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  • Zimbabweans mark Mugabe's 92nd birthday with celebrations

    02/27/2016 11:37:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 27, 2016 11:09 AM EST | Farai Mutsaka and Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi
    Calling Robert Mugabe "dear father," ''his royal highness," and "the Moses of Africa" members of Zimbabwe's ruling party reasserted their loyalty to the longtime leader at the celebration of his recent 92nd birthday. By bus, truck and on foot, thousands of Zimbabweans wearing the colors of the ruling ZANU-PF party made their way to the normally sleepy southeastern city of Masvingo to mark Mugabe's birthday. Mugabe, who has ruled since 1980, let 92 balloons into the air to start the festivities held at the historical Great Zimbabwe monument, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) from downtown Masvingo. During the televised event,...
  • UDI IN RHODESIA: 50 YEARS AGO NOVEMBER 11, 1965 (TODAY IN HISTORY)

    11/11/2015 4:37:16 AM PST · by Nextrush · 15 replies
    11/11/2015 | Self
    '.....in the lives of most nations there comes a moment when a stand has to be taken for principle, whatever the consequences. This moment has come to Rhodesia. We have struck a blow for the preservation of justice, civilization and Christianity. And in the spirit of this belief we have this day assumed our sovereign independence.' The words of Rhodesian Prime Minister Ian Douglas Smith uttered 50 years ago today on the occasion of the Unilateral Declaration of Independence. When elections were held in Rhodesia in 1964, the 50 white seats in the 66 seat parliament were all won by...
  • 'Crisis' hit Zimbabwe wants white farmers back – report

    07/20/2015 4:25:45 PM PDT · by Kartographer · 59 replies
    News 24 ^ | 7/16/15
    Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's government has reportedly indicated, for the first time, that it may hand back land to some white farmers whose farms were forcibly taken away from them during the height of the country’s controversial land reform programme. This comes a decade and a half after the Zimbabwean government seized large swaths of land from white farmers in the country - a move that saw a drastic deterioration in the country's economy. According to The Telegraph, Minister of Lands Douglas Mombeshora said provincial leaders had been tasked to come up with names of white farmers they wanted to...
  • Dirty Harare City Now “A Warzone”

    07/01/2015 11:12:29 PM PDT · by bob_denard · 16 replies
    Zimeye ^ | July 2, 2015
    VOA|Harare in the 1980s was affectionately referred to as the sunshine city because of its cleanliness. The city was orderly with well-maintained roads, bright street lights and clean running water and the blooming jacaranda trees also gave the it a unique view. But things have taken a bad turn as the city has been decaying since the 1990s. Buildings are now resembling a war zone and children hang around on street corners with nowhere to go and homeless people tell stories of disease and crime. These pictures reveal real-life scenes from an urban area hit-hard by the recession and still...
  • Robert Mugabe ‘proposes to Barack Obama’ [Zero a laughingstock]

    06/30/2015 3:08:43 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    During his weekly interview with the national radio station, the Zimbabwean president joked that he planned to travel to Washington DC ‘get down on one knee and ask his hand’. Mugabe, who is known for his brutal crusades against homosexuality, was responding in bizarre fashion to the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling that the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution guarantees gays and lesbians the same right to marry as heterosexuals. Speaking on on Saturday, Mugabe said: ‘I’ve just concluded – since President Obama endorses the same-sex marriage, advocates homosexual people and enjoys an attractive countenance – thus if it becomes...
  • Pictured: The white gunman who shot dead NINE people in mass "race-hate" (Shorten)

    06/18/2015 5:34:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 134 replies
    DailyMail.co.uk ^ | June 18,2015 | Charlene Adams,Jennifer Newton
    Police have released CCTV images of a white gunman who shot dead nine people in a cold-blooded race-hate crime at an African-American church in South Carolina on Wednesday night.
  • Zimbabwe: President Mugabe fires vice president (accuses her of being a witch)

    12/09/2014 3:54:53 PM PST · by dynachrome · 51 replies
    AP ^ | 12-9-14 | FARAI MUTSAKA
    Mugabe recently accused Mujuru of plotting to assassinate him and branded her a witch. The ministers of energy, education, public service and social welfare, presidential affairs, communication and postal services are among the other members of Cabinet who were fired.
  • Economy: Mugabe’s Biggest Undoing

