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  • Prokhorov NBA Bid...; ACORN-Funder Ratner Needs Russian Billionaire to Build Brooklyn Arena

    04/11/2010 9:46:14 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 5 replies · 454+ views
    National Legal and Policy Center ^ | 04/11/2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Prokhorov NBA Bid Gets Scrutiny; ACORN-Funder Ratner Needs Russian Billionaire to Build Brooklyn Arena Bruce Ratner is a New York real estate developer and owner of the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. For five years, he’s been trying to move the team to a new arena in Brooklyn that he hopes to build, relying on New York’s powers of eminent domain to move hundreds of homeowners and businessmen out of their quarters.The Brooklyn arena project, known as Atlantic Yards, is on life support. It is only being kept alive by an investment of Russia’s richest man, Mikhail...
  • Prokhorov NBA Bid Gets Scrutiny; ACORN-Funder Ratner Needs Russian Billionaire to Build Brooklyn...

    04/11/2010 11:11:37 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 5 replies · 434+ views
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | April 11, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    Bruce Ratner is a New York real estate developer and owner of the New Jersey Nets of the National Basketball Association. For five years, he’s been trying to move the team to a new arena in Brooklyn that he hopes to build, relying on New York’s powers of eminent domain to move hundreds of homeowners and businessmen out of their quarters. The Brooklyn arena project, known as Atlantic Yards, is on life support. It is only being kept alive by an investment of Russia’s richest man, Mikhail Prokhorov, who is reportedly worth more than $13 billion. He is investing $200...
  • (Russian)Tycoon's tyrant ties (Zimbabwe-Mugabe) threaten Nets deal (& Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards)

    04/11/2010 8:36:41 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 12 replies · 1,136+ views
    New Yok Post ^ | April 11, 2010 | ISABEL VINCENT and MELISSA KLEIN
    A New Jersey congressman says he will demand a government inquiry into Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian billionaire poised to buy the New Jersey Nets, for his extensive business dealings in Zimbabwe -- a bombshell that could blow up the $200 million team deal and threaten the future of Brooklyn's Atlantic Yards, The Post has learned. Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, wants to know if companies controlled by Prokhorov in Zimbabwe violate federal rules that forbid American citizens and companies, and subsidiaries set up in the United States, from doing business with...
  • The man playing South Africa's death card

    04/10/2010 11:10:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 16 replies · 805+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/9/2010 | Rian Malan
    As white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche is buried, the dangerously charismatic Julius Malema threatens the country's future. We are not here to mourn the white supremacist Eugene Terreblanche, whose funeral took place yesterday, but since his name is on the world's lips, let's face the truth: the saddest thing about his murder last weekend is that it obscured an event that casts an infinitely darker shadow. The event took place in Zimbabwe, and involved, as fate would have it, Julius Malema, the ANC Youth League leader whose repeated singing of an old struggle song about shooting Boers is viewed by many...
  • The Mining Industry Is Terrified By The Rise Of South Africa's Julius Malema

    04/08/2010 10:07:42 PM PDT · by george76 · 34 replies · 1,004+ views
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 8, 2010 | Gregory White |
    Julius Malema ...fresh off of a meeting with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has said he will follow his neighbors policy of land seizure... And, most concerning to foreign investors, he has called for the nationalization of South Africa's mines. South Africa's mining industry produced 11% of the world's gold, 80% of the world's platinum, and 40% of the world's palladium in 2007.
  • Postcard From Zimbabwe

    04/08/2010 5:45:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies · 1,060+ views
    New York Times ^ | April 8, 2010 | Nicholas Kristof
    Here’s a measure of how President Robert Mugabe is destroying this once lush nation of Zimbabwe: In a week of surreptitious reporting here (committing journalism can be a criminal offense in Zimbabwe), ordinary people said time and again that life had been better under the old, racist, white regime of what was then called Rhodesia. “When the country changed from Rhodesia to Zimbabwe, we were very excited,” one man, Kizita, told me in a village of mud-walled huts near this town in western Zimbabwe. “But we didn’t realize the ones we chased away were better and the ones we put...
  • "Terrorist hunt hits poultry processor"

