and early 80's Zimbabwe was much in the news. Every brain damaged liberal I knew was talking about how wonderful Rhodesia was going to be when it was turned over to black rule. They talked about it being a wonderful place.

Well where are these liberals now? Zimbabwe is a complete disaster as any intelligent person could have told you.

The funny (or maybe not so funny) thing is that these people who were extolling black rule in Zimbabwe are the exact types of idiots who pushed the D button back in November.

To quote a famous talk show host: "Liberalism is a Mental Disorder".
13 posted on 03/19/2009 4:59:19 PM PDT by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough!)
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To: NormsRevenge

May you and Teddy Kennedy share a ride home from a bar on Cape Cod. This time, let Teddy’s seatbelt get stuck.


14 posted on 03/19/2009 5:29:41 PM PDT by wac3rd (In the end, we all are Conservative, some just need their lives jolted to realize that fact.)
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To: truthguy

“”Every brain damaged liberal I knew was talking about how wonderful Rhodesia was going to be when it was turned over to black rule. They talked about it being a wonderful place.””

The same with the Belgian Congo. Read Tim Butcher’s Blood River and see how far backward the Congo has gone since their independence. Excellent story about a journalist who duplicated Stanley’s trail down the Congo.

There are grandfathers in that country now who tell their grandchildren about the good life they had in the “old days.” Their grandkids can’t imagine such marvels as motor bikes, enough food and such. Will those people never learn?

The journalist met a man who showed up to work in a train station every day and asked him when the last train went through there. The answer, “15 years ago.” They have workers who have nothing but a well inked stamp pad and a rubber stamp to give permission to do certain things - such as walk down the streets or take a picture. They have people in the villages who are called “Person of Importance” who must approve of anything and everything.

We have such people in Washington, DC and they all deserve this new title wrapped right around their necks.


15 posted on 03/19/2009 5:51:10 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: NormsRevenge

Why even set conditions. At this point it’s best to let him know in no uncertain terms that we’re not interested in bailing him out. PERIOD.


16 posted on 03/19/2009 8:58:49 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: NormsRevenge; blam; Cincinatus' Wife; sarcasm; happygrl; Byron_the_Aussie; robnoel; GeronL; ...

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17 posted on 03/20/2009 4:51:33 AM PDT by Clive
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To: dynachrome

Nice to see that the media is still covering for Mugabe. The AP is reporting that “some whites have been driven violently from their properties and homes and farms have been looted since Mugabe ordered a land distribution campaign in 2000.&rdquo” Actually, “On 8th August 2002, 93% of Zimbabwe’s commercial farmers have been ordered to leave their farms, their homes and their livelihoods.” I suppose 93% could be considered “some.” Of course the fall in agricultural production is the result of a lack of rain. Zimbabwe has actually improved dramatically under Mugabe. Through the ingenious economic policies of Gideon Gono there are uncounted billionaires in Zimbabwe, even trillionaires. According to the U.N. life expectancy has been raised from about 60 year all the way up to about 30. Many of these policies could be adopted by the Obama Administration to bring these improvements to the U.S.


18 posted on 03/20/2009 5:58:29 AM PDT by Vehmgericht (Zimbabwean Utopia)
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To: sten

Please apologize to pigs. And the crazy left makes excuses for this murderer.


19 posted on 03/20/2009 6:05:45 AM PDT by junta (Not even respectable mainstream conservatives can save liberalism.)
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To: razbinn

ok... is that $1 trillion note real? do they actually have such a thing?


20 posted on 03/20/2009 7:30:32 AM PDT by sten
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To: KoRn

Considering the mess in Washington and Nancy Pelosi’s mental state, this would not surprise me.


21 posted on 03/20/2009 8:26:33 AM PDT by Dante3
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To: Thank You Rush

Paul Theroux served in Africa in the Peace Corps.Forty years later in 2002, he returned to write a book, Dark Star Safari, and he traveled Overland from Cairo to Capetown

Everything had slid backwards


22 posted on 03/20/2009 11:07:45 AM PDT by dennisw (0bomo the subprime president)
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To: sten

Yes,the note is real but I don’t think it made it into circulation as they devalued the currency in early February by removing 12 zeros,so 1 trillion became 1,and new notes were introduced.But the 50 tril note was in use and would buy about two slices of bread...


23 posted on 03/20/2009 2:40:36 PM PDT by razbinn (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it ...)
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To: NormsRevenge

Your check is in the next AIG bailout.


24 posted on 03/20/2009 2:44:25 PM PDT by maggief
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