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Robert Mugabe: An African Hero
September 07, 2019
Robert Mugabe died on September 06, 2019 at the age of 95. We at, and hail the contributions of former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe towards African liberation in Zimbabwe, the African continent and the African diaspora.

Zimbabwe Open for Business, Code for International Finance Capitalism
March 15, 2018 - By Netfa Freeman
Over the last four months, peddling the mantra "Zimbabwe is open for business," the country's new president in cahoots with the Western press has been whitewashing a military coup into a popular, peaceful revolution that brought from exile a benevolent leader and placed him in power on an interim basis until elections. Omitted from the portrayal of the March 11, 2018 op-ed, "We Are Bringing About the New Zimbabwe," published in the New York Times and by-lined to Zimbabwe's sitting president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, are all the maneuvers selling out the country's political independence.

What Western Imperialism Is Up to Now in Zimbabwe
January 03, 2018 - By Netfa Freeman
When it comes to capitalist and white supremacist portrayals of African countries Zimbabwe is no different. It is never about the details or the context and all about the optics and the propaganda. From news outlets like Reuters and across the US and European press in general, the message is: Mugabe out -- White Farmers back in, and the poor blacks with bad teeth dance and celebrate the return of the white saviors.

Coups and History: An Interview on Zimbabwe
December 21, 2017 - Interview with Abayomi Azikiwe and Netfa Freeman
These factional dispute within the Zimbabwe African National Union Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) ruling party have been coming to a head for over three years. With the expulsion of the former Vice President Joice Mujuru and her supporters in Dec. 2014, the stage was set for an intensified struggle between those aligned with the now Interim President Emmerson D. Mnangagwa on the one side and the forces surrounding First Lady Grace Mugabe on the other.

Clearing the Smoke and Mirrors Around Zimbabwe
November 29, 2017 - By Netfa Freeman
Reasons for examining what is happening in Zimbabwe are many but few to none can be found in accounts by major news media or from liberal progressive pundits. Such accounts are busy reinforcing the over simplified and misinforming narrative that forcing out former 93 year-old president Robert Mugabe marks the end of 37 years of brutal dictatorship that has driven the country into economic disaster.

What is Behind the Military Coup in Zimbabwe?
November 21, 2017 - By Gregory Elich
As early as 2015, Mnangagwa began reaching out to opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to discuss plans to implement a five-year transition government, in which both men would play a leading role. The unity government would compensate and "reintegrate" dispossessed former owners of large-scale farms. Reuters obtained hundreds of internal documents from Zimbabwe's Central Intelligence Organization that revealed the plan.

Why the West Loves Mandela (and Hates Mugabe)
December 09, 2013 - By Stephen Gowans
In the wake of Nelson Mandela's death, hosannas continue to be sung to the former ANC leader and South African president from both the left, for his role in ending the institutional racism of apartheid, and from the right, for ostensibly the same reason. But the right's embrace of Mandela as an anti-racist hero doesn't ring true. Is there another reason establishment media and mainstream politicians are as Mandela-crazy as the left?

'Shame, shame on you and your illegal and filthy sanctions!'
September 10, 2013 - By Thato Mmereki
Land reform in Zimbabwe was delayed by the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement and Britain’s subsequent failure to honour this agreement. Many African Heads of State applaud Mugabe for the stance he has taken to empower his people through land redistribution

Harare: Is It Really the Worst City on Earth?
March 15, 2013 - By Andre Vltchek
For a change, I don't want to discuss politics. I don't want to debate whether big bad Mugabe is actually an African national hero, as many on this continent believe, or some brutal dictator, as we are told relentlessly by the BBC, The Economist and virtually the entire Western establishment media.

Britain prejudges Zimbabwe's polls
March 06, 2013 - By Tendai Mugabe
BRITAIN yesterday said Zimbabwe's forthcoming polls will only be free and fair if the country invites the European Union observer team, a move political analysts described as prejudging the elections before they are even held.

Let the Bones of Cecil Rhodes Rot Somewhere Else
December 29, 2010 - By Glen Ford
Europeans and Euro-Americans are proud of their heroes, even if – especially if – they are mass murderers and mega-thieves. Some are incensed at African demands that the bones of the infamous imperialist Cecil Rhodes be dug up from his Zimbabwean grave and shipped back to England. But "no people have an obligation to respect the graves of their murderers."