    08/04/2014 3:04:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    The Standard ^ | August 3, 2014 | Ndamu Sandu
    The government of Zimbabwe’s core business appears to have been reduced to paying civil servants’ salaries, abandoning other responsibilities, as the economy becomes President Robert Mugabe’s biggest undoing, one year after sweeping to power in 2013. Last week Zanu PF celebrated its victory anniversary notwithstanding the attendant economic collapse since Mugabe retained the keys to State House in a controversial election. Zanu PF promised when campaigning that it would create over two million jobs by 2018. Of that figure, 222 800 were supposed to have been created in the first year. The glaring fact on the ground however is that...
  • Bone tired and supping with whites (Don't sup with whites"~mugabe)

    07/04/2014 6:53:28 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 15 replies
    cathybuckle.com ^ | 7-4-14 | Cathy Buckle
    Sadly what did make front page news this week were the shocking words: “Don’t sup with whites: Mugabe.” Mr Mugabe said that people who had been given seized farms were leasing them out to white Zimbabweans and accused his own officials of being involved. “Some of my ministers are being mentioned here. They are refusing to remove white farmers from their constituencies… we are told that Chiefs are also involved in land deals,” Mr Mugabe said. “What annoys us... is where our own indigenous farmers sub-lease to the very same white farmers we took our heritage from yesterday,” he added....
  • Zimbabwe President Says ‘No To Whites’ Owning Land

    07/05/2014 10:22:59 AM PDT · by blueyon · 34 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 7/4/14 | Chuck Ross
    Whites in Zimbabwe can own businesses and urban apartments but not land, according to the country’s president, Robert Mugabe, who called for the removal of white farmers in a fiery speech to a group of supporters on Wednesday. “We say no to whites owning our land and they should go,” the 90 year-old Mugabe told the crowd, gathered in Mhangura, a farming village, according to the Christian Science Monitor. “They can own companies and apartments…but not the soil. It is ours and that message should ring loud and clear in Britain and the United States.” “Don’t be too kind to...
  • Robert Mugabe says no whites may own land in Zimbabwe

    07/04/2014 5:47:26 PM PDT · by xzins · 56 replies
    CS Monitor ^ | July 3, 2014
    “I have been given a list of 35 white farmers in Mashonaland West alone,” Mr. Mugabe told an emotional crowd in what was billed a patriotic speech. “We say no to whites owning our land and they should go. … Mugabe, reelected last summer to his fifth consecutive term, “There are white farmers who are still on the land and have the protection of some cabinet ministers and politicians as well as traditional leaders. That should never happen. They [whites] were living like kings and queens on our land and we chucked them out. Now we want all of it.”...
  • Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe tells white farmers 'to go'

    07/03/2014 4:13:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 60 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7/3/14 | BBC
    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has called on the country's remaining white farmers to cede land to black people. "We say no to whites owning our land and they should go," Mr Mugabe told his supporters at a rally. The white farmers union said it was regrettable that racial tensions were flaring up again. The president's critics say his policy of seizing most of Zimbabwe's white-owned farms caused the country's economic collapse from 2000-2009. Mr Mugabe, 90, has governed Zimbabwe since independence in 1980. He was re-elected president last year with 61% of the vote, defeating his long-standing rival Morgan Tsvangirai....
  • Zimbabwe’s Mugabe threatens foreign-owned firms

    08/25/2013 9:57:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 25, 2013 11:10 AM EDT | Gillian Gotora
    Zimbabwe’s long-serving president on Sunday threatened to expel foreign-owned companies over what he said was the West’s interference in the politics of the country he has led since 1980. President Robert Mugabe said he wanted no “ideas from London or Washington,” speaking before supporters at the funeral of a top military chief in Harare. He warned the Western powers that although his government hasn’t “done anything to your companies, time will come when we will say tit for tat.” He said: “You hit me, I hit you. We have a country to run and we must be left free to...
  • Zimbabwe’s First Lady seeks to control more land

    01/22/2015 3:05:47 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 22, 2015 3:09 AM EST | Farai Mutsaka
    In 2000, Timon Shava was a hero of Zimbabwe’s land reform program when he joined hundreds of other landless peasants in a wave of land seizures and evictions of white farmers. Today, he is homeless after police, acting on behalf of President Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, destroyed dozens of thatch dwellings on a farm that she wants to control. The First Lady, who has another farm in the area, said last year that she wanted to turn this farm into a wildlife conservancy that could raise money for an orphanage. A new twist on the long struggle over land in...
  • The African Union Readies an Army to Fight Boko Haram

