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Learnmore Jongwe - Zimbabwe's (unacknowledged and unrecognised) Stephen Biko...

Note I will be placing here photos of Josiah Tongogara, Herbert Chitepo, Chris Ishewokunze, Peter Pamire, Border Gezi, Moven Mahachi, Sydney Malunga, Cain Nkala and other victims murdered by the illegally and fraudulently elected President of Zimbabwe (rubber stamped by external Election Observers)

The subject matter is largely Zimbabwe and dictatorship. These are letters which I wrote (and still write) mainly to the Zimbabwe Independent, the UK Guardian Weekly, the UK Economist, the South African Mail and Guardian; also some to International Herald Tribune, Financial Times, BBC, CNN, Sky and others. I have had a good proportion published by the Guardian and by the Zimbabwe Independent - probably 75% plus of the letters below were published somewhere. It is difficult keeping track of what was published and what wasn't, so I am displaying them here also for the record. Watch this space....

I have been pretty busy between 2004/10 and 2006/03, but also everything here in Zimbabwe has been really just more of the same - everything I wrote was and is correct, and there is really little point in repeating the same truth when the person who needs to listen does not. And furthermore now they bulldoze your house if your mouth is too big...


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Letters below are in reverse date sequence....


The most recent - not-yet-indexed letters.........


A ‘new’ American Doctrine – with backing from Obama - 17 February 2009

Putting the Global Economic Train back on the Tracks - 17 February 2009

Zimbabwe – a time for an end to futile and childish political games - 17 February 2009

Zimbabwe – victory or sellout? - 13 February 2009

Zimbabwe – Politics as the art of postponing the inevitable - 26 January 2009

Zimbabwe - the Real Story an expose - 14 January 2009

Letter on Israel's Assault on Gaza - Late December 2008 - 29 December 2008 - to the UK Independent

Various letter regarding December 2008 Zimbabwe Economic, Political and Cholera Crisis - 24 December 2008

Various letter on Lansana Conte and Guinea - 24 December 2008

M3 fiddle while Zimbabwe burns - 24 November 2008

Global Realpolitik – and a way out from the Stalemate - 10 November 2008

Letter from Nairobi - 11 March 2007

ICG playing by Mugabe's rules - 2 September 2006

Zimbabwe Electricity Load-Shedding - 2 solutions - 30 August 2006

Zimbabwe Economy - time for Indexation - 27 August 2006

UK's new Commission on Cohesion - to Sky TV - 24 August 2006

amber henshaw is apologist for zenawi regime - to bbc network africa, 23 august 2006

kabila vs bemba - to bbc network africa, 23 august 2006

Aids Conference and UNAIDS astound with complacency, arrogance and lack of cost-effectiveness - 19 August 2006

Zimbabwean Mugabe/Gono economic resucue cannot succeed - 15 August 2006

Global Corruption - World Business Review - bbc radio sunday 13 August 2006

UN Reform is timely and necessary - 27 May 2006

Chinese Harming Africa's Development - 24 April 2006

Githongo and 3rd World Corruption - March 2006
Amnesty Zimbabwe Food Report - October 2004

Visual Check Zimbabwe's Wheat Harvest - 25 October 2004

Zimbabwe is a Society without Competition - 17 October 2004

Developing Africa - 10 October 2004 - to BBC TalkingPoint Program

Hunger now hitting Zimbabwe's rural poor - 4 October 2004

Time for Mugabe to further revitalise Zimbabe Economy - 4 September 2004

IMF and 3rd world development - 4 September 2004 - to Talkingpoint BBC World Service Radio

Miscellanous quotes by Mugabe and by the recently-deceased Eddison Zbovgo (RIP) - 4 September 2004

My comment on New African Magazine Poll - 6 September 2004

New African Magazine - Your 100 Greatest Africans of all time - August 2004

Alex Weir comment on the Afrobar study - 21 August 2004
Afro Barometer poll on Zimbabweans' attitudes - August 2004

Zimbabwe Economic Mini-Boom is over - 25 July 2004

Tsvangirai attack confirms Mugabe's enduring unsuitability - 3 July 2004

Mugabe's gambit ends in stalemate - 6 June 2004
Mugabe Interview Sky TV - transcript plus my commentary - 24 May 2004

Mugabe - departure delayed (again) - 19 May 2004

Iraq Photos Scandal - 10 May 2004

Zimbabwe - why is government manipulating food production figures? - 10 May 2004

South Africa-going same way as zimbabwe?

Open Letter to the IMF over Zimbabwe - March 2004

Idi Amin and the International Community

Zimbabwe 7 months later - the experiment has made us poor

Sierra Leone International Court

Give us online versions of Zimbabwe Independent newspaper daily

Mugabe's Secret Deal

Resolving zimbabwe's banknote crisis - July 2003

RBZ and Government have no grasp of severity of problem.

Reasons for removing sadaam (zimbabwe perspective)

Mugabe Exit Plan

Mugabe a British Agent?

Zimbabwe - a call to the middle classes

Mugabe sabc tv Interview 1700 hrs GMT sunday 8 June 2003

Zimbabwe - the actions of a Great Leader?

Zimbabwe - street demos broken up

Zimbabwe - Time is of the Essence

SABC Ignorance

Mugabe - time for big shots to reveal secrets

Let Zanu-PF deal with Mugabe

Nigerian election a lesson

NO political polarisation in zimbabwe - April 2003

Zimbabwe - a positive correction

International Community and Mugabe

Mugabe's impending confrontation

Mugabe Succession

Mugabe regime comparable with north korea

Distributing food by political affiliation continues in Zimbabwe

Dealing with Dictators Globally

Mugabe-in-a-Box - February 2003

Iraqis' suffering can be made worse - December 2002

Zimbabwe's misery

Hunger as Political Tool

The Zimbabwean Model

attn tony blair-iraq-from Zimbabwe Africa

Mugabe - crimes worse than genocide

The Beginning of the End

Open Letter to Robert Gabriel Mugabe

Mugabe a Clear and Present Danger

Wheat rotting in fields of zimbabwe? - October 2002

Suicide Marchers

Zimbabwe's impending food crisis

3 important things happened in the last 7 days:

Resignation Required

Zimbabwe 25, Malawi 65

A question of morality

Zimbabwe - massive fraud - March 2002

Window of opportunity for zimbabwe - October 2001

Zimbabwe's People and Economy Trapped - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper March 29-April 4 2001

Solution for Dubious Elections - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper June 1-7, 2000

Land Reform in Zimbabwe - a workable plan - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper April 20-26 2000


Factors which cause and perpetuate global poverty

Iraq - invade to eliminate a dictator

Blair should go after 2 terms

Aids Advice

Pharma Companies promoting AIDS Deaths - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper August 8-14 2002



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Aid will become unnecessary

Give the Third World the power to regularly replace their leaders and to choose the leaders they want and development will commence and Aid will become unnecessary.

The present electoral sham which is encouraged by Carter Center, IFES, IDEA, EU etc is responsible for the myriad of dictators (pro-western and anti-western) who litter the landscape of the Third World and the Middle East.

It is that simple - save western taxpayers money AND save the Third World - this is a win-win proposition.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare (software developer currently working on EU-funded Aid Effectiveness Improvement Project)

ps - the unfraudable voting system? - find it at http://cd3wd.com/SEEV/index.htm


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Rigged Elections are the curse of the Third World

Rigged Elections are the curse of the Third World and the Middle East. With 2009 technology they can become immediately obsolete. But the West and China do not want unriggable elections, and will conduct political assassination to prevent their implementation. Meanwhile the young and the brave must die needlessly to buttress the corrupt and their Western collaborators.

Mr Alex Weir,
Unfraudable Voting Systems Developer, Harare and Gaborone


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De Beers collaboration with Taylor

At one point, Charles Taylor was ready to stop the war in Liberia and Sierra Leone. But De Beers wanted the war to continue for another 6 months for reasons to do with diamond supply and the diamond price. So they paid Taylor US$ 50 Million to continue the war.

Why dont we see De Beers also in the ICC?

Mr Alex Weir,
Gaborone and Harare


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Remove these pro-western and anti-western corrupt and looting dictators

In order to remove these pro-western and anti-western corrupt and looting dictators who are holding back human and economic development throughout the Third World and the Middle East we need to implement fraud-proof voting systems.

These exist, but Gordon Brown and British Intelligence are terribly afraid of the consequences of using them.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Aid and Development online Management Information System

Yes - let us have an online Management Information System which tells us where the Taxpayers' Aid and Development money goes and to what kinds of Projects and through which Contracting Companies.

Then extend that to the whole of government and let us over a few years create a leaner and more effective British Government machine at home and overseas.

Of course there would be some casualties when transparency gets going - and it would be a Good Thing.

And dont let the Labour and Tory PR merchants get their hands on such an MIS, or it would rapidly start telling lies instead of the Truth.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare
(working on an EC-funded online Aid and Development MIS System)


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Voting to choose Aid Projects

GBP 40 million is about 0.6% of UK DFID's total annual Aid Spending. A drop in the Ocean. Thus as usual with British politicians - style over substance. But it could be a good thing - depends how it is handled. What a shame that the alleged journalist Savage could not put the 40 million in context and I have to do it instead.

Let us hope that the population can see the merit of giving fraud-proof election and voting systems to the Third World, thereby ousting pro-western dictators. How will that sit with the Conservatives corporate backers?


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Bad African Rulers

Bad African rulers already have 3 friends with hypocritical agendas - Britain, USA and France secretly back a slew of pro-western dictators across Africa, the Middle East and beyond.

They reject fraud-proof voting and election systems because that would upset their profitable little applecart and reduce the "stability" which pro-western dictators bring to western business and to the west's need for natural resources.

The Chinese are playing the same game, but they have little or no hypocrisy.

The solution - implement un-fraudable elections globally. The people will then take care of dictators of the pro-western and the anti-western variety.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Fraud Proof Voting Systems for the Third World

Douglas Alexander needs to break out of the conventional - a la Barack Obama - and embrace an innovation which will bring real development to Third World Countries and enable DFID to close down and save the taxpayers a lot of dubious spending. The innovation is fraud-proof voting systems for the Third World, which frightens the life out of FCO, MOD, MI6 and Gordon Brown, but which DFID should be embracing.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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1st class life

Barack Obama, like most Americans, has a vision that a 1st class life is for USA, 2nd class for Europe, Canada, Australia, South Africa, 3rd class for the 3rd world, and 4th class for Africa.

The best thing for Africa would be real democracy - the right to un-fraudable elections.

The Carter Center and IFES are hostile to such a concept and to such an implementation.

It would be interesting to see where Obama stands on this issue.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone.


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Best Way to Help Developing World

The Third World and the Middle East suffer horribly from Dictatorship. A dictator is someone who frauds elections to remain in power and/or to gain power. Making elections unfraduable is the best remedy. That would take down the 95% of dictators globally who are pro-western dictators and the 5% who are anti-western dictators. The result would be a great reduction in the monies flowing to secret Western banks and tax havens, much greater democracy, freedom, justice and development for the populations of the Third World. Bring on unfraudable election and voting systems! They exist, but - surprise - the West doesnt want them. Why not? Think about it. The world is not how it seems and not as laid out by Western liberal press like Independent, Guardian, Economist, IHT, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Sky etc.. And the problem and the solution are not as laid out by Sachs, Bono, Clinton, Blair, Brown, Geldof.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone
(currently working on an EU-funded Aid Effectiveness Project)


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How Obama can help Africa and Third World

The Third World and the Middle East suffer horribly from Dictatorship. A dictator is someone who frauds elections to remain in power and/or to gain power. Making elections unfraduable is the best remedy. That would take down the 95% of dictators globally who are pro-western dictators and the 5% who are anti-western dictators. The result would be a great reduction in the monies flowing to secret Western banks and tax havens, much greater democracy, freedom, justice and development for the populations of the Third World. Bring on unfraudable election and voting systems! They exist, but - surprise - the West doesnt want them. Why not? Think about it. The world is not how it seems and not as laid out by Western liberal press like Independent, Guardian, Economist, IHT, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Sky etc.. And the problem and the solution are not as laid out by Sachs, Bono, Clinton, Blair, Brown, Geldof.

Obama - see through the facade - implement unfraudable elections globally.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone
(currently working on an EU-funded Aid Effectiveness Project)


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Beyond Aid to Self-Reliance

The Third World and the Middle East suffer horribly from Dictatorship. A dictator is someone who frauds elections to remain in power and/or to gain power. Making elections unfraduable is the best remedy. That would take down the 95% of dictators globally who are pro-western dictators and the 5% who are anti-western dictators. The result would be a great reduction in the monies flowing to secret Western banks and tax havens, much greater democracy, freedom, justice and development for the populations of the Third World. Bring on unfraudable election and voting systems!

They exist, but - surprise - the West doesnt want them. Why not? Think about it. The world is not how it seems and not as laid out by Western liberal press like Independent, Guardian, Economist, IHT, BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera, Sky etc.. And the problem and the solution are not as laid out by Sachs, Bono, Clinton, Blair, Brown, Geldof.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone
(currently working on an EU-funded Aid Effectiveness Project)


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Solar Energy from Africa

Better to move factories to Africa - next to the power source. Whichever method is used, the outcome will be that the existing tyrannical dictatorships of North Africa will be even more bolstered and buttressed by the European Countries and consumers - and the man and woman in the street in these countries will not benefit in any way, least of all regarding freedom and justice.

Apart from that - it is a great idea. And it could be done in Botswana to feed the South African demand also.

Mr Alex Weir
Gaborone and Harare


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Global Economic Order

The new GEO as proposed will try to freeze the status quo - the instigators of this report fully wish and expect the rich to remain rich and the poor to remain poor.

Yes - radical change in the GEO IS required - but not in the way the US Army and Rockefeller would like....

And also - a lot of Green Talk is really so much hot air - Greens are in the main self-centred selfish people who are afraid of losing their privileged lifestyle - therefore they want to pull up the ladder after themselves so that the poor cannot join them.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Britain - the real structural problems

The problem seems to be that Britain over the last 50 years has moved from an economy which produces real goods to one which produces almost nothing except hot air. Scottish oil to some extent created this problem and allowed the economy to function pretty well despite the underlying weaknesses. Now that oil is gone and that financial sectors globally no longer generate lots of cash (but very little value), there is a serious problem. And the real jobs have been exported to China. Dont blame the foreigners - have a look at what the economists, financiers, and politicians have been doing or not doing. Britain is not unique in having these problems, but the extent to which we have them is greater than most - if not all - other countries. Labour, Conservatives, UKIP, BNP, EU or no EU - the problems are the same and would be the same.

The answer? Not sure - but determining what the problem and problems are is the first stage to searching for viable answers and feasible strategies to counter depression, depair, poverty and misery in the UK.

Mr Alex Weir (Scottish-born and UK Passport Holder),
Gaborone and Harare, Africa


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Kenya's people's plight caused by frauded election

The frauded election of December 2007 and the pathetic deal cobbled together by the International Community have ruined Kenya's promising developments in the post-Moi era since 2003. The only solution to this Kenyan and indeed worldwide problem is the global implementation of unfraudable election systems.

These exist, but the West and China are determined that they will not be implemented. Britain is at the heart of this Fascist reaction to a global change which can lift billions from poverty and bring them also human dignity, freedom and justice.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone


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Economic Slavery

Certainly Quality of Life in the UK for the majority does not seem to be so high. This applies to many so-called developed countries with high nominal GNP and GNP-per-capita figures, but especially to Britain. Possibly economies which are driven by the pursuit of profit are very successful in apparent terms but less effective in real benefits for the average person. But dont worry - the rich are doing quite nicely thank you.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone


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Fascism is alive in Britain

The British defeated German and Italian Fascism in the 1940's only to install it in Britain in the 2000's. This treatment of a British Resident is beyond the pall. Britain's moral decadence is now covering a very wide area. The fact that Rideh is a foreigner and Islamic is no reason to excuse or condone or to ignore the uncondonable. British MP's and voters who ignore this kind of thing are in breach of their responsibilities, and should be held accountable.

National Security is an excuse for the persecution of the innocent by the ignorant.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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DFID is ineffective

DFID's brand change to UKAID is a mirror of their Developments Magazine - which would lead anyone to believe that all the problems of global poverty are being solved by DFID. PR and gloss instead of practical action.

The entire Aid and Development Business is a sham. There is no intention to assist the Third World to develop. Most Aid Projects are badly designed and badly executed, and their cost-benefit ratios are astronomic.

The solution? Give the Third World genuine democracy. They can cast off their dictators of the pro-western and the anti-western variety. The new leaders can immediately cease the plunder of national assets by Presidents, foreign governments and foreign companies in collaboration, and can build their countries and eliminate poverty.

Giving the Third World genuine democracy is simple - there exists a voting system which cannot be frauded. Use it.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone


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Sadaam was a pro-western dictator

Sadaam was the darling of the British and the Americans for so many years, just like Osama bin Laden and Robert Mugabe. The West loves these corrupt dictators who ruin their economies and their countries but who do sweet deals with Western Resource Companies.

Time for these charades to end - the West and China must cast off their wish to dominate and control. Allow fraud-proof voting systems to change the face of the Third World and Make Poverty History.

Freedom, justice, peace, development, global prosperity.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone


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Madoff - the real task

The real job to be done is to track down and confiscate the illegal proceeds of this massive crime. Otherwise Madoff's family and descendants will benefit from this criminal act of huge proportion. Get the money back and use it for something which uplifts mankind. Do not allow the rich to get richer while the global poor get even poorer.

Do not tell me that the world's premier intelligence agencies cannot track down these funds.

Mr Alex Weir
Harare and Gaborone


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Charles and the Pope

Charles and the Pope are both speaking out about the concept that possibly the train we are on and the track we are on are not heading for the correct destination, or are going we wrong route to get to that destination. The fact that neither has a balance or truly coherent strategy is unfortunate but not fatal - at least they know that something is wrong - that is more than all the World Leaders know - they are busy trying to get the same train back on the same track. Of course the rich in rich countries have a patrician view of what the future world order should be. But at least they are thinking and talking - do not deride them - extend the debate.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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DFID could eliminate poverty - but dont want to

The best way to eradicate poverty in the Third World is to implement fraud-proof voting systems globally. They are very inexpensive and 100% effective. But the DFID and the British Government do not want this step to take place. They have conducted political assassination to stop it.

Such a move would cost pennies and yield billions.

What about it DFID? What about it Douglas Alexander? What about it Gordon Brown?

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Dear Irene Khan (Amnesty International),

1. Is it not true that the majority of leaders in the Third World are pro-western dictators?

2. Is it not true that a voting system which cannot be frauded would and will be a major contribution to democracy, human rights, economic and social development globally?

3. Why are the International Community so opposed to such a system and why do they describe it as 'dangerous' (the Chinese use the same terminology)?

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe Africa


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Human Rights needs Fraud-Proof Elections Globally

Pro-Western Dictatorships are a very serious problem from Russia to China, Nigeria to Uganda, Morocco to Saudi Arabia. There exist fraud-proof voting systems, but the UK and China are terribly afraid of these. Until such systems are implemented, Human Rights is only a game which Amnesty and Human Rights Watch play at the expense of Billions of people who suffer daily under dictatorship. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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West and Obama Love Pro-Western Dictatorships

The West loves election-riggers and vote denyers who are pro-western. The majority of Middle-Eastern and Third World Countries are pro-western dictatorships. It is now time to dismantle this hypocritical charade which fosters terrorism. Britain and US - who supposedly battle terrorism - are in fact the sole sponsors of the same terrorism which they profess to wish to eliminate. This is a no-win situation in its present guise. Eliminate terrorism by bringing justice and freedom to all nations. Every leader who rigs elections is de facto a dictator. Every dictator must become an ex-dictator. Remove dictators by legal means. Implement fraud-proof elections globally.

Fraud-proof voting systems exist on paper, but the West and China are terribly afraid of these systems and their "undesirable implications" (Andrew Ellis, International Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance, Stockholm, Sweden, February 2007).

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Obama went short on democracy

Obama's speech section on democracy was short. He equates elections with democracy, which - in the light of the huge number of frauded elections in the Third World - is a huge mistake or omission. Third World Leaders do not want democracy and fraud-proof elections - they do very well out of the status quo - pro-western dictatorships are not labelled as dictatorships (anti-western dictatorships are of course). The Western military-industrial-political complex loves pro-western dictatorships. If Obama is genuine and if he is intelligent, how long before he stumbles on the truth? And who will neutralise him before or after that event? Will his strong Americanism be overcome by his strong internationalism and sense of fair play?

Fraud-proof voting systems are the only way to justice and freedom for all mankind - which must not be limited to the pampered and myopic few who by accident of birth live in the so-called developed countries.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Is the Political Right a Good Thing for Europe?

The Political Left in Developed Countries has lost its way badly. For example, New Labour are well to the right of the Conservatives and the LibDems.

But in Western Societies there is still poverty, but the so-called left pretends it doesnt exist and that there is no technical way to eliminate it.

And all kinds of established and new politicians just love to play the Outsider and/or the Race Card - it always gains votes and popularity among an electorate who are kept quite unaware of real political and economic issues - not only by the politicians but also by an over-compliant media.

What is required is a global alliance against poverty inside the rich countries and also globally. In 2009 we have enough technology to eradicate poverty, hunger, disease, misery, exploitation etc., but we choose deliberately not to use that technology and to stick with tried and trusted political systems which enrich the rich and leave the others outside in the cold.

Mr Alex Weir,
Harare, Zimbabwe


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Shell's Ogoni Settlement and Omar Bongo's Demise

These events are 2 sides of the same coin - Global Companies and Western Governments conspire and collude with Third World Pro-Western Dictators to deliberately create poverty, misery, injustice and enslavement among Third World Populations while enriching themselves. The passive and gullable populations of Western Countries are encouraged to support ineffective Aid Donor Programs and to contribute to Oxfam and their ilk - who are in fact the 4th Pillar in this un-Christian and un-Islamic charade.

The 5th Pillar is - surprise - Western Media (including our own and supposedly radical Independent), who whitewash and muddy the picture so that the average person doesnt understand what kind of game is being carried on in his or her name.

The solution? - an end to Dictatorship in the Third World, by means of Fraud-Proof Voting Systems. These exist but have been blocked by Western Governments, even when their use could rid Global Society of Anti-Western Dictators like Mugabe. Why does the West block something which is so obviously beneficial to mankind? Because it is anti-beneficial to Global Companies, Third World Dictators and Western Politician-Collaborators.

It looks increasingly like the Obama Revolution has some way to go before it can obliterate those very powerful and dangerous Vested Interests - the Five-plus Pillars of International Deception and Larceny seem to have all the levers of power in their hands. This game has some way yet to play....

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Zimbabwe Power-Sharing

MDC and Morgan Tsvangirai have been forced into a no-win situation by the selfishness and stupidity of Western Governments.

The Unity Government is presently obsessed with sourcing monies to pay salaries of ordinary public sector workers. Meanwhile the private sector is going exactly nowhere - noone of any colour or nationality will put their money into Zimbabwe while the International Thief Robert Mugabe is playing Elephant in the Cupboard.

Thus Zimbabwe is condemned to a slow and strangulating stagnation, so long as Mugabe is on the stage. And his life expectancy is another 10 years or so, barring accidents.

The upcoming Election will of course offer opportunities. Mugabe greatly fears any kind of accurate election, but at the same time he has refined his capability to rig and subvert elections to a high level. Thus one would imagine that the West would welcome with open arms any technology which would eliminate any and all attempts by anyone - internal or external - to rig any election in any country.

No - the West is dreadfully afraid of such fraud-proof voting technology being implemented - countries with pro-western dictatorships like Egypt, Gabon, Guinea, Angola, Nigeria, Uganda and a million others would topple like flies - the net balance of benefit to the West would be greatly negative with the introduction of such pro-people technology.

Therefore they resort to all kinds of obscufation and even to assassination to avoid embracing the Global Democracy which they so enthusiastically espouse. Hypocrisy is too gentle a word for this un-Christian and un-Islamic behaviour.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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AF447 Airbus 330 Control Systems

There seems to have been no second system apart from the Pitot Tube to establish airspeed. Despite the fact that Airbus must use GPS to establish position. Thus there has been a gigantic failure of system architecture that the highly computerised facilities of the plane were not used to combine position with time to calculate airspeed net of wind conditions. Even now it is not too late to issue a new software version which will do precisely that. And high-level personnel should also examine which other potential future Elephants are lurking in Airbus's Cupboard.

