Sun May 20, 2012

After A Free Fall, Zimbabwe Finds A Bit Of Stability

Originally published on Sun May 20, 2012 6:39 am

Many stores in Zimbabwe were largely empty when the country was suffering hyperinflation a few years ago. Conditions are much better now.
Philmon Bulawayo Reuters /Landov

When hyperinflation spiraled out of control in Zimbabwe in 2008, huge numbers of citizens flocked across the border to find jobs, and escape food and water shortages.

That economic nightmare came on top of years of decline. While the country still hasn't fully recovered, Zimbabwe is much more stable and economic life is picking up, at least for some.

On Robert Mugabe Road in the capital Harare, taxi drivers shout out their destinations. Street vendors sell leather belts and cellphone accessories to passersby.

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Sat May 19, 2012

Violence Haunts Zimbabwe Ahead Of Elections

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 9:19 am



To Zimbabwe now, where elections are in 2008 elections were marred by extreme violence. Now, elections are once again on the horizon.

And as Anders Kelto reports, violence is escalating while many are still trying to heal.

ANDERS KELTO, BYLINE: In a quiet garden on the outskirts of Harare, a group of men and women sit in a large circle. They stretch their arms and perform breathing exercises.


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Sun May 13, 2012

In Zimbabwe's Media, It's All About Robert Mugabe

Originally published on Mon September 17, 2012 11:59 am

Zimbabwe's government has exercised control over most of the media. Here, workers sort out copies of The Daily News, one of the few independent newspapers. It was allowed to reopen in March 2011 after being shut down for years because it was critical of the government.
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi AP

When you turn on the morning news in Zimbabwe — or the afternoon news, or the evening news — there's a virtual guarantee you'll hear about President Robert Mugabe, or even his actual voice.

Even when there's a song by the Zimbabwean group Born Free Crew, it features a voice-over of none other than Mugabe, who's been leader since independence in 1980.

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Wed March 14, 2012
The Two-Way

Zimbabwe Is Short On Cash, Can't Afford Two Elections This Year

Zimbabwe's finance minister warns there's a difficult choice ahead - government coffers are low on cash and there's not enough money to pay for both a vote on a new constitution and a presidential election this year.

Profits from the country's diamond mines plunged this year; finance minister Tendai Biti says the government was promised $600 million in sales but has gotten about $19 million, notes AP.

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