A Harare journalist says he has seen militiamen loyal to President Robert Mugabe chopping off people’s hands and breaking their fingers to prevent them from voting in Friday’s runoff.
His story speaks to a larger violence that has wracked the African nation since April. The 23-year-old woman in Harare, Zimbabwe, said she could talk, but only briefly. It was 3:30 p.m. there and she had to be home before the 6 p.m. curfew, she said.
“I should be home in an hour, hour and a half. If I’m not home by then, it means trouble,” she said Tuesday. Zimbabweans are accustomed to violence, but the beatings and bloodshed have been epidemic since early April, days after opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai pushed longtime President Robert Mugabe into a runoff election for the nation’s top post.
Tsvangirai dropped out of the race this week, citing intimidation and vote-rigging. He is now in hiding at the Dutch Embassy, uncertain like most Zimbabweans whether the violence would continue. Zimbabweans and outside observers say militias loyal to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) have engaged in intimidation tactics designed to deter Tsvangirai’s supporters from casting ballots.
The real face of a monster called Mugabe!
Two teams of foreign aid workers dedicated to delivering emergency telecoms in disaster areas have been forced to leave cyclone-hit Burma.
The members of Telecoms Sans Frontieres (TSF) left the country after attempts to reach affected areas were blocked. The charity, which described the situation as “unprecedented”, said it had no other choice but to leave. TSF finally reached Burma on 1 June after waiting nearly a month to be granted visas to enter the country.
The worst cyclone that has hit Burma is the dictatorship and the dead are countless!
Sen. Barack Obama has asked top contributors to help his former rival for the Democratic presidential nomination, Sen. Hillary Clinton, retire her debt, an Obama campaign source said Tuesday.
Obama did not direct members of his National Finance Committee to contribute to Clinton’s campaign, the source said, but asked them to do so if they were so inclined. Clinton suspended her campaign and endorsed Obama for the Democratic presidential nomination this month.
She has amassed a campaign debt of about $22 million, but about $12 million of that is money the New York senator loaned to the campaign herself. Individual donors can contribute $2,300 to individual candidates. Clinton and Obama have scheduled a joint campaign appearance Friday in Unity, New Hampshire.
Obama said Tuesday that he had spoken with Clinton by phone earlier in the day as well as on Sunday. “We had a good conversation,” he said. “We’re looking forward to seeing each other tomorrow and campaigning on Friday.”
Nothing worse than an opponent who feels sorry for you!!!
Italy’s Senate has passed legislation which opponents of PM Silvio Berlusconi say is designed to help him in his legal battles with the nation’s courts. The bill would freeze some long-running trials for a year, including one involving Mr. Berlusconi in Milan.
And the government is set to introduce another bill that will give top public figures immunity from prosecution. Mr. Berlusconi has faced corruption charges in the courts for many years but has always protested his innocence. The prime minister argues he has long been a victim of politically-biased judges and prosecutors. Although Mr. Berlusconi was found guilty in one corruption case, the verdict was overturned on appeal and other cases were dismissed under statutes of limitation.
Now we know why he became PM, to legalize his corruption!
Senegal urgently needs to decontaminate areas in and by the capital, Dakar, where hundreds of people have been exposed to lead poisoning, the UN says.
The warning followed a World Health Organization investigation into the deaths of a number of children in an area where lead batteries are recycled. It found very high concentrations of the toxic metal both outside and inside homes in Thiaroye Sur Mer town.
The WHO said many children showed evidence of neurological damage. The health officials say those affected break apart car batteries to resell the lead. About 950 people living in the Dakar district of NGagne Diaw were continuously exposed through ingestion and inhalation of lead-contaminated dust, the WHO said.
What comment can you do when they poison earth?
The US will not recognize the outcome of Friday’s presidential election run-off in Zimbabwe, a senior state department official has said.
Robert Mugabe could not claim a legitimate victory amid the current campaign of violence against the opposition. Opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has withdrawn from the poll, but Mugabe says the vote will go ahead. Southern African leaders are to meet to discuss the crisis on Wednesday.
Mugabe, Africa’s caricature Hitler must go now!
American Politics, Terrorism and Islam: Part 5 Soon after capturing power in 1917 the Bolshevik party started behaving as a mafia-like organization where, according to Russian historian Yuri Felshtinsky, “almost no one died by a natural cause.”
Scandals and Media …in Greek
Dimitra’s thoughts on the latest events and scandals and how the Greek media present them …all in Greek!
A Swiss Army Book
Do you know what a ‘Layter’ signifies? What about a ‘Yan’ or a Yan-a-Bumfit? Come now, it is quite simple for those addicted to ‘Ducks and Drakes’!
Euro Reporter is off to Belgium, so I’d better not waffle on…