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  • Brexit boosts calls for Australia to leave the Commonwealth

    06/27/2016 7:34:17 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 76 replies ^ | June 27, 2016 | Telegraph
    Australia's republican movement says membership has surged in the wake of the Brexit vote, as Australians question the benefits of remaining part of “little Britain”. An “AusExit” campaign, including calls to remove the Union Jack from the flag and remove the British monarch as head of state, has gained momentum since Friday, when Britain voted to leave the European Union. Peter FitzSimons, the chairman of Australia’s republican movement, said Australia had belonged to the British empire but the historic ties between the nations had become less relevant because “Great Britain barely exists anymore”. “It’s one thing for the monarchists to...
  • It's Oliver Cromwell's birthday - here's his speech throwing out the corrupt Parliament

    04/25/2016 5:53:08 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 22 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 04/25/2016 | HarpyGoddess
    It is high time for me to put an end to your sitting in this place, which you have dishonored by your contempt of all virtue, and defiled by your practice of every vice; ye are a factious crew, and enemies to all good government; ye are a pack of mercenary wretches, and would like Esau sell your country for a mess of pottage, and like Judas betray your God for a few pieces of money. Is there a single virtue now remaining amongst you? Is there one vice you do not possess? Ye have no more religion than my...
  • Republic of Ireland back in Commonwealth? Not as mad as it sounds, says senior Tory MP Fabricant

    04/23/2014 2:14:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 23 April 2014 | Rebecca Black
    There have been fresh calls for the Republic of Ireland to rejoin the Commonwealth after the success of the recent State visit. Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949, but recent historic moves including the visit of President Michael D. Higgins to the UK have reopened the debate. Senior Conservative MP Michael Fabricant said yesterday that the proposal “is not so mad as it might at first seem”. “If a country like the Republic of Ireland joined the Commonwealth, what greater message could be sent to countries facing political upheaval and disputes on the other side of the world than an...
  • Boris Johnson: Outrageous discrimination favors European Union workers over Commonwealth

    08/26/2013 2:27:55 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Daily Express (UK) ^ | Mon, August 26, 2013 | Dion Dassanayake
    London Mayor Boris Johnson has blasted European Union (EU) immigration for favoring Eurozone workers instead of those from Commonwealth nations today. The Conservative politician said Britain needs to look beyond the EU and should forge stronger ties with fast growing economies, in particular Australia. Mr. Johnson said the UK and Australia should set up a “free labor mobility zone” where he feels there are “immense opportunities”. … Mr. Johnson launched his attack on the EU after receiving a letter from Australian Sally Roycroft, who had been working in London schools. The London Mayor said the teacher had been “effectively kicked...
  • Belle Isle: Motown's Monaco-Developer envisions independent commonwealth

    01/14/2013 3:12:07 PM PST · by Theoria · 22 replies
    Crains Detroit Business ^ | 12 Jan 2013 | Tom Henderson
    Real estate developer Rodney Lockwood Jr. agrees with Detroit politicians that Belle Isle is a jewel. A tarnished jewel he likes so much that he wants to put together an investor group to buy it for $1 billion, which is more than $1 million an acre for the 982-acre park in the middle of the Detroit River. And then he wants to polish it up with $20 billion in construction projects on the island, which would lead to another $20 billion in construction projects off the island and tens of thousands of temporary construction jobs and tens of thousands of...
  • Reagan's Last-Ditch Falklands Plea Revealed

    12/28/2012 10:11:00 AM PST · by the scotsman · 72 replies
    Sky News ^ | 28th December 2012 | Alistair Bunkall
    'Ronald Reagan issued a last-ditch appeal to Margaret Thatcher to abandon her campaign to retake the Falklands and to hand over the islands to international peacekeepers, according to official documents made public today. Files released by the National Archives at Kew, South West London, under the 30-year rule show that as British troops closed in on final victory, the US president made a late-night phone call to Mrs Thatcher urging her not to completely humiliate the Argentines. However, his request fell on deaf ears as a defiant Prime Minister insisted that she had not sent a British task force across...
  • Digger graveyard desecrated again in Libya

