Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Mugabe calls top US official 'an idiot'

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — President Robert Mugabe described the U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs as "an idiot" after an acrimonious meeting between the two at an African summit in Libya, Zimbabwe's state media reported Monday.

The state Herald newspaper carried the remarks after a briefing Mugabe gave to Zimbabwean reporters at the end of last week's summit of the continentwide African Union.

U.S. Embassy officials in Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, where Assistant Secretary of State Johnnie Carson is visiting, would not comment on the remarks.

According to the Herald paper, Mugabe said nothing came out of those talks.

"You wouldn't speak to an idiot of that nature. I was very angry with him, and he thinks he could dictate to us what to do," Mugabe was quoted as saying.


Why do you arrest homeless Zimbabwean Refugees in Johannesburg? 

South African human rights organisations on Saturday condemned the arrest of about 300 destitute Zimbabwean nationals.

"We have been informed by the SAPS (South African Police Service) that the purpose of the raid was to clear the streets and enforce municipal bylaws," the Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Resources Centre said in a joint statement.

"Large numbers of SAPS and metro police swooped on 344 people seeking shelter from cold, shortly after midnight," the statement added.

Bishop Paul Verryn of the Central Methodist Church said among those arrested were women and children.

The church is situated in central Johannesburg and provides shelter to several hundred refugees, who sleep in the building, most of whom had fled the economic meltdown in Zimbabwe.

"This is definitely a political decision, we've had people living on the street all over the country for many years and they are not arrested. They are targeting specifically this area, they are trying to intimidate these people whose only crime is being poor," he said.


Mugabe Hardliners Resort To Manheru

When George Charamba's column in the Herald was withdrawn, we thought this was the Zanu (PF) Minister of Information, Webster Shamu's gesture that the national Press was no longer going to be used for party political purposes.

But despite controlling the sole broadcaster, the only national daily, and several weeklies – all of them spewing Zanu (PF) propaganda - Shamu has apparently realised that Zanu (PF) is still losing the propaganda battle, and has decided to bring back its vitriolic defender of the realm.

This is further proof that when government suppresses the creativity of its editors and forces them to tow one line, when the time comes for them to change, even in defense of the same government, they will not be capable.

Deluded Charamba back for hardliners' propaganda

But this will play itself out in front of our eyes, so we need not go deep into it, rather concentrate on Charamba who has come back on a misfiring note.

In his vain disillusion Charamba wrote as Nathniel Manheru on China's mysterious US$950m loan like one who was posses by an evil spirit, desperately trying to find a crack through which to infect the party that has shown in a few short months what it means to deliver to the people.


Films & Songs That Grew Us Up

 The A Team. Dukes of Hazzard. MacGyver. Six Million Dollar Man. Bionic Woman. The Big Valley. Highway to Heaven. Knight Rider. Little House on the Prairie. Flipper. Amen. 227. Saved by the Bell. We grew up on a rather American diet of entertainment served up every evening by ZBC. The Zimbo Jam takes a nostalgic look at the films, cartoons and songs that grew us up.

You are sure to be nostalgically tickled….

1980s-1990s: Films that grew us up

In addition to the ones mentioned above there was Saved by the Bell, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Dallas, Dynasty, Falcon Crest, Head of the Class, Skippy, Flipper, Sanford and Son, Green Acres, CHiPs and so many others.

1980s-1990s: Cartoons that grew us up

Voltron anyone? How about He Man, She-Ra, Rainbow, Danger Mouse, Inspector Gadget, Popeye, The Smurfs, Button Moon, Scooby Doo, Roger Ramjet, Fraggle Rock, Muppet Babies, Chipmunks, Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?


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