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Taking A Break From Zimbabwe Cholera Epidemic: Mugabes’ US$92,000 Weekend Fashion Spree!

What’s The Use Of Being First Lady Of Zimbabwe If You Can’t Buy A US$3,000 Purse Once In A While?

Mrs. Mugabe Assaults Photographer Outside Luxury Hong Kong Hotel

Mrs. Mugabe Assaults Photographer Outside Luxury Hong Kong Hotel

You know how it is… all that cholera and famine is just sooooooo depressing that one must simply take a break from the white colonist oppressors who are causing the national crisis for Zimbabwe. And what better way to prepare yourself for next week’s challenges as a brutal dictator than to visit Hong Kong for a long weekend of shopping!

Budget rooms at the exclusive Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong are a mere US$3,000 per night – a little more expensive than Sandy Lane, but oh so much closer to the graveyard of Africa. Or, as we call it, “Home in Zimbabwe”.

Yes, Rhodesia used to be called the “breadbasket” of Africa, but that was before. Now is now and things have changed a bit, you know.

But it’s nice that you can still buy a Jimmy Choo bag for a paltry US$3,000.

Now, can we talk about how Barbados can do its part to bail out Zimbabwe? You Bajans must understand that you owe us because, well, you just do that’s all…

Mrs Mugabe assaults our photographer outside her luxury Hong Kong hotel

A Sunday Times photographer has been beaten up and punched repeatedly in the face by the wife of President Robert Mugabe.

Grace Mugabe, 43, known as the First Shopper of Zimbabwe, flew into a rage when she was spotted last week leaving the exclusive Shangri-La hotel in Hong Kong. She has been staying there with her entourage at a cost of £2,000 a day while her country endures poverty, hunger and disease.

Holding a Jimmy Choo-style bag estimated to be worth at least £2,000, and hiding behind Cavalli rhine-stone-framed glasses with a red cashmere shawl over her head, she ordered her bodyguard to attack the photographer, Richard Jones.

While the guard tried to wrestle away Jones’s camera, she joined in the assault…

… continue reading this Sunday Times article link here

Meanwhile, Back At The Ranch…

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Zimbabwe: Young Boy Carries Liquid Death To His Family

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UPDATED: BANGO – Barbados Association of Non-Governmental Organisations says that no foreign or even African government should take over Zimbabwe even to save lives – and that Zimbabweans should sort it out themselves.

The BANGO blog also carries a stirring speech by Zimbabwean Army Chief of Staff Major General Martin Chedondo exhorting the youths to be ready to die for their country. BANGO supports the position Right or Wrong, Black must always be correct.

Hmmmm… I don’t think that Zimbabwe needs to be too concerned that the Western nations will invade tomorrow or any time in the next twenty years. They’ll send a few million every so often to ease their consciences – of which 70% will end up in Switzerland, 25% will be stolen locally and the remaining 5% will assist real people in need.

But the days of the big bucks Western support for starving people are gone for good in Africa and everywhere else. The lessons of Iraq and Afghanistan have been learned even if the USA and its friends can’t yet extracate themselves from that little mistake.

Original article…

“Breadbasket of Africa” Zimbabwe: Cholera and $500 Million Note

The boy in the photo might be dead or deathly ill as you read this. The Getty Images photo shows him carrying water from a possibly contaminated source to his family. But one needs water, so what is he to do?

Zimbabwe used to be called Rhodesia. The whites and and then the asians owned everything. Blacks were persona-non-grata in their own country. Skin colour classifications were encouraged by the British. Lighter skinned blacks were encouraged to “Learn a little English. Practice self-control” (apologies to Johnny Clegg & Savuka – God how I miss the times when I first heard Third World Child)

But everyone ate. There was no cholera.

Now everyone is “free” from foreigners. Yes, free from the foreign cash investments too! Free from education, dental and medical care, iPods and Windows Vista. Free from the Rule of Law… or any laws at all.

