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Zimbabwe’s fuel riots: why austerity economics and repression won’t solve the problem

A day after the president announced a 150 percent hike in fuel prices, the Zimbabwe Congress of Trades Unions and others called for a peaceful three-day shutdown. Their demands were simple: end the economic crisis and hardships, reverse the fuel price increase and pay US$ salaries. By the end of day one, there were several dead […]

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Zimbabweans Defend Vote Legal Costs

Over the past few months we have watched Zimbabwe campaign and go to the polls in that fleeting moment of hope during which we all get to believe that another Zimbabwe is possible. Once again many of us have been disappointed not just by the “result” but by the conduct of the election and the […]

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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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Zimbo Twitter is all over #JobsZanuCreated… and it’s hilarious

Zimbabweans around the globe responded to claims by ZANU PF deputy director of information and Highfields West MP Psychology Maziwisa claims that ZANU PF has actually exceeded the 2.2 Million Jobs they promised during the 2013 election campaign. Maziwisa claimed “We are now at the last count including the informal jobs, at over three million […]

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How are the children of Zimbabwe’s land reform beneficiaries making a living?

How have young people who grew up on farms allocated to their parents as part of the ‘fast-track’ land reform fared in the period after leaving school? In our studies, we have explored the life courses of those who are now aged between 20 and 31, and whose parents were in our study sample on […]

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Slow carbon credit sales hinder Zimbabwe forest protection

By Andrew Mambondiyani HURUNGWE, Zimbabwe (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – One of the world’s largest forest conservation projects has managed to curb deforestation in northern Zimbabwe, but the slow sale of carbon credits – on which the project depends – threatens its expansion, its organisers said. Some 785,000 hectares of prime forest in Mashonaland West province […]

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This time the uprising in Zimbabwe is different

Image: Riot police detain residents of Epworth suburb after a protest by taxi drivers turned violent in Harare, Zimbabwe. Reuters/Philimon Bulawayo This time the uprising in Zimbabwe is different – but will it bring regime change? Brian Raftopoulos, University of the Western Cape Zimbabwe’s ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) has failed […]

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