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African Diaspora: Zimbabwe: When fear becomes the enemy
Zimbabwe
By GrañfadaŠ Ayitomeka
April 17, 2012 - herald.co.zw


The struggle to free Zimbabwe from the gnawing jaws of settler colonialism was not fought because the people had the penchant of fighting strangers, neither did they do so for the love of the lofty ideas embedded in the skulls of the anti-colonial leaders.

The basis for the people’s bloody struggle is direct and simple, to ward off white predators who had occupied the land by committing maafa (the unspoken African word for genocide committed by Caucasians against Africans) and subsequently established minority criminal regime.

Ab initio, the struggle was about the land, it is and it will be about the land! This is not a negotiable issue because, it touches on the very existential ingredient fundamental to life. The socio-cultural, spiritual and economic fabrics of the people of Zimbabwe are inextricably linked to the land. If you yanked or dispossessed people from their land, they are better off dying than to live a parasitic miserable life. A landless person is stateless and ceases to enjoy human dignity.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 0)

African Diaspora: President Mugabe, Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement
Zimbabwe
By Bowden Mbanje and Darlington Mahuku
March 05, 2012 - The Herald


Biko wrote quite a lot of articles on political, religious and economic issues and we feel the little we have shared with you on his works these last three weeks will help our readers to have a deeper understanding of some of his revolutionary ideas.

Because of space and time, we also need to analyse other radical Black nationalist writers as to make our readers appreciate the works of these intelligent sons of Africa, who through their far-reaching and deep-rooted writings, just like those of Biko, can help all black people to reorganise themselves as a true united people. In this last instalment on Biko, we merge his ideas on Black Consciousness with what President Mugabe said in an interview to mark his 88th Birthday.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 4.5)

African Diaspora: Challenging Western Distortions about Zimbabwe's Land Reform
Zimbabwe
By Gregory Elich
February 21, 2011 - Global Research


For years, Western journalists have castigated Zimbabwe's land reform program. From afar, they pronounced land reform a failure for having brought about the total collapse of agriculture and plunging the nation into chronic food insecurity. Redistributed land, we are continually told, went to cronies with political connections, while ordinary people were almost entirely excluded from the process. Farmland went to ruin because of the incompetence of the new owners. These were simple messages, drilled into the minds of the Western public through repetition. For Western reporters, certain that they owned the truth, emotion substituted for evidence. Those of a more curious frame of mind, however, were left to wonder what conditions were like in the field, where no reporter bothered to venture.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 1)

African Diaspora: Zimbabwe's Road to Vindication
Zimbabwe
By Netfa Freeman
December 15, 2010 - blackstarnews.com


When Zimbabwe initiated fast track land redistribution in 2000 it was big news for corporate media to echo several patented denunciations, characterizing the process as rife with corruption, violence, and inefficiency and doomed to fail.

More than eager to join the fray was the liberal left whose pseudo analysis reiterated the same line accompanied by an imprudent aversion to anything that seemed even remotely favorable to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF party.

Given all that media fanfare, it would be easy to assume an independent study examining results from the last 10 years of land reform would get the same attention. Not likely. In fact, we can be sure more attention will be given to the dispatches from the U.S. Embassy in Zimbabwe publicized WikiLeaks. One cable by former U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Christopher Dell reveals nothing unexpected or compelling except Dell's aptitude for writing subjective diatribes that are able to pass for concrete information to the politically uncritical eye.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

African Diaspora: US Senator comes clean on Zimbabwe sanctions
Zimbabwe
By Stephen Gowans
August 21, 2010 - gowans.wordpress.com


The received wisdom among Western governments, journalists and some concerned progressive scholars is that there have been no broad-based, economic sanctions imposed upon Zimbabwe. Instead, in their view, there are only targeted sanctions, with limited effects, aimed at punishing President Robert Mugabe and the top leadership of the Zanu-PF party. The sanctions issue, they say, is a red herring Mugabe and his supporters use to divert attention from the true cause of Zimbabwe's economic meltdown: redistribution of land from white commercial farmers to hundreds of thousands of indigenous families, a program denigrated as "economic mismanagement".

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

African Diaspora: Zimbabwe: Sophists for sanctions
Zimbabwe
By Stephen Gowans
February 19, 2010 - gowans.wordpress.com


Tony Hawkins, a professor of economics at the University of Zimbabwe, thinks that Western sanctions on Zimbabwe should be maintained but that their effects "are minimal" and that "their continued existence really plays into the hands of some people in Zanu-PF."

You would think, then, that Hawkins would favor the lifting of sanctions. After all, why continue to play into the hands of Zanu-PF, if, like Hawkins, you're opposed to the party, its direction and its program, and the sanctions' effects are minimal anyway?

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

African Diaspora: Lancaster House revisited
Zimbabwe
By Phyllis Johnson
December 21, 2009 - The Herald


THIS is the first in a series of eight articles on the events of late 1979 and early 1980.

Thirty years ago, on December 21 1979, an agreement was signed in London that set in motion a series of events that put Zimbabwe on the course to where it is today.

The signatures appended reluctantly to that agreement beneath the chandeliers and subterfuge of Lancaster House ended the war in a place that some called Rhodesia and signalled a different route to independence for a country that the majority called Zimbabwe.

