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VOL 3. NO. 25 Monday, July 2 - Sunday, July 8, 2001
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LAND RECLAMATION IN ZIMBABWE
African Style "Reparations Now!"
By William REED
President Robert Mugabe, REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya
Western world whites are orchestrating the overthrow of a democratically elected head of state, Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, right before our eyes. Led by the Western media's play on the ignorance of their audiences and, through outright lies and subtle distortions in print and via broadcast, white forces are guiding us, the uninformed, to the inevitable conclusion - that Mugabe must go.

Zimbabwe's tragedy began with Cecil Rhodes and his gang of British settler-colonists. They stole Zimbabwe's land from its indigenous people by force and violence, naming it Rhodesia. But, after 15 years of armed str uggle, Mugabe-led revolutionists defeated the white supremacist regime, forcing Great Britain to the bargaining table. The resulting "Lancaster Agreement" provided a golden parachute for white Rhodesian colonial descendants, guaranteeing them disproportionate representation in Parliament for 10 years and assuring them compensation for returning lands they had stole to the rightful owners.

In the beginning, the Western press lauded Robert Mugabe as a "hero" for his "moderation" and refusal to exact vengeance against the defeated white racist regime. Mugabe initially relied on one of the key aspects of the Lancaster Agreement, the promise by the British government (publicly) and the US government (privately) to provide money to compensate white thieves for the land they illegally "owned."

20 years after Zimbabwe's independence, descendants of Rhodes' settler-colonists, comprise one percent of the population, but still own 85% of the arable land of a country whose economy is grounded in agriculture. The masses of Zimbabweans, poor and still landless, were frustrated and angry over this. So, in accelerating the land reform program, President Mugabe responded to the demands of the people and continuing refusal of Great Britain and the US to honor "Lancaster" payment promises. Overnight the Western press transformed the "hero" of the 1980s into today's "Tyrant, Dictator and Racist." What changed was not Mugabe, but the increasing threat land reform now posed to continued white economic hegemony. A Western-orchestrated campaign of character assassination, economic manipulation (e.g. withdrawal of bi-lateral and international funding credits, artificially induced fuel shortages, etc.) and the creation of an "opposition party," the MDC (Movement for Democratic Change) followed.

MDC's position, diametrically opposed to ZANU-PF's demand for economic self-determination, was that "we need jobs, not land." Funded by resource-rich, white forces based in Great Britain and South Africa, the MDC established support in Zimbabwe's urban areas. The Western-funded campaign "produced" 57 seats for MDC in the parliament.

The ongoing assault on Zimbabwe is now in the form of legislation being considered by the U.S. Senate. The Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001, under the guise of a restoration of democracy to Zimbabwe, orders further freezes on international aid, provides millions of dollars to the MDC, authorizes the U.S President to determine when democracy has been restored, and provides for a Southern Africa Finance Center to preserve and protect Western interests throughout the Southern African Development Community region.

African Americans must see this racist assault on the rights of Zimbabwe's people to own and control their own land for what it is and make sure it gets rejected.

William Reed is the author of "Who's Who in Black Corporate America." For questions or comments email him at businessexchange@metroconnection.info.

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