    06/17/2012 6:51:03 AM PDT · by SJackson · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | June 16, 2012
    Graves of British soldiers of the Royal Horse Artillery at the Commonwealth Benghazi War Cemetery Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi targeted again Headstone damaged, markers removed Digger graves among 198 damaged in February THERE has been another war graves attack at a cemetery in Libya which contains the remains of Australian soldiers. Authorities say a headstone has been damaged and temporary markers removed from some graves at the Commonwealth War Cemetery in Benghazi. "The nationality of the individual buried beneath the headstone that was damaged is not yet known,'' the Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) said today. The Commonwealth War...
  • Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service (Australia)

    12/27/2011 2:18:39 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | 12/27/2011 | Brendan Nicholson
    Defence hunting foreign troops with citizenship for service THE Australian Defence Force is exploiting forced cutbacks in military spending in Britain and other Western countries, embarking on an unprecedented drive to recruit laid-off soldiers, sailors and air crew. Defence, which has struggled to fill recruitment quotas in the face of increasing competition from the lucrative private sector, is seeking highly skilled specialists such as fighter pilots, special forces officers and submarine crews. And as an incentive, it is prepared to offer a fast track to Australian citizenship for so-called "lateral recruits" after just three months' service. The Australian has learned...
  • Victoria Cross for SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith

    01/22/2011 8:24:53 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 14 replies · 2+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 23rd January 2011 | Ian McPhedran
    SAS Corporal Ben Roberts-Smith is Australia’s 98th Victoria Cross holder after the bronze cross with crimson ribbon was pinned to his chest by Governor General Quentin Bryce in Perth today. During a formal investiture ceremony at the picturesque beachside headquarters of the SAS at Campbell Barracks, Swanbourne, Corporal Roberts-Smith became only the second Australian soldier to wear the Victoria Cross of Australia after Corporal Mark Donaldson who received the honour in 2009. Before 1991 it was an Imperial Honour that was won by 96 Australians from the Boer War to Vietnam. He is only the second Western Australian born holder...
  • Sheikh Mohammed Receives Tom Cruise

    11/03/2010 2:25:29 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Wednesday, November 03, 2010
    Shows the Hollywood star how to handle a falcon during the meeting where Sheikh Hamdan was also present His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Hollywood star Tom Cruise who is in Dubai to shoot 'Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol'. The 48-year-old Hollywood actor, whose death-defying stunts atop the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, grabbed global headlines only a day ago, also met Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai during the occasion. Sheikh Mohammed showed Cruise how to handle a...
  • Crowd in India during Commonwealth Games was abusive: Pakistan hockey captain

    10/19/2010 1:44:42 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 6 replies
    The Times of India ^ | 19 Oct., 2010 | The Times of India
    KARACHI: The Pakistan Hockey Federation and national captain Zeeshan Ashraf feel one reason for the team's poor Commonwealth Games performance was the crowd behaviour in Delhi which has become "abusive" after the Mumbai terror attacks. PHF secretary Asif Bajwa said the feedback he had got from the team was that the players were subjected to more abuse and insults then they were used to facing by Indian spectators before the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. "It is now more difficult for our players when they play in India and there is more pressure on them because of the treatment they...
  • Half of India Commonwealth Games volunteers disappear with kit

    09/30/2010 9:48:02 PM PDT · by PlanetFst · 6 replies
    NEW DELHI: The spirit of the Games doesn't seem to be prevailing. Seen to be an essential ingredient of the Games, volunteers have gone missing. An estimated 10,000 volunteers have dropped out after enrolling for the mega sports show. A part of the problem also seems to have been the terms offered to volunteers. Instead of payments, the experience of participating in the Games with a certificate at the end of the event are the main rewards. However, there is also a smart set of clothes - the kit costs Rs 12,000 - besides meals while at work. Sources said...
  • Commonwealth throws weight behind climate talks

    11/28/2009 1:50:14 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 892+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 11/28/09 | Marc Burleigh
    PORT OF SPAIN (AFP) – Commonwealth leaders representing two billion people on the planet on Saturday threw their combined weight behind upcoming climate talks, driving momentum towards a new carbon-cutting treaty. "We, as the Commonwealth, representing one third of the world's population, believe the time for action on climate change has come," Australian Prime Minister Rudd said as he unveiled an agreement struck at a summit in Trinidad. The Port of Spain Climate Change Consensus, backed by all 53 member states of the Commonwealth, supported the December 7-18 climate talks in Copenhagen and committed to seeking a legally binding treaty...
  • Soldiers risk it all for something priceless...a life less ordinary

