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"Golden Goliath:" Zimbabweans React to Robert Mugabe Mocking Trump In UN Speech

Robert Mugabe openly criticized Donald Trump during his speech at the UN on Thursday, but the hypocrisy is too much for some folks to ignore.

Robert Mugabe gave an inflamed speech at the UN General Assembly on Thursday, where he openly criticized Donald Trump, stating that he was "embarrassed" by the president's stance on North Korea.

"Some of us were embarrassed, if not frightened by what appeared to be the return of the Biblical Giant Gold Goliath," said the ailing leader.

"Are we having a return of Goliath to our midst, who threatens the extinction of other countries?" he continued, prompting light laughter from people in the audience.

"And may I say to the United States president, Mr. Trump, please blow your trumpet—blow your trumpet in a musical way towards the values of unity, peace, cooperation, togetherness, dialogue, which we have always stood for and which are well-writ in our very sacred document, the Charter of the United Nations."

You can watch part of his speech below, via BBC Africa.

While we don't disagree with what Mugabe's words, they mean very little coming from him. We can't quite recall him ever upholding such values through his leadership either.

While some are applauding Mugabe's very diplomatic shade throwing—we get it, we're always here for a Trump roast as well—many, especially Zimbabweans, are calling out the glaring hypocrisy in Mugabe's speech.

Not many are buying his message of "global peace and unity." Here's some of what folks are saying on Twitter:

 

Following his speech, Mugabe appeared evidently frail, as he struggled to descend from the podium on his own, once again sparking conversations about his health. The 93-year-old head of state has also been photographed with his eyes closed, appearing to be sleeping during events, most notably during Donald Trump's opening speech on Tuesday.

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6 Samples From 'Éthiopiques' in Hip-Hop

A brief history of Ethio-jazz cultural exchange featuring songs by Nas & Damian Marley, K'naan, Madlib and more.

This article was originally published on OkayAfrica in March, 2017. We're republishing it here for our Crossroads series.

It's 2000 something. I'm holed up in my bedroom searching for samples to chop up on Fruity Loops. While deep into the free-market jungle of Amazon's suggested music section, I stumble across a compilation of Ethiopian music with faded pictures of nine guys jamming in white suit jackets. I press play on the 30 second sample.

My mind races with the opportunities these breakbeats offered a budding beat maker. Catchy organs, swinging horns, funky guitar riffs, soulful melodies and grainy and pained vocalists swoon over love lost and gained. Sung in my mother tongue—Amharic—this was a far cry from the corny synthesizer music of the 1990s that my parents played on Saturday mornings. I could actually sample this shit.

The next day, I burn a CD and pop it into my dad's car. His eyes light up when the first notes ooze out of the speakers. “Where did you get this?" He asks puzzlingly. “The internet," I respond smiling.

In the 1970s my dad was one of thousands of high school students in Addis Ababa protesting the monarchy. The protests eventually created instability which lead to a coup d'état. The monarchy was overthrown and a Marxist styled military junta composed of low ranking officers called the Derg came to power. The new regime subsequently banned music they deemed to be counter revolutionary. When the Derg came into power, Amha Eshete, a pioneering record producer and founder of Ahma Records, fled to the US and the master recordings of his label's tracks somehow ended up in a warehouse in Greece.

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