Mr Alex Weir, ex-Rolls-Royce Aero Engines, Harare, Zimbabwe


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AF447 Airbus 330 Control Systems

Calculations and algorithms correlating Groundspeed (from GPS), Airspeed (from Pitot Sensors), instantaneous Fuel Consumption (from instruments), and Altitude changes (again from GPS and/or sensors) should be able to indicate whether or not the Pitot Sensors are accurate, and possibly they could provide an airspeed recalibration estimate which might at least get the plane back to base or to its destination without crashing.

Such a mini-system or system patch could be described as a Heath Robinson measure but it might alert pilots and ground control to the existence and/or development of problems and it might also save lives.

Mr Alex Weir (ex-Rolls Royce Aero Engines), Mechanical Engineer and Software Developer, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Africa's People need Clean Elections

Graca Machel has pious words, which largely restate the position of the so-called International Community. Behind the incremental changes which she espouses, there lies an ugly truth - the large majority of African Leaders are pro-western dictators. They cream off 7% of their people's GNP every year, and greatly distort the functioning of Government Ministries in order to effect this grand larcency by the Rich from the Poor. The key to this injustice is rigged elections to keep themselves in power and/or to pass the baton to their collaborative successor.

Clean elections would do more to lift the Third World out of poverty than all the Bonos, Geldofs, Machels, Browns, Sachs, Blairs and MDG's could achieve in 300 years. But these celebrated worthies have zero interest in unfraudable election systems, preferring to operate their money-and-fame machine, although they know that it is a sham on the grandest scale.

God will hopefully punish them for their hypocrisy and deception.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Gleneagles (the West) fails Africa (again)

No surprise - the Global Aid and Development Industry is expert at spending vast amounts of Western Taxpayers' money for little or zero positive effect. Quality matters as much as quantity. Take the AIDS scandal - your correspondent states "successes include extending Aids treatment to 3 million people" - with US$ Billion 7-21 to play with, that is no success of any kind - generic ARV's cost US$ 150 per person per year for the basic pill, US$ 500 per person per year for the advanced pill. Work it out. And the requirement is 25 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa. Of whom 4 million are already treating themselves with their own money, often from remittances.

The problem is not only funding, the problem is definitely not technology, the problem is that the West does not want the Third World to develop. Pure and simple.

Fraud-proof voting/election systems would do more than all the Gleneagles Conferences in 500 years to uplift the Third World from its quite unnecessary state of poverty. But the problem is that the West - including Bono, Geldof, Brown, Sachs, Clinton and Blair - do not want the Third World to have Democracy, Justice, Freedom and Development. That is for rich white people only.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Iranians at risk from electoral fraud

The liberal and reformist candidate in the Iranian Election is at risk from having the result frauded by the anti-western incumbent President and Establishment. When will the West realise that it is in their long-term political, economic and security interests to embrace electoral and voting systems which cannot be frauded, instead of fighting against them by all means necessary - including assassination?

The problem is that the West is primarily driven by Intelligence Services, Corporations, Civil Servants, Politicians and the Media in unholy alliances. Money and monetary gain is their driving force. Their idea of a long-term decision is 24 months.

Western Populations live in a fantasy world with their eyes wide shut. While the global money machine was creating trickle-down to them, there was no chance of reality intruding on their psychedelic existence. Now that the American Dream is temporarily (?) over, there is more chance that these myopes may reassess the nature of the Global Game.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Iran shows global need for fraud-proof election systems

There exist such fraud-proof voting systems, but the West and China are terribly afraid of such systems, since they would eliminate pro-western dictators as well as anti-western dictators. Of the many many dictators globally (including the anti-western Ahmadinejad), 95% are pro-western dictators.

Dictators globally cause untold poverty, death, suffering, imprisonment, torture. Regardless of whether these dictators are pro-western or anti-western.

The west has resorted even to political assassination to keep such voting systems from seeing the light of day. But eventually justice, freedom, democracy and development will win out. Maybe Obama will have a hand in this, if he can cast off the very strong influence of the CIA, MI6, and Deuxieme Bureau.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone


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WHYS: Should Iranians accept the election result?

The Iranians have very little choice - they now live in a dictatorship. A dictatorship can be defined as a country where the Elections are frauded (and/or there are no elections).

The question should in fact be - should the global public tolerate frauded and/or non-existent elections in any country in our globalised world?

The answer should be a resounding NO.

There is technology which can make election frauding impossible. And that technology is inexpensive and universally available. Thus there is no excuse for tolerating this denial of freedom, justice and democracy.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare.


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Botswana - SABC to Chop Philibao from its Channels

What pathetic behaviour by South Africa and by SABC. This of course is the extension of the Commercialisation of Society, which has been well underway for some years and is backed by the World Bank and the EU. Why not give something for nothing to poor countries and to poor people, especially when it doesnt cost you anything to do so. Blatant negative and bad behaviour. Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone.


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Obama has rubber-stamped dictatorship

The latest news (in the Telegraph but not in the Independent) is that Obama has stated that dictatorship in Iran is quite OK because the foreign policy of the dictatorship is very similar to that of the actually-elected leadership. What kind of idealism is this, Obama?

Human rights, democracy, development, freedom and justice are for Americans only. We have been told so by the Uncle Tom who inhabits the White House and who uses his non-white and international credentials when it suits him and discards them when it pleases his Israeli Masters.

The world is going to hell in a bucket. Surely a world ruled by Osama Bin Laden cannot be worse than a world ruled by America, Israel, France and Britain? (Yes it can - but not by much).

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone


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British Corruption spreads way beyond Parliament

As a Brit who has lived outside my country the last 16 years, it is easier for me to see what is going wrong. Ministries are now riddled with corruption, as are Police Forces and the Intelligence Services. The Prime Minister and his Ministers also think they are immune from laws which govern normal citizens - they use MI6 to assassinate Brits who are innocent of any crime or terrorist intent but who are inconvenient to their scheme of things - and they fully expect under the National Interest to escape scott-free. If the LibDems were not such a useless bunch (Cable excluded), then they could easily sweep both Labour and Tories to the mutual oblivion which they both deserve. Time to think out of the box - get back to basics, punish and disenable the miscreants, establish rule by the people for the people. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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What is wrong with Pakistan?

USA and UK mobilised and bolstered the forces of Islamic Fundamentalism in their fight against the USSR in Afghanistan.

Additionally, USA and UK supported and support corrupt, undemocratic, election-frauding and economically disasterous regimes globally.

Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan are only the tip of the iceberg of the countries which we the west have ruined and are ruining, for economic and geopolitical gain. And we expect our young men to give their lives for a rotten cause which is never explained to them.

One move towards sanity is real democratisation of the voting process. But the West and China oppose this - indeed they brand such democratisation as "dangerous". Meanwhile they mount completely ineffective Election Observation Missions which rubber-stamp fake governments, fake presidents and fake regimes.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare Zimbabwe


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A dictator is by definition anyone who cheats an election

A dictator is by definition anyone who cheats an election to maintain power or to ascend to power in the first place. By this criteria there are many many dictators globally, most of whom are pro-western, and therefore are not recognised as dictators by western media. These dictators ruin their countries by financial malpractice and grand larcency of their county's money and resources, and they distort the whole functioning of government ministries. The west encourages the pro-western dictators for financial and geopolitical reasons. The only way out of this terrible situation is to use a voting system which cannot be frauded, even by the sitting dictator. There exists such a system, but the west is doing everything necessary to slow or halt the progress of this system to implementation. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare,


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Zimbabwe - No Way Out?

As time passes, it is becoming increasingly obvious that Zimbabwe is trapped in a Catch-22 - the relatively large amounts of money and foreign currency required to operate and improve the economy (now that Zimbabwe's own currency has been driven into extinction by the previous Government) simply will not be forthcoming unless Mugabe exits stage left.

And Mugabe has no intention of exiting anytime soon. Although he is relatively old, his parents survived till the age of 95, so he has maybe 10 years more life still in him.

Mugabe firmly controls army, police, militias and the Electoral Managment Board, and could therefore fraud any election using conventional means even under the noses of millions of external Election Observors.

There is one solution which would work - there exists in detailed concept a voting system which cannot be frauded. The West can offer a deal to Mugabe that in 6 months time he submits himself and his party to an election using this technology. Once he has signed on that dotted line, accompanied by Mbeki, Zuma and senior SADCC Officials, then massive aid can begin to flow. The election will consign Mugabe and his fellow politicians to the dustbin of history.

Unfortunately the West and China regard this voting system as dangerous, since it would remove in short order not only the anti-western dictator Mugabe, but also myriads of pro-western dictators throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America.

Thus there is a good chance that Zimbabwe will continue to lurch from crisis to crisis - and it is because of the financial self interests of Britain and America - Brown and Obama.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Factory Farming created swine flu

Conventional wisdom is wrong again.... Factory Farming created swine flu

Yet another case which confounds modern-day conventional wisdom as espoused by Thatcher, World Bank, and neo-cons - that market forces left to their own devices will create the best of all possible worlds. Time for a long hard look at where the world, humanity and society are and where we are heading. Time for ordinary citizens to flex their political muscles. Time to eliminate the situation whereby 1% of the world's population dictate to the other 99% what happens, where and when (and what doesnt happen). This kind of stuff is much bigger than puerile national politics and the pathetic efforts of amateurs and incompetents like Brown, Cameron and Blair. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare.


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Food Riots

Douglas Kell is correct. But avoiding food riots is to do with so much more. In many 3rd world countries, food trading and pricing is a racket which generates illegal cash for the president. When this president is pro-western, his scams never get exposed in the international media. So - a combination of global politics and also technology is required to solve this and so many related problems. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Removing Dictators Legally - Robert Fisk, Independent 2 May 2009

Sadaam Husein was a tyrannical despot, who had been greatly buttressed by USA and UK when it was in their interests. To remove a tyrannical dictator is a laudable objective, the question is how? The experiment carried out by USA and UK has created chaos in a previously orderly country, from which it may be difficult to return. A much better scheme would have been to enforce on a global basis fraud-proof voting systems - Sadaam would have been wiped out in the first such poll to take place. Such a system has been in existence since 2006, but the West and China are very afraid of its geopolitical consequences - namely an abrupt and bloodless end to the vast number of pro-western dictatorships which litter the landscape of the Third World and the Middle East. So - those who wish to avoid more Iraqs and Afghanistans must campaign for fraud-proof voting systems for the Third World (and not for the meaningless rubber-stamping Electoral Observation mechanisms as promoted by IDEA, IFES, Carter Center and other such charlatans). Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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McRae's vision is blinkered

Right now we need economists and journalists with some vision - in the Obama mould. But we are not getting that from any economists nor from any journalists. Time to examine how the global economy might meet the needs of the poor in rich countries and of the poor in poor countries. But if that doesnt make money for the global rich then journalists and economists are simply not interested. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Cable talks sense

Vince Cable is a beacon of sense and wisdom in a political pot of lies, confusion, greed, corruption and incompetence. Now Vince - get more like yourself into the LibDems and eliminate or sideline the old guard. If the British People have any sense they will vote LibDem simply on the basis that Cable will become Prime Minister. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Blair is a Paper Tiger

Blair, Britain and the West (especially USA and France) install, back and bolster pro-western despotic regimes throughout the Third World and the Middle East. Blair - your fine words mask a web of deceit and lies - go back to working for MI5 like you used to in your student days. Your attempts to be a world statesman are risible and pathetic. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Costs in 3rd world countries

there are many many costs in many 3rd world countries which are extortionate. Sometimes the monopolies and importers are the president him or herself, and/or feed into that money machine. What is very badly required is a price monitoring site which can accept direct input from individuals and/or companies and will create a MIS and enable MIS activity to result from the raw data... Mr Alex Weir, cd3wd.com , Gaborone and Harare


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Is the human species suicidal?

It sure looks like it. We condone and even encourage global poverty, dictatorships throughout most of the 3rd world, and uneven consumption when we have the technology (but not the political will) to solve all of the world's problems. And any solutions we dont have we can soon develop. The problem is political - the rich and powerful are leading us to the abyss because of their greed, selfishness, and myopia.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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IS PRESIDENT OBAMA RIGHT TO PUBLISH BUT NOT PROSECUTE?

The CIA torture/non-torture issue -

The only person worthwhile prosecuting is George W. Bush. Prosecuting the small fry is and has been a nonsense.

But of course prosecuting Bush will not happen. The shoe-thrower did the world a favour, and - as to be expected - got unfairly punished for doing the right thing. God will reward him.

Obama walks a tightrope between the Hard Men of the Pentagon and Langley and his own humanist and liberal principles. How much freedom he has is very limited. And all the time these reactionary forces are trying to bend his mind and soul towards their way of thinking.

The probability that Obama will succeed in changing the Secret Policies of America, Britain and France towards the Rest of the World are very limited. That is a shame because the very survival of the human race depends on very major changes taking place over the period 2009 through 2014.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Dictatorship in Britain

This rampant executive must be brought under control - UK Independent - 18 April 2009

Who needs to be brought under public and parliamentary control are the Senior Civil Servants and Senior Intelligence Staffers who together form a kind of secret Mafia who actually run the country. They enveigle the Prime Minister and the Minister of Defence into this cosy cabal, which leaves all the official levers of power on the sidelines. This cabal tried to assassinate in December 2007 a Scotsman who had the temerity to invent a fraud-proof voting system for the Third World. The present state of affairs in the UK makes Zimbabwe under Mugabe appear democratic. Time for a fraud-proof election in Britain. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare.


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IMF tonic could hurt it more

Wall Street wounded Ghana. IMF tonic could hurt it more

Ghanaian Government has 74 Cabinet ministers, down from the 85 of the previous administration. The West's policy of backing these 'wonder-states' like Ghana, Kenya (till 2008), Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe (till 1997) and of pumping massive aid and development into them doesnt seem to create any real growth and - surprise surprise - does not seem to solve the greed and corruption problem at president-level.

Let us be totally serious - the West - whether it is Oxfam or IMF - is really not at all serious about solving the global poverty problem - it is just very good at going through the motions, even enlisting well-meaning and naive celebrities to ensure their PR message has credibility with the very ignorant and/or selfish and/or apathetic average western man-in-the-street.

The problem faced by Third World Populations is becoming closer and closer to the problem faced by the British Population - their economies and livlihoods are being ransacked and ruined by the global rich in collaboration with their Presidents/Prime Ministers, Intelligence Services and Senior Civil Servants. And of course democracy is an impediment to this looting, which can be fortunately withdrawn in the name of combatting Global Terrorism.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Dr David Kelly was murdered

Daily Mail/ Norman Baker Article

Why I know weapons expert Dr David Kelly was murdered - Daily Mail, UK

MI6 tried unsuccessfully to assassinate me December 2007 in Conakry, Beiriut and Aleppo over a 5-day period because I had invented a voting system for the Third World which could not and cannot be frauded. The fact that the UK enquiry whitewashed David Kelly's assassination means that either British Intelligence did it themselves, or their very close friends. Well done Mr Norman Baker! - splendid work! and well done Daily Mail for publishing what the Independent and Guardian are too craven to entertain... Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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UN is Incompetent

Just GBP 4 Bn will save a generation from starvation, says UN

UN, the West, the so-called International Community, Oxfam etc have no interest in solving the Global food shortage and poverty problems. If they had any real interest, then they would already have solved these problems. The scandal which is the MDG's (Millennium Development Goals) which keep moving their realisation dates backwards are only one symptom of the malaise. This global indifference is a sin, which the Vatican, Canterbury, the Judaic and the Islamic Bodies should rail against, but dont. One big cosy club, one massive moral crime against humanity. God will judge all these transgressors. Especially Tony Blair's afterlife will not be what he expects.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Zuma needs to make elections unfraudable

The last thing Africa needs is another Big Man - Independent - 21/04/2009

One of Zuma's first actions after ascending to power should be to insist that the Electoral Commission of South Africa adopts a voting system which cannot be frauded for all future Presidential and Parliamentary Elections. That way, if his regime should become dictatorial, it will (unlike 90% of African regimes) be able to be ousted at the next General Election. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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In Zimbabwe many Africans voted for Mugabe

Kate G Wrote - "In Zimbabwe many Africans voted for Mugabe, so if Zuma turns out to be a bad leader, it will be because of the will of its people."

Please be corrected - since 2000, Mugabe has become the master of electoral fraud. Less than 20% of Zimbabweans voted for Mugabe in 2008, not the concocted value of 44%. Fraud-proof voting systems are vital to the economic and political future of Africa and the whole Third World. These exist, but the West and especially Britain are terribly afraid of the consequences, and therefore have used and will use all necessary means to avoid such systems becoming a reality. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Does the ANC deserve another term?

No.

Politics in South Africa is very racial. Neither the whites nor the blacks have broken out of that mind-set.

ANC are very corrupt, and have made a lot of ANC insiders and cronies very rich. The majority of blacks have not benefitted. But the West, the Whites and Business (much of it black) are satisfied.

ANC pretend to be the party of the poor, but in fact they are the party of the rich.

Under the years of global boom, there has been an illusion of prosperity in South Africa. Now that those years are gone, maybe the people will demand more.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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WHYS: Do we all need to slow down?

A Lot of Human activity is basically worthless. At the same time, there are many things which should be getting done which are not (mostly because there is negative, zero or insufficient profit in it).

We are all playing life as a game - we do what is necessary to survive and prosper.

As you get older you start to realise what in one's own life and in the global sense has value and what doesnt... Then you try to spend your own time doing what you feel is valuable and sometimes you try (usually in vain) to convince others to change their idea on what is useful and valuable and what is not.

Mr Alex Weir Gaborone and Harare


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British Intelligence are also out of control

December 2007 British and French Intelligence tried on multiple occasions over 2 weeks unsuccessfully to assassinate me because I had invented a fraud-proof voting system for the Third World. In fact it is the Civil Servants and the Politicians who are out of control and unaccountable - the Intelligence Services and the Police carry out illegal and quasi-legal instructions which are disguised as legitimate commands. There are or should be paper trails for these commands, but these are buried deep in the system and are unlikely to surface. All illegal policies need to be exposed and recast. The small fry must not be scapegoated for the illegal high-level activities of Prime Ministers and Senior Civil Servants. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Mugabe Aides Are Said to Use Violence to Gain Amnesty

- 10 April 2009

What Zimbabwe needed for the 2008 Election was a voting system which cannot be frauded. What Zimbabwe needs now in 2009 is a voting system which cannot be frauded. What the Britain, USA, France and China are unwilling to permit is a voting system which cannot be frauded.

This system exists on paper, and is extremely simple but clever. And it is guaranteed to work. Dictatorships throughout the 3rd world will topple in short order. The world will be transformed into a better place. But no - the Global Establishment does not like this - and will assassinate to stop it happening.


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Is it the world's responsibility to bail out Pakistan?

Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran cannot be considered in isolation - they need to be looked at in the context of the global Drugs Business, in which CIA and MI6 are complicit.

Moreover, Musharaff, Bhutto, Sharif, and Zardari are and were all massively corrupt; yet the West backed them and is still backing them.

And the Pakistani (and Afghan) people are terribly poor.

So - as usual - the middle and lower classes from the West must pay an Aid and |Development Budget to buttress the corrupt upper classes of the Third World and their Western collaborators, whose grand larceny from their economies keeps the majority of the population in dire poverty with no freedom and no hope. Small surprise they listen to the Hard Men of Religion.

I was reliably informed a few years ago by a Pakistani fast-food operator in a UK city - "The people of the 3rd world have 3 problems - political leaders, military leaders and religious leaders".

Mr Alex Weir Gaborone and Harare


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Britain frauded 1980 election in Zimbabwe

Britain has bloody hands in Zimbabwe - Independent 12/04/2009

Dear Trelford. Why dont you tell the whole story? The 1980 Zimbabwean Independence Election was illegally frauded by Thatcher, Soames, and the British who organised the election and did the counting. Mugabe was not the popular choice - he was a distant third behind Nkomo and Muzerewa. The massacre of 20,000 in Matebeleland and the economic decline 1997 through 2009 are both a direct result of that illegal action by the British Government. The International Court of Justice will almost certainly award GBP 30 Billion to the Zimbabwean People from the present-day British Government and British taxpayer because of that criminal and illegal action. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare.


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Moldova Election Frauded

- Independent - 08/04/2009

This illustrates the folly of the West's reliance on Election Obersver Missions. These achieve nothing more than to rubber-stamp elections which are often frauded. Only a voting system which is fraud-proof will solve this problem of dictatorship, corruption, massive presidential-level fraud, and the continuation of poverty. There exist on paper voting systems which can deliver real and raw democracy to the Third World, but because of selfish and greedy financial self-interest the International Community brutally suppresses such initiatives. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Are big farms the key to African development?

- Guardian - 08/04/2009 Scale of land ownership or land management is not the major issue - it is using modern seeds, fertilisers (natural and/or artificial)), and sometimes using animals and/or tractors for cultivation. This can be done by smallholders provided that there is organisation, credit and markets. See www.cd3wd.com/sfmss/index.htm for details on a project in Kenya to provide such inputs in an organised fashion at an affordable price using computers and mobile phones. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare.


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If protests turn violent -- is the argument lost?

Visually-attractive events and video seem to be the only way to get attention from the global media machine.

The violence which results in death seems to come from the authorities and the establishment.

The frauded Moldova Election illustrates the folly of the West's reliance on Election Obersver Missions. These achieve nothing more than to rubber-stamp elections which are often frauded. Only a voting system which is fraud-proof will solve this problem of dictatorship, corruption, massive presidential-level fraud, and the continuation of poverty. There exist on paper voting systems which can deliver real and raw democracy to the Third World, but because of selfish and greedy financial self-interest the International Community brutally suppresses such initiatives.

Mr Alex Weir Gaborone and Harare


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British Nuclear Fools

In the Civil Engineering Industry, British Nuclear Fuels are commonly referred to as British Nuclear Fools. Possibly we should use similar appelations with UK Gov Ministry of Energy and indeed all Ministries and especially with Number 10?... And while we are discussing incompetence, why are MI6 and French Intelligence apparently incapable of successfully assassinating native British Citizens whom they are (illegally) instructed to terminate? - incompetence seems to be a common occurrence with the British Civil Service - more Johnny English than James Bond... Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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WHYS - are some people inherently evil?

A lot of evil is perpetrated by racism, a lot for financial gain, some because of mental illness, some because of what can be ascribed to be possession by spirits.

There is a tremendous amount of injustice in the world, all of it unnecessary. The West is complicit in a lot of this injustice - we back tyrannical dictators who brutally oppress their populations. When these populations resort to the only means possible we call them terrorists and operate a shoot-to-kill policy and/or a torture-till-dead policy. Western Governments are intimately involved in evil policies and evil acts which are however sanitised by International Media such as the BBC, CNN, Sky and even Al Jazeera.

Drugs companies, international Agencies and Governments who hinder affordable life-saving drugs in the name of profit are evil.

Mr Alex Weir Gaborone and Harare


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Finding Toxic Debt - Independent - 05.04.2009

Those opposed to disclosure of toxic debt do so because it may open a paper and electronic trail to their misdeeds, for which they may be liable in USA and other courts. And - be sure - these people are still mega-rich. Thus yet again a few ultra-rich miscreants hold the entire world in limbo, unable to get on with the job of reconstruction. There should be some way out of this - maybe a blanket amnesty for these vermin, however distasteful. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Blair as EU President will be disaster - Independent- 05.04.2009

It is difficult to imagine a more opportunist or corrupt leader than Tony Blair, even including all the charlatan Dictator-Presidents with which the 3rd world and the middle east are littered. Will there be a popular vote throughout the EU for this position? If so I sincerely think that Blair will be consigned to the dustbin of history, which is where he most firmly belongs. If not, then we have proof of the anti-democratic nature of modern politics and of the EU in particular. Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Developing nations face malnutrition threat - Guardian - 05.04.2009

Donors and NGO's in the Third World have a duty to monitor urban and rural food prices and to publicise that data in-country and globally. Often importers, presidents, politicians, wholesalers and supermarkets perpetrate crimes against urban and rural citizens by creaming off fortunes from the middle classes and from the poor through overpricing of basic and non-basic food items.

Yet the entire bloated and overpaid UN Machine - and even our dear British DFID and Oxfam - cannot provide this most basic of services. Whose wallets and tax-haven bank accounts are they feeding from? - or is it innocent incompetence?

