Zimbabwe: State of Denial

Zimbabwe: State of Denial

2010, Politics  -   16 Comments
Ratings: 6.41/10 from 17 users.

Thirty years after becoming a nation, and 30 years after Robert Mugabe and ZANU PF came to power, Zimbabwe does not appear to have fulfilled the hopes that so many had at independence.

Both ZANU PF and the MDC appear to be in a state of denial about the true condition of Zimbabwe at 30, and this cannot be the best way for the country to start its fourth decade as a nation.

A country which was meant to have buried the racism of white minority rule has once again become a place where some Zimbabweans are more equal than others. A land which once exported billions in agricultural products will, it seems, spend another year reliant on food aid.

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  1. Rese

    Not even going to waste my time watching this. I wish there was a documentary of African rulers prior to european interruption than what happened as a result of their lies and false hoods, then it can proceed into African rulers now and the what is going on in Africa today. Don't give half the story and not speak on the effects of colonization and what it interrupted.

  2. Kaz

    What is known:

    1) Plot the condemnation of Mugabe with time, you will see it as a semi-flat line hugging the x-axis and taking off exponentially once he took land from the handful of whites, some who had family and business connections to western aristocrats. Aristocrats with connection to every relevant person who can help shape public opinion.

    2) Sanctions and every internal and external sabotage possible to make Mugabe look bad after his land policy was carried through, and they all had effect: Hyperinflation, food shortage etc...

    The man put an end to a culture of servitude, where you had few whites holding to some 80% or more of the most fertile land and each having hundreds of blacks tolling away.....a semi-slavery arrangement similar to the plantations in U.S and Caribbeans during the peak of slavery. This alone Mugabe should win an award for it.

    Guess who was one of the most vocal critic of Mugabe? Former Australian PM Howard, a man whose party was basically deemed racist towards the native aboriginals by the United Nations. Absolutely pathetic, these white population replica that have been shipped around the globe to displace native populations have resulted in what? Just pollution and consumption and we still inhabit the same planet.

    What a waste of human diversity we lost, what if all those people had the opportunity to develop a modern society and build their modern institution. Remember Einstein, he was not an Aryan race and made the biggest contribution to humanity. At one time it was unthoughtful for a German Jew to make such an accomplishment.

  3. ifc

    it's hard to believe that no one in the government, on either side, knows who's getting the diamonds....how does that happen....

  4. Glen Hale

    Trouble you get rid of one dictator and another takes his place.

  5. hernandayoleary

    Utter propaganda from the former white racist dictatorship regime in Zimbabwe.
    Film bias included
    -Ignoring that Zimbabwe was prosperous for decades under mugabe rule
    -Ignoring that Zimbabwe is the most prosperous country in the region and has a skyline that puts places like Malawli and Zambia to shame
    -Ignoring that Zimbabwe has millions of IMMIGRANTS from the neoighbouring countries fleeing worse conditions
    -Ignoring that having the white dictatorship stole land and gave it to white cronies who controlled 85% of arable land by the time Mugabe took office, all of which was stolen from african people. Zimbabweans were not going to stand for this, and if Mugabe did not reform land, it would have lead to a general mass uprising that would probably see all whites killed.
    -Ignoring that Zimbabwe has billions in sanctions by its former biggest trading partners.
    -Ignoring that its economy is being sabtagoued by foreigners from usa, uk.
    -Ignoring that Mugabe doesn't even control the economy for the last 4 years, it is controlled by the white party aka mdc and now Zimbabwe went from a bad economy to having $300 in its bank account and totally broke. The ministry of economy is controlled by the mdc and it has an mdc minister.

    1. D. B.

      -Ignoring that Germany was prosperous for years under Hitlers rule
      -Ignoring that Germany was the most prosperous country in the region and has a Industrie that puts places like France and England to shame
      -Ignoring that Germany has millions of IMMIGRANTS from the neoighbouring countries fleeing worse conditions
      -Ignoring that having the French/English dictatorship stole land and gave it to themselves. by the time Hitler took office, all of which was stolen from german people was returned. Germans were not going to stand for this, and if Hitler did not reform land, it would have lead to a general mass uprising that would probably see all french killed.
      -Ignoring that Germany had billions in sanctions by its former biggest trading partners.
      -Ignoring that its economy was being sabtagoued by foreigners from the rest of europe
      -Ignoring that Hitler didn't even control the economy for the last 4 years, it was controlled by Jews

    2. hernandayoleary

      Nazi Germany was never dependent on trade and Hitler followed a strict form of autarky. I don't see how the jews controlled the economy of germany when hitler took power, show me the jewish minister of economy in 1943. Germany has a successful economy anyways under hitler's rule so this is not even a good comparasion. It was not until the russians burned down allof germany did its economy go bad

  6. KsDevil

    What a messed up country. Frightened emotional and greedy people all over the place and none of them wanting to make the effort to educate themselves on fact-based governance. Nothing but emotional responses of self importance.
    No one can help them until they want to help themelves. They can wish until the water buffalo come home but wishes are empty dreams.

