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AP Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-02-04 09:25 AM
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6. Just for a little perspective:
In 2001, the corporate farmers tried to pretend that it was better for the workers to live with a colonial system that guaranteed jobs, than it was to end the colonial relationship, and actually let Zimbabweans have control of their country.

It was just political spin, and it wasn't very different from the logic that justified colonialism in the first place. If that's the story they use of evidence that he cared about "human rights," you have to wonder WHOSE human rights he cared about -- the human rights of corporate farmers to have cheap land and cheap labor for as long as possible?

I don't know anything about this reporter other than what I linked above, but if the SCOTSMAN -- a British paper -- wants to suggest this guy writes about human rights, they could have picked something more convincing than an article which was probably mostly propaganda designed to promote the interests of European corporations.

As an aside, I also note that that sentence you quote, which descibes the Zimbabwean government as a "regime" also sort of does what Moyo said this reporter does -- "personalizes nouns and terns verbs into adjectives." That's just an aside.

Also, it sounds ominous that this guy gets arrested. However, and this is just a counterpoint -- I don't know what his day to day professional life is like -- he certainly is still reporting, and a $25 bail doesn't sound like this charge was someething that was going to stop him from doing his job, and I also note his trial was on Jan 29 and he's still reporting.
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