04 November 2009 ~ 24 Comments

Stop the sale of Zimbabwe’s blood diamonds on the world market

Robert Mugabe’s army has seized control of Zimbabwe’s diamond fields, with more than 200 civilians murdered in the process. An international investigation discovered horrible violence in the diamond fields against civilians and Mugabe is using the profits from the diamonds to fund his political militia.
Right now the group of countries that regulate the international [...]

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24 October 2009 ~ 7 Comments

Update: Looks like Zimbabwe situation keeps getting worse

The Zimbabwe police raided a house used by members of the Prime Minister’s party on Saturday, accusing them of hoarding weapons. The raid signals a continued deterioration within the coalition government. The New York Times reports:

Tendai Biti, secretary-general of Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change, said about 50 armed police ”ransacked” the house in [...]

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16 October 2009 ~ 25 Comments

Zimbabwe PM suspends cooperation with Mugabe’s party due to Bennett’s jailing

In response to the jailing of Roy Bennett, Zimbabwe’s Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai has broken off ties with the ruling party. The Associate Foreign Press reports:

HARARE — Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Friday suspended cooperation with President Robert Mugabe’s “dishonest and unreliable” camp but said he will not quit the unity government.
The snub, [...]

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15 October 2009 ~ 2 Comments

UPDATE: Roy Bennett jailed, U.S. and MDC respond

Earlier today, the State Department declared Roy Bennett’s jailing – “harassment of the opposition”. They demanded an immediate end to the jailing.
But you need to demand it too. Bennett is a hero and a close personal friend. This guy knows what it means to be tortured by a brutal dictator, have his whole life up-ended, [...]

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13 March 2009 ~ 38 Comments

The Horror and Hope of Zimbabwe. Roy Bennett Jailed, Released, and Forgives

Cross-posted on Daily Kos:
I’ve talked about Roy Bennett and his imprisonment for weeks, talked about his courage, about Roy really being the heart and soul of the MDC opposition to Mugabe in Zimbabwe, and rejoiced when I learned he was released from the horrors of the Mutare prison — a prison that is known throughout [...]

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09 March 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Botswana’s Khama goes after Mugabe regime

Last week, before the accident that killed the wife of Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, Botswana President Ian Khama outlined his misgivings about the power-sharing deal recently implemented between Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party and PM Tsvangirai’s Movement for Democratic Change. Saying that the situation “could spell disaster,” Khama, who has been outspoken against the [...]

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03 March 2009 ~ 18 Comments

High court orders release of Roy Bennett, other MDC activists released

Just a moment ago, I received word that the Zimbabwean High Court has thrown out the State application to deny Roy Bennett bail after a judge granted it about a week ago. Since then, human right activist Justina Mukoko and ten other MDC activists have been released from prison, hany of whom had been [...]

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