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Should the UN intervene?

What about Mbeki’s proposal for a “unity” government led by Mugabe?

Why is South Africa choosing not to participate in meetings with other African nations?

While COSATU is boycotting Zimbabwe, the ANC says the following:

“Any attempts by outside players to impose regime change will merely deepen the crisis.

“It has always been and continues to be the view of our movement that the challenges facing Zimbabwe can only be solved by the Zimbabweans themselves,” the statement said. “Nothing that has happened in the recent months has persuaded us to revise that view.”

This, in truth, strikes me as sensible. Given Mugabe’s vocal condemnation of imperialism, invoked as the justification for every act of violence and repression, and given Tsvangarai’s unabashed advocacy for neoliberal “market solutions,” UN intervention seems likely make things worse.

But can be the same be said of African intervention? It seems unlikely that we will find out.

Instead, “leaving it up to Zimbabweans themselves” means that Mugabe will go ahead with this “election,” opponent-free. Hopefully, the fact that he is the only one running will reduce his need to employ roving bands of thugs to genderate “support.”

In other news on the topic, I cant find a print quote, but WBAI’s Wake Up Call quoted my president, Cynthia McKinney, in a statement on Zimbabwe. Her comment focused on the land question in a way that could be read as implicit support for Mugabe’s campaign of terror and anti-democratic repression. I understand, politically, why that would be her position, but….ew.

While “what next?” remains a swamp of least-worst and worst-worst options, tomorrow I’ll focus a bit on how Zimbabwe got here in the first place.

What was that about mushroom clouds, again?

Did you know that both John McCain and Barak Obama support the expanded use of nuclear power? Is there an idea more deranged? I think not.

For its a jolly good person! I will mis hir.

No Election in Zimbabwe

June 23, 2008

Mugabe’s fight against democracy is now successful; the MDC has withdrawn from the election. There is a very difficult to understand interview with Grace Kwinjeh on Democracy Now! today.

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Yesterday on CNN, coverage of the Obama/McCain race for President of the United States of America included a graphic which contained the phrase “Battle Royal.” Too bad I couldn’t find a screen shot.

This small detail is either just one turd in the coming avalanche of steaming racist horseshit, or incredibly incisive, subtle and stinging political/cultural commentary from a rouge disgruntled graphics designer.M

DLC PDA: “Quick-I’ll find something shiny to throw over a fence while you figure out how you are eventually going to duck that thing about permanent bases in Iraq.”

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1) Obama is taking cheap shots to “play against type.” Makes me wonder if running for President constitutes absentee parenthood?

2) Confidential to Ralph: Thank you for running in 2000. You made me excited about my first ever chance to vote in a presidential election. You are the only candidate whom I have ever endorsed for the office of President of the United States of America.

In that spirit of loyalty, I just want to point out to you that in THIS election, John Kerry is NOT running against you. That was last time. I know. It seems recent to me, too.

3) The Progressive Democrats of America, while still seeming to largely miss the point about the Non-progressive Democrats of America, do at at least appear to have a handle on what it is that Kerry is running for this time around. The fact that their acronym is “PDA” never ceases to crack me up.

Fair and Balanced!

Its no secret, or at least should be no surprise, that I do not trust the New York Times. But sometimes they agree with me.

In accordance with the NYT’s aggressive pro-gay-marriage agenda (picture the announcements revenue when we get same-sex nuptuals in New York State!), The Paper of Record has an interesting article arguing that homo relationships are “healthier” on average than straight ones. And by “healthier,” they mean more egalitarian.

Huh.

Thanks for pointing this out!

How do you get a reverse-bikini-tan-line sunburn? If you would like to try this at home, email me for further instruction.

Trying to help you out, people!

This never gets old:

funny salutatorian speech 2
haiti economy 1
vintage gay 1
go wild wolf facts 1
rape body 1
pictures of u.s. wwii soldiers from ny a 1
ray bradbury 1
“stuff educated black people like” 1
clothing and history