>mfw Mugabe is a terrible leader and calls anyone who criticizes his decisions “born again colonialists”

>mfw Mugabe calls gays worse than dogs and pigs

>mfw Zimbabwe is one of the most corrupt countries in the world under his leadership

>mfw Mugabe publicly admitted that he is out of touch with the very country under his authority

>mfw Mugabe threatens unspecified actions against the LGBT community in Zimbabwe and promised to expel any foreign diplomats who are homosexual

>mfw Tumblr fucking loves this guy because fuck whitey

“A billboard for ‘The Zimbabwean Newspaper’ made entirely of worthless Zimbabwean bank notes. What more proof do you need of a country’s total economic collapse than being able to paste trillions and trillions and trillions of dollar notes onto a billboard and it is still cheaper than if you had used paper?”
Against Slavoj Zizek's smear job on Nelson Mandela

By Carlos Martinez

Typical posturing coffee-shop-radical claptrap from Slavoj Zizek. How wonderful to be a well-paid, well-respected European critical theorist and have the luxury of saying that all oppressed peoples’ attempts to create a new world - be it in South Africa, Cuba, Zimbabwe, China, Korea, the former Soviet Union, etc - have been worse than useless. How great to be able to totally ignore all objective factors (little things like, errr, IMPERIALISM, the collapse of the USSR, total US geopolitical dominance of the early 1990s, the global rise of neoliberalism, massive droughts, etc) and focus entirely on the subjective factor, ie “how to move further from Mandela without becoming Mugabe”. 

He tells us that life is just as bad for black South Africans now as it was under apartheid. Clearly he is not one of those dogmatic people who measures quality of life in terms of food security, housing, or the availability of clean running water, electricity and educational opportunities - all of which are MUCH better now for South Africans (not to say they are perfect, they obviously aren’t). 

He says that “the rise of political and civil rights is counterbalanced by the growing insecurity, violence and crime”. This is a fundamentally racist point. Before 1994, whites had all the political and civil rights, and only blacks suffered from the extreme levels of insecurity, violence and crime. Now everybody has the political and civil rights, and whites have lost their automatic protection from violence and crime (well, it’s been a violent society ever since the whites turned up!). 

“If we merely abolish the market (inclusive of market exploitation) without replacing it with a proper form of the communist organisation of production and exchange, domination returns with a vengeance, and with it direct exploitation.” Great. And while we’re at it, how about we build a lovely utopia up in the clouds where the sun is always shining, people dance salsa day and night, and a bowl of marshmallows constitutes a nutritious meal? Socialism is born from capitalism, and it inherits many defects. Overcoming these and moving towards a sane, equal, prosperous society is the work of many generations. Furthermore, socialism is unable to develop freely in the era of imperialism, hence the number one priority being to end (or at least marginalise) imperialism. Tellingly, there’s not a single mention of imperialism in Zizek’s article. 

And the parting shot: “We can safely surmise that, on account of his doubtless moral and political greatness, he was at the end of his life also a bitter old man, well aware how his very political triumph and his elevation into a universal hero was the mask of a bitter defeat. Mandela’s universal glory is also a sign that he really didn’t disturb the global order of power.” Yeah… because imperialism was totally happy for apartheid to die, yes? The ruling classes of Britain, France, Portugal, Belgium, Germany, Spain and the US were more than happy for African countries to get their liberation, and that’s why they organised endless ‘civil’ wars, interventions and campaigns of destabilisation? 

The fact is that there is *still* an international campaign of destabilisation against South Africa. SA’s main trading partner is China; it is the only African member of BRICS; it’s a significant military force; it has excellent state relations with Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Namibia, Zambia (unlike in the apartheid days when it was occupying or waging war on those countries); it retains close ties with evil-communist-dictatorship Cuba. There are very few things the US and European ruling classes would like more than to see the 'Democratic Alliance’ apartheid-nostalgia-brigade come to power in South Africa, and the barrage of 'left’-sounding critiques of Mandela being printed in the mainstream press is in support of that aim. So the 'strategy’ of this wonderful Marxist philosopher Zizek is to unite with the right against the not-quite-left-enough. Thanks but no thanks.

Don’t forget, Zizek was part of the counter-revolution in Yugoslavia. He actually participated in creating the world situation that Mandela, the ANC and all liberation movements have had to cope with since the destruction of the socialist bloc. - redguard

New Hope for Zimbabwe Flood Victims

The thousands of flood victims in Zimbabwe’s Tokwe-Mukorsi dam basin now have something that has been in rare supply: hope.

