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  • Mugabe party mocks starving nation

    02/25/2007 3:03:13 AM PST · by MadIvan · 21 replies · 879+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | February 25, 2007 | Jan Raath and RW Johnson
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s endlessly proclaimed illusion of Zimbabwean democracy, prosperity and health and education for all reached its most surreal extreme at a party held yesterday costing 300m Zimbabwe dollars to celebrate his 83rd birthday.This sum would have been worth £150,000 when officials of the ruling Zanu-PF began collecting for the event in December, but by this weekend it was down to £23,000, so fast is the currency falling in value. Mugabe mingled with the 20,000 guests in the Mboka football stadium in the city of Gweru and used a lengthy speech to condemn homosexuality. The party was shown on...
  • Is it the beginning of the end for Mugabe?

    02/24/2007 3:30:01 AM PST · by MadIvan · 19 replies · 978+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | February 24, 2007 | MICHELLE FAUL
    SIGNS are mounting that Zimbabwe is witnessing the last, desperate throes of a regime that has destroyed one of Africa's few successful economies.As president Robert Mugabe celebrates his 83rd birthday today with champagne and cake at a £600,000 party, hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans are struggling to survive on bread and water. As the country approaches 18 April, the 27th anniversary of the end of white rule and Mr Mugabe's rise to power, the years of abuse and neglect are culminating in untenable crises. Hyperinflation that brings shortages of food, fuel, medication and electricity has the population in revolt; opposition...
  • Mbeki boosts police force as he finally admits to crime crisis

    02/10/2007 4:29:05 AM PST · by MadIvan · 8 replies · 455+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | February 10, 2007 | FRED BRIDGLAND AND SARAH MCGREGOR
    FACED with soaring public anger and international fears about violent crime in South African, Thabo Mbeki, the country's president, conceded for the first time yesterday that it was a deeply serious problem, as he announced an increase in police numbers of nearly 20 per cent.In his annual State of the Nation address, he said: "We cannot erase that which is ugly and repulsive and claim the happiness that comes with freedom if communities lived in fear, closeted behind walls and barbed wire, ever anxious in their houses, on the streets, unable freely to enjoy our public spaces." South Africa has...
  • Mugabe to be given extra two years in power

    12/15/2006 4:57:58 AM PST · by MadIvan · 10 replies · 402+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | December 15, 2006 | CRIS CHINAKA
    ROBERT Mugabe is expected to be given an additonal two years as president of Zimbabwe, with the ruling party expected to endorse a controversial proposal to extend his rule until 2010.Mr Mugabe's ZANU-PF party opens a three-day annual conference today to discuss the economy and proposals to "harmonise" the national electoral calendar, effectively a call to postpone a 2008 presidential election until 2010, when parliamentary polls are due to be held. Officially, ZANU-PF says it wants to postpone the presidential vote to save money, but analysts believe the decision is meant to give Mr Mugabe, 82, more time to sort...
  • Mugabe feted as nation fails

    12/10/2006 3:16:13 AM PST · by MadIvan · 60 replies · 1,395+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | December 10, 2006 | Christina Lamb
    ZIMBABWE has the highest inflation and lowest life expectancy in the world, not to mention the highest percentage of orphans. So desperate is the shortage of food that President Robert Mugabe’s own guards have been spotted shooting squirrels in Harare’s Botanical Gardens.However, Mugabe, 82, may be rewarded by being made president for life at his party’s annual conference this week. Among the main proposals to be discussed is postponing presidential elections from 2008 till 2010. But Didymus Mutasa, the powerful national security minister and secretary for administration in the ruling Zanu-PF party, said last week that Mugabe had done “so...
  • Arrest, arrest, and a beating: it's daily life in Zimbabwe

    12/06/2006 3:39:24 PM PST · by MadIvan · 4 replies · 363+ views
    The Times ^ | December 7, 2006 | Jan Raath
    The audience in the cinema in Bulawayo was distressed, said the German Ambassador. Pius Ncube, the outspoken Roman Catholic Archbishop, was quite emotional. Paul Themba Nyathi, the articulate opposition figure, had just been charged with inciting the Armed Forces to rise against Robert Mugabe, the President of Zimbabwe. Police had intercepted pamphlets that he and a party worker were distributing, which criticised the Government’s failure to ensure their welfare . “They are struggling to pay for food and health and education because they are poorly paid,” it said. He could get 20 years in jail.The reason for the audience’s distress,...
  • FRANCE VS. RWANDA: Envoy expelled as judge rules President was behind killing