    01/31/2015 1:08:31 PM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    War is Boring ^ | January 30, 2015 | Peter Dorrie
    Boko Haram is officially an international problem. At least according to the African Union, which asked the United Nations Security Council on Jan. 29 to greenlight an intervention force to bring the Islamist group to its knees. The A.U. plans a 7,500-strong military force, named the Multinational Joint Task Force, and staffed by Nigerian, Cameroonian, Chadian and Beninese troops. If the coalition gets the go-ahead, the soldiers will base in their respective countries, but coordinate and assist each other.
  • African Union confirms Mugabe as chairman

    01/30/2015 11:24:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 30.01.2015 | [ipj/gb(AFP, Reuters, AP)]
    The African Union’s rotating post of chairman has gone to Robert Mugabe. Zimbabwe’s veteran president enjoys respect across the continent, but faces travel bans from both the US and EU for harassing opponents. Mugabe assumed the largely ceremonial role on Friday at an African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa as it leaders and UN chief Ban Ki-moon called for global action against Boko Haram in Nigeria. […] Western nations accuse Mugabe, a former guerrilla leader who fought against white-minority rule in former British-ruled Rhodesia, of crushing political dissent and ruining Zimbabwe’s rural-based economy. For many in Africa, however, he...
  • Zimbabwe economy takes another dive

    08/21/2014 2:40:16 PM PDT · by george76 · 12 replies
    ap ^ | FARAI MUTSAKA
    Several million Zimbabweans left for South Africa and other countries during past economic turmoil. Now, a year after the re-election of longtime leader Robert Mugabe, the country is facing new financial hardships. Zimbabwe's unemployment rate is estimated at 80 percent, pushing many people try to earn a living as street traders.
  • More Rare Historical Photos

    08/05/2014 3:17:19 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 24 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 05 August 2014 | Reaganite Republican
    Salisbury, Rhodesia (now the impoverished toilet of Harare, Zimbabwe) - 1960s  (photo: RhodesiaRemembered ) More at Reaganite Republican...
  • NBC Quietly Deletes Mugabe from Obama-Castro Handshake Story

    12/11/2013 12:14:02 PM PST · by Dave346 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2013 | Joel B Pollack
    Earlier Tuesday, NBC News reported that President Barack Obama had shaken hands with Zimbabwean leader Robert Mugabe. However, the UK Telegraph's Josie Ensor reported that Obama "was asked to take his seat just before reaching Mugabe." Complicating matters, another article in the UK Telegraph also claimed that Obama had shaken hands with Mugabe--in very similar terms to those used in the NBC article. Breitbart News caught the discrepancy--and suddenly the NBC News article was corrected, with no notice. Before: On his way to the rostrum, Obama also shook the hand of Robert Mugabe, the strongman ruler of Zimbabwe, and hugged...
  • Zimbabwe: Mugabe Threatens to Behead Homosexuals

    07/27/2013 12:20:51 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 66 replies
    allafrica.com ^ | July 25, 2013 | Nomalanga Moyo
    President Robert Mugabe has yet again revived his acerbic attacks on Zimbabwe's gay community whom he called worse than pigs and threatened to behead them. Mugabe is a self-proclaimed homophobe who in the past has labelled gay people "worse than pigs and dogs", and threatened them with severe punishment. Mugabe's latest threats were made in Mutare where he was addressing a rally at the Aerodrome Ground on Tuesday, according to a NewsDay report. In the report, Mugabe is quoted telling his followers that: "If you take men and lock them in a house for five years and tell them to...
  • I Won’t Be Removed by Britain: Mugabe

    06/03/2013 10:48:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    New Zimbabwe ^ | 02/06/2013
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe has said he won't step down because of pressure from Britain and other countries for a change in government. “You want me to retire? You do not talk of retirement when elections are coming, do you?” the 89-year-old president told Kyodo News in an interview in the Japanese city of Yokohama where he was attending and a thre- day summit on African development. Mugabe will lead his Zanu PF party in elections to choose a substantive government this year, replacing the coalition administration he formed with rival Morgan Tsvangirai after disputed polls in 2008. The Constitutional Court...
  • The Regime Wants Your Property and Your Heart, but God Wins

