Zimbabwe's economy has collapsed, drought problems have been severe, food and fuel shortages are acute, 83% of the population lives on less than $2 a day, half the people are malnourished, more than 10% of children die before age five, and the country's HIV/AIDS rate is the fourth highest in the world. In addition, average life expectancy plunged to 37.3 years, inflation is out of control, conditions are disastrous, and it was mostly engineered by 2002 western-imposed sanctions.
Fifteen EU member states and Australia support them plus America after passage of the Zimbabwe Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2001 (ZIDERA). Its effect has been devastating on an already weakened economy. It cut off the country's access to foreign capital and credit, denied its efforts to reschedule debt, froze financial and other assets of ZANU-PF officials and companies linked to them, and effectively brought the economy to its knees.
ZIDERA states that economic and other sanctions will be enforced until the US president certifies that the "rule of law has been restored in Zimbabwe, including respect for ownership and title to property....and an end to lawlessness." Unmentioned is the Act's real purpose – restoring white supremacist rule, exploiting the black majority and doing to Zimbabwe what's happening throughout Africa and in nearly all other developing states.
If Mugabe goes, the IMF can swoop in with a promised $2 billion (renewable) aid package for a new MDC government with the usual strings attached – sweeping structural adjustments, privatizing everything, ending social services, mandating mass layoffs, crushing small local businesses, escalating poverty, and returning the country to its colonial past under new millennium management under a black stooge of a president to make it all look legitimate.
RLCC Comment: Zimbabwe's Mugabe screwed up by abusing so many common people and by not reaching out to the White community regardless of their wrong-headed racism. That of course does not at all excuse capitalist White imperialists. Mugabe is now attempting to cheat in the current election. We sympathize with those who are squeezed by the selfish, greedy, covetous imperialists and colonialists, but violence is not the solution.
The evil of neoliberal capitalism is becoming more and more apparent. It needs to be scrapped and replaced by the all-volunteer giving-and-sharing economy called for by Jesus Christ.
recent articles | ukwatch.net, April 10, 2008, 5:48pmby Ellie Keen, obtained via: