The situation in Zimbabwe is unbelievable and frightening. Hundreds of Zimbabweans are seeking refuge at the South African embassy today, help they see as a matter of life and death. They support Morgan Tsvangirai, the opposition leader who dropped out the presidential run-off earlier this week, because he feared for his supporters’ safety.
Many Zimbabweans are reporting rapes, maiming and other “intimidation tactics” from militias loyal to Robert Mugabe, the man who has ruled Zimbabwe since it gained independence in 1980… and who clearly is not ready to give up that power.
CNN.com has put together a special section dedicated to the situation in Zimbabwe, with updates not only on the political struggle, but also on how citizens are dealing with the increasingly difficult day-to-day situation.
In New Zealand, a huge settlement for the Maori. Seven indigenous Maori tribes signed a $319 million agreement with the NZ government, to return 435,000 acres to the tribes.
When European settlers arrived in New Zealand in the 19th century, the Maori lost precious land, forests and fisheries. This settlement addresses some of those grievances, but the issue is not fully settled.
It’s good to see some recognition, however, for taking away the land, lifestyle and livelihood of indigenous peoples. If you’ve ever read “Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee”, you know what a painful past the U.S. has in this department.
I admit, I still haven’t finished the book, although I’ve been reading it for a couple of years now. It is heartbreaking and emotionally draining, but such an important history lesson.
On Easter Island, the Maois are in danger… thanks to tourists. This is a fascinating read.
On a completely different note now… hookers on demand.
The Brothel Bus was apparently doing a pretty good business in South Beach. Miami Police say Christina Morta was behind the operation – a bus with five prostitutes on board offering lap dances and various sex acts. When cops arrested Morta (who they say was also one of the prostitutes), they also found a missing person. Wow.
Filed under: Erica Hill
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