    03/21/2002 7:51:11 PM PST · by Vigilantcitizen · 10 replies · 726+ views
    Atlanta Journal Constitution ^ | 3/22/2002 | Tasgola Karla Bruner
    Gainesville -- Officials at Mar-Jac Poultry said they were shocked to find out Thursday that federal officials suspect the company might have ties to terrorist funding. Company Vice President Doug Carnes said at least a half-dozen U.S. Customs agents spent all day Wednesday gathering financial records and charitable contribution files. They were "real nice, professional and complimentary," he said, but they didn't disclose the nature of their visit. It was only on Thursday that Carnes was alerted by company officials in Virginia as to what the agents were looking for. "I'm shocked. I'm in disbelief. I've worked for them for...
  • Controversial South African youth leader visits Zimbabwe

    04/03/2010 3:36:43 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 12 replies · 693+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/3/2010 | Jane Flanagan in Cape Town
    Julius Malema, the firebrand South African youth leader who has been accused of inciting violence against white farmers, has received a hero's welcome in Zimbabwe. Mr Malema, head of the youth wing of the ruling African National Congress (ANC), touched down in Harare to be met with a loud chorus of "Shoot the Boer" – a refrain from an apartheid-era song which is now outlawed in South Africa. Julius Malema The 29-year-old, who has been accused of inciting violence against South Africa's white population with his repeated renditions of the song Ayesaba Amagwala (The Cowards are Scared), will meet President...
  • I am addicted to ‘mistresses’ – Mugabe ( Zimbabwe )

    03/31/2010 11:28:49 PM PDT · by george76 · 14 replies · 861+ views
    ZimEye, ^ | March 27, 2010 | John Chimunhu
    Harare(ZimEye)President Robert Mugabe has for the first time confessed that he is addicted to mistresses, from what are known as ’small houses’ in Zimbabwe. Mugabe who also castigated homosexual people said that it was impossible for him and a lot of other men to give up the ’small houses’, a widespread practice that gave rise to a television soap, ‘The Small House Saga”. “Its impossible to stop. ‘Small houses’ are everywhere in Zimbabwe. That’s what we do and the women suffer,” Mugabe said.
  • Mugabe: No gay rights in Zimbabwe

    03/26/2010 10:03:33 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 11 replies · 438+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 26, 2010
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Zimbabwe's president says gay rights will not be protected in a constitution being drawn up under a power-sharing deal. State radio on Friday quoted President Robert Mugabe saying that Western rights groups have called for constitutional reforms to include gay rights. He calls that "insanity." Same-sex acts are illegal in Zimbabwe. Mugabe once described homosexuals as "lower than pigs and dogs."
  • Mugabe planning massive violence on MDC after World Cup

    03/18/2010 4:35:22 PM PDT · by vikingd00d · 12 replies · 453+ views
    The Zimbabe Situation ^ | 17 March 2010 | Unknown
    HARARE - Robert Mugabe's Zanu (PF) has started recruiting youths for training in sophisticated murder and torture techniques for a massive campaign of violence against the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T) soon after the World Cup, a report said. Investigations by The Zimbabwean have revealed that the vicious campaign of terror is expected to roll into motion in July, soon after the soccer World Cup ends in South Africa and the media spotlight shifts elsewhere. High-level sources within both Zanu (PF) and MDC-T as well as the security services said the purpose of this horrific plan, if it succeeds, was...
  • The Plight of Zimbabwe's Starving People

    03/12/2010 11:31:15 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 19 replies · 613+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12th March 2010 | Mail Foreign Service
    For us it is a saddening sight - a magnificent bull elephant struck down in his old age. But for the starving of Zimbabwe, it was little short of a miracle. The carcass provided a vital source of food, and hundreds of desperate villagers in the Gonarezhou National Park descended on the dead animal within minutes of its discovery. Using machetes, axes and knives made from tin cans they set upon the six-ton carcass, which was found deep in scrubland.
  • Zimbabwe's starving people eat dead elephant (Warning Graphic)

