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    With the onset of land reform in Zimbabwe, whites lost farms, blacks lost jobs, and the country that once fed much of southern Africa lost the means to feed itself.

    Three generations of the Stauntons, a white Zimbabwean family, huddle in the small sitting room of a safe house in the capital, Harare, surrounded by suitcases and cardboard boxes. They have been chased off their farm with a suddenness that has left them blinking in bewilderment. Now they wait to leave Zimbabwe for an uncertain future in Australia.

    One Tuesday afternoon last year a motorcade of luxury SUVs wound its way slowly across Kachere Farm, which the Stauntons had owned since 1957. The farmworkers reported that behind the dark tinted windows sat Grace Mugabe, the president's young wife, and her entourage. She apparently liked what she saw: neat fields of maize and soybeans, wheat and potatoes, large greenhouses of roses for export to the Amsterdam flower market.

    Within weeks the Stauntons' garden was full of men and women armed with iron bars and guns. The grandparents, James and Margaret, in their late seventies, phoned the police before locking themselves in the bathroom with their daughter, Angela, and young granddaughters, Caitlin and Sarah, as the attackers smashed down the back door and looted the house. When the Stauntons finally emerged after two hours, they found the remains of their belongings scattered on the lawn. According to the Stauntons, they were ordered off the farm by men who stood with crowbars over their children, while the police looked on passively. The attackers then gave the police a lift back to the station.

    The Stauntons were caught up in the final throes of a government campaign to force the country's white farmers off their land without compensation, land they have inhabited for much of the past century. By early this year only 200 of 4,500 white-owned farms remained fully functioning. The endgame for the white farmers can be traced to a fateful day in 2000 when Zimbabwe's president, Robert Mugabe, lost a referendum on a new constitution that would have greatly expanded his powers. For this upset defeat—his first—Mugabe would blame the white farmers, accusing them of supporting the newly formed opposition. He said the farmers had enlisted their black employees to vote for the opposition too. Thousands of members of Mugabe's ruling party, ZANU-PF, immediately began to occupy farms. Ten white farmers and 27 black workers were murdered; hundreds more were injured, tortured, or arrested.



    Saying Goodbye

    Near the town of Chiredzi in southern Zimbabwe, white farmer Brian Alford assists black settlers on his former land by supervising workers as they harvest sugarcane. The field is part of 193 acres (78 hectares) Alford's family was ordered to give up. Now the Alfords farm their remaining 44 acres (18 hectares) of sugarcane and 35 acres (14 hectares) of citrus trees. Because of Zimbabwe's economic crisis, they must sell their produce at prices set by the government but can buy their supplies only on the black market, at far higher rates. Brian's wife, Sally, whose grandparent's established the farm, tries to remain optimistic: "We are still hopeful that there may be change soon, in time for us to pick up the pieces and continue our lives" as farmers.

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    Empty Bellies

    Pupils at Jabula Primary School in the arid, impoverished Hwange District stretch out their hands for a serving of mahewu, a traditional drink of maize meal, soybeans, and sorghum that is high in vitamins and minerals. With drought and the upheaval generated by fast-track land reform, maize production in 2003 is expected to fall 70 percent short of the country's needs, turning what was once the breadbasket of southern Africa into a hungry nation.

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    The Australian Defence Forces should pull out of the Soloman Islands and occupy South Africa, carve out a white country for white South Africans (both Afrikaners and English) armed with nuclear weapons and send a peacekeeping mission into Rhodesia to withdraw the white refugees into Australia proper, then let the blacks starve. Simple, really
    All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream at night, in the dusky recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity. But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dreams, with open eyes, to make it possible.

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    No offence Aloysha, but why the hell would South Africans want to be "saved" by the Australians, a nation who has also started losing their battl;e against corruption of race and spirituality?

    Remember: Autralians were chosen by the best judges in England!

