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