WikiLeaks Reveals U.S. Twisted Ethiopia's Arm to Invade Somalia
December 29, 2010 - By Rob Prince
U.S. officials were lying when they claimed to have attempted to restrain Ethiopia from invading neighboring Somalia in late 2006. Newly unveiled documents show that "the Bush Administration pushed Ethiopia to invade Somalia with an eye on crushing the Union of Islamic Courts," which had established relative peace in much of the country. The U.S. also tried to assemble a "coalition of the willing" to overthrow Robert Mugabe's government in Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe's Road to Vindication
December 15, 2010 - By Netfa Freeman
When Zimbabwe initiated fast track land redistribution in 2000 it was big news for corporate media to echo several patented denunciations, characterizing the process as rife with corruption, violence, and inefficiency and doomed to fail.

Zimbabwe land reform critics eat humble pie
December 09, 2010 - By Lovemore Ranga Mataire
Britain's Institute of Development Studies at Sussex University has said Zimbabwe's land reform programme is not an economic failure as widely portrayed by most Western media. In a study recently released by the institute, the lead author of the research, Mr Ian Scoones, told BBC News that he was surprised with a lot of activities happening on farms visited over a 10-year period.

Zimbabwe's land reform ten years on: new study dispels the myths
November 16, 2010 - By Ian Scoones
A major new study published this week asks what has happened in the ten years since large areas of Zimbabwe's commercial farm land were invaded by land-hungry villagers - and it challenges the view that land reform was an unmitigated disaster.

What we learn from Anglo-Saxon fear of Lumumba, President
March 07, 2010 - By Tafataona Mahoso
Despite the nominal co-optation and ascendancy of an African-American, Barrack Obama, to the presidency of the leading Anglo-Saxon power on earth, the intensity of Anglo-Saxon fear of an African revolution in 2010 is at the same level if not worse than it was in 1961 during the Congo crisis. This is the context in which renewals of illegal US and EU sanctions against Zimbabwe must be viewed.

Zimbabwe: Sophists for Sanctions
February 19, 2010 - By Stephen Gowans
Tony Hawkins, a professor of economics at the University of Zimbabwe, thinks that Western sanctions on Zimbabwe should be maintained but that their effects "are minimal" and that "their continued existence really plays into the hands of some people in Zanu-PF." You would think, then, that Hawkins would favor the lifting of sanctions. After all, why continue to play into the hands of Zanu-PF, if, like Hawkins, you're opposed to the party, its direction and its program, and the sanctions' effects are minimal anyway?

When electoral fraud is met by congratulations
November 03, 2009 - By Stephen Gowans
It has become standard practice in many parts of the world for opposition candidates to decry as fraudulent election results that favor the incumbent. Charges of vote fraud are routinely levelled against governing parties that win elections contested by opposition parties backed by Western governments.

A Handsome Investment Opportunity:
Washington's Plan for a Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe

July 21, 2009 - By Stephen Gowans
Washington's plan for a post-Mugabe Zimbabwe has been sketched out by Michelle D. Gavin, White House advisor and Senior Director for African Affairs at the National Security Council, while she was a research fellow at the influential Council on Foreign Relations. In Planning for Post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, a paper which spells out "a vision for (Zimbabwe's) future and a plan for how to get there," Gavin explains how the "existing roster of (Zimbabwe's) civil society leaders...lends itself to the U.S. desire" to put Zimbabwe's valuable natural resources, including its farmland, up for sale to U.S. investors.

Mollycoddling Mubarak, Mugging Mugabe
June 10, 2009 - By Stephen Gowans
Most often, democracy promoters set their sights on countries that hold regular multi-party elections but elect people who fail to genuflect deeply enough to US domination, private property and free markets. Democracy does not, of course, mean private property, free trade and unfettered foreign investment, but in order to marshal public opinion for interventions abroad, democracy promoters implicitly equate capitalism, or anything that favors the unrestricted accumulation of profits by Western banks and corporations, with democracy. US officials often talk of democracy and free markets in the same breath, as if they're more or less equal.

Zimbabwe Ten Years On: Results and Prospects
February 10, 2008 - By Sam Moyo and Paris Yeros
After a decade of political polarization and international standoff, the debate on Zimbabwe has finally been opened up to a wider reading public, thanks to Mahmood Mamdani's "Lessons of Zimbabwe," appearing in the London Review of Books (04/12/2008).