    11/24/2006 3:04:15 PM PST · by MadIvan · 11 replies · 740+ views
    The Times ^ | November 25, 2006 | Jonathan Clayton
    Decades of hostility between France and Rwanda burst into the open yesterday when the tiny Central African state recalled its ambassador and broke off diplomatic relations with Paris.Charles Murigande, the Rwandan Foreign Affairs Minister, said: “We have ordered the French Ambassador to leave our country within 24 hours and given other French diplomats 72 hours to leave the country,” he said. Rwanda made its move after a French anti-terrorist judge issued arrest warrants against nine leading Rwandans for killing a former President, the event that sparked the 1994 genocide. Judge Jean-Louis Bruguière, who brought the terrorist Ilich Ramírez Sánchez, Carlos...
  • Ethiopia confronts Somali warlords

    11/23/2006 3:20:56 PM PST · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 759+ views
    The Times ^ | November 24, 2006 | Jonathan Clayton
    The Horn of Africa, one of the most volatile regions in the world, edged closer to war yesterday after Meles Zenawi, the Ethiopian Prime Minister, said that his country had completed preparations to take on a powerful Islamic alliance in neighbouring Somalia.Mr Zenawi told the Ethiopian parliament that the Islamists presented a “clear and present danger” to Ethiopia, whose main regional enemy — Eritrea — was arming them. He said that attempts to settle the crisis through dialogue and negotiation had failed. “When any country faces that type of danger it has the full right to defend itself against this...
  • Beijing makes play for Africa

    11/05/2006 2:06:18 AM PST · by MadIvan · 78 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | November 5, 2006 | Michael Sheridan
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has hailed China as his “second home” and praised Beijing for its refusal to link aid and investment to human rights or democracy as it scrambles for assets in Africa.Mugabe’s remarks came in an “exclusive interview” with the Chinese state news agency Xinhua, which rarely boasts of its exclusives but was eager to publicise his appreciation of China’s friendship in contrast to “western hostility”. The red carpet has been laid out for 48 African leaders, including Mugabe and Omar al-Bashir of Sudan, as China revels in hosting its biggest summit with the continent since the...
  • Beijing hosts its biggest diplomatic party as it joins scramble for Africa

    11/01/2006 3:35:08 PM PST · by MadIvan · 11 replies · 354+ views
    The Times ^ | November 2, 2006 | Jane Macartney
    China aims to make new friends and show the West that it is a force to be reckoned withChinese tour guides are brushing up their Swahili, most cars have been ordered off Beijing streets and officials have been told to cycle to work. Hotel chefs have created African menus, the flags of African nations fly over Tiananmen Square and the airport highway has been closed to everyone but African leaders arriving for the largest diplomatic gathering the Chinese capital has seen. The Beijing summit runs over the weekend with as many as 48 of the heads of Africa’s 53 countries...
  • Madonna adopts mud hut baby

    10/12/2006 11:29:04 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 87 replies · 2,347+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | October 13, 2006 | David Blair
    A boy from an isolated village in Malawi's rugged bush was handed into the care of Madonna yesterday when a judge approved the pop star's adoption papers.David Banda was born in a mud hut 18 months ago. His mother, Marita, gave birth without a nurse or medical equipment, save for a plastic sheet. She died days later. The High Court in Malawi's capital, Lilongwe, plucked David from his home village of Lipunga, where children in rags play in the dust beside women pounding maize, and gave him a symbol of Western popular culture for a foster mother. Mr Justice Andrew...
  • Outcry from opposition as Mugabe gives himself extra time in power

    09/25/2006 1:03:06 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 9 replies · 537+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | September 25, 2006 | Peta Thornycroft
    President Robert Mugabe sought to extend his rule for another four years yes>terday when his regime announced that Zimbabwe's next presidential election will be postponed.Mr Mugabe's present term of office ends in 2008. But the 82-year-old leader, who won a violent and widely condemned presidential election four years ago, is about to rewrite the constitution and give himself the option of staying in power beyond this limit. The next presidential poll will be delayed until 2010, on the pretext that parliamentary elections are also due in that year and the two contests should be harmonised. Nathan Shamuyarira, the official spokesman...
  • Zimbabwe 'as bad as it can get'

