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With or without you…well, actually without you

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President Mugabe has decided to push ahead his own government in a straight arm move toward Morgan Tsvangirai. While action is definitely needed, it’s not clear that talk of action will actually lead to a semblance of a workable government. It is shameful that the people of Zimbabwe are forced to suffer through this silliness at the same time as a massive economic crisis and historic-level inflation. Wihout including MDC in the government, it is hard to envision and end to the use of state-back violence for achieving political ends. The IHT makes this clear in an editorial today

Update: The WFP has made a tough decision that will, most likely, negatively affect the welfare of poor Zimbabweans. However, it is the decision they must make in order to hope for some responsibility into the Zim government.


Written by Niall

November 11, 2008 at 7:47 pm

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What I am Reading – Zimbabwe Edition

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I just finished the updated biography of Robert Mugabe, entitled Mugabe: Power, Plunder and the Struggle for Zimbabwe, by Martin Meredith.

Meredith does not stop to catch his breath as he rattles off 244 pages of non-stop evidence of Mugabe’s evil doings and mismanagement.

I wish that the book provided a more in-depth discussion of the economic failure of Zimbabwe over the past decade. But for an account of all the misdeed, corruption and counterproductive policies of Mugabe and his goons and cronies, this is a worthwhile read. 

For a shorter and more thoughtful discussion of the Mugabe regime, Samantha Power’s article, How to Kill a Country, is a must read.

Combining the historical perspective provide in the sources above with a discussion of recent political events in Zimababwe, Petina Gappah adds valuable commentary.

Celia Dugger’s recent article in the New York Times provides a glimpse of Life in Zimbabwe.

Written by Niall

October 5, 2008 at 7:50 am

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