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This week's editor
Guest editor Ronan Harrington introduces this week's theme: Spirituality and Visionary Politics.
Ronan is a freelance political strategist and co-creator of Alter Ego, a gathering exploring the future of progressive politics.
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In the run-up to the elections, a young Zimbabwean writes an open letter to the President to offer an alternative vision for the country. Meanwhile Vivian Pevsner has worked as a researcher in Zimbabwe, and Alice Gozo spent five formative years there in the 1990s. In a wide-ranging dialogue, they discuss the countrys past and future, starting with the tremendous optimism which prevailed 10 years after independence. Yasmina Zaidman also deals in past and future: she writes in memory of Zepheniah Phiri Maseko whose conservation techniques might offer a hopeful path out of the bitter and divisive battles over land.
The desperate people of Zimbabwe deserve better than a political fix that will keep Robert Mugabe in power, says John Makumbe of the University of Zimbabwe.
The tactic of enforced disappearance represents a dangerous extension of human-rights abuse by Robert Mugabe's regime, says Sophie Roberts.
The resignation of Thabo Mbeki as South Africa’s president is linked to the failure of Zimbabwe’s power-sharing agreement. The result is to restore the political initiative to Robert Mugabe's regime, says Roger Southal.
(This article was first published on 20 October 2008)
Robert Mugabe’s coronation is the time to start preparing in detail for the aftermath of his regime, say Ashraf Ghani and Clare Lockhart.
The withdrawal of Zimbabwe's main opposition leader from the election leaves its president certain of victory. But will Africa's leaders turn against Robert Mugabe at last? Jabu Shoko, in Harare, reports.
African civil-society leaders, uniting to call for a free election process and an end to violence in Zimbabwe, invite members of the global public to support an open letter
The decision of the Movement for Democratic Change opposition not to contest the decisive second round of the presidential election puts intense pressure on Zimbabwe's southern African neighbours, says "Hope" of the civic-activism group Sokwanele.
Zimbabweans remain poised between fear and hope as Robert Mugabe's regime enforces a new test of their determination to end his rule, says Wilf Mbanga
People are losing their fear and voting for change even in Robert Mugabe's political strongholds, reports The Zimbabwean.
Zimbabwe's president is 83 years old today. Wilf Mbanga, former friend turned exiled editor of "The Zimbabwean", writes to him.
(This article was first published on 21 February 2007)
The Commonwealth's evasion of the plight of Zimbabwe at its Kampala meeting reflects a failure to live up to its own principles, says Michael Holman.
Zimbabwe’s ruler is a symbol of western as well as African wrongs, says Stephen Chan.
Robert Mugabes despotic rule has brought Zimbabwe to its knees. An emergency recovery programme, coordinated by the Commonwealth and made accessible to Zimbabweans at home and abroad, could become a catalyst for change, writes Michael Holman.
The people of Robert Mugabe's fiefdom are staggering under a weight of poverty, repression and social collapse. But they keep hope alive, reports Conor O'Loughlin.
Zimbabwe's ruthless leader Robert Mugabe is sowing the seeds of his regime's demise, says Andrew Meldrum.
Robert Mugabe's media bullies are trying to stifle free expression about the failings of his regime.
Robert Mugabe's cronies are worried and his party deep in debt. "The Zimbabwean" reports on a regime rotting from within.
Chinese friends, emigrating faith-healers, and baton-wielding police are all part of Zimbabwe's slow collapse, reports "The Zimbabwean".
The Zimbabwean reports that while the government extends its disastrous economic reforms, its own power base in the security forces is weakening through discontent and hardship.
The senate election and the opposition MDC split are further evidence of Zimbabwes meltdown. The HIV/Aids calamity is just one of its symptoms.
A low turnout, an easy ruling-party win - but Zimbabwe's senate elections could yet prove a turning-point in Zimbabwean politics, says Andrew Meldrum.
Fifty hours detention in Harare Central Police Station gave civil-rights activist Netsai Mushonga an unmatched insight into the decay of Robert Mugabes regime
The continued official decay and spirited public resistance of Zimbabwe, highlighted in three reports.
Robert Mugabes regime is as oppressive as ever, but the opposition Movement for Democratic Changes is busy fighting itself. Wilf Mbanga, editor of The Zimbabwean, hears MDC leader Morgan Tsvangirais version.
Two reports from this weeks issue of The Zimbabwean show deep South African involvement in the politics of Zimbabwe from keeping its neighbours military afloat to meddling in Harares opposition wrangles
Wilf Mbanga, editor of The Zimbabwean, reveals members of the ruling Zanu-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change have held secret meetings in London and Washington to discuss plans for a new Zimbabwe after Robert Mugabe.
Two reports from The Zimbabwean reveal the endemic crisis of a state offering food to the wealthiest country on the planet while inflicting violence and starvation on its own people.
openDemocracy continues its collaboration with The Zimbabwean, publishing two stories from this weeks edition that shed light on life for Zimbabweans, both inside and outside of Robert Mugabes ailing nation.
Zimbabweans are facing new dangers at home and no respite when they flee.
Robert Mugabes government is locking the countrys exit doors, shutting its citizens minds and creating a nation of mathematical geniuses. Three reports from The Zimbabwean on life under Zanu-PF.
In openDemocracys continuing collaboration with The Zimbabwean newspaper, we republish four short articles which chart the humanitarian consequences of Robert Mugabes repressive policies.
Robert Mugabes Zimbabwe is crushing the lives and hopes of its citizens. In the first in a series of collaborations with The Zimbabwean newspaper, openDemocracy republishes Jeremiah Kures account of a disillusion so profound he is preparing to quit the land he loves.
The destruction of townships in Robert Mugabes Operation Murambatsvina (drive out the rubbish) campaign is both naked assertion of power and challenge to Zimbabwes political opposition, says human-rights campaigner Bev Clark.
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