    06/01/2006 5:00:39 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 33 replies · 1,030+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 2 June 2006
    LIVING conditions have worsened in Zimbabwe, where most of the 700,000 people who lost homes or businesses in mass evictions last year were still struggling to find shelter, a United Nations housing expert said today. Miloon Kothari, the UN special rapporteur on adequate housing, said most of those displaced by President Robert Mugabe's May 2005 eviction campaign remained homeless, in resettlement camps or were living without food, safe water or sanitation. "It is as bad as it can get," Mr Kothari said. He took aim at the international community for what he called a "shocking" lack of pressure on Zimbabwe....
  • ZIMBABWE: $100,000 banknote is enough to buy a loaf

    05/31/2006 11:53:41 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 119 replies · 3,198+ views
    The Times ^ | June 1, 2006 | Jan Raath
    A NEW $100,000 banknote will be issued in Zimbabwe today. With a value of about 67p, it is worth only the price of a loaf of bread.Its introduction comes as the economy buckles under the highest rate of inflation in the world, currently at 1,042 per cent. The note makes its debut barely four months after the Reserve Bank introduced the $50,000 note, the highest denomination at the time. In only two weeks the Zimbabwe dollar has lost half of its value. Despite the hyperinflation, mass unemployment and crippling shortages of fuel and foreign currency, Zimbabwe is a country of...
  • Congo president on military rapes: 'Unforgivable'

    05/31/2006 9:47:16 AM PDT · by Mazda3Fan · 3 replies · 432+ views
    LUBUMBASHI, Democratic Republic of Congo (CNN) -- Confronted with atrocious accounts of rape committed by members of the Congo military, Congolese President Joseph Kabila at first was silent -- then found his voice, saying "It's shocking."
  • 'Terrified' Mugabe tightens his grip

    05/28/2006 12:38:47 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 31 replies · 1,453+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | May 28, 2006 | DANIEL PEPPER
    WHEN THE soldiers rolled past Lot Dube's land and set up camp, they told him and other farmers that all non-maize crops would be destroyed.Their entire harvest would have to be sold to the Zimbabwean government's Grain Marketing Board so it could be used to purchase foreign currency. It is the Mugabe regime's latest ploy to buy its way out of an economic crisis so severe that inflation is running at more than 1,000%, a record for an African nation supposedly not at war. Dube, 63, who has farmed in the southern Insiza district since 1982, had to watch while...
  • Zimbabwe on edge as inflation hits 1,000%

    05/13/2006 12:58:55 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 29 replies · 864+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | May 13, 2006 | CRIS CHINAKA
    ZIMBABWE'S annual inflation rate topped 1,000 per cent in April, underlining the severity of an economic crisis analysts say could trigger protests against Robert Mugabe's government.Zimbabwe, in its eighth year of recession, has the fastest shrinking economy of a country outside a war zone, according to the World Bank, and the highest inflation rate in the world. The official statistics agency said yesterday the annual inflation rate hit a record 1,042.9 percent in April after rising 913.6 per cent in March. "As expected, it's more doom and gloom," said John Robertson, a private economic consultant. "How do you start to...
  • A nation of millionaires who can't afford to buy anything

    05/07/2006 11:41:46 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 47 replies · 2,220+ views
    The Times ^ | May 8, 2006 | Jonathan Clayton
    Zimbabweans are speaking out with candour against the Government as the country descends further into economic chaos WITH his torn shirt and tattered trousers held up by a piece of string, Barons Chikamba is an unlikely millionaire. His life is a daily struggle despite the seemingly astronomical prices that he charges for even a short hop in the battered car that he uses to ferry visitors around Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare. Even his lowest fare is more than a million Zimbabwean dollars. It may sound a lot, but in a country where even the official rate of inflation is nearly 1,000...
  • Celebrities back tampon rebels of Zimbabwe

    05/06/2006 10:28:51 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 68 replies · 3,493+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | May 7, 2006 | Christina Lamb
    SHE has been arrested 22 times, tortured so badly that her front teeth were knocked into her nose and had an AK-47 thrust up her vagina until she bled. Thabitha Khumalo’s crime: to campaign against a critical shortage of tampons and sanitary towels in Zimbabwe, one of the least talked about and most severe side-effects for women of the country’s economic crisis.Now her cause has been taken up in Britain by celebrities including the actors Anna Chancellor, Gillian Anderson, Prunella Scales and Jeremy Irons. Later this month they will launch “Dignity. Period!”, a fundraising campaign to buy sanitary products for...
  • Mugabe buys support of top army officers as discontent swells in ranks

