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RE: [ujeni] S.F. Chronicle Editorial

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  • Paul DEVER
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 21, 2005
      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
      thing.....

      ----Original Message Follows----
      From: "Don & Cathy Weber" <weber@...>
      Reply-To: ujeni@yahoogroups.com
      To: <ujeni@yahoogroups.com>
      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
      to power.

      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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