Those Rat Bastards

I just happened to check the news out of Zimbabwe and those sneaky propaganda machine of the British government i.e. the Bullshit British Corporation have this little sidebar of Robert Mugabe’s career on this article in which these imperialist assholes describe the taking back of Zimbabwean land from white colonial invaders as “2000 – Land Invasion start.”

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Land invasion? Wait, weren’t the imperialist the invaders into Zimbabwe? Am I the only one who’s noticing this? I call onto all people everywhere in the world who have suffered under imperialism/colonial rule to demand an immediate apology from the BBC and front page retraction for the use of “land invasion” to describe the land return to Zimbabweans from colonial robbers/murderers of Zimbabwe and its people in 2000. I also call onto an immediate investigation of the BBC’s misconduct/hidden agenda during its long coverage of Zimbabwe since 2000, as they have demonstrated a clear and disturbing pattern of biases/propaganda “reports” towards Zimbabwe.

It is unacceptable for an organization that masks itself as “news” to take the side of the British government and become an advocate organization. The BBC can either choose to be a news observer or become the FOX NEWS of the British government and its policies towards Zimbabwe. No middle way.PS: Pass this call to all the blogs and independent press out there in order to get to the bottom of the BBC’s real hidden agenda towards Zimbabwe since the 2000 land redistribution.

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5 thoughts on “Those Rat Bastards

  1. justzimbabwe

    I noticed this troubling language as well. Another problem with the BBC’s coverage has been that they keep referring to the 2000 land policy as the beginning of Zimbabwe’s problems. You don’t even have to go back to colonialism to see the undue influence of Western economic interference in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s economy was already sliding pre-2000, before the imposition of sanctions and before controversial elections. Dating the Zimbabwe crisis to 2000, as the BBC repeatedly does in its coverage, ignores a very crucial part of the trajectory of the country’s present problems. R
    emember Zimbabwe’s two-phase, IMF and World Bank sponsored Structural Adjustment Program (SAP), first introduced in 1990? The hardship imposed by these failed, IFI-driven policies played a critical , and too often ignored role in creating the economic crisis.

    Zimbabwe suffers from BOTH an economic and political crisis. They are distinct, yet integrally related. Analyzing the situation there from either a purely political or a purely economic standpoint will result in dangerously misguided conclusions.

    – Michael, Africa Action

  2. Om

    Michael, both of your points are excellent and show clear understanding of what has happened to Zimbabwe but the BBC, whose many of its staff and reporters have a connection to Zimbabwe pre-land redistribution, continues to advocate its monolithic views of blaming Mugabe’s land reforms as the ills of Zimbabwe, despite the fact that Zimbabwe has had worse sanctions imposed on by the British government and its puppet allies than Sudan has had for its now almost five years of genocide in Darfur. The IFI’s are the enemis of developing countries, whether its WB or IMF. If Zimbabwe is to get out of this hole that it is in now, none of these IFI policies should be on the table, if the MDC happens to win the elections because the economic situation of Zimbabwe will not get better.

  3. Hi Om,

    The MDC is a neoliberal party, that wants to privatise state companies and introduce school and hospital fees. They are doing exactly what the IMF and WB did in the 1990s.

    This is something obviously never mentioned by the BBC.

    The country of Zimbabwe has been under a credit freeze since 2002, the very year it’s trade surplus collapsed into a trade deficit – and for that very and obvious reason. Don’t hold your breath trying to find that out from the BBC.

    This is something obviously never mentioned by the BBC.

    The country of Zimbabwe has been under a credit freeze since 2002, the very year it’s trade surplus collapsed into a trade deficit – and for that very and obvious reason. Don’t hold your breath trying to find that out from the BBC.

