- In Search Of Lost Time - is a streaming mix of beautiful 78s from around the world, collected and curated by Ian Nagoski. "I started sifting through boxes of junky old 78s that no one else wanted about 15 years ago, and almost right away, I made a rule: Anything that wasn't in English, buy it." [more inside]
posted by carter
on Jan 29, 2012 -
South African fast food chain Nando's ran an amusing ad
featuring Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe enjoying himself with a range of deceased despots, to the tune "Those were the days". The Zimbabwean "
government" was not amused
posted by wilful
on Dec 4, 2011 -
This year's winners of the Ig Nobel prizes are a bumper crop of wild and crazy SCIENCE!,
featuring sword-swallowing, knuckle-cracking, benefits of cow-naming
, pregnant women NOT tipping over
, a household use for giant panda poop
(take that, Packham
), diamonds made from tequila
, a brassiere that can be used as TWO gas masks
, "Ireland's Worst Driver"
, Icelandic banks, Zimbabwean currency, and a 'Peace Prize' earned by hitting people over the heads with beer bottles (and comparing the effects of empty vs. full bottles
) (related inquiry
posted by wendell
on Oct 2, 2009 -
Two reporters, Stephen Bevan
of The Sunday Telegraph and Barry Bearak
of the New York Times, tell of their ordeal in Zimbabwe. They were arrested for the crime of “committing journalism,” imprisoned, and subsequently released.
posted by found missing
on Apr 27, 2008 -
"It's ethnic cleansing happening."
Fully ten days after elections that most are speculating were indeed won by the opposition party (Movement for Democratic Change), Robert Mugabe still clings to power in Zimbabwe. The voting results have still
not been released, and 5 election officials have been arrested, "accused of tampering with the vote to the detriment of Mugabe's tally." Its been a tense time for Zim, and now the violence and land seizures have started again. [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime
on Apr 9, 2008 -
, a bit of an introduction
to the game of Cricket (youtube)
for those of us who may not be familiar
with the sport
. Next, a few clips (1, 2, 3, 4)
on how awesome
the Gentleman's Game
can be (and you thought we didn't do anything but roam around in our white pants and cotton shirts...). But, if that wasn't enough for you, then here's a taste of Twenty20
Cricket (the fast
paced version of the game), and the new DLF Indian (pdf) Premier League
. (This is in addition to the One Day Matches
, which were instituted to bring in a bit more excitement into the game during the 1970's, prior to which the match only consisted of Tests
. However, some purists still maintain that the game would've been better served had it not been commercalized
to the extent that it has, and still prefer the leisurely pace of the original format to its current incarnation.) [more inside]
posted by hadjiboy
on Mar 20, 2008 -
You will be thoroughly beaten.
Zimbabwe, in economic decline for years, may be accelerating towards collapse. Its inflation rate recently hit 1281%
, the highest in the world, and a strike by public doctors
that began six weeks ago has now spread to nurses
, electrical workers
and (today) teachers
. Those that aren't allowed to strike, like police
, are quitting. Last month, Zimbabwe's top judge warned
that underfunding had (possibly intentionally) left its judiciary largely unable to function, the nation's electricity provider recently announced that it's broke
, its sewage plants started breaking down
and polluting urban water supplies, and international observers warned (based on satellite photos, since the government won't allow them in) that famine is looming
. In the past, President Robert Mugabe's response to the growing destitution has been to forcibly evict
poor urban slum residents into the countryside and bulldoze their homes, to prevent them from organizing politically and to make it difficult for rights organizations to monitor them. Now, he's canceling the 2008 presidential elections
(for now, saying that they'll be held in 2010, in conjunction with parliamentary elections, to save money) and ordering security forces to jail and torture
political activists. The situation may be approaching a breaking point.
posted by gsteff
on Feb 5, 2007 -
After the recent spate of biased and mischievous reporting by the colonialist foreign press, I have ultimately decided to reveal to you, the honest and hard-working citizens of Zimbabwe, a little more of Mugabe - The Man
posted by four panels
on Oct 15, 2004 -
Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe reiterates his threat to re-distribute land.