    04/09/2006 4:50:36 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 459+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | April 9, 2006 | Christina Lamb
    THE Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has placed army and intelligence officers in control of key state institutions in an attempt to retain military support and quell discontent amid widespread hunger and opposition threats of mass mobilisation. The attorney-general, chief executive of the Grain Marketing Board (the national food monopoly), and the head of the country’s electoral commission are all now serving or retired officers of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF), as are several members of the newly created Senate. Last week Mugabe put Constantine Chiwenga, the ZDF chief, in charge of tax collection after reports of corruption at the Zimbabwe...
  • Zimbabwe looks to China for strategic partnership

    03/29/2006 12:24:09 AM PST · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 646+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | March 29, 2006 | CRIS CHINAKA
    ZIMBABWE'S military wants to forge a new "strategic partnership" with China, an increasingly important ally as Robert Mugabe's government fights international isolation, an official newspaper said yesterday. Mr Mugabe, 82, is seeking friends in Asia under an economic and diplomatic drive called the "Look East Policy", developed after the West accused his government of human rights abuses. Analysts say Zimbabwe plays an important role in China's strategic plans to increase access to African oil and other raw materials. The state-run Herald newspaper said Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) commander General Constantine Chiwenga told a group of Chinese military visitors Zimbabwe's army...
  • Mugabe attacks Blair and turns back on 'useless' Commonwealth

    07/03/2005 10:45:18 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 15 replies · 611+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | July 3, 2005 | TREVOR GRUNDY
    ROBERT Mugabe has ruled out ever trying to get back into the "useless" Commonwealth during a blistering attack on Tony Blair and his "gay gangsters".In his first interview for more than a year, Mugabe also insisted he had discussed the issue at length during a meeting with Prince Charles, where he expressed his admiration and respect for the Royal Family. The 81-year-old did, however, say he would open his doors to Foreign Office diplomats in a bid to restore relations between Zimbabwe and Britain. Mugabe has been ostracised by the international community after a million of his own people were...
  • UN to check on Mugabe's slums blitz

    06/26/2005 10:35:37 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 301+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 27, 2005 | JANE FIELDS
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe's government was making desperate attempts to paint a massive blitz on shacks in a positive light yesterday as a United Nations envoy arrived in Zimbabwe.Anna Tibaijuka, the head of UN housing agency Habitat and the world body's most senior African woman, was due to hold talks with the Zimbabwean president today on Operation Clear Out Trash, which has made at least 300,000 people homeless in five weeks. Ms Tibaijuka and her eight-member team will also meet officials from the main opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), who claim the operation is a well-planned attack on its supporters....
  • This is how America would tackle Africa

    06/26/2005 12:27:23 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 22 replies · 844+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | June 26, 2005 | Henry J Hyde
    Throughout Africa, millions of people live in circumstances scarcely imaginable. It is too simple to lay the conditions of grinding poverty, failing institutions, rampant corruption, recurring conflict, starving children, and flagging economies all at the feet of some notoriously wretched leaders, although the continent has its share. Africa has also been the victim of good intentions. Decades of promises from Western donors have littered the landscape with half-finished projects that now stand as rusted monuments to the African miracle that hasn't happened.We should all applaud Tony Blair for making Africa the centrepiece of the July G8 summit at Gleneagles Hotel,...
  • Silent diplomacy can't stop Mugabe's mission to destroy homes and lives

    06/15/2005 3:05:51 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 345+ views
    The Times ^ | June 16, 2005 | Kate Hoey
    Plumes of smoke rise from houses that stood among meagre patches of withered maize The poorer suburbs of Harare have been bulldozed by Mugabe’s storm troopsIN TWO WEEKS’ TIME, at a luxury hotel in Scotland, Tony Blair will sit down to dinner with President Mbeki of South Africa, an unashamed ally and apologist of the monstrous Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe. As the two leaders wine and dine in Gleneagles, Robert Mugabe’s riot police will be engaged on their brutal and systematic mission to destroy the homes and livelihoods of some of the poorest people in Africa. How can Mr Blair...
  • Vast majority think African aid is wasted, poll shows (UK POLL)

