By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba’s communist Commandante was to have defied ten American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the Gringo […]
By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS—Norway, Australia, the Netherlands, and the United States are among the best places to live according to the Human Development Report 2011, the UN’s annual rankings of states based on health, wealth, education and gender rights. Rounding out the top ten include New Zealand, Canada, Ireland, Lichtenstein, Germany and Sweden. […]
Grace Mugabe, wife of President Robert Mugabe, has been revealed as one of the major beneficiaries of Zimbabwe’s controversial Marange diamonds. Reports have confirmed that she holds a major stake in Mbada Diamonds- one of the companies mining in Manicaland province. This revelation comes soon after the approval of the Kimberley Process Civic Society and subsequent commencement of diamond sales in Zimbabwe.
Before the violence and corruption many dared believed these diamonds would be a source of recovery for this downtrodden nation but, as I found in Zimbabwe’s eastern borderlands, the long suffering population are now despondent. The diamonds they hoped would save their country are destroying it.