Zimbabwe

Republic of Zimbabwe

In March 2008, McGee met secretly with a member of the political machine of Robert Mugabe, the president of Zimbabwe and Africa’s most notorious living despot. In 1979, Mugabe ha...(full article)

Are today’s leaders so clean they can grant themselves immunity from prosecution? Al-Bashir, the genocidalist Sudanese president, who still reigns after 25 years. Mugabe, sti...(full article)

Election campaigns are exhausting things. But Mmusi Maimane seemed to be wrestling with more than the usual sore throat, as he considered the opposition's non-existent chances of u...(full article)

For all the negative reactions provoked by Robert Mugabe, the long-serving Zimbabwean president, few could begrudge acknowledging his skills as one of the world’s great polit...(full article)

The first thing you notice about the money in Zimbabwe is that it's filthy. The bills have been passed back and forth so many times the numbers are almost rubbed off. The second th...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Why Britain Should Have Invaded Zimbabwe - Ian Birrell, Independent

Robert Mugabe has long claimed that Britain wanted to overthrow him, using this to smear his political opponents as Western stooges and shore up support for his kleptocratic regime...

Africa's New Map - Robert Kaplan & Mark Schroeder, Stratfor

There is a new scramble for Africa. Roads, railways and pipelines are being built or envisioned into the interior of central Africa from multiple directions. Africa's geographic tr...

Who Are the World's Craziest Rulers? - Robert Colvile, Daily Telegraph

Yahya Jammeh's decision to leave the Commonwealth, and subsequent outlining of his more unpleasant characteristics, has reminded us that there are still some old-fashioned brutes p...

Robert Mugabe's Terrible, Violent Legacy - Brad Crawford, National Post

If Zimbabwe should miraculously become a peaceful nation with rapid economic growth during Mugabe’s final years it would never forgive his 33 years of violence, sectarianism ...

As Egypt Burns, Zimbabwe Rots - David Meyers, RealClearWorld

Amidst the chaos in Egypt, the world is turning a blind eye to another case of repression and human rights abuses in Africa. While the outrage over Egypt's generals is justified, t...

Africa's Monitors Must Call Out Zimbabwe - Jeff Flake, Washington Post

When I was a graduate student and Senate intern in the late 1980s, I wrote a master’s thesis that proved to be a rather shallow attempt to explain Robert Mugabe’s hold on the Z...

Robert Mugabe Steals Another Election - Judy Bachrach, World Affairs

Robert Mugabe, who has governed Zimbabwe since 1980 and is responsible for the deaths and wrongful imprisonment of thousands of his countrymen, won a landslide victory just days ag...

Zimbabwe's Warlord-in-Chief - Jean-Philippe Remy, Le Monde/Worldcrunch

Originally published in Le Monde. Has Robert Mugabe ever known peace? At 89 and just re-elected to a new term, his latest fight was with the Zimbabwean opposition, which he crushed...

Zimbabwe's Tsvangirai Must Now Retire - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

Morgan Tsvangirai is a courageous man with a historic achievement to his credit. Despite being assaulted, locked up, threatened and endlessly vilified, he did more than anyone el...

Mugabe's Tarnished Victory - The Economist

Mr Mugabe tallied a million more votes than he garnered in the first round of the previous presidential election in March 2008. Then he trailed Mr Tsvangirai, who was bludgeoned in...

Booming Zimbabwe Belongs to China Now - Fraser Nelson, Daily Telegraph

China's willingness to do business with Robert Mugabe makes a mockery of Western sanctions....

Robert Mugabe Won't Go - Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker

Mugabe's track record, even more than his poisonous narcissism, belies the conviction that he alone deserves to rule his birthplace. In the course of his long and twisting career, ...

Robert Mugabe's Latest Last Stand - The Guardian

It should come as little surprise that Morgan Tsvangirai, Mugabe's main challenger, dismissed the poll as a farce....

Mugabe's Demise Can Begin with a Vote - Matt Kaminski, Wall St. Journal

Elections don't make a democracy. This line has gotten lots of airtime recently to justify the Egyptian military's removal of a freely elected Islamist president. It's a self-evide...

Don't Let Mugabe Cheat Again - The Economist

Mr Mugabe has for too long been protected by other Africans. But hope is rising that, even though he has refused to let in United Nations or European Union (EU) monitoring teams, t...

An Election, of Sorts, in Zimbabwe - Irish Times

Both President Robert Mugabe and Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai have been boasting that they expect to win handsome victories over the other in Zimbabwe’s election tomorrow...

Zimbabwe Needs Fair Elections - Morgan Tsvangirai, Washington Post

Robert Mugabe is attempting to steal Zimbabwe’s most important election. With voting underway this week, the country is at a crossroads: Will Zimbabwe transition democratically ...

Never Count Out Robert Mugabe - Robert Rotberg, Globe and Mail

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) expects an overwhelming popular victory in Zimbabwe’s presidential and parliamentary elections on Wednesday. If so, Presid...

It's Time for Robert Mugabe to Go - Roy Bennett, Foreign Policy

For decades, Robert Mugabe has thumbed his nose at the world. The long-time dictator has ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist, repeatedly insulted foreign dignitaries, ignored regional...

Will the West Stand Up for a Free Election in Zimbabwe? - Wash Post

Western Governments took a strong stand against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 2008 when he employed massive violence and fraud to perpetuate himself in power through a pres...

