RE: [ujeni] S.F. Chronicle Editorial
- Call Bob Geldof to hold a Live-Aid concert, like the one that raised
millions for Ethiopia and Africa.....oh, wait...there was no long term
relief in that act......
Did anyone ever account for the money???
Maybe since Michael Jackson is free, he could do another WE ARE THE WORLD
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From: "Don & Cathy Weber" <weber@...>
Subject: [ujeni] S.F. Chronicle Editorial
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2005 10:44:41 -0700
The following appeared in yesterdays San Francisco Chronicle. It makes a
timely addendum to Christine's Zim news today. Do you think South Africa's
President should be singled out for not taking a stand against Mugabe? How
about the good neighbors Malawi and Mozambique. They certainly are going to
feel the spill over when the disenfranchised are looking to flee and a
trading partner no longer exists. The obvious moral obligation to speak out
should be a given. Don
A CATASTROPHE is unfolding in Zimbabwe. And a single person is responsible
for causing it: Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe.
At one time, Mugabe was hailed as a hero who liberated his country from
white-minority rule. But he has turned into a vicious dictator who is ruling
by fear and manipulating his country's electoral system in order to hold on
In recent weeks, Mugabe has come up with an insane plan to squash any
opposition to his authoritarian rule. He's launched Operation Murambatsvina
which means Drive Out the Trash -- to destroy homes and businesses of the
country's urban poor. Officially, Mugabe says he is simply trying to put an
end to criminal enterprises and trading in black-market currency in shack
settlements. As of last week, Zimbabwean police said they had razed 20,000
shacks and arrested 32,435 people.
Those numbers drastically understate the extent of the tragedy. Zimbabwe
Doctors for Human Rights says up to a million people have been displaced,
many dumped in rural areas without shelter or food.
South African President Thabo Mbeki shares some of the culpability for the
disaster in Zimbabwe, which is situated on South Africa's northern border.
Since Mbeki succeeded Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa six years
ago, Mbeki has refused to confront Mugabe directly and put pressure on
Zimbabwe to embrace a fully democratic course.
Mbeki will attend the G8 meeting in Gleneagles, Scotland, next month. Others
in attendance should put aside political niceties and tell Mbeki without
equivocation that he needs to take much more direct action to help resolve
this out-of-control political and humanitarian crisis.
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