World View: Zimbabwe's 90 Year Old 'Liberation Hero' Robert Mugabe Wins Another Election

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  • Zimbabwe's 90 year old 'Liberation Hero' Robert Mugabe wins another election
  • Chinese skin is black enough for Robert Mugabe
  • Intelligence from Yemen forcing embassy closings

Zimbabwe's 90 year old 'Liberation Hero' Robert Mugabe wins another election

Robert Mugabe
Robert Mugabe

It would be hard to choose a country leader anywhere in the world who's more vile than Syria's Bashar al-Assad, but Zimbabwe's 90 year old Robert Mugabe certainly qualifies. Mugabe's actions to transform Zimbabwe, the breadbasket of southern Africa, into a starving disease-ridden country are almost beyond belief. (See "'Liberation Hero' Robert Mugabe now destroys Zimbabwe with cholera." from 2008.) Mugabe's neighbors have refused to deal with him because of his stature as an anti-American anti-Western anti-white 'Liberation Hero," even though militias affiliated with Mugabe's party, the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), operate as de facto enforcers of government policies and commit assault, torture, rape, extralegal evictions and executions without fear of punishment.

Now Mugabe has apparently overwhelmingly won a new election for president, with the official results to be announced later this week.

There's plenty of evidence that Mugabe's government rigged the election.

  • As many as 1 million out of more than 6 million eligible voters were not on voters' lists.
  • The government printed 2 million more ballots than were needed, with no explanation why.
  • The electoral rolls contained some 2 million centenarians in a country where life expectancy is 51. Those 2 million extra ballots were presumably used to allow dead people to vote.
  • The government provided "assistance" to voters, especially in strong opposition districts. In one constituency, more than 10,000 voters out of 17,000 were "assisted," even though Zimbabwe has an extremely high 92% literacy rate. The "assistance," according to many reports, involved marking the ballot for the voter.
Mugabe's actions are mostly based on the historical enmity of two tribes -- Mugabe's Shona tribe, and his enemies, the Ndebele tribe. Genocidal warfare occurred between these two tribes in previous generational crisis wars -- the Mfecane war that climaxed in 1828, the Matabele Wars that climaxed in 1897, and the Rhodesia civil war, climaxing in 1979. It was the last war that gave Zimbabwe independence, making Mugabe the President.

In 1983, to consolidate his hold on power, Mugabe launched "Operation Gukurahundi" ("The rain that washes away the chaff before the spring rain"). 20,000 people, almost all of them from the Ndebele tribe, were tortured, raped and slaughtered.

As recently as the 1999, Zimbabwe was a breadbasket of Africa, exporting up to 500,000 metric tons of surplus food. By 2003, Zimbabwe was starving. What happened during those three years was a Marxist socialist "land reform" program by Robert Mugabe that confiscated 4,500 white-owned commercial farms and redistributed the property to his own Shona ethnic group.

Apparently, white farm owners are too evil for Mugabe to tolerate. It's better just to let people, especially the Ndebele, starve to death. And if anyone complains, just torture and massacre thousands of Ndebele, so that there'll be more food for the Shona.

After 2003, more and more Zimbabweans have been dying of starvation, because Mugabe has destroyed the farm infrastructure. By 2008, the official rate of inflation was 231 million percent. Zimbabwe was printing 200 million dollar bills.

Chinese skin is black enough for Robert Mugabe

Zimbabwe's economy has improved since 2008, and there's plenty of food, as well as fuel for the cars, but it's not because the farms are producing much more food, or because industry is returning. It's because the diamond mines are move valuable than ever, and investors from China are pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into the country in return for the diamonds and other natural resources.

And so, white farmers were too evil to be allowed to run the farms, apparently because they don't have black skin, but Chinese investors can just come in and take Zimbabwe's national resources. Apparently, Chinese skin is black enough for Mugabe.

And of course the Chinese have no qualms about supporting any of the world's most vile leaders, whether Syria's Bashar al-Assad or Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe. Anyone who thinks that China's president Xi Jinping is a "nice guy" who would never launch a surprise attack on the United States should be aware that we're dealing with some of the sleaziest and most repulsive leaders in the world.

Mugabe's Ndebele opponents are absolutely furious that Mugabe has rigged another election to get another 5 year term as president. Many observers expect violence when the official results are announced on Wednesday. Mugabe's security forces expect violence as well, and so we may be just a few days away from another Ndebele bloodbath. CBS News and ZimDiaspora blog

Intelligence from Yemen forcing embassy closings

Sanaa, Yemen (CNN)
Sanaa, Yemen (CNN)

Fresh intelligence from Yemen, home of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) has led the U.S. to conclude that AQAP is in the final stages of planning an attack on U.S. and Western targets, either in Yemen or throughout the Middle East and northern Africa, between Sunday and Tuesday. This intelligence has caused the U.S. State Dept. to issue a global travel alert through the end of August. In additional, the U.S. is closing 22 embassies and consulates in the region. Germany, France and Britain are also closing their Yemen embassies on Sunday and Monday. The UK Foreign Office warned its citizens to leave Yemen:

"If you don't leave the country now while commercial carriers are still flying it is extremely unlikely that the British government will be able to evacuate you or provide consular assistance."


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