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  • How to Turn 100 Trillion Dollars Into Five and Feel Good About It

    05/11/2011 12:46:20 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 11 2011 | MCGROARTY And MUTSAKA
    A 100-trillion-dollar bill, it turns out, is worth about $5. That's the going rate for Zimbabwe's highest denomination note, the biggest ever produced for legal tender—and a national symbol of monetary policy run amok. At one point in 2009, a hundred-trillion-dollar bill couldn't buy a bus ticket in the capital of Harare. But since then the value of the Zimbabwe dollar has soared. Not in Zimbabwe, where the currency has been abandoned, but on eBay. The notes are a hot commodity among currency collectors and novelty buyers, fetching 15 times what they were officially worth in circulation. In the past...
  • Indigenisation sparks company closures

    05/09/2011 8:22:28 AM PDT · by vikingd00d · 13 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 08 May 2011 | NQOBANI NDLOVU
    BULAWAYO - Zimbabwe’s black empowerment lobby group has accused foreign owned companies of sabotaging the controversial indigenisation policy by deliberately closing shop and stripping assets to avoid take-over. Affirmative Action Group (AAG) regional treasurer, Elias Mashava on Wednesday said the indigenisation drive faces a setback if no action was taken against the companies. “We have a situation here where some companies are deliberately closing, stripping assets and selling machinery so that they are not included when the indigenisation drive is in full swing. “The government should take action against such companies who want to sabotage the black empowerment policy,” Mashava...
  • Matabeleland woman living with three husbands under one roof

    05/05/2011 8:47:25 AM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 27 replies
    Bulawayo24.com ^ | 2011 May 01 | Moyo Roy
    A HWANGE woman has shocked her locals after marrying five husbands, three of whom she is currently staying with under one roof, the state controlled Sunday Mail reported. Her first two husbands have died, with one of them committing suicide after a traditional court tried to end the bizarre union. The woman behind this unusual case of polyandry (having two or more husbands at the same time) is Ms Shupi Gladys Ngwenya from Gezi Line in Lupote Village, about 80km from the mining town of Hwange. According to Lupote village head Ms Lydia Ncube, before Shupi's first husband died three...
  • Zimbabwe's killing fields: Mass grave of over 600 bodies found in mine shaft.(paging Mr Obama).

    03/31/2011 7:13:48 PM PDT · by GSP.FAN · 11 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | March 31 | Daily Mail
    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 former leader Ian Smith, pathologists say visual evidence may point to more recent killings in a nation...
  • GoDaddy.com CEO Under Fire for Posting Video of Elephant Hunt in Zimbabwe

    03/31/2011 5:36:22 PM PDT · by mewykwistmas · 21 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/31/2011 | foxnews.com
    “So be it, I'm not ashamed of what I did... All these people that are complaining that this shouldn't happen, that these people who are starving to death otherwise shouldn't eat these elephants, you probably see them driving through at McDonald cutting a steak. These people (in Zimbabwe) don't have that option,” he told the station by phone. Conflict with humans is the biggest threat to the African elephant, according to the World Wildlife Fund. "As the elephants continue to raid crop fields, farmers are being killed while trying to defend their fields and elephants are becoming the source of...
  • Harvard for Tyrants - How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys

    03/10/2011 2:25:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | MARCH 4, 2011 | DOUGLAS FARAH
    Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is well known now for the abuses he has inflicted on his own people during more than four decades of brutal rule in Libya, but few remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers. Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua -- both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship -- well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed...
  • N. Korea asking poor Africa nations for food

    03/08/2011 11:18:43 AM PST · by george76 · 15 replies
    afp ^ | March 08, 2011
    North Korea is pleading for food aid even from some of the world's poorest nations such as Zimbabwe, a report has said, amid suspicion the aid may be used to boost the regime's political standing. JoongAng Ilbo newspaper, citing a Seoul diplomatic source, said the communist North sought food not only from the United States and Europe but also from poor African countries. "Now they are begging for food even from the world's poorest countries in Africa such as Zimbabwe where annual per-capita income is only around 200 dollars," said the source quoted by JoongAng. ... Seoul once provided an...
  • Zimbabwe to sell uranium to Iran