Reclaiming the Land: Land Reform and Agricultural Development in Zimbabwe: An Interview with Sam Moyo
February 01, 2008 - By Gregory Elich
It is rare to be presented with information from someone with direct involvement with the agricultural sector in Zimbabwe. Sam Moyo has over 25 years of research experience in rural development issues, and his organization has conducted studies and analyses and provided policy recommendations on land policy.

Cholera Outbreak Outcome of West's War on Zimbabwe
December 08, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
The crisis in Zimbabwe has intensified. Inflation is incalculably high. The central bank limits – to an inadequate level – the amount of money Zimbabweans can withdraw from their bank accounts daily. Unarmed soldiers riot, their guns kept under lock and key, to prevent an armed uprising. Hospital staff fail to show up for work. The water authority is short of chemicals to purify drinking water. Cholera, easily prevented and cured under normal circumstances, has broken out, leading the government to declare a humanitarian emergency.

Zimbabwe: Humanitarian Situation Linked to Sanctions
December 08, 2008 - By Obi Egbuna
While the cholera problem is tragic and deserves our immediate attention, the political parasites in the Western world, obsessed with a racist illegal regime change in Zimbabwe, should be the last ones allowed to pass moral judgment on how President Mugabe and Zanu-PF deal with this matter.

Lessons of Zimbabwe
December 04, 2008 - By Mahmood Mamdani
It is hard to think of a figure more reviled in the West than Robert Mugabe. Liberal and conservative commentators alike portray him as a brutal dictator, and blame him for Zimbabwe's descent into hyperinflation and poverty. The seizure of white-owned farms by his black supporters has been depicted as a form of thuggery, and as a cause of the country's declining production, as if these lands were doomed by black ownership. Sanctions have been imposed, and opposition groups funded with the explicit aim of unseating him.

US Government Report Undermines Zimbabwe Opposition's
Claim of Independence

October 04, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
The US government had a hand in formulating the policy platform of the Tsvangirai faction of the Movement for Democratic Change, Zimbabwe's main opposition party, and funded community-based newsletters to create a platform to persuade Zimbabweans to accept Washington's point of view, according to a US government report.

Zimbabwe and the Battle of Ideas
September 26, 2008 - By Netfa Freeman
This year on September 11th Zimbabwe's two rival parties, Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T, representing a faction lead by presidential hopeful Morgan Tsvangiria) signed a power sharing agreement that details several critical points.

A new start for Zimbabwe?
September 15, 2008 - By Ian Scoones
Too much of the past period has been coloured by ideological posturing and misinformation – from all sides. For a sound, sustainable policy approach for the future, a hard look at the evidence on the ground must be the starting point. This must involve engaging with field research aimed at understanding the unfolding dynamics of land, agriculture and livelihoods – and the perspective of farmers and land users themselves.

The Assigned Role of South Africa in the Internationalisation of the Zimbabwean National Problems
Submitted: August 06, 2008 - By Sehlare Makgetlaneng
The Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) in its address to the national situation has been focusing on the political governance. Its position is that since in its inception as the opposition political party, the country has not been governed democratically and that it has structurally been prevented from winning credible, transparent, free and fair elections. In other words, for the country to have credible, transparent, free and fair elections, President Robert Mugabe and the Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) will lose elections.

Stephen Rwangyezi Speaks
September 05, 2008 -
Stephen Rwangyezi SpeaksThe Ugandan cultural group Ndere recently completed a very successful tour to Trinidad and Tobago as part of this country's Emancipation celebrations. The troupe was founded by Stephen Rwangyezi in 1984. In this interview, Stephen Rwangyezi shares his perspectives on a range of issues, including African/Ugandan culture, the contribution of the African ethos to world civilization, the debilitating effects of Slavery and Colonialism, and his visit to T&T

Negative Image: Robert Mugabe through the Lens of Western Propaganda
August 14, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
Leaders who have committed offenses against democracy, human rights and international law on a level far graver than the offenses Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been accused of committing, are rarely, if ever, vilified by Western government officials, the media and left intellectuals. By contrast, Robert Mugabe has been subjected to a sustained barrage of criticism, often bordering on the hysterical, for crimes that, laying aide whether they've been committed or not, are minor in comparison.

