Let’s do something “un-American.” That is, let’s pull our heads out of our asses for a minute and look at what’s happening in the rest of the world.
Obsessed with our own political campaigns, we are ignoring the presidential election taking place this Saturday in Zimbabwe. It could bring to an end Robert Mugabe’s iron-fisted rule. Or not.
President Mugabe, at age 84, isn’t ready to go.
Mugabe’s main opponent is Morgan Tsvangirai (pronounced CHANG-a-rye), head of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC). One year ago Tsvangirai was arrested and beaten by Mugabe loyalists; Tsvangirai calls it a “near-fatal” ordeal.
To hear a sound bite of Morgan Tsvangirai speaking at a rally two days ago, follow this link to Voice of America. "We will stand for freedom as one, for a new Zimbabwe,” he said. “We will line up at those polling stations and we are going to vote in our millions. ...
"We expect the enemies of justice to engage in every trick in the book,” Tsvangirai continued. “We are ready for them."
According to VOA reporter Peta Thornycroft, Mugabe will not allow “white Western journalists” to cover the upcoming elections.
Embedded below are two video clips featuring Morgan Tsvangirai. The first is an interview he did four months ago with David Frost for al-Jazeera.
The other is an Australian news report about Tsvangirai’s violent detention last year.