    03/07/2011 7:57:09 AM PST · by Qbert · 9 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 3/6/2011 | Aislinn Laing
    Zimbabwe is to defy United Nations sanctions in a deal to sell uranium to Iran Simbarashe Mumbengegwi, Zimbabwe's foreign minister, said the sanctions – which prohibit member states from providing Iran with raw materials that it could use to make a nuclear weapon – were unfair and hypocritical. He said that Zimbabwe, which is also the subject of sanctions over human rights abuses perpetrated by President Robert Mugabe's supporters, would benefit economically from the agreement. A leaked intelligence report suggests Iran will be awarded with exclusive access to Zimbabwe's uranium in return for providing the country with fuel. The report...
  • Mugabe dispatches Commandos to protect Gaddafi

    03/04/2011 5:54:13 AM PST · by PRePublic · 17 replies
    thezimbabwemail ^ | Feb. 23, 2011
    Mugabe dispatches Commandos to protect Gaddafi – The Zimbabwe Mail Feb 23, 2011 ... HARARE – There are unconfirmed reports doing the rounds in Zimbabwe State intelligence circles saying President Robert Mugabe has sent troops from his Commando crack unit to Libya to save his long time ally and financier Colonel Muammaur Gaddafi. In 2001, a British newspaper reported that Gaddafi had sent troops to Zimbabwe, to help Robert Mugabe crack down on his political opponents and the white farmers, according to Zimbabwean intelligence officers. The two leaders have signed dozens of bilateral agreements which contributed millions of dollars worth...
  • Libya: Zimbabwean Army Helping Gaddafi in Libya

    02/27/2011 7:09:55 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 18 replies
    All Africa ^ | 02/24/11 | Lance Guma
    Libya: Zimbabwean Army Helping Gaddafi in Libya Lance Guma 24 February 2011 Speculation that members of the Zimbabwe National Army are in Libya to help prop up cornered dictator Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, has gained momentum. This follows Zimbabwe's Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa avoiding giving a straight answer to a question posed in Parliament. With the eastern part of Libya having fallen to anti-Gaddafi protesters, it's being reported that mercenaries from several African countries, including Zimbabwe, are putting up a stand in the west of the country, including the capital Tripoli, on behalf of Gaddafi. They are reportedly gunning down unarmed...
  • Economy Flight 666 - Our One-Way Ticket To Zimbabwe

    02/15/2011 11:25:26 PM PST · by Frantzie · 1 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 2-16-2011 | David Sherman Okst
    Economy Flight 666 - Our One-Way Ticket To Zimbabwe [Part 2 of Part 2, Part 1 can be found here] In the fine book “I.O.U.S.A.” former Comptroller General David Walker said, ”[The] fourth and most serious of all is a leadership deficit.” The material I reviewed underscores Walker’s observation. I’m a huge Paul Ryan fan. I’m impressed with his handle on our budget. I give him a tremendous amount of credit for addressing our dismal fiscal situation head on. I commend him for making it the center of his work. This is something most politicians refuse to even mention, let...
  • 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...
  • China renews relationship with Zimbabwe (loans for access to natural resources)

    02/10/2011 1:36:59 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Telegrahp UK ^ | February 10, 2011 | Aislinn Laing, Johannesburg and Peter Foster in Beijing
    Yang Jiechi's visit represents warming relations between the two countries after China distanced itself when a violent crackdown by President Robert Mugabe over disputed elections in 2008 soured the investment climate. But there have been suggestions in the local media that Mr Yang will not get a friendly reception from all quarters. A reported agreement that could see China hand over as much as $10 billion in loans in return for access to Zimbabwe's platinum and revenue from its diamond fields has caused a row among government officials, one of whom dismissed it as a "raw deal".
  • Harare descends into chaos as ZANU PF militia loot shops