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Fake suicides probably drug-related

British Intelligence, MOD, and the Army are all massively corrupt, corruptive and corrupted. Suspect that these young men were killed because they discovered something which was dangerous for those making billions from heroin coming in through Iran and Basra. Smith's blue movies are just the tip of the huge British Corruption Iceberg. Journalists of course will be told to turn the other cheek in the name of The National Interest and the War on Terror - and the bold Independent will meekly comply.

Mr Alex Weir, Gaborone and Harare


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Zuma Backs Mugabe

Jacob Zuma on 27 March 2009 stated that Mugabe had received a large number of votes from Zimbabwean voters in the March 2008 elections. Possibly Zuma does not realise that the 44% which Mugabe supposedly received was a massively rigged number. A University of Zimbabwe opinion poll done shortly before March 2008 gave Mugabe 20%, Morgan 48%, Makoni 8% and Maya 1%. There were also 25% dont knows or wont say - and the majority of that 25% would have voted for Morgan. The only way Mugabe was going to get 20% from an impoverished Zimbabwe population was through fear of reprisals (which did indeed occur during the period April-July 2008). The figures obtained by Makoni and Maya were spot on 8% and 1% respectively. Therefore one must assume that Mugabe in reality got around 20%, and not the 44% which Zuma appears to believe (or does he countenance Election Rigging?).

This whole continuing charade and continuing power struggle by a election-rigging charlatan anti-western dictator is without substance - any proper election would and will consign Mugabe and his fellow gangsters to the dustbin of history.

Only an un-fraudable voting system will bring prosperity to Africa and to much else of the Third World and the Middle East.

But the West doesnt want this, and will even shoot itself in the foot in order to continue the hegemony of making money from stable pro-western dictatorships.

Mr Alex Weir Gaborone and Harare


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Zimbabwe - Mineral Riches beyond Imagination

Business Day newspaper in South Africa recently ran a story which they themselves seem to have downplayed - the world's most attractive and most easily mined Lithium deposits are to be found inside Zimbabwe.

The quantity is in the region of 150,000 tonnes. The price is US$ 45 per ounce.

This adds up to US$ 200 Billion. Which is US$ 20,000 per man woman and child in Zimbabwe, i.e. approx 60 years of current GNP.

This makes the current search for donor funds of US$ 2-5 billion a total farce.

Rest assured - the crooks and thieves masquerading as Presidents and politicians will do their best to monopolise these riches and to exclude all normal Zimbabweans - domestic and diaspora....

PS - a correction 10 April 2009 - Lithium price is NOT US$ 45 per ounce as quoted by the highly-respected Business Day Newspaper of South Africa - it is US$ 8,000 per tonne - or about US$ 0.23 per ounce - humble apologies for not checking my sources! - this greatly alters the equation and means that there are only US$ 1.2 Billion of Lithium in Zimbabwe....


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Police investigate MI5 - what a joke

MI6 tried to assassinate me in Conakry December 2007. Since Des Browne was involved I contacted Kilmarnock Police (Kilmarnock is also my place of birth). Their response was a total joke - they wriggled and squirmed to avoid doing anything which might upset the Intelligence Community. So expect the same whitewash from the Binyam Mohamed Inquiry. And remember - MI6 tried to kill me - they only colluded in non-fatal torture in the case of BM.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Gaborone


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Power change in Madagascar is good - 16 March 2009

The December 2006 Presidential Election was massively rigged and frauded, but the West, in the guise of EISA South Africa, as usual rubber-stamped the result because Ravalamanana was a pro-western dictator. So - the West is directly responsible for the 100+ protestor deaths which were necessary to unseat this corrupt dictator - when will the West appear in the International Criminal Court and when will reparations be paid? Only a fraud-proof voting system adopted throughout the Third World will resolve this ongoing tragedy once and for all.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare


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Brown is a classic establishment figure - a neo-fascist who belives that Britain has the God-given right to invade and occupy any and every country where economic interests dictate. At the same time, anyone and everyone in and//or from these occupied territories who dares to fight back is sub-human, defies God's will, and deserves to die a painful death (preferably after or during torture).

Furthermore any British or even Scottish citizen who dares to invent a fraud-proof voting system specially designed to peacefully eliminate the Mobutu's and Mugabes of this world deserves the death penalty (without trial).

This drivel could be partially ameliorated if Brown had shown even the slightest modicum of economic and financial sense - but no - during the heady boom years of the British and World economy he refused as an ideological principal to establish a Sovereign Wealth Fund for the UK, on the grounds that it was a Socialist Measure. The Norwegians at least had the sense to do exactly that, and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will thank them for it when the British are still wallowing in an unnecessary level of poverty and public and private debt.


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NGO's and Value for Money

The world order requires that the poor and the middle class in the west donate money which goes to the rich in the Third World. Meanwhile Third World Dictators are supported and butresed by illegal elections which are rubber stamped by the Carter Centre, IFES, IDEA and the like. These pro-western and anti-western dictators steal 7-25% of their countries' GNP and thereby perpetuate poverty. Their monies go to western banks. They should be in the Forbes List of Billionaires but for some reason are ommited. A grand collusion and scandal, in which (Bill) Clinton, Blair and Brown are implicated. Implementing fraud-proof voting systems in the Third World is the first step to reform this unholy mess and to put Oxfam and their ilk out of business.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare


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UK - Government and Banks fail again

So - the money which the Gov is injecting is disappearing overseas or remaining in the jaws of the Banks? No surprise - what massive incompetence on the part of Brown and Darling - who trusted and still trust the private sector and the banks to do the right thing. Once again the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Abandon ideological blindness and false faith and set up a state financial institution to direct lend to companies and to fund housing. Stop throwing away the monies which future generations will have to repay.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Visa Mafia

The credit card industry has to be corrupting western politicians - nothing else explains why they make so much money from providing such a bad service. Their security levels are abysmal - they ignore even simple but highly effective means of combatting fraud. Then they explain their high charges by citing the high prevalent levels of fraud in the industry! Who is feeding from their trough? - only the Civil Servants or also the Politicians and Prime Ministers? Time for Change! and not Brown and Darling's timid ideas of change - Obama's Bold Vision and Action are called for - Brown and Darling - are you men or mice? Squeek.....

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Why is the world full of climate change deniers?

1. Mankind and life forms on earth adjust to their environment (or sometimes species become extinct because they fail to adapt or are overrun). There has never been any serious discussion about the possibility of accepting climate change and adapting to it.

2. The advocates of CC are a bunch of over-enthusiastic ideologues who dont engender much sympathy.

3. The opponents of CC are a bunch of mean profit-oriented traditionalists without imagination.

4. For example, Cold Fusion would largely solve the problems of CC, but how much research money is going into CF and do the Environmentalists ever mention CF? (No they dont!)

5. Conclusion - a serious examination of the various possibilities needs to be done, without political posturing - especially examining the 'Third Way' - adapt with minimum cost and effort to inevitable (?) change(s).


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Eliminating World Poverty - UK DFID website

1. Remove 3rd world dictators by a fraud-proof voting system - cd3wd.com/SEEV/

2. Take western governments to the ICJ to reclaim monies robbed by western-installed dictators such as idi amin and Mugabe.

3. Install national payment systems in third world countries which make presidential-level corruption and theft impossible.

And a few other measures which will eliminate poverty once and for all and put DFID out of business.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare


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Government Financial Accountability

Strangely enough, government financial accountability in the 3rd world is the key to the eradication of poverty. Typically, 7+% of GNP (20+% in the case of Nigeria) is lost to presidential-level corruption in most 3rd world countries (pro-western dictatorships and also anti-western dictatorships).

The solution is to have Independent International Payment Trusts (IIPT) which are administered by the likes of Price Waterhouse Coopers, and which post every single payment on the web and make available also as downloadable XML files.

The Ministries of Finance and Central Banks cease to handle money and payments directly - they prepare electronic payment lists which are modified and approved by cabinet and are passed to the IIPT.

This will do more to eliminate poverty than all the DFID's and all the Oxfam's, World Banks, MDG's, Bonos, Clintons, Sachs, Browns, and Geldofs in the world. And many third world presidents and politicians will quit their trade and go back to running criminal syndicates (which is what they are doing at the moment).

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Global Economic Crisis - Who is to Blame?

The process was driven by rich people getting vastly richer taking risks which were out of control. They were making vast fortunes as traders with the downside that everyone else would suffer massively if the game finally went South. And the politicians, especially Gordon Brown, were mesmerised by the vast tax revenues which were also created in the process - therefore they turned a blind eye to the possibility that the process would go wrong. So - as usual - the rich and powerful are responsible, and the others must suffer. This is the normal formula throughout history - but that doesnt mean it is right...


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Torture and Assassination

Binyam Mohamed - yes - MI6 complicity and direction of torture is illegal and must be punished. But what about MI6 attempts to kill innocent native British citizens for political reasons? December 2007 MI6 and French Intelligence tried to assassinate in Conakry, Beirut and Aleppo the Scottish inventor of a fraud-proof voting system for the Third World. These illegal actions were whitewashed by the Investigatory Powers Tribunal and the intended victim was smeared as a manic-depressive. The media - including the craven and hypocritical Independent - have been instructed to quarantine this story, and have of course complied with that instruction. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe.


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Problems of the Quality and Effectiveness of the Aid and Development Circus must be addressed - existing aid is less than 20% effective. The problem is political - the West has never intended that the 3rd World should develop. A sea-change in Western attitudes is now required. If that does not happen then the 3rd World must go its own way, and cease to rely on hypocrisy and lies.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe.


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Africa and the economic crisis

The effect of the global economic depression on Africa is that Africa can no longer afford to support its 45 greedy thieving pro-western charlatan dictator-presidents and its 3 greedy thieving anti-western charlatan dictator-presidents. This process of elimination of dictators will greatly upset western governments and global corporations (not to mention the presidents themselves!). It is best brought about peacefully by using voting systems which are fraud-proof.


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Zimbabwe needs billions to get billions

The long-running soap - ‘How to be an anti-western dictator and get away with it’ - continues. The latest move in this elaborate chess game – the IMF, World Bank and African Development Bank state that in order to get international monies of between 0.5 and 5 Billion US$, Zimbabwe must first pay US$ 1.1 Billion. Sounds like a Catch-22? You bet.

But – there is a way out of this – Mugabe has a personal fortune of several Billions (MI6, CIA and Mossad know how much and where it is hidden). So – Mugabe prides himself on being a man-of-the-people – let him liberate his people by disbursing his hard-stolen fortune. If he fails to do so, then MDC, the Zimbabwean People (diaspora and domestic), and the wonderful International Community must expropriate these monies. To be honest it is probably well in excess of the needed US$ 5 Billion, and therefore no international monies of any kind will be required – Mugabe himself can fund the reconstruction of the country which he has ruined.

And why stop there – there are at least 20 Nigerians – they live outside of Nigeria – each of whom has sufficient assets to pay of the entire Nigerian National Debt.

But no – Western politicians insist that the very hard-pressed Western taxpayers must fund Aid and Development Programs and Projects in Africa and the rest of the Third World. While these Aid and Development projects are largely a waste of time and money and mostly contribute to the further drain of illegal monies to Swiss, Liechtenstein, Channel Islands etc banks. And the scale of the out-flowing illegal fortunes is much larger than the size of the in-flowing aid budgets.

If Mugabe does not want it to be public knowledge that he is giving their own money back to his people, then let him channel it secretly via the Chinese. Oh! – the Chinese like to punish corruption by executing the politicians involved – maybe that last idea is not so good...

Mr Alex Weir Marlborough, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Tsvangira 'Accident'

There is enough and overwhelming evidence to convince any jury that the killing of Susan Tsvangirai was no accident - it was an assassination attempt. Meanwhile the British and USA Governments have issued statements to the effect that there is absolutely zero possibility of foul play. This is inexplicable and sinister.


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Binyam Mohamed is the tip of the iceberg

Yes - the treatment of Binyam Mohamed has been illegal - FCO, MOD, MI5, MI6, Blair, Brown, Browne, Straw and others are guilty and should be punished. And there is much more - our Government tried to assassinate a Scottish inventor who created a fraud-proof voting system for the Third World (in December 2007). And they refuse to entertain this system, even for the British-created blight on humanity which is Mugabe's Zimbabwe. But the international media - including our dear liberal Independent - are complicit in that cover-up and have been instructed to ignore the facts.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare
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Mugabe strikes again

The psychopath Robert Mugabe, who was illegally installed by the British Government in a frauded election in 1980, has killed again. However he failed to hit his designated target - Morgan Tsvangirai, instead making a martyr of his wife Susan. And to compound the felony, the British FCO are now claiming that the assassination was a bona fide accident. Who is running the British Government - the incompetent Gordon Brown, or the hard men of FCO, MOD and MI6? The answer is obvious. And it is now time for Obama and Clinton to clean up this mess once and for all - eliminate Mugabe by whatever means necessary.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare.
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Mugabe strikes again

The psychopath Mugabe has struck again. But he failed to eliminate his actual target - Morgan Tsvangirai. Susan is now a martyr for the cause of freedom from tyrannical dictators not only in Zimbabwe but throughout the Third World. Rest in Peace. Mr Alex Weir, Harare
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Bachir - the first of many

Africa and the 3rd world are landscapes littered with pro-western dictators and anti-western dictators. 95% of the dictators in the world are in fact pro-western, and only 5% are anti-western. The west is very good at pursuing the anti-western dictators (Mugabe, Bachir etc) and very pathetic at pursuing the pro-western dictators. Cut the hypocrisy - get on with the job, bite the bullet - give up your cronies and the people who enrich western politicians and western multinationals. And while you are at it, put in place the voting system which cannot be frauded, and which will incidentally bring down all dictators, regardless of their pro-western or anti-western credentials.

The only good dictator is an ex-dictator.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Guinea-Bissau - an other dictator hits the dust

Good that yet another of these disgusting and economically-ruinous pro-western african dictators has died. In order to prevent the appearance of a dictatorial successor, it is necessary for the West to bite the bullet and approve a new project which will bring real democracy (and possibly populist presidents) to the Third World. Why not? Obama is himself a populist president.... This arrival of democracy is incumbent on the use of a fraud-proof voting system. The West are so afraid of this system that they tried (and failed) in December 2007 to assassinate the inventor.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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The Economic Catastrophe – a way out

The world economy has crashed because mankind has devoted too much brains, infrastructure, cash and other resources into activities which do not generate anything useful for mankind, and/or these activities have generated only luxury goods and services for the undeserving rich.

At the same time, at least half the world’s population live under dictatorship, work excessive hours, work excessively hard, earn insufficient cash, have insufficient land, grow insufficient food, and have a low quality of life.

And the middle classes and lower classes in the West have seen their purchasing power and their standard of living eroded over the last 10-20 years, with that problem only obscured by the availability of inexpensive gadgets and cheap credit. They also have a low quality of life. This of course is never ever admitted by the political classes (Obama is possibly an exception).

Are these 3 problems related? And/or can some solution solve all 3 problems at the same time?

Western governments and the International Community will tell you that bringing democracy to the Third World is a dangerous and destabilising project, which will diminish earnings by Western Companies and will endanger vital access to mineral resources, oil etc.. And at the same time the West preaches that democracy is desirable and essential to the development of the Third World. What amazing hypocrisy....

The Global Reconstruction Project so far has concentrated on getting the same train back on the same tracks going to the same (unknown or unstated) destination.

It is now time to think the unthinkable. But the pathetic and craven international media circus has a reputation for toeing the line and for observing the crack of the whip (and of course for taking the proffered monies).

To expect Developed Country Donors, the UN and International NGO’s to implement any Marshall Plan for the Third World is a total joke – those organisations are so riddled with incompetence as to be unredeemable. Some totally new organisation will be required, with a dynamic, modern, intelligent and caring leader (in the cast of Obama) – someone with a very hard head and a sufficiently soft heart. Don’t suggest any of the usual suspects - Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Jeffrey Sachs, Bill Clinton, Bono or Bob Geldof – these people are useless and cynical charlatans and/or innocent and ignorant amateurs.

And while we are saving the Third World don’t forget the struggling masses in Western societies – their problem is every bit as acute as that of the struggling urban and rural poor in the Third World. And there is no excuse for the poverty of populations in the West – it is yet another indication that the Grand Plan has been on the wrong tracks.

Mr Alex Weir, 4 Brechin Drive, Marlborough, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Should Tourists Return to Zimbabwe?

Mugabe may not realise it yet, but his power is waning. The return of tourists will hasten that process, not delay it. Some tips - June and July are cold/coldish - March, April, May, August September, October are better for Westerners. Airlines - whatever is cheap. Kenyan and Ethiopian serve Harare and you can get exotic stopovers. Johannesburg is best for sheer volume of flights and seats. Buses are a good means of getting around all the way from Joburg to Nairobi, Kampala and Kigali. Tip heavily in Zimbabwe. Dont rely in credit cards inside Zimbabwe - bring US Dollars cash and use a moneybelt. Violence is not a problem in Zimbabwe, but there is petty theft (just like Paris). Think about a multi-country tour - you dont need to do a long and expensive overland tour to achieve that - think public bus. You can do a Kenyan Airways into Nairobi and out of Joburg - it takes about 4 days solid bussing to do Nairobi to Joburg, so you can spread that into 2 or 4 weeks or more. Or fly into Joburg and out of Nairobi. You will probably have to throw away the missing leg but you will still save a lot of money. Have fun. Mr Alex Weir, Harare
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Zimbabwe – stop the gravy train

Huge numbers are being bandied about regarding how much money (real money – US Dollars) Zimbabwe needs to function and to reconstruct. The shocking history of Mugabe and his cohorts with respect to corruption has to be taken into account, and also the MDC people are potentially new pigs coming to the troughs.

The availability of monies from the rest of Africa and from the West will and should be proportional to the amount of security regarding its disbursement and the certainty that the money will reach the poor and the needy, and will create real infrastructure, instead of disappearing down the cavernous maws of USB and other Swiss Bankers.

There is a very simple solution to this problem – disable the capability of the Reserve Bank and the Ministry of Finance to handle payments themselves – and give that function to an independent International Trust Fund (IITF), administered by a body such as Price Waterhouse Coopers. The ministries create electronic payment lists, these are approved and modified by the Ministry of Finance and by Cabinet, and are passed to the IITF for payment. The IITF uses a banking system such as CABS (a foreign-owned Zimbabwean Bank) to effect payment to individuals and companies. If and when the IITF is requested to make large or accumulated-large payments to R.G.Mugabe or to Grace Marufu Mugabe or any other recognised white-collar criminal then they are under instruction to refuse and to bring the matter to public attention. Every payment and their aggregated monthly, quarterly and annual totals can and should be displayed on a website which is open to the world. There can even be XML files of these millions of payments, which can be downloaded for processing by individuals or organisations who are so inclined (Transparency International and Publish What you Pay are organisations which could and should be interested). And the National ID number and passport of every payee must also be listed against each payment. Where payment is to a company, then the company finances must also be treated in the same fashion – every single incoming and outgoing company payment must be listed – that will be the price of doing business with the public sector in Zimbabwe. Then we will find out for example that companies performing council services are paying out 10% of their fee to labour, 5% for materials and 15% for capital – i.e. they are making a cool 70% profit on revenue (at the expense of the general population).

And payments to the Government by Mining and Oil Companies (both are infamous in the world of international corruption) – must also appear on the same website. That will cause very serious consternation in Angola, Nigeria, DRC Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia and many other countries.

All this kind of thing is very simple to do. And why stop with Zimbabwe? How would Cheney, Halliburton and the whole USA fare under such glaring spotlights?

Let Zimbabwe blaze a trail and light a fire which can never be extinguished. Obama – where are you on this?

And don’t just treat anti-western dictatorships like this – adopt the same practices with pro-western dictatorships also. One will find that a surprising number of politicians quit their trade very rapidly, hopefully leaving space for technocrats and public-minded citizens who are not there for the spoils.

The current Global Economic Depression is of such severity that the Third World can no longer afford the luxury of feeding its charlatan dictator-presidents until their bellies are bursting. And think – Oxfam and the other aid and development vultures could quickly pack up and go home.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Do bankers deserve their new-found unpopularity?

I have worked with a large number of companies and organisations in 19 countries, many of these being blue-chip corporations. As a software developer, one is like a fly on the wall - one gets to see shockingly bad management practices which would never be exposed to anyone with the official title Management Consultant.

And Management Science Schools, gurus and books are equally useless.

Most management internationally are incompetent, overpaid, greedy, elitist and uncaring. Fortunately most of them (except bankers) are able to turn a regular profit, even if that is at the expense of their workers and their suppliers. And again most of them (except bankers) know when to shut shop before they go bust.

When the going gets rough, these guys should have enough dough stashed away so that they can disappear quietly. But no - the class system in Britain in particular is such that the mega-rich really believe that they are entitled to their mega-riches in perpetuity, simply because they went to the right school and know the right people. The craven facial expressions and body language of Gordon Brown when he is in the company of these Masters of the Universe says everything.

When government and the legal system fail to correct injustice, then there is a temptation for the people to take matters into their own hands. That could lead to interesting developments.

Mr Alex
Harare
Zimbabwe

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MI5 and MI6 out of control

December 2007 MI6 ordered the assassination of the (white) Scottish inventor of a fraud-proof voting system for the Third World. Fortunately the 3 attempts over 5 days in Conakry, Beirut and Aleppo were all bungled. British Intelligence is clearly out of control. The big question is also to what extent the Civil Servants and the Politicians were and are also involved? These are very bad and sad times for one of the so-called cradles of democracy. Something has to be done - an end to cover-ups and slaps on the wrist. Some firings, resignations (to the Highest Level) and jail terms will be appropriate.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe
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Is it Time for Msuveni to leave power in Uganda? - Guardian

alexweir1949

21 Feb 09, 6:55am (3 minutes ago)

Musuveni is yet another of these pro-western dictators who litter the landscape of Africa, the Middle East, and the rest of the Third World. They steal big-time from their populations and collaborate with western corporations, governments and politicians. The West is very afraid of any voting system which cannot be frauded, since that would mean an end to these cronies who perpetuate Global Poverty. Let the people be free. The West must back down and embrace history, justice and an end to oppression and poverty


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Philanthropy Cashback - Independent 22 feb 2009

Good idea, except that the UN and the Donors and NGO's are mega-ineffective. The Aid and Development Game has never been about succeeding - only about applying a semi-effective bandaid to the problem and keeping extreme suffering off Western TV screens. And the political, diplomatic and commercial games going on are all about collaborating with pro-western dictators to make money for Western Companies and to short-change the poverty-stricken populations. Simple - such glamorous initiatives do not go to the heart of darkness. Fraud-proof elections throughout the Third World and the Middle East would do more than all the supermodels and all the celebrities in the world.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe.
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Thatcher is rehabilitated?

Thatcher signed off on the Frauding of the 1980 Independence Election in Zimbabwe which brought the psychopathic charlatan Dictator Robert Gabriel Mugabe to power. The British did this because they had already turned Mugabe to become a British Agent while he was interned, and they deeply feared the anti-British economic actions of Joshua Nkomo should he acceed to power. The rest is history, and Britain is today directly responsible for the 1983 Matabeleland Massacres, and for the ruinous Dictatorship years 1998 through 2009. This will hopefully shortly result in a case at the International Court of Justice, at which the Zimbabwe State and People will be awarded GBP 30 Billion from future British Taxpayers, as compensation for Economic Loss during the period 1998 through 2009.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe
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A ‘new’ American Doctrine – with backing from Obama - 17 February 2009

Recently there has been some nonsense in the media about how the global recession or depression will make life tougher for people in the Third World (it will). They will feel like rebelling, and this may threaten existing national governments. Where these national governments are ‘Friends of America’, then the USA must get involved to maintain their friends in power.

This drivel is promulgated by people who are part of the Obama Administration.

Andrew Neil (former editor of the Economist and the London Times) – who is no bleeding heart – said on BBC World TV around 2007 – ‘Almost every Arab or Islamic country is a tyrannical dictatorship’. What he did not say is that 95% of these tyrannical dictatorships are Pro-Western tyrannical dictatorships.

These tyrannical dictatorships are maintained by having no elections and/or by rigged elections. Often the West, in the shape of Carter Center, International IDEA, IFES, EU Electoral Observation Teams, EISA, etc is complicit in rubber-stamping this vote rigging. There is a solution to this MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) – adopt a voting system which cannot be rigged by any sitting government or by any Intelligence Service. Such a system exists on paper (and on the Internet), but it has been brutally suppressed by Gordon Brown and his faithful puppy, Des Browne.

