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Id punch him in the face but then I'd be accused of Racist attack.

Louis Farrakhan, leader of the US Nation of Islam organisation, has backed Zimbabwe's controversial land reform programme at the start of a three-day visit to the troubled country.

Mugabe's government has targeted about 95% of white-owned lands for confiscation


Mr Farrakhan told the state-owned Herald newspaper that he was in "full support" of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's policies "as it was aimed at correcting a historical injustice".

The paper in turn praised Mr Farrakhan for his "stance against Western manoeuvres to undermine the sovereignty of Zimbabwe," the Associated Press news agency reported.

The controversial leader arrived in Zimbabwe on Saturday from South Africa, where he had attended the launch of the new African Union.

Mugabe meeting

His trip was in defiance of the US authorities, who have imposed sanctions against Mr Mugabe's regime which is accused of rigging the country's elections in March and intimidating political opponents.

Mr Farrakhan, known for his controversial opinions on race relations and notorious for alleged anti-Semitic comments, is scheduled to meet Mr Mugabe later on Saturday, French news agency AFP reported.

Banned from entering Britain, Mr Farrakhan recently travelled to Iraq in what he said was a bid to avert war between the country and the US.

Mr Mugabe's government has targeted about 95% of white-owned farms for confiscation after passing laws giving farmers 45 days to halt work on the land and then 45 days to leave the property.

But the farmers, along with economists and foreign donors, say that the land redistribution programme will worsen the country's food crisis.

Mr Mugabe counters that giving land to poor black families will increase living standards.




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Mugabe is a shining example of what is wrong, generally speaking, with Africa. His election was as stolen as ten packs of Duracells on a crackhead, and many other heads of state tripped over themselves to recognize his legitimacy. He's put soldiers in the Congo mess, a country which doesn't even border his. And in the midst of a major food shortage, he's ordered the farmers to cease production. White farmers are being evicted, and oftentimes dispossessed, as armed roving bands of soldiers will stop the white farmers as they try to leave the land (those that do follow the dictate), and "relieve" them of the terrible burden of possessions.

There are some signs of hope on the continent, but by and large it's a century behind, at least.

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The imposition of nation statehood on tribal society was, in retrospect, not such a bright idea.

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Doesn't seem very smart to take land out of the hands of productive farmers and give it to someone else as a means to raise living standards. I have a funny feeling that much of that redistribution process will be corrupted and the end result will be a lowering of the standard of living for everybody.

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At some point, this becomes Africa's problem and not a result of colonialism that ended decades ago.

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That point has passed.

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Zimbawe didn't become independent of the UK all that long ago; of course, whose fault it is is hardly as important as some sort of resolution. The UK is involved primarily because a fair number of those white farmers have UK passports and because Zimbabwe is a commonwealth country, rather than because we feel that it is 'all our fault', though.

Mugabe was not this deranged originally. It is difficult to see what the opposition can do, given his anti-criticism legislation and fixing of the election (where polling didn't finish in opposition areas, for example); I guess that there will be a sanctions campaign, but it won't save the farmers.

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Reminds me of the collectivization in the USSR... can we expect signs in Zimbabwe reading, "Eating your children is an act of barbarism"?

Maybe not... I rather think Stalin was a better guy than Mugabe... Mugabe wouldn't really care.

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In Malawi, after the British were kicked out, and a socialist govt put in place, it was decided to reorganise the entire basis of food production in the country. Instead of having struggling smallholdings attempting to produce a variety of crops, the country was split into regions, each particular region being populated by collectives that produced one particular crop or product. Worked like a treat. except for one problem. There was no transport infrastructure, which meant that the crops grown in one area stayed in one area. They couldn't be sold elsewhere. So, if you lived in one particular region for example, and you didn't like onions, you were well fucked because that is all you could buy. Ditto for maize and every other product. The lesson of this. Do not underestimate the capacity of African leaders/governments to fuck up even the most basic of tasks. And as was correctly stated, at some point this has to be acknowledged as Africa's problem, not ours, not Portugals', not Belgium's, not Germany's. Africa's. By all means, give them all the financial help they need, and cancel their debts, but they must acknowledge their own repsonsibilities.

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Hey, I just saw the American Propaganda flick, BlackHawk Down and I think we should send the Rangers in to Zimbabwe to kidnap Mugabe and shoot a couple of thousand skinnys'.

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Actually, in Zimbabwe they're floppy's. So called by the Rhodesian's because when you shot them, they went 'floppy'

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Maybe not... I rather think Stalin was a better guy than Mugabe... Mugabe wouldn't really care.




Why do you think that Mugabe is worse than stalin and/or stalin is better than mugabe?

At some point, it's like saying that getting raped in the ear is worse or better than getting raped in the nose...they both REALLY hurt and REALLY suck and worse may depend on which one happened last and how fresh it is in your memory...

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Mugabe is a basket case.

Many of the armed thugs call themselves "war veterans" and demand reparations. but most of them are barely old enough to hold a rifle, and has never seen combat.

The whole thing is a giant mess. I would get the hell out of there If I was a farmer. Blow up the equipment and run like the wind.

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