    02/07/2011 1:10:29 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 10 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 7 February 2011 | Tichaona Sibanda
    Harare came to a standstill on Monday when a ZANU PF mob engulfed the city in chaos, destroying property worth thousands of dollars, mainly belonging to foreign owned companies. Our correspondent Simon Muchemwa told us that dozens of shops were looted when the ZANU PF militia went on a rampage, as police details stood by watching ordinary people and shop owners being abused and brutalised. Shops belonging to Zimbabweans were also caught up in the crossfire. The attacks on foreign nationals could easily be construed as xenophobic, according to our correspondent. Muchemwa said the mob, dressed in ZANU PF regalia,...
  • Invasion of tourism facilities near Harare

    01/24/2011 7:02:12 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 9 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 23 January 2011 | Unknown
    In what looks to be the start of the next phase of state-sponsored property heists in Zimbabwe, over 20 tourism facilities have been invaded in Lake Chivero Recreational Park (formerly Lake Mcllwaine), 37 km south west of Harare. The lake is Harare’s main water supply and the surrounding land was declared a national park shortly after construction was completed in 1952. The game park, currently home to some of the last white rhino in Zimbabwe, was opened in 1962. The invasion was reported on Friday (January 21) when a mob of about 150 people arrived without warning on Kumba Shiri...
  • Group: Third of Zimbabwe registered voters dead

    01/21/2011 10:11:51 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/21/11 | Angus Shaw - AP
    HARARE, Zimbabwe – Nearly one-third of Zimbabwe's registered voters are dead, and others appear to be babies or up to 120 years old, researchers said Friday, calling for the list to be overhauled so that the upcoming election cannot be rigged. The independent Zimbabwe Election Support Network's report said that the anomalies opened the way for "double voting and other rigging intentions." In its research, the group found some 2,344 voters between the ages of 101 and 110 still on Zimbabwe's voting rolls, a dubious figure in a country where the average life expectancy is a mere 44 years.
  • Military plot to keep Mugabe in power

    01/20/2011 9:54:19 AM PST · by vikingd00d · 5 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 19 January 2011 | Jonathan Maromo and Peter Chidembo
    HARARE – More than 80 000 youth militia, war veterans and soldiers will be deployed across the country in an army-led drive to ensure victory for President Robert Mugabe in the next elections that, according to investigations by ZimOnline, look set to be the bloodiest ever witnessed in Zimbabwe. A three-month investigation by ZimOnline that included interviews and discussions with Cabinet ministers, senior military officers and ZANU PF functionaries, revealed a desperate determination by Zimbabwe’s top generals to thwart Tsvangirai, with some even openly bragging that they would topple the Prime Minister should he somehow triumph against the planned violence...
  • Treason: Zanu PF’s tool to sap opponents

    01/14/2011 6:09:49 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 6 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 14 Jan 2011 | Leonard Makombe
    IT IS almost election time in Zimbabwe and the treason season is upon us. In fact, anyone looking to challenge President Robert Mugabe for the presidency of Zimbabwe and before that the prime ministership, first has to leap the hurdle of a treason trial. It has become a sort of initiation and the higher the stakes or the stronger the opposition the more likely a treason trial will be in the run up to the elections. Anybody who has challenged the hegemony of Mugabe, such as the late Joshua Nkomo (Zapu), Ndabaningi Sithole (Zanu-Ndonga), Abel Muzorewa (UANC), and more recently...
  • Visitors snap up 100 trillion Zimbabwe bank notes

    01/02/2011 7:04:13 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 22 replies
    hosted. ^ | Jan 2 | ANGUS SHAW
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Western visitors to Zimbabwe are looking for zeros. They're snapping up old, defunct Zimbabwe bank notes, most notably the one hundred trillion Zimbabwe dollar bill, as an economic souvenir. The one hundred trillion Zimbabwe dollar bill, which at 100 followed by 12 zeros is the highest denomination, now sells for $5, depending on its condition.
  • California’s Central Valley: Zimbabwe West? (Or is it the New Ukraine, Circa 1936?)