So – we have a new (it is not new, by the way) USA Strategic Doctrine – sustain and protect 3rd world pro-western tyrannical dictators in order to protect American financial, resource and geopolitical interests. And Obama, by his silence, is backing this Doctrine..... This kind of thing does more to nurture extremism than can ever be doused in a thousand years. There are millions of potential suicide bombers out there – and we in the West are encouraging them by our selfishness, stupidity, indifference and passivity.


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Putting the Global Economic Train back on the Tracks - 17 February 2009

Everyone knows that the Global Economic Engine has come off the tracks. There are differences on the scale of the problem and also on how best to fix it. But everyone is concentrating on getting that engine back on the same tracks, going to the same (unknown and unstated) destination, with of course some fail-safe mechanisms to avoid any future derailment. i.e. no one is questioning are the existing tracks correct and is the destination in order?

The existing World Economic Order has been very effective at making a small percentage of the world’s population rich – indeed they now run the world. And the Western middle class did also benefit, although their prosperity is now in jeopardy or at least in question. But the populations of the Third World seem to have been lost by the wayside, apart from their robber-baron pro-western and anti-western dictator-presidents.

Of course Communism never worked anywhere, especially in Russia. But people with brains (of whom there are few in our society with its deliberate dumbing-down media and culture) should look seriously at possible options.

The world now has enough technology for food production, for industrial production, for everything, so that there is no need for anyone in the world to go hungry, and no need for anyone to have a quality of life which is less than moderately pleasant. But even in the Capitals of Wealth there are homeless, poor and suffering people. United Nations, Global Charities, Global NGOs and Global Churches are a joke – they go through the motions without any intention of achieving anything effective, useful or lasting. A problem is that the major political drivers – with the USA and the UK at their core – pretend to have the interests of the world population at heart but in fact everything they do is with cold and calculated selfish intention.

Details? Dont ask me now – that would just be an opportunity for established interests and the lackey media to shoot down this project. The problem requires a lot of thought by the best and brightest. But without any political pre-conditions – i.e. a blank sheet – it will require those involved to think outside the box.

At this point in History there is now a brief Window of Opportunity to check whether there is a better path to global economic and social prosperity – we should take that opportunity and search for an alternative destination or for an alternative path to the same destination, or our children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will ask us why we didn’t.


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Zimbabwe – a time for an end to futile and childish political games - 17 February 2009

The Global Economic Crisis has changed the rules of the game – up till now the patient and long-suffering population of Zimbabwe has been willing to let the Old Man play his stupid games, whereby - in order to remain in power and to continue to loot Zimbabwean - he has brought down a once-vibrant economy and blighted the prospects of his brothers and sisters and their children and grandchildren.

Now it is increasingly obvious that enough is enough – there is now no safety factor whereby the economy can be allowed to plumb new depths with the future expectation that the International Community will restore Zimbabwe magically to its former living standards in record time once the Pestilence has passed. Any International rescue plan which was on the table is now off the table, or if it is still available then it will be a seriously cut-down version.

Whether the ultimatum to the childish, selfish and insane Mugabe and his upstart, childish, selfish and insane Generals is given by the People and/or by the Internationals is an academic point – it needs to be done, and it needs to be done now. There is no time to lose in the race to rebuild a Zimbabwean Economy which will banish this Man-Made Poverty to the history books.

Mr Alex Weir
Harare

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FCO's Philip Barclay blogs from Harare

This chap Barclay who is a great guy on his blog is the same fellow who on 6 September 2006 stated in no uncertain terms to me inside the British Embassy Harare - 'Sometimes Democracy can be a dangerous thing!'. This was after I had spent 20 minutes presenting on my new and innovative voting system for the third world which is designed to be Mugabe, Obasanjo and Kibaki-proof. Since then Barclay, the FCO, Des Browne, Gordon Browne and MI6 have done everything necessary to stymie any progress with this system. In this they have been aided by Deuxieme Bureau and French Intelligence Guinea Conakry. Beware diplomats and politicians - they are not always what they seem. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Des Browne appointed Special Envoy to Sri Lanka

Des Browne was sacked from Cabinet October 2008 because he had ordered the (unsuccessful) assassination of the Scottish inventor of a fraud proof voting system for the Third World. This gesture by Gordon means that he doesnt think that Des did anything wrong in commanding that hit. Possibly then the hit was in fact ordered by Gordon,and Des was the fall guy?...


Zimbabwe – Victory or sellout? - 13 February 2009

It is very probably a victory for the Zimbabwean People, both inside and outside Zimbabwe. Whether it is a victory or a sell-out as regards MDC and/or ZanuPF is not really relevant. The country and the people will look forwards and not backwards.

What counts now is for there to be a massive infusion of working capital and investment capital, private and public, into Zimbabwe. And that money must be used wisely and not diverted into caviar, lobsters and champagne, whether for aging despots or for exhuberant entrepreneurs (of any and all colours).

What will seal and guarantee such a massive infusion will be the certaintly that the next election to be held here (probably around January 2010) will be truly genuine, and not the usual Carter-Center-rubber-stamped sham.

To ensure such a certainty it will be strongly desirable to use a new and innovative voting system, which is guaranteed to be fraud-proof. This voting system was invented in 2006 but amazingly it has encountered very strong political opposition from the supposedly democracy-loving International Community. The British Government and Gordon Brown have been at the forefront of this opposition.

Mr Alex Weir
4 Brechin Drive
Marlborough
Harare
Zimbabwe
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Sovereign Wealth Fund for Britain

In the good years, when the British got fat on Scottish Oil and the productive sector almost disappeared, Blair and Brown should have stashed away a lot of money into a British Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF). Since it was deemed to be a Socialist Measure, such a move was completely disregarded. Those Britons crazy enough not to emigrate will pay the price for this ideological stupidity. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Zimbabwe – Politics as the art of postponing the inevitable - 26 January 2009

Friday 23 January 2009 the Zimbabwe Independent newspaper exposed Mugabe’s latest plan B to continue his illegitimate misrule. It is composed of the following:

1. Almost 100% Dollarization of the Zimbabwe economy

2. Public servants (including Health workers, teachers, police and army) to be paid in Government-issued coupons with face value in US Dollars. These coupons only to be redeemable in special shops

3. Income tax, fuel taxes, customs duties, sales taxes and indeed all taxes to be levied in US Dollars

4. Zimbabwean Mineral reserves to be forward-mortgaged to Russian oligarchs for hard currency

5. Urban school fees to be paid partly or wholly in Forex

6. Rural school fees to be paid still in Zimbabwe Dollars

7. A third election to be held mid- or late-2009

Some comments on these items as above:

2. These special shops will always be empty – they will have nothing to sell. Thus the coupons will be worth zero or at least much less (maybe 80% less) than their face value. They may also not be tradable, and will probably require proof that the customer is a bona fide government servant in order to tender the coupons. The army and police will continue to be very discontented and possibly dangerous.

4. Russian oligarchs are very brutal towards anyone who tricks or crosses them – typically they kill the miscreant and his or her entire family, regardless of whether they are peasant or president, and regardless of how well they are guarded. Mugabe beware!

4. These oligarchs must beware that any future legitimate Zimbabwean Government will almost certainly nullify any and all such treasonous and illegal agreements entered into by Mugabe.

4. How much did Mugabe sell or mortgage these resources for? One must assume they went for a song, or he would surely have publicised the vast amount of money he won on behalf of the Zimbabwean People.

4. Of the amount he gained from this mortgaging, how much did he steal and divert to his huge financial nest-eggs in Malaysia, China, Hong Kong and elsewhere?

4. This strategy is not sustainable – it is a one-off attempt to stave off the inevitable – the fact is that Zimbabwe cannot properly function at this point in history without a massive injection of grant aid – whether by the West, or by the Chinese, Gaddafi, Iran, Russia, India and other Friends of Mugabe (who are thereby automatically Enemies of the Zimbabwean People).

6. The rural schools in effect will cease totally to function – this is an abrogation of Government responsibility.

7. With his vast experience in election rigging (he totally fooled Kore Vollan in 2004 – the Norwegian Leader of the EU Election Observer Mission), Mugabe plans to massively rig any such Third Election. Only by the UN insisting on the use of a fraud-proof voting system (which Britain, USA, France and China have declared as ‘dangerous’ and ‘politically unacceptable’) will it be possible to ensure that massive rigging does not occur.

There are very serious problems facing Zimbabwe – Cholera, AIDS, a devastated food production, an almost total elimination of all industrial, agricultural and commercial productive sectors, a Global Economic Recession, and an illegitimate president who spends most of his time and effort looting and stealing what is left of the Economy. Now is not the time for Bad Politics in Zimbabwe – with such Bad Politics, the negative Global Outlook will only make the poverty in Zimbabwe more painful and more difficult to eradicate. With Good Politics, there will be hope (as Obama has brought hope) and a chance that the economic and social situation will improve.

Thus if Mugabe has any heart and any love for his country and for his People, let him tender his resignation. This can be ostensibly on health grounds. If the Zimbabwean Generals to whom he is probably captive decide to kill him, then so be it – he will become a martyr.

Mr Alex Weir


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Zimbabwe - the Real Story an expose - 14 January 2009

Zimbabwe - the real story

Zimbabwe. The crisis drags on, with no end in sight. Mugabe's party - ZanuPF - seems to be once again mobilising, organising, brutalising and intimidating in the rural areas, but to what end is as yet unknown.

Mugabe is a shadow of his normal self - a de facto Coup d'Etat has taken place - the Army Generals are now firmly in charge. There has been a silent revolution.

Is this a good thing? It might be if the Generals were any less brutal, any more competent, were any less greedy and thieving, had any more empathy for their people, or were any more democratic than Mugabe himself. Sadly, none of these are the case.

What are the implications? If the Coup were overt, as in Guinea Conakry, SADCC and the African Union would condemn it and would probably insist that Mugabe is returned to a power-sharing administration and that the Generals are locked up. If Mugabe was for any reason unable to rule or unwilling to share power, then an early election would be insisted on.

The Generals refuse point blank to entertain any kind of power-sharing with the Opposition - this explains some or all of the shenanigans which have been going on over the last few months to delay the implementation of the Power-Sharing Agreement.

Thus we have a serious stalemate.

Is there any way out? Hyperinflation and the Forex shortage may be the factors which bring down Mugabe and the Generals together. Only by effectively obliterating the Zimbabwe Dollar and adopting the US$ or the South African Rand can the Zimbabwean economy be brought back into functioning order. This process is already well underway. But the sticking point is the problem of paying public sector salaries and crop purchases in this foreign currency. That will require a massive infusion (i.e. a grant) of 20-40+% of Zimbabwe's GNP for the next 5 years - i.e. US$ 3-6 Billion in total. This is not a lot of money compared to the figures which we are used to hearing these days, but it is well beyond the financial and especially the political capacity of South Africa. Britain and/or the USA should be able to find this kind of money, even in the present problematic climate, but they are demanding (correctly) that either Mugabe is out of the picture, or that he is a very minor part of a proper power-sharing government. No deal, no cash.

Soldiers and Police and their families therefore are trying to live on the equivalent of US$4 per month or less. This is an equation which is going nowhere, and which will come to a crisis very soon. Either mass resignations, mass desertions, or some kind of insurrection.

The situation is not helped by the strange behaviour, actions and inactions of Western Governments and Western Diplomats. For example, the US Ambassador James McGee and his Elections and Democracy Officer, Kevin Sturr, have said "Now is not the correct time to introduce a fraud-proof voting system to Zimbabwe".

And yet the present impasse is directly down to consistently (since year 2000) rigged elections and to an Independence Election in 1980 which was frauded by the British Government in order to install their puppet - Robert Gabriel Mugabe, when in fact he was in a distant third place after Joshua Nkomo and Abel Muzorewa.

In these days when the Gaza situation defies all reason, it is probably pointless to appeal to the Humanitarian Instincts of the West - they have none. If they do have any such decency, then let them confront Mugabe and the Generals with a public and global statement of what is going on in Zimbabwe, and let them either force proper power-sharing to become a reality (and the retirement of the Generals), and/or let them arrange a Third Election using technology which cannot be frauded by Domestic Dictators or by Foreign Intelligence Services.

A final word - Mossad (Israeli Intelligence) are known to have repeatedly assisted Mugabe to rig elections..... Since the USA and UK do everything which Israel instruct, then we should expect No Change and/or a bad outcome here in Zimbabwe. And the mischievous Libyan Colonel Gaddafi, now Darling of the West, is also getting involved, as usual on the wrong side - Mugabe's.

Mr Alex Weir
Harare
Zimbabwe
14 January 2009


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The de-industrialisation of Britain

The problem is that countries like the UK have moved to becoming a virtual economy - and the productive sectors have been moved to China. Thus it seems that there is a self-correcting mechanism to countries becoming wealthy - like the Roman Empire, they decline and fall.

This whole phenomenon is very much part of the Global Economic and Political system which keeps poor countries poor, and which largely keeps the poor in all countries poor (and their children and grandchildren).

As long as the world is run by the rich and for the rich, such problems will continue - either continuously or cyclically.

We now have enough technology to ensure that everyone in the world has enough to eat, a good place to stay, and a reasonably good standard of living. BUT we refuse to harness this technology for these ends.

Would it be difficult to refashion the way the world is run? Technically - no. Politically - the rich may have to be dragged kicking and screaming.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe


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Letter on Israel's Assault on Gaza - Late December 2008 - 29 December 2008 - to the UK Independent


The best way out of this mess is to replace the pro-western tyrannical Arab dictatorships which litter the Middle East with Governments which reflect the will of the people (i.e. real democracy, and not the sham which the West peddles incessantly). This can be achieved by using voting systems which cannot be frauded. Such a system was invented in 2006, but has been brutally suppressed by the British Government. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe

Posted by Mr Alex Weir | 29.12.08, 10:23 GMT


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Gaza

A major problem is that (according to Andrew Neil, formerly editor of the Economist and the Times of London) almost every Arab and/or Islamic Government is a tyrannical dictatorships. In fact, 95% of Arabic Governments are PRO-WESTERN tyrannical dictatorships. Thus they pay little attention to the wishes of their people, and concentrate on amassing wealth in their own hands and in the hands of the oil majors and others. A solution to this problem would be to use a voting system which cannot be frauded. This was invented in 2006 but has been brutally suppressed by the British Government. Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe (an anti-western tyrannical dictatorship)


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Various letter regarding December 2008 Zimbabwe Economic, Political and Cholera Crisis - 24 December 2008


The West had the chance to force Mugabe to use a fraud-proof voting system for the 2007/03 Election, but they did not want this, since 47 countries throughout Africa are populated by Pro-Western Dictators, most of whom are every bit as bad as Mugabe, who is the main Anti-Western Dictator.

Had they used this system, Mugabe and maybe 2 other pro-western dictators would have been peacefully deposed; but also 47 big friends of the West would be lost, along with all the legal and illegal money which they bring to Western Corporations and Western Banks.

Even now, the West's primary interest in Zimbabwe is minerals.

The West will wring their hands, but will do nothing. Money talks.

By the way, Britain frauded the 1980 Independence Election in Zimbabwe to bring Mugabe (their puppet) to power. This was such an error of judgement that it can be genuinely termed as a Crime Against Humanity.

Therefore Britain, who installed this Monster in charge of 12 million souls, must also remove him, since Mugabe's dictatorial skills are such that his own people are now incapable of doing so themselves.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare, Zimbabwe



Mugabe was installed illegally in the 1980 Independence Election which was frauded by the British Government. It is now necessary for the British Government of 2008/2009 to remove this monster which they have created.

Additionally, reparations of approximately GBP 30 Billion must be paid through an Internationally audited Trust Fund to pay for Education and Health Budgets for future generations of Zimbabweans.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare.


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Various letter on Lansana Conte and Guinea - 24 December 2008


The end of a very nasty pro-western dictator, who kept his people desperately poor despite his country's immense mineral wealth.

The French, Americans, British and Russians will now be plotting who goes next.

Democracy is exactly what Guinea now needs and exactly what the people of Guinea will not get. Elections there have been rigged for many years. There exist systems to conduct elections which cannot be frauded (even by Mugabe, Obasanjo and Kibaki), but the West, Russia and China will not allow these systems to be used.

Elisabeth Cote of IFES in Conakry told me November 2007 'Now is not the time to introduce fraud-proof voting to Guinea!'.

Let the passing of this recalcitrant Dictator be the first of many downfalls throughout Africa, the Middle East, Asia and South America!

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Conakry.



I worked 6 months in Guinea in 2007. Such a rich country with such grinding poverty for 99% of the population! Good riddance to bad rubbish! Lansana Conte was a pro-Western Dictator of the worst kind, whose evil actions greatly exceed even the infamous anti-Western Dictator Robert Mugabe. Only Fraud-Proof Voting Systems can rid the world of such monsters. But Elizabeth Cote of IFES Conakry told me in 2007 that 'This is not the time to introduce fraud-proof voting systems in Guinea Conakry'.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare



I worked 6 months in Guinea 2007. Such desperate poverty in such a resource-rich country! And every election frauded. Now is the time for Guinea to use a voting system which cannot be frauded (Elizabeth Cote of IFES - you were wrong when you told me otherwise November 2007 in Conakry). But the West and Russia have massive interest in Guinea and will manipulate everything for their own interests only. Dommage pour les peuples!

Mr Alex Weir, Harare and Conakry


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M3 fiddle while Zimbabwe burns - 24 November 2008

Mugabe, Mutambara and Morgan (Tsvangirai) at the end of November 2008 remain enmeshed in mortal power struggle while their people are literally on the edge of starvation.

Filling coupon petrol yesterday afternoon in Harare after a trip to the rural areas, I had a conversation with a black guy driving a beat-up pickup truck. He has also just come back from the rural areas – ‘Things are getting very bad out there – people are dying of hunger!’ he tells me. I know he is not exaggerating.

Don’t forget that the World Food Program is part of the massive (and incompetent) United Nations system – therefore do not expect that they are sufficiently organised to avert at least a partial famine inside Zimbabwe. And remember that throughout his checkered career, and even before he won the 1980 UK-frauded Independence election, Mugabe has a history and a reputation for cruel and unusual treatment of those he perceives as his enemies, and that his strategy, tactics and actions have always been driven primarily by revenge. In fact he is a person quite unsuited to be Head of State of any country in the world, even Burma or North Korea. Why MI6, FCO and Margaret Thatcher selected him in 1979 to be their House Negro (and Prime Minister/President of a small African country) was a massive failure of judgement, and indeed could be reasonably judged as a Crime Against Humanity worthy of indictment at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

The People voted massively against him in March 2007 – he never got anything near the 44% which his submissive Electoral Commission declared – the University of Zimbabwe-conducted Opinion Poll in 2007/01 gave him 20%. What better way to exact revenge on his erring people for voting against him than to unleash on them a highly effective WMD – hunger on a massive and indiscriminate scale.

And of course with the incompetence of the UN and the incompetence of the Zimbabwe Government, it will be possible (but incorrect) for Mugabe to say that it was all just an unfortunate accident.

Therefore a challenge to the outgoing Bush and the incoming Obama – there is a Clear and Present Danger to the Innocent and Vulnerable People of Zimbabwe. The situation cannot wait until 20 January 2008 to be dealt with. The UK Government are in fact the miscreants but they seem unwilling or unable to deal with the source of the problem or with the consequences. So much for Blair and Brown’s brave ‘Commitment to Africa’.

And once this very unpleasant anti-western dictator has been neutralised, Obama can continue by starting on the 45 or more extremely unpleasant pro-western dictators who litter sub-saharan Africa and the Maghreb , with the connivance of Langley, Whitehall, and Quai d'Orsey.

Mr Alex Weir, Marlborough, Harare, 24 November 2008

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Global Realpolitik – and a way out from the Stalemate - 10 November 2008

Zimbabwe. It is November 2008. The fiasco which commenced 29 March 2008 continues. The process lumbers on with no end in sight and no relief for the struggling masses in the rural and urban areas. But visit the dollar shops in the smart suburbs of Harare and you might think you are in Paradise. The middle-class blacks and the white Diplomats and the white locals exude an aura which speaks ‘Crisis? What Crisis? There is no Crisis!’

Africa has about 55 countries, of which maybe as many as 5 can be classified as not being dictatorships. Maybe 3 of the 50 can be classified as anti-western dictatorships. The other 47 are pro-western dictatorships. A similar situation throughout the Middle East, South Asia, South East Asia and South America. Zimbabwe is the foremost of the 3 African anti-western dictatorships.

This situation suits the west and china pretty well – minerals and oil are available at knock-down prices. By means of direct presidential-level corruption, royalty payments and tax levels for international corporations are at very low rates. The fact that the people of these 47+3 countries are excessively poor, have no effective health or education systems, have limited freedom and human rights is of no great concern to this unholy alliance between the local dictator-president, the Chinese exploiters and the Western exploiters (disguised as diplomats and business-men).

How to overturn this immoral applecart? Easy – create a voting system which cannot be frauded by Mugabe, Moi Kibaki, Obasanjo, Lansana Conte and Stalin put together. Implement it in any country. From there on the ball rolls downhill, the Pandora’s Box has been opened. The Weapon of Mass Liberation has been unleashed. The Dictator-Presidents become Yesterday’s Men, forced to eke out a meagre existence in the top hotels of London, Paris, Miami, Saint Tropez, Mauritius and Kuala Lumpur. 50+% of the world’s population are liberated, they have hope, they have a future which promises freedom and prosperity.

But it has been done. 2 years ago. I invented such a voting system designed for national (presidential and parliamentary) elections in the most difficult conditions in the Third World.

Why has the West not rushed to implement this? Why have China and Britain described the system as ‘dangerous’? Why has the pro-democracy organisation International Idea in Sweden stated that the system has ‘undesirable implications’? Why are the Carter Center and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems hostile?

Maybe Mugabe has got some of it right. Maybe the West are not what they seem. Maybe their public and their private actions are sometimes contrary.

The voting system, or some variation of it, would have blown Mugabe and ZanuPF out of the water. A plus for the West, but the Pandora’s Box would have been opened. The 3 anti-western dictatorships in Africa would be de-materialised. But also would be the 47 pro-western dictatorships. The accountants have been busy. They did their sums. More profitable to suppress this system and similar systems for as many years or decades as possible. What about the suffering masses in Zimbabwe and throughout the Third World? They are not white. They are poor. They are expendable. The situation can be contained. We have done it before. We can do it again.

Mr Alex Weir, Harare

Alex Weir is a freelance software developer and also a ‘philanthropist without funds’. Find his voting system at cd3wd.com


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Letter from Nairobi - 11 March 2007

Kenya seems a world away from Zimbabwe - for example, they have a vibrant press - it seems like at least 4 major english-language dailies, none of which seems to pull any punches - e.g. last week one of them had a headline - Who is Lying - Kibaki or Raila? (note that Kibaki is the President - so in the Zimbabwean context it is like having a headline - Who is Lying - Mugabe or Tsvangirai? - that would easily merit a jail sentence or worse in Zimbabwe). They even have 16 FM radio stations in Nairobi, of which probably only 3 are government-run; one of these 16 is the infamous BBC World Service, which broadcasts in Kenya 24 hours per day on FM.

Yes - under Daniel Arap Moi (darling of Margaret Thatcher and succeeding British Governments) the Kenyan economy and infrastructure deterioriated horribly, but since Kibaki got in, the economy has gone in one direction only - upwards. It doesnt mean that Kibaki is 100% clean, it just means that Moi was 100% dirty. It doesn't even mean that the Kenyans have to re-elect Kibaki - just elect anyone (even a baboon, as the late Simon Muzenda once stated) who isn't 100% dirty.

What lesson for Zimbabwe? - Moi seems to have negotiated some kind of amnesty - no-one seems to want to touch or pursue him - he lives comfortably and safely in Kenya and even goes to functions which are also attended by Kibaki. Mugabe should have a chat with Moi and work out the same kind of deal. And Morgan should have a chat with Kibaki and work out how to turn around a declining economy with shattered infrastructure.

Mr Alex Weir
Nairobi



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ICG playing by Mugabe's rules - 2 September 2006

The International Crisis Group's recent report (Zimbabwe - an Opposition Strategy, 24.08.2006) regrettably advises that Zimbabweans should risk life and limb confronting Mugabe's storm-troopers in peaceful demonstrations, because the International Community is otherwise unable to impose a real (non-rigged) election on Mugabe and on Zanu-PF in 2008.

