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DYING FOR “QUIET DIPLOMACY”

By ATWadmin On September 20th, 2007 at 5:28 am

072204G_large.jpgI know we have covered this one quite regularly but I was interested to read that Zimbabwe is spiralling out of control with real inflation running at 13,000 per cent, four out of five of the population living in abject poverty and four million others having fled to neighbouring countries.

The…ahem… Brussels-based International Crisis Group (ICG) said yesterday that Western sanctions had failed to weaken the regime of Robert Mugabe and that "international actors must close ranks" behind South African President Thabo Mbeki’s efforts to mediate in the crisis.

The report said attacks by Western leaders have been "counterproductive", allowing Mr Mugabe to rail against neo-colonialism, and that targeted sanctions against the regime had been largely "symbolic". Mr Mbeki’s "quiet diplomacy", which has culminated in talks between members of the ruling party and opposition leaders in South Africa, has been widely criticised for providing the Mugabe regime with international cover. But the ICG said this route, while "fragile", offered the only realistic chance of progress.

Sorry? Mbeki has shown zero interest in dealing with Mugabe’s onslaught on the people of Zimbabwe so the idea that more of this will somehow help those poor starving people under Mugabe’s jackboot is risible and could only come from Brussels-based uber-liberal "conflict resolution" cabal. Africa lacks leaders who care about democracy and freedom and Mbeki is a spectacular failure in my book.

the sins of our fathers

By ATWadmin On September 16th, 2007 at 10:19 am

One of the very few lights in the darkness which Zimbabwe has become accustomed to was the lone voice of Archbishop Pius Ncube. A leader of the many Roman Catholics in that direly-troubled country who spoke out against the monstrous oppression of the Mugabe Government, he has been, it seems, temporarily silenced by a lawsuit claiming he committed adultery with a married woman. The aggrieved husband has brought a 20 Billion Zim dollar ( the amount reflects the 8,000% p.a. inflation raging across the country) action against the Archbishop, and the video footage of the evidence has been splashed across the Zimbabwe television network.

The Archbishop has requested permission to resign as Archbishop, and the Vatican has granted his request; he remains a bishop, and has vowed to clear his name!

Now two things crossed my mind when I heard commentary on this story. the first thing was that everyone should be thankful the act was with a woman, and the second was why on earth did he resign? The only acceptable reason for leaving such a high-profile post so abruptly is that he was guilty of this transgression, and so was fatally flawed in his attempts to argue against the Mugabe dictaorship. By his actions, Bishop Ncube has handed his detractors a victory, because he will never be able to preach from the high moral tones he used previously.

Problem is, apart from the video and the lawsuit, the only alternative view is that the Bishop was ‘set up’ by the Central Intelligence Organisation, a crew of bully-boys and butchers who guard their beloved President with fervour, and hold murder, torture and blackmail amongst their weaponry. The last time they targeted a high-profile opponent of Mugabe, they patched a video together which seemed to state that an Opposition leader was arranging the assasination of their beloved leader. Unfortunately, the clock in the pictured footage kept flicking back and forwards, because the tape had been heavily edited. It seems the Zimbabwe grip on technology has at least grown more sophisticated!

They silence their critics one by one, and the dark cloud of Black Africa wins again! 

 

WRISTBANDS AGAINST GENOCIDE…

By ATWadmin On September 14th, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Excellent article here on Darfur chic. Heard about this yet?  Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art held a traveling photography exhibit of Darfur and the ICA packed auditorium had well-fed local glitterati to hear chin music about the four-year-old humanitarian crisis, as well as some real music from cellist Yo-Yo Ma.

"Who hasn’t been to Darfur? United Nations ambassador Angelina Jolie has visited the region several times and has even penned stirring op-ed columns, op. cit.: "It has become clear to me that there will be no enduring peace without justice," whatever that means. Ambassador Mia Farrow co-authored her own stirring op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, calling out director Steven Spielberg, who has been working on the Beijing Olympics.

"Is Mr. Spielberg, who in 1994 founded the Shoah Foundation to record the testimony of survivors of the Holocaust, aware that China is bankrolling Darfur’s genocide?" Farrow asked. Well, he is now. Spielberg hastily drafted a letter to Chinese president Hu Jintao, urging him to rethink his Sudan policy.

