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Robert Mugabe: Victim or Villain?

Posted by smeddum on July 4, 2008

African Executive

Robert Mugabe

When sharks smell blood, they go into a feeding frenzy and attack relentlessly. There is feeding frenzy about Zimbabwe preceding the run-off elections scheduled for 27th June. Thwarted in their bid to install their man, Tsvangirai in power, the forces of Western neo-colonialism are ratcheting up media pressure. Some African leaders seem to have bought into this propaganda campaign.

Stories in the Western press about ‘government-sanctioned violence’ in Zimbabwe focus on lurid details quoting one-sided and opinionated anonymous sources without much verifiable data. Remember the gory reports about Saddam’s troops in Kuwait during the first Gulf War bayoneting babies in their incubators? Many of these stories later turned out to be fabrications.The same type of campaign is operating in Zimbabwe now. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zimbabwe political analysts should join ‘Pop Idol’

Posted by smeddum on July 3, 2008
Zimbabwe political analysts should join ‘Pop Idol’

Philip Murombedzi

Thu, 03 Jul 2008 03:20:00 +0000

DO you not cringe when you see Zimbabwean so-called political analysts and lawyers on the BBC or some other international media trying to look philosophical and intellectual talking ‘dirty’ about their own country and its leadership, but failing to condemn the sanctions regime that has crippled the country’s economy, or put Zimbabwe in its right political context?

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Myths of “humanitarian” imperialism

Posted by seumasach on June 30, 2008

By Stephen Gowans(What’s Left)

Myths of ‘humanitarian’ imperialism
Posted: Sunday, June 29, 2008

By Stephen Gowans
June 29, 2008

Timothy Garton Ash, a columnist for the British newspaper The Guardian, has called on “people outside Zimbabwe” to “help the majority inside Zimbabwe have its democratic will recognized” by doing seven things, the first of which is to press their governments for stronger sanctions on Zimbabwe. Ash’s column is titled, “We don’t need guns to help the people pitch Mugabe from his perch.” Read the rest of this entry »

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SADC warned by Mugabe

Posted by smeddum on June 28, 2008

(The Chronicle)

Harare Bureau

NO country in the world including those in the African Union and Sadc, can dictate how Zimbabwe should conduct its elections, President Mugabe has said. Read the rest of this entry »

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How come Zimbabwe and Tibet get all the attention?

Posted by seumasach on June 27, 2008

“The British media have long since largely abandoned any attempt at impartiality in its reporting of Zimbabwe, the common assumption being that Mugabe is a murderous dictator at the head of a uniquely wicked regime.”

Almost a lone voice in Briish journalism, Seumas Milne cuts through some of the lies about Zimbabwe and exposes the  “transparently racist agenda’ being conducted by the senile Brits of both left and right.He shows that he has clearly grasped that collective punishment will be inflicted on the Zimbabweans if they vote Mugabe back into power.

If a government wants to abuse human rights and rig elections, it needs to have the support of – or be – the western powers

Seumas Milne

 Guardian (UK), April 17, 2008

There is no question that the struggle over land and power in Zimbabwe has brought the country to a grim pass. Nearly a decade after the takeover of white-owned farms and the rupture with the west, economic breakdown, hyperinflation, sanctions and Aids have taken a heavy toll. With the expectation now that a second round of elections, mired in claims of fraud, may after all keep President Mugabe in power, the prospect must be of continued economic punishment and crisis.

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SWP: fellow-travellers of British imperialism

Posted by seumasach on June 26, 2008


Zimbabwe: Mugabe cracks down on opposition.(Socialist Worker)


 The SWP has adopted openly pro-imperialist politics over Zimbabwe. Under the veneer of supporting worker’s power they are helping to hand Zimbabwe back to the imperialist in London and Washington. Our message on this issue is simple;

Hands off Zimbabwe! Defend Zimbabwe’s sovereignty!


(Posted with our own commentaries)

Ken Olende looks at the current crisis and what the opposition can do

The situation in Zimbabwe continued to deteriorate as Socialist Worker went to press.


[Support for the opposition is assumed both by the author and in the reader. The situation in the world is deteriorating; is it all Mugabe’s fault?]

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Zimbabwe: West uses blacks against their own

Posted by alfied on June 20, 2008

By Peter Mavunga

THE Brits have turned into a fine art the very act of using others to achieve their own ends.

The trick — and they have got it just right — is to make it look as though they are helping you.

So to the uninitiated, their role in the politics of Zimbabwe is entirely honourable and they want nothing, but the best for the people of Zimbabwe. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zimbabwe’s political opposition deploys its own WMD claim

Posted by seumasach on May 21, 2008


By Stephen Gowans(WHAT’S LEFT)

Zimbabwe’s political opposition and its Western-sponsored civil society allies are concocting stories of an impending genocide to call for Western intervention to oust the economic nationalist Zanu-PF government of Robert Mugabe. Yet they themselves have used threats of violence to destabilize the country to pursue an agenda shaped by and conducive to the interests of Western corporations and investors and the white settler community. Read the rest of this entry »

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