Mugabe's Biggest Sin: Anglo-American and Chinese interests clash over Zimbabwe's strategic mineral wealth
July 30, 2008 - By F. William Engdahl
It is the fact that Mr. Mugabe has been quietly doing business, a lot of it, with the one country which has virtually unlimited need of strategic raw materials Zimbabwe can provide–China. Mugabe's Zimbabwe is, along with Sudan, on the central stage of the new war over control of strategic minerals of Africa between Washington and Beijing, with Moscow playing a supporting role in the drama. The stakes are huge.

Who's To Blame For Zimbabwe's Tragedy?
July 22, 2008 - By Ghali Hassan
The British and U.S. governments have condemned and demonised the Zimbabwean government of President Robert Mugabe. They imposed economic sanctions on Zimbabwe, and claim to be committed to democracy, human rights and ending the suffering of the Zimbabwean people. Aren't they crying wolf?

The return of colonial relations?
July 21, 2008 - By Marion O' Callaghan
The Patriotic Front, whether the ZANU or before this ZAPU, has held that (a) land reform was a priority and that (b) compensation must be paid by the colonising power: Britain. This is the fundamental issue.

Western Lies and Hypocrisy:
How Zimbabwe Exposes Mainstream Media

July 20, 2008 - Ras Tyehimba
The recent Zimbabwe elections saw an escalation of attempts by external forces to intervene in the sovereign and independent nation. Given the complex circumstances surrounding Zimbabwe, for the millions of people in the Caribbean and around the world, it has been difficult to get balanced views...

In Defence of Robert Mugabe
July 10, 2008 - By Timothy Kalyegira
After all the intense international media focus on Zimbabwe last week, once again we must ask: why? Why the frantic effort to isolate President Robert Mugabe, all out of proportion to any wrongs he and his government might have done --- in essence, using artillery fire to blast a mosquito? What is going on?

The Dirty Operation Against Zimbabwe:
Soros, Abramoff, and British Africa
July 09, 2008 - By Anton Chaitkin
The British empire's effort to overthrow the Zimbabwe government is run through the political apparatus of billionaire speculator George Soros, via the U.S. government-based National Endowment for Democracy (NED), and the NED's London partner organization, the U.K. government-funded Westminster Foundation.

Africa Advocacy and The Zimbabwe Factor
July 10, 2008 - By Netfa Freeman
The disproportionate attention on Zimbabwe has intensified in the last few weeks as a result of the presidential run-off that took place Friday, June 27th. African (Black) people should see this attention clearly as a reason for extremely critical analysis on the matter.

Robert Mugabe: Victim or Villain?
July 03, 2008 - By Amengeo
When sharks smell blood, they go into a feeding frenzy and attack relentlessly. There is feeding frenzy about Zimbabwe that preceded the June 27 run-off elections.

Zimbabwe at War
June 25, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
This is a war between revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries; between nationalists and quislings; between Zimbabwean patriots and the US and Britain.

Worried over Robert Mugabe vs. the Western World's Press?
Jun 22, 2008 - By Lloyd Whitefield Butler, Jr.
SHOULD you be worrying about 84 year old Robert Gabriel Mugabe, duly elected President of the Republic of Zimbabwe returning Zimbabwe land to Zimbabweans in national security mode?

The Movement for Democratic Change: The Continuity
of its Theoretical and Practical Weaknesses

June 10, 2008 - By Sehlare Makgetlaneng
The Movement for Democratic Change is characterised by unique and frightening theoretical and practical weaknesses. It is as if it is not an opposition political party in the former settler colonial society in the region which was the victim of settler colonial rule.

Zim's political opposition deploys its own WMD claim
May 22, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
ZIMBABWE'S political opposition and its Western-sponsored civil society allies are concocting stories of an impending genocide to call for Western intervention to oust the economic nationalist Zanu-PF government of Robert Mugabe.

South Africa and the Rest of Africa and the World:
Its Inheritance of Racists

May 20, 2008 - By Sehlare Makgetlaneng
Why is South Africa regarded as the leader of the African continent in terms of socio-political, economic, financial, technological, military and human resources development and transformation?

Even at MRZine the ruling ideas on Zimbabwe
are the ideas of the ruling class

May 19, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
So pervasive is the use of the word "independent" to disguise the influence of corporations, imperialist governments and their foundations, that "independent" should become a warning sign: Caution: Ruling class interests ahead.

