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February 2011: "JOHANNESBURG — Dozens of students, trade unionists and political activists who gathered to watch Al Jazeera and BBC news reports on the uprisings that brought down autocrats in Tunisia and Egypt have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to oust President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe."

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/world/africa/22zimbabwe.html

November 2010: 'As he left Zimbabwe in 2007 after three years as ambassador, Christopher W. Dell wrote a sardonic account of Robert Mugabe, that country’s aging and erratic leader. The cable called him “a brilliant tactician” but mocked “his deep ignorance on economic issues (coupled with the belief that his 18 doctorates give him the authority to suspend the laws of economics).”'

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/29/world/29cables.html

December 2008: 'With cholera spilling into neighboring countries, there are rising international calls for President Robert Mugabe to step down after 28 years in power. But he seems only to be digging in and even declared Thursday that the nation’s cholera epidemic had ended, just a day after the World Health Organization warned that the outbreak was grave enough to carry “serious regional implications.”'

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/12/world/africa/12cholera.html

May 2008: "After more than a month’s delay, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on Friday officially announced the results of the disputed March 29 presidential election, saying that the opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, had won more votes than the incumbent, Robert Mugabe, but not enough to avoid a runoff."

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/03/world/africa/03zimbabwe.html

February 2008: 'In an introductory essay titled "Despots Masquerading as Democrats," Kenneth Roth, the organization's executive director, blasts such leaders as Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan, Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Meles Zenawi of Ethiopia and Vladimir Putin of Russia. Roth accuses them of finding "utility in holding electoral charades to legitimize" their reigns.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/01/31/AR2008013103575.html

April 2007: Zimbabwe is marking 27 years of independence from Britain this week – all under Mugabe's rule – but the celebration has been marred by the country's devastated economy and a political crisis sparked by Mugabe's plan to seek another five-year term in 2008. Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, said last week that he would talk with Mugabe's party to try to end the crisis, which he says has resulted in the abduction and torture of 600 political activists this year.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0416/p04s01-woaf.html

January 2006: In Zimbabwe, U.S. Ambassador Christopher W. Dell has been so outspoken about President Robert Mugabe's government that he has been threatened with expulsion. David Coltart, an opposition member of parliament, said Zimbabwe has been on the Bush administration's radar screen, even if not the president's. 'George Bush is too preoccupied by Iraq to be personally engaged in the Zimbabwe crisis,' he said. 'But Colin Powell certainly was a friend of those struggling to bring democracy. It's too early to say whether Condoleezza Rice is focused on Zimbabwe.'

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/24/AR2006012401901.html

May 2006: Other former farmers have treated the government's offer with suspicion bordering on contempt. President Robert Mugabe encouraged landless black peasants to invade commercial farms beginning in February 2000. He portrayed the longtime white owners -- about 4,500 farmers who owned most of the country's best agricultural land -- as thieves who had deprived the 12 million black Zimbabweans of their birthrights.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/05/13/AR2006051300901.html

December 2005: The rights group, based in New York, blamed both the obstruction by Zimbabwe's government under President Robert Mugabe and the failure of U.N. agencies to insist on access to victims of a campaign that left 700,000 homeless, jobless or both.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/01/AR2005120101677.html
November 2002: President of Zimbabwe. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A30569-2002Nov8.html

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Apr 30, 2011 Separating Free Speech From Hate in South Africa

QUOTE: Race remains a fraught issue... Roelof du Plessis... accusing Mr. Malema of being a Communist, suggesting that South Africa was heading toward a genocide against whites.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2011 Zimbabwe Activists May Have Been Tortured, Official Says

QUOTE: State security agents had assaulted the 45 activists who, after watching reports of the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, were recently detained and charged with treason... “It’s all prosecution to persecute,” Mr. Chamisa said. “Only a government afraid of its people and that has a guilty conscience would be in perennial combat with its own citizens.”

New York Times
Feb 21, 2011 Arrests in Zimbabwe for Seeing Videos

QUOTE: “This is a message that ‘If you attempt anything, we’re going to arrest you, assault you, incarcerate you, lay false charges against you, deny you bail, and occupy you with false trials,’ ” Mr. Muchadehama said. “That’s the message — ‘Don’t attempt this, it can’t be done here.’ ”

New York Times
Nov 28, 2010 Leaked Cables Offer Raw Look at U.S. Diplomacy

QUOTE: A cache of a quarter-million confidential American diplomatic cables, most of them from the past three years, provides an unprecedented look at back-room bargaining by embassies around the world, brutally candid views of foreign leaders and frank assessments of nuclear and terrorist threats.

New York Times
Jun 26, 2009 Zimbabwe’s Diamond Fields Enrich Ruling Party, Report Says

QUOTE: Zimbabwe’s military, controlled by President Robert Mugabe’s political party, violently took over diamond fields in Zimbabwe last year and has used the illicit revenues to buy the loyalty of restive soldiers and enrich party leaders...