ICG in 2006 is recommending a strategy which has been tried and has been found not to work in the Zimbabwe context, for various reasons which it is not necessary to discuss here.

With modern technology (see http://www.cd3wd.com/SEEV/ ), it is now possible for the International Community to run the next Zimbabwean election with minimal presence of foreigners and with a 100% guaranteed non-rigged result. Such an election will result in less than 20% of the vote for Zanu-PF if Mugabe is still in power, and at best a 30% result if the most attractive or least-repellent non-Mugabe Zanu-PF candidate is fielded. Therefore the whole question of whether Mugabe is eased out as Presidential Candidate or not becomes irrelevant - since with Mugabe in place an even greater overwhelmingly crushing defeat for Zanu-PF is guaranteed.

Let SADCC, other African countries and leaders, South Africa, Hugo Chavez, Fidel Castro, The People's Republic of China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the International Community ensure that Zimbabwe's next election is tamper-proof. Since Mugabe is adamant that no Zanu-PF or Government cheating ever goes on in the elections which underpin his President-for-Life strategy, then let him prove his critics and detractors wrong by winning a rig-free election and by soundly beating off the Opposition of all political colours. That will surely be of great advantage to Zimbabwe's Sovereignity.

In fact, in order to reverse Zimbabwe's present rapid economic decline, let Mugabe bring forward the 2008 election to 2007, with the caveat that a massive international Economic Rescue Program will follow that election, regardless of who wins. This would be truly a great triumph for the Zimbabwean People.


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Zimbabwe Electricity Load-Shedding - 2 solutions - 30 August 2006

It appears that the extremely inconvenient load-shedding - which affects a large proportion of Harare's connected twice per day, 7 days per week, 6 hours per day - is down to peak-demand problems, and NOT to overall consumption (maybe I am wrong on this, but getting decent information from ZESA is a difficult task).

If that is the case, then let the Government, the Herald, ZBC and concerned citizens conduct a campaign to have all or most hot-water geysers voluntarily switched off by house-holders during the periods 0630-0900 and 1630-1900 hrs. This can be done by exhortations and reminders on radio and TV, by advertising campaigns in newspapers, radio and TV, and by word of mouth.

This should decrease peak demand sufficiently for some or even all of the load- shedding to be stopped, and would be an example of community action which helps everyone - there are no losers in this scenario - everyone gains.

As any economist worth his or her salt will tell you, the present trend by the rich towards the buying and running of generators is a serious drain on forex, and one which outweighs by a factor of at least 50:1 any corresponding savings on electricity imports from DRC, Mozambique, Zambia or South Africa. But probably there are croney gangsters who are making lots of money from the generator-importation business.

Since there is apparently forex and Government funds for the importation of fine vehicles for cronies and lackeys, then why is there no forex for essential services such as the provision of electricity?

The ZESA situation is yet another example that Zimbabwe is governed by an illegitimate cohort of unethical crooks who are intent on making private profit at the expense of the common good. The second solution to Zimbabwe's electricity load-shedding problem is a peaceful and democratic removal of the present illegitimate regime through a non-rigged election in 2008.


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Zimbabwe Economy - time for Indexation - 27 August 2006

Manufacturers (if there are any remaining), wholesalers, and retailers (especially supermarkets) spend a lot of time and effort constantly re-pricing goods and services. This cost is ultimately passed onto the consumer, the employee or the shareholder; and sometimes it is gotten wrong, and one or more of these groups suffer.

How much more sense it would make if prices in Zimbabwe were marked in some relatively stable currency such as the US Dollar, and when one goes to the till, the US$ total is multiplied by "today's factor rate" (TFR) (which should be decided by each supermarket or retail outlet, and not by the government, but which must be prominently displayed above the supermarket entrance and of course also at the tills). The TFR can be changed up to once per day but only at the start or end of business.

This TFR is of course the same as or close to what is commonly called the "parallel market rate" (PMR).

Thus consumers would once again be able to compare prices with what they were last week and last month, instead of living in perpetual shell-shock and being unable to judge whether they are getting value or not.

The same could be done with wages, and especially with agricultural commodity prices paid to farmers.

Some could argue that this methodology (called indexation) is itself inflationary, but one has to accept that hyperinflation is here, and in fact was brought in by the present government - they admitted themselves recently to 'printing money to rescue the economy from extinction'. In fact indexation, if well handled, could result in the stabilisation or even the decline of inflation. Certainly there are persons out there who are trying to unjustifiably profit from the present hyperinflation, and this proposed indexation would catch them out and make them visible.

A recent study showed that Zimbabwe's hyperinflation is remarkably constant at around x 11 (1000%) per year. Therefore given the current PMR, one could easily produce a table which shows the forecast PMR for every day from now until 12 months ahead. Of course this can be revised (hopefully downwards) as the situation develops, and in the light of political and economic developments, and news of production, export and import figures. This kind of forecast of PMR or even of actual forex rate has as far as I know been done in other countries with moderate or extreme inflation.


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UK's new Commission on Cohesion - to Sky TV - 24 August 2006

The UK government has it completely wrong - the so-called extremists are not racists - nor are they doing what they are doing to attack non-muslim civilian populations as such - they are trying to attack the UK government for the injustices which the FCO is perpetrating on populations in their ancestral lands, and/or on other islamic populations overseas (e.g. the Palestinians).

If UK Gov wishes to halt these so-called extremists then stop the injustices - radically change foreign policy (the late Robin Cook wished to conduct an ethical foreign policy but was quickly halted by the power of the FCO and other vested interests).

Alternatively, turn these idealistic (and possibly misguided - depending on whom you are talking to) young muslims into standard Brits - with no idealism, no sense of history, no sense of justice, no loyalty and no wish to help those less fortunate than themselves.....


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amber henshaw is apologist for zenawi regime - to bbc network africa, 23 august 2006

Is (your reporter) amber henshaw being paid by zenawi (of ethiopia), or is she mouthing the official position of DFID or (more likely!) FCO?...(her report network africa 0530 hrs gmt wednesday 22 august 2006)

in either case, she is doing a grave disservice to the people of africa.

I suggest you command her to correct her stance or reassign her to some more junior role


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kabila vs bemba - to bbc network africa, 23 august 2006

please explain to your global audience that

1. the job of head of DRC is worth US$ 1 billion per year in illegal monies

2. the struggle between bemba and kabila is partly because bemba does not trust kabila not cheat the election (first and second elections in fact) through count fraud.

3. even the international advisory organisations onsite in DRC cannot be sure that count fraud has not taken place in the first election and will not take place in the second election

4. there exists in concept at least a mechanism for conducting third world elections by mobile phone which is tamper-proof (http://www.cd3wd.com/SEEV/)


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Aids Conference and UNAIDS astound with complacency, arrogance and lack of cost-effectiveness - 19 August 2006

Today Saturday 19 August 2006, CNN's Inside Africa's Femi Oki talked to the Head of UNAIDS.

Of the 25 million+ Africans who are HIV+, he was proud that UNAIDS is now supplying free ARV's (anti retroviral drugs) for 1 million. He states that the budget for UNAIDS is currently US$ 9 billion per year, but that they need US$ 16-25 Billion per year to be able to supply free ARV's to all who need them. But wait a minute, what is the cost of ARV's? - US$ 150 - 500 per person per year ( 150 for the common ones, which are becoming less effective as the virus mutates, and 500 for the fancy new ones). Therefore the cost of supplying 25 million people is US$ 3.75 - 12.5 billion (cheap vs. expensive options). Therefore UNAIDS could with their existing 9 billion supply everyone at least with the cheap ones, and have a pile of money left over.... So where is the money going at present? - answer - a conference in Canada for 24,000 parasites and blood-suckers, the rich who are living well on the misery, suffering and death of 20 million poor (allright, the conference itself probably only cost a mere 50 - 100 million - the wages and benefits of the 24,000 is probably closer to 3 billion).

Just to put everything in perspective, of the 25 million, 4 million are sourcing their ARV's commercially - they or their relatives are paying for them, 1 million get free ARV's, and 20 million are getting nothing.

As if the indifference, lack of shame, and complacency of the Head of UNAIDS was not enough, take also the complete ignorance of CNN, BBC, Sky etc in their inability to see, uncover or even care about this scandal of gigantic proportions....


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Zimbabwean Mugabe/Gono economic resucue cannot succeed - 15 August 2006

There are 3 reasons why the present Zimbabwean Mugabe/Gono project to rescue the economy will not succeed:

1. Hyperinflation is endemic in the economy; no economy in the world has ever experience this level of hyperinflation and recovered from it without heavy assistance from the IMF. And the IMF will not assist Zimbabwe until Mugabe goes. And Mugabe will not go (despite his assurances to quit in 2008, these promises must be rated at about 5% probability, based on Mugabe's past performance at promise-breaking and avoidance).

2. The level of corruption and looting of the economy - directly by Mugabe and his cohort of gangsters disguised as wives, nephews, ministers, politicians, military, police, religious leaders etc.. - is such that these agents of destruction are bleeding the economy faster than any positive developments can stabilise or improve the situation.

3. Zimbabwe is running out of international suckers who can be conned by this illegal gangster regime into 'assisting Zimbabwe' (they are only assisting Mugabe and his regime); the Libyans are well out of the picture and it appears that the gullible (or opportunistic?) Chinese are finally waking up to reality.

Regrettably, the ineffectual 'International Community' has such Mugabe-fatigue that they would probably gladly exchange even a goat or a baboon for the present incumbent, i.e. they would gladly settle for any flavour of a Zanu-PF successor who would promise stability, and they would tolerate yet another rigged election, so long as Mugabe were excluded. This would be short-changing the Zimbabwean population, who have suffered terribly under Mugabe and under Zanu-PF for the last 8 years.

The only just solution is to have a REAL election - one where the sitting government has no influence whatsoever on the voting and on the vote-counting and vote-aggregation processes. Using modern technology, such a scenario is now possible, and at much less cost than a conventional paper election. Regrettably the 'International Community' are so useless that they will almost certainly neither consider nor insist on such a democratic outcome.


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Global Corruption - World Business Review - bbc radio sunday 13 August 2006

Dear BBC,

Your report on corruption was well done and revealing. However, you and your Transparency International delegate did show some naivity:

1. 95% of corruption by volume in the 3rd world originates from the President of the country in question; their command goes down the ladder, and the cash flows back up the same ladder. Someone like Mugabe (Zimbabwe) or Msuveni (Uganda) has an illegal income of US$ 200 million/year; Obasanjo (Nigeria), Dos Santos (Angola), and Gloria Arroyo (Philippines) make 1 Billion US$/year... No wonder these people look down on the Tony Blairs and the George Bushes of this world....

2. Corruption seriously handicaps economic development for everyone in the country, especially it affects the poor - 'When the leader is greedy, the people are poor....'

3. Ironically, in Africa, traditionally thieves are killed, e.g. by being stoned to death; but in the modern age, the leaders, who are the biggest thieves possible, get away with it.

4. The best way to greatly reduce corruption is to change the president every term (4-5 years); in cases where a president does not become corrupt in that time-frame then reward him or her with 2 terms (maximum)

5. The people in the 3rd world are not totally gullible - give them a PROPER vote and they will do this politician- and president-changing without any external prompting.

6. Forget about election observers - it is a waste of time and guarantees nothing - Jimmy Carter and the EU stop wasting public money on ineffectual do-gooding. Count Fraud is practised by almost every 3rd sitting world government.

7. Create one Global Electoral Commission, run by the Swedes and/or the Norwegians (the USA and the UK simply cannot be trusted), which runs the complete elections for all 3rd world countries. By using mobile phone SMS, this can be done with total security and at a fraction of the cost of present paper elections (see http://www.cd3wd.com/SEEV/) - using modern technology, it is now extremely simple and inexpensive to regularly rotate sitting presidents and thereby remove dictators - all it takes is some political will on the part of the feeble and ineffectual UN and its masters (and possibly on the part of the feeble and ineffectual European Union and European Commission).

8. Go also for the large global corporations like Shell, KBR (Dick Cheney), de Beers and other oil and commodity companies, who are the donors and the recipients of much corruption. And dont tell me that the global banks and the global intelligence agencies do not know the bank account numbers and illegal amounts and other assets stashed away by dictators throughout Africa, South America, and in Indonesia and the Philippines.

9. Finally, go after friends of the west like Saudi Arabia and China, where elections either do not exist or are a sham.

10. Do not forget that when the west supports illegal and unjust dictators, and also countries (like Israel) which oppress and deny justice to other countries and populations, then guerilla and/or fundamentalist movements are created and nurtured. It is very difficult for the myopic and comfortable populations of the USA and the UK to realise that although their own governments are extremely democratic and kind to their domestic populations, the self-same governments back repression and injustice overseas. Since the victims of this injustice and their allies have no voice in the global media, and cannot exact just revenge on the western leaders who sign off on these injustices (because they are too well protected), then the oppressed resort to acts of random violence on the general population of the offending western countries. Since these general populations take no interest in the external actions of their own governments (and vote only on the basis of domestic policies - especially their personal wealth and purchasing power), one could argue that they are guilty of deliberate self-chosen ignorance, and deserve whatever random violence impacts them.

11. Moreover, national and global media, who ARE aware of the issues, deliberately keep the general population ignorant of the real situation. In doing so, they are complicit with the offending western governments and with the perpetrators of acts of violence against civilian populations.


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UN Reform is timely and necessary - 27 May 2006

Tony Blair's recent call for UN Reform is timely and necessary.

It is a known fact in Aid and Development circles that more than 80% of UN field staff (permanent and temporary) are incompetent or at best semi-competent. And if by mistake a competent person gets into the UN system, they are quickly levered out by the incumbents.

And this is a judgement by the standards of the Aid and Development Community, whose own internal standards are abysmal...

Additionally, more than 5% of UN Field Staff are corrupt.

It is highly unlikely that the UN Machine is capable of fixing itself - best to have a highly focussed and professional team of external hatchet men, whose priority must be to identify and preserve any existing useful UN functionality while reducing the wage bill by at least 80%, and at the same time working out what it is that the UN should be doing (like for example running the General Elections in every country in the world, and imposing them on dictatorships like China, Saudi Arabia and Cuba).


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Chinese Harming Africa's Development - 24 April 2006

It is a little-known fact that around 1950 "Made in Japan" was synonymous with shoddy low-quality low-durability goods; The Japanese fixed that problem, as everyone knows.

Nowadays goods produced in Mainland China are very variable - some are of high quality, but many are not. China is now flooding Africa not only with consumer goods but also with industrial goods and durable consumer items. The problem arises when governments and wholesalers engineer a situation where only Chinese goods are available, for political and/or financial reasons.

Typically a Chinese soldering iron in Zimbabwe is sold with the caveat "it will break very soon and there will be no replacement or refund"; a Chinese bicycle in Zimbabwe develops all kinds of mechanical problems after a few months of modest use.

This situation is taking hard-earned foreign currency out of the hands of poor Africans in poor African countries and giving it to rich Chinese and their African and other collaborators, political and commercial. Trade in many Chinese goods is taking Africa backwards (but it is making lots of money for the few).

What is required is for an independent study of the situation, and with appropriate measures taken after the results of that study, by the Chinese Government and by African Governments. But as long as the few are feeding at the trough, there is little chance of such a sensible solution, and of course the ineffectual and corrupt UN is of little use.


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Githongo and 3rd World Corruption - March 2006

John Githongo's recent revelations about corruption in Kenya are timely and welcome. What most people do not realize is that in most 3rd world countries corruption is top-down-bottom-up i.e. it originates from the president, and over 95% of acts of corruption (by value) result in a large (typically 80%) share of the proceeds going back up the ladder directly to the president. The 20% share stays with the perpetrator of the corruption; and the 80% guarantees that the perpetrator enjoys protection at the highest level. The illegal income of the average 3rd world president is usually composed of many many such scams, some very large and others comparatively small. I state the above based on personal experience while working on World Bank and EU Projects in Uganda and Tunisia in 2005.

As Githongo estimates, 7% of the GNP of Kenya disappears in corruption; this is probably a typical value throughout the 3rd world. The result of this is that the functions of government, ministries, police, armed forces etc are totally diverted from their stated purpose into the business of ensuring the required cash flow for the top man. No wonder that most 3rd world governments are ineffective in building their economies, but are remarkably effective in appearing to destroy these self-same economies; no wonder that so many important government functions end up being implemented by aid donors and NGOs. Indeed, because of a multiplier effect, 7% of GNP disappearing in corruption is probably equivalent to a 21 - 28% of GNP loss to the economy.

While we in the West are congratulating ourselves, we should consider the role of our oil companies (especially Shell), our mining companies, and of course the international diamond monopoly, de Beers. These people instigate and collaborate with corruption in order to make 3rd world presidents rich and their people poor; their top management of course benefit, and in some cases their shareholders.

The solution to these problems? First of all, an exposure of this reality and an end to denial and cover-ups by western politicians, western leaders and western media. The populations and voters of western democracies must not turn their backs on their less fortunate fellow humans just because they themselves have money in their pockets. The truth will eventually set free the victims of this anything-but-victimless crime.


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Visual Check Zimbabwe's Wheat Harvest - 25 October 2004

Sunday 24 October 2004 1200 hours I drove along the main road Mazowe to Bindura - through a main area of Zimbabwe's winter wheat production. The results of my visual assessment are as follows:

- only 55% of the wheat-planted area of 2002 was planted
- of the total 2004 planted area, 25% was already harvested, 6% was late-maturing (some even still being irrigated), 23% seemed to have a good yield, 23% a medium yield, and 23% a poor yield.
- the already-harvested areas could not obviously be assessed for yield
- the late maturing crop is in danger of not maturing in time and/or of not being harvested before the onset of the rainy season, which is due to start very soon
- I saw a total of 3 combine harvesters, of which 2 were sitting idle in the fields, and one was busy harvesting
- I also saw one field where about 20 people were harvesting wheat manually with sacks
- SeedCo's Smart was the sole labelled variety being grown

From the above, it is possible to extrapolate and to make a guesstimate that the overall crop will be 38% of typical yields in pre-2002 non-drought years (which I think were 400 tonnes). This makes my 2004 forecast about 160 tonnes. Interestingly, ZBC Radio 25 October 2004 announced a MinAg forecast of 280 tonnes of wheat for 2004, which they stated was down from a normal year of 400 tonnes; they blamed late planting and the late provision of finance and inputs. The collation of some of my estimates above with existing recent deliveries to the Grain Marketing Board may enable a better forecast, but existing delivery information is not available to me at this time.

It would appear however that the availability AND THE UTILISATION of combine harvesters may be a problem, and unless that problem is addressed, then my forecast of 160 tonnes may well be greatly optimistic. And note that areas visible from the main road one would expect to have higher yields and also a higher level of organisation than more remote fields.

While we are at it, it seems that, in addition to the usual Government and NGO lack of organisation, SeedCo, Pannar and other International Seed Companies are critically and catastropically jeopardising the 2005 maize harvest through their own inefficiency, lack of organisation, greed and extreme overcharging - it will take a miracle for the 2005 Maize crop to be even 50% of requirement, and that is a year when the sitting government expects and even demands and insists on being re-elected.... Luckily for them, in the Zimbabwe context, re-election is not performance-related, being decided by Count Fraud.


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Zimbabwe is a Society without Competition - 17 October 2004

Zimbabwe is a society where both politics and commerce abhor competition - just as Mugabe and his capitalistic clique of lackeys and boot-lickers cannot withstand the fresh wind of political competition, then also the industrial, agricultural and commercial sectors are amazingly still based on 16 years of UDI-induced monopolies and cartels.

A white acquaintance of mine told me a few months back 'Zimbabwe is still the easiest country I know of in which to make money!'- there exists capitalism without competition, and with politicians who farcically call each other comrade; a smaller and less competitive version of modern-day China.

Business management in this country is a game of inefficiency, where the objective is to maximise the exploitation and underpayment of the workers while simultaneously maximising the exploitation and overcharging of the customers; so-called successful business managers of every colour in this country fall far short of any global yardstick - they survive because they are big fish in a small pool.

Even high-tech businesses survive by paying skilled personnel US$ 3 per hour and charging their services out at US$ 30 per hour - by any measure this is extreme capitalism of the type which existed pre-1939 in the West, and against which Karl Marx and others (unsuccessfully and inefficiently) campaigned.

The modernisation of Zimbabwe can occur without the absorbtion of Western culture and habits, many of which are anyhow incompatible with all kind of decent values (extending far beyond sexuality); but it must involve the introduction of competition in both economics and politics. This is essential to the creation of an economy which shares some (but not all) of the wealth, and is also essential to the formation of governments which can be termed even 40% successful in the effective creation of a society where the people can make themselves rich or can at least avoid sinking to even worse levels of poverty than they presently endure.


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Developing Africa - 10 October 2004 - to BBC TalkingPoint Program

Several factors are required:

1. 3rd world leaders who are interested in the welfare of their people, and who are willing to be rotated out of power

2. western leaders who have the political will to effect 3rd world development, despite the possible adverse effects on resource availability

3. western-style capitalism and not 3rd-world-style capitalism

4. Less exploitative prices for minerals and agricultural products

5. aid and development organisations which are motivated and effective - at UN, World Bank, IMF, National Western Aid Programs, international and local NGO's.

6. net capital inflow or zero outflow

7. greater honesty in Government and in Business

8. Higher status in the 3rd world for productive activities, and also the will to consider stealing from Government as stealing from the People.


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Hunger now hitting Zimbabwe's rural poor - 4 October 2004

Harare has since February 2004 been experiencing a mini-boom. Even now you can smell money in the air.

The government a few months ago was crowing about a non-existent "bumper harvest". The World Food Program and the NGO's were told to close their feeding programs for the rural poor.

Now what little crop was harvested in May 2004 is largely finished; the rural poor have no food and they also have no money with which to buy imported maize meal and other foodstuffs. In the old days, their urban relatives would cough up money and supplies to keep their rural family fed and alive, but nowadays for many urban folk their income no longer enables them to provide anything for their rural relatives, and even the cost of travelling there is for the majority prohibitive.

What is the Government doing and what will they do?
What are the WFP and other NGOs doing and what will they do?

The Government quite honestly does not care, and the NGOs are similarly complacent until if and when (foreign) TV cameras unfold the inevitable outcome of this scandal of disinterest.


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Time for Mugabe to further revitalise Zimbabe Economy - 4 September 2004

There has been some economic mini-boom during the period February 2004 through August 2004, although most if not all wage-earners have lost ground during that same period against inflation.

But the mini-boom shows that the Zimbabwe Economy amazingly still has potentially a lot of life in it.

Now so that the boom does not shrivel and reverse, it is the hour for the Great Leader to abdicate. It is a well-known fact that as soon as Mugabe stands down, there will be a tremendous surge in the economy and also in domestic and foreign investment.

Give that gift to your people. They and the International Community will reward you with gratitude and with political, financial and custodial Immunity.


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IMF and 3rd world development - 4 September 2004 - to Talkingpoint BBC World Service Radio

Off and on I have spent the period 1990 thru 2004 in Zimbabwe Africa.

During 1992 thru 1997 IMF and Zimbabwe government worked hand in hand on Structural Adjustment Programs.

It seemed to me during that period that:

- imports rocketed
- exports stayed the same
- the country became de-industrialised
- employment in production dived
- the rich got richer and the poor got poorer
- financial services sector boomed

It seems also, like much of other Aid and Development activities, that young (and some not so young) accountancy and management consultancy types are experimenting with the lives and livelihoods of citizens of 3rd world countries; that these types have zero empathy for the lab-rats on whom they are experimenting; when the experiments fail (which they seem largely to do), the experts blame some factor which they failed to anticipate, and these experts are not castigated or punished in any way, in fact they are usually promoted.

In general, the World Bank/IMF conventional wisdom is that when every player in our global economy maximises income and profit for him and herself and their family, then we arrive at the best of all possible worlds.

Unfortunately, this is not the case - there is a need for some direction and regulation, otherwise selfish greed creates the economic equivalent of gridlock, where everyone loses.


-the IMF like pro-western, economically liberalised dictators, at least in africa - namely jerry rawlings in ghana, daniel arap moi in kenya, robert mugabe in zimbabwe (but that honeymoon ended 1997 or so)

- I acknowledge that the west did ease out rawlings and moi...

- if/when the west choses a few 'example' countries in africa (as above) and pumps lots of activities and money into them, then of course the economies show some benefit. this is meant to encourage the other non-liberalised economies to follow example; but the west doesnt have enough funds or personnel to replicate the story across africa and/or the 3rd world..

