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Why do we Allow a Tyrant Like Mugabe to Exist?

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posted on Jul, 14 2005 @ 05:11 PM
They are smuggled out of the country and laundered.
Your diamond broker really can't tell where they came from, even if he lies and tells you otherwise.
Mugabe men's blood gems

This article says 4% of diamonds are blood/smuggled/illegal diamonds.
I believe the majority are coming from Zimbabwe and Congo, both of which are infested with warlords fighting over the illegal profits.

You want to stop this,
Send a clear message to the whole diamond community,
Clean this up or watch the market shrink.

BTW, a little pointer, the price of diamonds is somewhat inflated because historically the DeBeers cartel has done such a good job of controlling supply. In the long run market forces will likely catch up to this as Russian and other source diamonds whittle away their iron grip on the market.

Another long term worry for diamonds [and other gems] is the technology is getting very close to being able to manufacture gems that are indistinguishable from the natural ones.

posted on Jul, 14 2005 @ 09:27 PM

Cause it's Africa and Americans don't give a plain and simple. If God would put a trillion galleons of oil under their soil then we would.

George W. Bush has done more for the continent of Africa than any US President before him. This point cannot even be disputed. That being said, more can be done. Not just by the US, but by the world as a whole. We cannot fix, nor are we responsible for, every single problem in this world. I think we do a hell of a lot more than we should as it is. It's time for the rest of the world to start picking up the slack.

posted on Jul, 15 2005 @ 04:10 AM
Mugabe should be " urged" to leave the continient with just the clothes on his back. For years the plight of the African's has only gotten worse as international aid and other resources has increased. He is rotten to the core and should not be entrusted in any political office he should takeover, I mean hold.

posted on Jul, 19 2005 @ 02:19 AM

The South African cabinet was on Tuesday expected to consider extending a controversial loan to Zimbabwe in exchange for political and economic reforms.

This follows "intensive interactions" by the government with Zimbabwe to help it pull out of its economic nosedive.

Zimbabwean Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono met South African Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni and Treasury officials on Friday.

The government is refusing to confirm or deny that the expected loan is conditional on political and economic reforms by President Robert Mugabe's government, or other details.

Zimbabwean sources said the loan was needed to enable them to pay for fuel, electricity and food, which have almost run out.

If this fails, we are facing a major catastrophe," said a Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe official.

He said import cover had almost entirely run out after the central bank paid more than $100-million (about R665-million) for the import of six Chinese fighter jets and a quarter of that for grain imports.

Sources have said one of the conditions South Africa has imposed for giving the loan is that Zimbabwe stop Operation Murambatsvina, its campaign of destroying informal shacks and hawkers' kiosks in the cities, which has left thousands of Zimbabweans homeless and destitute.

The Zimbabwean government announced a temporary halt to the campaign on Saturday, without explaining why.

Government spokesperson Joel Net#enzhe said: "There has been intensive interaction with the Zimbabwean government over the last few days.

"These interactions involve discussions about the kind of assistance we can give them to implement a programme of economic recovery and matters related to the normalisation of the political situation in Zimbabwe," he said.

Any decisions by the "fiscal and monetary authorities" would have to be ratified by the cabinet, "and with a loan, the cabinet would have to take the decision to parliament", Net#enzhe added.

Zimbabwe's main opposition, the Movement for Democratic Change, said it saw no benefits accruing to Zimbabwe from a rescue package that did not address the fundamental issues that had led to the country's economic collapse.

posted on Jul, 19 2005 @ 09:11 PM
It saddens me that the world has become a place where human life was so cheap.

Maybe I am just a romantic deep down who feels that we all can live prosperously, in peace and abundance. Yet I just feel like a fool for believing in that, because every day that goes by the situations all over the world are getting worse, because we are under the power of greedy men and women who care nothing for the human race.


it appears we may have lost the game.

posted on Jul, 20 2005 @ 02:30 AM

Originally posted by Bulldog 52
Robert Mugabe is one of the worst Dictators since Idi Amin, he has destroyed his Country and left his people in poverty while driving round in Rolls Royce cars and living like a millionaire. Giving aid to Africa must be stopped till tyrants like him are removed.

Mod Edit: to remove ALL-CAPS title. Please don't use all capitalized typing inthe forums.

[edit on 17-6-2005 by kinglizard]
Because my friend we've had our own dictators they existed so what's the big deal about him: by the way he was educated in the west

posted on Apr, 28 2008 @ 01:28 PM
How very interesting..
They dun wan to withdraw..yet there are many opinions
surely a form of coalition is the likely outcome
perhaps nobody being the majority;
possibly voting clubs

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