    06/04/2005 12:17:34 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 21 replies · 791+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 4, 2005 | Rachel Sylvester and Andrew Sparrow
    A huge majority of Britons believes that pumping billions of pounds into Africa would be a waste of money, a verdict that is a major blow to Tony Blair's crusade to rescue the continent.As the Prime Minister prepares to fly to Washington on Monday to try to secure American support for proposals to tackle poverty in the Third World, a poll for The Daily Telegraph shows that 83 per cent of people are not confident that money given by the West would be spent wisely. It also shows that 79 per cent of voters believe that corruption and incompetence were...
  • Bush slaps down Brown's plan to double Africa aid

    06/03/2005 12:39:10 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 34 replies · 1,367+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | June 3, 2005 | Francis Harris and Andrew Sparrow
    President George W Bush has rebuffed Gordon Brown's plan to double aid to Africa, days before Tony Blair arrives in Washington to argue its merits.In a humiliating slap down for one of the Chancellor's pet projects, Mr Bush voiced his administration's dislike of the idea in person for the first time. "We've made our position pretty clear on that: that it doesn't fit into our budgetary process," he said after a meeting with South Africa's President Thabo Mbeki. Downing Street yesterday played down Mr Bush's remarks, with officials pointing out that the Government was still in negotiations on the issue...
  • Mugabe On The Rampage--Attacks Urban Poor, New Racist Socialism Push

    05/30/2005 5:04:25 PM PDT · by ScoopandDizzy · 2 replies · 360+ views
    The Radio Equalizer ^ | May 30, 2005 | Brian Maloney
    Are Zimbabwean thug Robert Mugabe's increasingly brutal crackdowns on virtually every segment of society leading the country toward inevitable civil war? In a race against North Korea to claim the world's biggest basketcase title, the government recently attacked poor citydwellers and announced plans to nationalize all farmland, abolishing private land ownership.
  • Best gift to Africa? Letting it help itself

    05/29/2005 12:30:45 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 2 replies · 489+ views
    Scotland on Sunday ^ | May 29, 2005 | FRASER NELSON
    JUST over 20 years ago, American Express had an idea that changed the world. Every time someone used its credit card, it donated one cent to charity, thus linking its product to a good cause. The result was an explosion of profit.Its link with the Statue of Liberty restoration appeal sent its credit card usage soaring by 28%, ensuring AmEx recouped far more than it gave away. This act of commercial genius was given a name: cause-related marketing. Give a little to charity, get a lot of kudos - it's a seductive win-win equation which has been adopted world over....
  • The Red Continent?

    05/10/2005 9:46:44 AM PDT · by rdb3 · 19 replies · 737+ views
    FPM ^ | 10 MAY 2005 | Frederick W. Stakelbeck
    The Red Continent?By Frederick W. StakelbeckFrontPageMagazine.com | May 10, 2005 China’s rapid ascension as an influential economic and political force in Africa is raising complex questions concerning the security of the African continent and the future of its people. China’s involvement on the continent has increased dramatically over the past several years, fueled by Africa’s growing demand for cheap Chinese products and the need for greater infrastructure investment in the African energy and transportation sectors. Africa possesses two key attributes which makes it an attractive investment for an expansionist China. First, it is a continent rich in the high-value, natural...
  • Africa Activists Want Catholics to Back Condoms

    04/17/2005 2:46:42 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 59 replies · 5,040+ views
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 15, 2005 | Daniel Wallis
    Rose was raised as a good Catholic schoolgirl by her grandparents, but now the 18-year-old orphan survives by selling sex in a Ugandan slum with scant regard for the teachings of the church. Yahoo! Health Have questions about your health? Find answers here. Whatever the next pope says about condoms, she believes they are the only way to stop an AIDS epidemic that killed more than 2 million people in sub-Saharan Africa last year. "I'd like to follow the Church's teachings, but with condoms you can stay safe," she said. "Maybe I'm already sick, but I don't think so. You...
  • Mugabe vows to eradicate opposition after observers endorse election victory

    04/02/2005 3:44:24 PM PST · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 692+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | April 3, 2005 | Peta Thornycroft
    South African government observers yesterday gave President Robert Mugabe's victory in Zimbabwe's election a clean bill of health, endorsing his Zanu-PF party's grip on power which will enable him radically to alter the country's constitution.The decision of Mr Mugabe's most important regional ally to endorse the results of Thursday's parliamentary election - in which Zanu-PF won an overwhelming majority of seats - came despite widespread complaints of electoral fraud and the opposition's total rejection of the outcome. The group's leader, labour minister Membathisi Mdladlana, who weeks earlier predicted that it would be free and fair, declared that the landslide win...
  • Mugabe attacks Blair to win votes