- there are a few areas where the west and/or the imf could help:

- wipe out existing debt where there are good reasons to do so

- ensure that all 3rd world elections are totally non-rigged, even when that means anti-western leaders; and forget about election observers - the damage actually takes place during counting...; this in itself would rotate 3rd world leaders and minimise the impact of corruption, incompetence and indifference

- ensure that fair trade becomes fair trade - in minerals and in export crops and in manufactures; fair trade coffee is really a total sham, when the producer gets less than 18 cents from a US$ 4-00 250 gram bag of coffee bean or ground coffee..

- facilitate the transition from extreme capitalism to western-style capitalism - where workers get a 80% share of the value added instead of a 10% share or less

- smarten up all the Aid and Development activities, from local NGO's through international NGO's , National ODA programs, and international bodies like UN, IMF and World Bank

- ensure that 3rd world countries, government ministries, communities, education establishments and individuals have access to high-quality free or low cost how-to information


Additional Subject Areas:

- accountants and management consultants are not comfortable with production

- aid+development arena has been hijacked by the sociologists and the media/information people

- does the west really want 3rd world development?? - resource impact of chinese development on say the demand for oil...


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Miscellanous quotes by Mugabe and by the recently-deceased Eddison Zbovgo (RIP) - 4 September 2004

Zvobgo - Early 2003 - during the run-up to the Iraq war - on ZBC Zimbabwe national state-run television - "No leader who kills his own people has the right to talk about sovereignity". He was supposedly talking about Sadaam Husein, but it is almost certain that he was also or actually referring to Robert Mugabe

Mugabe - 1999 - in London during a series of radio interviews with BBC World Service - "The opposition in Zimbabwe will never gain power for decades and decades!"

Mugabe - 1999 - in London during a series of radio interviews with BBC World Service - "Do you know that during Internment, some people became traitors.... But I NEVER EVER did that!"


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My comment on New African Magazine Poll - 6 September 2004

The people polling were acting on the basis that 'My enemy's enemy is my friend' - Britain, USA and other colonial powers are the enemy of most Africans, and Mugabe is most certainly the enemy of both...

But they should have considered also the principle - 'My friend's enemy is my enemy' - the ordinary African People are the friends of most Africans, and Mugabe is most certainly the enemy of the vast majority of his own population

In the case of Mugabe, his domestic behaviour towards his own people should have outweighed his widely-publicised emnity towards the Imperial Powers...


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New African Magazine - Your 100 Greatest Africans of all time - August 2004
http://www.africasia.com/newafrican/na.php?ID=385

by Baffour Ankomah

New African asked you, the readers, to nominate your greatest Africans of all time – both Continental and Diasporan (or people of African descent) – in all walks of life. The aim was to come up with your Top 100 Greatest Africans of all time. You have spoken and we publish here your choice.

Since last December when we first announced the poll, we have had a very exciting time. Your nominations flooded in. Analysing them has been an eye- opener. The total shows Nelson Mandela as your No.1 Greatest African of all time, followed closely by Kwame Nkrumah, and Robert Mugabe in third place. Mugabe’s high score is particularly interesting, given that in the last four years a high profile campaign in the media has painted him in bad light. The nominations in the other categories are equally fascinating.

Overall, the results point out certain characteristics about Africans. Why did politicians dominate the poll? Do people tend to vote for men as only a few women were nominated? Or is there a paucity of women to vote for? Over 95% of the nominations were of recent heroes (mostly from the post-independence era). Have people forgotten Africa’s history? Must this worry us, as a people?


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Alex Weir comment on the Afrobarometer study - 21 August 2004

Afrobarometer are reading too much and making some (but not all) wrong conclusions from their study -

Firstly - the mood in 1999 was much headier than today. And the chance that people will respond freely with their true thoughts and feelings is much less today than in 1999. And they do NOT trust pollsters to keep personal information and responses secret and confidential...

Secondly - since on or shortly before February 2004, the Zimbabwe economy HAS been getting better - much better. Afrobarometer dont seem to know this - strange and not really confidence-inspiring...

Thirdly - Zimbabweans were promised the moon, they shot for the moon, but they were let down by the MDC and especially by the West. They were told to route Mugabe and ZanuPF by democratic means; they did so, but the vote count was massively frauded. They were told to demonstrate - they did, but were beaten and imprisoned. Zimbabweans have now almost given up - neither the MDC nor the West have lived up to promises and expectations. At least now Mugabe is largely back in his cage and there is some prospect that he may be forced to retire (Nathan Shamuyarira, a very senior Party heavyweight said so). Zimbabweans have been through such a very very bad economic patch that the present conditions resemble normality and a normal lifestyle, at least economically (if not politically).

Zimbabweans are now almost back in the situation they experienced 1980 through 1997 - decent economics with about zero political freedom. That situation was created and very much liked by Britain, the West, and the Zimbabwean Whites....


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Zimbabwe Economic Mini-Boom is over - 25 July 2004

Since the economic liberalisation mastered by Central Bank Governor Gono, which commenced in earnest 28 February 2004, Zimbabwe has experienced an economic mini-boom; but that boom is now over - for 2 reasons:

- The official exchange rate has through the forex auction system been depreciated at only 200% per annum over the last 5 months, while the official inflation rate has been 400% (and the actual inflation rate possibly higher); no surprise then that the parallel market rate is now diverging from the official rate (6800 vs. 5350) , and that the parallel market shows a 370% annual depreciation rate - almost exactly mirroring inflation. Unless the official rate is kept close to reality then the recent economic miracle will unravel rapidly

- pre-election business paralysis is now on us - almost all investment will now be deferred until after the election. This is not abnormal in many countries, but the situation is greatly worsened by the following:

- Mugabe shows less and less signs of retiring or being retired
- Mugabe has announced open season on MDC opposition politicians and supporters, and on the ordinary voter (who would and probably will vote for MDC in droves if not harassed, starved, coerced, intimidated, beaten, tortured, killed, and disappeared)

There are 3 scenarios for the election:

- Mugabe is returned - a catastrophe for business, the economy, and all classes of society, including the rich and ZanuPF

- ZanuPF is returned without Mugabe - a middle course

- MDC is returned - a very positive outcome for business, the economy, and all classes of society, including the rich

The course of events is very largely but not totally in the hands of the IMF and the International Community. But the IMF and the International Community must not underestimate the damage to the economy which can result over the next 8 months as a joint result of pre-election paralysis and the antics of the selfish, childish, irresponsible and vindictive Robert Gabriel Mugabe.


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Tsvangirai attack confirms Mugabe's enduring unsuitability - 3 July 2004

News broke 2 July 2004 of a violent attack and possible assassination attempt by 100+ militant pro-ruling-party youth against a Morgan Tsvangirai/MDC opposition party pre-election organisational meeting in northern Zimbabwe. As War Veterans Leader Andy Mlanga told Radio France International in 2000, "the Government, the War Veterans, the Police, we are the same"; extend that and we have: "Mugabe, the Green Bombers, Zanu-PF Youth, party thugs, the CIO, we are the same".

No-one takes this kind of action in Zimbabwe without the personal and express authorisation of Robert Gabriel Mugabe, the hero of leftist radical-chic white, black and brown anti-colonialists everywhere; the eloquent and intelligent orator at international conferences; the enemy of the colonalist oppressor; the puppet who was himself knowingly and willingly illegally installed by the arch-colonialist Margaret Thatcher in the British-frauded 1980 Independence Election; the man who is a left-wing hero abroad and simultaneously a fascist dictator at home; an exponent of the end of oppression when abroad and an instrument of oppression when at home.

So what will the weak-kneed, Iraq-obsessed, freedom-loving Americans do?
What will the guilt-ridden British do?
What will the commercially astute and totally immoral French do?
What will the radical-talking but completely ineffectual Germans, Dutch, Danish, Swedish, Norwegians and EU do?
What will the newly-impoverished Zimbabwean middle-classes do?
What will the International Financial Community - which is master-minding and bankrolling the current economic revival of Zimbabwe - do?

Money Talks. Use International Financial Muscle to end the Rule of this irritating, embarassing and quite unsuitable Tyrant. And dont stop with Mugabe - there are plenty more like him throughout the 3rd World, whose individual and cumulative effect is to more than negate any beneficial effects of taxpayer-funded Western Government and Charity Relief, Aid and Development efforts. And dont talk about national sovereignity, when 90 per cent of 3rd world elections are count-rigged by the sitting government (and the West knows this full well).


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Mugabe's gambit ends in stalemate - 6 June 2004

Rory Carroll's analysis (4 June 2004, Mail & Guardian South Africa and Guardian UK) was interesting but not totally on-target.

The MDC Opposition has been mercilessly harassed, assassinated, intimidated, framed, tortured and beaten; denied access to any and all media; opposition media closed down and remaining elements severely curtailed and forced to practice some self-censorship. And the white-farmer and Western money which has bankrolled the MDC has severely declined. The MDC anyhow never really had or has any policies, just as Mugabe's illegitimate regime never has or had any policies (except self-preservation and electoral fraud).

But it doesn't matter - even if a baboon is put to stand against Mugabe and Zanu-PF MPs, then people will vote for that baboon; and with Zimbabwe now beholden to the IMF, World Bank and other external creditors, there is no room for manouver - even the most inexperienced new government will be safely guided to financial rectitude by a small army of international advisors.

The missing element - electoral fraud is now so entrenched in Zimbabwe, in Zanu-PF, and in the counting process itself that even 1 million international electoral observers will not be able to halt once again a subversion of the wishes of the people and a denial of democracy and freedom. Time for the International Community, the freedom-loving Americans and the United Nations to enforce the UN International Declaration of Human Rights, which requires that the people of every nation be free to elect their rulers in 'genuine elections' (article 21-3 - http://www.un.org/rights/50/decla.htm ).

And regarding Mugabe's immunity - the British illegally installed Mugabe, so let them grant him Asylum.


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Mugabe - departure delayed (again) - 19 May 2004

Yet once again the childish, immature and vindictive president of Zimbabwe delays his departure from the economy which he has almost destroyed. 15th May 2004 he informed Kenyan reporters in Zimbabwe that he would not retire until 2008.

Maybe he doesnt realise or has not been informed about the (highly) secret deal between his government and the International Community - Mugabe is unloaded before the next Parliamentary Election (due before April 2005); the government follows (and is indeed already following) conventional IMF remedies and reforms; the International Community is providing and will provide financial and balance-of-payments assistance; and maybe Zanu-PF will be allowed to fraud yet another electoral counting process.

The above deal is not even very sweet for the Zimbabwean population, since Zanu-PF even without Mugabe are excessively incompetent, excessively corrupt, excessively dictatorial, and excessively politically partisan when in government.

There is a myth that whoever leads a country like Zimbabwe is critical to success; not true - even a baboon would make a better leadership than the existing. What the country needs are competent and honest technocrats - there has been too much politics, which has resulted in more of the population becoming poor and to a greater extent of poverty. Thus even an inexperienced MDC, NAGG or any other government would be superior to Zanu-PF. Anyway, the IMF and the World Bank are and will be calling all the shots, so the room for manouver of any such inexperienced (but honest and well-motivated) government would be extremely limited.

So - the solution to Mugabe's wish not to depart - the International Community and his own party must put their foot down - a deal is a deal. And after this week's farcical electoral fraud (again in the counting process itself) in the Lupane by-election, the International Community must realise that ZanuPF and the government are incapable of controlling their undemocratic inclinations, regardless of promises made.


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Iraq Photos Scandal

10 May 2004

The real Iraq scandal is that the US and UK Governments knew about 12 months ago and all the time after that that there were human rights violations by their forces in Iraq. And the International Media knew that too, but were complicit in hiding that news. The whole thing is an issue of Political Will - there was zero PW by Government and Media until the photos came out and the excrement hit the fan; now everyone is pleading innocence and blaming everyone else, blaming especially those bigoted and racist underdogs, societal trash, sadists and psychopaths who did the actual deeds.

The poor will get the blame and the rich will get off scot-free - as usual.


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Zimbabwe - why is government manipulating food production figures?

10 May 2004

Zimbabwe, land of contradictions. The economy is booming, although the May 2004 food and cash crop harvests are only 35-55% of requirements and 35-55% of normal, and the countryside is growing mainly grass and weeds (with almost no cattle to eat the grass which is flourishing). Anyone who travels anywhere in the country will attest to the extremely low level of crop production.

The IMF and/or the International Community seem to have done some (highly) secret deal which has brought food back into the shops and foreign exchange back into the economy; the Government, ZanuPF, Mugabe and even the infamous Information Minister are largely keeping quiet and minimising political hysteria; and they are constantly boot-licking the United Nations and the International Community.

So why is the Government not allowing a UNFAO delegation to inspect food production and food storage? Why do they insist that Zimbabwe has almost enough food to feed itself without any assistance from the WFP (World Food Program)?

The answer as usual may lie in politics. A General Election is Looming early 2005 (which rumours say may be brought forward even to mid-2004). Although ZanuPF are expert at frauding the counting operation (they were taught by the British), they also like to intimidate and coerce their population. This makes them feel powerful. And the availability or non-availability of commercial and/or free food supplies are an extremely powerful Weapon of Mass Destruction.

The big question is - what will the International Community and/or the IMF do about it?
Probably nothing.


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South africa-going same way as zimbabwe?

to:BBC Talkingpoint

19 April 2004

Zimbabwe has gone the way it has because:

1. the British tried to delay the movement for land (and of course they succeeded for many years)

2. the British illegally installed as their man a person without the necessary character and qualities to make a good leader; indeed Mugabe's main qualities were ones which allowed him to rise to the top of the pile before independence - and these same and similar qualities have caused the unnecessary suffering (economic, social, political and human) which has afflicted his 12 million subjects.

That unnecessary suffering should be laid fairly and squarely at the door of the British Government and the British Electorate.

If the rich black and white in south africa continue to emphasis their acquisition and retention of conspicous wealth, then they leave the door open to Winnie Mandela; Winnie already has some of Mugabe's characteristics - a willingness to kill, a love of money, and the ability to steal; she is also a charismatic orator. And examine the patrician and aloof Mbeki, who is quite indifferent to the plight of his poor, and who is indeed the darling of the whites, the rich blacks, business and the West.

If the ANC ever had any idealism and feeling for their fellow man, it has fallen by the wayside in the scramble for riches, both legally and illegally acquired.


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Open Letter to the IMF over Zimbabwe

7 April 2004

Sincere congratulations to the IMF.

You have taken over the economics and some/most of the politics of Zimbabwe; in doing so, you are saving the people and the economy from the actions and inactions of their immature, childish, and vindictive Government.

But be careful - Government of Zimbabwe (GOZ) in implementing your directive to stablise the exchange rate are making the business of doing business impossible for many small, medium and large businesses - they simply cannot get the forex they require to function without standing serious risk of going to prison.

There is a real danger that Business Flight and Businessman Flight is about to take place on a scale which will not be recoverable in the short or medium term; i.e. it will doom to failure your plans for the revitalisation and revival of the Zimbabwean Economy.

Get your experts back in the country; talk to business people. Examine in detail what is happening. Correct the outlandish interpretation of your directives by GOZ. Save the Zimbabwe Economy and the Zimbabwe People.


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Idi Amin and the International Community

31 March 2004

Idi Amin was illegally installed in a coup d'etat by the British Government. During his reign, Ugandans not only suffered torture, death, and imprisonment; their economy was also devastated. And these economic effects last until today.

This is just another example of the practice of Power without Responsibility as practised by the 'International Community'.

It is well recognised by responsible people that there are certain individuals who make 'good' or effective politicians but who would never in a million years make a good President. Amin (although he was never a politician as such before being installed) was a blatant example of someone who was simply not the calibre of person who would make a good President; and the British were completely aware of Amin's personality and tendancies; but the fate of millions of Ugandans was not important to them when they were intent on deposing the leftwards-leaning Milton Obote.

Amin was and is not the only 3rd world President illegally installed by the British, whether through coup d'etat or frauded election.

It would be good if legal actions were brought against the British Government in one of the various International Criminal Courts for damages wrought on civilian populations by the irresponsible actions of previous Administrations. And voters in the West generally must be educated somehow that they are responsible for foreign policy actions by those whom they vote for and by their Civil Servants and Secret Services. The West and voters in the West understand only the religion of Money - so hit them where it hurts using means which they understand.


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Zimbabwe 7 months later

24 March 2004

Returning to Zimbabwe after 7 months in Rwanda and UK is interesting.

The food and cash availability situations have been transformed for the better, at least in Harare itself (although food is now more expensive and undoubtedly beyond the reach of some or many).

Politics appears quieter and less hysterical.

I expected that having emerged from a deep trough, the people would now be resigned to living with Mugabe and Zanu-PF. But no. 'If we had known what the experiment would bring we would never have allowed it to take place; he has made us poor. If he does not go then God will take him.'

It is the job of politicians to create an enabling environment in which the people can make themselves rich, or can at least maintain their better-than-zero level of poverty; if politicians create an environment which forces all classes (except of course the Pajero Class) into deeper poverty, absolute or relative, then these failed politicians must stand aside.


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sierra leone international court

10 March 2004

a few years ago, De Beers secretly gave Charles Taylor US$ 50 million to continue the wars in liberia and neighbouring countries. yes - prosecute the national political and military leaders responsible for the atrocities; and also put in the dock western politicians, industrialists and civil servants whose decisions and actions make the atrocities probable and even inevitable.


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Give us online versions daily

19 sept 2003

WITH the George W Bush/Thabo Mbeki quiet diplomacy being flouted by President Mugabe in several outrageous ways (WFP interference and the closure of Daily News), and with the quasi-muzzling of the Financial Gazette some time ago through a takeover, it may be time for the Zimbabwe Independent and the Standard to go daily. If printing daily is too costly or risky, then do it on an online basis on the Web.

OK, only the elite will have access, but maybe they can pass on major news to the masses through word of mouth and other methods; and the two weeklies can summarise all the stories covered.

At least then there will be a daily riposte to the insanities of this incompetent dictator and his lackeys who are too cowardly and ineffectual to displace him by whatever means necessary.


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Mugabe's secret deal

15 September 2003 - New Statesman UK

Richard Dowden is misinformed (Books, 1 September). The Shona people did not vote for Robert Mugabe "in huge numbers" in the 1980 election. Mugabe was trailing a very poor third behind Joshua Nkomo and Bishop Abel Muzorewa; but the British frauded the count, with Mugabe's full knowledge.

There was a secret deal. The whites would stay out of politics and be allowed to make money; Mugabe would do nothing on land reform and be allowed to do whatever he wanted to his own people. Mugabe was the darling of the whites until 1997, and he was the darling of the IMF and the World Bank from 1994 to 1997. It was his entry into the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo that upset every apple-cart.


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resolving zimbabwe's banknote crisis

23 July 2003

The current crisis shortage of Zimbabwe Dollar banknotes threatens to collapse the Zimbabwean economy. Although that may (and may not) have the beneficial effect of forcing Mugabe to abdicate, it would also have catastrophic short-term and middle-term effect on the livelihood and even the survival (physical not economic) of millions of Zimbabweans.

There are 2 possible solutions:

either Mugabe Resigns as President with immediate effect

AND/OR

the Government (which is Mugabe) makes legal with immediate effect the holding of certain specified foreign currencies (probably US Dollar and Rand, with maybe also British Pound) and their open use as legal tender inside Zimbabwe. There would then be a situation of co-existence between the Zimbabwe currency and these specified foreign currencies. There would also have to be a flexible and free exchange rate market inside the country between these currencies and the Zimbabwe Dollar, not subject to any government control (although not the official position, that is pretty much what happens in practice already). People could use these foreign banknotes freely and legally in shops, markets, filling stations, and with street traders.

It should be noted that since 1995 till now, Cuba has adopted the US Dollar as alternative legal tender to the Cuban Peso. The system seems to work, and the 2 currencies co-exist in peace.

Unfortunately Mugabe is a person with no morality and no feeling of duty to his people - therefore the chances of him choosing a comfortable retirement are very slim.

And furthermore, there are immoral and unscrupulous Cabinet Ministers, Senior Army Personnel, and even lots of very ordinary people who are making a lot of money from the present chaos and from other people's suffering and misfortune. These felons regrettably have a vested interest in extending the present untenable situation until the last gasp.

The Meltdown is Here, and it will spare No One....


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RBZ and Government have no grasp of severity of problem.

22 July 2003

The fact that the RBZ and the Government are apparently fixated with the task of designing and printing a Z$ 1000-00 note indicates that they have no grasp whatsoever of the severity of the hyperinflation which now reigns in Zimbabwe, resulting in a 'loss of sovereignity' not only for the government and for Mugabe, but for the entire population (rich and poor).

They should be designing a Z$ 10,000-00 note now and getting ready to design a Z$ 100,000-00 note for mid-2004, because any thinking person can tell you that prices are doubling every 2 months and multiplying by 10 every year (and that is 1000% per annum inflation). Zimbabwean Economists (and especially government economists) seem incapable of calculating this - maybe they never do any shopping for themselves.

Brazil in 1989 experienced inflation of this magnitude - they had to take drastic action, but it worked, and there are people and documentation available which chart a path for a return to normality.

Zimbabwe faces very very serious problems, which call for very professional handling, without any party political bias and without any election-winning and/or popularity-winning gimmicks (like taking money from 90% of the people and giving it to the other 10%).

Mugabe - if your Yes-Men and your Information Ministers are incapable of solving the gigantic problems which you yourself have (unwittingly) created, then get off the throne and call in the international rescue team.


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Reasons for removing sadaam (zimbabwe perspective)

20 July 2003

Regardless of any and all WMD, it is difficult or impossible for anyone who has not lived under a fully-fledged dictatorship to imagine what it is like - i.e. no citizen of any western democracy can comprehend.

Take Zimbabwe- the country is decending the abyss at high speed, but one demented old man (Mugabe) fails to grasp that by abdicating, he can relieve 12 million of this own people from an economic hell into which he has (unwittingly) cast them.

Yes - I support the removal, by force if necessary, of any and every dictator throughout the world. If that can be called treason, then let it so be called.


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Mugabe Exit Plan

15 July 2003

So now it is (semi-) official - Mugabe resigns December 2003 and Presidential and Parliamentary elections are held in Zimbabwe March 2004.

There are a few points which must be addressed:

1) The timescale means that the Main Agricultural Season 2003/2004 will be yet another almost complete writeoff. In addition to existing factors such as hyperinflation and shortages of forex, fuel and banknotes, that will mean another fall in GNP by 10% between now and 2004/03. Who will reimburse the people of Zimbabwe for that loss? Which dignitaries such as Powell, Mbeki and Bush will link their incomes to the GNP of Zimbabwe and take the hit with us? Who will reopen offices and factories closed between now and 2004/03? Who will compensate those made jobless?

2) Mugabe is not a man who keeps his word - there is a good chance that he will renege on any commitment. And because of this, Business Confidence will not restart until after he leaves power (and possibly leaves the country) and maybe until after the election is over. Any foreigners who pump in private or public money before then are taking a very large risk.

3) ZanuPF (even without their Dictator) now have degrees in Election Rigging. Even if the Economy and the People can stagger through till May 2004, who knows whether the party which has presided over 4 years of 10% per annum Negative growth will not fix the result in their favour?

The Solution?

If Mugabe is leaving power, then let him do so NOW. Hold elections LATEST 3 months after his departure, maybe earlier. Let the UN run the ENTIRE election process. Try to salvage something of this coming Main Growing Season - by Farmers of whatever colour - for the benefit of the economy and the struggling masses.


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Mugabe a British Agent?

18 Jun 2003

There is a lot of evidence to point to the fact that Mugabe became a British and/or Smith Agent before 1980, and was installed by the British in a 1980 Election which was massively frauded. He presented some of this evidence himself in his typically vain ramblings in front of a radio microphone in London with the BBC World Service in 1999.

What else would explain how a relatively unknown candidate supposedly swept the polls in 1980 over the well-known and highly popular Joshua Nkomo?

Why did Mugabe do effectively nothing on Land Reform between 1980 and 1997?

Why was Mugabe the darling of the Whites from 1980 till 1997?

Why did the West turn their back on the Matabeleland Massacres in which Mugabe and Mnangagwa murdered 5,000 - 15,000 Zimbabweans?

