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Stories about Zimbabwe

Can Zimbabwe handle the coronavirus amid a collapsing health care system?

Zimbabweans brace for the coronavirus amid chronic health system struggles and expensive internet data. "Sadly, in the remote parts of our country, some are clueless of this pandemic."

Outrage as Zimbabwe’s military declares social media a ‘dangerous threat’

The military's declaration that social media is a "dangerous threat" has angered Zimbabweans concerned over the increasing deterioration of freedom of expression in the country.

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme — and China’s AI aspirations — threw a wrench in elections

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

2019: A year of flipping scripts and changing narratives in Africa

2019, a year of changing narratives in Africa: Revolutions. Internet shutdowns. Tree-planting. Migration. Feminist songs. Media crackdowns. Cyclones and climate change. Opposition rising. Cultural icons dying. Illness, cures, and healing.

Join Global Voices’ #WritingTowardFreedom Twitter chat on December 11, 2019

How has ethnic hate speech, mis- and disinformation and internet shutdowns become insidious threats to online freedom of expression in Africa? Join us for this discussion in a Twitter chat.

Varakashi: Zimbabwe’s online brigade targets activists and dissidents

The overarching aim of the Varakashi is to push the narrative that anyone who disagrees with the Zimbabwean government is an agent of foreign powers, and therefore unpatriotic. 

Zimbabwe government continues to weaponize information online to control citizen engagement

As a former state security minister, president Mnangagwa appreciated the importance and value of disinformation in Zimbabwe’s political terrain. 

Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe dies, leaving behind a ‘very complicated legacy’

A leader in the liberation struggle, Mugabe’s final years in office were characterized by a catastrophic economic collapse, violent land seizures, abductions, intimidation and a vicious power struggle.

Will Zimbabwe succeed in overturning a ban on the ivory trade?

Zimbabwe is currently sitting on a stockpile of seized ivory worth hundreds of millions.

What do Zimbabwe’s internet disruptions say about the state of digital rights in the country?

Government officials have repeatedly described access to social media as a potential threat, hinting that more disruptions would not be ruled out in the future. 

Expelled Chinese diamond mining firm quietly returns to Zimbabwe

"How can a company mine diamonds from 2010 to 2015 and fail to produce audited financial statements, a basic integrity requirement?"

Tropical Cyclone Idai: Animal rescues overlooked in this climate disaster

The cyclone's devastation did not discriminate. Animal activists encourage citizens to remember not to leave animals behind during rescue operations and remember to look for injured, distressed animals.

Cyclone leaves trail of devastation in Zimbabwe and throughout Southern Africa

"Sadly, lives have been lost and properties destroyed."

Four southern African nations petition to lift the international ivory trade ban

The proposal to lift the ivory trade ban has released a clash between elephant conservationists and those who favor the practice, citing economic reasons.

Amid civil unrest, internet shutdowns are making Zimbabwe's economic crisis worse

"It's not the fuel price increases, it's not the looming hunger. The most scary thing is that these guys in government are convinced that they are doing a good job."

Netizen Report: Zimbabwe’s internet goes dark amid protests, nationwide strike

The update from Zimbabwe, plus: China fines VPN users, Cuba is censoring SMS messages and Iranian officials plan to block Instagram.

Zimbabwe's black rhinos at risk as China reverses a 25-year ban on horns

Conservationists lack the financial resources required to increase security and boost capacity to monitor and track poachers in Zimbabwe's national parks. China's partial ivory-ban reversal may make matters worse. 

Can a controversial in-vitro fertilization process save the northern white rhino?

"A practical concern for any future Northern white rhinos successfully bred through IVF is...where they would live. Much of the sub-species’ former range has lost rhinos in its entirety..."

As Leaders Step Down, a Cautious Hope Rises on the African Continent

After the resignation of Zuma and Desalegn, "the mood on the continent is one of hope, on the one hand, and of palpable restraint and scepticism on the other."

How Chinese See the Fall of Their Country's Old Friend Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

"When people wake up, all 'greatness' will vanish, the dictator will be relegated to the dustbin of history."

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