    11/15/2009 6:57:14 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 8 replies · 569+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 15th November 2009 | Liz Jones
    I observed the two minutes of silence on November 11. I bought a poppy and thought of my Dad, someone I always miss at this time of year. He wasn’t killed in action, but he served in the Second World War – he was a captain in a tank regiment – and lost many friends. .... The Army made him brave, and that bravery stood him in good stead when it came to facing loss, illness, mediocrity... ..... His memories, good and bad, kept him alive, alert, proud. He knew he had really lived, seen the world and made a...
  • Monty Python - Secretary of Commonwealth Affairs Striptease

    02/23/2009 2:08:26 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies · 479+ views
    You Tube ^ | 2/23/09 | Monty Python
    Life imitates art. How our "stimulus package" was sold to the American People.
  • Uncertain Future for Puerto Rico’s pro-Commonwealth Party

    07/21/2008 2:29:10 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 2 replies · 98+ views
    El Vocero de Puerto Rico (Spanish-language article) ^ | July 19, 2008 | Maricarmen Rivera Sánchez
    (English-language translation) As it turns 70 years old, the [pro-Commonwealth] Popular Democratic Party (PPD) faces its worst crisis brought on not only by the federal [corruption] charges against its principal leader, [Governor] Aníbal Acevedo Vilá, but also by the complicated economic situation the island has experienced under his administration. Three prominent PPD members interviewed by this daily could not agree on whether Acevedo will win [re-election in] the November elections. They did agree the PPD is at a crossroads, that the federal indictments are a dark page in the party’s history, and that the cost-of-living increases the island has been...
  • The Commonwealth Publications Saga Part III: Implosion

    05/23/2008 9:51:31 AM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 87+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 23, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The afterglow didn’t last long, however. The proverbial ‘red flags’ soon began to appear. The volume of complaints from authors steadily grew; the production backlog became the elephant in the room, and uncertainty over company funds became fodder for water cooler chat. Then on August 31, 1997, an event occurred that signaled the beginning of the end.....
  • The Commonwealth Publications Saga Part II: Black Clouds

    05/21/2008 9:25:47 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 1 replies · 95+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 21, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    The interview itself, however, was quite bizarre. A pleasant if not docile woman, Ms. Hillman seemed not to know how to conduct an interview. She seemed unprepared and unsure of what to do from one moment to the next. In short order, I became the one keeping the conversation afloat, even offering suggestions as to what questions should be asked. Indeed, an interesting first impression. The next day I received a call back from Faye. It took me a moment to realize who she was on voicemail when she referred to herself as ‘Lorraine Phelan’ – Don’s wife. Odd, I...
  • The Commonwealth Publications Saga Part I: A Scam Is Born

    05/19/2008 4:33:40 PM PDT · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 105+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | May 19, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    ...In the city of Edmonton, Alberta in the early 1990’s, there was one such man. His name was Donald Phelan, and what he built – and subsequently destroyed – left a long trail of broken promises and shattered dreams.....
  • Pakistan suspended from the Commonwealth because of anti-democratic crackdown

    11/22/2007 1:34:42 PM PST · by Clive · 33 replies · 83+ views
    Pakistan suspended from the Commonwealth because of anti-democratic crackdown By Alexander Panetta, THE CANADIAN PRESS KAMPALA, Uganda - Pakistan has been suspended from the Commonwealth in response to the anti-democratic crackdowns imposed under emergency rule. A group of foreign ministers from the 53-member Commonwealth has decided to remove Pakistan until it meets democratic standards. The group's secretary general, Donald McKinnon, made the announcement at a news conference. Pakistan, the world's most unstable nuclear power, pleaded for more time today and argued that it was making progress toward restoring democracy. But as she entered a Commonwealth meeting earlier today, Canadian Junior...
  • Rwanda snubs France to join Commonwealth

    02/16/2007 2:01:40 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 3 replies · 407+ views
    The Weekend Australian ^ | 17th February 2007 | Jonathan Clayton
    RWANDAN President Paul Kagame says his country will cement its bitter divorce from France and the French-speaking world, which he holds responsible for the 1994 slaughter of up to one million of his countrymen, by joining the Commonwealth. "There are many benefits for us in joining the Commonwealth - cultural, economic, political," Mr Kagame said. He has been invited to attend the November Commonwealth summit as an observer and said: "I hope they will then approve our membership. I am looking forward to it." Mr Kagame, a lanky former guerilla fighter with an austere manner, rarely shows emotion. But the...
  • At Constitution Day Celebration in Puerto Rico, Governor Attacks the Pro-Statehood Opposition