Why did Mugabe put so much effort into intimidating the population into voting for him and his party in the elections following 1980? - precisely because he knew that they had rejected him soundly in that first frauded 1980 election.

The Cold War has had a lot of victims, and most of them were neither Americans nor Russians. The whole UDI charade was allowed by the West to play itself out for 16 years because of Global Real Politik; the Apartheid State was only finally dismantled by the West in 1994 because the Cold War was over; UNITA was a CIA creation, and the misery which Angola became and is still suffering from was a US-USSR Proxy War; Mozambique the same; the cruel and violent dictator Hastings Banda was kept in power by the West in the name of fighting communism.

So - it is obvious that the West was not going to allow the voters to choose Nkomo, who was a man of principle and a Socialist of some kind - Mugabe was a power-hungry, cruel, violent, cunning, dangerous, mercenary man without principle, who was willing to be used by the West provided there was power and money in it for him.

The rest, as they say, is history: Mugabe seized absolute power over the years following 1980, preached socialism but practised a raw 3rd-world capitalism which kept the whites and the West very happy; Zimbabwe before and since 1980 has never had democracy, only varying degrees of pseudo-democracy and dictatorship.

For some time Mugabe gave his people reasonably good economics and about zero democracy; like many populations from many countries around the world, food in the belly and money in the pocket is often sufficient to satisfy the majority of the population - intellectuals are unsatisfied but the rest tolerate the situation. What violence there was was largely limited to the routine 'car accident' death of on average one anti-mugabe politician per year (Sydney Malunga, Chris Ishewokunze, Moven Mahache, Border Gezi, Peter Pamire etc etc..).

Only since 1997 did everything unravel - Mugabe's personal decision to enter the DRC War (once again caused through delayed action by the Cold War and the USA's support over 25 years for the tyrant Mobutu) messed up economics badly in Zimbabwe.

The rise of MDC and their widespread popularity changed the face of Zimbabwe - they won both the 2000 Parliamentary Election and the 2002 Presidential Election, but Mugabe frauded both elections.

Now the economy is sliding towards the abyss, 95%+ of the population have become poor, but the rich and the Mugabe cronies are making money hand over fist. Mugabe and Shamuyarira maintain that there is no crisis, and are now advising that 12 million Zimbabweans should live in the forests and eat wild berries.

The people voted twice against Mugabe and his party - their votes were frauded.

The people practised mass stayaways as a political and economic protest - these have now virtually been made impossible and illegal.

The people tried to march peacefully to State House - they were beaten, wounded, intimidated, tear-gassed, and a few killed; every and any march is declared illegal; to march without protection by UN Peacekeepers is impossible. (and the UN is not interested - a few years ago Kofi Annan's son was doing busines with Mugabe's infamous nephew)

And Shamuyarira advises the people smugly to 'wait for the next election', knowing that he and Mugabe will fraud every and any election which takes place.

The conclusion from this sorry tale - Tony Blair and George Bush are responsible for the sins of their predecessors - Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan - he who creates a disaster must rescue the victims. They must use every trick in the book to get rid of this politically, economically and socially disasterous President with immediate effect and to ensure free and fair elections at which the people can express their own choice.

Blair and Bush's only moral alternative is to immediately accept 12 million economic and political refugees from Zimbabwe for assisted passage and permanent residence in the USA and UK. Of course if Mugabe has any shame, then these accusations/revelations/speculations that he was an Agent of the West who was installed knowingly in 1980 in an Illegal and Fraudulent Election may cause him to stand down. We must sincerely hope so.


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Zimbabwe - a call to the middle classes

11 June 2003

The black middle and upper classes in Zimbabwe have traditionally since independence stayed out of politics and tried to get on with getting wealthy. And especially recently, the brunt of Mugabe's brutality has fallen on the blue collar, working classes, and the unemployed.

Those in Zimbabwe who imagine that the economy has reached an all-time low point will be seriously re-educated as events unfold in the weeks, months and years ahead - we are now heading rapidly for the large scale shut-down of industry, transport, trading, wholesaling, retailing, water, electricity and sanitation. The middle and upper class blacks will not be spared - jobs, company cars, company houses, company school fees will all evaporate; white collar workers will lose their jobs in droves; those living in rented premises will be evicted. Middle class families will be camped in the street (during winter and during rainy season) outside their former homes.

Unless the conservative and selfish black middle and upper classes now join the Mugabe-abdication movement, then they themselves and their children and dependents will be cast into dire poverty within weeks from now. Even and especially people who have always regarded themselves as Zanu-PF supporters will not be spared from the insanity of Mugabe's determination to force 12 million people to live in the forests and eat wild berries.

Mugabe judges his 12 million people to be snivelling cowards, cowering sheep and imbeciles. Prove him wrong.


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Mugabe sabc tv Interview 1700 hrs GMT sunday 8 June 2003

8 June 2003

a summary of the interview (which lasted approx 55 minutes). Note that the interview seems to have been recorded about Wednesday 4 June 2003 in Harare.

1. Mugabe will not stand down: "why should I be elected in 2002 and resign in 2003 - it makes no sense" ... "I cannot hand over now when there is so much in-fighting inside Zanu-PF over my succession - better that I stay..." (at approx 50 minutes)

2. "The economic situation now in zimbabwe is not so bad - it was much worse during the war of liberation - we were living in the forest and eating wild berries" (at approx 45 minutes)

3. "I do not want to tear-gas my youth... I do not want to increase the suffering of my people..... but they have been misled....." (at approx 47 minutes)

4. A long rambling monologue over why nothing was done between 1980 and 1997 over the question of Land Reform. (0-45 minutes)

5. Contradictory comments on the War Veterans and their role in sparking off farm occupations - in one minute he emphasises that the WV's were operating totally without any control or encouragement, in the next moment, using the word "we" meaning Mugabe plus WV's....

6 (Final Comment) "I can still punch!" (at 55 minutes)

Comment:

1. Mbeki and Obasanjo and the International Community have failed totally - Mugabe refuses point blank to consider standing down

2. The man is comparing his own personal situation in 1978 with 2003, NOT the situation of his 12 million people; for them the economic situation now is dramatically failing to deliver the basic essentials for their lives. Possibly Mugabe's intention is to reach the point where 12 million people are in the forests, living off wild berries. But unfortunately there are not sufficient forests and certainly not sufficient wild berries...

3. He mentions tear-gassing, but not the intimidation, beating and wounding of his population by a brutal police, army, war veterans militia, and Zanu-Pf Youth Militia. And of course he does not mention the recent assassination by the army of Tichaona Kuguru in Mbare, Harare.

He justifies brutalities against his own population because "they have been misled"; surely it is the duty of a leader to explain to his people if and when they are being 'misled' where, how and why they are being misled and what is the truth and what is lies and deception?.... A leader who is respected for his achievements will be able relatively simply to counter any attempts to mislead the people - after all - he has charge of all terrestial TV, 99% of radio, and 50% of newspapers. It is not a privilege of a leader to brutalise his population because someone is 'misleading' them....

4. The stinginess of the British Government is legendary; but Mugabe's ramblings about why nothing was done on Land Reform 1980 - 1997 was not convincing. It is obvious that at that time, he had no interest in land reform. It is well known that Mugabe has used the issue of Land Reform after 1997 solely as a means of hanging desperately on to power. (By this I do not mean that Land Reform is without merit - it most certainly is - but not in the way in which it has been done - without organisation, with land going to the rich and connected, with a drastic and life-threatening drop in food production, with a drastic and economy-threatening drop in export crop production).

5. The best explanation of the relationship between War Veterans and Mugabe came from War Veteran's leader Andy Mhlanga during a Radio France International interview sometime around September 2001:

" the Government, the Police, the War Veterans - we are the Same"

6. Mugabe is well known as a practitioner and advocate of violence:

"Zanu-PF has degrees in violence" is one of his well-known quotes.

The comment "I can still punch!" is an open threat not only to the Organised Opposition, but also to his 12 million people.

7. In general, the interviewer was never combattive, and mostly boot-licking. This may be the rules for SABC, but bodes badly for the future of democracy in South Africa and indeed in the whole of Africa. Maybe the approach was deliberate - give Mugabe enough rope and he will hang himself - certainly Mugabe probably exposed more of his real self and his real thinkings and intentions with this kind of interview (and he has made that mistake also before).


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Zimbabwe - the actions of a Great Leader?

3 Jun 2003

3 June 2003 - one day into the current 5-day Stayaway and Marches.

The Country and the Mugabe Dictatorship have multiple crises - shortages of food (especially basic foods as consumed by the poor - who are now 90% of the population), forex, fuel, blood, and most recently of banknotes. Agricultural production is severely curtailed, as are industrial and mining production. The basic building blocks of the economy are damaged to the extent that it will take years even under the best scenario to get back to the level of relative affluence which existed in 1996.

And the way Mugabe is solving these problems? - beating, tear-gassing, intimidating, and ordering a shoot-to-kill policy using live bullets (there are unconfirmed reports of 2 martyrs/National Heroes killed by Mugabe's puppet security forces). So the what is foremost in his mind is NOT solving the problems which face his Nation and His People - it is perpetuating his own Rule.

Any Great Leader worth his salt would look objectively at the situation, without panic, discuss with a wide range of friends and enemies, and conclude that the best path for the Nation would be for him to fall on his sword (figuratively or even literally).

It is a little-known fact that the West installed their puppet Mugabe in 1980; should the events of this week NOT result in Mugabe's immediate abdication, then it is an imperative for the West to surgically remove him - he who creates a disaster must rescue the victims.


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Zimbabwe - street demos broken up

2 June 2003

Today 2 June 2003 has seen the brutal and highly efficient breaking up of democratic and peaceful street demonstrations against the hated dictator and presidential imposter, Robert Mugabe. There are also as yet unconfirmed reports that there are 2 deaths from police or army shootings. One can well imagine that these 2 deaths or attempted killings are a result of direct orders from the cruel and insane dictator Mugabe.

The International Declaration of Human Rights includes a right that:

Everyone has the right to choose by whom they are governed.

This means that any government which cheats the election process has denied its own people one of the basic UN rights. (Equally countries which do not hold even phoney elections at all are more blatantly denying the human rights of their citizens. Strange that often such countries have natural resources such as oil, and are good friends of the so-called liberal and democratic West).

The West installed their puppet Mugabe in the 1980 Independence Election, rather than the socialistic Joshua Nkomo. For the sake of the long-suffering 12 Million Zimbabweans, who are becoming poorer by the day, and whose economy is now in serious danger of collapse, the West must now remove their Puppet, whose pursuit of insanity and dictatorship has made it impossible for the population to remove him by 'Democratic' means or even by extra-Parliamentary (but non-violent) means.


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Zimbabwe - Time is of the Essence

19 May 2003

Now that the International Community has sealed the fate of the cruel right-wing dictator Mugabe, let them concentrate their minds on the timescale - Zimbabwe is bleeding to death economically and agriculturally - prompt action will make a large difference to the state of the patient when Recovery starts.

Pay no attention to the injured pride of the failed dictator and his mercenary band of crooks, criminals and failed politicians - just get them out of office with immediate effect.

An example - winter wheat planting deadline was 15 May 2003 - let is guess how much has been planted - take a drive (if you can source fuel) from Banket to Bindura early in June and look for cultivated fields with new wheat sprouting.... And wheat and bread are foods of the masses in this country.

In order to have any meaningful agricultural season starting October 2003, large scale mobilisation and organisation will be required starting about NOW; and that cannot and will not be done by the cruel, selfish, indifferent and highly unpopular Mugabe dictatorship - they know their days are numbered, and they do not care about Food Production, the Economy or the People.

So - International Community - cast aside your usual public sector inefficiency - deal with the rapid removal of Mugabe et alia like you were a privatised organisation - make Speed and Efficiency your keynote. And a more efficient operation will mean less Aid and Development Donor Funds which you will be asked to pump in. The Zimbabwean People depend on your Actions.


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SABC Ignorance

12 May 2003

dear interface (South Africa)

sabc in general show a tremendous ignorance of the real situation in zimbabwe:

1. the contest is not between Mugabe and Tsvangirai, nor between Zanu-PF and MDC - it is between Mugabe and his 12 million Subjects (one should call them Abjects). 90+% of Zanu-PF at all levels do NOT want Mugabe to be in charge of Zimbabwe for one day longer.

2. If and when Mugabe goes, abdicates, resigns or dies, there will be a massive party throughout Zimbabwe - 95% + of people will be overjoyed, including the majority of people who vote Zanu-PF.

3. It takes the removal of one man only - his cronies will fall by the wayside - there will be NO civil war - that is an invention of Mugabe and his media experts (and one which has been swallowed wholesale like so many other Mugabe myths by the South African media in its naivity and innocence and in its search for Political Correctness).

4. There is a pile of private capital waiting for the downfall of Mugabe to invest massively in Zimbabwe; there is also a similar pile of Donor Money. This will make a great positive difference to the economic lot of the average (black) citizen in Zimbabwe. All it takes is for one bitter vengeful selfish old man to hand over power for the good of his own people.

5. One solution to the Zimbabwe problem is for EFFECTIVE external intervention. Once cannot describe the efforts of Mbeki, Obasanjo and Muluzi as in anyway effective. Do it right or dont get involved - the only result of ineffective intervention is time delay - and time is one commodity the Zimbabwean economy and people do NOT have.....


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Mugabe - time for big shots to reveal secrets

12 May 2003

Several well-known public figures in Zimbabwe each have lodged with foreign lawyers documents and depositions about Mugabe and especially about his past which, if made public, could and would result in him having to abdicate.

These public figures include among others Edison Zvobgo, Edward Tekere, and Margaret Dongo.

For these people at this point in politics not to reveal the contents of their documents and depositions is to actively support the continuation of the rule of a cruel and economically disasterous Dictator.

The creation and continuation of Poverty and the Miscontrol of Food Resources is a Weapon of Mass Destruction. It is time for anyone and everyone with any power to dislodge this Cruel and Unusual Dictator to use that power for the benefit of the people, regardless of any Personal Danger. The People will reward You.


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Let Zanu-PF deal with Mugabe

6 May 2003

Mugabe has (on 5th May) stone-walled yet another attempt by the impotent African Leaders Obasanjo, Mbeki and Muluzi to effect a Transition in Zimbabwe which would have saved (at the last minute) the economy and the livelihoods of 12 million oppressed Zimbabweans.

Since his own Party know that he is a Liability of the Greatest Magnitude, let them Terminate his Presidency with immediate effect. If they do not do this then they will have lost even more Credibility with a population whose Patience is now at a complete end.

There is a Precedent - Thatcher was dragged kicking and screaming from power by her own Party in 1992 after 13 years of Dictatorship - the Conservatives did it to save the Economy for the sake of the whole population, not only for the sake of their voters.

If Mugabe's Termination has to be conducted with Extreme Prejudice, then so be it.


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nigerian election a lesson

22 April 2003

the recent election in nigeria teaches us a few lessons:

- all elections in the 3rd world should be run (NOT just observed) by a neutral International Election Commission, which organises and conducts all aspects of the election, especially the polling, transportation, counting, collating and announcement of results.

- when the favourite candidate of the West wins, the fraudulent nature of an election is downplayed by the intenational media, and the result is allowed to stand.

- politics should have the same rules as sport - those found cheating or even trying to cheat should be disqualified, banned and eliminated. If possible they should also be jailed.

- those who imagine that people like Obasanjo and Mbeki are god-like elder statesmen who are eminently qualified to adjudicate in the internal affairs of countries like Zimbabwe should now see that Obasanjo at least is just another corrupt and crooked politician who cannot be trusted by his own people or by the people of any other nation. Unfortunately these corrupt and crooked rulers have a great deal of solidarity with others of their kind, and are willing to subject the populations of 3rd world countries to unspeakable hardships, abuse, and despair for the sake of political correctness and hard cash.

The West must wake up and see that, although NEPAD and similar programs look nice in theory, they cannot leave the fate of Africans to corrupt and crooked dictators, even those who chum up to the West.


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NO political polarisation in zimbabwe

28 April 2003

dear ambassadors (SABC South Africa)

you are mistaken - there is NO political polarisation in zimbabwe - all zimbabweans (including zanupf members) are united in wishing the immediate and final departure of the dictator mugabe.

and pls in future get some experts who know something about the situation - stop getting a hold of amateurs who know nothing.


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zimbabwe - a positive correction

15 April 2003

To: BBC world service radio - network africa

good stuff from louis machipisa this morning - thank you!

but the International Community and the BBC have a situation misappraised - negotiation between Zanu-PF and MDC is irrelevent at this point in time - the struggle is not between these 2 parties but between the Dictator Mugabe and ALL his people, including 90% of high-ranking, middle- and low-ranking Zanu-PF.

Only 2 weeks ago, in the context of Iraq, on live Zimbabwe State Television, Edison Zvobo, a very high-ranking Zanu-PF, stated that "any dictator who kills his own people has no right to talk about sovereignity". Edison was talking about Mugabe as well as Sadaam Husein.


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International Community and Mugabe

15 April 2003

The International Community have the Zimbabwe situation misappraised - negotiation between Zanu-PF and MDC is irrelevent at this point in time - the struggle is not between these 2 parties but between the Dictator Mugabe and ALL his people, including 90%+ of high-ranking, middle- and low-ranking Zanu-PF.

There is no point in anyone negotiating with Zanu-PF while Mugabe is in place - it would be just like "negotiating" with the Baathist Party in Iraq while Sadaam Husein was in power - a pointless exercise. Mugabe's Cabinet and Politburo are like cowering sheep and imbeciles - incapable of saying boo to a goose.

After their success in Iraq, the International Community (including moderates like Sweden, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway and Germany) must simply insist that Mugabe vacates, without conditions. If they make it clear to Mugabe that he has no alternative to immediate exile, then he will do what he is at present too fearful and cowardly to do. The only alternative to an immediate forced exile is some kind of medical emergency, which may require evacuation to some friendly country which has a functioning Healthcare System.


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Mugabe's impending confrontation

25 March 2003

Since a better situation a few weeks ago, when Mugabe was in his box, the Robert Mugabe who incites, encourages, and orders intimidations, beatings, torture, rapes, and unlawful killings is once again on the loose and out of his box.

Usually when he is out of his box, the placid and patient (black) population of Zimbabwe are firmly inside THEIR box, bowed into submission by the State Terrorism which makes Donors rate Zimbabwe as the 2nd most repressive country in the world after North Korea; but strangely or not so strangely, that is at this point in time NOT the case - the population are NOT back in their box.

A Confrontation is brewing, and that Confrontation is not between ZanuPF and MDC, not between Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai, but between one man and the 12 million people who happen to be his kith and kin.

Some advice to Mugabe - you cannot win against your own people when you are on your own like you now are, and when your own people have finally had enough (as they have had). No matter what your Advisers and Yes-Men tell you, you will NOT win the impending Confrontation. Better to slip away quietly and with some dignity to a foreign location from which you can count your money and plan your future. It is neither cowardly nor stupid to avoid a Confrontation which you will lose - it is both brave and wise.

And be aware of the following - the economic mess which your country now finds itself is such that whatever Government follows you will find itself highly unpopular, since it cannot wave a magic wand and unweave the economic and social destruction which is now in place. A Mugabe and a ZanuPF which are using their brains will hand over power to whoever the People really voted for in March 2002 and let the People become very rapidly disillusioned and dissatisfied with the lack of rapid economic progress in the months and years to come.


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Mugabe Succession

12 March 2003

If the impending post-Mugabe Election in Zimbabwe is allowed by the weak-kneed and gullible International Community to be rigged (yet again), then indeed (disasterously) Mugabe's ZanuPF Party will win; however if the Election is WHOLLY run by an External International Election Commission, then ZanuPF is a dead Party, and the current political wars between factions inside ZanuPF are as futile as they are pathetic.

Politicians are struggling for Power and Wealth while their kith and kin are starving to death and while major economic forces are threatening the economic survival of the mass of ordinary people. Whichever faction of ZanuPF has a major influence in the Elite-Pacted Transition (EPT) is academic, since the party has exhausted the patience and credibility of black Zimbabweans rich, poor and all degrees in between.


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Mugabe regime comparable with north korea

4 March 2003

It is a well known opinion in donor circles that the Zimbabwean Government is second-worst in the world (after North Korea) in terms of cruelty to its own (black) population and indifference to their plight. Unfortunately, that opinion (which many will call fact) is hardly known outside donor circles and is un-propagated by the international media.

For the Foreign Minister of a country respected in international circles to back and openly to support the cruel and indifferent Head-of-State Robert Mugabe is quite surprising. It appears that the ANC has become an Uncle Tom party which loves only business and rich people and condones black-on-black cruelty and indifference in Africa.


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Distributing food by political affiliation continues in Zimbabwe

18 February 2003

Despite avowals to the contrary by Mugabe, Mbeki, Obasanjo, George Shire and other such people, the distribution of food by a major Zimbabwean Supermarket Chain (the Stock Exchange-quoted TM Group) is carried on in collusion and collaboration with Zanu-PF and the Zimbabwe Police to ensure that Zanu-PF members in Harare urban area get food while non-Zanu-PF members go without. This happened in front of me Friday 14 February 2003 at Chadcombe TM Supermarket in Harare; the item in question was sugar - which is in desperately short supply nationwide.


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Dealing with Dictators Globally

10 February 2003

Few people in the cosy comfortable West appreciate firstly what proportion of the world's population lives under dictatorship and secondly how greatly that experience impacts negatively on their Quality of Life and on their Economic Prospects.

Now is the time for the civilised and the uncivilised world to rid this planet of dictators. The method is simple - all it requires is Political Will:

Insist that all national elections worldwide (including in the USA) are conducted by a highly professional UN-associated International Electoral Commission (IEC) - this will involve all stages of the election process including everything to do with ballot boxes (or the electronic equivalent) and with the actual counting of votes. And No nationals of the voting country will be allowed to be involved in any way in the mechanics of the electoral process of that country.

Any and all nations which refuse to hold regular National Elections under the IEC will automatically be designed by the UN as Dictatorships.

Every 6 months the UN will list all Countries in the world, designating each one as a non-dictatorship, a dictatorship, or some gray area in between (note that even governments elected fairly under the IEC can be capable of turning themselves into dictatorships during their 5 year reign - such is the corrupting influence of power and money).

The UN will declare it legal for any individual or organisation to collect money with the sole purpose of deposing dictators and dictatorships by whatever means necessary, including abduction, indefinite detention, and assassination. These acts may be carried out by professional hit-men or by close associates of the Dictator. There will be no limit to the amounts of money offerable. And the perpetrators will also of course have international legal immunity.

The result will be the running for cover by dictatorships and dictators everywhere, even and especially those who love the West, were installed by the West, and are loved by the West. Sadaam Husein will be only one of many many casualties in this struggle by the people of the world against their inadequate, cynical and greedy rulers.

And those who complain that my proposal above will increase world instability, please answer - how stable at the moment is the world, with the present level of injustice to such a large proportion of the global population of men, women and children?


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Mugabe-in-a-Box

3 February 2003

The Political Scene in Zimbabwe has changed almost beyond recognition in the last 8 weeks - the average citizen is no longer scared to discuss and to insist upon the end of the Dictatorship of Robert Mugabe.

But the fact that Mugabe is now in his box is not a situation which is adequate for the People and the Nation of Zimbabwe - the Country is facing multiple crises of Food, Fuel, Forex, Unemployment, Poverty and Liberty. It is necessary to have in power a government which is honest and competent, and which works hard to rescue the People and the Economy from an Economic Abyss. That New Government must also control the excessive and unpleasant face of Capitalism which is so rampant in Zimbabwe, even and especially under the auspices of the nominally-socialist Zanu-PF.

The fact that Mugabe's is (temporarily) de-fanged and that the Rich in Zimbabwe are comfortable and complacent is not enough - and let us not imagine that Mnangwa and Zvinivashe are our Saviours - certainly our enemy's enemy is our (temporary) friend - but no more than that. And neither are the White Farmers and the ex-White Farmers our friends.

Every day and week which passes is a further slide into Oblivion; and dont think that the International Community will save our souls or our pockets - they will be much too busy reconstructing Iraq and Afghanistan after their wars.

So - Robert Mugabe - do the right thing - go now before your Protege and your Chief-of-Staff decide that you have outlived your usefulness. And forget about Immunity from Prosecution - there is no Immunity from the Wrath of God and the Companionship of the Devil.