    But, I have to admit, I wish the situation were as simple as you propose. Unfortunetly, nucking the place would leave us without a home. Where do you expect the White Tribe of Africa to go? *sad smile*

    Mugabe's destruction in Zim is only a drop in the bucket of what is happening in Southern Africa. White farmers in South Africa are being murdered, brutally and most horrifically (often nothng is stolen from the house) at the rate of knots, but who the hell cares?

    Africa will be starving soon, and it is all their own fault. Their own people will starve sooner, but the White Souhern Africans are outnumbered and very umpopular in the global arena at the moment. Remember, we had "Apartheid" for a governance system and posed some degree of intimidation to the global powers that be at one stage... *sigh*

    Now? We are hunted. Literally...

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    Oops, forgot to mention:
    Anthorpology identifies the difference between the Negro's and the Bantu's as purely linguistical. But my personal belief (and that of many prominent anthropologists) they are racially different as well. Although Negoid blood would form the base "race"

    And about the Aussies, most of us South Africans are still bitter bout the rugby *pout* hehehehe

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    Akimo,

    My personal opinion, for whatever that is worth, is that the Afrikaaners are the bravest, hardest fighting, toughest people in the world and maybe the smartest. I don't know if you are one or not. If not and you are of English extraction, I hope you don't find that offensive. These people have gone through so much that it amazes me and still come out on top.

    Once, I took an Anthro. course titled "Peoples of South and East Africa". It was taught by a white Rhodesian woman, this was circa 1969. She was a liberal and we had to listen to all that liberal "we are all the same under the skin"--one man one vote stuff. I wonder what she thinks of her Rhodesia now. I wonder if she is still alive.

    One thing we did see was an illegal film. The US gov. can and does bar foreign countries from sending films to the USA if "they", the goverment, finds them offensive. They did this to Hitler. They also did this to South Africa during the late 1960s. She did smuggle the film into the country and we saw it. It was the South African's reasoning behind seperation of the races and of racial homelands (which still exist Swaziland, Zululand, etc.). Their justification was the same as our justification for American Indian reservation (which also still exist), except the South African presentation was much hipper. They included all sorts of Anthro-jibberish about maintaining native culture and language and made it all sound plausable. It was the same arguments made for American Indians during the same time period. All this was too much and too slick for the American government to counter so the banned the film.

    Bantus are Negros with some Bushmen blood. They picked up the genes and some of their language as they went South. The ruins of Zimbabwie, for instance, were built by Capoids, not Negroids. The interesting thing about that "civilization" is that none of the building had a purpose. In fact, none of the buildings had doors or windows. These buildings were, in fact, copies of Arab buildings the inhabitants had seen further north. They copied the structure but had no ideas as to function. They just knew they had to have buildings to be considered important by the Arabs. Later, within the last few hundred years, the hearding Negro people moved south and absorbed the remaining Capoids in the area. Technically, Bantu is a language but I don't think that is what you were discussing.

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    P.S. Akimo,

    If White South Africa had kept the wonderfull army that it had, they certainly would not have needed the Austrialian military for anything. According to a 1995 book printed in England, Teh Mini-Nuke Conspiracy Mandela's Nuclear Nightmare, South Africa not only had six nukes, it had min-nukes, advanced nuclear and neutron weapons based on sub-critical mass technology as well as very small fusion weapons. I study suppressed technolgy and believe me, this is a real trick, one that the USA and Isreal are still working on. Besides this they had two stage rocket delivery systems, cruise missiles, red mercury weapons and red mercury nuclear and fusion fuses----a whole bunch of hi-tech developments---which they gave up. Some rumors are that some were hidden by my heros in the Transvaal and Orange Free State in case the sh-- hits the fan.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. Solar Wolff
    Akimo,

    My personal opinion, for whatever that is worth, is that the Afrikaaners are the bravest, hardest fighting, toughest people in the world and maybe the smartest.
    Why thank you I'm not going to argue with you about that

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