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September 6, 2019

Zimbabwe
Good Riddance to Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

During his thirty-seven years in power in Zimbabwe, he committed virtually every human rights violation there is. His hands were awash in the blood of Zimbabweans. Fanning and exploiting racial and class differences, he destroyed the country’s economy, once on the cusp of being one of Africa’s most developed, driving out commercial white farmers. By the time he died, Zimbabwe was an international pariah, an economic basket case, and many or most of the country’s most educated and productive citizens had left the country.

Robert Mugabe stands in front of a blurred out, saluting soldier.

December 5, 2011

Sub-Saharan Africa
Robert Mugabe’s Health

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) listens as Finance Minister Tendai Biti delivers his budget speech in parliament in Harare, November 24, 2011. (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters) Succession …

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe (R) listens as Finance Minister Tendai Biti delivers his budget speech in parliament in Harare November 24, 2011 (Philimon Bulawayo/Courtesy Reuters)

November 29, 2017

Zimbabwe
Robert Mugabe: Icon and Kleptocrat

Zimbabwe’s founding father, Robert Mugabe, ushered his country into independence, then established a tyrannical regime and presided over the destruction of the economy. He was ousted in a November pa…

Robert Mugabe Zimbabwe president

November 28, 2017

Zimbabwe
Two Wives, One Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwe coupmakers are placing all the blame on Robert Mugabe's wife. Grace, however, was known for her shopping, not her politics, and her husband likely used her to try to hold on to power.

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May 23, 2017

Sub-Saharan Africa
Health Watch: Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe

South African media is reporting that Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe, 93, has “worsening health problems.” Apparently, his wife Grace “is in a quandary: she has to deal with Mugabe’s health challen…

Robert Mugabe on a panel at the World Economic Forum.

September 12, 2019

Israel
Elections in Israel and Tunisia, Robert Mugabe’s Funeral, and More

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces another general election, Tunisia holds its second democratic election since the 2011 Arab Spring, and the funeral of Zimbabwe’s former leader Robert …

Podcast An Orthodox Jewish man walks past an election campaign poster in Jerusalem.

September 6, 2019

Sub-Saharan Africa
Mugabe and the Zimbabwe He Left Behind

Robert Mugabe, who ruled over Zimbabwe for 37 years, died on September 6. His was an undeniably epic life of glaring contradictions. He was a passionate voice for the liberation of the Zimbabwean people from the injustice and humiliation of white minority rule, but a brutal oppressor when those same people sought to exercise political freedom.

Zimbabwe's former President Robert Mugabe looks on before casting his vote in Highfields outside Harare July 31, 2013

August 20, 2013

Sub-Saharan Africa
Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe: Unjust Rewards?

Only weeks after he won Zimbabwe’s sham elections, Robert Mugabe was elected deputy chairperson of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Malawi’s president Joyce Banda was elected chairp…

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses the crowd gathered to commemorate Heroes Day in Harare August 12, 2013.

November 20, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe Holds On

In the face of expulsion from the ZANU-PF and an impending impeachment vote, Mugabe is still refusing to relinquish power.

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November 18, 2017

Zimbabwe
Mugabe and Mubarak

Robert Mugabe is finally falling from power, after 37 years of vicious dictatorship that ruined his country. Why now? Was it the destruction of the economy? Jailing too many opponents? Too much in…