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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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TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: genocide; rhodesia; zimbabwe; zimbabwefarmers; zimbabwewhitefarmers; zimbabwewhites
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1 posted on 06/02/2011 7:47:27 PM PDT by MinorityRepublican
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To: MinorityRepublican

These guys best start looking for some other country because the judges on Mugabe’s court most likely will eat them alive given the opportunity.


2 posted on 06/02/2011 7:50:03 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: MinorityRepublican

No justice, No peace!!!


3 posted on 06/02/2011 7:50:58 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: MinorityRepublican

It’s hard to have a lot of sympathy for people in Zimbabwe who failed to see the writing on the wall, the same writing on the wall that can now be seen in places like South Africa and California.


4 posted on 06/02/2011 7:50:58 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: MinorityRepublican

These people are crazy for hanging on; Mozambique is actively wooing them with free land, as long as they hire people there (which they did in Zimbabwe anyway). They should leave with their lives, curse the crown for abandoning them after encouraging settlement long ago, and watch the farm invaders die of starvation from across the border. A hard lesson to learn after investing your whole life in a place, but it is Africa...


5 posted on 06/02/2011 7:51:42 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: MinorityRepublican

0bama wants to be the American Mugabe.


6 posted on 06/02/2011 7:52:54 PM PDT by reg45
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To: MinorityRepublican

If they, the white farmers, came to the United States, would they be classified as African-American?


7 posted on 06/02/2011 7:54:36 PM PDT by reg45
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To: Lancey Howard

California?? only California!!!!

Well, that was a bit pompous!!

How about the whole USA? Don’t you think and KNOW this is precisely what the Ozombie is up to HERE? Why haven’t you got ‘out of the way’ and ‘seen the writing on the wall?’

sigh

What, you still here? Go on now, leave!


8 posted on 06/02/2011 7:54:41 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: Lancey Howard

I wonder what these guys think of those silly “win a laptop, give a laptop” commercials on TV (where some kid in Africa wins a laptop when someone here does in a contest).

Africa needs seeds for planting, and books to read, before they get laptops...


9 posted on 06/02/2011 7:54:53 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

Well, we have the same delusion here.

People who are used to the ‘rule of law’ like to think others agree.

This whole nations power structure doesn’t give a d@mn, yet how many Freepers here continue to think that the ‘rule of law’ still rules?

Do you?

HA!!


10 posted on 06/02/2011 7:57:32 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: MinorityRepublican

Whatever happened to Cathy Buckle? She used to post on-the-ground reports from her home there.


11 posted on 06/02/2011 7:57:52 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: MinorityRepublican; Clive

“not least so he could move his possessions to safety”

In Harare? Dunno what he is smoking. There is nowhere safe for the eeeeevil white opressor in Zimbabwe


12 posted on 06/02/2011 7:58:52 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: MinorityRepublican

I imagine the only reason they’re still alive is they still have money to pay the court costs. As soon as they’re bled dry, they’re toast.


13 posted on 06/02/2011 7:59:18 PM PDT by tacticalogic
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To: reg45

I thought someone tried that and failed; I do remember Kerry’s wife was going to be our first “African-American frist lady”.


14 posted on 06/02/2011 7:59:56 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

http://www.cathybuckle.com/

She is sill there and still delusional, IMHO


15 posted on 06/02/2011 8:02:03 PM PDT by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: kearnyirish2
Africa needs seeds for planting, and books to read,

Do you really believe that will help?

16 posted on 06/02/2011 8:04:09 PM PDT by ladyjane
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To: muawiyah
Indeed. Don't stop in Harare Mr. Cloete. Keep on going till you reach civilization. This land is not your land, any longer.
17 posted on 06/02/2011 8:05:16 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: MinorityRepublican

Goodbye White farmers, hello starvation.


18 posted on 06/02/2011 8:05:22 PM PDT by Signalman
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To: MinorityRepublican
When I was in South Africa in the early 1980s, I worked with a guy whose parents were farmers in Zimbabwe. He said South Africa would never get as bad as Zimbabwe. Alas, he was wrong. They should all get out and let south Africa revert back to the jungle their ancestors discovered.
19 posted on 06/02/2011 8:06:49 PM PDT by BaylorDad (I can't always buy American, but when I can, it's not UAW!)
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To: MinorityRepublican

I have a great big question...

How come the Lamestream Media apparently COMPLETELY IGNORES this?

Funny how when people of any race other than Caucasian, but especially if they are Black, then every media outlet in the WORLD trumpets something like this as the greatest crimes against humanity... Who can forget the somewhat unified world against South Africa and Apartheid...

So where is the world’s unity against THIS outrage?


