Barack Obama’s Notice: Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Situation in Zimbabwe

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Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 1, 2013

Notice — Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to the Situation in Zimbabwe

On March 6, 2003, by Executive Order 13288, the President declared a national emergency and blocked the property of persons undermining democratic processes or institutions in Zimbabwe, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701-1706). Continue reading

Is QE2 The Road To Zimbabwe-style Hyperinflation? Not Likely by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
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December 1, 2010

Unlike Zimbabwe, the U.S. can easily get the currency it needs without being beholden to anyone. But wouldn’t that dilute the value of the currency? No.

A month ago, the bond vigilantes were screaming that the Fed’s QE2 would be the first step on the road to Zimbabwe-style hundred trillion dollar notes. Zimbabwe (the former Rhodesia) is the poster example of what can go wrong when a government pays its bills by printing money. Zimbabwe’s economy collapsed in 2008, when its currency hyperinflated to the point that it was trading with the U.S. dollar at an exchange rate of 10 trillion to 1. On November 29, Cullen Roche wrote in the Pragmatic Capitalist:
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Beyond cholera: Zimbabwe’s worsening crisis

Sent to DS  from Pete Masters, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) UK, thanks Pete

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Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF)

Date Published: 17/02/2009 08:16


Zimbabwe’s humanitarian crisis continues to rapidly deteriorate, causing appalling suffering. The organisation’s medical teams have now treated almost 45,000 people, an estimated 75% of the total number of cases in the current cholera outbreak – and the crisis is far from over.

The severity of this outbreak is just one indication of the disastrous state of Zimbabwe’s health system and its collapsed infrastructure, as MSF describes in its paper Beyond Cholera: Zimbabwe’s Worsening Crisis, issued today (click the image to read the full report). Many health facilities have now closed or are not functioning. Others demand exorbitant fees in foreign currencies. Effectively, this makes it impossible for most Zimbabweans to access medical care.

Through this report, MSF appeals to the government of Zimbabwe to immediately remove the barriers stopping essential humanitarian and medical aid. The organisation also calls on the international community to respect the distinction between political goals and the urgent need for humanitarian assistance for people living in Zimbabwe.

There has been a devastating implosion of Zimbabwe’s once-lauded health system, which doesn’t just affect cholera patients.” said Manuel Lopez, MSF head of mission in Zimbabwe. “We know that public hospitals are turning people away, health centres are running out of supplies and equipment, there is an acute lack of medical staff, patients can’t afford to travel to pick up their HIV medication or to receive treatment and many of our own clinics are overflowing. From what we see each day it couldn’t be clearer – this is a massive medical emergency, spiralling out of control.”

Click here to read about MSF Nurse Pia’s experiences working during the cholera outbreak or here to read about Garry, a water/sanitation expert, working in South Africa with Zimbabweans who have fled the health crisis.


Please click here to donate to the MSF Zimbabwe Appeal

“Robert Mugabe must go” – Comments by Brown, Sarkozy, Bush and the British press

Updated: Dec. 12, 2008 added a couple more links to stories

compiled by Cem Ertür
featured writer
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9 December 2008

“Robert Mugabe must go” – Comments by Brown, Sarkozy, Bush and the British press

I have been in close contact with African leaders to press for stronger action to give the Zimbawean people the Government they deserve. [UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, 6 December 2008] [1]

I say today that President Mugabe must go. Zimbabwe has suffered enough. [France’s President Nicholas Sarkozy, 8 December 2008] [2]

As my Administration has made clear, it is time for Robert Mugabe to go… We urge others from the region to step up and join the growing chorus of voices calling for an end to Mugabe’s tyranny. [US President George Bush, 9 December 2008] [3]


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