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Mugabe – deluded as ever – simple gangster always.

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment

The world’s media was treated to a bizarre spectacle last week in the wake of an EU delegation visit to Harare. There before our eyes blabbering anti-European and racist sentiments was the world’s number one cretin Robert Mugabe; self appointed president of a country he has led into total ruin. He lies about the personal sanctions that have been imposed upon him and his fellow zanu pf gangsters. He claims all Zimbabwe’s problems are due to plots outside the country. He ignores the tremendous amount of food aid, educational aid and health aid that has been given by the governments he blames for the economic and social crisis facing Zimbabwe.

There is one man to blame for economic failure in Zimbabwe and that is Robert Mugabe we must also include the gangsters in charge of zanu pf.

Personal targeted sanctions must remain, there has not been sufficient change, Zimbabwe is still an authoritarian state.

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Zimbabwe still deep in crisis.

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment
Map of Zimbabwe showing the location of Harare.
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Whilst the IMF rushes to assist Mugabe with millions of dollars worth of loans; it is very clear that in reality Mugabe and his thugs still continue as if no settlement (the GNU)  had been agreed.  It seems that once again Mugabe’s charm offensive still fools heads of government and overeas agencies.

SOKWANELE: “Zimbabwe Inclusive Government Watch (ZIG Watch) is tracking articles and reports which provide examples of violations of the agreement between Zanu PF and the two Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) Formations signed in Harare on 15 September 2008.

August saw the continuation of the chaos in Zimbabwe, with ever more breaches of the GPA being recorded, the majority of which fell into the following categories:

  • wanton politically motivated violence, or violence driven by politicians or petty officials,
  • harassment, and deprivation of freedom, of individuals through contrived arrests on spurious charges,
  • widespread corruption involving senior public and uniformed figures,
  • the deprivation of the right to Freedom of Expression, and the abu se thereof,
  • violent, unconstitutional, invasions and seizures of property and farms, and
  • deliberate attempts to derail the Constitution-making process.

The month of August has seen a notable increase in breaches in these two areas:

  • open subversion of legal or administrative processes for political benefit, and
  • deliberate non-cooperation with the other parties to the GPA agreement, or the deliberate undermining – or abuse of – other persons or parties for political ends.

Cumulative share of breaches - Issue 8Zanu PF’s favourite political tool – violence – stills plagues Zimbabwe’s populace to the extent that it is almost accepted as a norm by the majority. Our first listed breach in Issue 8 reveals that the government has! turned deaf ears to the warnings by the Kimberly Process that the sales of Zimbabwean diamonds may be suspended internationally after the international body directed that Zimbabwe’s diamond fields should be demilitiarised. The troops are still there, and rights abuses and smuggling continue unabated.

On a more local level, a young man was murdered by seven Zanu PF thugs in Macheke after going to the home of a local Zanu PF chairman to ask for his outstanding wages. He was subjected to a brutal beating and torture before he died, and his body dumped on a road to make it look like an accident. One wonders how an ‘accident’ explains wounds made by redhot iron rods through the stomach. It is alleged that Minister Didymus Mutasa aided the release of the perpetrators, who only received a fine as their punishment…”

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Afghan strategy ‘right’ – Brown

September 4, 2009 Leave a comment
Lunch with the Welsh Guards
Image by Downing Street via Flickr

The Prime Minister has presented a speeech at the Institute for Strategic Studies in London.  It is a clarification of the government’s position.

BBC NEWS: “Gordon Brown is giving a speech defending Britain’s mission in Afghanistan, a day after a ministerial aide quit over government strategy.

Labour MP Eric Joyce, a parliamentary aide to the defence secretary, resigned saying a time limit should be set on troop deployment.

The prime minister said he would not walk away, adding: “A safer Afghanistan means a safer Britain.”

He also said British military spending in Afghanistan was increasing.

Downing Street has been keen to stress that the speech was not a response to Eric Joyce’s resignation and had been planned for some time..”

BBC NEWS | Politics | Afghan strategy ‘right’ – Brown.

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Browns join Twitter war over NHS

August 13, 2009 Leave a comment

In the US there is  rather extreme battle of the future of health insurance as a result of President Barak Obama’s plans. There is no doubt that extreme right wing nutters and fruit cakes have been making a lot of noise attacking the Obama’s plans.  These right wing fanatics have tried to drag our National Health Service into the dirt and have been assisted by whinging British people, most of us here in the UK value highly our NHS which is streets ahead of the US model of health insurance and privatized medicine. Gordon and Sarah Brown brown have joined the Twitter campaign “welovetheNHS”.

BBCNEWS: “Gordon and Sarah Brown have joined a Twitter campaign to defend the NHS, which is under fire in the US.

The prime minister posted a message on the welovetheNHS page after critics of Barack Obama’s health reforms dubbed it “Orwellian” and “evil”.

Tory leader David Cameron has also backed the NHS after one of his MEPs said he “wouldn’t wish it on anyone”…”

via BBC NEWS | Politics | Browns join Twitter war over NHS.

The troops leave. And then the horrors begin | David Aaronovitch – Times Online

August 3, 2009 Leave a comment

A good artcle from David Aaronovitch, I totally agree with his analysis. There are those who feel we should surrender to the Taliban and withdraw from Afghanistan these people should grasp the significance of the probable fate of the Afghan people:

David Aaronovitch in The Times: “Almost exactly 30 years ago, in the summer of 1979, an IRA double ambush killed 18 British soldiers near the town of Warrenpoint in Northern Ireland. Among them was the commanding officer of the Queens Own Highlanders, Lieutenant-Colonel David Blair. It was the worst single incident during a campaign that lasted nearly two decades and cost more than 700 military lives…”

via The troops leave. And then the horrors begin | David Aaronovitch – Times Online.

Iranian police beat up mourners at ceremony for Neda Soltan – Times Online

July 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Iran’s clerical authoritarian state is acting with a vengeance against any criticism of the regime. Attacking mourners at a ceremony for Neda Soltan, murdered by Basij has to signal a new low,  one has to say the muslim community here seems deaf to appeals from the Iranian opposition. All those sick islamists here who accuse the West of killing muslims,willy, nilly as usual appear not to want to take on any regime that murders muslims.  Even the “stop the war” fools appear to be deaf to events in Iran.

THE TIMES: “Baton-wielding Iranian riot police arrested mourners and drove away opposition leaders as they tried to stage a ceremony in a Tehran cemetery to commemorate protesters killed in anti-government demonstrations last month.

Ignoring Islamic customs and traditions, the security forces beat and detained many of the 2000-odd people who came to mark the end of the 40-day mourning period at the grave of Neda Soltan, the young student who has become an icon of the opposition movement…”

via Iranian police beat up mourners at ceremony for Neda Soltan – Times Online.

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United for Iran — A global day of action in solidarity with the people of Iran

July 25, 2009 Leave a comment

On July 25, join an event in one of more than 105 cities around the world.

* Rock legend U2 makes a solidarity video to play at their July 25 Dublin show

* Iranian rockstar Dariush dedicates his latest song to the people of Iran on the occasion of July 25, will play at DC rally

* Other notable July 25 supporters: actor Sean Penn, Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Shirin Ebadi, Wangari Maathai, Jody Williams, Rigoberta Menchu Tum, many others

London

Location: Start from opposite Iranian embassy

16 Princes Gate
London, SW7 1PT

Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.

via United for Iran — A global day of action in solidarity with the people of Iran.