    03/12/2010 7:09:35 AM PST · by C19fan · 61 replies · 3,023+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | March 12, 2010 | Staff
    For us it is a saddening sight - a magnificent bull elephant struck down in his old age. But for the starving of Zimbabwe, it was little short of a miracle. The carcass provided a vital source of food, and hundreds of desperate villagers in the Gonarezhou National Park descended on the dead animal within minutes of its discovery. Using machetes, axes and knives made from tin cans they set upon the six-ton carcass, which was found deep in scrubland.
  • Letters From Zimbabwe: Cathy Buckle

    03/07/2010 9:51:34 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 55 replies · 173+ views
    Letters ^ | March 6, 2010 | Cathy Buckle
    All are welcome Saturday 6th March 2010 Dear Family and Friends, They say that a picture speaks a thousand words and the one I picked up on the roadside this morning certainly did. I'm not generally in the habit of picking up litter on public roads but this was different. It was the remains of a poster that had been torn off a street light pole. From the scraps of bright coloured paper left clinging to a number of other poles, it was obvious that a line of the same posters had all been torn down recently. I had travelled...
  • Why Haven’t Obama, Pelosi Jettisoned Rep. Gregory Meeks?

    02/21/2010 10:50:10 AM PST · by jazusamo · 14 replies · 471+ views
    NLPC ^ | February 21, 2010 | Peter Flaherty
    You would think that Democratic leaders would distance themselves from a member of Congress whose been identified with Ponzi swindler Allen Stanford, not mention a charity that is now under federal investigation for fraudulently raising money for Hurricane Katrina victims. Nope. According to one media report: President Barack Obama of the United States of America has dispatched a five-member delegation of US congressmen led by Representative Gregory Meeks to Zimbabwe. Maybe it is appropriate, after all. Meeks seems to have a special rapport with tyrants. Zimbabwe is one the most corrupt places on the face of the earth and strongman...
  • Zimbabwe sanctions 'must go': Mugabe

    02/17/2010 10:16:50 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 11 replies · 352+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/16/10 | AFP
    HARARE (AFP) – President Robert Mugabe said Wednesday that he and his partners in Zimbabwe's unity government agreed that "sanctions must go", a day after the European Union extended its restrictions on the country. "We are in agreement," Mugabe told reporters after a tourism conference in Harare. "We are all agreed that the sanctions must go." Mugabe and his erstwhile rival Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai formed a unity government nearly a year ago, aiming to end political unrest targeting mainly supporters of the premier's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). But EU leaders on Tuesday cited a lack of progress in...
  • Mugabe to seize white businesses for blacks ("hand over at least 51 per cent ownership")

    02/11/2010 6:20:46 AM PST · by blastocyst · 834+ views
    Montreal Gazette ^ | 2-09-10 | Peta Thornycroft and Sebastien Berger
    EVERETT – A cat who wandered into the Everett Police Department’s South Precinct parking lot later was killed at the city’s animal shelter, upsetting the animal’s owners. Police have been having problems with neighborhood cats, many feral, urinating on patrol motorcycles, Everett police Sgt. Robert Goetz said. Police asked animal control officers to help trap the cats, he said. One of the cats, Atalanta, was brought to the Everett Animal Shelter on Jan. 28, city spokeswoman Kate Reardon said. The shelter wasn’t able to find the cat’s owner. The animal wasn’t tagged or micro-chipped, she said.
  • Are Zimbabwean diamonds about to finance a Mugabe coup?

    02/10/2010 6:18:52 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 10 replies · 448+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 10 Feb 2010 | Paul Trewhela
    JOHANNESBURG - Last week's issue of The Zimbabwean, which is edited from Britain, leads with a report on the possible exchange of Chinese weapons for illegally mined diamonds in Zimbabwe (see below). If the information in this report is proved correct, it would indicate that the Mugabe regime is preparing a bloody coup to preserve itself in office, in defiance of its loss of the general election last year, its subsequent power-sharing deal with the Movement for Democratic Change, the Kimberley Process which regulates the global gem trade and a ruling of the High Court in Harare. The report suggests...
  • Black Zimbabweans to take control of white-owned companies

