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Ganging up on the little guy is easy.

Yes, Robert Mugabe, dictator-for-life of Zimbabwe, is an evil man. He lives up to just about every benchmark George W Bush and Tony Blair once set for being part of the ‘Axis of Evil’. Saddam Hussein was removed as leader of Iraq for being an evil man. (When the WMD-issue fell through, of course, but still.) Robert Mugabe, however, is still leader of his nation and it doesn’t look like he’ll be ousted anytime soon. Instead, European leaders in Lisbon in the past days stumbled over each other to find enough microphones in order to shout down Mugabe. Without one hint of irony they lambasted him for being a cruel, evil dictator who has created massive inflation and uses every violent means available to him to repress and kill Zimbabweans. At least the EU leaders had the gall to beat up on the little guy.

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Time To Shake Our China Addiction

European Commission chairman José Manuel Barroso and Competition commissioner Peter Mandelson this week returned from their latest diplomatic mission to China — and the news they’re bringing back with them is decidedly not good. Because like so many of them, they too seem to have succumbed to the power of the pushers of that epitomy of Economic Drugs: uncut, pure, dirt-cheap labour. And lots of it.