keith harmon snow
While the western media focuses on the "land crises" in Zimbabwe, they continue to misrepresent the political scene on the ground. Throughout the 1980's and into the 1990's, the Mugabe government perpetrated "acts of genocide" (at the very least) against the Ndebele minority in the
Matabelelands. Hundreds of thousands of people were persecuted in pogroms in the early 1980s.
The media's propensity to demonize Mugabe parallels their reportage on Cambodia in the 1970's, where US bombing campaigns provoked atrocious conditions and the eventual death of hundreds of thousands of innocent people. This and the support for Pol Pot remained off the agenda, until the US turned against Pol Pot in 1975, and then the Pol Pot genocide became prime time and front page news.
Ditto for Zimbabwe. While Mugabe continues to deliver land only to his cronies, the multinational agribusiness corporations and elite white landowners continue to enjoy executive privilege. The media ignored – and continues to ignore --- the Gukurahundi¾ “the rain that washes away the chaff” ¾against the Ndebele people, always casting it as an issue of the black government's persecution of whites. Indeed, Mugabe came to power on the pillars of land redistribution, but then consolidated his power with the support of Tiny Rowland and Lonhro and, e.g., the tobacco and chromium companies from the U.S. and U.K.
Remember the elite North Korean "five brigade" ? Never heard of them? Thank Prince Charles, he knew. Thank the World Wildlife Fund. The Observer and the Guardian knew, but the reports were squelched by Rowland, Buckingham Palace, and the state department hacks behind Ronnie Reagan¾of course, these are some of the same people behind the Bush-Clinton-Bush administrations.
It is only now that Mugabe is no longer of service to the elite powers that he is demonized by the west. While massacres and torture have been the rule for years, it is only in the interests of evolving business relationships and corporate realignments that Mugabe has been cast aside. Still the scale, frequency and character of his regimes brutality is never sufficiently covered. It’s not coincidental that New York Times directors also sit on the boards of Phelps Dodge.
Read the full story of Mugabe’s rise and fall, on this web site, titled: “The Great Betrayal”.