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IMPERIALISTS STEP UP ATTACKS ON ZIMBABWE (english)
by Workers World
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12 Jun 2003
Modified: 14 Jun 2003
IMPERIALISTS STEP UP ATTACKS ON ZIMBABWE
By Monica Moorehead
Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the June 19, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper
IMPERIALISTS STEP UP ATTACKS ON ZIMBABWE
By Monica Moorehead
The Bush administration and its European allies, especially Britain,
have stepped up their political and economic destabilization
machinations against Robert Mugabe, president of Zimbabwe.
Cybercast News Service announced on June 7 that the U.S. government
plans to condemn Zimbabwe's "flagrant and devastating human rights
abuses" at the United Nations Human Rights Commission hearing scheduled
for this week in Geneva, Switzerland.
Patrick Chinamasa, Zimbabwe's justice minister, responded by stating
that lobbying efforts will begin to defeat this U.S. campaign.
Last year Britain attempted to pass a similar resolution in Geneva. But
at the behest of Nigeria and a number of other African, Asian and Middle
Eastern representatives, the resolution was defeated.
The U.S., through a presidential order, has just extended economic
sanctions against Mugabe and 76 other governmental officials. The
sanctions, imposed in early March by Bush, freeze these officials'
financial assets in U.S. banks. The sanctions also prevent U.S.
corporate interests from doing business with these representatives. The
U.S. and Britain are demanding that Zimbabwe carry out "free and fair
elections" before the next scheduled elections in 2007.
Furthermore, the U.S. State Depart ment has released a study entitled,
"Zimbabwe's Manmade Crisis." This "study" supposedly documents how
Mugabe single-handedly transformed Zimbabwe from being a self-sufficient
country that could feed itself into an indebted nation.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has also suspended Zimbabwe's
membership rights. The reason given by the IMF is "failure to deal with
its serious economic problems." (CNSNews.com, June 7)
Zimbabwe's debt to the IMF is estimated at $233 million--much lower than
other African countries that cannot pay the interest payments on their
debts, let alone the principal. The IMF also reported that for the past
four years, Zimbabwe's inflation rate has risen 207 percent and its
production output has fallen by one third.
The unemployment rate is 70 percent.
Anti-government protests are being carried out by the Movement for
Democratic Change, a Zimbabwean opposition group backed by the U.S.
Britain. The main goal is to create political and economic unrest to
bring down the Mugabe government.
WHAT'S REALLY BEHIND THESE ATTACKS?
Why are Bush, Blair and their European imperialist allies so hell bent
on ousting Mugabe? Mugabe is not targeted for being a socialist, like
Cuba's President Fidel Castro.
Mugabe is a former leader of a national liberation movement that helped
to bring an end to a racist, apartheid-like regime led by Ian Smith in
1980. In fact, Mugabe is a bourgeois nationalist, similar to other
But what distinguishes Mugabe from others is his willingness to stand up
against U.S. and British imperialists. Mugabe has let the world know
that he will not bow down to imperialist threats and schemes without a
struggle. When the U.S. demanded that new elections take place in
Zimbabwe sooner than later, Zimbabwean officials stated that it is the
U.S. that should have new elections, since Bush stole the presidency in
2000. It is this kind of heroic defiance that has generated great ire
and scorn at imperialist bullies like Bush and Blair.
There is no doubt that the Zimbabwean people face tremendous hardships
daily, as do millions of people throughout the rest of southern Africa.
Years of drought have created a famine that has affected at least 6
million Zimbabwean people alone.
Who believes that one person can cause a drought?
How can a governmental policy cause such a catastrophic inflation rate
when 96 percent of the economy is still in the private hands of the
former colonial oppressor of Zimbabwe--Britain?
The greatest "crime" that Mugabe has carried out in the eyes of the U.S.
and Britain is his support for the confiscation of land from the white
commercial farmers, initiated by its rightful owners--landless African
The State Department claims that Mugabe has "displaced" 2 million
farmers, meaning white farmers. These privileged farmers are part of a
racist legacy of colonialism that began when the first British occupiers
carried out a bloody conquest of Zimbabwe in the late 1880s. This
included a campaign of massive forced removals of the indigenous
population from the most arable lands. To this very day the relationship
between the white farmers and the indigenous population in Zimbabwe is
comparable to U.S. slavery a few centuries ago.
A large sector of those who fought for the liberation of Zimbabwe were
landless indigenous farmers, now commonly referred to as war veterans.
They are the ones who pressured the Mugabe government to remove the
commercial farmers, by force if necessary, once the British government
reneged on its 1980 Lancaster House agreement. This agreement held the
British government accountable for financially compensating these white
farmers so that Black farmers could reclaim their lands.
The U.S. and Britain want to give the impression that only the white
farmers can save the Zimbabwean people from starvation. This falsehood
is meant to justify the reintroduction of colonization. These white
farmers are tied to the worldwide capitalist market. This means that
they grow and cultivate crops, like tobacco, to be bought and sold for a
profit, not to alleviate the hunger and suffering of the Zimbabwean
These schemes should be viewed within the overall context of Bush's
quest for endless war and imperialist empire building. Progressives and
revolutionaries here and worldwide must understand that defending the
Mugabe government from imperialist attacks is synonymous with supporting
Zimbabwe's ongoing struggle for sovereignty and complete independence.
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More on ZImbabwe (english)
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12 Jun 2003
Of course if the US is opposed to Mobutu he is good, and the millions of Zimbabweans who have been organizing to overthrow him are tools of US imperialism... good job workers world, you never miss a beat...