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Photo credit: A woman stands in front of a pile of her household property at Chingwizi transit camp, which the government forcibly shut down in August 2014. © 2014 Davison Mudzingwa

VOA: ICG: Mugabe Party Blocking Reforms

The International Crisis Group says it is unlikely Zimbabwe will hold elections by the constitutionally mandated deadline of June 2013. In a new report, the ICG says President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party is the main obstacle to timely and fair elections.

Zimbabwe analysts say the report correctly highlights the need for tougher mediation by the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Piers Pigou, ICG’s Southern Africa Project Director, says ZANU-PF is blocking wide-ranging political reforms spelled out in the 2008 Global Political Agreement (GPA), which established Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government.

“A number of people inside ZANU-PF have said that they are not going to negotiate themselves out of power,” he says. “If they construe any reform as weakening their hegemony, they are not going to support those kinds of processes, so there is little incentive to pursue a reform strategy which might weaken it.”

The GPA outlines a series of reforms, including a new constitution, to be carried out by ZANU-PF, the former opposition MDC party and a smaller MDC faction. But Pigou says there has been no “significant” progress in implementing the agreement since March, when SADC’s Zimbabwe mediator, South African President Jacob Zuma, made a speech in Livingstone, Zambia. In that speech, Zuma, without naming names, blamed ZANU-PF for blocking reforms to achieve free and fair elections.

Pigou says when negotiators referred their points of contention to the principals - President Mugabe, MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirai and small MDC president Welshman Ncube - the principals found solutions, which were then ignored on the ground.

“We get a sense that SADC is sitting on its hands in the post-Livingstone consensus,“ says Pigou. "We don’t see them stepping up to the plate in terms of the violations that have continued in the post-Livingstone setting - the continued harassments, the arrests of cabinet ministers, the invasion of parliament, the  violence over the last couple of months. We don’t see an adequate, an expeditious response from SADC.”

In June, SADC officials agreed to send a three-man technical team to Harare to help the multi-party Joint Implementation and Monitoring Committee resolve a large number of political issues and day-to-day problems.

The SADC team has yet to arrive.

“At the moment, I am not expecting much from SADC until it gets its people on the ground in order to be able to inform itself, because at the moment it is completely reliant on the Zimbabwean parties themselves, who are continuing to present positions that are diametrically opposed in terms of analysis and substance,” says Pigou.

He says all attempts at reforming the security sector, which is controlled by ZANU-PF, have failed.

Veteran Zimbabwe analyst Brian Raftopoulos says President Mugabe, who is 87 and in uncertain health, is hindering progress toward free and fair elections.

“I think the central problem around the GPA is the problem within ZANU-PF, the succession issue, which has been a major problem not just for ZANU but for the people of Zimbabwe, and the fact that ZANU cannot conceive of itself as a party which can lose power,” says Raftopoulos. “The idea that ZANU thinks it owns the state is a key problem.”

Raftopoulos says the SADC should do more to resolve outstanding GPA issues such as security reform and consider suspending Zimbabwe from the SADC if it fails to fulfill GPA obligations.

“We are seeing in [the Arab world], for example, the strong stand taken by the Arab League around the Syrian question,” he says. “It is important for regional organizations to understand that they can play a positive role, that they can take strong measures like suspension, and that option needs to be made known if Mugabe and ZANU-PF continue to carry on [the] recalcitrant stand they are making. But one hopes it doesn’t get to that. [One hopes] there will be movement through negotiators and that lessons will [be] drawn from what is happening elsewhere on the continent.”

Ibbo Mandaza is a former senior member of ZANU-PF and an academic who leads a political think tank in Harare. He says intellectuals are mapping out ideas to reform the GPA so the inclusive government could continue beyond 2013 in order to avoid ZANU-PF political violence.

“The violence has always been related to elections and we have been saying to [concerned] parties, ‘Stop talking about elections,’” he says. “If you put the election issue on the back burner, there won’t be violence or there will be less violence. Institutional mechanisms related to GPA will make violence increasingly impossible.”

Zimbabwe’s last elections in 2008 were marred by numerous killings and beatings, most of them administered by ZANU-PF supporters against Mugabe’s opponents.



Mugabe & the White African

I was skeptical at first, and then I saw this film.



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Inspired by accounts that Zimbabwe’s despotic President, Robert Mugabe, sought treatment from a white psychiatrist, Breakfast With Mugabe is a suspenseful, suddenly violent play that highlights issues of our time.

When: December 29th 2013-March 2nd 2014 Where: The Lion Theater, 410 West 42nd street, Between 9th and 10th, Avenue, New York.


On Sunday January 26th, 8pm-12am Eastern Time we will be giving away a free ticket!

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