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Zimbabwe: Elephant trophies banned, rebellion predicted and EU-Africa Summit

Zimbabwe May Face Rebellion MDC secretary-general Tendai Biti warned that the lack of vision and leadership in the government may lead to rebellion in the country. The economical crisis and failing “democracy” is negatively affecting the Zimbabwean citizens, and Biti believes the country is headed for crisis. Zimbabwe’s GDP is extremely low, poverty levels are… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe Position Abstract

Whilst Zimbabwe would like to maintain our good bilateral relationships with both the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Tanzania, we cannot support the union of Katanga and Tanzania. Zimbabwe believes in the importance of sovereign borders in Africa, and it is our position that the African Union should try to prevent secessionist movements…. Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Mining, Money and Democracy Issues

Zimbabwean Government Misses IMF Targets, Again Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa revealed on Wednesday that the government will miss targets set by the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) Staff Monitored Programme. It is failing to meet key benchmarks, such as reducing the wage bill. Currently, Zimbabwe spends seventy percent of its budget on salaries. The IMF have… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Flood, Funding and Financial Crisis

Mugabe demands pay rise after his daughter’s expensive wedding Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe says he wants a pay rise after paying for his daughter’s expensive wedding last month. This is despite failing to deliver on his election promise last year to double the wages of 200,000 civil servants. Zimbabwe is in financial crisis and it is unlikely… Continue reading

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Long Walk to Freedom Discussion Questions 2

Why did Mandela, Walter and Govan decide not to appeal their sentence in the Rivonia Trial (Page 373)? Do you think this was effective? Mandela writes, “Nothing is more dehumanising than the absence of human companionship” (Page 334). This was one of the many sacrifices he made as a freedom fighter. Do you think being… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Crippling Corruption

Militarisation by the Zimbabwean Government has Caused Culture of Corruption The Zimbabwean government’s militarisation of parastatals and public enterprises has caused a culture of corruption, patronage and looting that is very dysfunctional and detrimental to the Zimbabwean people. Herbert Moyo, an analyst from The Zimbabwe Independent writes that it is critical that there is institutional reform in… Continue reading

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Long Walk to Freedom: Discussion Questions Part 1

On page 97, Mandela quotes Lembede’s views on nationalism, including that nationalism has been found “to be the only antidote against foreign rule and modern imperialism.” What do you think of this in light of what we have studied in the lectures, readings and watching Lumumba? Is this true? Do you think Mandela was right… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Mugabe Turns 90, and Ongoing Problems with Corruption

Mugabe Turns 90 President Robert Mugabe turns 90 tomorrow, and there is still no sign of him retiring any time soon. He has outlived most of his younger siblings and many political foes. He once quipped that he would govern Zimbabwe until he turned 100, and having won a five year term last year, he… Continue reading

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No Longer At Ease – Discussion Questions 2

Do you think Obi was wrong to take the bribes? What do you think Achebe is trying to convey through the fact that Clara is an osu? Do you think it is understandable that they didn’t stay together given the cultural pressure? What do you think is the significance of all the poetry in the… Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: Corrupt and Unpopular with the United States

Government Fails to Follow Through on Civil Servants Pay Rise The Zimbabwean government and civil servants’ representatives agreed last month on a salary deal, and civil servants were supposed to be back-paid from last month, but they have not received any extra money. There has been no explanation as yet from the government about why… Continue reading

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