China and Mugabe – Globe and Mail

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From The Globe and Mail:

It is entirely coincidental that Robert Mugabe‘s six-day feting in China began on the weekend hard on the heels of a United Nations report harshly — and quite rightly — condemning his odious regime. The report deplored the mass, indiscriminate destruction of urban slums and shantytowns in Zimbabwe, leaving 700,000 people homeless. It said that Operation Murambatsvina, or Drive Out Trash, could amount to a crime against humanity.

Beijing’s leaders have their own history of riding roughshod over the helpless and the indigent, and hold hard to the policy that the outside world should not interfere in what it regards as a country’s internal affairs. Unfortunately, that’s the same position adopted by the African Union, the organization created five years ago to promote continent-wide economic, political and human-rights standards, when challenged to confront President Mugabe’s egomaniacal rule. An AU spokesman said it was “not proper” for the 53-nation organization to interfere, especially since all that the 81-year-old dictator was trying to do was prevent

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