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End Near for Zimbabwe's Last White Farmers
VOA ^ | May 30, 2011 | Peta Thornycroft

Posted on 06/02/2011 7:47:24 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican

Zimbabwean farmers attend a meeting of white commercial farmers in capital Harare

Zimbabwe's Supreme Court heard a case on behalf of three farmers who claimed the constitution excluded confiscation of their land because they bought their properties after the colonial era ended with independence in 1980.

The Supreme Court did not agree and quickly dismissed their application.

One of the farmers, Colin Cloete, a former president of the Commercial Farmers’ Union at the height of often violent land invasions seven years ago, was one of the applicants.

He, like many of his colleagues, has been arrested, harassed and appeared in court many times, to try to stay on his farm.

Like most surviving white farmers, the cost of going to court to try to fight his eviction has been unaffordable.

Looking back over the long and difficult years, Cloete, now 58, said his struggle to remain on his farm did not make economic sense.

“Economically we should have moved off then, at the beginning, as we would have been 10 years younger and that much more energetic,” said Cloete.

Cloete said he had begun looking looking for a house in Harare, not least so he could move his possessions to safety.

He said the land invasions launched after Mr. Mugabe lost a referendum in 2000 had hurt him and Zimbabwe’s economy, and no one had benefited from this except the elite in the ZANU-PF Party.

“We are treated like second-class citizens, we are treated like we are still just visitors to this place. My father was born in this country, before Mr. Mugabe, but I am still a visitor,” said Cloete.

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KEYWORDS: genocide; rhodesia; zimbabwe; zimbabwefarmers; zimbabwewhitefarmers; zimbabwewhites
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To: MinorityRepublican

0bama wants to emulate Mugabe, but he is as innumerate as he is intemperate..


161 posted on 06/06/2011 6:16:22 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: Cronos

If we call Burma “Myanmar” and Ivory Coast “Côte d’Ivoire”, why don’t we call Germany “Deutschland”?


162 posted on 06/06/2011 6:21:05 PM PDT by Jim Noble (The Constitution is overthrown. The Revolution is betrayed.)
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To: Cronos

I think the cultural stamp of the Portuguese was why East Timor has been granted independence/recognition (from Indonesia); while the Portuguese lost the colony, the people (mostly Catholic) could never fit in the larger nation. They had nothing in common with Indonesians at that point.


163 posted on 06/06/2011 8:14:07 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: terycarl
0bama wants to be the American Mugabe

he is...and the worst part is that he has nuclear weapons....now that is frightening


Hopefully someone will step up to the plate and stop him if need be. See my tagline.
164 posted on 06/06/2011 8:50:34 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: kearnyirish2
Besides the legalized discrimination against “white” & Asian men (in jobs, promotions, education), there are the constant anti-family, anti-Christianity messages of the government & its media (FWIW, this pre-dates Barack Obama). I constantly receive advertisements from banks and other businesses (and my alma mater) looking for my money, but they aren’t willing to show a face that looks like mine on their literature. They’ve created a fantasy world where everything is run by wise women and black men, the wishful thinking of their non-existent utopia (that certainly isn’t the reality of any workplace I’ve been in); we’re just spectators. I understand what they’re trying to accomplish; I don’t think they understand what they did accomplish. To think they’ll motivate me about an “enemy” halfway around the world, when my enemies are here, is silliness; if “my enemy’s enemy is my friend”, then who should I be rooting for?

I have a quick story. When I was 10 in 1976, my parents divorced and Mom had to get a better job to take care of me. She had an interview with the Port Authority that handled the busses here in Pittsburgh. She passed all their tests in flying colors but the interviewer told her that she could not hire her, the position was to be held open for a "colored person." Mom came home and was furious. She is still furious about it today and when the affirmative action president Obama got elected, I saw the anger and rage well up in her eyes. Since it was to benefit me too, I have the same anger and rage myself. Seeing crap like this in Zimbabwe and what is going on here keeps old wounds open.
165 posted on 06/06/2011 9:01:27 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Little Ray
The need to get whatever money they might have out of the country, destroy the farm equipment and infrastructure, and RUN!

Yeah, pack what you can carry, fire up the Oldsmobile, arm yourself with at least a revolver or shotgun if not more and get out. I also believe in the scorched Earth policy and if they could, plant booby traps on the property and in the house.
166 posted on 06/06/2011 9:05:03 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: Nowhere Man

Unfortunately a growing number of people have similar stories; in fact now women are also the “beneficiaries” of these programs. I always remind my sons that most things they see around them were invented and/or manufactured by men; because of the diversity in my neighborhood, many of their friends are Hispanic, Middle Eastern, or from the Asian subcontinent, so the whole “patriarchal” thing is always reinforced outside of the home as well. My Hispanic wife in fact encourages it.


167 posted on 06/06/2011 9:07:49 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Cronos
in the case of Burma to Myanmar, this happened in 1989, long after the military coup in 1962.