    07/26/2006 7:00:43 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 9 replies · 469+ views
    (English-language translation) DORADO — The Puerto Rican Constitution protects the [freedoms] of speech and assembly. However, some of the thousands who celebrated it in Dorado did not seem to understand this precept as they threw bottles and eggs at a small group of pro-independence theater artists who were criticizing the use of public funds for this official observance and several members of the Statehood Youth who also protested in a building adjacent to the public square. The youth, who demanded "statehood now", as well as the six members of the "Papel Machete" theater troupe, had to be removed from the...
  • Romney to Sign Mandatory Health Bill

    04/05/2006 7:05:04 AM PDT · by CSM · 411 replies · 5,722+ views ^ | April 4, 2006 | NewsMax Staff
    Tuesday, April 4, 2006 10:54 p.m. EDT Romney to Sign Mandatory Health Bill BOSTON -- Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a bill Tuesday that would make Massachusetts the first state to require that all its citizens have some form of health insurance. The plan — approved just 24 hours after the final details were released — would use a combination of financial incentives and penalties to dramatically expand access to health care over the next three years and extend coverage to the state's estimated 500,000 uninsured. If all goes as planned, poor people will be offered free or heavily subsidized coverage; those...
  • Freep a South Florida poll (Hi, Mom!)

    02/19/2006 7:17:39 PM PST · by dynachrome · 62 replies · 905+ views
    Sun-Sentinel ^ | 2-19-06 | sun-sentinel
    A White House task force wants voters in Puerto Rico to decide whether the island stays an American possession, joins the U.S. as the 51st state or becomes an independent nation. Which choice is best? 51st state. Independence. Remaining an American possession.
  • Aussie Microsoft calendar mess (Time Zone glitch during Commonwealth Games to mangle appointments)

    01/25/2006 11:18:19 PM PST · by Stoat · 3 replies · 3,574+ views
    Office Watch ^ | January 25, 2006
     AUSSIE MICROSOFT CALENDAR MESS The Commonwealth Games are coming to Melbourne in March this year and normally that would not matter to us except that it's going to cause a major upheaval for users of Microsoft Office, Exchange and Windows.  It'll mostly affect our Aussie friends but also anyone who deals with the Great Southern Land. The problem is also a sharp indictment of Microsoft's spotty support for changing time zones.  Changes in daylight savings arrangements do happen so paying customers of Windows and Office are entitled to expect more elegant technologies to deal with this real world situation.  ...
  • Battle of Kircholm (September 27, 1605)

    09/27/2005 10:58:12 AM PDT · by lizol · 5 replies · 2,668+ views
    various | September 27, 2005
    Battle of Kircholm Battle of Kircholm (September 27, 1605) was one of the major battles in the Polish-Swedish War of 1600-1611. The battle was decided in 20 minutes by the devastating charge of Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth cavalry, the Winged Hussars. The battle ended in the decisive victory of Polish forces, and is remembered in Poland as the greatest triumph of Polish cavalry ever. Eve of the Battle On September 27, 1605, the Polish-Lithuanian and Swedish forces met near the small town of Kircholm (now Salaspils in Latvia, some 25 km. south of Riga). The forces of Charles IX of Sweden were...
  • British Raj was beneficial: Indian Prime Minister

    07/09/2005 11:02:14 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 46 replies · 877+ views ^ | July 09, 2005 18:15 IST |
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday acknowledged the "beneficial consequences" of British colonial rule like "free press, constitutional government, professional service, modern universities and research laboratories". Speaking at Oxford after receiving a honorary degree of Doctor of Civil Law, Dr Singh said, "Today, with the balance and perspective offered by the passage of time and the benefit of hindsight, it is possible for an Indian prime minister to assert that India's experience with Britain had its beneficial consequences too." He added: "Our notions of the rule of law, of a constitutional government, of a free press, of a professional civil...
  • Ukraine, Poland, Lithuania to create parliamentary assembly.

