Interviews & Talks

Revolution, Riches and God

Revolution, Riches and God

Presentation by Ben Freeth, Executive Director of the Mike Campbell Foundation, to the World Christian Economic Forum in South Africa

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Future of Agriculture?

Future of Agriculture?

If we are to understand the future of agriculture in Zimbabwe we need to understand the past. Why was Zimbabwe such a successful country agriculturally in the past? So what has happened to make it so spectacularly unsuccessful in recent years? What can we do about the future? By 1975 the UN Agricultural Year Book ranked this country 2nd in the world for yields of maize, wheat, soya and groundnuts, and 3rd for cotton…Our tobacco was rated the best in the world.

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Property Rights

Property Rights

I have been given a daunting task today. I was asked to talk to you about how to protect your property in the face of Zimbabwe-style land reform and land grabs. As a victim of Zimbabwe-style land reform – which involves the systematic and violent theft of thousands of homes and farms without a cent of compensation and as such constitutes a crime against humanity– and with this crime still continuing after 15 years, this is a complex task. It carries with it a lot of responsibility.

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Ben Freeth's presentation in London

Ben Freeth's presentation in London

In a presentation given by Ben Freeth in London, he asks: Why is it that Africa, the richest continent on earth is by far the poorest, and the poorest people on earth are unable to realise the riches of this wonderful Continent on which they live? How can the box to this puzzle be unlocked and the pieces be assembled so that the wealth of the African people is realised for her people?

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Launch of new book: When Governments Stumble

Launch of new book: When Governments Stumble

Ben Freeth,who wrote the successful and hard-hitting Mugabe and the White African, which was published by Lion Books in 2011, has been visiting the UK during the latter part of October and early November to promote his new book, When Governments Stumble: lessons from Zimbabwe’s past. Ben kindly spared some time from his busy promotional schedule to be interviewed for this article.

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Ben Freeth's interview with Nicky Gumbel, Anglican Vicar and Founder of the Alpha Course

Ben Freeth's interview with Nicky Gumbel, Anglican Vicar and Founder of the Alpha Course

After the screening of a trailer of the film, Ben explained why his father-in-law, Mike Campbell, had taken President Mugabe to the regional court of the Southern African Development Community, the SADC Tribunal, in what he described as a “David and Goliath” scenario. He said they realised at the time it was very probable that, as a result, Mike was signing his own death warrant.

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“Triumph over Tyranny” – Ben Freeth, House of Commons

“Triumph over Tyranny” – Ben Freeth, House of Commons

The Mike Campbell Foundation's (MCF's) long-awaited event “Triumph over Tyranny” was hosted by Kate Hoey MP, Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Zimbabwe in Committee Room 14 of the House of Commons. Speakers included The Rt Hon. and Very Revd Archbishop Dr John Sentamu of York, Professor Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and Ben Freeth MBE.

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