    12/30/2010 7:34:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies · 18+ views
    Hotair ^ | 12/29/2010 | Ed Morrisey
    Until recently, California’s Central Valley was one of the nation’s most productive agricultural regions. Not only did it feed itself, the state of California, and the entire country, it also produced exports to other nations. That kind of enterprise employed a lot of people in Central California, from farm hands to wholesalers, and created a high standard of living.That continued right up to the moment that the federal government got more concerned over the Delta smelt, a small, inedible fish, than feeding people. A court order cut off water deliveries for seven months out of the year to the Central...
  • Two Israelis Arrested on Suspicion of Smuggling Zimbabwe Diamonds

    12/29/2010 4:39:23 PM PST · by Pan_Yan · 2 replies · 4+ views
    Israel Diamond ^ | 27.12.10, 09:36
    Two Israelis have been arrested on suspicion of smuggling rough diamonds from Zimbabwe into Israel, news outlets report. Last week, customs officials at Ben-Gurion International Airport reportedly stopped one man for a random check as he was leaving the airport through the "nothing to declare" lane and found a number of rough diamonds in his clothing pockets. When questioned, the man reportedly told authorities that he was employed in Zimbabwe as a water consultant and had been instructed to bring the diamonds – which do not carry Kimberley Process certification – to Israel by a diamond trader. When the diamond...
  • Bizarre Warthog Incident Delays US Ambassador to Zimbabwe

    12/21/2010 12:35:24 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Standard (Zimbabwe) ^ | Sunday, 19 December 2010
    A BIZARRE accident involving warthogs delayed the arrival of US Ambassador to Harare according to a WikiLeaks cable. Ambassador Charles Ray failed to arrive in Zimbabwe on November 3 2009 after the wild animals strayed onto the runway where they were struck by an Air Zimbabwe plane. Security officials forced passengers to surrender any photographic evidence of the crash before they were allowed to leave. All night flights on that day, including Ray’s South African Airways flight were cancelled. However, the warthogs saved the day for Getrude Hambira, the Secretary General of the General Agriculture Plantation Workers Union. The unionist...
  • Mugabe election call - fresh trouble for Zimbabwe in 2011?

    12/12/2010 10:30:19 PM PST · by vikingd00d · 7 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | Dec 12, 2010 | Jan Raath
    Harare - Zimbabwe's autocratic president, Robert Mugabe, is determined to hold elections by June. With his Zanu (PF) party in shambles, and opinion polls suggesting a drubbing, one might be forgiven for thinking the elder statesman was beginning to lose it. The country has been ruled for the past 19 months by a coalition government involving the 86-year-old president and pro-democracy leader Morgan Tsvangirai. The atmosphere between the two is so brittle they have not spoken to each other in months. 'We don't look each other in the eye,' Tsvangirai said recently. Mugabe has said he has no more use...
  • Agents of oppression target Zim media

    11/20/2010 6:47:06 PM PST · by george76 · 2 replies
    AVUSA ^ | Nov 21, 2010 | Zoli Mangena
    Zimbabwe is slowly but surely sliding back into political repression and into a climate of fear as politicians escalate reckless electioneering and belligerent propaganda. journalists are once more being targeted by President Robert Mugabe's agents of repression and thought police. The journalists' offence used to justify their arrests is thought-crime (in this case thinking and writing politically incorrect news). ... Zimbabwean journalists now fear the return of media tyranny. After all, this is a country in which journalists have not only been arrested and beaten up, but also tortured, leading to their deaths, and some, like Edward Chikomba, even killed.
  • QE2 Will Not Usher In The Apocalypse

    11/11/2010 6:23:44 AM PST · by blam · 29 replies
    Seeking Alpha ^ | 11-11-2010 | David Beckworth
    QE2 Will Not Usher In The Apocalypse by: David Beckworth November 11, 2010 Though some folks would have you believe so. It is far from perfect--it needs an explicit nominal target to make it truly effective--but it is a step in the right direction. Martin Wolf agrees: The sky is falling, scream the hysterics: the Federal Reserve is pouring forth dollars in such quantities that they will soon be worthless. Nothing could be further from the truth. As in Japan, the policy known as “quantitative easing” is far more likely to prove ineffective than lethal. It is a leaky hose,...
  • Widow in Rangers Plea Over Killer Lions (Spare the Lions That Ate Hubby)