  7. hell hole

    before mugabe came prosperity, thirty years off mugabe's power zimbabwe economy is totally broken, obviously the man never had a clue what he was doing maybe he should have stayed in his mud hut

  8. Antti Lauttajärvi

    Mugabe had this socalled powershift coming,how the hell you can reform the bread basket of africa into a failed state,shameful thing that he still laches on to the power like a bloody leech

  9. David Ewer

    Reggae band UB40 played a gig to celebrate independence 30 years ago and the group told me the authorities tried to withhold payment on the night. Sadly Zimbabwe's been going downhill ever since...
    PS The Zimbabweans I've met been great people.
    PPS The government may claim to be Marxist but they're not.

  10. Crab_Nebula

    I was hoping for Cairo: State of DeNile

  11. wald0

    I couldn't imagine someone coming and kicking me off the farm my father and I hacked out of the wilderness with our bare hands. Regardless of how their great grandfather got it or grandfather obtained the land this is their home that they grew up on, all they know. I could understand if the land was taken in a legal manner and given to the true people harmed by past colonial actions. And practically speaking this only makes sense if they agree to employee others and produce something of value for the country, but this is pathetic. The world should simply turn their back and let these mongrels rape the country if the people are not willing to stand up for what is just and works to the benefit of their country as a whole. Were are the average locals in all of this? I hear about some military veterans party, the MDC white farmer folks, and this Mugabe guy's ZANU-PF gang of thugs- where are the people? I'm not saying they are not standing up, I don't know what they are doing. I am saying this documentary kind of left that out, for the most part. What does the average Zimbawian, or whatever you say, want to see happen?

    1. Shyguy

      Where there is no OIL, there is no value for the world powers. Then there would be no reason to intervene.

  12. pjle

    You know what was done to Africa and the entire people is a crime.Do not give the B.S on what Mugabbe has done for the good.He is a thief who swore on a bible and the rule of law and for that millions of people have starved to death and millions more have been murdered.The corruption is rampant and why should any country want to help liers and murderers.It makes me sick and repulsed that someone wearing a JESUS hat with a cross on it can blame the former land owners.It is their fault we are poor.B.S.It is the monsters living like fat pigs who deserve nothing but trials and death sentences.As a white man.I follow world views very c;losely and it sickens me to just want to puke at the very lies and those fat pigs who use drugs,alchohol,and weapons to kill innocent people who once made Africa one of the most beautiful continents on the planet all to go to waste and rot.Now that black man with the Jesus hat is a hypocrite and lier.He will get his reward in hell.I notice all the land,machines,gone to waste and he says he is doing good for the people.Oh a cnn post says Zimbabawe has 217 dollars in their account.Why?Corruption.I hope that the real good people of Africa who are not influenced buy all the means of power finally take hold and correct the wrong done to every good law abiding citicen.As for Mugabe he will get what he deserves.A death sentence buy the people and it will be a gruesome one he deserves.I will never ever donate a single dime to any nation again because the corruption is just so rampant and terribly terribly awful.When the second coming does come watch out all you traitors and fat,drug addicted,alchoholic politicians.There is no room for you period

    1. hernandayoleary

      There is no 2nd coming that is just s*it they say to keep people like you placid. I believe you have an incredible ignorance of the situation. This documentary is grossly bias and propaganda on par with goebbels propaganda against jews.

      Jesus was hated by his day, he was the son of god. George Washington Was hated by the world and the english. Lincoln was hated by those who wanted to surpess liberty. And they blew out jfk brain and shot reagan in the stomach and framed up nixon and lumumba when they tried to stand up for their nation. Any time anyone in this world tries to do good or standup for their country the media and world turns against them. When the whole world loves you like clinton or obama, odds are you are not very good. when the whole world hates you like Mugabe you are knowing you did the right thing. The world hates freedom, hates liberty and hates anyone who standups. If you went to any African country and tried to turn it around, make it a good and staple place to do business, liberate your country from foreign banker and foreign corporate controll. They'd kill you dead and blow your brains out. If you put on a silly hat and called yourself iron fist dictator, they'd praise you. Just look at the saudis, the qataris, bahrain, brunei. he media loves dictators