Category: UN

Give us the money and don’t ask for results

22 October, 2010 (11:11) | Aid, Donors, Global news, Housing, Poverty, Speculation, UN |

By: David A. Smith   It must be nice to be given enormous sums, based principally on your self-burnished image for tender-heartedness, and not be troubled by niggling questions about what you did with it and whether anybody was better off as a result.    Show me the money!   You know that the UN […]

Zimbabwe: call it dictatorship

31 August, 2005 (10:29) | Informal, Slums, UN, Urban issues, Zimbabwe |

  What makes the atrocity in Zimbabwe so horrifying is that Mr. Mugabe and his kleptocratic cronies find entirely consistent ways to mock the forms of government even as they officially steal, loot, and pillage what remains of a beautiful country.  As today’s Washington Post reports: JOHANNESBURG, Aug. 30 — Zimbabwe’s parliament voted Tuesday to […]

Zimbabwe: opportunity, means, and motive

15 August, 2005 (12:10) | Rural, South Africa, UN, Urban issues, Zimbabwe |

An Economist article from some weeks back highlights why Robert Mugabe seems bent on destroying his own cities:   Just rubbish to Mugabe (Economist caption)   But the real reason for this mass destruction may be to drive people back to rural areas. The government’s land redistribution policy, which led to the invasion of the […]

Slow genocide by bulldozer

2 August, 2005 (14:41) | Informal, Slums, UN, Zimbabwe |

Sometimes there is no need to gloss the facts.  Zimbabwe’s facts speak for themselves.    Quotes from the UN Report (link in .pdf) are shown in blue (emphasis and links added).   On 19 May 2005, with little or no warning, the Government of Zimbabwe embarked on an operation to ‘clean up’ its cities.  It […]

Calling a crime a crime

25 July, 2005 (18:32) | Slums, UN, Urban issues, Zimbabwe |

The United Nations — or more properly, its urban development arm UN Habitat — has done the world a service by looking crime in the face and calling it a crime:   U.N. Slams Zimbabwe on Slum Destruction   UNITED NATIONS — Zimbabwe‘s destruction of urban slums is a “disastrous venture” that has left 700,000 […]