20 posted on 06/02/2011 8:10:59 PM PDT by TheBattman (They exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature...)
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To: TruthConquers

I’ve known for decades that the rule of law is irrelevant here as well; no white male has any misconception about how the law treats him in terms of employment/promotions, higher education, or interracial disputes of any kind.

I felt terrible about the individuals lost on 9/11, living a few miles west of the WTC in a town that lost people, but at the same time felt like I was watching a foreign group attack another foreign country that I happened to be living in.


21 posted on 06/02/2011 8:11:26 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: BaylorDad

I don’t know that South Africa has gotten as bad (yet); the blacks were begging the whites to stay in South Africa, as without them they literally had no schoolteachers, doctors, etc.

I believe that is why more whites in South Africa are better off than in Zimbabwe; the black ruling class realizes that without them (at least for the time being) the country is doomed. The events on their northern border can demonstrate that for the black ruling class in SA better than anything else could; Zimbabwe’s problems are spilling across the border, and black South Africans are beating the immigrant horde back.


22 posted on 06/02/2011 8:15:36 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: Lancey Howard

Things change. They should have gotten out a long time ago. Now they will basically have to flee.


23 posted on 06/02/2011 8:17:19 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: BaylorDad

I was in Zimbabwe in the mid 80s. The Rhodies then were seeing the handwriting on the wall. A lot of them got out. The Anglos headed back to Blighty or to Australia or NZ. The Boers went back to South Africa. They were all trying to unload whatever they could just to get enough hard currency to bail. The currency of choice was the Kruegerrand, solid gold. Poor sods. They and their forefathers had invested everything in Rhodesia and it worked. Then along came “uhuru.”


24 posted on 06/02/2011 8:17:39 PM PDT by Ax
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To: ladyjane

They’ll eat, and be literate; it certainly lifted Ireland out of the Stone Age. Without those basics they are just more black people holding their hands out to whites for alms...


25 posted on 06/02/2011 8:18:09 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: reg45
Which one did the following Mugabe or Obama

1. Water down the currency
2. Facilitate black farmer “reparations”
3. Encourage racial polarization
4. Advocate energy policies that increased energy costs
5. Pursue policies that intend to slow or restrict economic growth

Obama is telling you white people, you may have been born here but the colored world will take back what you colonialist stole. Third world immigrants and the non-western demographic will soon change America. It may be inevitable just as with South Africa, Rhodesia, and its what the non-Jews want to do to Israel. They won't have to fight they will just vote democracy away.

26 posted on 06/02/2011 8:25:30 PM PDT by SonsOfLibertyII
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To: reg45
0bama wants to be the American Mugabe

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

27 posted on 06/02/2011 8:26:10 PM PDT by terycarl
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To: dynachrome; blam; Cincinatus' Wife; sarcasm; happygrl; Byron_the_Aussie; robnoel; GeronL; ZOOKER; ..

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28 posted on 06/02/2011 8:40:33 PM PDT by Clive
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To: Ax

I remember doing a report on Rhodesia in high school, back in the ‘60s.
Back then the place was known as, “The Breadbasket of Africa”.

Now Rhodesia’s name has been changed to “Zimbabwe” and it’s become just another starving third-world toilet.
I wonder what happened?


29 posted on 06/02/2011 8:40:40 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Ax

“They were all trying to unload whatever they could just to get enough hard currency to bail.”

The lucky ones left with something; those remaining will be lucky to escape with their lives. When East Africa gained its independence (Kenya/Uganda), they let British whites leave with their property to maintain relations with Britain afterwards. They were less merciful with the Indians (settled there at the behest of the British), who were forced out with the clothes on their backs.

The lesson here (as in Northern Ireland) is that when the crown encourages you to settle in an area, don’t believe you will have their support forever; they’ll trade your rights away in a heartbeat. Rhodesia fought for Britain in their darkest hours, and was repaid with abandonment. At least Portugal and France fought for their settlers...


30 posted on 06/02/2011 8:45:42 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: kearnyirish2

I don’t disagree with what you said about the Crown. Question though — where did Portugal fight for its settlers?


31 posted on 06/02/2011 8:47:39 PM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: muawiyah

The sad thing is I knew one Zimbabwe white guy who came to England. He was completely out of sea there — he was really, like I’m sure most white Zimbabweans were/are — completely African. He may have had white skin but he was African, he loved the continent.


32 posted on 06/02/2011 8:54:58 PM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: Cronos

Angola, for years; it was called Portugal’s Vietnam. Even Goa had to be stormed by Indian troops to take it from Portugal.


33 posted on 06/02/2011 8:56:03 PM PDT by kearnyirish2
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To: MinorityRepublican
Battle Cry:

Remember Pigford!


34 posted on 06/02/2011 9:02:32 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The purpose of fighting is to win. There is no possible victory in defense. -- John Steinbeck)
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To: reg45
"If they, the white farmers, came to the United States, would they be classified as African-American?"

