Originally posted by shai hulud
Mugabe and ZANLA ARE communists. His regime was handed a first world country and infrastructure and he destroyed it in less than a decade...and if
you haven't noticed he is black. I can tell you're not a fan of facts.
Well I never said they weren't, but I don't agree that they are. For one he was the president, a government official. Communism is an economic
system, and Africa has never had a communist economy, so it makes no difference what the president calls himself, it is nothing but a label if
communism isn't actually the economic system. Communism is an economic system whereby the workers own the means of production. Many people have
twisted the definition of communism in order to gain power.
Zimbabwe is a republic now, and was a republic under Mugabe, and he was VOTED into power. Not saying he's great leader or anything, just presenting
He was just demonised because he ended white control and independence of Zimbabwe. I can't believe you all fall for the propaganda so easily. Do you
forget your own fight for independence? Or is that only for "white people"?
What has him being Black got anything to do with my point? Why do you all keep trying to make this racial? Are you just assuming that I am? Because
Once again what is happening now is a result of the colonization.
If Africa had not been colonised it would have continued developing, as it was before it was colonised, so all the mistakes now being made by Africans
wouldn't exist. If they did then the continent would never have been developing in the first place.
You can't just blame the natives for what is going on now, because the present is a result of the past.
Africa underwent a precipitous and largely disastrous decolonization, the Congo (now the Democratic Republic of Congo) possibly the worst of all.
It has been conventional to ascribe this to postcolonial exploitation by the ex-colonial powers; the failure of the European colonists to prepare the
colonies for independence; and the Cold War, which ignited wars between African political groups or regimes backed by the United States and its allies
and the Soviet Union or China. Today China is extremely active in buying rights to African raw materials, more often than not from corrupt African
authorities. Democracy has scarcely figured at all in the government and the transition of rulers in the new Africa, which is afflicted by militia
armies, child soldiers, European mercenaries and ruthless battles for control, or theft, of such resources as diamonds and strategic minerals.
Colonialism Still at Heart of Africa’s
Although Western countries had been in contact with Africa since the 16th century, it was not until the late second half of the 19th century that
explorers opened its interior. And it was only in the last quarter of that century that land-hungry Western European powers divided among themselves,
Africa south of the Sahara. At an international conference in Berlin in 1884-1885, representatives of the colonial powers Britain, France, Belgium,
Portugal, Germany and Spain convened to iron out their territorial claims. An agreement was reached on boundaries which sowed the seeds for many
bitter tribal conflicts which continue to this day. Ancient tribal territories were parcelled up in such a way that one tribe was in the domain of one
colonial power and the other tribes were under the jurisdiction of another.
The Legacy of Colonialism
What are the causes of extensive human rights abuses in Africa? A recent OAU report attributed Africa's poor human rights record mainly to racism,
post-colonialism, poverty, ignorance, disease, religious intolerance, internal conflicts, debt, bad management, corruption, the monopoly of power, the
lack of judicial and press autonomy, and border conflicts (8).
- undeveloped economies, with limited resource bases and insufficient employment/income opportunities for large segments of the population
resulting in wide-spread povert
COLONIALISM AND THE AFRICAN STATE
Achieving Human Rights in Africa: The Challenge for the New Millennium
Because state creation in Africa differed so markedly from the European experience, the Western liberal conception of individual-state relationships
does not easily apply to Africa. European imperialists imposed the state structure on collections of ethno-political communities that historically
lacked intercommunal coherence. The imperialists forced communities that lived independently of each other to live together in the newly-created
colonial state. Most of these new citizens lacked any nationalistic bond to the colonial state. Today, only a few African states bear any territorial
resemblance to the political communities that existed prior to European colonialism. The resulting disconnection between Africans and the modern
African state has created a crisis of cultural, social, and political identity.
edit on 1/31/2013 by ANOK because: (no reason given)