By សតិវ អតុ
It is still too early and too hard to tell what will really happen in
with Robert Mugabe now gone. One thing is for sure— The US and other Western
powers wanted Mugabe out real bad. The only question is will the West get what
they want as a replacement in Emmerson Mnangagwa. He promises new jobs and
"new democracy." But real democracy is mostly extinct in Africa today. Corruption and neglect seem to be the rule
of law on that continent today. In fact it is the rule of law in most parts of
the world today. They also have a lot of Islamic insurgence, which can garnish
support from the desperate, but can not deliver anything positive.
True progressive revolution has not occurred much of any where, except maybe briefly in
and there has been some mild reforms in Latin America
under the Bolivarian
Revolution, for the last 20 years.
If Mnangagwa keeps his promises or improves that nation at all, it will be a minor miracle. But let's not hold our breath. The West has pushed for change in
ever since Mugabe took land from rich white guys and gave it to poor black guys. He was a Western hero before that. After he tried to create some land
reform he was labeled by nearly the entire mainstream news media as the next
"Pol Pot" of Africa.
If the West is successful we will see a counter revolution and people's hopes and dreams will be squashed.
promises jobs in 'new democracy' Zimbabwe
From the BBC News:
He also vowed to create jobs in a country where some estimates say 90% of people are unemployed.
"We want to grow our
we want peace, we want jobs, jobs, jobs," he told a cheering crowd in . Harare
Mr Mnangagwa, who fled to
two weeks ago, is to be made the new president on Friday, state TV said. South Africa
His dismissal led the ruling party and the military to intervene and force an end to Mr Mugabe's 37-year long rule.
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