    Zimbabwe’s Trade Deficit in millions of US dollars (the negative deficit is a surplus) (1)

    2000 -295.6
    2001 -322.5
    2002 18.2
    2003 108.3

    Notice the big drop in the trade surplus in the year 2002 (and the previously rising trend), the year the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 froze the Zimbabwean government’s lines of credit. Most international trade works on credit. This ended in 2002. Citing the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 (ZDERA), which came in effect in Januari 2002:

    QUOTE:

    SEC. 4. SUPPORT FOR DEMOCRATIC TRANSITION AND ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

    (c) MULTILATERAL FINANCING RESTRICTION- … the Secretary of the Treasury shall instruct the United States executive director to each international financial institution to oppose and vote against–

    (1) any extension by the respective institution of any loan, credit, or guarantee to the Government of Zimbabwe; or

    (2) any cancellation or reduction of indebtedness owed by the Government of Zimbabwe to the United States or any international financial institution.

    END QUOTE.

    The institutions affected by this bill are:
    QUOTE

    SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

    (1) INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS- The term `international financial institutions’ means the
    multilateral development banks and the
    International Monetary Fund.

    (2) MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANKS- The term `multilateral development banks’ means the
    International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the
    International Development Association, the
    International Finance Corporation, the
    Inter-American Development Bank, the
    Asian Development Bank, the
    Inter-American Investment Corporation, the
    African Development Bank, the
    African Development Fund, the
    European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the
    Multilateral Investment Guaranty Agency.

    END QUOTE

    These are real, economic sanctions against ‘the Government of Zimbabwe’, not individual travel restrictions as the British government, the BBC and the MDC still want the Zimbabwean people to believe.

    The MDC called for these and more sanctions, the British and US governments implemented them.

    ZDERA was sponsored by Bill Frist (R-TN) and co-sponsored by Hillary Clinton, Joe Biden, Russ Feingold and Jesse Helms. There are a lot of interesting links there too.

    In summary, it is safe to say that this economic hit on Zimbabwe was the origin of the government’s attempt to compensate by inflating it’s way out of this sudden absence of credit is the origin of hyperinflation. It is this hyperinflation and the dearth of foreign currency which caused the country’s economic problems – not land reform, not farm repossessions, not much else.

    (1) Source: Table 1: Zimbabwe – Key economic indicators, 2000–2007
    Special Report, FAO/WFP Crop And Food Supply Assessment Mission To Zimbabwe, 5 June 2007

    (2) The Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 can also be found at govtrack.us by using google:

    zimbabwe democracy economic recovery act 2001 govtrack

    http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=s107-494&version=enr&nid=t0%3Aenr%3A30

  4. Om

    Monsieurk,

    What an apt description! I wish I had these figures when I wrote my senior seminar paper thesis last Spring. But thank you nonetheless. These are gem data that prove the system and crippling sanctions that have destroyed the Zimbabwean economy since 2000. Every time the Western media write about Zimbabwe they peddle giant lies, “the land reform that led to the collapse of the economy of Zimbabwe,” that have turned even smart people into zombies who don’t question anything the media’s propaganda invents. But numbers don’t lie.

    Again, thanks for sharing these facts and figures.

  5. Hi Om,

    Thanks very much. Too bad it couldn’t make you thesis. I don’t know if you’ve read my blog, but I also posted some commentary on Christiane Amanpour’s interview with Robert Mugabe on CNN.

    http://maravi.blogspot.com/2009/10/sticky-mrk-amanpour-mugabe-debacle.html

    On the issue of the media – I used to have far too much respect forthe BBC as objective and evenhanded. However since Zimbabwe, they have been nothing but a propaganda piece for the British and US governments and their MDC.

    My first suspicions about the MDC came when I learned that Morgan Tsvangirai used to be a trade union leader, but that the MDC was now taking on board the same neoliberal policies that wreaked havoc on the economy from 1991 to 1996 as ESAP (Economic Structural Adjustment Programmes).

    (See the brilliant Antonia Juhasz’ article:
    The Tragic Tale of the IMF in Zimbabwe
    by Antonia Juhasz
    March 7th, 2004 )

    http://antonia.live.radicaldesigns.org/article.php?id=125

    If someone can betray their ideals to such a degree, they either didn’t have ideals to begin with, or along the way they decided they would rather make money instead.

    And then there is the large number of Rhodesians running around in the MDC. The MDC party treasurer is Roy Bennett, a former Selous Scout under Ian Smith.

    Right now, they are desperately trying to prevent the Zimbabwean population from finding out that they were the cause of Zimbabwe’s economic misery.

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