Sunday, March 11, 2007

Zimbabwe

Dictator-for-Life Mugabe arrests opposition leader. Like that’s a shock. Can’t imagine what’s to oppose over 1700 percent inflation and 80% unemployment:

“Zimbabwe has seen political tensions build as it sinks deeper into its worst economic crisis in decades, with inflation now above 1,700 percent, unemployment of close to 80 percent and regular shortages of food, fuel and foreign exchange.

Mugabe, 83, and in power since independence in 1980, dismisses the MDC as a puppet of Zimbabwe's former colonial master Britain which opposes him for seizing white-owned commercial farms to give to blacks.”

“Worst economic crisis in decades”. Nice bit of understatement, that. You don’t achieve this kind of misery by accident – the government has to work very, very hard to make things this bad.