Some of them have already been denied. The remaining ones probably can't afford the high attorney fees, transportation costs and other relocation costs.


35 posted on 06/02/2011 9:11:41 PM PDT by familyop (Shut up, and eat your brains!)
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To: Cronos
"The sad thing is I knew one Zimbabwe white guy who came to England. He was completely out of sea there..."

I knew one who visited the USA for a time and was unsuccessful at being legally allowed to stay. He was completely western culture and would have fit in fine here except for our mad transition over more than three decades to contemporary political correctness.

As for other concerns about people near the Equator, many Americans have had their children permanently and officiously stolen by the globally concerned for no more reason than carrying their own water in containers while building their own water systems.


36 posted on 06/02/2011 9:30:06 PM PDT by familyop ("Wanna cigarette? You're never too young to start." --Deacon, "Waterworld")
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To: MinorityRepublican

Can’t say I feel sorry for them . As Forest Gump says Stupid is as Stupid does & these folks thought they would a honest court hearing from racists & communists who hate them with a passion .Yes I think they are in fact STUPID.


37 posted on 06/02/2011 9:56:06 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: TruthConquers

Correction : no justice & the peace of the grave is all these folks will have to look forward to.

I don’t mean that their passing will be from old age & natural causes but they will be murdered .


38 posted on 06/02/2011 9:59:47 PM PDT by Nebr FAL owner (.308 reach out & thump someone .50 cal.Browning Machine gun reach out & crush someone)
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To: Nebr FAL owner

Sadly, I don’t disagree.

It’s just that I remember the blacks screaming that during assemblies I was required to attend. Yet, if they really wanted justice, they wouldn’t do this, or the flash mobs.

They never really were for justice at all.

It makes a mockery of all that they claim was wrong that they continue to want redress for. Hypocrites. On both continents.


39 posted on 06/02/2011 10:03:54 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: kearnyirish2
Angola! I knew I was forgetting something.

on Goa I know more -- the Portuguese refused to give it up -- with some reason, they had ruled for 450 years and intermingled with the populace. In the end they defiantly said no, but they had no choice and no means to keep Goa. The Indian army just walked in.

40 posted on 06/02/2011 10:50:21 PM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: familyop; reg45
In my opinion, the Zimbabwe whites are "African American" -- but all that I've read about them and the one I've met was so in love with Africa it was painful. I don't know what it is about the continent that draws such emotion, but its there.

On familyop's point -- I think US immigration policy is a joke. We send back skilled, good people (these guys are ace farmers) and keep lowskilled labor? Even in the universities, Phds are sent back to India or China or Korea and they improve those countries, but the US loses out.

41 posted on 06/02/2011 10:53:47 PM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: TruthConquers

Is it true that in Zimbabwe and Botswana there was no such apartheid against blacks by whites?


42 posted on 06/02/2011 10:55:37 PM PDT by Cronos (Palin, Cain, Jindal)
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To: Clive

How very sad (understatement).

Thanks for the ping Clive.


43 posted on 06/02/2011 11:02:02 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Clive

How very sad (understatement).

Thanks for the ping Clive.


44 posted on 06/02/2011 11:02:04 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: Cronos

I can’t say I know enough to answer that truthfully.

I do believe that the blacks in Rhodesia had some issues, but I don’t remember the details.

So, I would rather not post something inaccurate.


45 posted on 06/02/2011 11:02:44 PM PDT by TruthConquers (.Delendae sunt publicae scholae)
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To: muawiyah
Sadly, the Court in Zimbabwe was one of the last institutions to come under Mugabe's sway.

There were still a few jurists of integrity until the last decade, That is why these farmers persisted; but the judges were threatened with bodily harm, and they resigned.

46 posted on 06/03/2011 1:23:41 AM PDT by happygrl
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To: dynachrome

“She is sill there and still delusional, IMHO”

Yes, that’s the impression I get. Europeans in that neck of the woods should gun up or get out.

Kinda like parts of this country.


47 posted on 06/03/2011 2:07:41 AM PDT by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down!)
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To: Clive

Thanks Clive for the ping.

They have no where to go — many cannot get out.

Blacks flee across the border to South Africa.

It’s like looking into a crystal ball and seeing the future.


48 posted on 06/03/2011 2:35:24 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: MinorityRepublican

Please leave and just let this country starve to death. Is there one African country that has been successful after killing off the white farmer?


49 posted on 06/03/2011 2:42:22 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: Cronos

Goa should have been Portugal’s lesson in demographics; the Indian population simply overwhelmed them. Instead, they’ve chosen to contract their numbers even further.


50 posted on 06/03/2011 3:39:33 AM PDT by kearnyirish2
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