    02/09/2010 9:46:02 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 39 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 9 Feb 2010 | Peta Thornycroft
    White-owned companies in Zimbabwe are to be forced to hand majority control to black businessmen in a move that could lead to chaos rivalling the seizure of the country's commercial farms. The new regulations demand that all foreign and locally owned companies hand over at least 51 per cent ownership to black Zimbabweans. Thousands of firms, including the Zimbabwean operations of giants such as Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank and the mining company Rio Tinto, will be affected, and they must submit their plans to comply by March 1. Owners who fail to comply could be jailed. The new law...
  • Nestle shuts milk factory in Zimbabwe

    12/23/2009 10:46:23 AM PST · by george76 · 14 replies · 962+ views
    AFP ^ | December 23, 2009
    THE food giant Nestle says it has shut down its milk processing plant in Zimbabwe temporarily after staff were forced by authorities to take milk from "non-contracted suppliers.'' Nestle in October stopped buying milk from a farm owned by Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe's family, who seized it from white farmers under his controversial land reforms. The Swiss-based food giant, the world's largest, said Zimbabwean government officials and police made an "unannounced visit'' to the plant on Saturday, forcing staff to take delivery of a milk tanker from non contracted suppliers. Two Nestle Zimbabwe managers were also questioned by the police
  • Chavez, Morales, Mugabe lash out at Copenhagen

    12/16/2009 10:19:11 PM PST · by george76 · 7 replies · 874+ views
    AFP ^ | December 17, 2009
    Firebrand leaders Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Robert Mugabe turned up the heat at the UN climate talks, dumping the blame for global warming squarely at the feet of capitalism. Mr Chavez, the President of Venezuela, was one of the first world leaders to take the podium at the venue of the Copenhagen talks. He seized the occasion to characterise newly-minted Nobel Peace laureate US President Barack Obama as a warmonger. "I don't think Obama is here yet," said Mr Chavez. "He got the Nobel Peace Prize almost the same day as he sent 30,000 soldiers to kill innocent people...
  • Copenhagen summit veering towards farce, warns Ed Miliband

    12/16/2009 9:54:58 PM PST · by george76 · 30 replies · 1,256+ views
    Guardian News ^ | 16 December 2009 | John Vidal and Allegra Stratton
    The climate change summit in Copenhagen was in jeopardy tonight with the complex negotiations falling far behind schedule as the climate secretary, Ed Miliband, warned of a "farce". With just two days remaining, the inability to overcome disagreements about the shape of a deal to combat global warming led to hours of inaction today , while outside the negotiations police clashed with protesters who broke through a security cordon but failed in an attempt to storm the conference centre. "We have made no progress" said a source close to the talks. "What people don't realise is that we are now...
  • Ahmadinejad to get U.N. podium (at Copenhagen climate talks, Hugo Chavez and Ribert Mugabe too)

    12/12/2009 6:21:29 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 983+ views ^ | 12/12/09 | Lisa Lerer
    COPENHAGEN –Iranian Prime Minister Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe plan to address negotiators at international climate talks in Copenhagen next week. The three leaders are listed in a line-up of more than 180 government officials published in a United Nations schedule of speakers. Each head of state will have up to three minutes to address roughly 700 delegates, reporter, observers and civil society groups. The assistant president of Sudan, Nafie Ali Nafie kicks off the speeches at noon on Wednesday. Nafie chairs the G-77 group, a block of developing nations pushing hard for more...
  • Mugabe defends land reforms, attacks West ( again at UN Food Summit in Rome)

    11/17/2009 8:24:38 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 697+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/17/09 | Ariel David - ap
    ROME – Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe used the U.N. summit on world hunger Tuesday to lash out at the West and defend land reforms blamed for plunging his people into starvation. Addressing the summit hosted by the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization in Rome, Mugabe said the policy under which thousands of white-owned commercial farms were seized in 2000 was a quest for "equity and justice." He blamed the subsequent meltdown of Zimbabwe's economy on "hostile interventions" by "neocolonialist enemies" that have imposed sanctions on his regime. Western countries have slapped travel bans and asset freezes on Mugabe and his...
  • Zimbabwe:A Fresh Start

