Robert Mugabe, the dictator of Zimbabwe, is having a party:
The list includes 2,000 bottles of champagne (Moët & Chandon or ’61 Bollinger preferred); 8,000 lobsters; 100kg of prawns; 4,000 portions of caviar; 8,000 boxes of Ferrero Rocher chocolates; 3,000 ducks; and much else besides. A postscript adds: “No mealie meal” — the ground corn staple on which the vast majority of Zimbabweans survived until the country’s collapse rendered even that a luxury.
Those who prefer to give in cash, not kind, are invited to send “donations” of between $45,000 and $55,000 to a US dollar bank account in the name of the 21st February Movement, a youth organisation controlled by Zanu (PF) and named after the date of the President’s birthday.
Oh the timing. This weekend I had a glass of wine with someone who has influence over American foreign policy, real American foreign policy, as in "this 21st February Movement is linked to a state sponsor of terrorism, and therefore its assets are frozen" foreign policy. We wasted our time talking about Vladimir Putin. Compared to Robert Mugabe, Vladimir Putin is a knight in shining armor.
Maybe I'll send him an email.