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 Post subject: Re: Possible Military Coup In Zimbabwe
PostPosted: Wed Nov 22, 2017 12:54 am 
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The funny thing is, and this is admittedly based on fairly limited experience on my part, the few African Americans whom I met in Africa clearly were weirded out by the dynamic. Many Americans with African ancestry imagine that there "is" such a thing as "African-ness." I suppose there is in a very general sense . . . bit like saying there is such a thing as "American-ness" (and generalizing to the entirety of North and South America . . . yeah, not much significant diversity in that bunch is there! :) ). Sadly it is a bit of a false nostalgia that many Americans with strong ethnic identities (but who are two or more generations removed from those ethnic origins) suffer from: a fanciful notion of another place filled with people like themselves and where everything they dislike about the other offensive chunks in the melting pot is boiled away . . . In general, I don't think Africans feel any special connection to people of color who are not from their own country, if not their own linguistic or ethnic group; and that is perhaps the most important thing. In Zimbabwe alone there are at least a dozen ethnic groups, though most of them are tiny in numbers . . .

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Zimbabwe has 16 official languages: Chewa, Tonga, Chibarwe, English, Kalanga, Koisan, Nambya, Ndau, Ndebele, Shangani, Shona, sign language, Sotho, Tonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa.[19] English is also one of the official language of Zimbabwe and is widely used in administration, law and schools, though less than 2.5%, mainly the white and Coloured (mixed race) minorities, consider it their native language. The rest of the population speak Shona (70%) and Ndebele (20%), Kalanga (2%), etc.


Shona, which is the language/ethnic group to which Mugabe belongs is the numerical majority in the country and Ndebele the next most common (about 1/5 the numbers of Shona. Every other the 16 ethnic/language groups are minorities and many reside in tiny enclaves that are the equivalent of reservations (though not all).

The same story plays out in virtually every nation on the African continent of which I'm aware: diversity but rarely with equality or mutual appreciation. The girl I dated was of half Shona and half Indian ancestry (well, probably more like 3/4 and 1/4 or thereabouts). Her folks had moved to Botswana from Zimbabwe before she was born (which would have been around 1978) but for some reason she attended boarding schools there, because apparently there are (or were at least) some exceptional upper crust boarding schools in Zimbabwe . . .

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 Post subject: Re: Possible Military Coup In Zimbabwe
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http://www.breitbart.com/national-secur ... nd-leases/

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Zimbabwe to Offer White Farmers 99-Year Land Leases


by JOHN HAYWARD1 Feb 201839

In a hopeful sign for post-Mugabe Zimbabwe, his successor President Emmerson Mnangagwa has decided to stop seizing land from white farmers, offering them 99-year leases on their property instead.

The Associated Press reviewed a copy of the Mnangagwa directive that said it would go into effect immediately. Mnangagwa has also said black farmers could invite white farmers into partnerships, and whites would be allowed to apply for new farm leases.

In Zimbabwe, all farmland is owned by the government and merely leased by the farmers who work it. Beginning around the year 2000, former President Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party began driving white farmers away, claiming it was necessary to correct injustices from the colonial era.

“Land ownership is an emotional issue with political and racial overtones in this southern African country where under colonial Rhodesian rule whites were allocated the best agricultural land and blacks were pushed out to mostly arid land with poor soil,” the Associated Press explains, noting that whites owned most of the best farmland before Mugabe despite making up less than one percent of Zimbabwe’s population.

Mugabe most certainly changed that ratio, since only a few hundred of the 4,500 white farmers remain. He also cracked down on black farmers who worked with whites, which is why Mnangagwa granting permission for such partnerships to resume is a significant development.

Mugabe’s land seizures were largely violent mob assaults, not orderly legal proceedings. Last August, the former dictator flatly declared that blacks who murdered white farmers during the purges would never be prosecuted.

“Yes, we have those who were killed when they resisted. We will never prosecute those who killed them. I ask, why should we arrest them?”
he said at an August 2017 rally.

