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British policy towards Zimbabwe during Matabeleland massacre: licence to kill

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s clampdown on dissent in Matabeleland claimed up to 20 000 lives. EPA/Aaron Ufumeli/ Pool Hazel Cameron, University of St Andrews In January 1983 Robert Mugabe’s government launched a massive security clampdown in Matabeleland. It was led by a North Korean-trained, almost exclusively chiShona-speaking army unit known as the Fifth Brigade. They […]

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Gukurahundi: A summary by the CCJP & The Legal Resources Fundation

This report is a short version of a much longer book, which was published and released for sale in Zimbabwe in 1997. This first book was researched and written by the Legal Resources Foundation (LRF) and the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace. (CCJP ) 2000 copies of this longer book have been published, and […]

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Zimbabwe is still in trouble, but it’s under too little pressure to change

Heike I Schmidt, University of Reading Zimbabwe reached a major milestone this year, holding its first parliamentary and presidential elections since Robert Mugabe was removed from power after 37 years of continuous rule. Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party was led on the ballot by his usurper, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who promised the elections would be free and fair. […]

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Military muscle and populist promises: authoritarian populism in southern Africa

Last week I was at an amazing gathering at the ISS in The Hague, which brought together nearly 300 activists and academics to discuss the origins and implications of authoritarian populism. A short reflection on some of the themes emerging was published this weekend in openDemocracy. Whether in the form of Duterte or Trump, Maduro or Mugabe, […]

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South Africa CEO’s see severe consequences after cabinet reshuffle

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma’s decision to dismiss Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has severe consequences for the economy and is a setback to the work done to avoid a credit ratings downgrade, a group of business leaders said on Friday. “This decision, and the manner in which it was taken, is likely […]

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Ousted South Korea leader behind bars

By Cynthia Kim and Ju-min Park SEOUL (Reuters) – Ousted South Korean leader Park Geun-hye was behind bars in the Seoul Detention Centre on Friday after her arrest, on charges including bribery, in a corruption scandal that has brought low some of the country’s business and political elite. In a dramatic fall from power, Park, […]

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Donald Trump’s foreign policy on Africa is likely to be: ‘Where’s that?’

Peter Vale, University of Johannesburg Africa is likely to slide down the list of foreign policy priorities of a Donald Trump administration. This is because America’s foreign policy is determined by both domestic and foreign issues. When it comes to domestic factors Trump is not going to be open to lobbying by the African diaspora […]

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ARTICLE 19 launches Global Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy

7 March 2017, Geneva: Today, at a side event to the 34thsession of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC), ARTICLE 19 launches The Global Principles on Freedom of Expression and Privacy, a ground-breaking document which provides a comprehensive, updated framework on the mutually reinforcing nature of these two rights in the digital world. The Principles […]

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