    02/21/2005 11:41:40 PM PST · by MadIvan · 6 replies · 283+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 22, 2005 | Peta Thornycroft and David Blair
    President Robert Mugabe celebrated his 81st birthday yesterday by portraying Tony Blair as Zimbabwe's chief villain and vowing to defeat him in the forthcoming election.Mr Mugabe appeared on state television and described the parliamentary polls due on March 31 as a personal battle between him and the Prime Minister. "I am for the truth, Blair is for the untruthful," said Mr Mugabe. "I would tell him that he is a liar, straightforwardly, on Zimbabwe, and he knows he is telling a lie, a deliberate lie." These "lies" are, according to the president, Mr Blair's accusations that human rights abuses are...
  • Don't mention the V-word: Uganda bans Monologues

    02/19/2005 5:19:53 PM PST · by MadIvan · 32 replies · 735+ views
    The Observer ^ | February 20, 2005 | Jeevan Vasagar
    It has persuaded women from Detroit to Delhi to celebrate their anatomy, but in Uganda, an attempt to stage The Vagina Monologues has been foiled by the forces of Christian conservatism.American author Eve Ensler's controversial theatre piece, which celebrates female genitals through a series of soliloquies, has been branded 'indecent and tasteless' by a Ugandan government minister, while church groups have described it as pornographic and 'anti-male'. Rarely-used powers of censorship have been reinvoked to demand drastic script alterations, including the deletion of references to lesbianism and the removal of the crucial word 'vagina' from the title. The Vagina Monologues...
  • U.N. Sex Crimes in Congo

    02/11/2005 6:06:03 AM PST · by Zyke · 6 replies · 598+ views
    ABCnews.com ^ | NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2005 | By BRIAN ROSS, DAVID SCOTT and RHONDA SCHWARTZ
    Widespread allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of Congolese women, boys and girls have been made against U.N. personnel who were sent to help and protect them — despite a so-called zero tolerance policy touted by the United Nations toward such behavior. The range of sexual abuse includes reported rapes of young Congolese girls by U.N. troops; an Internet pedophile ring run from Congo by Didier Bourguet, a senior U.N. official from France; a colonel from South Africa accused of molesting his teenage male translators; and estimates of hundreds of underage girls having babies fathered by U.N. soldiers who have...
  • Sleaze crisis in Kenya prompts withdrawal of US funding

    02/08/2005 11:23:52 PM PST · by MadIvan · 2 replies · 384+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | February 9, 2005 | ROB CRILLY
    THE United States yesterday announced it was suspending its funding of Kenya’s anti- corruption measures, amid a mounting sleaze crisis in the country.The British government said it was also reviewing contributions, following the resignation of Kenya’s leading anti-corruption official. The announcement is the latest setback for the government of Mwai Kibaki as he attempts to roll back 24 years of rampant sleaze under the former regime of Daniel Arap Moi. His most senior corruption fighter, John Githongo, resigned on Monday amid mounting international criticism that Kenya was dragging its feet on reform. Yesterday, William Bellamy, the US ambassador to Kenya,...
  • Africa doesn't need handouts: it needs honest governments (ATTN: DANNY GLOVER)

    02/05/2005 1:32:46 AM PST · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 821+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | February 5, 2005 | Niall Ferguson
    I love Kenya. But I also despair of it. I spent nearly two years of my childhood in Nairobi, and throughout the long, grey years of my Glaswegian youth the memories never left me. The orange dirt roads of Tsavo. The dazzling white beaches of Mombasa. The broiling sun. The pungent rains.It was just a few years after independence when we went there. The "winds of change" that Macmillan had spoken of in 1960 - 45 years ago this week, as it happens - had blown away British rule. Kenyatta, with his Kikuyu fly-whisk, was in charge. Every morning the...
  • Zimbabwe -- Cathy Buckle -- Until we meet again