    05/13/2005 2:26:57 PM PDT · by Grzegorz 246 · 35 replies · 614+ views
    ITAR TASS ^ | 13.05.2005
    LVOV, May 13 (Itar-Tass) - Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania have decided to create a Joint Parliamentary Assembly. The speakers of the Ukrainian Supreme Rada, Lithuanian Seimas and Polish Sejm – Vladimir Litvin, Arturas Paulauskas and Wlodzimierz Cimoszewicz – signed an appropriate joint statement in the west-Ukrainian city of Lutsk on Friday. Ukraine, Poland and Lithuania “are going to increase their contribution to the broadening of the regional cooperation,” the document says. The countries “understand the necessity of working jointly on the implementation of Ukraine’s plans for European and Euro-Atlantic integration.” A statute of the assembly will determine the composition, framework...
  • Become British or be sacked, Commonwealth troops are told

    11/21/2004 6:35:04 AM PST · by tjwmason · 14 replies · 729+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | 21 November, 2004 | Andrew Alderson and Sean Rayment
    Become British or be sacked, Commonwealth troops are toldBy Andrew Alderson and Sean Rayment (Filed: 21/11/2004) Hundreds of Commonwealth troops working in sensitive positions in the Armed Forces have been ordered to adopt British nationality or lose their jobs, The Telegraph can reveal. The ultimatum from the Ministry of Defence has angered the estimated 8,000 Commonwealth servicemen serving in the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. They are incensed that their loyalty is being questioned after years of risking their lives for Britain in war zones. Some of those asked to switch nationality have decided to resign rather...

    04/17/2002 12:12:42 PM PDT · by aristeides · 27 replies · 347+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | Apr. 17, 2002 | Der Spiegel Staff
    SCHUHBOMBER-ERMITTLUNGEN [SHOE BOMBER DEVELOPMENTS] Fünf Festnahmen in Frankreich [Five Arrests in France] Die französische Polizei hat fünf Personen festgenommen, die dem mutmaßlichen "Schuhbomber" Richard Reid zugearbeitet haben sollen. Reid hatte im Dezember auf dem Flug von Paris nach Miami versucht, in seinem Schuh befindlichen Sprengstoff zu zünden. [French police have taken into custody five persons who are said to have collaborated with the alleged "Shoe Bomber" Richard Reid. Reid had attempted, on a flight from Paris to Miami in December, to set fire to an explosive located in his shoe.] Paris - Die französische Polizei gab die Identität der Festgenommenen...
  • Commonwealth May Lift Pakistan Suspension

    03/19/2004 7:35:31 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 106+ views
    The Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 19, 2004 at 2:45:45 PST | JASBANT SINGH
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) - The Commonwealth is likely to lift the four-year suspension of Pakistan in April following a push by President Pervez Musharraf to return the country to democratic rule, the organization's secretary-general said Friday. Don McKinnon said that the 52-member Commonwealth of Britain and its former colonies was not influenced by the strong backing that Musharraf enjoys from the United States, which conferred the status of "major non-NATO ally" on Pakistan on Thursday amid a major offensive against suspected al-Qaida guerrillas. "We are not in the business of just following someone else," McKinnon told The Associated Press...
  • Mark Steyn: The Empire Strikes Back

    03/10/2004 10:23:14 AM PST · by Villain · 13 replies · 245+ views
    It was a night of triumph for British film. Well, okay, it wasn’t. “UK Overlooked By Oscar Voters” was the BBC headline. “Whatever Happened To The Brit Pack?” wondered The Scotsman. “Ring Of Failure,” declared a gloomy Birmingham Post, waking up to the bleak realization that the only Tolkien tourism boom was going to be the stampede to New Zealand to see the actual Shire where the great Kiwi author wrote his famous fantasy. So it was a crummy night for British film. But it was a great night for British Commonwealth film – New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, even...
  • Botswana turns its back on SADC's Zim stance

    12/17/2003 3:13:57 AM PST · by Clive · 3 replies · 248+ views
    Cape Times via Independent Online ^ | December 17 2003 | Basildon Peta
    Botswana has distanced itself from a recent statement issued by South Africa on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) claiming that it was not party to the decision to keep Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth. Botswana President Festus Mogae's statement this week said Botswana was "not party to the statement issued by a number of SADC member states on December 9". The statement on "the Continuation of the Suspension of Zimbabwe from the Councils of the Commonwealth" said SADC states in the Commonwealth strongly disagreed with the decision. But Botswana said it stood by the Commonwealth decision and...
  • Zim diplomacy set to get 'louder'

