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“Thanks for the show, cultural imperialists!”

In an astonishing interview breaking with all protocol in advance of a state trip, Jacob Zuma lashed out at Britain in advance of leaving for London, says today’s The Independent. THURSDAY, 3rd MARCH, 2010

 

Jacob Zuma accused the British of being ‘cultural imperialists with colonial attitudes who still viewed Africans as “barbaric”, reports this morning’s The Independent.
 
“Bear in mind that I’m a freedom fighter and I fought to free myself and also for my culture to be respected. I don’t know why they continue to think their culture is superior.”
 
“I’ve not looked down on any culture of anyone and no one has authority to judge others.”
 
The catalyst for his outburst was criticism from a number of British columnists who questioned the President’s polygamy, a common and accepted practice among South African’s Zulus.
 
Other stories in today’s international papers:
 
The Guardian: “Zuma’s right on Zimbabawe”
 
The Independent: “The amazing grace of Nana Mouskouri”
 
Haaretz: “Israeli novel with parallels to Dubai killing a hit in Germany”
 
Daily Telegraph: “Hamas: 'Arab state behind Dubai assassination'”
 

 

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