Why the West Loves Mandela (and Hates Mugabe)

By Stephen Gowans In the wake of Nelson Mandela’s death, hosannas continue to be sung to the former ANC leader and South African president from both the left, for his role in ending the institutional racism of apartheid, and from the right, for ostensibly the same reason. But the right’s embrace of Mandela as an … Continue reading Why the West Loves Mandela (and Hates Mugabe)

Robert Mugabe: The national liberation hero who was demonized for trying to make liberation meaningful

September 6, 2019 By Stephen Gowans It seemed almost inevitable six years ago that on the day Western newspapers were filled with encomia to the recently deceased South African national liberation hero, Nelson Mandela, that another southern African hero of national liberation, Robert Mugabe, would be vilified. “Nearly 90, Mugabe still driving Zimbabwe’s economy into … Continue reading Robert Mugabe: The national liberation hero who was demonized for trying to make liberation meaningful

Good Liberation Hero-Bad Liberation Hero

By Stephen Gowans It seemed almost inevitable that on the new day Western newspapers were filled with encomia to the recently deceased South African national liberation hero Nelson Mandela that another southern African hero of national liberation, Robert Mugabe, should be vilified. “Nearly 90, Mugabe still driving Zimbabwe’s economy into the ground,” complained Geoffrey York … Continue reading Good Liberation Hero-Bad Liberation Hero

Chavez’s Enemies Hand Him His Greatest Tribute: Defamation

By Stephen Gowans The mass media’s near universal defamation of Hugo Chavez, presumably to counter the outpouring of eulogies and tributes that attended the Venezuelan president’s death, illustrates the lengths to which the wealthy (in whose hands the mass media repose) will go to vilify anyone who commits the highest international crime: curbing free enterprise. … Continue reading Chavez’s Enemies Hand Him His Greatest Tribute: Defamation

Zimbabwe at War

By Stephen Gowans This is a war between revolutionaries and counter-revolutionaries; between nationalists and quislings; between Zimbabwean patriots and the US and Britain. Should an election be carried out when a country is under sanctions and it is has been made clear to the electorate that the sanctions will be lifted only if the opposition … Continue reading Zimbabwe at War

Inversion of Perspective

By Stephen Gowans According to today’s Washington Post “nearly three weeks after (Pakistan’s President Pervez) Musharraf declared emergency rule, sacked members of the Supreme Court and began a roundup of journalists, lawyers and human rights activists” George Bush said that Musharraf “truly is somebody who believes in democracy.” Also today, The New York Times ran … Continue reading Inversion of Perspective

Slandering Zimbabwe’s Fight for Independence

By Stephen Gowans Zimbabwe is in the grips on an economic crisis. Food and electricity shortages plague the country, but because Zimbabwe is singled out in the Western media for special attention, it seems as if its problems are unique, not part of a wider pattern of scarcity in sub-Saharan Africa, but the product of … Continue reading Slandering Zimbabwe’s Fight for Independence