    12/16/2003 5:03:25 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 184+ views
    Star (SA) ^ | December 16, 2003 | Allister Sparks
    One major change emerges from the events at Abuja that led to Zimbabwe's continued suspension and subsequent resignation from the Commonwealth. Nigeria's Olusegun Obasanjo will now take over from President Thabo Mbeki as the lead player in trying to bring about political change in Zimbabwe. Until now Obasanjo has deferred to Mbeki's policy of "quiet diplomacy", taking the view that Zimbabwe was within South Africa's sphere of influence and it should therefore take the lead in dealing with this problem - just as Nigeria has taken the lead with its regional problems in Sierra Leone and Liberia. But now Obasanjo...
  • Shock at Mbeki's 'offensive' Zim comments

    12/14/2003 11:35:51 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 156+ views
    Independent Online ^ | December 14 2003 | Peter Fabricius and Toye Olori
    President Thabo Mbeki has shocked foreign diplomats and some local observers by justifying Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's forcible seizure of white farmland as "perhaps inevitable". They have also reacted with dismay to what they called Mbeki's "deeply offensive" remarks written in his weekly electronic letter in his party's website journal, ANC Today. These include the charge that Britain opposed Zimbabwe's readmission to the Commonwealth this week merely to protect its "white, settler, colonial kith and kin". And that western powers are using the demand for Mugabe to respect human rights merely as a tool for "regime change" in Zimbabwe. Mbeki...
  • Zimbabwe -- Mugabe`s Faux Pas

    12/12/2003 3:51:44 AM PST · by Clive · 1 replies · 203+ views
    Independent (Ghana) ^ | December 12, 2003 | (editorial page)
    Reports that President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has led his country out of the membership of the Commonwealth are disturbing. Zimbabwe had been on suspension by the Commonwealth since last year when it held elections, which were widely held to be unfair. Interestingly, Pakistan, another country that has been on suspension from the Commonwealth for similar reasons, however has not announced it is leaving the Commonwealth. The Independent is concerned about what we think is a grievous mistake on the part of President Mugabe in deciding, single-handedly as usual, in leading his countrymen out of the Commonwealth on one of...
  • Zimbabwe (1) Mbeki lambastes Commonwealth -- (2) Mbeki's lost the plot: DA

    12/12/2003 5:06:15 AM PST · by Clive · 1 replies · 132+ views
    SABC News ^ | December 12, 2003
    Mbeki lambastes Commonwealth December 12, 2003, 11:22 AM President Thabo Mbeki lashed out at the Commonwealth today, saying the group was not working to solve Zimbabwe's problems and had lost sight of their root cause, the land redistribution. In his weekly letter to the ruling African National Congress (ANC), Mbeki said some in the group of mainly former British colonies were more set on extending sanctions against Zimbabwe than on sorting out the political and economic crisis in South Africa's northern neighbour. Last week, a divided Commonwealth summit in Abuja, Nigeria, decided by consensus to indefinitely extend Zimbabwe's suspension, which...
  • Mugabe's commonwealth defeat is Mbeki's, too

    12/12/2003 4:15:22 AM PST · by Clive · 2 replies · 185+ views
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 12, 2003 | Martin Woollacott
    Two ideas of Africa and of how to bring about change in the world clashed at the Commonwealth summit in Abuja. One sees Africa as a failed region that will have to be gradually induced, with much surveillance by outsiders, to do better. The other sees a continent that, in order to come into its own, will have to join and perhaps lead a radical re-ordering of global economic and political power. The attempted coup over Zimbabwe at the summit displayed this division, but it also brought on to the scales the weight of those states that regard both positions...
  • Zimbabwe -- Foreign envoys face the boot

    12/11/2003 4:45:40 AM PST · by Clive · 11 replies · 167+ views
    Financial Gazette (Zim) ^ | December 11, 2003 | Staff Reporters
    A CAUCUS meeting of ZANU PF parliamentarians last night resolved to boot British, Australian, Canadian and New Zealand diplomats out of the country - a move immediately condemned by political observers as "retrogressive". The parliamentarians had met to endorse Cabinet approval of a ZANU PF decision to withdraw the country's membership from the 54-nation Commonwealth "club" of mainly former British colonies. However, the party had by last night brought to parliament a decision to withdraw the country's membership from the Commonwealth as the first step towards introducing a ban on the four countries' missions. The motion was moved by Foreign...
  • 'Undiplomatic' for a diplomat

