Swaziland: Forgotten Fight for Democracy? King Hijacks Election, Again.


People in the USA don’t know much about Swaziland. They are hearing even less about their recent struggles for democracy. Now it could be socialist or communist trying to spread their ideologies. So what. It is apparent that the people there are living in extreme poverty while being ruled by a monarchy.

Swaziland has always been a mystery for me. A landlocked country surrounded by South Africa, Swaziland intrigued me. Recently I have had many hits for South Africa on my site. I had to see what was going on down there, and this is a little of what I found on the BBC. Swaziland Protests

As I have said before, Africa is a fluid place. Borders change as do regimes, and Americans have a hard time keeping up. We do not have the past colonial interest of France or the UK so little news is available for daily consumption. That needs to change. If we can post 20 stories a week about who owns land on the roof of the world, we can give the same amount of coverage to the people of Africa. They deserve our interest and attention.

On an editorial note: I have not seen one of our pro-change protesters in America bring up this issue. It is apparent that they do not know real tyranny when they see it. It is sad that when given a chance to fight for a real cause, and real change, they succumb to Greek columns and charismatic speech. Maybe we could ship some of them from the Streisand rally? Many of those people seek to lessen the effect and influence of the United States on the world. I am not one of those people.

Friday is the election in Swaziland. The King has already chosen the winners. Here are my hopes for democracy and the addressing of issues for there people there. Any fight for Democracy is worth our attention.

(I would like to apologize for not being able to provide more information on this subject. Cranial Rectal Research always seeks information before making a judgment. I would rather make the story short than act like I know the whole story. Please look around for more info, and forward to me if you find it. )

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~ by gotea on September 18, 2008.

One Response to “Swaziland: Forgotten Fight for Democracy? King Hijacks Election, Again.”

  1. We should realize that these elections in Swaziland have no validity. Political parties are banned and the parliament has no real power. King Mswati III in effect rules by decree. He picks the prime minister and cabinet ministers. The present PM was chosen by the king even though the PM had not been elected. Dissent is not allowed.

    Police fired rubber bullets and teargas recently at a march in Swaziland called to protest the lack of democracy.

    For more information on the elections and human rights in Swaziland visit my blogsite http://www.swazimedia.blogspot.com

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