Africa: Political

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Benny?

How do you solve a problem like Benny
How do you catch an ideologue and pin him down
How do you find a word that means Benny
Small-minded, doctrinaire, a clown?

       - Mr. Rodgers and MC Hammerstein, "Benny"

Ok, Benny The Pontificator is at it again and this time he's pontificating on how it'd be way better to die of AIDS than to ever even consider using a condom. He even went as far as to state that condoms "can actually increase the problem of AIDS". And he said all this on a trip this week to AIDS-ravaged sub-Saharan Africa. Seriously.

A Delusional Dictatorial Demagogue: The Mugabe (and Mbeki) Rant

"He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy"
     -  Brian's Mom to the masses in "Monty Python's Life of Brian"

Like all petty dictators and megalomaniacs throughout history, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe seems to see himself as the saviour of his country, but, far from being Zimbabwe's Messiah, the man has now clearly become the destroyer of this once proud and prosperous nation. Self-delusion and pompous self-importance simply don't get much better than with this buffoon.

The Stephen Lewis Rave

Let me ask you something, how often does a person get a chance to meet one of their heroes in person? And I don't mean a hero in the Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Robert DeNiro, Meryl Streep, Wayne Gretzky, or Pele vein either. I mean a real, inspirational, clearly-making-the-world-a-whole-lot-better sort of hero. Someone without whom many more people would be suffering or even dying. I'm talking about a hero like Stephen Lewis.

Touching The Untouchables #8: Mandela

Ok, I know what you're thinking: "This guy isn't really going to rant about Mandela, at least not THE Nelson Mandela. The same Nelson Mandela who spent 27 years in prison and inspired his country and the world in the fight against apartheid. There's just no way he has the nerve or the audacity to attack one of the greatest men of the past century. One of the greatest, most dignified, most inspiring people in world history". Well, maybe I do, maybe I don't.

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