Hopefully in the next post you can expose the Zimbabwean Congress Of Trade Unions who organized two mass "Stay Away's" (general Strikes) before the recent actions by the MDC, as well as the people who (also supporting US imperialism) wrote this silly statement. What Chuckleheads.
Dictators, YAY WE LOVE EM.
Tuesday, June 3, 2003 (Washington, DC) - Progressive leaders among leading African American organizations, trade unions, church and advocacy groups today released an open letter to Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, to oppose the political repression underway in that country.
Highlighting long historical ties to the independence movements of Zimbabwe, the signators described the current crackdown on political opposition as," in complete contradiction of the values and principles that were both the foundation of your liberation struggle and of our solidarity with that struggle."
The letter to Mugabe follows a process over the past several months where progressive African Americans have held a series of meetings with representatives of the Zimabwean government and of Zimbabwean civil society both here in the U.S. and in Zimbabwe. The group concluded that it is time that African American progressives make a public statement on the deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe that so negatively affects the people of that proud country with whom the signatories have stood in solidarity for many decades.
Africa Action executive director, Salih Booker, said today that "We have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters in Zimbabwe to state clearly where we stand. And we stand for human rights and against the repression of the Mugabe regime directed against Zimbabwe's African majority."
TransAfrica Forum President Bill Fletcher urged immediate action by the African Union. "The situation in Zimbabwe is crumbling quickly. The African Union needs to intervene as a credible authority before other external forces exploit what is a crisis, not only for Zimbabwe, but the continent."
The full text of the letter is below. The signators of the letter are:
William Lucy, President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Willie Baker, Executive Vice President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists
Salih Booker, Executive Director, Africa Action
Bill Fletcher, Jr., President, TransAfrica Forum
Horace G. Dawson Jr., Director Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center,Howard University
Patricia Ann Ford, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU)
Julianne Malveaux, TransAfrica Forum Board Member
Rev. Justus Y. Reeves, Executive Director Missions Ministry, Progressive National Baptist Convention The Coordinating Committee, Black Radical Congress (BRC)
OPEN LETTER TO ZIMBABWEAN PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE
3 June, 2003
Dear President Mugabe,
We are writing today to implore you to seek a peaceful and just solution to your country's escalating national crisis. Those signed below are Americans of Africa descent - many of them representing major organizations of civil society in the United States - who have worked for decades to support the liberation movements of Africa and the governments that followed independence which promoted and protected the interests of all of their nation's people. We form part of an honorable tradition of progressive solidarity with the struggles for decolonization, and against apartheid and imperialism in Africa.
We have strong historical ties to the liberation movements in Zimbabwe, which included material and political support, as well as opposition to U.S. government policies that supported white minority rule. In independent Zimbabwe we have sought to maintain progressive ties with the political party and government that arose from the freedom struggle. At the same time our progressive ties have grown with institutions of civil society, especially the labor movement, women's organizations, faith communities, human rights organizations, students, the independent media and progressive intellectuals. In Zimbabwe today, all of our relations and our deep empathy and understanding of events there require that we stand in solidarity with those feeling the pain and suffering caused by the abuse of their rights, violence and intolerance, economic deprivation and hunger, and landlessness and discrimination. (more) We do not need to recount here the details of the increasing intolerant, repressive and violent policies of your government over the past 3 years, nor the devastating consequences of those policies. The use of repressive legislation does not, in our respectful view, render such actions justifiable or moral, because of their presumed "legality". We represent a long tradition of opposition to unjust laws. We have previously expressed to your representative in Washington, DC, our humanitarian concerns about the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Zimbabwe as well as that of the famine triggered by the recent southern African drought and exacerbated by the economic policies and food distribution practices of your government. We have shared our concerns that land redistribution in Zimbabwe be used to fight the poverty of the majority and not to promote the narrow interests of another minority. But most of all, we have communicated clearly that we view the political repression und! erway in Zimbabwe as intolerable and in complete contradiction of the values and principles that were both the foundation of your liberation struggle and of our solidarity with that struggle.
Today, Mr. President we call upon yourself and those among the ruling party who truly value democracy, and wish to protect the future of all of Zimbabwe's citizens to take extraordinary steps to end your country's political crisis and place it upon a path toward peace. We ask that you initiate an unconditional dialogue with the political opposition in Zimbabwe and representatives of civil society aimed at ending this impasse. We call upon you to seek the diplomatic intervention of appropriately concerned African states and institutions, particularly South Africa and Nigeria, and SADC and the African Union, to assist in the mediation of Zimbabwe's civil conflict.
Mr. President, the non-violent civil disobedience that is growing in your country - such as that which took place on Mother's day in Bulawayo - is increasingly met with police brutality and excessive force. Such trends in the abuse of human rights are not only unacceptable, they are threats to your country's stability and they are undermining the economic and political development your people desire and deserve. We believe that a peaceful solution is possible for Zimbabwe if you find a way to work with others in and outside of your government to create an effective process for a transition to a more broadly supported government upholding the democratic rights of all.
Sincerely yours in struggle,
William Lucy, President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Willie Baker, Executive Vice President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists Salih Booker, Executive Director, Africa Action Bill Fletcher, Jr., President, TransAfrica Forum Horace G. Dawson Jr., Director Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center, Howard University Patricia Ann Ford, Executive Vice President, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Julianne Malveaux, TransAfrica Forum Board Member Rev Justus Y. Reeves, Executive Director Missions Ministry, Progressive National Baptist Convention Coordinating Committee, Black Radical Congress (end)
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14 Jun 2003
dictators we love em....not sure if his is satire, however, yes, the US and other imperialists does love dictators, and has supported quite a few from suharto to pinochet.