I had a Burmese cat, her name was Muffin, I inherited her from my aunt and she lived with us until she passed on in 2004, a month's shy of 17. I'm glad they did not change the name in that case, Myanmar cat just doesn't have the same ring. B-)
168 posted on 06/06/2011 9:14:35 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: kearnyirish2

I have a bowl made in East Timor, it is stamped on there, it must have been made in the 1930’s or earlier, it was my grandmother’s. There are depictions of Asian and Oriental people on it.


169 posted on 06/06/2011 9:17:43 PM PDT by Nowhere Man (General James Mattoon Scott, where are you when we need you? We need a regime change.)
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To: reg45
If they, the white farmers, came to the United States, would they be classified as African-American?

Only on Hawaiian birth certificates.

170 posted on 06/07/2011 5:56:28 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: kearnyirish2
I felt terrible about the individuals lost on 9/11,...

On average we 'lose' MORE than that EVERY DAY from CHOICE.

171 posted on 06/07/2011 5:58:55 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Africa Wins Again.


172 posted on 06/07/2011 2:52:36 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles,)
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To: Nowhere Man

Most of them are Asian/Oriental, but they are Christian & speak Portuguese. Look at the names of their leaders in the news; the roster could be in Lisbon.


173 posted on 06/07/2011 3:50:45 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Elsie

You’re right; in another century, when all of the “Euro-Americans” have disappeared from this continent, the New Americans will wonder how so many people silently watched America’s Holocaust...


174 posted on 06/07/2011 3:53:22 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Jim Noble
Basically because the Germans, Chinese, Hungarians (Deutschland, Zhonggua, Magyarstan) haven't asked the world to do so. Myanmar's case is different -- I personally prefer calling it Burma and yes it is a name change

However, Cote d'Ivoire technically was always Cote d'Ivoire in English (officially!) hence it seems to me to be preferable.

Of course, whatever you personally want to call it unofficially is your (and my) choice -- I call them Burma and Ivory Coast too at home.

And do remember my point was that it is not historically true that after "reversion to its older name the country reverts to the slit trench"

175 posted on 06/07/2011 11:34:24 PM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: kearnyirish2
I think the cultural stamp of the Portuguese was why East Timor has been granted independence/recognition (from Indonesia); while the Portuguese lost the colony, the people (mostly Catholic) could never fit in the larger nation. They had nothing in common with Indonesians at that point.

Yes, the cultural stamp in the case of East Timor. The difference between Indonesia and India is that Indonesia is dominated by the Moslems while India is dominated by Hinduism which is more a meta-religion than a religion. Hence Catholic Goans could feel more at home in India than Catholic Timorese in Indonesia

The Portuguese mostly had the right idea when it came to colonies -- these were places that were first and foremost to spread the religion, secondly to become Portuguese and thirdly for commerce.

For the English, Dutch, Belgians etc. commerce was #1 and that's why the Dutch legacy in Indonesia is pretty minimal to nonexistent.

I was reading on the circumstances in which Brazil became "independent" from Portugal and they are strange -- neither side wanted it and Brazil was technically not even a colony but one integral part of the Portuguese kingdom (or a sister kingdom - can't remember exactly).

The British cultural influence was also good -- they establised infrastructure and their language. The French, not so good, they established infrastructure and their language but never really let go, hence Vietnam, Algeria, West AFrica etc....

The Dutch and Belgians were the worst -- blind, naked capitalism which gives capitalism a bad name -- robber barons in the case of the Belgians in the Congo (why do I suddenly hear a Billy Joel song in my head? ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

176 posted on 06/08/2011 12:46:26 AM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: Jim Noble

Talking of Germany — I wonder if there is any other country that has so many different names in different languages? Germany in English, Deutschland in German, Niemcy in Polish, Allemagne in French, Saksma in Finnish, Volkiejte in Lithuanian and Ashkenaz in Yiddish (I think — not sure about the latter).


177 posted on 06/08/2011 12:50:14 AM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: Nowhere Man
Yeah, pack what you can carry, fire up the Oldsmobile, arm yourself with at least a revolver or shotgun if not more and get out. I also believe in the scorched Earth policy and if they could, plant booby traps on the property and in the house.

The problem is that many are still tied to this land. They are Africans, white but African.

178 posted on 06/08/2011 12:51:17 AM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: kearnyirish2; Nowhere Man

Technically most Timorese are of the same “race” as the peoples of the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Polynesia — I forget the term. Quite a few are almost pure-blood Portuguese (like their ex-President or foreign minister or something) and most, I’m guessing, have a lot of Portuguese blood — the Portuguese mingled!


179 posted on 06/08/2011 12:53:16 AM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: Cronos

Brazil was a strange situation because a Portuguese prince became their first king (though the monarchy didn’t last very long). Britain probably best prepared their colonies for eventual independence, while France probably had the most intermarriage with their colonial people (going back to the Canadian natives). You’re also right that Holland & Belgium were probably the most unloved colonizers. Spain’s influence seems to have been the strongest on its colonies in terms of an indelible imprint on the people; that may be because so many Spaniards themselves became the governments of the independent colonies, and to this day form the upper/ruling class in most of them.


180 posted on 06/08/2011 4:34:07 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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