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Ear to the Ground

Mugabe Prevails in Sham Election

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Posted on Jun 28, 2008
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Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has fought tooth and nail to maintain his position of power during the three months since his authority was threatened by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai, widely recognized (but not by Mugabe) as the winner of last March’s election, and now it looks like all that hard work and abject brutality has paid off.


The New York Times:

President Robert Mugabe once boasted he had a degree in violence, and he has surely added a doctorate in the savage presidential runoff season that is likely to stagger to a close this weekend with his proclaiming himself the Zimbabwean people’s choice despite an election denounced across the globe as a sham.

In the three months since the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai beat him in the general election, Mr. Mugabe, 84, has accomplished much of what governing party insiders say he and his coterie of strongmen set out to do in the long delay they engineered before the runoff on Friday.

Soldiers, war veterans and unemployed youths mobilized by Mr. Mugabe’s ruling clique have decimated the ranks of the opposition, with the damage measured in shattered bones, battered and burned bodies and the corpses of assassinated organizers—a record that helped prompt President Bush on Saturday to announce that the United States would move forward with broader sanctions on the Zimbabwean government.

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By Inherit The Wind, July 1, 2008 at 3:59 am Link to this comment

GM, June 29 at 2:37 pm #
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What happened to Rhodesia is so unfortunate.  They were much better off under white rule.  They were fools to eject all of them from the country, as they were the only ones qualified to keep the society and economy running.

If the country, and all of Africa for that matter, is to ever have prosperity, they should invite the whites back to lead them.  The traditional African rules of simple tribalism and primitivism don’t work in the 21st century.

George Manuelian
Atherton, CA

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Knee-jerk moronic racism from someone who doesn’t have a CLUE to what he’s talking about is no answer to Mugabe’s paranoid racism, incompetence and cruelty.  Mugabe’s destruction of the productive farms by driving out the White farmers after YEARS of working with them effectively to keep the nation prosperous was, indeed, imbecilic.

But Africa is NOT homogeneous.

In sub-Saharan Africa Zimbabwe’s neighbors and near-neighbors are doing fine.  Botswana is to southern Africa what Ireland is the EU—the hottest, growth-oriented nation in the area. Uganda has SUCCESSFULLY led the fight against AIDS with the two most effective programs that don’t involve drugs—their A-B-C program and (of all things) male circumcision.

And South Africa, despite its problems is STILL a shining example of Whtes, Blacks, Browns and mixed-races getting along peacefully.

And your southern neighbor, if things go as they should and we need them to, should be electing a Black president in November.

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By Davy de Verteuil, June 29, 2008 at 6:49 pm Link to this comment
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Well how it is a sham when 5 days before under instructions from his erstwhile friends in the US the UK and the EU he has pulled out? He weathered the storm up until the verdict suggest that he did not stand a chance. What about the turn out - I guess Mugabe frightened the entire population to come out and vote too. Western hypocrisies never cease to amaze its just predictable.What about Uganda Senegal & Rwanda.
What about Uganda Senegal & Rwanda where thousands are killed ops! they are your friends like those in the Middle East.

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By GM, June 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm Link to this comment
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What happened to Rhodesia is so unfortunate.  They were much better off under white rule.  They were fools to eject all of them from the country, as they were the only ones qualified to keep the society and economy running. 

If the country, and all of Africa for that matter, is to ever have prosperity, they should invite the whites back to lead them.  The traditional African rules of simple tribalism and primitivism don’t work in the 21st century. 

George Manuelian
Atherton, CA

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By desertdude, June 29, 2008 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Zimbabwe has no oil, Bush can’t go after Mugabe. The
only important thing is oil.

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By Lou, June 29, 2008 at 2:12 pm Link to this comment
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I guess in order for Mugabe to be ‘‘a grave and gathering threat to America and the world” (the exact words of our President G. W. Chimpanzee) Zimbabwe must first have vast amounts of oil reserves….

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By Louise, June 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm Link to this comment

I find it interesting that our mainstreammedia, particularly the New York Times, can so clearly identify an election sham when it happens somewhere else, but appears to be completely incapable of identifying an election sham when it happens in their own backyard!

Maybe the difference is all the bodies and bloodshed. Not that we don’t have plenty of that here, but it’s usually crime related and everybody knows, fixing the outcome of an election in the good ol’ US of A isn’t a crime. Just politics as usual.

http://www.gregpalast.com/

Scroll down to: Are they going to Steal 2008?

And take a look at ... “Vote Theft For Idiots” ...

I love Greg’s site smile

Here’s another great one:

http://www.brasschecktv.com/page/327.html

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Save the 2008 election

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By Outraged, June 29, 2008 at 9:15 am Link to this comment

A “must see” photo journalistic essay at Boston Globe.

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/06/xenophobia_in_south_africa.html

The comments section was also revealing, a few of them:

“We live here - its a disgrace for South Africa. What bugs us more is our President’s inability to show backbone and react by condemning Robert Mugabe.  Posted by Deezaly van Rhyn”

“ALL nations everywhere must speak out - violence anywhere is a threat to peace everywhere. What is more, we cannot simply turn to Zimbabwe or to South Africa of Africa in general to find the root of these problems - we have to turn to the systematic discrimination brought on by imperialist powers centuries ago, and which continue to be reproduced in foreign policy today. We all have a responsibility to learn about these issues, and to change the way we think about our place in this world.  Posted by Julia”

“It stops your breath,mind and thoughts all at once.Is it the south Africa of Mr.Mandela that can hand out these abuses to hapless and hopeless runaways from Zimbabwe.From frying pan to fire is what these people or facing.What do we call this wild and uncivilized attitude-hate or desperation-as a necessary form of defense.I think the problem is more with South Africa and its road to poverty and destitution.The ANC has not met the expectation of its supporters and the other voters who expected a slow but sure path to better lives.It is amazing how housing,public health,sanitation and other basic human needs have been neglected and a growing income disparity is dangerously growing out of control..I think the neighbors should talk seriously and take sustainable longer term action.  Posted by subrashankar”

“Isn’t the real problem here not South Africa, but Zimbabwe? You throw that word around as if the South Africans didn’t already have their own problems before 3.5 million poor people from another country arrived.  Posted by mpbk”

“These paint a much more stark and realistic picture of the violence, about which I had simply read previously. This is the most shocking Big Picture for me thus far, but I wanted to say how genuinely appreciative I am for this blog. Congratulations on doing something new and different and being a big success! Keep them coming - the world needs this.  Posted by Sam”

“Oh my god, no text in the world could describe what is going on in South Africa as these pictures do. People need to see in order to understand.  Posted by Karsten”

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By Conservative Yankee, June 29, 2008 at 8:35 am Link to this comment
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yet another country whit “U.S. style democracy.”

If the UN “should remove” Robert Mugabe, why stop there?  GWB tortures folks, steals elections and doesn’t give a rat’s behind what his countrymen think…  Sounds just like an African dictatorship.

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By Leefeller, June 29, 2008 at 8:20 am Link to this comment

Sanctions are so nice because they make some people look like they are doing something when in fact they are doing nothing.  Since we just lifted sanctions from North Koria, we had some extra ones sitting around, so why not use them?  Sort of like bombs and such.

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By cyrena, June 28, 2008 at 4:58 pm Link to this comment

Oh Gee. The shrub is going to ‘move forward’ with ‘broader sanctions’ against the Zimbabweans. Now that’s mighty white of him, seeing as how the UN should have removed this bastard long ago, if the US didn’t totally control the UN as well.

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