    12/11/2003 3:32:51 AM PST · by Clive · 1 replies · 129+ views
    News24 (SA) ^ | December 11, 2003
    Sydney - Zimbabwe's ambassador to Australia was hauled before foreign affairs officials on Thursday to explain why she accused Prime Minister John Howard of acting like a dictator in the row over the African nation's exclusion from the Commonwealth, officials said. Zimbabwean High Commissioner Florence Chitauro was unrepentant about the remarks after the meeting in Canberra, saying she was defending President Robert Mugabe. "I said I'm here to protect the head of state I represent and the country," she told ABC radio. "The president of Zimbabwe has been called all sorts of names, and I am here to make sure...
  • Zim parliament in uproar

    12/10/2003 12:11:48 PM PST · by Clive · 8 replies · 217+ views
    Reuters via Daily News (Zim) ^ | December 10, 2003
    Harare - Uproar broke out in Zimbabwe's parliament on Wednesday as government and opposition MPs debated the country's withdrawal from the Commonwealth. Through a barrage of interjections from MPs of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and repeated demands for order from speaker Emmerson Mnangagwa, Foreign Minister Stan Mudenge opened debate by dismissing criticism of issues of human rights and democracy and declaring that the decision was taken in preference "to being treated as a lackey." He called Australian prime minister John Howard "the butcher of Baghdad" and Commonwealth foreign secretary-general Don McKinnon "the liar." An enraged President Robert Mugabe...
  • Australia's PM a dictator, says woman who works for one (Mugabe)

    12/10/2003 9:54:24 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 5 replies · 225+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | December 10, 2003 | Mark Riley, Political Correspondent
    The Zimbabwe Ambassador to Australia has accused the Prime Minister, John Howard, of acting like a dictator towards her country, as reports suggest President Robert Mugabe is considering severing diplomatic ties with Australia. In her first comments about the soured relationship between the countries, Florence Chitauro accused Mr Howard yesterday of "taking it upon himself to be some kind of messiah for Zimbabwe" in its international relations. "John Howard has not helped this situation by more or less accusing people of being dictatorial," Ms Chitauro said. "As chairman of the Commonwealth troika on Zimbabwe, he was dictating his own position...
  • Neighbours rally round in support of Mugabe

    12/10/2003 4:33:38 AM PST · by Clive · 4 replies · 106+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 10, 2003 | Christopher Munnion in Johannesburg, Peta Thornycroft in Harare and George Jones
    Britain's attitude towards President Robert Mugabe's regime was denounced as "intolerant" and "rigid" by southern African countries yesterday, reigniting the row over Zimbabwe's withdrawal from the Commonwealth. The 12 Commonwealth members from southern Africa closed ranks behind Mr Mugabe with a statement condemning Zimbabwe's suspension from the group. Earlier, Tony Blair angrily denied that Mr Mugabe's regime was the victim of a racist plot. Ending Zimbabwe's suspension would have been "inconceivable", he said. Mr Mugabe had appealed for the "solidarity" of his neighbours and the Southern African Development Community duly rallied to his support. It blamed Zimbabwe's withdrawal from the...
  • The Commonwealth may never have such an eligible dictator again

    12/10/2003 4:26:33 AM PST · by Clive · 2 replies · 95+ views
    Cape Times via ZWNews ^ | December 10, 2003 | John Scott
    Commonwealth heads of state lost a marvellous opportunity when they extended Zimbabwe's expulsion from that body. And now that Robert Mugabe has voluntarily left, the opportunity may never offer itself again. It was perhaps the last chance to have a genuine copper-bottomed, A1 Lloyds-approved, Sothebys-authenticated dictator as a member, after the retirement some years ago of Uganda's irrepressible Idi Amin. No wonder Thabo Mbeki fought to have Mugabe's suspension lifted. Few of the world's other leading dictators, present and past, qualified for Commonwealth membership. Take Hitler, for instance. His country was never a British colony. In fact he tried to...
  • Blair 'To Strip Mugabe Of Knighthood'