    11/11/2009 7:49:34 AM PST · by GilGil · 21 replies · 809+ views ^ | 11/11/09 | Alf Field
    In February 2009 Zimbabwe was the only country in the world without debt. Nobody owed anyone anything. Following the abandonment of the Zimbabwe Dollar as the local currency all local debt was wiped out and the country started with a clean slate.
  • New cholera epidemic in Zimbabwe

    10/21/2009 9:55:46 PM PDT · by george76 · 5 replies · 413+ views
    UPI ^ | Oct. 21, 2009
    Cholera has reappeared in Zimbabwe, where more than 4,300 people died of the disease in a recent epidemic, the United Nations Children's Fund reports. UNICEF said Tuesday there have been at least five deaths in the current outbreak... "The fundamentals of the last epidemic are still there. Water is only sporadically available, and sewerage reticulation and refuse collection are only partially working," "It's not the catastrophe that it was last year but it's still a big epidemic of an easily preventable disease that should never have been allowed to happen,"
  • Zimbabwe PM Tsvangirai 'Disengages' From ZANU-PF Governing Partner

    10/16/2009 5:13:28 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 168+ views
    VOA News ^ | 16 October 2009 | Thomas Chiripasi, Blessing Zulu, Ntungamili Nkomo & Patience Rusere
    Zimbabwe's troubled national unity government moved a step closer to breakdown Friday as Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said his formation of the Movement for Democratic Change would cease to interact with its governing partner, the former ruling ZANU-PF party of President Robert Mugabe, following this week's arrest of a top MDC official. Mr. Tsvangirai told reporters in Harare his MDC would "disengage" from ZANU-PF "until such time as confidence and respect are restored among us," clearly alluding to the indictment of MDC Treasurer and Senator Roy Bennett on charges of possessing weapons for purposes of terrorism, and his incarceration following...
  • Chavez shows off to other tyrants

    10/14/2009 10:57:02 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies · 501+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 14, 2009 | Thomas Lifson
    Hugo Chavez has become a parody of a tin horn Latin American dictator, strutting about trying to prove to his gang of buddies what a bad-ass he is. Last month Chavez hosted a group of 30 leftist leaders from African and Latin states at the Hilton Resort on Isla Margarita, a luxury resort. Among them über baddies Moamer Kadhafi of Libya (who pitched his trademark tent on the beach) and Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.  Too bad Kim Jong-il couldn't make it. I am sure Chavez offered the utmost in hospitality, as he spoke with his peers. He was out to...
  • Zimbabwe farmer Ben Freeth begs Barack Obama to stop Robert Mugabe land grab

    10/11/2009 12:39:27 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 28 replies · 1,640+ views
    The Times ^ | 10/11/2009 | Christina Lamb
    A British farmer who stood up to Robert Mugabe and was beaten, abducted and finally had his house burnt down has travelled to Washington to ask the Obama administration to put pressure on the Zimbabwe government before it seizes the last remaining white farms. Ben Freeth and his wife Laura with their children Anna, Phillip and Josh. Ben Freeth, who moved to Zimbabwe from Kent, joined his father-in-law Mike Campbell in taking Mugabe to an international court to stop the farm seizures. Their secret footage of the campaign of intimidation launched against them will form part of a film to...
  • Nestle stops buying Mugabe farm milk

    10/02/2009 9:20:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 395+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/09 | AP
    JOHANNESBURG – Nestle says it will stop buying milk from Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's wife's farm after facing worldwide boycott threats. ... Internet boycott calls had followed reports in Britain's Telegraph that Nestle was buying Mugabe's milk. The Telegraph reported that the farm's former owner, who is white, sold the farm after a campaign of violence.
  • Shock Discovery: Community Organizers Pray to President-Elect Obama [BARF! BARF! BARF!]

    09/29/2009 7:43:58 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 340 replies · 14,876+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 2009-09-29
    "Hear our cry, Obama." "Deliver us, Obama." Video at link.
  • What the hell is the point of the United Nations?