    11/05/2010 11:26:48 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 22 replies · 2+ views
    New Zimbabwe ^ | 11/4/2010
    THE grieving wife of a man attacked and killed by five lions at a game reserve has asked rangers to spare the lives of the animals. Pete Evershed, 59, a Zimbabwean, was taking a shower when a pride of five lions attacked him on Saturday evening while he was on a camping holiday in Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. He was staying at the Chitake Springs camp with his wife, brother-in-law and a friend when he was killed. Caroline Washaya-Moyo, the park’s spokesperson, said the “open” shower was 38 metres from where the group had set up their tents. His...
  • Red China: 'Firewall needed' to prevent cash surge

    11/04/2010 9:49:15 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 8 replies
    China Daily ^ | 11/5/2010 | Wang Bo and Wang Xiaotian
    Warning over capital influx as US starts 'unbridled money printing' China should "set up a firewall" as uncontrolled dollar printing in the United States will drive more liquidity into emerging markets, a central bank adviser said on Thursday. "The most urgent need for the emerging market economies is to curb capital inflows," Xia Bin, an academic member of the central bank's monetary policy committee, told a financial forum in Beijing. Xia's comments came as the US Federal Reserve announced a new round of quantitative easing - pledging to buy $600 billion of government bonds - to prop up the ailing...
  • Zimbabwean Man Killed by Lions While Showering

    11/03/2010 5:18:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 74 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Nov 3 2010
    A Zimbabwean has been killed by a pride of lions while he was showering in a camp in the country's north.The man was attacked while using an outside shower at a fishing camp near Mana Pools National Park, Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwean Conservation Task Force told German news agency DPA. The area, located on the Zambesi River, is popular with hunters, most of whom stay in basic camps that offer little protection against attack by wild animals. The attack is the latest in a string of lion attacks in the area, Mr Rodrigues said. Eight villagers were killed...
  • Disfigured But Alive: Zim Cuts Horns to Save Rhinos

    10/28/2010 3:52:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies
    New Zimbabwe ^ | 10/28/2010
    THE roaring chainsaw sends fingernail-like shards flying into the baking Zimbabwean bush as it slices through the slumped black rhino's foot-long horn. The critically endangered female loses her spikes in just seconds, after being darted from a helicopter. A few minutes later, she leaps up and escapes -- disfigured but alive -- in a dramatic attempt to deter the poachers who have unleashed a bloodbath on southern Africa's rhinos. "De-horning reduces the reward for the poacher," said Raoul du Toit of the Lowveld Rhino Trust which operates in Zimbabwe's arid southeast. "Poaching is a balance between reward and risk. It...
  • Gono Had Affair with Grace Mugabe: Paper

    10/25/2010 11:02:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    New Zimbabwe ^ | 10/25/2010
    PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace has been having a secret affair with central bank chief, Gideon Gono, a British newspaper, The Sunday Times has claimed. Grace - who is 41 years younger than 86-year-old Mugabe - has allegedly spent the last five years cuckolding the veteran president with Gono, her husband's financial adviser and a key political ally. The couple would meet as often as three times a month either at Grace’s dairy farm or in expensive hotels in neighbouring South Africa as well as on foreign trips to Asia. Mugabe’s late sister, Sabina, is said to have revealed the...
  • ‘Goblins’ Land Pair Behind Bars

    10/16/2010 9:19:21 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Herald ^ | Wednesday, October 13, 2010 | Noah Pito
    A HURUNGWE man, who has been in the business of manufacturing replicas of goblins for sale to a witch-hunter, commonly known as Tsikamutanda, to extort villagers’ livestock and money has been arrested. Nicholas Machowani (26) of Mabhoyi Village was jailed for an effective nine months by Karoi magistrate Mr Obedience Matare. Machowani was last Friday slapped with a 12-month jail term after he pleaded guilty to possessing three “goblins” that he intended to sell to Tsikamutanda, Brian Nicks-Chikepe of Makande. Mr Matare suspended three months of the sentence on condition of good behaviour. On September 28 this year at Makande...
  • Assault Rap for Charcoal Burn 'Prophet'