    12/09/2003 6:24:31 PM PST · by blam · 14 replies · 222+ views
    Independent (UK) ^ | 12-10-2003 | Paul Waugh
    Blair 'to strip Mugabe of knighthood' By Paul Waugh, Deputy Political Editor 10 December 2003 Tony Blair said yesterday that he would consider tighter sanctions and having Robert Mugabe stripped of his honorary knighthood in an attempt to force "regime change" in Zimbabwe. The Prime Minister admitted that the restrictions on the Harare regime were failing. He said only £500,000 worth of assets had been seized from Mr Mugabe's associates. In a Commons statement, Mr Blair said he would try to use February's EU summit to impose "sharper" sanctions on Zimbabwe. He said he would "certainly look at the issue...
  • Zim state press blames Britain

    12/09/2003 4:36:06 AM PST · by Clive · 1 replies · 92+ views
    News24 (SA) ^ | December 9, 2003
    Harare - Zimbabwe's state press called on President Robert Mugabe on Tuesday to sever diplomatic ties with Britain and Australia, blaming British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government for all the southern African country's economic and political crises. "The time has now come for Zimbabwe to fully engage Britain head-on by cutting all diplomatic ties with the former colonial master and its sidekick, Australia," the government-controlled daily Herald said in a front-page editorial. Mugabe announced on Sunday night that he was withdrawing Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth after it decided to continue Zimbabwe's suspension from the 54-member association indefinitely. The Herald is...
  • Ranks close to save Commonwealth

    12/09/2003 3:27:32 AM PST · by Clive · 1 replies · 112+ views
    Mail and Guardian (SA) ^ | 9 December 2003
    Commonwealth leaders tried to close ranks over Zimbabwe on Monday as the threat of further splits in the organisation led politicians from across the spectrum to either criticise Robert Mugabe or insist that the decision to keep his country suspended was just. Civic leaders in Zimbabwe and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change also expressed relief at the Commonwealth's refusal to cave in to Mugabe. Welshman Ncube, secretary general of the MDC, said Mugabe's decision to withdraw was "clearly not in the interest of Zimbabwe and its people". He said it was "an attempt to avoid returning the country to...
  • Adios Zimbabwe

    12/09/2003 3:03:26 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 97+ views
    The Star (SA) ^ | December 9, 2003 | (the Editor)
    The Commonwealth summit in Abuja was right to keep Zimbabwe suspended from the body until President Robert Mugabe starts to govern properly and stops persecuting his political opponents. His decision to pull Zimbabwe out of the Commonwealth in response may well make it harder to persuade him to do the right thing. But he was showing no signs of being persuaded anyway, and so invited tougher remedies. We had previously expressed the hope that the South African government would not champion Mugabe's cause at the summit. But that is what it did. President Mbeki battled to get Zimbabwe readmitted immediately....
  • No one happy with Zimbabwe's move: Chrétien

    12/08/2003 9:03:37 AM PST · by Clive · 4 replies · 105+ views
    Globe and Mail (Canada) ^ | December 8, 2003
    Abuja - Zimbabwe's decision to quit the Commonwealth rather than bow to continued suspension is a "sad situation," Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said Monday as a four-day summit wrapped up. "It was a lot of work to convince everybody to accept. Some wanted definitely to say they are suspended. It's circumstances that nobody wins. It's a sad situation," he told reporters. "Nobody is happy. I'm not happy either." He expressed concern about the plight of Zimbabwe's citizens now that the country is so internationally isolated. Despite differing ideas on securing reform in Zimbabwe, Mr. Chrétien noted that "everybody wants the...
  • Zimbabwe Commonwealth exit hurts SA diplomacy

    12/08/2003 8:37:21 AM PST · by Clive · 5 replies · 130+ views
    Reuters via SABC News (SA) ^ | December 8, 2003
    Zimbabwe Commonwealth exit hurts SA diplomacy December 08, 2003, 05:47 PM Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's decision to quit the Commonwealth has dented South Africa's policy of "quiet diplomacy" and undermined its standing among its African peers, analysts have said. President Thabo Mbeki has pursued a non-confrontational approach to Zimbabwe and tried to have its suspension lifted at the Commonwealth summit in Abuja, but the suspension held and Mugabe swiftly quit the 54-nation club. "Mbeki never likes to admit that he's wrong, but the softly softly approach hasn't worked. I think that the government's policy is so vague, so subtle, so...