    09/27/2009 9:53:34 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 16 replies · 650+ views
    Telegraph Blogs (U.K.) ^ | September 26, 2009 | Tim Collard
    So the circus has come to town again. The unspeakable Gaddafi is given a reasonable 15 minutes to speak, and goes on for an hour and three quarters of clowning, tearing up the UN charter and talking complete nonsense about swine flu. Well, you might say, that’s what Gaddafi does. But why do they let him? OK, manhandling him from the room might have been a bit much to expect, but they could at least have switched his mike off. But naturally everyone simply submitted to having their schedule thrown out and their time wasted. And then, naturally, Mugabe with...
  • Mugabe at U.N. says West undermines his government (accuses West of using 'filthy antics')

    09/25/2009 10:27:11 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 435+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 9/25/09 | Claudia Parsons
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe accused Western countries on Friday of "filthy antics" aimed at undermining a power-sharing government forged in February under a pact with former rival Morgan Tsvangirai. In a speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Mugabe said the United States and the European Union had refused to lift sanctions on Zimbabwe, and "some of them are working strenuously to divide the parties in the inclusive government." "If they will not assist the inclusive government in rehabilitating our economy, could they please, please stop their filthy clandestine divisive antics," Mugabe said. The United States imposed...
  • Mugabe slams 'bloody whites' ahead of EU visit

    09/11/2009 9:13:23 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 558+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 9/11/09 | AFP
    HARARE (AFP) – President Robert Mugabe on Friday lashed out at Western sanctions against him, condemning "bloody whites" for meddling in Zimbabwe's affairs, on the eve of a landmark European Union visit. "Who said the British and the Americans should rule over others? That's why we say down with you. We have not invited these bloody whites. They want to poke their nose into our own affairs. Refuse that," he said. "We have stood stood firm and we have refused to let go. Zimbabwe, sanctions or no sanctions, Zimbabwe remains ours," he told a gathering of his party's youth wing....
  • Mugabe pardons 1,500 Zimbabwe prisoners

    09/02/2009 6:54:15 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 10 replies · 367+ views
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Wed Sep 2, 11:35 am ET | Staff
    HARARE (AFP) – President Robert Mugabe has pardoned 1,500 inmates, more than 10 percent of the prison population, as Zimbabwe struggles to provide them with food and water, an official said Wednesday. Mugabe granted amnesty to 1,544 prisoners, mainly women and juveniles, as well as people with terminal illnesses, said the permanent secretary in the justice ministry David Mangota. "The Zimbabwe Prison Service has faced challenges in... provision of prisoners' rations, clothing and bedding, toiletries and transport among others," Mangota told the official New Ziana news agency. "As a short-term relief option... a proposal to have a general amnesty was...
  • Kadhafi blasts Israel over Africa's woes at AU summit (Hugo Chavez makes an appearance)

    08/31/2009 7:49:12 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 1,248+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 8/31/09 | Imed Lamloum
    TRIPOLI (AFP) – Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi blasted Israel at a special African Union summit on Monday on the eve of celebrations to mark his 40-year rule, accusing the Jewish state of causing all the woes facing Africa. Israel is "behind all of Africa's conflicts," Kadhafi told some 30 African leaders gathered under a huge tent at Tripoli airport for a summit focused on solving the continent's trouble spots, including Sudan's Darfur and Somalia. However the one-day meeting ended without proposing concrete steps to do so, the leaders merely adopting a "Tripoli Declaration" and a plan of action "to find...
  • Zuma Holds Talks with Both Mugabe, Tsvangirai to Break Deadlock

    08/29/2009 7:41:52 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 1 replies · 351+ views
    Voice of America ^ | 28 August 2009 | Peta Thornycroft
    Zimbabwe's two main political leaders, President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai had talks with outgoing South African Development Community (SADC) chairman and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma into the early hours of Friday morning. Mr. Zuma came to Harare to try and unblock outstanding issues from the political agreement which is nearly a year old and which brought the unity government in Zimbabwe to power in February. Mr. Zuma has had one-on-one talks with both Mr. Mugabe and Mr. Tsvangirai and then with both of them together since he arrived in Harare late Thursday. Mr. Zuma seemed...
  • Zimbabwe army heavily factionalized