Mugabe was celebrated by all Africa even a decade after he had been proven to be a murderous despot. Ahhhh… but he was OUR murderous despot who vanquished the whites and asians so that the people could… could what?

Zimbabwe $50 Million Note Not Enough

Zimbabwe $50 Million Note Not Enough

Here is a $50 Million dollars Zimbabwean note. The country just introduced a $500 million dollar note!

$500 million Zimbabwean dollars are almost enough to purchase eight (8) loaves of bread.

But that is now. Tomorrow, the number of loaves will be fewer.

What Can Barbados Do To Help Zimbabwe?

Nothing. Not a G-damn thing that I can think of! We have neither the resources nor the political will to actually do something to help Zimbabwe. The time to act is ten years past. Now there is only a failed state and a generation of children who have been taught that might is right.

As we steel ourselves to say “Times are tough all over. We cannot help”, we should remember that people in Britain and the USA are saying the same thing about us.

Get ready friends. The next five years are not going to be pretty.

Further Reading

CNN: Zimbabwe Introduces $500 Million Note

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Zimbabwe Opposition Leader Morgan Tsvangirai Flees To Dutch Embassy – Chaos


HARARE, Zimbabwe – The Dutch Foreign Ministry said that Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has sought refuge in the Dutch embassy in Harare.

Dutch television reported that Tsvangirai entered the embassy shortly after a police raid Monday on his party’s headquarters. (photo above is an old one found by BFP)

… report from MSNBC (June 23, 2008 10:45am Bridgetown) link here

Election Run-Off Canceled – Butcher Mugabe Secure

“Africa’s Breadbasket” is what they used to call Zimbabwe – or, should I say, Rhodesia.

After decades of the world and especially other African neighbours ignoring and even supporting the butchery of Robert Mugabe, it is too late to save the people of Zimbabwe as the country has already descended into a violent hell of a wasteland.

No agriculture and no industry. Despite being blessed with a treasure trove of natural resources, Zimbabwe has developed a national economy where the main products are fear and chaos. Iron rule enforced by intimidation, violence and murder.

This past weekend the Nation News printed an editorial A Conspiracy of Silence, that criticises Barbados and our CARICOM nations for remaining mum on Zimbabwe.

But this is the same Nation News that still referred to Mugabe as a “freedom fighter” as recently as last January!

Africa’s pleasure at seeing the whites, coloureds and indians being thrown out of Zimbabwe was such that it was willing to ignore and even support the most despotic abuses by Mugabe.

Now it is way too late for regrets by Barbados and all the nations who remained silent for so long.

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe’s Forces Seize Opposition Members’ Children

“Undeclared Civil War In Zimbabwe”

From Times Online…

Scores of children and babies have been locked up in filthy prison cells in Harare as Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s president, sinks to new depths in his campaign to force the opposition into exile before an expected run-off in presidential elections.

Twenty-four babies and 40 children under the age of six were among the 250 people rounded up in a raid on Friday, according to Nelson Chamisa, spokesman for the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). Yesterday they were crammed into cells in Southerton police station in central Harare.

“This is ruthlessness of the worst kind. How can you incarcerate children whose mothers have fled their homes hoping to give their children refuge?” asked an emotional Chamisa yesterday. “In Mugabe’s Zimbabwe even children are not spared the terror that befalls their parents.”

The families were rounded up from MDC headquarters, where they had sought refuge from violence in the countryside.

Read the TimesOnline article: Babies seized by Robert Mugabe’s forces as Zimbabwe hounds voter

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Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition Offices – Beatings, Arrests, Destruction

100 People Arrested, Makeshift Hospital Destroyed

Computers Taken By Police

Reuters: Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition HQ, Detain Scores

AFP: Scores Held As Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition HQ

Did we really think that the murderous Mugabe would go quietly just because the citizens of Zimbabwe voted him out?