The 103 days of pressure and posturing conducted by the adroit Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom, Lord Carrington, from September 10 until December 21 1979, were notable by the avoidance of the main issue in a 90-year-old dispute.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

World Focus: When electoral fraud is met by congratulations
Zimbabwe
By Stephen Gowans
November 19, 2009 - gowans.wordpress.com


It has become standard practice in many parts of the world for opposition candidates to decry as fraudulent election results that favor the incumbent. Charges of vote fraud are routinely levelled against governing parties that win elections contested by opposition parties backed by Western governments.

For example, after (and even before) Zimbabwe's last set of elections, the governing Zanu-PF party was accused of vote fraud, but the evidence for the opposition's claim was gathered by organizations funded by the United States, a major backer of the opposition movement. Washington makes no secret of its desire to drive the incumbent president, Robert Mugabe, from power, by hook or crook, not because he's corrupt, despotic or a human rights abuser, as Washington alleges, but because he has done what all foreign leaders back to Lenin have done who have fallen astray of Washington – failed to honor contracts and safeguard private property. (That's not to say Mugabe and Lenin are alike in any way other than having committed what in Washington's view is the supreme crime.) A cooked exit poll is not beyond the motivations and capabilities of US and British-backed anti-Mugabe forces, but that's largely beside the point. Mugabe's Zanu-PF did poorly in the election, and Mugabe, himself, failed to win a first round victory in the presidential election. If Zanu-PF rigged the vote, it blundered badly.

(Read More... | World Focus | Score: 2)

African Diaspora: US can't teach us anything
Zimbabwe
The Herald
November 04, 2009


THE Western alliance's reaction to the abortive presidential run-off in Afghanistan should show all who were led to believe that Anglo-Saxon opposition to President Mugabe's re-election was about the professed platitudes of electoral democracy, that they were sold a dead donkey.

American and British opposition to President Mugabe's victory was because, in their own words, "he continues to pose a continuous and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States (and the British governments)".

A foreign policy, that we all know, is about plundering other people and their resources.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

African Diaspora: Democracy not in ballot boxes
Zimbabwe
By Reason Wafawarova
September 30, 2009 - rawafawarova.com


IN AUGUST 1987, just about two months before he was brutally killed by imperially sponsored reactionaries, Thomas Sankara was interviewed by Claudio Hackin, a special correspondent for Radio Havana Cuba.

Hackin asked a very simple question: "What is democracy, in your opinion?"

This was Thomas Sankara’s answer: "Democracy is the people, with all their strength and potential. Ballot boxes and an electoral apparatus in and of themselves do not signify the existence of democracy.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

African Diaspora: South Africa, Namibia stand by Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
CAJ News-New Era-Herald Reporter.
September 22, 2009 - herald.co.zw


South African President Jacob Zuma has reiterated his support for Zimbabwe's inclusive Government, adding that his country has a direct interest in seeing its neighbour prosper.

His sentiments came soon after former Namibian president Cde Sam Nujoma told a Swapo rally over the weekend that his country and the rest of the region would not sit back and watch the West carry out their illegal regime change agenda to topple President Mugabe.

The support for Zimbabwe came as the United States admitted openly for the first time that it had sanctions on Zimbabwe, but said it would not be lifting them.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

African Diaspora: Zimbabwe, Africa and Neo-Colonialism
Zimbabwe
Posted: July 15, 2009

Following are excerpts from a press conference given by Robert Mugabe at the African Union General Assembly in early July 2009. The interview was published in Zimbabwe's The Herald, July 6, 2009.

Q: Your Excellency, what is happening in Africa seems to be a realisation of the Pan-Africanism ideology. Would you say that, that idealism about bringing Africa together is still alive or it's something that is being pushed by what is happening somewhere else?

A: I think over the recent few years gone by there has been a development, a development I think which was more determined by the economic situations of our countries and a situation that greater reliance on Western funding would assist our economies in transforming, and because of that naturally if you are a beggar, you cannot at the same time prescribe, you see, the rules of how you should be given whether it's food or any items at all.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 4.66)

African Diaspora: Media fabrications impede economic recovery efforts
Zimbabwe
By 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.

The only unfortunate thing is that in today’s world those with the money control the flow of information and if anyone crosses their path the wolves are released within seconds.

Such is the case with Zimbabwe.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 3)

African Diaspora: Swine flu exposes West's hypocrisy
Zimbabwe
By Henry Harry Makowa
May 23, 2009, The Herald


WITH the current swine flu plague hitting Mexico and now almost all parts of the world, one cannot help but wonder what international outcry would have been constructed had the deadly flu originated in Zimbabwe.

It is more important to understand this fact in light of and in so far as Zimbabweans are still very much aware of the condemnation and criminal discrimination against its citizens over the cholera outbreak that rocked the country towards the end of December 2008.

What is interesting about the swine flu in Mexico is that it has produced two outcomes totally opposite to how Zimbabwe was treated over the cholera.

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 5)

African Diaspora: Tsvangirai crash: More questions than answers
Zimbabwe
By Professor Jonathan Moyo, MP
Saturday, March 14, 2009
The Herald


THE truism that people learn geology the day after an earthquake best explains why there is a growing list of troubling questions about probable criminal involvement of the American and British governments or their agents in the car accident that tragically claimed the life of the wife of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai last week.

Among the questions that cannot be fully or satisfactorily answered without an independent and competent international probe are the following:

l) Who really owns the Nissan diesel truck, with registration number 81TCE128, which caused the tragic accident on March 6, 2009?

2) If the registered owner of the truck is not the American Embassy in Harare or the United States Agency for International Development why does the truck have a registration number whose diplomatic configuration is reserved for the United States Embassy?

(Read More... | African Diaspora | Score: 3)

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