    04/02/2013 5:28:06 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 1 replies
    New Rhodesia Dispatch ^ | 3/23/13 | John DeWitt
    The Regime Wants Your Property and Your Heart, but God Wins by John deWitt Sometimes I think the Left really lacks self-awareness of how the news they control presents to people who don’t support them. The headlines in the last ten days have been dominated by two things: Cypriot capital controls, and homosexual marriage before the Supreme Court. The Media Directorate might actually think these things are about, respectively, orderly stabilization of the Eurozone and the heroic advance of Freedom. That’s not what they look like to Rhodies.The big-picture narrative of Cypriot capital controls the Media Directorate isn’t telling you very...
  • Gays Will Be Severely Punished, Says President

    11/24/2011 2:30:20 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 37 replies
    The Herald ^ | Thursday, 24 November 2011
    PRESIDENT Mugabe yesterday said homosexuals and lesbians will be punished severely for their behaviour which is inconsistent with African and Christian values. He made the remarks at the launch of the Tongogara Community Share Ownership Tru-st at Unki Mine. Zimbabweans told Copac during the outreach programme that they want homosexuality outlawed. Said the President: "Do not get tempted into that (homosexuality). You are young people. Mukaenda ikoko we will punish you severely." He took a swipe at recent utterances by British Prime Minister David Cameron that London will not aid countries that do not respect gay rights. Mr Cameron said...
  • Legenary Rhodesian Pilot Passes Away

    10/22/2011 8:57:28 AM PDT · by TEXASPROUD · 7 replies
    Legendary Rhodesian Pilot Chris Dixon "Green Leader" passed away in Harare yesterday after his last battle with Cancer.
  • THE SAVAGE NATION!!!!!! 8-31-11

    08/31/2011 2:50:17 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 46 replies
    www.michaelsavage.wnd.com ^ | 8-31-11 | Dr. Michael Savage
  • End Near for Zimbabwe's Last White Farmers

    06/02/2011 7:47:24 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 193 replies · 2+ views
    VOA ^ | May 30, 2011 | Peta Thornycroft
    Zimbabwean farmers attend a meeting of white commercial farmers in capital Harare Zimbabwe's Supreme Court heard a case on behalf of three farmers who claimed the constitution excluded confiscation of their land because they bought their properties after the colonial era ended with independence in 1980. The Supreme Court did not agree and quickly dismissed their application. One of the farmers, Colin Cloete, a former president of the Commercial Farmers’ Union at the height of often violent land invasions seven years ago, was one of the applicants. He, like many of his colleagues, has been arrested, harassed and appeared in...
  • Zimbabwe's killing fields: Mass grave of over 600 bodies found in mine shaft

    04/01/2011 3:21:00 PM PDT · by Altura Ct. · 26 replies
    MailOnline ^ | 3/31/2011
    Mugabe loyalists blame Ian Smith regime for corpses Pathologists say bodies appear less than 30 years old Hundreds of skeletons found in a remote mine shaft in Zimbabwe have been used as political propaganda by supporters of President Robert Mugabe. The Fallen Heroes of Zimbabwe Trust, a previously little known group of Mugabe party loyalists, says says the remains of more than 640 bodies have been discovered in the disused Chibondo gold mine near the provincial center of Mount Darwin, 110 miles from Harare, But while the trust says the bodies are those of victims of colonial atrocities committed under...
  • WHO Lives in a House Like This?

    02/15/2011 5:42:28 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 28 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 15, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    Can you imagine the bloated ego and over-the-top taste to live in such exaggerated -even cartoonish- opulence?  A Saudi Prince, ya think?  Russian oligarch?  Chinese billionaire?  Or was it Louis XIV of France...? Any guesses yet? Why, this bodacious crib belongs to none other than Soviet-trained economic incompetent, tin-pot dictator, and self-proclaimed "Hitler of all time"... Robert Mugabe Just contrast that pad with most Zimbabweans living in grinding poverty with a 95% unemployment rate and hyperinflation that topped-out at 6.5 quindecillion novemdecillion percent (6.5 x 10108%!) ... fact is, the poor wretches he's ruled over for thirty years have never had it so bad: Zimbabwe...
  • Rhodesia Marks 30 Years Of Communist Occupation

