Quick: how many news stories covered the presence of aging dictator Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe at the UN?

Anyone?

Anyone?

Even the South African press has little coverage of his visit.

But the VOA has a report on his speech HERE, which also has the audio for the speech.

Yes I know, it’s not as earthshaking as the Phil Spector case mistrial, but for a couple million Zimbabweans,  the depth of misery caused by this evil man can not be underestimated.

But his presence was not missed by the Iranian press, who heralded his friendship and meeting with their President during the UN meeting in New York City.

Zimbabwean officials say Tehran and Harare are ready to set up a ‘coalition for peace ‘ to counter the aggressive policies of the West.


Ah yes…Axis of Evil indeed….

The UKZimbabwean reports:

PRESIDENT Robert Mugabe, who is attending the United Nations general assembly meeting in New York, yesterday (MONDAY) held a one hour meeting with his Iranian counterpart, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
The meeting, was closed to the media.
The two presidents, who appear to be the odd ones out at a meeting where issues related to HIV and Aids and global warming are set to take the centre stage, are attending the summit amid concerns that they are the world’s worst respecters of human rights.

And indeed, Bush in his speech said some harsh thing about these countries:

President Bush, calling on countries to live up to freedoms and rights promised by the United Nations almost six decades ago, on Tuesday announced tighter sanctions on Myanmar and denounced the governments of Belarus, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria and Zimbabwe as “brutal regimes” that should be confronted for their abuses.

Human rights abuses? Nah, the press doesn’t care about human rights abuses. The main story on Google about Bush’s speech is making fun that the raw speech included phonetic  pronunciation of difficult foreign names…
Presumably stories about eating giraffes and mispronouncing words is more important than trying to explain how the UN fails to stop oppressive dictators who make 70 000 people homeless to destroy their opposition, sponsor violence against political opponents, and  loot take control of foreign companies in the name of “racial empowerment”.

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Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the Philippines.  Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket and she blogs on Zimbabwe at Makaipa blog

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