    08/27/2009 7:53:53 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 15 replies · 839+ views
    Nehanda Radio ^ | 27th August, 2009 | Denford Magora
    The Zimbabwe Defence Forces are heavily factionalised and it is by no means a foregone conclusion that, should anything happen to Mugabe, the army will fall in behind a single successor. This was revealed to me in detail yesterday after an interview I did with SW Radio regarding the story I broke on this blog about Mugabe’s medical trip to Dubai. The factions within the armed forces mirror those within ZANU PF itself. For example, last year in February, when Simba Makoni jettisoned the party to launch a challenge to Mugabe’s hold on the presidency of Zimbabwe, senior army commanders...
  • Reintroduce Zim Dollar - Gono

    08/18/2009 5:39:19 AM PDT · by vikingd00d · 233+ views
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 18 August 2009 | Unknown
    Harare - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Governor Dr Gideon Gono has proposed the reintroduction of the Zimbabwe dollar anchored on gold valued by an independent body comprising all stakeholders. He said the reintroduction of the local currency would help in addressing a number of bottlenecks the country was facing. Dr Gono said the reintroduction of the local unit in the manner he was proposing would go a long way in addressing unavailability of change of small denominations and coins, among other constraints. The RBZ chief said this yesterday while giving oral evidence before the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Natural Resources,...
  • The "Zimdollar:" Dead, but still used for bus fare

    08/16/2009 11:24:48 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 10 replies · 778+ views
    Ap/YahooNews ^ | 8/16/09 | ANGUS SHAW
    A woman pays her bus fare with 3 trillion in old Zimbabwe dollars — the equivalent of 50 U.S. cents. The collector accepts the brick of neatly folded bundles of a trillion each without bothering to count the notes.
  • Mugabe 'preparing for war'

    08/10/2009 6:13:13 PM PDT · by wgflyer · 14 replies · 2,025+ views ^ | 6 August, 2009 | Unknown
    Cape Town - Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is stockpiling arms and ammunition and preparing for war, the Democratic Alliance warned on Thursday.... ..."Mugabe is [also] talking to Venezuela, Cuba and Korea to fund a war-chest in preparation for the referendum and election, following the implementation of the global political agreement (GPA) brokered by former president Thabo Mbeki on behalf of SADC."... ...James said Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party appeared to be "mobilising for war against their own citizens"....
  • A Warning For America From South Africa [Excellent! Must read!]

    08/09/2009 8:51:32 AM PDT · by upchuck · 62 replies · 3,490+ views
    The National Messenger ^ | January 2005 | Gemma Meyer
    NOTE: This article was written in January, 2005. But it is actually more applicable and prophetic today than it was then. It is a little long but well worth your time. By Gemma Meyer (Gemma Meyer is the pseudonym of a South African journalist. She and her husband, a former conservative member of parliament, still reside in South Africa.) People used to say that South Africa was 20 years behind the rest of the Western world. Television, for example, came late to South Africa (but so did pornography and the gay rights movement). Today, however, South Africa may be the...
  • Cambridge police commissioner defends officer in Gates arrest

    07/23/2009 2:57:20 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 166 replies · 5,353+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 23, 2009 | By Martin Finucane
    The Cambridge police commissioner today defended the actions of the sergeant who arrested prominent black Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. last week at his home, saying he believed the sergeant acted "consistent with his training" and without racial bias. "I don't believe that Sergeant [James M.] Crowley acted with any racial motivation at all," said Commissioner Robert Haas. Haas also revealed, in response to reporters' questions at the news conference, that Gates's house had been broken into before the incident. He did not specify exactly when the break-in had taken place. Asked about Obama's comment, Cambridge police commissioner Robert...
  • Obama Trying to STRONG-ARM Congressional Budget Office into Better Health Care Numbers

    07/21/2009 2:02:44 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 15 replies · 1,099+ views
    NBC News/The Lid ^ | 7/21/09 | The Lid
    Our Bully-in-Chief is at it again. His new target is the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Remember last week when the CBO testified before Congress about Obamacare being a budget buster, and how it will drive up health costs? That report was a major blow to the President's push toward socialized medicine. The report was truthful, but the truth does not play well in Chicago politics. In Chicago, when the numbers don't work, you don't change the program, you change the numbers. And wouldn't you know, as a guest on this morning's today show, the President mentioned that he just had...
  • Experts: Obama Too Optimistic on Economy