    05/11/2010 5:32:24 PM PDT · by george76 · 13 replies · 778+ views
    The Right Perspective ^ | April 21, 2010 | Peter Goodman
    Last Sunday marked 30 years of Communist rule of Rhodesia, which was renamed Zimbabwe after being taken over. At a public ceremony marking the occasion, Marxist dictator Robert Mugabe, responsible for the wholesale slaughter of Matabele tribesmen who opposed his rule and the racist eviction of Whites from their farming homelands, called on his subjects to “foster an environment of tolerance.” Mugabe then announced he would continue with a new program whose objective is to steal White-owned businesses and hand them over to Black Zimbabweans. Rhodesia, a first-world country that produced its own television sets and was “the Breadbasket of...
  • 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...
  • South Africa and Rhodesia (Zimbabawe) were better under 'Colonial' Rule (Vanity)

    12/18/2009 3:35:55 PM PST · by St. Louis Conservative · 38 replies · 1,463+ views
    The Vanity Times-Picayune | December 18, 2009 | Me
    Yes, Apartheid was wrong and oppressive, but does anyone think South Africa and Rhodesia would have been nearly as prosperous had they always had such 'enlightened' rulers like Robert Mugabe? Fact is, before Mugabe, Rhodesia was one of the most prosperous countries in Africa. It was known as the "breadbasket of Africa". South Africa was run by highly educated and industrious Dutch/German immigrants. They had a very advanced and wealthy economy, one of the finest Navies of a country of that size, and they were stridently anti-Communist. Today, they are a fraction of they once were, and have been slipping...
  • 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...
  • Weekly Tribute To Kith and Kin

    09/26/2009 6:17:55 PM PDT · by Pitcairn · 202+ views
    www.politicalcastaway.com ^ | 26 Sep 09 | Pitcairn
    Gentlemen, Another tribute to our Rhodesian cousins. No Apologies (as usual), gents. We relive their experience now. Have a good Saturday night.
  • Zimbabwe slams Bush's stance on Mugabe as "diplomatic flute"

    12/22/2008 10:51:33 PM PST · by fishhound · 7 replies · 518+ views
    Breitbart /AFP ^ | Dec 23/08 01:48 AM US/Eastern | n/a
    Zimbabwe's government on Tuesday slammed US President George Bush's government's declaration of loss of confidence in President Robert Mugabe as a "diplomatic flute" by an outgoing administration. "We have no time for US President George W. Bush's diplomatic flute. We are talking about an administration whose sun has set," Mugabe's spokesman George Charamba said, according to state-run The Herald newspaper. About half of Zimbabwe's population needs food aid, UN experts said Monday, as a first consignment of supplies designed to help fight a cholera epidemic arrived in the troubled southern African nation. As Mugabe faced fresh calls to step down...
  • Failing Zimbabwe: Reporter round-up

    12/10/2008 12:34:40 PM PST · by LeoWindhorse · 11 replies · 716+ views
    BBC World News ^ | Dec. 10 , 2008 | BBC
    A strong odor pounces up your nose, choking it stone dry, as you drive into Harare's Mbare township past hostels and its popular market, Mbare Musika.
  • Zim Talks Start As Deal 'Close'

    08/10/2008 6:48:30 AM PDT · by TLI · 3 replies · 198+ views
    SKY News ^ | 1:02pm UK, Sunday August 10, 2008 | SKY News
    Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe has begun further power-sharing talks amid reports that leaders are close to a deal which will name Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister. Mediator South African President Thabo Mbeki has started meetings today as state radio reported they may soon reach an agreement. The spokesman for Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF said the party, after lengthy talks to try to end a post-election crisis, wants any unity government to last five years. The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Mr Tsvangirai would become premier in the arrangement under discussion, although his powers were still being debated. Zimbabweans are longing...
  • Mugabe rival quits election race (Mugabe thugs break up opposition rally)

    06/22/2008 6:41:07 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 70 replies · 216+ views
    BBC News ^ | 6/22/08 | BBC
    Zimbabwe's opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai says he is pulling out of Friday's presidential run-off, handing victory to President Robert Mugabe. Mr. Tsvangrai said there was no point running when elections would not be free and fair and and "the outcome is determined by... Mugabe himself." He called on the global community to step in to protect Zimbabweans. The decision came after opposition supporters heading to a rally in the capital Harare came under attack. The MDC says at least 70 supporters have been killed in recent months. At a press conference Sunday, mr Tsvangirai said: "It is for the world...
  • Cathy Buckle: Never the same again (Zimbabwe)