What effect have all the fashion shows, wristband sales and celebrity drop-ins – did someone mention George Clooney? – had on the millions of displaced persons in Darfur?

None whatsoever.

At the ICA event, Harvard’s Samantha Power noted that 2,000 African Union peacekeepers are patrolling an area the size of France, an effort she called "arguably better than nothing." "Arguably," as you know, is a synonym for "not."

It is certainly true that collective ignorance – willful on the part of some – in countries like the United States, Britain and France, helped seal the fate of Hitler’s victims. But it is also true that millions of Russian boys, and tens of thousands of American boys, lost their lives wiping the Third Reich off the face of the earth.

So which nation wants to sacrifice the lives of its young people to overthrow the al-Bashir government in Sudan? None, of course.

Until then, we’ll make do with wristbands and fashion shows."

THE END OF THE RAINBOW….

By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 4:11 pm

I was sorry to read that a journalist from north Belfast has been found murdered at his home in South Africa. Peter Cassidy (68), formerly from the Cavehill/Ballysillan Road area of Belfast, was discovered lying on the floor of his bedroom at his home in Polokwane in the Limpopo district in the north of the country. It is understood that he had suffered a head wound and had a rope around his neck. What a way to die, and what a stain on the increasingly lawless “Rainbow Nation” of South Africa! I note that in 2002, South Africa had 114.8 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, the world’s highest murder-rate and around five times higher than that of the second-highest country, Brazil. Whilst the MSM eulogise South Africa, this rampant lawlessness is not so frequently discussed. Why is is that murder is such an everyday occurrence in this country? Who is doing all this killing and what, if anything, is the South African Government’s response?

CHEEKY MONKEYS!

By ATWadmin On August 24th, 2007 at 3:52 pm

This gave me a laugh. Apparently sexist monkeys are making life a misery for women in the Kenyan village of  Nachu. 

According to local MP Paul Muite the monkeys have taken to harassing and mocking women in the village and even when the women have tried wearing their husbands’ clothes in an attempt to trick the monkeys into thinking they are men – this has failed.

"When we come to chase the monkeys away, we are dressed in trousers and hats, so that we look like men," resident Lucy Njeri told the BBC News website  "But the monkeys can tell the difference and they don’t run away from us and point at our breasts. They just ignore us and continue to steal the crops."

In addition to stealing their crops, the monkeys also make sexually explicit gestures at the women, they claim! Personally, I would suggest that uberfeminazi Germaine Greer be despatched straightaway to Nachu to deal with these sexist monkeys.

THE CORRUPTION OF AFRICA

By ATWadmin On August 18th, 2007 at 8:58 am

mugabe_ap203bod.jpgIt seems to me that the political elite across Africa are a spectacularly corrupt lot. How else to explain the warm welcome they gave to Robert Mugabe, the thug who terrorises Zimbabwe? Read this report of their risible efforts to downplay the horrors that Mugabe has visited upon his people – black and white. Inflation stands at about 4,500% in Zimbabwe and food shortages are common. Yet Zambia’s President reckons that Zimbabwe’s economic problems are "exaggerated"!!! If African leaders are SO morally corrupted that they happily turn a blind eye to Mugabe’s tyranny, how on earth will the African Union do anything of value in Darfur? Perhaps decades of receiving endless financial aid has conditioned these political leaders to think that the world really does owe them a living? It doesn’t. The sooner we ceasel financial aid to all these immoral clowns the better. It’s time Africa paid its way, not just its tyrants.

FIND NELSON MANDELA!

By ATWadmin On August 7th, 2007 at 6:41 pm

nelson.mandela.yasser.arafat.israel.plo.jpgHere’s a must-read article if you happen to labour under the illusion that Nelson Mandela is a virtuous man…

"Over the weekend, the New York Times published an open letter from the Elie Wiesel Foundation, originally released July 11, signed by 51 Nobel laureates, including Wiesel, the Dalai Lama, and a host of other luminaries, decrying the various British boycotts of Israel. These boycotts, the statement read, “glorify prejudice and bigotry.” But there is one man, reputed to know more about the horrific effects of “prejudice and bigotry” than anyone on earth, missing from the collection of signatories. The absence of his name is made even more conspicuous by the presence of another name: that of Frederick Willem de Klerk, the last apartheid-era President of South Africa, who ably helped his country transition into multi-racial democracy. The missing name, of course, belongs to Nelson Mandela. And its absence is not all too surprising…."

