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Bob Marley: Amandla

Posted by smeddum on June 28, 2009

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Mollycoddling Mubarak, Mugging Mugabe

Posted by smeddum on June 11, 2009

Mollycoddling Mubarak, Mugging Mugabe

By Stephen Gowans
June 10th 2009
Whatsleft
Led by the United States, Western countries spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year on what is called democracy promotion. This usually involves promoting pro-private property, pro-free trade, and pro-foreign investment forces in foreign countries where these principles are not firmly implanted. Generous funding is showered upon media, human rights groups, and election monitors that oppose governments whose attachment is less than absolute to the three major freedoms of capitalist ideology (the 3Fs)– free-trade, free-enterprise, and free-markets. Pro-3F political parties, like the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe, and in previous years, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia, are provided with training, expert advice, strategic consulting and campaign funds to help them win elections (1). Experts on how to destabilize governments through civil disobedience are dispatched to train nonviolent pro-democracy activists to topple governments that have come to power in elections the West’s preferred 3F candidates but failed to win. Read the rest of this entry »

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Media fabrications impede recovery efforts

Posted by smeddum on May 28, 2009

 

African Diaspora: Media fabrications impede economic recovery efforts

ZimbabweBy Dambudzo Muparanga
May 23, 2009, The Herald

ONE can make out a pattern when it comes to the popularity of the Zimbabwe Government in the West before the Land Reform Programme and after its inception.

The reason for this is not because the Government did something out of this world, the Government – all things considered – did a good thing for its people. Read the rest of this entry »

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U-turn in UK’s Zimbabwe policy welcome

Posted by smeddum on May 2, 2009

Posted: Monday, April 27, 2009

The Herald
Opinion & Analysis
Saturday, April 25, 2009   Race and history

THE inclusive Government is not just gaining the support and confidence of Zimbabweans; it has now started attracting support in the international community and even from those countries that led the sanctions charge.

Britain this week very quietly announced, during a meeting between British Ambassador Mr Andrew Pocock and Deputy Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara, that the United Kingdom would no longer vote against funding for Zimbabwe at the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Concerned Africa Scholars’ Jacob Mundy

Posted by smeddum on March 18, 2009

 

By Stephen Gowans

March 17, 2009

Whatsleft

 

A member of the executive committee of the scholars’ organization that has accused Mahmoud Mamdani of falling for the anti-imperialist rhetoric of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, has volunteered and worked for pro-imperialist organizations and has given briefings to the US State Department and Intelligence Council. (1) Read the rest of this entry »

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Zimbabwe: Taskforce On Sanctions Welcome

Posted by smeddum on March 17, 2009

17 March 2009

Published by the Government of Zimbabwe

AllAfrica.com

editorial 

Harare — THE planned setting up of a ministerial taskforce to spearhead the anti-sanctions drive and to seek the normalisation of relations with the European Union is a step in the right direction. Read the rest of this entry »

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African Leaders: Lift Sanctions Against Zimbabwe Now!

Posted by seumasach on February 19, 2009

 

Jan. 31 (EIRNS)—London, which has consistently taken the lead in attacks against the Zimbabwe government for not being democratic, is taking a chilly attitude toward the agreement between three Zimbabwe parties to form a Government of National Unity, instead of helping the new government to be a success.

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Washington suppressed Kenyan exit poll to keep Kibaki in power

Posted by seumasach on February 1, 2009

 

By Stephen Gowans

What’s Left

1st February, 2009

 

Q: When does the US government hide an exit poll that calls a foreign election into question?

A: When it doesn’t want the candidate who got the most votes to win.

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Zimbabwe: New Govt by February

Posted by smeddum on January 7, 2009

 

 

Zimbabwe: New Govt by February 
Posted: Monday, January 5, 2009

By Political & Features Editor     
January 05, 2009    Race and History
The Herald

PRESIDENT Mugabe is pressing ahead with the formation of a new Government with the full consent of Sadc following invitations extended to the opposition to join structures agreed upon in the broad-based agreement signed last year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Understanding the Crisis in Zimbabwe

Posted by smeddum on January 1, 2009

Cynicism as a substitute for scholarship
Global Research, December 31, 2008
 
 
       

Mahmood Mamdani’s largely sympathetic analysis of the Mugabe government, “Lessons of Zimbabwe,” published in the December 4, 2008 London Review of Books, has been met with a spate of replies from progressive scholars who are incensed at the Ugandan academic throwing out the rule book to present an argument based on rigor and analysis, rather than on the accustomed elaboration of comfortable slogans and prejudices that has marked much progressive scholarship on Zimbabwe.  Their criticism of Mamdani has been characterized by ad hominem assaults, arguments that either lack substance or sense, and the substitution of cynicism for scholarship. Read the rest of this entry »

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West seeks to intimidate Mugabe supporters

Posted by smeddum on December 29, 2008

 

 

West seeks to intimidate Mugabe supporters

28/12/08    

By Stephen Gowans

In political contests the objective of each side is to discredit the opposition, and when that can’t be done, to silence it. This is done to prevent the opposition from persuading others to take its point of view. If one side can persuade others to its position, it can count on their support and possibly gain an advantage over the other side. Read the rest of this entry »

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