In what is undoubtedly a product of what I now know to be the spring meetings of the World Bank and IMF, Freedom House hosted “A Conversation with Tendai Biti on Zimbabwe’s Elections” yesterday. Tendai Biti, the Secretary General of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and Zimbabwe’s Minister of Finance in the Government of National Unity mixed optimism with concern in his remarks on the elections anticipated in Zimbabwe this year (regarding the time frame, he said that it would not be legally possible to hold the presidential election until late July at the earliest, by which time the mandate of Parliament will have expired).
Biti argued that this would be a ‘defining election for Zimbabwe’ and compared its importance to the February 1980 contest that ended minority rule and brought President Robert Mugabe to power.
In the spirit of optimism, Biti pointed to three developments
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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A federal judge postponed Lauryn Hill‘s tax evasion sentencing on Monday but not before scolding the eight-time Grammy-winning singer for reneging on a promise to make restitution by now.
Hill pleaded guilty last year to not paying federal taxes on $1.8 million earned from 2005 to 2007. At that time, her attorney said she would pay restitution by the time of her sentencing. It was revealed Monday in court that Hill has paid $50,000 of a total of $554,000.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Madeline Cox Arleo criticized her for relying on the promise of a recording contract to pay the tax bill.
“This is not someone who stands before the court penniless,” Arleo said to Hill’s attorney, Nathan Hochman. “This is a criminal matter. Actions speak louder than words, and there has been no effort here to pay these taxes.”
The reclusive singer didn’t speak during…
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Eighteen months after his involuntary manslaughter conviction, Michael Jackson‘s doctor on Monday appealed his case, claiming there were multiple legal errors at his trial.
A lawyer for Dr. Conrad Murray argued in the 230-page appellate brief that there was insufficient proof that Jackson died of an overdose of the anesthetic propofol administered by Murray.
The appeal also reiterated an often-stated defense claim that Jackson may have administered the overdose to himself.
The pop superstar died on June 25, 2009, days before he was to leave for England to perform in his ill-fated “This is It” concert. Witnesses said Murray had been giving him propofol as a sleep aid, a purpose for which it was not intended.
Attorney Valerie Wass said that because of Jackson’s great fame, his doctor was used as an example by the judge who sentenced him to the highest term for involuntary…
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*A delusional DMX is out to get Oprah and OWN.
Apparently X still can’t get over the recent interview/intervention fail by Iyanla Vanzant that was televised over OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network).
DMX is furious over his sit-down with Iyanla. During the chat Iyanla asked X about his rampant drug use and he didn’t hold back — appearing unhinged.
But DMX tells us … Iyanla pulled a fast one. She was supposed to ask him about his addiction to WOMEN … not drugs … and the dope questions were NEVER cleared beforehand.
He says, “Iyanla set the whole thing up to make me look bad for ratings,” adding, “That lady…
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