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Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Other Election

posted by on March 30 at 20:32 PM

The most explosive election in Zimbabwe since 1980 and what’s showing on TV?
piet_keizer_3.jpg Yes, this is on ZBC:

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Zimbabwe’s main opposition party said Sunday that it had won a landslide victory, insisting that unofficial election results showed that the Movement for Democratic Change had unseated President Robert G. Mugabe, the man who has led this nation for 28 years.

Those results had been compiled by adding the vote counts posted at hundreds of individual polling stations, and were not formally released by the government. Indeed, the nation’s chief election officer warned that the opposition’s boasts were premature and asked people to wait for official totals.

People did just that, anxiously watching the government television station on Sunday for announcements about the election the day before. But instead of news they were shown irrelevant fare like a program about biodegradable Chinese plastic and a documentary about the Netherlands’ 1974 soccer team.

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Posted by Art | March 30, 2008 8:50 PM

To be fair, that was a totally awesome team.

Posted by Abby | March 30, 2008 8:54 PM

Reminds me of another country where people watch American Idol and Project Runway instead of, I don't know, dealing with stuff that matters.

Posted by Zander | March 30, 2008 9:10 PM

Under the military dictatorship in Brazil, the newspapers would signal to readers that the government was censoring them by printing a recipe for chocolate cake on page 1.

Posted by eclexia | March 30, 2008 9:26 PM


"let them eat cake."

[those officials are probably thinking that to themselves.]

[maybe that was what the government thought its people were capable of doing.]

terrible that governments in this day and age do that. innovative in the way newspapers show their displeasure.

now if those cakes were actually baked then thrown at these officials, that'd be great.

resistance is tasty.

Posted by feom | March 30, 2008 9:55 PM

Total Football, yeah. Changed the world.

I hope Zimbabwe is OK. I'm afraid for them tonight.

Posted by Fnarf | March 30, 2008 10:03 PM

So, um, with our new desire for a changed foreign policy including talking to folks, shouldn't Clinton and Obama say something about Zimbabwe? And explain what they would do if they were president.

I do believe a couple of times that other president Clinton rattled a saber or two when when Latin American rightists were about to defraud voters.

Why isn't South Africa and the OAU doing something, too?

Oh maybe we should do nothing because we are capitalist. Then, when Mugabe stays in power, we can do something! We can join with the Zimbabweans in exile here who make good points that everything bad in Zimbabwe is due to global capitalism, centuries of white rule and colonialism, etc. etc.

Posted by unPC | March 30, 2008 10:11 PM

Have to agree, the problem is, we're used to living in a nation where elections are stolen, so why should we be surprised when it happens in Zimbabwe?

Posted by Will in Bush Regime Seattle | March 31, 2008 1:04 AM

In America when elections are stolen our news outlets talk about how close of an election it is and pretend that nothing is wrong. The corrupt government officials can actually count on telvised news coverage to never actually cover stuff like the news.

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Posted by Andrew | March 31, 2008 7:17 AM

Of course in Washington State, when we remove all the polling places, with Vote-By Mail, and have already stopped the process of posting vote tallies at the polling place, and instead really on the central vote totals produced by secret machines like Diebold's scanners... well you get the point I think?

Mugabe would have done well to secure a better electronic voting machine before this election. Then the official totals could never really have been challenged.

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