    10/10/2010 4:06:09 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 1 replies
    New Zimbabwe ^ | 10/7/10 | Lindie Whiz
    A WOMAN suffered burns after a self-styled prophet forced her to clench BURNING CHARCOAL as part of a bizarre healing ritual, a court heard. Phathisani Khoza, 23, admitted a charge of assault before a magistrate in the Midlands town of Gweru this week. He was remanded on US$20 bail awaiting sentence. Magistrate Meo Rubwe heard that on August 16 this year, the victim, Yvonne Dongo, attended a church service conducted by Khoza at a house in Mtapa Section 4 suburb. Prosecutor Michael Mhene said during the service, Khoza started praying for Dongo. In the middle of the prayer, the court...
  • Zimbabwe Women Raping Men for Ritual Purposes

    10/09/2010 7:07:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 112 replies · 2+ views
    Times of India ^ | Oct 9, 2010
    <p>Women in Zimbabwe are said to be abducting and raping men for ritual purposes.</p> <p>In the past 11 months six men have been gang-raped by women, and as per the police the figure could be much higher, as victims are often too embarrassed to report the crime.</p>
  • Mugabe's darkest secret: An £800bn blood diamond mine he's running with China's Red Army

    09/23/2010 8:50:44 PM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 31 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Sept 18 | Andrew Malone
    Dictator: Robert Mugabe's regime claimed the diamond mines as their own, using brutal methods to make sure no-one tried to take the stones Across a remote tract of southern Africa, naturally ­fortified by mountains and patrolled by hundreds of ­soldiers with dogs trained to tear intruders apart, teams of mining experts are hard at work.Yet they are not speakers of Shona, the native language of this land on the border between Zimbabwe and Mozambique. No, thousands of miles from home, under a broiling African sun, these slim, pale-skinned figures are members of the Chinese military.Working alongside henchmen from one...
  • Boston University's Kotlikoff Explains Why The US Is Bankrupt

    09/22/2010 2:40:20 PM PDT · by tired1 · 14 replies
    Government and international organizations are lying effectively lying to us, there is no question about it. The present value of the difference between spending and revenues from the CBO is $200 trillion."
  • Racism against white Zimbabweans reach shocking levels

    09/21/2010 11:20:52 AM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 30 replies
    http://www.zimdiaspora.com/ ^ | Monday, 20 September 2010 | editor
    HARARE -Racism against white people in Zimbabwe has reached shocking levels particularly in the capital Harare, The Zim Diaspora can reveal. According to reports reaching London, droves of white people were chased away from participating in the constitutional outreach programme in Harare at the weekend, in which violence and confusion marred the process. In Mount Pleasant, white families were subjected to a torrent of abuse by suspected Zanu PF supporters who later drove them away shouting racial slurs. "If this process is to genuinely gather the views of people, then what has happened here is a farce. This is not...
  • Police fail to take US doctors to court (Zimbabwe)

    09/13/2010 10:31:55 AM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 9 replies
    Zim Eye ^ | September 12, 2010 | Gerald Chateta
    Harare(ZimEye)-The Zimbabwe Republic Police on Saturday failed to take the six arrested American doctors to court citing in-completion of investigations. Police on Thursday arrested six American HIV/AIDS doctors for allegedly operating an unlicensed clinic in Belvedere, Harare, and dispensing medicines without a pharmacist’s supervision and were expected to appear in court on Saturday. Jonathan Samukange of Venturas and Samukange Legal practitioners representing the arrested doctors told journalists Saturday evening that he spent the whole day waiting for the police to complete their papers that they were supposed to file to the courts. “Superintendent Njodzi who is the chief investigating officer...
  • American Doctors Held in Zimbabwe