    05/04/2008 5:51:22 AM PDT · by Clive · 11 replies · 77+ views
    Letters Written by Cathy Buckle ^ | 2008-05-03 | Cathy Buckle
    Dear Family and Friends, It took the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission almost five weeks to verify less than two and a half million votes that were cast in our Presidential ballot. In a country where junior school children have learnt to count, add, subtract and even multiply in millions and now billions in order to survive our collapsed economy, five weeks is insulting and highly suspicious to say the least. After five weeks the ZEC declared the following results: Morgan Tsvangirai: 1,195,562 votes (47,9%) Robert Mugabe: 1,079,730 votes (43,2%) Simba Makoni: 207,470 votes ( 8,3%) Langton Towungana: 14,503 votes ( 0,6%)...
  • Zimbabwe crisis hits black rhino

    11/24/2007 9:45:09 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 139+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, November 23, 2007 | Jon Kay
    Charles Hamilton has just returned to the UK from Zimbabwe, where his family runs the park. He called the situation "desperate"... The pictures showed all three of his family's adult black rhinos, lying dead on the dusty floor. You can see the bullet-holes in their thick hides. "It's just totally unbelievable," Charles sighed. For the past 20 years the family has been rearing the animals and returning them to the wild, but last week, in the dead of night, armed men in camouflage gear burst onto the site and shot dead all three adult females. One of them was just...
  • Zimbabweans Praise 'Generous' Ian Smith (Rhodesia)

    11/24/2007 3:30:12 PM PST · by blam · 30 replies · 948+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11-24-2007 | Stephen Bevan
    Zimbabweans praise 'generous' Ian Smith By Stephen Bevan and a special correspondent in Shurugwi Last Updated: 8:27pm GMT 24/11/2007 For many black Zimbabweans, the death on Tuesday of Ian Smith, the last prime minister of white-ruled Rhodesia, was either to be welcomed or at best ignored. To them the 88-year-old, who turned his country into an international pariah with his unilateral declaration of independence from Britain in 1965, was a racist and a tyrant who led his band of white supremacists into a bloody, and ultimately pointless, war against the black liberation movement. Ian Smith left Zimbabwe in 2005 But...
  • Ex-Rhodesia leader Ian Smith dies

    11/20/2007 11:55:59 AM PST · by Borges · 46 replies · 121+ views
    BBC ^ | 11/20/07
    The former prime minister of Rhodesia, Ian Smith, has died aged 88. The cause of his death is unknown but he had been ill for some time at a residential home in South Africa. He illegally declared independence from Britain in 1965 and his white minority government led the country for 14 years amid international scorn and sanctions. Following a bitter bush war with black nationalists, his government was overthrown by Robert Mugabe in 1979, leading to the creation of Zimbabwe. Speaking to the BBC in 1998 about his assumption of power, Mr Smith was adamant it was justified. "There...
  • Thousands of teachers abandon Zimbabwe

    11/18/2007 7:07:35 AM PST · by george76 · 25 replies · 117+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 18/11/2007 | Stephen Bevan
    Zimbabwe's education system, once regarded as among the best in Africa, is in crisis because of the country's economic meltdown. Almost a quarter of the teachers have quit the country, absenteeism is high, buildings are crumbling and standards plummeting. In one of the most shocking examples of the Dickensian conditions, a reporter witnessed hundreds of children...writing in the dust on the floor because they had no exercise books or pencils. "Starting this term, we are supposed to buy our own teaching materials," ... "With our paltry salaries I don't see it working. We will just sit in the classes." Absenteeism...
  • From Rhodesia to Zimbabwe

    08/08/2007 9:43:50 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 23 replies · 926+ views
    jbs.org ^ | 2007-08-20 | Anthony C. LoBaido
    At the inaugural ceremony, Prime Minister Mugabe’s call for reconciliation between blacks and whites came as a welcome surprise to those who had for years dismissed him as “a Marxist-terrorist trying to gain power through the barrel of a gun.” … The unexpected size of his majority gave Mugabe an unequivocal mandate.... All in all, the election and handover represented a triumph of democracy in the face of considerable external pressure. — Andrew Young, President Carter’s Ambassador to the United Nations The excerpted statement above by Andrew Young provides a small sampling of the outrageous commentary on Robert Mugabe’s ascension...
  • The lure of plentiful South Africa [ Zimbabwe illegals ]