Has Robert Mugabe Softened? - Jonathan Manthorpe, Vancouver Sun

Perhaps now Mugabe, who is 89, will see his 40-year liberation war finally at an end and retire. But the new constitution, which introduces a limit of two five-year terms for the p...

Keeping Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe in Check - Washington Post

Zimbabwe, which for more than 30 years has suffered under the arbitrary and autocratic rule of Robert Mugabe, may have a chance to free itself through a democratic vote. On March 1...

Glimmer of Hope in Zimbabwe - The Australian

A new constitution and the referendum are an important start. But there remains far to go in bringing Zimbabwe back from decades of oppression. Pressure must be maintained to ensur...

Iran's Zimbabwe-style Economic Meltdown - John Gay, National Interest

Hyperinflation looms for the Islamic Republic....

Disarming Mugabe's Thugs Won't Be Easy - Dianna Games, Business Day

Reform of the security sector is a key part of the roadmap to free and fair elections being facilitated by South Africa, but it will be difficult to change the culture of impunity ...

Bring Zimbabwe in from the Cold - Peter Oborne, Daily Telegraph

A number of political reputations have been shattered over the past six months. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Chancellor George Osborne are both shadows of what they wer...

No Chance for Zimbabwe Democracy with Mugabe in Power - Calgary Sun

There is only one reason Zimbabwe and democracy are twains that have never met, and that reason is its autocratic dictator Robert Mugabe who, during his 32 years of totalitarian ...

The Case for Giving Tyrants an Escape Plan - Alasdair Palmer, Telegraph

Calls by the international community for 'justice' may make dictators determined to hang on to power at all costs....

Why Africa's Conflicts Never End - Jeffrey Gettleman, Foreign Policy

There is a very simple reason why some of Africa's bloodiest, most brutal wars never seem to end: They are not really wars. Not in the traditional sense, at least. The combatants...

Why Is Britain Funding Mugabe's Excesses? - David Blair, Daily Telegraph

The Mugabe-Tsvangirai government evidently believes that kitting out secondary schools is not worth a penny of Zimbabwean citizens' money, but our Department for International Deve...

Retrenchment & Liberal Internationalism Don't Fit - Duck of Minerva

It is awfully tempting to think that just a little bit more exertion, a little more defense spending, a little more covert assistance could help push through desperately needed c...

Does Africa Need an Arab Spring? - Jimmy Kainja, BBC News

An African Spring in the exact fashion of the Arab Spring would signify a step backwards - not a step forward....

2012: No Peace, No Prosperity, No Progress - Simon Tisdall, The Guardian

Worse is likely to come in conflict zones from the Middle East to Africa and for Europe's troubled economies....

How Poor Nations Prop Up Canadian Health Care - Toronto Star

As Canadians, we like to think of ourselves as a caring and generous people. And we are. But the ugly fact is we've been stripping life-saving medical talent from the very places...

The Real Legacy of Nelson Mandela - Peter Godwin, Wall Street Journal

The antiapartheid hero refused to launch a personality cult. Why have other African leaders failed to follow suit?...

Can South Africa Avoid Zimbabwe Redux? - Taylor Brodarick, Forbes

The Springboks’ unexpected 15-12 victory over the New Zealand All-Blacks in the 1995 championship match sparked jubilation across the nation and served as a unifying event for ...

Make Dictatorships Illegal - Mark Palmer & Patrick Glen, Washington Post

What the international community needs is a framework that makes clear such forms of governance are violating international law....

Why China Should Drop Its Dictator Complex - Minxin Pei, The Diplomat

Chinese policymakers are often assumed to be the archetypal practitioners of realpolitik. But their coddling of dictators is counter-productive....

Don't Bet on an African Spring - Calestous Juma, Foreign Policy

The fires of democratic revolution won't spread south after the Arab Spring. And that's a good thing....

Obama's Non-Doctrine in Africa - G. Pascal Zachary, The Atlantic

How personal experience, domestic politics, and cautious foreign policy led him to a defensive, vague, and ultimately wise approach to his father's continent....

Top Five False World Statistics - Alex Perry, Global Spin

News that last week's shocking claim that 48 women are raped every hour in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is actually a shocking piece of statistical methodology ...

A Nuremberg Lesson for Today's Tyrant Enablers - Doug Saunders, G&M

On the other hand, a successful conviction against a low-level operator such as Mr. Demjanjuk can send a more powerful message, suggesting that those who take jobs with known tyr...

War of Attrition in Zimbabwe - Patrick Smyth, Irish Times

MP DOUGLAS Mwonzora lectures on Roman law at the University of Zimbabwe. That’s when he’s not chairing parliament’s committee on constitution-drafting on behalf ...

Gbagbo Walks the Plank While Mugabe Laughs - Peter Godwin, IHT

BARELY was Laurent Gbagbo, wearing a sweat-damp white tank top and a startled expression, prodded at rebel gunpoint from the bombed ruins of his presidential bunker in Ivory Coas...

Power-Sharing Not the Answer for Libya - Christine Cheng, RealClearWorld

For weeks, the African Union (AU) has quietly been working behind the scenes to bring a diplomatic end to the violence in Libya. Last Friday, the first glimmer of a potential polit...

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