And while we are at it - let Mbeki and Obasanjo - 2 presidents who are so useless to their own people - also be exposed as leaders who are useless to the people of Zimbabwe. And let the New Government of Zimbabwe punish those 2 countries economically so as to teach their citizens a lesson for letting their leaders urinate on the citizens of other countries.


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Iraqis' suffering can be made worse
Barbara Stocking International Herald Tribune

27 december 2002

dear editor

Barbara Stocking of Oxfam's viewpoint is that brutal dictatorships should get away with it as long as international donors and NGO's are allowed to operate in these dictatorships to lessen the suffering of the downtrodden masses. No, Barbara - try living under a dictatorship as a local national, with no prospect of escape or home leave, and with no freedom of speech or action. An end to all dictatorships, whether friends or enemies of the West. And if it takes war to end the dictatorship, then it is a very inefficient way of doing it - better to put a Price on the Head of the Dictator - amend UN Rules to define dictatorship and make it legal for individuals or organisations to put a price on the head of any dictator.


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Zimbabwe's misery

to: Financial Times UK

17 December 2002

dear editor

Mugabe has a secret plan to utilise his Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) to eliminate 100,000 to 200,000 of his own population; this WMD is food shortage, hunger, restriction of food supply, and starvation.

The crime of these 150,000 people? - that they and millions of others tried to remove Mugabe from power by democratic means in the March 2002 Election, when they voted massively against him but were frauded by the sitting government.

When the scale of the tragedy is finally known in a few months time then Mugabe will simply plead disorganisation and incompetence, a plea which is relatively easy to make in the African context; but that will be untrue. And the FT's plea to Mbeki is useless, and a measure of how seriously the West takes the Zimbabwe situation - appealing to Mbeki to do something which you know he will not do is washing your hands of the problem; Mbeki is failing to meet his own people's aspirations - so how can he meet the aspirations of the struggling black Zimbabwean peasants, workers and middle-classes?


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Hunger as Political Tool

to: International Herald Tribune, Paris France

17 December 2002

Dear IHT

Your correspondent was duped by Mugabe's slick PR machine.

Mugabe has a secret plan to utilise his Weapon of Mass Destruction (WMD) to eliminate 100,000 to 200,000 of his own population; this WMD is food shortage, hunger, restriction of food supply, and starvation.

The crime of these 150,000 people? - that they and millions of others tried to remove Mugabe from power by democratic means in the March 2002 Election, when they voted massively against him but were frauded by the sitting government.

When the scale of the tragedy is finally known in a few months time then Mugabe will simply plead disorganisation and incompetence, a plea which is relatively easy to make in the African context; but that will be untrue. International Media and the International Community have a responsibility to the suffering classes of Zimbabwe, if only because Margaret Thatcher installed Mugabe illegitimately in Power (with Mugabe's full knowledge and complicity) against the 1980 Independence Election Result. Fence-sitting and inaction will only ensure the effective conclusion of Mugabe's scheme of insane revenge.


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The Zimbabwean Model

4 december 2002

Dear Economist (London UK international Magazine)

Please get your facts right - inflation is currently around 1000% per year; and the parallel market rate end of November 2002 reached Z$ 1700 per US$, compared with an official rate of Z$ 55 per US$.

The parallel market rate was Z$ 100 per US$ in May 2001, and prices have remained relatively constant in US$ terms - therefore an AVERAGE rate of inflation of 17% per month or 661% per annum has been effective May 2001 through November 2002.

And be aware that inflation has recently accelerated to a level which is frightening to the average person, who has no access to foreign currency - hence the current inflation rate of approximately 1000% per annum which I quote above.

There is a race on between what will kill off the population first - the absolute lack of foods of all kinds (especially maize, wheat and bread) - in both rural areas and in the towns and capital city - and the inability to pay for any available food which may exist.

Note that John Morris, Head of World Food Program, was quoted today 4 December 2002 as saying that a major problem they are facing in trying to avert starvation and catastrophe in Africa is a Lack of Political Will both from African Governments and from Western Donors. In the case of Zimbabwe, the inaction and non-cooperation of Government is deliberate - the Zimbabwe people are being punished by starvation and death for having dared to try to remove Robert Mugabe from power by democratic means.

In any normal country there would have been a change of government and/or a revolution before now.


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attn tony blair-iraq-from Zimbabwe Africa

To: Talkingpoint BBC World Service Radio

3 December 2002

By living under a dictatorship here in Zimbabwe, one sees the economic, social, physical and psychological damage which dictatorship wreaks on people.

Since it is a well known fact that Sadaam Husein is one of the most brutal and barbaric dictators in recent world history, then my sympathies go out to the Iraqi People.

Regardless of finding partial or completed WMD, then my personal feeling is that Sadaam Husein should be removed from power by whatever means; and replaced by a non-dictatorial regime. If that can be done without war, then so much the better, but if it does take war then so be it.

The only flaw in the Grand Plan is that there is no justice for the Palestians inside and outside the West Bank and Gaza; and there is no plan to bring even a semblance of democracy to any one of the many other Arabic dictatorships throughout the world (including some like Saudi Arabia who are strong friends of America and the West).


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Mugabe - crimes worse than genocide

28 November 2002

What do you call someone who deliberately kills large numbers of his own people?

The term Genocide is used against someone who orchestrates the killing of large numbers of a different ethnic group - as in Hitler's Germany or in Rwanda in 1994. But Mugabe is in the process of orchestrating the deaths en masse of hundreds of thousands of his own people, for the reason that they dared to try to remove him from power by democratic means. If he thinks that the international community will stand idly by while his insane scheme winds its way towards its inevitable conclusion, he had better think again.


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The Beginning of the End

20 November 2002

The President and the Zimbabwe People should check out what happens when a country suffers economic bankruptcy and implosion. Look no further than Argentina. It is not very pretty, and it makes the present misery of 95% of Zimbabweans and the inconvenience of another 4% look like small beer in comparison.

Does the President really think he can get out of the corner he is in by toughing it out and bringing all the ZNA troops in Zimbabwe and DRC into Harare? By banning gestures and swear words directed at his fine Motorcade?

It is all only a question of time. The End will come when the International Bankers close down all credit lines (and maybe even all cash lines); or it will come when the People in desperation riot or take part in peaceful demonstrations (which are banned in this phoney democracy) - will the troops pull the trigger on their kith and kin or will they down tools in protest?

Despite idiocies (like 150%) put out by home-grown economists, inflation is at 1000% per year or greater, and forex rates are tumbling like a stone.

And although the concept of freezing all prices seems like a great idea, if it worked it would have been used in Brazil in 1989, in Turkey in 2001, and in Argentina more recently.

The End is on its way - it can be postponed or hastened, but it cannot be avoided. The Mills of God grind slow, but they grind exceeding small.


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Open Letter to Robert Gabriel Mugabe

5 November 2002

It is obvious now, with the recent statement by the IMF, and by the decision to request oil companies to import fuel directly, that the Zimbabwe Economy is very close to meltdown.

The honeymoons with the Malaysians and the Libyans are now over, and there are no more suitors in the wings.

The only factor which can rescue the Zimbabwe Economy from the impending implosion is political change.

Better to hand over with dignity before the edge is reached than to have unstoppable economic and financial forces make staying in power impossible.

Everyone knows that we will then be effectively ruled by the IMF - Zimbabwe will be back in the age of ESAP (by whatever name). Noone likes that idea but it is a fact of life that there is no alternative.


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Mugabe a Clear and Present Danger

22 October 2002


Learnmore Jongwe - Zimbabwe's (unacknowledged and unrecognised) Stephen Biko...

There comes a time when the antics of comedians and clowns becomes no longer amusing. With the death by poisoning of Learnmore Jongwe, a leading MDC Opposition politician (and a Shona), in prison in Zimbabwe on 22 October 2002 that time has come. Mugabe has not only become a Nuisance, he is now a Clear and Present Danger to his own people. The time for regime change is now. Let black Zimbabweans, and especially Shona, prove finally that they are Men and not Mice.


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wheat rotting in fields of zimbabwe?

10 October 2002

sunday 06 october 2002 i drove between Mazowe and Bindura, about 80 km north of harare. this is a prime area for winter wheat. there were probably 20+ km of unharvested but ripe wheat on both sides of the road. the only harvesting activity we saw was 5-10 people harvesting by hand; and there was no sign that any mechanised or manual harvesting had already taken place. wednesday 09 october 2002 there was rainfall in harare - a sign that the rains are starting. and the onset of proper rains will ruin any unharvested crop.

it may already be too late to harvest the wheat which i saw on sunday, or it may be possible if there is say a 14 day dry spell and if machinery and labour is well organised. but it looks like the situation will be that in the region of 12,000+ tonnes of wheat will rot in the fields. If that does happen, it will be another failure of organisation, management and politics in a country which is set to import 1 million tonnes of grains (mainly maize but also some wheat) during 2002; and most of these imports are funded by the international community and the international taxpayer.


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Suicide Marchers

10 July 2002

Time marches on after the Zimbabwe March 10 Election.

Everyone in Zimbabwe knows that the election was a fraud and that Morgan is the rightful President.

Mugabe appears determined to muddle through the impending food and economic crises, and his puppets show no sign of resigning.

MDC know that if they openly call for a mass march to demand the resignation of Mugabe then they will be locked up under any one of the draconian laws which now guarantee Zimbabweans their freedom.

Mugabe and his puppets have openly promised to shoot dead tens and hundreds of protestors if necessary to preserve their "legitimate" rule. The young, able-bodied and the middle-class are unwilling to risk their lives for the overthrow of a one-man dictatorship.

A solution - let those who are near death - the old and the terminally-ill (of whom we all know there are many) become Suicide Marchers for the liberation of their country and their fellow-citizens.

One does not know how many human lives Mugabe and his puppets will demand before they step down - but eventually after enough bloodshed they will go.


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zimbabwe's impending food crisis

26 June 2002

Living in zimbabwe in 2002 is like being in Disneyland or Wonderland - an impending food crisis is looming, but everyone seems to be carrying on as usual. People do not discuss the food crisis because to do so is to be "unpatriotic" (read one who questions the supreme wisdom and quasi-papal infallibility of the politician robert mugabe).

Maybe the population, and especially the educated black middle and upper classes (of whom there are many) think that they will somehow magically avoid this crisis.

But even the rich must eat food - they cannot eat cash, coins, investments, gold or diamonds.

The scale of the shortage is incredible - 75% of the country's calorific requirement is missing - during or shortly after August 2002 there will be no food in the country. Imports of 7000 (seven thousand) tonnes per day of grain (maize, wheat and/or rice) will be required - this is 200 35-tonne trucks crossing the border every 24 hours, or one every 8 minutes. The cost of this is at least US$ 1 million per day, excluding transport cost; that is about 5 % of Zimbabwe's normal GNP and 20% of its historical foreign exchange earnings.

It is not logistically possible and it is certainly not economic to airlift that volume of grain into Zimbabwe. There are not sufficient stocks in the Region. Therefore advance planning is required to move grain by sea, rail and/or road.

The government has no plan to import the required amount of grain, they have no budget for it, and they have no forex for it.

The Donors have no plan either, and they have no budget for it.

The International Community are bored and alienated by the rhetoric, actions and inactions of the politician robert mugabe. They are also confused and disappointed by the inaction of the Zimbabwean Population. Current international thinking is "Help Those who Help Themselves". There is little patience or sympathy for 12 million people who allow their economy and their food supply to be ruined by a one-man petty dictatorship.

If Zimbabwe is lucky and somehow survives the coming food crisis then the People must also note that the International Community will certainly not commit the resources, forex or loans necessary to rebuild the Economy to even the level it was at 5 years ago. The International Community (rightly or wrongly) is now obsessed with and financially committed to places like Afghanistan. Therefore with each day, week and month which passes on the present ruinous policies and non-policies, the economic legacy to the Children and Grandchildren of Zimbabwe becomes less and less, and present and future Poverty becomes more certain for more and more of the population.

There is a simple and painless solution to the Food Crisis and to the Economy Crisis - the politician robert mugabe can stand down, citing health or any other reason. This one simple act can solve many serious problems for robert's black fellow-citizens (of all classes).


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3 important things happened in the last 7 days:

19 June 2002

1) friday 14.06.2002 robert mugabe in rome gave a tv interview to an african station and stated that "the only good imperialist is a dead imperialist"

2) monday 17.06.2002 mbeki stated on tv that "african leaders have to get closer to their people; some african leaders want to deify themselves...."

3) monday 17.06.2002 obasanjo stated that over the last few decades, african leaders have stolen in excess of US$ 140 billion from their people and lodged it in swiss and other western bank accounts; and the leaders do not wish to return that money; and the banks and the western governments also does not wish to return the money.


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Resignation Required

12 June 2002

zimbabwe has an impending food crisis which will hit home and hit hard about august 2002. The food shortfall is 75% of normal production and consumption; 35% is due to weather and the other 40% is due to political posturing and gangsterism.

zimbabwe also has an economic, financial, forex, employment and urban poverty problem which is galloping towards a crisis point; since 1 year+ the economy has been contracting at 10-50% per year, depending on whose figures you take.

the politician robert mugabe has no policy, other than to prepare to join his considerable illegal financial resources in libya or malaysia once the excrement hits the fan, thereby leaving his kith and kin in an unholy economic mess.

the government is a one-man show, run by the politician robert mugabe. his cabinet and his party's MP's are mere window dressing, designed to legitimise his illegitimate and unelected regime.

if these functionaries had one ounce of ethics, decency, integrity, humanity or courage they would resign immediately, thereby probably hastening the demise of this economically disastrous regime.

But unfortunately, ethics, decency, integrity, humanity and courage are qualities which are difficult to find in any group, race or class in Zimbabwe in 2002.


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zimbabwe 25, malawi 65

29 May 2002

dear editor

The significant news last week regarding zimbabwe was that the Malawi 2002 food/maize harvest will be about 65-70% of their normal production (and their normal consumption), and that the Zimbabwe 2002 harvest will be about 25%.

The climate and rainfall in these neighbouring countries is similar (and has in the 2001-2002 growing season been very unfavourable), so one must assume that the explanation of the 40% difference lies in politics, in farm occupations, and in the climate of disruption and uncertainty.

The shame is that the actual benefit for landless peasants and the landless poor is minimal - the percentage of formerly white land redistributed is much smaller than the government propaganda machine states, and the percentage of that going to ministers, senior military, senior police, media sycophants, croneys, lackeys, informers and collaborators is much higher then the government admits.

Additionally, a large cause of the low production is the climate of uncertainty which exists among white and black commercial farmers who do not happen to support the government and the ruling party with words, deeds, contributions, protection money and silence. Therefore we have a non-productive multiplier effect - if (say) 10% of white commercial farming land is occupied, the effect is to lower production by 30 - 50%.

I am personally in favour of redistributing white farming land to the black population without any compensation being paid, over a 10 year period, and without any drop in production. One does not have to be pro-Mugabe and pro-Zanu-Pf in order to be in favour of radical and just land reform - in fact the contrary.

If the international community openly or covertly accepts the phoney result of the presidential election 2002 then they will one way or the other have to pay hard cash to fix at some time in the near or distant future the damage to agriculture, industry, commerce and the economy which the present government is doing day by day and month by month. Tell that to the tax payers (of all classes) in the developed countries. The Donor and NGO community cannot be relied on to speak out because more Poverty in Zimbabwe means more jobs for them and their boys.

The Black population of Zimbabwe voted sensibly in 2002 and voted against Mugabe and against Zanu-PF. They do not now deserve what is happening to them and to their Economy. If this happened in the West there would be an immense scandal and the situation would be rectified. Because it happens to people who are black and poor, no-one in the West gives a toss.

The solution is an immediate election re-run, with every element of the operation being run by outsiders, especially the voting, the guarding and transportation of ballot boxes, and the counting process. This must of course be 100% paid for also by the Outsiders. And regardless of who wins, aid funds and foreign exchange support must begin to flow again immediately after the election and in sizeable quantities. If Mugabe won fairly, then he should jump at this offer.


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A question of morality

20 May 2002

The situation in Zimbabwe is such that one must question the morality of the people who routinely and regularly repress, intimidate, torture, kill and inform on their kith and kin.

The people are scared of speaking out or acting because of the repressive political climate, which affects everyone in their day-to-day existence.

The motivation of the repressors, the intimidators, the torturers, the killers and the informers is in a very few cases that of the psychopath - the person who gains pleasure from killing - in most cases it seems to be for Money.

This Mental Sickness pervades the Country from the highest level to the lowest level, as though it were some curse from God (or from the Devil).

I have lived and worked in other countries in Africa, Europe, South America, the Middle East, South Asia and South-East Asia, and I find the present situation in Zimbabwe quite extraordinary. Maybe it has parallels in the Rwandan inter-tribal genocide or the RUF barbarities in Sierra Leone, the Killing Fields of Cambodia, Germany during WWII. And maybe not....

One must also question the morality of the Silent Majority who let all this happen, and who do not seem to care, so long as they can continue to make money and to enjoy their pleasant lifestyle. Of the various categories listed above, maybe these people are the most to blame. And of this Silent Majority, maybe the People with Money are even more to blame, especially when that money is made by Profiting from other people's misfortune and poverty and by Collaborating with the repressors, the intimidators, the torturers, the killers and the informers.


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Zimbabwe - massive fraud

18 March 2002

dear international media

there has been a massive ballot box and ballot paper fraud in the recent zimbabwe election.

it is essential that the international community does something major.

the black people of zimbabwe urgently require international action and pressure to rescue them from hunger, poverty, political oppression, total lack of freedom and a constant threat of intimidation, physical harassment, beating, torture and killing.

the west backed this man for so long despite his record before and after the rigged 1980 election - the west has a responsibility to the black people of zimbabwe to rectify their mistake of 22 years ago.


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window of opportunity for zimbabwe

7 October 2001

so - it is now planting season - and there is a window of opportunity for Mugabe, Moyo et alia to do something good:

1. withdraw immediately and without conditions from DRC.
2. freeze all land grabs until june 2002.
3. eliminate all high-level and middle level corruption and scams.
4. eliminate all harassment of farmers (of any colour) and farm workers until june 2002.
5. return all cash, resources and forex stolen from zimbabwe people since 1980 till the present.
6. call a presidential election as soon as possible, e.g. approx 15 november 2001.
7. eliminate all threats, harassment, beatings, torture and murder of opposition members, sympathisers, and officials and also of the General Populace.
8. eliminate all tampering with electoral rolls, ballot boxes and the rigging of votes.
9. immediately instruct and enforce ZBC to be an impartial reporter of radio and TV news and current events.
10. immediately free the airwaves for approx 4 independent radio stations which will be allowed to freely report news and current affairs without censorship.

Mugabe and Moyo should realise that since 11 September 2001, the world is not only now in recession - it is going to be a deep and long recession. So now is not the time to jeopardise the Zimbabwe Economy and the welfare of the Zimbabwe People just to win an Election. And it is not time to experiment with something which may work and which may not in order to establish one's anti-colonialist credentials.


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Zimbabwe's People and Economy Trapped - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper March 29-April 4 2001

Zimbabwe's people and economy are trapped between two immovable forces: the president, Robert Mugabe, who has a personal wealth of US$ 2 Billion; and 4,000 white landowners who each have on average 1,000 hectares of land (March 8). Neither side has any will for compromise. The losers are 12 million ordinary Zimbabweans.


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Solution for Dubious Elections - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper June 1-7, 2000

With dubious elections in Zimbabwe, Peru and elsewhere, it's obvious that the voting process for general elections should not be organised or implemented by sitting governments. That would do more to enable economic growth and decrease poverty than all international aid programmers put together.


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Land Reform in Zimbabwe - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper April 20-26 2000

Your recent articles and editorial on Zimbabwe were largely accurate and impartial, excepting the land reform issue (April 13). Regardless of which political party and which president are in power in Zimbabwe in two months' or two years' time, that issue will not go away.

President Robert Mugabe and Zanu-PF have talked radical for the past 20 years but have done almost nothing, and what little they have redistributed has only benefited a few cronies. This has made Britain happy, since it has not had to pay out compensation to white farmers.

The challenge now is to plan and implement land reform that will decrease poverty among a large proportion of the (black) population, maintain or increase overall agricultural production and exports, and avoid corruption and nepotism.

There are many ways to achieve this. One is to take (not buy) a determined percentage (say 30%) of all landholdings of more than 50 hectares, regardless of the skin colour of the owner. Give, say, a 10-year guaranteed tenure on the remaining 70%, regardless of change of government. That will encourage existing farmers to increase their production per hectare from their smaller land allocation.

Meanwhile move settlers into the 30% of available land as a phased (over 10 years?) military-style operation, with training, extension, seeds, fertilisers, tillage etc organised and available (but not free). And be prepared to dispossess settlers who fail to make the grqde and to re-allocate to others who are willing to try harder.

unfortunately, governments, aid agencies and the United Nations have an extremely poor record of being able to organise anything. Possibly the (highly competent) Zimbabwean army can apply its organisational and logistic skills to this task. That is, provided the taste for money among some of its middle-level and senior ranks recently acquired in Congo can be controlled or eliminated.


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There follow a few non-zimbabwe letters........


Factors which cause and perpetuate global poverty 5 May 2003

Dear BBC world debate

I saw your program yesterday 1930 gmt here in zimbabwe with jeffrey sachs and 3 others on DSTV/ Multichoice South Africa..

there are several factors which cause and perpetuate global poverty, and you did not cover them well enough. Among these factors are:

1. Insufficient funds from west to LDC's (especially from USA, as your people pointed out)

2. Insufficient cost-benefit from existing ODA monies - due to the types of programs carried out, the personnel and management used, and the whole ethos of the beaurocracy

3. The nature of almost 100% of 3rd world governments, where crony capitalism, dictatorship, grand larcency, corruption and theft reach from the top to the bottom of government and society

4. The fact that capitalism in 3rd world countries is not of the quasi-benevolent western type, but of the old-fashioned extreme type (that which launched Karl Marx, Communism et alia). This "Capitalism Without a Human Face" generates local and international elites who wallow in riches while the 3rd world populations wallow in poverty, misery and degradation.

Of the 4 factors listed above, (3) and (4) are very very significant and important... If they were fixed, maybe (1) and (2) could be discontinued without anyone noticing.......


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Iraq - invade to eliminate a dictator

13 February 2003

For whatever reasons the USA and Britain are ready to invade iraq is not really that important - the importance is that a dictator will be deposed - that in itself will result in a tremendous improvement in the material, psychological and spiritual lives of Iraqi men, women and children.

I recently travelled on overnight train from Paris to Frankfurt with an Iraqi man from the South who had no money, no food, no drink, no hand luggage, no luggage of any kind. He was missing the thumb on one hand and the index finger on another - he managed to tell me that Sadaam had amputated these fingers of his. I guess he is one of the 'bogus' asylum seekers whom white Europeans hate so much. He has no home, no family, no fingers, no money, no possessions, no luggage, no hand luggage, no future because of a dictator in his own country and because of racism in the wealthy and comfortable West (the same West which installed and buttressed Sadaam Husein).

Let the movement for the deposition of dictators not stop with the overthrow of the tyrant Sadaam Husein - but continue to deal with all other dictators globally.


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Blair should go after 2 terms

13 May 2003

Look at the damage a deranged margaret thatcher was doing to british economics and politics after 13 years, and the damage which Kohl did to Germany after 17 years. Take it a stage further and look at the mad and bad Mugabe after 23 years.

Clare Short may be grandstanding (who doesnt?) but she is right on the 2 terms issue - Blair should hand over to the future PM Candidate of his Party's choice and go while the sun is still shining.

And how can Blair demand Good Governance and moderate reign length in the 3rd world when he so desperately wants to hang on to power himself? Tony, set an example to Dictators worldwide.....


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AIDS Advice

22 July 2003

Best advice is the sourcing and pricing of low cost generic Anti Retroviral Drugs

Then citizens can see how donors, NGO's and governments are totally failing to take the whole aids issue seriously, and have no intention of saving more than a few token lives.

The west wish to subsidize their immoral pharmaceutical companies and the shareholders; the 3rd world governments have no intention ever to improve life for any of their citizens in any way, only to enrich themselves and their cronies.

The West regard AIDS as an accidental but welcome means of population control.


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Pharma Companies promoting AIDS Deaths - published in Guardian Weekly newspaper August 8-14 2002

My wife's son just died of AIDS in Zimbabwe. Here is a message to pharmaceutical companies, CEOs and shareholders who profit from the restriction of low-cost and/or generic anti-retroviral drugs - realise what you are doing and change your ways.


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