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Monday, September 04, 2006
  Burn ZimbaBaby Burn

:: Firepussy ::

"There’s this small sculpture on my desk. I found it lying in the dust near a once thriving artists market in Harare. It’s a soap stone carving of a woman’s body, gorgeously curvaceous. It feels amazing, a mixture between really, really smooth with rough patches that tickle my palms. Its got lots of scrapes and scratches on it because its one of the “victims” of Operation Murambatsvina the mass eviction campaign spearheaded by the Mugabe regime which left over 700 000 Zimbabweans homeless last year. And in fact, many Zimbabweans remain homeless today because Mugabe’s promises of new and better housing was just revolting rhetoric.

Fighter planes (4 of them) have been buzzing Harare skies lately. I don’t think that they’re practicing for any national event or anything. The air force is simply putting their new purchases from China through their paces."


:: Zimbabwe debates 'oppressive' bugging laws - The Register ::
-- The Interception of Communications Bill, the topic of hearings before the African country's Parliament on Wednesday, allows for email and phone interception warrants against targeted individuals that might be extended indefinitely, under the control of politicians and with little or no judicial oversight. The bill also calls for the establishment of a monitoring centre, reportedly outfitted with bugging equipment supplied by China. Telecoms providers would be obliged to install snooping equipment onto their networks, linked to the proposed monitoring centre. ISPs, not the Zimbabwean government, would be forced to foot the bill.

 
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