Mugabe’s policies devastated the Zimbabwean economy and transformed the nation from a net exporter of food to an importer with chronic hunger crises. This finally led to his ouster in November at the age of 93 after almost four decades of rule. Mnangagwa, who took power in a military coup, expressed a desire to revitalize the economy and restore good relations with the West after years of sanctions over Mugabe’s abuses.

Some of the evicted white farmers have begun returning to their land, such as the Smart family, which returned to its land amid “ululations and tears of joy from former workers and their families,” as Reuters reported in December. The joy abated a bit when the Smarts saw how thoroughly their homes had been looted and vandalized in their absence, but they expressed confidence that Mnangagwa’s reforms would stick.

“Scores of jubilant black Zimbabweans nearly knocked the 71-year-old off his feet as he and his two children stepped out of their car and onto their land for the first time in six months,” Reuters wrote of Rob Smart’s return. Smart’s own father began working the farm in 1932. The family was forced off their land last year by riot police wielding AK-47 rifles.

Not all of the white farmers will be so lucky. Mnangagwa said he was not unilaterally reversing the Mugabe land seizure policy, but his administration has signaled that farmland will not be left in the hands of people unable or unwilling to tend it properly. One of the reasons Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector collapsed so rapidly is that many of the black citizens installed on land taken from white farmers had little knowledge of farming or enthusiasm for learning, while skilled farmers were driven out of the country. There has also been some talk of compensating white farmers for land seized by Mugabe.

Mnangagwa has also promised to review another racial Zimbabwean law known as “indigenization,” which basically requires international companies to make black Zimbabweans majority shareholders in their operations.

Prominent businessman Shingai Mutasa sent an optimistic letter to shareholders in early January predicting that Zimbabwe will “see a rebirth of its once notable agricultural sector, and that the resources sector will again thrive, presenting both new investment opportunities.”

On the other hand, some fear the new government will not be able to bring many white farmers back without prompting a backlash from the black Zimbabweans that would inevitably be displaced from the property they have been occupying since Mugabe’s “land reforms” began. There is also the Mugabe tradition of crackpot Marxism to deal with, as Zimbabweans are not convinced his philosophy has been entirely discredited, and some remain deeply suspicious of “neo-liberal” alternatives.

Mnangagwa’s government is also seeking to jump-start the economy by clawing back millions of dollars looted from the country at the end of the Mugabe regime but faces concerns that its anti-corruption drive could be used as a political tool for silencing dissent. The government has been dealing with allegations that corruption investigators are targeting enemies of Mnangagwa while bypassing his allies.

One interesting twist to the anti-corruption campaign is how it is treating the Mugabe family. Pains have been taken to show great respect to Robert Mugabe and “leave him in peace,” as Mnangagwa put it, while his wife and putative successor Grace is widely reviled for her extravagant lifestyle and suspected of smuggling a fortune in cash and luxury goods out of the country for her personal consumption.

Leaving Robert Mugabe in peace involved granting him a post-coup retirement package that included a lavish residence, a fleet of cars, private air travel, dozens of staffers and security guards, an annual stipend reportedly equivalent to the salary of the sitting president, and a $10 million “retirement bonus.” Not too shabby for the man who brought starvation to the onetime breadbasket of Africa by killing or exiling everyone who knew how to run a farm because their skin was the wrong color.




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only a few hundred of the 4,500 white farmers remain.


Might be too little, too late at this point to get those prior farmers back on the job.
Some are dead and I suspect that many have left the country. After the way that they were treated, and with the environment the way that it has been, why would they want to return?

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Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe opposition leader, dies aged 65

Death deals blow to MDC party in face of resurgent Zanu-PF ahead of possible May poll

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Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe opposition leader, dies aged 65

Death deals blow to MDC party in face of resurgent Zanu-PF ahead of possible May poll

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/ ... es-aged-65



He probably caught the Andropov flu

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He probably caught the Andropov flu

Or drank Putin tea, spiced by a hefty dose of polonium. :roll:

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