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China congratulates Mugabe on presidential election win [Xinhua]

Posted in China, Mugabe, Zimbabwe on August 13, 2013 by Zuo Shou / 左手

BEIJING, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) – China has congratulated Robert Mugabe on his reelection as Zimbabwean president and his Zanu-PF party’s election victory, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Thursday.

Hong said President Xi Jinping has sent a congratulatory message to Mugabe.

“As a good friend, China hopes Zimbabwe will use the election as an opportunity to make greater progress in national rejuvenation and development,” Hong said.

He added that China will firmly support the African nation’s efforts in safeguarding national stability and development.

Article link: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-08/08/c_132614527.htm

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Africa under imperialist siege – Attacks escalate on Libya, Ivory Coast, Zimbabwe [Workers World]

Posted in Africa, Australia, Canada, DPR Korea, Egypt, EU, European Union, France, Gaza, George W. Bush, Greece, Hugo Chavez, IMF - International Monetary Fund, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mugabe, NATO, Obama, Portugal, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, U.K., US imperialism, USA, Venezuela, Zimbabwe on April 17, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Published Apr 14, 2011

U.S., U.N. and NATO military forces have intensified the implementation of policies aimed at total economic domination and regime change for states that resist interference in their internal affairs.  As Africa becomes more of a major source for exploiting oil, strategic minerals and agricultural commodities, the continent will be under increasing pressure from Western capitalist countries.

Military attacks against African states are accelerating at a time when the capitalist governments in Western Europe and North America continue to assert that the recovery from the global recession is well underway.  Nonetheless, a recent International Monetary Fund forecast indicates that the imperialist states are still very concerned about the future stability of the world markets.

An IMF World Economic Outlook reports, “Among the challenges are rising oil prices, unrest in the Middle East, continued inflation in China and debt problems in Europe.  The recovery has solidified, but the unemployment remains high.” (BBC News, April 11)

The IMF cites fears related to the cutoff of oil supplies, unrest in North Africa and the Middle East, and the gloomy economic picture facing Portugal, Greece, Spain and the Irish Republic.  The African countries that have been targeted for destabilization and regime change are large-scale producers of oil and other valuable resources and commodities.

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African Union blasts western intervention, backs Gaddafi [The 4th Media]

Posted in Africa, Black propaganda, Corporate Media Critique, EU, European Union, Libya, Media smear campaign, Mugabe, NATO, Zimbabwe on March 19, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

[This article preceded the passage of the UNSC resolution rendering Libya vulnerable to foreign military intervention by about one day. – Zuo Shou 左手]

by Anna Varfolomeeva

March 17, 2011

During a recent meeting the African Union’s Peace and Security Council decided to back Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in his efforts to keep the situation in the country under control in spite of the decisions by the Arab League and the UN on sanctions against Libyan government.

The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) stands by Gaddafi in his clampdown on armed rebels in his country, the Herald (Zimbabwe) reported on March 11.  The PSC recognized that the situation in Libya was ripe for undue Western interference and hence there was a need to support Gaddafi.

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Editorial – Behind the demonizing of Gadhafi [Workers World]

Posted in Africa, Bahrain, Belgium, Egypt, France, Genocide, Germany, IMF - International Monetary Fund, Italy, Jordan, Libya, Mugabe, Obama, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sudan, U.K., Zimbabwe on March 4, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手
Published Mar 2, 2011 4:50 PM

Africa continues to be the most underdeveloped continent, despite having the world’s most abundant mineral wealth.

The United States in 1847 created Liberia as a place to send freed African-American slaves.  Eventually it became the biggest rubber plantation in the world.  In the late 19th century, most of the rest of Africa was carved up by the European colonial powers, including Germany, Britian, Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and Belgium.  By the time of World War I, Africa was nothing more than a gigantic plantation, with hundreds of millions of African peoples made into virtual slaves and their resources ripped off to help enrich European and U.S. capitalists.

After World War II, anti-colonial struggles spread like wildfire throughout Africa, bringing forth dynamic African leaders at the head of campaigns for independence and sovereignty from their former colonial oppressors. T hese heroic leaders included Patrice Lumumba, Amilcar Cabral, Samora Machel and Kwame Nkrumah.

Libya had been an Italian colony until Italy’s defeat in World War II.  After the war, the U.S. and Britain set up a monarchy in Libya under King Idris I.  Moammar al-Gadhafi was a military officer when he led a coup in 1969 against the monarchy.  This led to the nationalization of Libya’s oil and social gains for the Libyan people.

In recent years, however, U.S. sanctions and military aggression against the Gadhafi regime led the government to make concessions and agree to austerity measures demanded by imperialist banks, all of which fueled unrest in the population.

On top of this growing imperialist intervention and pressure, the capitalist media are carrying out a vicious, vindictive campaign against Gadhafi, characterizing him in demonizing, racist terms like “mad dog.”  Such terms are never used to describe former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak or other U.S. puppets in the Arab world, from Saudi Arabia to Jordan to Bahrain.

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China urges West to lift sanctions against Zimbabwe [Xinhua]

Posted in Africa, China, Mugabe, Sanctions as weapon of war, Western nations' human rights distortions, Zimbabwe on February 13, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

HARARE, Feb. 11 (Xinhua) — Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Friday called on the West to lift sanctions they imposed on Zimbabwe while Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe applauded the Asian giant for its continued political and economic support.

Addressing journalists soon after meeting Zimbabwe President Mugabe, Yang, who is on a two-day visit, said Zimbabweans and other African people have a right to choose their own development path.

"We believe there should be the lifting of sanctions by certain countries.  We think that is the voice of the Zimbabwean people and that is also the view of all the parties concerned here in Zimbabwe," Yang said, adding that no country has a right to dictate to another.

"We believe all nations should respect each others sovereignty and territorial integrity," he said.

"China believes that Africans have the right to choose their own way of development as they are the masters of the African continent.  All others are just guests," he said.

Yang said that China appreciates assistance from Africa and would also continue to reciprocate the support.

Addressing the Chinese delegation earlier, Zimbabwean President Mugabe said the West continues to persecute Zimbabwe through sanctions for the decision the county took to empower its people through land.

He said the imposition of sanctions was despite the fact that Zimbabwe and Britain had agreed that the former would redistribute the land while the latter would compensate affected farmers.

"The Western countries have imposed sanctions on us for taking our land although we had discussed this in 1979. That is what started the problem," Mugabe said.

Mugabe said Britain had since turned to political reasons such as human rights, democracy and rule of law to justify continued sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe.

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“New York Times: Democracy is Bad for US Foreign Policy” by Stephen Gowans [what’s left]

Posted in Capitalist media double standard, Corporate Media Critique, Egypt, Mugabe, State Department, Tunisia, US imperialism, USA, Western nations' human rights distortions, Zimbabwe on January 31, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

January 26, 2011

By Stephen Gowans

Here’s New York Times reporter Mark Landler on Washington’s reaction to the popular uprising in Egypt against the anti-liberal democratic, human rights-abusing Hosni Mubarak, a “staunch ally.”

Washington is “proceeding gingerly, balancing the democratic aspirations of young Arabs with cold-eyed strategic and commercial interests.”

In other words, democracy and human rights are fine, but not when strategic and commercial interests are at stake.

Landler goes on to say that Washington’s cold-eyed commitment to realpolitik and profits “sometimes involves supporting autocratic and unpopular governments — which has turned many of those young people against the United States.”

Well, there’s nothing amiss in Landler’s observation except his downplaying of the frequency with which Washington supports autocratic and unpopular governments – often rather than sometimes.

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