    10/23/2004 5:08:03 AM PDT · by Clive · 10 replies · 530+ views
    Letters written by Cathy Buckle ^ | 23rd October 2004 | Cathy Buckle (and her mother)
    Dear Family and Friends, My letter this week has been written by my Mum who came to this country in the mid 50's. I have added nothing to her words as they speak for themselves and express the pain that 3 million other families have gone through as they too have been forced to leave Zimbabwe. My name is Pauline and I am proud to say that I am Cathy Buckle's mother and the grandmother of her son about whom she has written so movingly in many of her letters and in the two books which describe the horrors of...
  • Harare elite driven into prostitution

    10/16/2004 5:53:47 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 39 replies · 1,413+ views
    The Observer ^ | October 17, 2004 | Rory Carroll
    Night falls across Harare and Tracy Ncube sashays up Fife Avenue in a tight skirt and borrowed shirt to sell the only thing she can.Half a dozen other young women are already stationed outside Tipperary's bar and Ncube picks her spot, a tree opposite the car park illuminated by headlights. She has been a prostitute for two weeks and has bagged three customers, earning $45 (£25). Zimbabwe's youth were once considered Africa's brightest, graduates of one of the continent's best education systems which bred sophistication, confidence and ambition. But the economy has crumbled and, with it, opportunity. There are virtually...
  • Mugabe draws cheers at the UN

    09/23/2004 1:51:49 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 76 replies · 2,077+ views
    Mail & Guardian (South Africa) ^ | September 23, 2004 | Staff
    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, long a thorn in the side of the United States and Britain, drew applause at the United Nations on Wednesday for a scathing speech that tore into the Iraq war allies.Mugabe blasted the two nations for holding up the reform of the UN Security Council in "calculated" attempts at trying to preserve their influence at the UN. "Ironically, it is some of the same forces that since last year have been raining bombs and hellfire on innocent Iraqis, purportedly in the name of democracy," he said. "Iraq today has become a vast inferno created by blatant...
  • Zimbabwe opposition party vows to boycott all elections

    08/25/2004 10:22:48 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 298+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | August 26, 2004 | FOREIGN STAFF
    ZIMBABWE’S main opposition party said yesterday that it will boycott all elections until the government reforms unfair electoral laws, ends political violence and repeals repressive media and security laws.The decision by the Movement for Democratic Change comes well ahead of key parliamentary elections in March. The country’s president, Robert Mugabe, is seeking to consolidate his hold on power after narrowly winning re- election in a 2002 vote that observers said was marred by intimidation and vote-rigging. In June the government promised electoral reforms that it said would bring Zimbabwe in line with regional standards, but the opposition dismissed them as...
  • Margaret Thatcher's son arrested over coup plot

    08/25/2004 3:04:55 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 23 replies · 1,707+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | August 25, 2004 | Staff
    South African police arrested Mark Thatcher, the son of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher, early Wednesday on allegations he was involved in a plot to overthrow the government of Equatorial Guinea, police said.Police spokesman Sipho Ngwema said Thatcher was arrested at his Cape Town home and is expected to be charged with violation of the foreign military assistance act. "We have evidence, credible evidence, and information that he was involved in the attempted coup," said Ngwema. "We refuse that South Africa be a springboard for coups in Africa and elsewhere." Eight South Africans, six Armenians and four Equato-Guineans are...
  • Paintings are the path to killer's 20-year rehabilitation

    08/22/2004 10:33:06 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 14 replies · 748+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | August 23, 2004 | FRED BRIDGLAND
    THEY were known as South Africa’s "Bonnie and Clyde" after a 17-day killing and robbing spree in 1983.She, the then beautiful 19-year-old blonde Charmaine Phillips, testified that she killed one of her robbery victims, who had been tied to a tree, simply because she was irritated by her "babbling on". In court she was like a wildcat, hissing and clawing at anyone who came near her. When a photographer walked close to the dock to speak to her, she leant forward as though to whisper in his ear, but suddenly pursed her lips and spat directly in his face. She...
  • Mugabe bid to ban rights charities

    08/21/2004 4:46:12 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 1 replies · 257+ views
    The Sunday Times ^ | August 22, 2004 | Tom Walker
    ZIMBABWEAN authorities want to ban foreign human rights organisations and to restrict local charities in an intensification of President Robert Mugabe’s campaign against “foreign meddling”.The government has published a proposed law that would require foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to apply for a licence. Groups whose “sole or principal objects involve or include issues of governance” — seen as “the promotion and protection of human rights and political governance issues” — would not get a licence. Local groups would be banned from receiving foreign funds to finance work in such areas. The charitable activities of churches would require government approval, although...
  • Zimbabwe Bleeding