Zimbabwe Crisis: Real or Feigned?
May 19, 2008 - By Timothy Kalyegira
As I focus these days on the dark deception at the international level, we turn today to the most extreme example: Zimbabwe. Why is Zimbabwe, once one of Africa's most promising countries, where it is today? Or more pointedly, why is Zimbabwe reported and portrayed to be where it is today?

Zimbabwe: West Desperate to Unseat President
May 14, 2008 - The Herald (Harare)
...the MDC is in collusion with the US administration and the British government, who both acknowledge that they are working with the MDC to bring down the President Mugabe Government.

Zimbabwe: More Than Complicity of Silence
May 01, 2008 - By Netfa Freeman
Today Zimbabwe has taken a high profile place in corporate media headlines. Are we getting the truth this time and can we rely on the same progressives who broke through misinformation around Iraq to do the same for us again?

Expressions of imperialism within Zimbabwe
April 27, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
Zimbabwe's Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Patrick Chinamasa on Friday denounced the US and Britain for their interference in Zimbabwe's elections. At the same time, he decried the Morgan Tsvangirai faction of the main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC-T), and its civil society partner, the Zimbabwe Election Support Network (ZESN), as being part of a US and British program to reverse the gains of Zimbabwe's national liberation struggle.

Zimbabwe: Self-determination is at root of conflict
April 22, 2008 - By
Final Call staff writers Nisa Islam Muhammad and Saeed Shabazz went one on one with Ambassador Machinvenyika Tobia Mapuranga to discuss the political situation in Zimbabwe and issues facing the southern African nation.

How come Zimbabwe and Tibet get all the attention?
April 17, 2008 - By Seumas Milne
If a government wants to abuse human rights and rig elections, it needs to have the support of - or be - the western powers

Zimbabwe and the new Cowardly Colonialism
April 03, 2008 - By Brendan O'Neill
Western intervention against Robert Mugabe's 'evil regime' put Zimbabwe into an economic straitjacket and disempowered its people.

In Zimbabwe, Opposition Follows Washington's Plan
March 31, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
The color revolution in Zimbabwe (yet to be given a color) unfolds as other US- and British-government and foundation-directed color revolutions have unfolded in Yugoslavia, Georgia and Ukraine.

Zimbabwe Election Déjà Vu
March 28, 2008 - By Netfa Freeman
Just as they did three years ago detractors of Zimbabwe's governing party ZANU PF and President Robert Mugabe are already forecasting that the election in Zimbabwe is rigged, even though it has not happened yet. All of the propaganda machines are in motion to plant misgivings about any outcome that announces victory for Mugabe.

State, media, and NGOs collaborate in shaping public opinion
on upcoming Zimbabwe elections

March 27, 2008 - By Stephen Gowans
A New York Times story published three days before elections in Zimbabwe provides an interesting illustration of how the state and mass media cooperate with agents on the ground to shape public opinion.

Brown, Mugabe and the Lisbon summit December 17, 2007
Britain had no qualms about the ravenous profits scooped up by British firms from the toils of expropriated and virtually-enslaved Africans under the apartheid regime, but hates the guts of President Mugabe who led Zimbabwe's liberation struggle against British colonialism and has striven to dismantle the power base of British proxies since his country regained its independence.

Africans united in rejecting European arrogance
December 15, 2007 - By Sukant Chandan

New Imperialism, Old Justifications
November 30, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans
The old imperialism, backed up by an old set of racist justifications, is back in fashion. It's called the new imperialism, only there's nothing new about it, or the arguments used to justify it.

Looking For Evil In All The Wrong Places
November 21, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans

Africans need true independence not imperialist 'charity'
By Proletarian issue 7 (August 2005)
October 31, 2007 - Introductory comment by Rosemary Ekosso

Darfur vs. Ogaden, Mugabe vs. Meles
October 17, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans

What the West Doesn't Want You to Know, Professor
September 27, 2007 - By Navaya ole Ndaskoi

Text of President Robert Mugabe's speech at
the 62nd Session of UN General Assembly

September 26, 2007

Zanu-PF, MDC agree to amend Constitution
September 19, 2007 - By Itai Musengeyi and Peter Matambanadzo

Why Africa finds it hard to support MDC
September 04, 2007 - By Reason Wafawarova

A Squalid End to Empire: British Retreat from Africa
August 09, 2007 - By Rosemary Ekosso

Slandering Zimbabwe's Fight for Independence
August 03, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans

The Chagos islands: the British government's recipe for dehumanisation
July 11, 2007 - By Rosemary Ekosso

Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and the Politics of Naming
July 10, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans

Pan-African coalition rallies support for Zimbabwe
July 04, 2007
Pan-Afrikan United Front (PAUF), a coalition of Pan-African groups in Ghana, has convened a solidarity forum in Accra to voice their support for the land reform policy of the Zimbabwean government.

