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Zimbabwe 'Dooms Day' Report Seen as Promise not Prediction June 14, 2007 -
Several Western media agencies are pushing an unnamed report from a group of unidentified "private consultants" urging organizations such as the United Nations, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Oxfam to prepare for a "total collapse" of Zimbabwe within 6 months. Western news agencies pushing this report, which many in the Pan-African community are calling propaganda, include the BBC, CNN, and the Associated Press (AP). At least 10 other new agencies have syndicated the AP story on their websites.

Representatives of the Pan-African movement are not calling this report "a prediction, but a promise," implying that Western countries are insidiously working with operatives both inside and outside of Zimbabwe to accelerate the economic woes and are orchestrating a collapse of Zimbabwe's anti-Western government. The label of being "anti-Western" is one that Zimbabwe has be dealing with since 2000, when under the leadership of President Robert Mugabe, the government began restoring the land rights of indigenous Africans by evicting off of farmland the beneficiaries of a White Terrorist movement that brutally and inhumanely conquered the country and subjugated the indigenous Africans to subhuman conditions during the colonial era of the 20th century.

The U.S. acknowledges sponsorship of public events in Zimbabwe aim to undermine the President
The U.S. State Department acknowledged that sponsorship of public events in Zimbabwe had an aim to undermine the government of President Robert Mugabe. In it annual report on supporting democracy worldwide, the department said its strategy for Zimbabwe also included steps to "support persons who criticized the government."

US reveals its efforts to topple Mugabe regime
"...the US government continued to support the efforts of the political opposition, the media and civil society to create and defend democratic space and to support persons who criticised the government."

On-The-Record Briefing on the Release of the Report: Q & A
"QUESTION: My question is this: It doesn't appear that this kind of -- that these kind of things, i.e., discrediting the government's excuses for failed policies and support -- overt support for people who are critical of the government, happened, at least is being reported for these other countries. And my question is this: President Mugabe has often talked about how he thinks the West, the United States and Britain in particular, are trying to -- are trying for regime change in Zimbabwe, and this is exactly what this appears to look like, what you've acknowledged doing through your programs in Zimbabwe. And I'm just wondering, is it the United States -- does the United States believe that it's its responsibility to discredit the government's excuses -- the government and to openly support people who criticize the government? And if it is, which is what you're saying, why is Mugabe wrong when he says that you're trying for regime change?"

Supporting Human Rights and Democracy:
(Code for attempting regime change to one favourable to the U.S.)
The U.S. Record - Africa
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Mugabe victory leaves west's policy in tatters
March 14, 2002
African observers say poll was free and fair

US admits plan to bring down Mugabe
August 22, 2002
The United States government has said it wants to see President Robert Mugabe removed from power and that it is working with the Zimbabwean opposition to bring about a change of administration.
Walter Kansteiner, the assistant secretary of state for African affairs, said "the US was working with trade unions, pro-democracy groups and human rights organisations to bring about change. He did not say how he believed Mr Mugabe could be brought down..."
Shortly after the US official's remarks, a senior Zimbabwean foreign affairs official told Reuters: "The legitimacy of our political system or our president is not dependent on America, Britain or any other country, but on Zimbabweans.
"The bullying tactics that America and Britain are using against us are meant to frustrate our quest for social and economic justice, to stop our programme to redistribute some of the very large tracts of land held by whites here to the indigenous black people."
The US attack on Mr Mugabe came after police began arresting white farmers for defying an August 9 deadline to vacate their land and homes.


Straw shook Mugabe's hand 'because it was dark'
Independent UK, September 28, 2004 by Kim Sengupta
Mr Blair declared in the House of Commons that Britain "would work closely with the MDC" to put pressure for change in the Mugabe regime".

Distorting Zimbabwe: West Indies Cricket and Media Propaganda
July 03, 2007 - By Ras Tyehimba

What are Caribbean Govts' Views on Zimbabwe?
June 30, 2007 - By Ayinde

Is WIPA Supporting Racism Against Zimbabwe?
June 16, 2007 - By Ayinde

Zimbabwe's Interception of Communications Bill
June 15, 2007 - By Ayinde

How sanctions are making the economy 'scream'
New African, May 2007 - By Mahoso, Tafataona
Britain and its Western allies claim that they have only imposed "targeted sanctions" and "travel bans" on the Zimbabwean leadership and not economic sanctions on the whole country. "Who do they think they are deceiving?," asks Dr Tafataona Mahoso, head of Zimbabwe's Media and Information Commission.

