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State-sponsored conspiracy theories – from China to Zimbabwe

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Until I started researching “Don’t Get Fooled Again”, the typical image that sprang to mind when I thought about conspiracy theorists was that of the tin-hat wearing eccentric pictured here.

But one of the most striking things I found while writing the book was the extent to which conspiracy theories are often being disseminated not by lone “nuts” but by established governments.

The Chinese authorities have been at it recently, with a series of increasingly colourful claims about the nefarious global activities of the “Dalai clique” - but the prize of the month has to go to the ruling party in Zimbabwe, who have published several documents, including a letter ostensibly signed by Gordon Brown, detailing a conspiracy involving the British government, the German Central Bank and the Zimbabwean political opposition to invade the country, oust Robert Mugabe, and restore the old white-supremacist state of Rhodesia. Justice minister Patrick Chinamasa reportedly insisted he would stand by the allegations even if the documents were shown to be fake, because “even if Brown hadn’t put it in writing, everyone knows that is what the British are plotting”.

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  1. Tragically, all the rubbish emanating from govt.controlled media and a woefull track record of mis-governance and self enrichment in Zimbabwe only goes to reinforce the assertion by the former Rhodesian prime minister Ian Smith that africans are not capable of responsible self government. A wonderful opportunity to prove the nay-sayers wrong has been sacrificed on the alter of greed.

    Dave Nicholls

    November 22, 2008 at 8:11 pm

  2. JUST ONE QUESTION, IF MR SMITHS ASSERTION THAT ‘AFRICANS’ CANT SELF GOVERN IS TRUE, THEN RIDDLE ME THIS, IN THE THIRTY YEARS BETWWEN THE TOPPLING OF HIS OPENLY RACIST GOVT. AND HIS SUBSEQUENT DEATH, WHY DID THE ZIMBABWE GOVT. ALLOW HIM TO LIVE, TRAVEL FREELY, DIE AND BE BURIED THERE?
    EUROPEANS KILLED COUNTLESS INDIANS IN THE NEW WORLD THROUGH ‘GERM WARFARE’ AND DROPPED ATOMIC BOMBS ON IMPERIAL JAPAN, EUROPEAN HISTORY IS DRENCHED IN THE BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS OF THE BLACK, BROW, RED AND YELLOW PEOPLES OF THE EARTH…I AM A STUDENT OF MINISTER HILARY MUHHAMMAD.

    ZIA UL HAQ

    December 29, 2008 at 5:02 pm


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