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Zimbabwe: The Spark
...Claire Short's letter of 1997

Full text of then British Secretary of State for International Development Claire Short's letter of 5 November 1997 that sparked the political and current economic crisis in Zimbabwe

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Lancaster House Agreement
The Lancaster House Agreement ended biracial rule in Zimbabwe Rhodesia following negotiations between representatives of the Patriotic Front (PF), consisting of ZAPU (Zimbabwe African Peoples Union) and ZANU (Zimbabwe African National Union) and the Zimbabwe Rhodesia government, represented at that time by Bishop Abel Muzorewa and Ian Smith. It was signed on 21 December 1979.

Lancaster House revisited
Thirty years ago, on December 21 1979, an agreement was signed in London that set in motion a series of events that put Zimbabwe on the course to where it is today.

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Zimbabwe Under Siege
by Dr. Simbi Mubako
This presentation appeared in the March 1, 2002 issue of Executive Intelligence Review.

Zimbabwe Under Siege
by Gregory Elich - August 26, 2002
When it was clear that the apartheid Rhodesian government could not long remain in power, the Lancaster House Conference was convened in 1979. Land was the core issue for the liberation struggle, and British and American negotiators ensured that independence would not be granted without the imposition of certain conditions. One provision stipulated that for a period of 10 years, land ownership in Zimbabwe could only be transferred on a "willing seller, willing buyer" basis, which effectively limited the extent of land reform.

Zimbabwe land reform 'waited for SA' 28/07/2005 - The Zimbabwe government delayed its land-reform programme so that negotiations for South Africa's liberation succeeded, said President Thabo Mbeki on Thursday. He said that when South Africa was negotiating its transition to democracy, around the time which Zimbabwe had started its land reform programme, the Organisation of African Unity had asked Zimbabwe to stop the programme as it would "frighten the apartheid government in South Africa".

The second option, and I speak very candidly, is to work through all appropriate channels for a change in power in Zimbabwe, recognizing that perhaps it is destined to become Africa's Romania and that Mugabe is destined to become Africa's Ceausescu. It was, though, even in Romania, the people of Romania who made the change ultimately, not Americans.

So if we were to decide to try and work for change in power in Zimbabwe, I would hope that we would have the wisdom to be discrete, to be low-key and to avoid giving those in power there the excuse that foreigners are out to get

— Chester Crocker
106th Congress House
Hearings - Zimbabwe: Democracy on the Line
- Tuesday, June 13, 2000

Mr Mbeki said those who fought for a democratic Zimbabwe "with thousands paying the supreme price during the struggle, and forgave their oppressors and torturers in a spirit of national reconciliation, have been turned into repugnant enemies of democracy".

In a direct reference to Britain, he said: "Those who, in the interest of their [white] 'kith and kin', did what they could to deny the people of Zimbabwe their liberty, for as long as they could, have become the eminent defenders of the democratic rights of the people of Zimbabwe.

Our experience in the African National Congress tells us unequivocally that no lasting solution to the challenges that face Zimbabwe will be found unless that solution comes from the people of Zimbabwe themselves. It tells us that no self-respecting Zimbabwean with any pride in his country will accept that another should determine his destiny.

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Netfa Freeman Contrary to what is implied, many Africans (people of African descent) interpret Zimbabwean developments, not necessarily through romanticism, but with a valid rejection of imperialism's 'mania for regime change'. Too often has the public seen leaders and countries demonized simply as a prelude for this policy.

Land Grab & Robert Mugabe

Before the Mugabe Government started uprooting the white farmers in 2000, this Government kept inflation at 5 percent, 8 percent (or 11 percent in difficult years.) How, then, does a country with all the same factors and leaders from 1980 to 2000 suddenly (because the white commercial farmers have been uprooted) see inflation soar to world record levels in a space of just six years starting in 2000? And how is it that a stable Zimbabwe has an inflation rate 1 500 times higher than Somalia, a country without a government since 1991?

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