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Robert Mugabe and the Fate of Democracy in Africa

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Robin Wright, The New Yorker — In a commemorative interview on his ninety-third birthday, in 2017, Robert Mugabe, who was President of Zimbabwe at the time, reflected on his new American counterpart. “When it comes to Donald Trump, on the one hand talking of American nationalism, well, America for America, America for Americans—on that we agree,” he told state television. “Zimbabwe for Zimbabweans.” The two men were wildly different in many ways,…

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Robert Mugabe, former Zimbabwe president, dies aged 95

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Final years in power were characterised by financial collapse, violent intimidation and vicious power struggle. By Jason Burke and David Smith, The Guardian — Robert Mugabe, the deeply divisive former president of Zimbabwe, was declared a “national hero” by the ruling Zanu-PF party on Friday, as preparations for his funeral got under way in the nation he ruled with an iron first for almost 40 years. The death of the…

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Struggle on my beloved country, Zimbabwe

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Brian T.Kagoro, Political analyst — I wanted to title this article ‘Cry My Beloved Country’. After all we recently had cholera outbreaks and our political parties are competing to demonstrate proximity to the West. It does not seem to matter under what terms and to what end Western support is secured. This flagrant courtship of the West defies logic of a liberation party and a social-democratic opposition formed by…

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Zimbabwe's Mugabe Is Gone: Now What?

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Is Gone: Now What?

By Editors' Choice

By Bill Fletcher, Jr. Alternet —  In the early 2000s, I visited Zimbabwe and met with the leadership of the Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions, the association that joins together the country’s major labor unions. I was asked to give a speech to the leadership body. I received a cool, though polite response, leaving me a bit puzzled until I received my first question. A tall, slim man in his…

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