Here’s a little sample from a March 23, 2008 article from The Independent: Zimbabwe police: ‘You’ll never take Mugabe out of power’

In the capital, Harare, at the offices of an organisation that treats and counsels victims of violence in Zimbabwe, a young woman sat facing me. Avoiding my eye and speaking in a barely audible voice, she described how the police beat her after she took part in a march, organised by a group called Restoration of Human Rights Zimbabwe, a month earlier.

“A policeman hit me on the nose with his fist and then hit me with his baton on my back and on my feet,” she said. “It was raining; they took us outside and made us lie down in the dirty water, and made us crawl as we were being beaten. In the car they were hitting us again and made us put our dirty shoes in our mouths. At the station they told us, ‘You will never take the President out of power. It will never happen’.”

The President himself seemed in no doubt about the result when he warned the opposition on Friday that any outbreak of violence if they lost the election, such as happened in Kenya, would be crushed. “If Tsvangirai and his group have such plans, they must stand warned,” he told a rally in his home area of Zvimba, north-west of Harare. “That will never happen here, never, never. We will never allow it. We have enough security forces to handle that.”

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Child Of The Revolution Looks At Zimbabwe

“But you know how it is … sometimes, even rigged elections can turn out to be, well, real elections…”

Which is what has happened in Zimbabwe over the weekend.

Despite widespread fraud, and intimidation and harassment of opposition supporters, it is now clear that most Zimbabweans voted to get rid of Mugabe and his crew, according to the international media.

It seems that the vote was so obviously against Mugabe the regime has had second thoughts about announcing rigged results and declaring the old man re-elected, as they have done in the past.

Instead, there are reports that Mugabe is under pressure from his own side to face the inevitable, give up his throne and take his loot and seek refuge elsewhere as a matter of urgency.

I hope that’s the case.

… written on April 2, 2008 by Child of the Revolution – Growing up in Castro’s Cuba (full article link here)

A Man, A Child – Writes About Growing Up In Communist Cuba

Luis M. Garcia grew up in the 1960’s in Banes, Cuba as the embarrassed child of “counter revolutionaries”. He lives now in Sydney, Australia, and if you want to know what happened to him between his birth in 1959 and now, you’ll have to read his biography: Child Of The Revolution: Growing Up In Castro’s Cuba

Nope, I haven’t read it, but I want to. We somehow found Luis a few weeks ago and have added him to our blogroll.

Here is what one of his journalist colleagues said about his book.. Continue reading

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Mia Mottley Cheers As Zimbabwe Police Raid Opposition, Round Up Unlicenced Journalists At Hotels

HARARE, Zimbabwe — There are reports from Zimbabwe that President Robert Mugabe’s government raided the offices of the main opposition movement and rounded up foreign journalists — leading to fears he may use intimidation and violence to keep his grip on power.

Witnesses say police raided a hotel used by the opposition Movement for Democratic Change and ransacked some of the rooms.

Riot police also surrounded another hotel housing foreign journalists and took away several of them, according to a man who answered the phone there.

The CBC and The Globe and Mail both have reporters in Harare to cover the election.

But both news organizations told The Canadian Press their reporters were not at the hotel that was raided and are safe.

… continue reading the Winnipeg Sun (link here)

Foreign journalists charged in Zimbabwe: police

The Zimbabwean authorities have charged two foreign journalists arrested in Harare with breaching the country’s tough media laws by reporting without accreditation, police said Friday.

New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak, 58, and a 45-year-old journalist from Britain, were among four people picked up Thursday by police at a Harare guest house.

“They have both been charged for practising without accreditation but the other two will be released soon after screening,” national police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena told AFP.

“We have so many other foreign journalists who have followed the laid-down procedures and are practising legally and here we have two people who thought they were a law unto themselves,” Bvudzijena said.

There was no information on the identity of the other two journalists detained.

… continue reading at All Africa (link here)

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Blast From The Past

Barbados Deputy Prime Minister Says Internet Blogs “Marginalize…Parliament…”

Mottley, Castro, Chavez All Agree – Citizen Free-Speech Must Be Stopped

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