    07/21/2007 10:44:12 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies · 750+ views
    BBC News, South Africa ^ | Saturday, July 21, 2007 | Peter Biles
    The economic crisis in Zimbabwe is having a severe impact on its neighbour, South Africa. An estimated three million Zimbabweans are thought to have fled to South Africa to escape the chaos and they continue to flood across the border at Beit Bridge... Zimbabwe is on its knees. Its people are starving and desperate. South Africa is seen as the land of opportunity. And the bright lights of this economic giant beckon... When they reach the South African side, they dry themselves down and edge nervously towards South Africa's triple-layer border fence. This is a barrier that was put up...
  • Zimbabwe proposes black-run firms

    06/25/2007 8:54:02 AM PDT · by TLI · 37 replies · 1,045+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 25 June 2007 | BBC
    President Robert Mugabe's government has published a bill to move majority control of "public companies and any other business" to black Zimbabweans. The goal is to ensure at least a 51% shareholding by indigenous black people in the majority of businesses. Critics say it could hurt investor confidence in Zimbabwe, suffering from the world's highest inflation and food, fuel and foreign currency shortages. Now the Indigenisation and Economic Empowerment Bill will go to parliament.
  • Mugabe Told: Stand Again And You Will Lose

    06/09/2007 6:13:40 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 848+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-10-2007 | Steven Bevan - Michael Gwaridzo
    Mugabe told: stand again and you will lose By Stephen Bevan in Pretoria and Michael Gwaridzo in Harare, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 12:06am BST 10/06/2007 Mugabe is said to have been livid when given the warning in an intelligence meeting last month Robert Mugabe has been told by his own intelligence chiefs that he will lose if he sticks to his insistence on standing again in Zimbabwe's presidential elections next year. The 83-year-old, who has ruled Zimbabwe since independence in 1980, was given the warning last month. He is said to have been livid. Happyton Bonyongwe, Mugabe's intelligence chief, told...
  • "We Live in Hope"

    05/07/2007 10:39:46 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 6 replies · 351+ views
    andrewcusack.com ^ | 2007.05.05 | Andrew Cusak
    Ian Smith, the Grand Old Man of Africa, Speaks "What we believed in was responsible majority rule, as opposed to irresponsible majority rule and I stand by that," Mr. Smith tells the interviewer. "I think it is important that before you give a person the vote you ensure that his roots go down, that he's part of the whole structure of the country." "Smith is an African," Ernest Mtunzi says. "He understands the African mentality. [...] Smith was being realistic. If you give people something before they're ready, they're going to mess it up. And that has happened." Why did...
  • A Rhodesian Correction

    03/30/2007 12:45:21 PM PDT · by Our man in washington · 6 replies · 134+ views
    The National Review ^ | March 30th, 2007 | Denis Boyles
    "Nearly two-thirds of Zimbabweans — including many former terrorist leaders — did, however, and when a moderate named Abel Muzorewa won handily on a pledge to make an orderly transition to majority rule, then-U.N. ambassador Andrew Young and his boss, Jimmy Carter — supported avidly by The New York Times, along with every other left-leaning paper on the planet — flipped. Furious at the prospect of a less-than-immediate transition, they insisted that the election results not be recognized. Democrats and their allies in the press mounted a stiff effort to keep sanctions in place until Muzorewa’s government collapsed, and a...
  • The wasteland - inside Mugabe's crumbling state

    03/19/2007 10:42:25 PM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies · 965+ views
    The Guardian ^ | March 17, 2007 | Chris McGreal
    At the end of a week that saw protests violently crushed...a nation sliding into chaos. Among the many signs of a country sliding into chaos, one has gone largely unnoticed: Zimbabwe's morgues are filling up. It's not only that more people are dying, but also that the families of those who are cannot afford to pay their medical bills any longer. To escape them, relatives are registering the sick under false names. When they die, the bodies cannot be claimed. The practice is just one of the increasingly desperate measures Zimbabweans are taking to survive in a collapsing economy where...
  • 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...