Fidel and Mugabe, and two demonstrations
Fidel and his fellow thug buddy Mugabe got together for a PR session: Mugabe slams IMF on visit to Cuba
Zimbabwe is struggling with unemployment of more than 70 percent, chronic shortages of food and fuel, and a collapsing local currency. Its economy has contracted by more than 30 percent in the last six years.
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On his ninth visit to Havana since 1978, Mugabe praised Cuba’s “big heart” for providing medical assistance to Zimbabwe. There are 173 Cuban doctors serving in Zimbabwe, officials said.
Speaking of Cuban doctors and all the medical assistance, Paxety‘s asking a question.
where freedom of expression is concerned, Cuba is “the black hole of Latin America.”
While on the subject of fidel’s friends, there will be two demonstrations against Castro and Chavez, one tomorrow and one on Friday:
These protest acts will take place in New York city alongside the 2005 International Summit organized by the United Nations.
United Nations building
Dag Hammarskjöld square, 47th St. and 2nd Av., Manhattan, NY
Thursday September 15th 2005. 2:30pm to 7:00pm
680 park Avenue, Corner of 68th St. and Park Av., Manhattan, NY
Friday September 16th 2005. 10:00am to 12:00 noon
Will Hugo get to NYC? Not clear yet since he’s saying “They threaten to kill me from there and then deny visas to my closest security team who have been with me for years … they deny my medical team their visas, I’m going to have to walk around the Big Apple by myself,” as if he didn’t have a limo waiting.
Update: Two posts on Mugabe from Captain Marlow: See you in New York, which links to this article Mugabe scraps Annan visit to discuss operation ‘clean-up’
The UN was also prevented from carrying out crop assessments last year and its World Food Programme was forced to stop feeding Zimbabweans after Mugabe falsely claimed a record maize crop
and After Mugabe, which raises the problem of succession now that Mugabe has announced his retirement for 2008 (maybe?).
I wouldn’t be surprised if Mugabe moves to Cuba upon retiring. Asuming Fidel’s still around. Otherwise, it’d be Venezuela — if Hugo’s still in power, or both would probably be welcome in the Paris building where Baby Doc lives.
In the meantime, this is not a good week to get good reservations at the better NYC restaurants. The tables will be booked.