New York Times
Dec 11, 2008 Cholera Is Raging, Despite Denial by Mugabe

QUOTE: With cholera spilling into neighboring countries, there are rising international calls for President Robert Mugabe to step down after 28 years in power. But he seems only to be digging in and even declared Thursday that the nation’s cholera epidemic had ended...

New York Times
Jul 05, 2008 Video shows Zimbabwe 'vote-rigging'

QUOTE: The video shows the guard being summoned along with other prison guards to an office at Harare's central jail days before the June 27 runoff between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Once there, a supporter of Mugabe's ZANU-PF party instructs the guards to vote by postal ballot while he watches. The ZANU-PF supporter takes careful note of the guards' ballot numbers and which candidate they vote for, and even helps a guard properly fold his ballot and put it inside the envelope.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 02, 2008 Zimbabwe Officials Say Runoff Needed

QUOTE: After more than a month’s delay, the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission on Friday officially announced the results of the disputed March 29 presidential election, saying that the opposition candidate, Morgan Tsvangirai, had won more votes than the incumbent, Robert Mugabe, but not enough to avoid a runoff.

New York Times
Feb 01, 2008 Rights Group Faults U.S. for Support of Autocrats

QUOTE: A leading human rights group said Thursday that the United States has lost its moral authority by supporting autocratic governments in strategic countries despite their continuing violations of civil liberties.

Washington Post
Jul 17, 2007 Bangladeshi Ex-Premier Faces Extortion Charges

QUOTE: Police arrested former prime minister Sheikh Hasina on extortion charges Monday...

Washington Post
Apr 16, 2007 Tide of Zimbabwean refugees swells: Amid allegations of torture and harassment, refugees say they had no choice but to flee.

QUOTE: Zimbabwe is marking 27 years of independence from Britain this week – all under Mugabe's rule – but the celebration has been marred by the country's devastated economy and a political crisis sparked by Mugabe's plan to seek another five-year term in 2008. Zimbabwe's main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, said last week that he would talk with Mugabe's party to try to end the crisis, which he says has resulted in the abduction and torture of 600 political activists this year.

Christian Science Monitor
Mar 14, 2007 Arrests Energize Zimbabwe Opposition: Leader of Fractured Movement Finds Stature Boosted Following Beating

QUOTE: At the gathering Sunday, police shot dead one anti-government activist, rounded up 50 others and beat many of them severely, opposition officials said. Those arrested appeared in court together Tuesday, wearing casts, bandages and bloodied, dirty clothing, and won both access to their attorneys and the right to medical care at a Harare clinic, news reports said.

Washington Post
Jun 22, 2006 In Zimbabwe, Ragtag Scouts Vs. Poachers: On foot and with few resources, the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit wields little but hope in its effort to save dwindling wildlife.

QUOTE: On foot and with few resources, the Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit wields little but hope in its effort to save dwindling wildlife...hungry locals are setting tens of thousands of snares to catch protected animals...

Christian Science Monitor
May 20, 2006 Opposition Leader Arrested On Eve of Vote in Zimbabwe

QUOTE: Police have increasingly used Zimbabwe's repressive laws to stifle dissent, shutting down independent newspapers, arresting protesters and, in 2002, charging another opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, with treason.

Washington Post
May 15, 2006 Desperate Zimbabwe Moves to Lure Back White Ex-Farmers: Plan Would Let Some Evictees Lease Land

QUOTE: President Robert Mugabe encouraged landless black peasants to invade commercial farms beginning in February 2000. He portrayed the longtime white owners...as thieves who had deprived the 12 million black Zimbabweans of their birthrights.

Washington Post
Jan 25, 2006 The Realities of Exporting Democracy: A Year After Bush Recast Foreign Policy, Progress Remains Mixed

QUOTE: While the administration has enjoyed notable success in promoting liberty in some places, it has applied the speech's principles inconsistently in others ...Washington has stepped up pressure on repressive regimes in countries such as Belarus, Burma and Zimbabwe -- where the costs of a confrontation are minimal...

Washington Post
Dec 02, 2005 Zimbabwe's Evicted Are Still Suffering

QUOTE: Human Rights Watch reported Thursday that thousands of victims of Zimbabwe's brutal demolition of homes and markets last summer are still sleeping in the open, amid rubble, with little access to food or medicine.

Washington Post
Jul 28, 2005 Mugabe's Role in Raids Debated

QUOTE: A scathing U.N. report last week condemned the demolition of slums across Zimbabwe and called for criminal prosecutions of those responsible...As a result, debate has intensified in Zimbabwe over whether Mugabe, at 81, still wields total control over the national government...

Washington Post
Jul 01, 2005 Cruel To Be Kind

QUOTE: Using bulldozers, the Zimbabwean army has destroyed the makeshift houses and flea markets that were the homes and businesses of Harare's urban poor.

Slate
Jun 05, 2005 Zimbabwe Police Raze Poor Towns In Rampage: Government Says Homes Being Destroyed are Illegal

QUOTE: Thousands of police officers have spent the past two weeks on a rampage of destruction that officials call a campaign to clean up illegal housing and markets.

Washington Post

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