Daily Archives: April 18, 2008

Mugabe’s racism


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Mugabe attacks opposition and UK

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has denounced the opposition and former colonial power Britain in his first speech since the disputed elections.

“Down with the British. Down with thieves who want to steal our country,” he told 15,000 people at celebrations marking 28 years of independence. He has made few public comments since the presidential poll on 29 March.

Meanwhile, South African dock workers are refusing to unload a shipment of arms from China destined for Zimbabwe. The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said it did “not agree with the position of the government not to intervene with this shipment”. “Our members employed at Durban container terminal will not unload this cargo, neither will any of our members in the truck-driving sector move this cargo by road,” Satawu’s general secretary, Randall Howard, told local media.

Reports say the Chinese cargo ship An Yue Jiang, anchored off Durban, is carrying 3.5m rounds of ammunition, 1,500 40mm rockets, 2,500 mortar shells and 93 cases of mortar tubes. On Thursday, Morgan Tsvangirai, the leader of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change, said South African President Thabo Mbeki needed to be “relieved of his duties” as a mediator in the crisis caused by the presidential poll, for which results have not yet been released.

Mr Tsvangirai is adamant he won the presidential election outright. But the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission says it cannot release the results until it investigates anomalies – a partial recount takes place this weekend. Government ministers suggest that a run-off may be needed, and the MDC says its activists in rural areas are being attacked ahead of that possible poll. The independent Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights has said at least 200 people have been treated for severe injuries since last month’s election.

I said it often he’s not going to leave so easily.

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The polygamy custody hearing

The US judge deciding the fate of 416 children removed from a breakaway Mormon sect has struggled to control a first chaotic day of custody hearings.

Judge Barbara Walther had to suspend proceedings for an hour to allow hundreds of lawyers for the children and their parents to view evidence. Lawyers argued whether the Texas case violated religious freedom rights.

Police raided the ranch last week after receiving reports that a 16-year-old girl had been sexually abused. “The court is not in the position and certainly does not intend to rule about someone’s religious practices and their freedom of religion,” said Judge Walther.

She was forced to suspend proceedings after just 40 minutes amid the objections, in what is reportedly the largest child-welfare case in US history.

“What I’m trying to get to is whether or not these children should be returned to their parents or whether there’s enough information that they need to be retained in the custody of the (child welfare) department,” she said.

It is sad to separate kids from their mothers but the life and the future these kids had was even sadder!

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Japan temple rejects torch

A major Buddhist temple has withdrawn from plans to host Japan‘s opening stage of the Olympic torch relay.

Zenkoji Temple, in the city of Nagano, had been due to serve as the starting point for the parade on 26 April. An official said the monks were worried about safety but also linked the decision to concern over recent unrest in Tibet.

Meanwhile the torch has arrived in Thailand in preparation for a parade through the capital city, Bangkok. The relay has been dogged by protests over Tibet, with chaotic scenes in London, Paris and San Francisco.

What more do they need to understand that Tibet must be free?

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Mugabe talks!

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is due to make his first major speech since last month’s disputed elections.

Mr. Mugabe is scheduled to speak at a rally at a stadium in Harare to mark 28 years since independence from Britain and the end of white minority rule. He has made few public comments since the presidential election, which the opposition says Morgan Tsvangirai won.

Meanwhile, South African dock workers are refusing to unload a shipment of arms from China destined for Zimbabwe. The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) said it did not agree with the government’s decision not to intervene in the matter.

“Our members employed at Durban container terminal will not unload this cargo, neither will any of our members in the truck-driving sector move this cargo by road,” Satawu’s general secretary, Randall Howard, told local media.

So let’s see what he’s going to say the caricature Hitler of Africa, is he going to give Zimbabwe people their freedom after independence or not?

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Lift Spirits

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The Ovi magazine today

Democratic Debate — Consolidate? by Christopher Wilkinson

I watched Clinton and Obama debate on TV. Each had to prove better than the other — while both had to avoid giving the Republicans too much fodder for the run off.

How many? by Thanos Kalamidas
Nowadays it is tens or dozens without specifying how many tens or dozens and they are always innocent and it is people, women and many, too many, kids. I’m talking about the victims in Iraq.

An Appointment with Death by The Finn-Brit Players
First, there’s a play reading of Tom Stoppard’s ‘Arcadia’ this Friday at 7pm and, second, our good friends at Thespians Anonymous are putting on a show soon: Agatha Christie’s ‘An Appointment with Death’, performances at Narri starting April 26th.

Lift Spirits #01 by Thanos K & Asa B
Lift doors slide open, you enter, press the button and then face that awkward proximity to a stranger… perhaps this will lift your spirit.

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