    07/14/2009 2:41:35 PM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 32 replies · 1,261+ views ^ | July 14, 2009 4 hours ago | Jeanne Cummings
    Politico Miscalculation Would Mean Much Higher Deficits Than the Administration Is Now Acknowledging A series of POLITICO interviews in recent days with independent economists of varied political stripes found widespread disdain for Obama’s first round of assumptions, with some experts invoking such phrases as “rosy” and “fantasy.” (CBS/AP) President Barack Obama’s economic forecasts for long-term growth are too optimistic, many economists warn, a miscalculation that would mean budget deficits will be much higher than the administration is now acknowledging. The White House will be forced to confront the disconnect between its original, upbeat predictions and the mainstream consensus about how...
  • Mugabe refuses to talk to US ‘idiot’

    07/06/2009 4:32:45 PM PDT · by pissant · 57 replies · 4,139+ views
    The Times ^ | 7/6/09 | staff
    ZIMBABWE’S state media reported yester day that Robert Mugabe described the US assistant secretary of state for Africa as “an idiot” after their acrimonious meeting at the African Unit summit meeting in Libya. # Mugabe calls US official an idiot According to the Herald newspaper, Mugabe said nothing came of the talks. “You wouldn’t speak to an idiot of that nature. Who is he? “I hope he is not speaking for Barack Obama. I told him he was a shame, a great shame being an African-American,” Mugabe was quoted as saying about Johnnie Carson.
  • Mugabe calls top US official 'an idiot'

    07/06/2009 11:30:49 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 32 replies · 1,160+ views
    HARARE: Zimbabwe's state media reported Monday that President Robert Mugabe described the US assistant secretary of state for African affairs as ``an idiot'' after an acrimonious meeting between the two at an African summit in Libya. The state Herald newspaper carried the remarks after a briefing Mugabe gave to Zimbabwean reporters at the end of last week's summit of the continentwide African Union. US Embassy officials in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, where Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson is visiting, would not comment on the remarks. According to the Herald paper, Mugabe said nothing came out of those talks. ``You wouldn't...
  • Rights group: Abuse in Zimbabwe diamond fields

    06/26/2009 7:15:34 AM PDT · by SloopJohnB · 2 replies · 237+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 26, 2009 | CELEAN JACOBSON
    JOHANNESBURG – Human Rights Watch said Friday that Zimbabwe's armed forces have taken over diamond fields in the east and killed more than 200 people, forcing children to search for the precious gems and beating villagers who get in the way.
  • Meetings With a Murderer

    06/17/2009 6:20:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 1 replies · 228+ views ^ | June 17, 2009 | Michael Gerson
    WASHINGTON -- Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai is attempting something rare and difficult -- sharing power with the man who tried to murder him. Every Monday morning, Tsvangirai conducts public business across the table from Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe's president, founder and oppressor. During a recent interview in Washington, Tsvangirai observed to me that the 85-year-old Mugabe "is someone who can be charming when he wants. I am on guard when he becomes charming. It is when I'm most suspicious of his intentions." Mugabe has a long history of co-opting his political opponents -- or killing them. "He has not co-opted...
  • Political Science 101 (“Hail to the intellectual president”)

    05/19/2009 8:36:22 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 963+ views
    CEH ^ | May 18, 2009
    Political Science 101 May 18, 2009 — Ideally, science should be non-partisan and stay out of politics.  That ideal is not always met, as the following recent stories illustrate. The intellectual president:  New Scientist published a commentary, “Hail to the intellectual president,” by Chris Mooney, author of The Republican War on Science.  Opening line: “If you liked George W. Bush, it wasn’t because of his brain.”  Ronald Reagan, John McCain and Sarah Palin were other targets labeled anti-intellectual in the article, along with McCarthy and Eisenhower.  Obama, by contrast, is “the intellectual president,” in his opinion.  “With the coming of...