The article correctly points out that Mandela has always been a good friend to tyrants, and when it came to criticising the genocidal mania of his murdering tyrant next door Mugabe – Mandela stays mute. But such is the faux Sainthood bestowed on this old fraud by the MSM that to attack his politics is to be censured as the lowest of the low

UNAMID

By ATWadmin On August 1st, 2007 at 8:27 am

Guaranteed failure – I refer to the joint UN/African Union "Peace-Keeping" force that has been announced in response to the Darfur genocide. UK PM Gordon Brown was luxuriating in the favourable media-headlines yesterday with this Darfur initiative posited as a major triumph for him. Unamid, the name for the operation, will cost about a €1 Billion per year. I note that the Sudanese government succeeded in getting the language of the resolution toned down (Wouldn’t want to upset genocidal Arabs, right?) and are now happy to go with it. I bet.

What we saw at the UN yesterday was the vanity of politicians such as Brown who think that corrupt organisations – like the African Union and the UN – can "peace-keep" in a seething cauldron such as Darfur. I forecast the genocide will continue even as Brown and his pals congratulate each other on their humanitarianism. Just think Rwanda! We’ve been here before with the UN but each time we come back and the MSM hails their innate wonderfulness, even as the people die.

WHO WEARS THE TROUSERS?

By ATWadmin On July 26th, 2007 at 8:52 pm

Not women, judging by this remarkable tale of intolerance.

Gangs of men in a South African township stripped and flogged several women then forced them to parade in their underwear as a punishment for wearing trousers, South African media reported yesterday. Some men in the conservative Zulu township of Umlazi near Durban, in south-eastern South Africa, also torched the homes of women who refused to swap pants for skirts or dresses, and forced them to leave the area, eTV news said. “We quarrelled for a long time with men when they told us pants were not allowed,” one woman told the TV channel, pointing to a burnt-out shack where she once lived. Public broadcaster SABC said on its website men in the area had warned that any woman wearing trousers would be stripped to her underwear and barred from the neighbourhood. Equal rights for women are enshrined in the constitution but the country is battling one of the highest rates of rape in the world.

This is the rainbow nation, right? The great beaconl for all other African nations, right? Also, don’tcha just love the way the media insert the word "conservative" in describing the neo-Islamic fashion nazism of these goons? If this happened anywhere else, the media would be all over it but when it comes to South Africa, a different set of rules apply, right?

GENOCIDAL GRAND STANDING….

By ATWadmin On July 21st, 2007 at 2:39 pm

janjaweed_killers_on_the_hoof.gifSo. UK PM Gordon Brown and French President Nicolas Sarkozy say they are ready to travel together to Darfur to help end the bloodshed and famine that has claimed 200,000 lives. How so? Well, after a Franco-British mini-summit in Paris, the Prime Minister and the President announced a new diplomatic and economic initiative to try to halt the Sudanese civil war. If the initiative succeeded, they said they would go to Darfur,the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, and to neighbouring Chad to ensure the "peace process is moving forward".  Ah – ANOTHER peace process, I see. I bet you can guess what’s coming next!

Brown said Darfur was "one of the great, humanitarian disasters of our generation". "It’s happening even as we speak. It’s incumbent on the whole world to act," he said. "We will work for an immediate ceasefire on the ground. We will be prepared to contribute substantial sums in economic support as soon as a ceasefire makes it possible. We will be strong in saying, unless action is taken, we will be prepared to consider a toughening up of sanctions."( Note the lovely little "prepared to consider…"  caveat)

What a load of codswallop this all is! This whole "soft power" mentality of the Eurocrats is doomed to failure. The killing frenzy of the Janjaweed will not be stopped by buying them off. It will be stopped by taking an effective  combination of military and economic sanctions against the wicked Sudanese Government and its Janjaweed proxes. Responsibilty for this lies primarily with the mighty African Union. But then again, we know that the AU isn’t too bothered about genocide, if one considers its indifference to what Mugabe has been doing in Zimbabwe. Brown is off on a grandstanding tour of genocide land, trying to find ways to spend UK taxpayers money.