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Genocide against the white farmers in South Africa--the ANC taking the cue provided by Robert Mugabe's murderous and disastrous regime in nearby Zimbabwe--is amping up. It's already happening.

Rhodesia, the former name of Zimbabwe, used to be the bread basket of southern Africa. But Mugabe has engaged in the racist practice of targeting white farmers, who tend to have the most productive and largest farms, and giving the land away to supporters of his who lack the skills and resources to continue the work.

So the shelves have been bare and the hyper inflation has been solved by using the U.S. dollar as the currency.

I remember in 1984 going to Hanover, where Dartmouth College is located, and seeing all these shanties built on the village green, in violation of school rules, to protest apartheid.

It was the equivalent of driving a Chevy Volt today: one knew he was among the anointed by engaging in such activity.

But now that the criminal polygamous South African president Jacob Zuma gets away with singing notorious "kill whitey" songs to jubilant racist black mobs, the movement to protest injustice has become thirty-year-old newscopy. No story here, folks. Just white people living in fear, having to hire private gangs for protection in an increasingly lawless place.

One of the options for a new car in South Africa, which has been around for fifteen years, is the flame thrower defense. Astonishing! Bend down as if you're going to reach for your wallet in the widespread practice of car muggings, and depress the button for the flames to be fired off both sides of the vehicle.

Homework, gentle readers: read J.M. Coetzee's Disgrace. Coetzee, one of the most important living authors, has wisely emigrated to Australia.
There's something so picturesque--a nice way to put it--about a 70-year-old man whose scars are apparently still visible from a severe beating he received at the hands of masked men in a putsch, though interim president Traore forgives his attackers and is all smiles.

Then the band played. Not so well, actually. But that only adds to the charm of the scene.

One hopes Mali can have peace and stability--at least in the South.  The Islamic "Blue Men of the Desert," or the Tuareg, have created a problem in the North that seems far more intractable.
I read this yesterday, and have been thinking about it today. Taxi drivers in Ghana invoke a river goddess, Antoa Nyama, to curse those who aggrieve them. This is like something Rudyard Kipling would have written about in the Hindu Kush 100 years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

The author writes:
As an Asante growing up in traditional settings in Kumasi, the invocations of Antoa Nyama normally send tremor and awe. A person cursed with Antoa Nyama lives in perpetual apprehension, until he or she counters it with his or her version of the story to the deity. The belief is that, the river deity can strike you dead instantly or make life miserable for you.
Found in the interesting and depressing blog by a European journalist living in the Ivory Coast.

Sad Tribe

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Whites in Rhodesia, the bread basket of southern Africa, owned the large, productive farms. That proved unpopular. Now the country is black-controlled and -dominated, renamed Zimbabwe, and the people are starving. Whites have been kicked off the land in many places and given to people who don't know how to grow carrots or manage a hamster cage. The Economist covers it.

Yet, sadly, black Africans dance in glee at whites being persecuted. It makes for good politics to take people's eyes off their own incompetence.

Don't forget Ian Smith, one of the greatest men I've ever met. He bitterly spoke at the Heritage Foundation in August 1990 of democracy's course in Africa: "One man, one vote, one time"; then the dictator sets up shop.

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