"One farmer, one farm policy." What this fool doesn't realize (or perhaps more terribly, really does), is that this policy will cause a devastating famine
, and bring about economic chaos: "Commercial agriculture is Zimbabwe’s biggest private employer
, providing work — and, almost invariably, accommodation — for about 350,000 people. If Mr Mugabe carries out his threat to evict 2,900 white farmers, the workers and their families — a total of 1.2 million people — will join the ranks of the dispossessed..." Not only that, but his government has been terrorizing black farm hands and others thought to have opposed him in the recent "election." What can be done about Zimbabwe? The EU seems willing to help in case of famine, but there is no guarantee their money will get past Mugabe's pockets.
posted by insomnyuk
on Aug 12, 2002 -
Genocide Alert for Zimbabwe
issued by Genocide Watch, a group founded by a former State Department official on Cambodia and Rwanda issues, Gregory Stanton, who in 1996 devised the Eight Stages of Genocide
: Classification, Symbolization, Dehumanization, Organization, Polarization, Preparation, Extermination,
GW contends that Zimbabwe has reached Stage 6, Preparation. With the arrest of opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai
on treason charges, Robert Mugabe is proving himself impervious to international pressure
. Is Zimbabwe really on the brink? If so, what can, or should, we do? Our record isn't good
, but we didn't have Stanton's scale then, either.
posted by dhartung
on Mar 21, 2002 -
Amnesty International, unsurprisingly, has grave concerns for the welfare of Mugabe's opponents, particularly as few international observers remain. It suggests you send a fax or an e.mail asking that he considers the human rights issue and provides an address and number. Very probably a meaningless gesture but hey, you never know.
posted by Fat Buddha
on Mar 16, 2002 -
The inevitable seems imminent.
Despite widespread condemnation of the election process, Robert Mugabe seems destined to win the Zimbabwe Presidency 'legitimately'*.
This is terrible, terrible news.
*please read posts here for explanation of ghost quotes.
posted by davehat
on Mar 12, 2002 -
Today the EU imposed sanctions on Zimbabwe.
For a long time, critics have charged "President" Robert Mugabe with everything from murder to corruption, but the expulsion of Pierre Schori, an EU election observer, for "political arrogance" was the last straw.
posted by Bag Man
on Feb 18, 2002 -
. ZIMBABWE announced new measures yesterday [10/12/01] to enable the Government to nationalise up to 90 per cent of all white-owned land at the stroke of a pen — a move expected to wipe out next year’s crops almost totally.
posted by jfuller
on Nov 13, 2001 -
Mugabe's secret plan to evict all whites
Robert Mugabe plans to expel all white farmers from Zimbabwe before next year's elections, according to a secret document obtained by The Telegraph. [...] Entitled Operation Give up and Leave, it reads: The operation should be thoroughly planned so that farmers are systematically harassed and mentally tortured and their farms destabilised until they give in and give up.
posted by dagny
on Aug 26, 2001 -
the economist presents a very clear review of why and how the zimbabwe elections went horribly wrong
and what this means for the future of zimbabwe & africa. [this article is neither long nor hard but it's strong. read it] "After 20 years of ZANU government, the average Zimbabwean is a third poorer and can expect to die more than 15 years younger. . . The responsibility for reviving the sick economy still rests with Mr Mugabe and ZANU. Half of the workforce is jobless. Inflation is eating Zimbabweans’ savings at a rate of almost 70% a year. An unrealistic exchange rate has led to shortages of fuel and other imports. Mr Mugabe’s plans to seize white-owned farms without compensation, and his contradictory statements about whether he will do the same to mines and factories, have scared off both foreign and domestic investors. Despite having some of the most fertile land in Africa, Zimbabwe could need food aid this year."
posted by palegirl
on Jun 30, 2000 -
Zimbabwe is too important not to blog
My pal, technical saviour, and usurper in the race toward pessimism and gloom Luke Tymowski
has quietly beavered away producing a Tomalak's Ream-esque daily digest of Zimbabwe news. Benighted Jakob Nielsen just finished saying that Web writing like this is the only way to go. Does he read Luke? He oughta. A lotta people oughta.
posted by joeclark
on May 30, 2000 -