    09/12/2010 12:27:20 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 29 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 11th 2010 | Celia W. Dugger
    JOHANNESBURG — Five Americans — two doctors, two nurses and an organizer — who carried donated AIDS drugs to Zimbabwe for distribution to the poor were arrested Thursday and remained jailed in Harare on Saturday on a charge of dispensing the medicine without the supervision of a pharmacist or proper licenses, their lawyer said. The Americans, who are being held in smelly, poorly ventilated cells at Harare Central police station, were to have appeared in court on Saturday for a bail hearing, but the police said they had not finished the paperwork, said the lawyer, Jonathan Samukange. The Americans are...
  • Violent land reform youth corps wallow in poverty

    09/05/2010 11:54:06 AM PDT · by vikingd00d · 33 replies
    The Zimbabwe Situation ^ | 4 September 2010 | Wongai Zhangazha
    MUZA Fredrick's desperate situation hardly makes him recognizable as one of the vanguards of President Robert Mugabe's often violent land reform that has seen politically linked chefs enjoying rich pickings. Now in his early 30s, Fredrick says he was part of youth corps who were at the forefront of evictions that began in 2000, rampaging from farm to farm to displace white commercial farmers who were forced to make way for beneficiaries of the land reform programme. Today, living on handouts, Frederick's life has become a daily struggle for survival at Insingisi Farm near Bindura, about 80km north-east of Harare....
  • Mugabe goes shopping in Hong Kong (Luxury shopping while his people starve)

    08/14/2010 11:00:52 PM PDT · by wac3rd · 3 replies
    Yahoo! News - UK ^ | August 14, 2010 | Yahoo! via AFP
    Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe spent the weekend shopping for high-end suits and shoes in Hong Kong, where he owns a house and his daughter attends university, local media reported Sunday. China is not a party to international sanctions on Mugabe, who is the subject of a Western travel ban and asset freeze. A team of officers from the Hong Kong police VIP protection unit flanked the octogenarian president on Saturday as he visited high-end shops in the city's Kowloon district, local media said. A government spokesman was quoted as saying Mugabe was not on an official visit. Mugabe's daughter Bona...
  • Is the race card finally worn out?

    08/14/2010 2:52:05 AM PDT · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 14, 2010 | Jonah Goldberg
    'The race card is maxed out." That was the punch line for a re cent hilarious exchange on "The Daily Show" in which Larry Wilmore, the faux news program's "senior black correspondent," reported that the race card is not only over its credit limit but is in fact "void during a black presidency." This discovery came in the wake of Maxine Waters' allegation that her political problems stem from a racially biased congressional ethics investigation. Wilmore said he should have seen this coming, given that "the Congressional Black Caucus has been overusing the race card for years." Like when it...
  • Mugabe and the White African (Brilliant Documentary)

    07/24/2010 9:30:36 AM PDT · by Niuhuru · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Mind of Niuhuru | July 24, 2010 | Niuhuru
    Has anyone seen the documentary "Mugabe and the White African?" I watched it last night after downloading it and it's brilliant. What do you think of it, if you've seen it?
  • Mugabe threatens to flood the world with diamonds ...

    07/14/2010 5:45:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 61 replies · 2+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | July 14, 2010 | Staff
    Robert Mugabe has threatened to flood the world's diamond markets - despite being slapped down by the world's diamond control body. The Zimbabwean president said his nation's massive reserves of diamonds have 'huge potential' to revive the shattered economy. He said Zimbabwe can account for one-fourth of the world's diamond supply
  • Zimbabweans wash dirty US dollars with soap, water

    07/06/2010 7:01:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 12 replies
    The washing machine cycle takes about 45 minutes _ and George Washington comes out much cleaner in the Zimbabwe-style laundering of dirty money. Low-denomination U.S bank notes change hands until they fall apart here in Africa, and the bills are routinely carried in underwear and shoes through crime-ridden slums. Some have become almost too smelly to handle, so Zimbabweans have taken to putting their $1 bills through the spin cycle and hanging them up to dry with clothes pins alongside sheets and items of clothing. It's the best solution _ apart from rubber gloves or disinfectant wipes _ in a...
  • Zimbabwe: Coffee Output Plummets

