Friday, April 01, 2005


Trouble Brewing in Zimbabwe

Do you find this story as astonishing as I do? Imagine, allegations of election fraud in an African nation! My delicate sensitivities have been stunned into utter paralysis.

Could any of the thinly veiled mistrust of Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe have to do with some of the shopping "irregularities" of him and his fetching wife? Mugabe and Gucci Grace, as she is affectionately referred to by her countrymen, have had to find alternative outlets for their shopping needs. The European Union and the U.S. instituted sanctions when they noted a bit of a discordance between their profligate spending and Zimbabwe's grave poverty and human rights violations. Fortunately China, Serbia, Malaysia and South Africa have dug in and picked up some of the slack.

Imagine my relief.

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