    08/18/2004 1:20:16 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 33 replies · 950+ views
    RightGoths.com ^ | August 18, 2004 | Ivan Groznii
    One of the less discussed stories of the present Olympic Games is the performance of Kirsty Coventry, a swimmer from Zimbabwe. As of today, August 18, 2004, she has won two Olympic medals: a silver in the 100 metres backstroke and a bronze in the 200 metres individual medley. She has done this in spite of suffering from a physical handicap: she has asthma, and as such, has to undergo rigorous tests by Olympic officials to ensure that she is entitled to take her medication. Her success came as a surprise to me, though probably not to her friends and...
  • Perilous sanctuary for Zimbabweans fleeing hardship

    08/16/2004 2:47:00 AM PDT · by MadIvan · 16 replies · 435+ views
    The Times ^ | August 16, 2004 | Jan Raath
    “THERE is an operation on Wednesday,” said Tawanda, a Zimbabwean border-jumper, raising his voice above the din around the minibus rank next to the railway station.“When it comes, you run and run. You have to be like a soldier in enemy country. You may be captured at any time.” Sure enough, at dawn hundreds of armed soldiers and police descended on Francistown. They set up roadblocks all over and banged on doors, mostly in the poorer quarters of Botswana’s second-largest town on the edge of the Kalahari Desert. For the next three days they demanded identification and listened for tongues...
  • Sudan says 30-day deadline illogical

    08/02/2004 5:01:59 AM PDT · by Clive · 9 replies · 375+ views
    KHARTOUM, Sudan (AP) - Sudan's foreign minister called the United Nations Security Council's 30-day deadline for action on Darfur "illogical," saying Sunday the country instead would implement a 90-day program agreed to earlier with Secretary General Kofi Annan. Friday's Security Council resolution gave Sudan 30 days to disarm Arab militias blamed for the deaths of thousands of black Africans in the vast western Darfur region or face diplomatic and economic penalties. Foreign Minister Mustafa Osman Ismail said after a cabinet meeting that the resolution was illogical but had some positive aspects, such as calling for international aid to the region....
  • Zimbabwe -- Mugabe law will curb church and charities

    08/02/2004 3:12:40 AM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies · 334+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | August 2, 2004 | Andrew Meldrum in Pretoria
    The Zimbabwean government has drawn up legislation to curtail the activities of charities, church groups and other non-governmental organisations. Announcing the draft legislation, President Robert Mugabe said non-governmental organisations "must work for the betterment of our country and not against it ... We cannot allow them to be conduits or instruments of foreign interference in our national affairs." Civic leaders have denounced the bill, expected to be tabled in parliament within weeks, as an attempt to strangle all independent, critical voices in Zimbabwe in the run-up to parliamentary elections in March next year. The bill would make it difficult for...
  • Zim rights groups face closure

    07/24/2004 1:35:12 PM PDT · by Clive · 6 replies · 278+ views
    News24 (SA) ^ | July 23, 2004 | Edited by Anthea Jonathan
    Zim rights groups face closure 23/07/2004 12:35 - (SA) Print article email story Related Articles Zim weekly still banned US warns of Zim food shortage Zim: Free elections 'possible' Mugabe declares Zim 'revival' Harare - President Robert Mugabe's government plans to ban international human rights groups from Zimbabwe and cut off overseas funding to local organisations promoting rights, according to a draft bill obtained on Friday. The bill would also set up a council whose members would be appointed by Zimbabwe's social welfare minister to oversee the activities of foreign and local aid groups. "No foreign non-governmental organisation shall be...
  • Zimbabwe railways steam ahead

    07/24/2004 1:18:20 PM PDT · by Clive · 25 replies · 645+ views
    Zim Online ^ | 24 July 2004
    BULAWAYO - Steam locomotives are usually synonymous with a bygone era of glory and journeying in style. But a far less glamorous development may resurrect the rattling of these iron engines on tracks across Zimbabwe. Fast-depleting coffers have forced the National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ) to seriously examine reintroducing steam engines, making the country one of the world's last bastions to still rely on this century-old technology. Assistance from the Chinese government may make it possible to turn coal-fired engines into the locomotive of choice for the NRZ. A delegation visited Bulawayo in mid-July to tour railway facilities. When questioned,...