An Investigation of Zimbabwe's Different Path
May 22, 2007 - By Brendan Stone
Zimbabwe's different path and the penalty it has incurred: The academic and media framing of Zimbabwe's difficulties, and an investigation of external and internal causes.

Zimbabwe Independent Opposition, Not For Real
April 22, 2007 - By Ayinde

Statement by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Comrade R. G. Mugabe, on the occasion of the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly, New York, 26 September, 2007
Text and Real Player Video

Zimbabwe and the Politics of Demons and Angels
April 16, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans

The Battle over Zimbabwe's Future
April 13, 2007 - By Gregory Elich

Tsvangirai: Asset in Imperial Agenda
April 11, 2007 - By Reason Wafawarova

Zimbabwe: US Interference Backlash
April 09, 2007 - By Ayinde

Zimbabwe: Talk Left, Funded Right
April 08, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans

The US Government Sponsors Terrorism in Zimbabwe
April 07, 2007 - By Ayinde

Zimbabwe: The US Government Exposed
April 06, 2007 - By K. Elford

Dialogue is the only solution for Zimbabwe crisis
South African Government Communication and Information System
April 05, 2007, By David Masango

Zimbabwe: Grassroots Lieutenants of Imperialism?
April 03, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans
Bond / Gowans debate on Zimbabwe
April 04, 2007 - Bond Responds, Gowans Replies
Zimbabwe's Lonely Fight for Justice
March 31, 2007 - By Stephen Gowans

Opinions Pt I :: Opinions Pt III

Nothing But Human Rights
by Mickey Z. - August 16, 2001
As journalist William Blum notes, there's one thing the United States hates more than a Marxist in power, and that's a democratically elected Marxist in power. A prime example was Salvador Allende of Chile. September 4 marks 31 years since his election. September 11 marks 28 years since his death in a U.S.-sponsored coup.

Against Empire
by Michael Parenti
Today, the United States is the foremost proponent of recolonization and leading antagonist of revolutionary change throughout the world. Emerging from World War II relatively unscathed and superior to all other industrial countries in wealth, productive capacity, and armed might, the United States became the prime purveyor and guardian of global capitalism.


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Viewpoint: Kaunda on Mugabe
Former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda Leaders in the West say Robert Mugabe is a demon, that he has destroyed Zimbabwe and he must be gotten rid of - but this demonising is made by people who may not understand what Robert Gabriel Mugabe and his fellow freedom fighters went through, says former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda. Full Article

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David Barsamian on "Targeting Iran" & Stephen Gowans on "Mugabe gets the Milosevic Treatment"
Posted: March 30, 2007

Robert Mugabe 1981

Robert Mugabe Quotes
"The land is ours. It's not European and we have taken it, we have given it to the rightful people... Those of white extraction who happen to be in the country and are farming are welcome to do so, but they must do so on the basis of equality."

Gil Noble Interviews Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe
"It was a robbery. Daylight robbery. And we are building up a case, a separate case for that one -- for compensating us not just for the land, but for the whole act; an act of robbery; a colonial act of seizing our land; subjecting our people for a hundred years nearly, and exploiting our resources without our permission."

Oh, how they honour you to keep you away from yourself

University of Massachusetts considers revoking honorary degree from Zimbabwe leader
The issue also has surfaced at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and Michigan State University, which gave Mugabe honorary degrees in 1984 and 1990, respectively.

Michigan State University Honorary
Degree Recipients 1988-1999

Mugabe received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Michigan State University in the fall of 1990.

Edinburgh moves to strip
Mugabe of degree

Robert Mugabe received his honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh at McEwan Hall in July 1984.

Strip Mugabe of knighthood, demands Tory
Mr Mugabe was created an honorary Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1994 by Queen Elizabeth II.

The struggle for land,
the struggle for independence.

By Rob Gowland (pdf)

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni When I hear these people trying to demonise President Mugabe, I say you can't demonise a leader of the liberation struggle and expect support from us. You are just stupid.
- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
We won't demonise Mugabe

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