Sunday, 22 June 2008

Mugabe's 'Genocide'

'Genocide' is a very strong word which fortunately remains relatively untouched by media over use. For MDC officials to conjure up the images of 'Genocide' is entirely fitting, given the utter horror of Mugabe's brutal reign.

I remain shocked that it has taken so many years for the international community to fully understand what life is like in Zimbabwe. My stays in 1997 and 2001 taught me much about the constant level of fear that ordinary Zimbabweans, both rural and urban, have to face on a daily basis. I cannot understand why it has taken so long! Obviously the situation is more severe now, but it is only marginally more so than during previous elections - the last three of which were also stolen and corrupted.

How many more people will have to die - beaten, raped and burned to death?

I fully respect the MDC for making the torturous decision to withdraw from the campaign for the sake of Zimbabweans, not wanting them to continue facing such tyranny. Mugabe will claim victory but in reality (if he has any grasp of it), his regimen is doomed - at least this is my prayer!

Enough is enough.

We really are on the verge of yet another Genocide and if our humanity is worth anything, we must act - in any way we can!

More importantly - we must make the Zimbabwean voices heard!

Friday, 13 June 2008

Lions for Lambs

OK peeps,

I just watched this film starring Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise.
It is a must see!

If you know me, you will know that the political world view portrayed in the film is what makes me like it. It is a complex interwoven political thriller / drama, taking a look at the 'war on terror', the media, politics and personal responsibility in the US, but it echoes loudly into the British context. It is far from being a balanced exploration and does come with a heavy bias - but frankly all that actually means is that it says something and means to say it.

Films like this keep my mind active whilst my body tells me to rest.
It does also inspire me to know more - to guard against ignorance and to actually get involved rather than just railing against all that is wrong.

So - watch it and see what you think!

Watch the utube clip - left.