    07/03/2010 7:47:17 AM PDT · by george76 · 59 replies
    AllAfrica Global Media ^ | 1 July 2010 | Bernard Mpofu
    ZIMBABWE'S coffee production has hit a record low since Independence following the chaotic land reform exercise that reduced coffee growing estates to four from 120. Statistics gathered after a high level coffee stakeholder conference held last week in Mutare show that organic coffee production mostly in Zimbabwe's Eastern Highlands pl-unged to 300 tonnes in 2010 from a peak production of 15 000 tonnes in 1990 when farmers raked in US$37,5 million from sales. Production has been in freefall for the past 10 years, signalling a threat to the livelihood of both commercial and communal farmers ... Today the coffee sector...
  • Mother kills son, sells ear (for $20)

    07/02/2010 12:34:30 PM PDT · by mainsail that · 31 replies · 3+ views
    straitstimes.com ^ | 7/2/2010 | straitstimes.com
    HARARE - A ZIMBEBWEAN woman killed her infant son and sold one of his ears for US$20 (S$27.95) to a traditional healer wanted for ritual murders in neighbouring Mozambique, police said on Thursday. 'We can confirm that the woman Christine Hofisi from Chipinge (near the Mozambican border) strangled her 18-month-old son to death and cut off his left ear,' deputy national police spokesman Oliver Mandipaka told AFP. 'Hofisi sold the ear to a traditional healer notorious for ritual murders in Mozambique. She sold the ear for US$20 but was given US$10 with the balance to be paid later. 'She is...
  • Protests at seizure of German-owned Zimbabwe farm

    07/02/2010 10:08:02 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | July 2, 2010 | ANGUS SHAW
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- Germany's government said Friday it will cut off aid to Zimbabwe unless illegal and violent occupiers are removed from a farm owned by a German national. In a Friday protest note to the Zimbabwe foreign ministry, Germany noted the occupation of the eastern Zimbabwe property owned by German investor Heinrich von Pezold violates a decade-old investment agreement between the two countries.
  • Pakistani terror suspect 'arrested in Zimbabwe' ( Imran Muhammad )

    06/26/2010 1:38:59 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    afp ^ | Jun 26, 2010
    A Pakistani suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attacks has been arrested in Zimbabwe as he tried to cross into World Cup host South Africa... Imran Muhammad, 33, was arrested at the Beitbridge border post along with another Pakistani national, the state-run Herald newspaper reported, saying Muhammad was wanted for the Mumbai attacks. the two were arrested on June 20 after they found using fake Kenyan passports. Muhammad was normally based in the Chilean capital Santiago. The daily said Muhammad and 39-year-old Chaudry Parvez Ahmed flew from Saudi Arabia to Tanzania, before connecting to Zimbabwe by road.
  • Cup security tight following Pakistani arrests (World Cup Terrorism)

    06/26/2010 10:33:07 AM PDT · by mojito · 7 replies
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 6/26/2010 | Dan Wetzel
    RUSTENBURG, South Africa — Two Pakistani men, including one who is wanted by Interpol on terrorist activities, were arrested by Zimbabwe police on June 20 when they attempted to cross the border into South Africa. News of the arrest was first released by Zimbabwe police on Friday. According to Zimbabwe’s government-run newspaper, The Herald, the two men are Imran Muhammad, 33, and Chaudry Parvez Ahmed, 39. They were arrested on suspicion of terrorism when they tried to enter South Africa with fake Kenyan passports. Muhammad is wanted in Pakistan for alleged involvement in the Mumbai attacks which killed 166 people,...
  • Robert Mugabe loyalists attack Zimbabwe's white-owned farms

    06/10/2010 1:16:56 PM PDT · by mgstarr · 16 replies · 453+ views
    Digital Journal ^ | 6/10/10 | Andrew Moran
    The white-owned farms have reported a surge in violent attacks against them by President Robert Mugabe's loyal supporters within the past week, which saw at least 16 farming lands raided. Since Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe ordered white-owned farm owners to transfer majority of their land to blacks in 2008, violence among Caucasian farmers has soared. Similar legislation was approved in February whereby white-owned companies must transfer majority of shares to black Zimbabweans because it would benefit those racially discriminated. According to the Associated Press, white farmers have reported an increase in violence against them within the past week. They say...