· April, 2008

Stories about Zimbabwe from April, 2008

Zimbabwe: Bread and Roses

  15 April 2008

Comrade Fatso is a blogger as well as a musician in Zimbabwe. Listen to his song, Bread and Roses: “The hit song from Comrade Fatso and Chabvondoka's new album, House of Hunger. Sung from the perspective of a vendor during Mugabe's vicious Operation Murambatsvina it is a call for Bread...

Zimbabwe: Operation Mavhoterapapi

  15 April 2008

Victims of Operation Mavhoterapapi in Zimbabwe: “It has been reported that a teacher in Mudzi has also been murdered and 8 women have been abducted. We are awaiting verification of this report.”

Zimbabwe: Boycott Independence celebrations

  15 April 2008

Should Zimbabweans boycott Independence celebrations?: “A young man has written to Kubatana asking us to forward his “plea” to people to boycott the Independence celebrations even if they want to see their favourite soccer stars in action. But I guarantee you that the stadium will be full of Zimbabweans wanting...

Zimbabwe: A safe waypoint for the chinese Olympic Torch

  15 April 2008

Tomas Muarramuassa comments on his blog, Muarramuassando[Pt], about the passage of the Olympic Torch by Africa. He says it should come to Zimbabwe because “the only place in the world where the Olympic Torch could pass discreetly, in peace, without dragging undesirable pro-Tibet demonstrations and protests, would be Zimbabwe, where...

Mugabe criticized because he endangered White interests

  14 April 2008

In a commentary at Babilown (Fr), Eloi Goutchili compares Robert Mugabe and Paul Biya, president of Cameroon for over 25 years, concluding that only real difference between them is the way they are treated in the Western press: “..the Western press, so harsh when it comes to a Mugabe and...

Zimbabwe: Questioning Mbeki's power

  12 April 2008

Hope is totally disappointed by the South African President, Thabo Mbeki: “Mbeki, after going to Harare to see Mugabe, says today that there is “no crisis”…I cannot believe I am so upset – again – because whenever I know Thabo Mbeki is about to meet to discuss anything to do...

Zimbabwe: Mugabe's rebel government

  12 April 2008

Robb discusses Mugabe's decision not to attend SADC meeting: “So when Zambian President Mwanawasa called for an emergency meeting of SADC in Lusaka today, Mugabe couldn't be bothered to attend. Instead he is sending his Foreign Minister. (Is he the Foreign Minister? Given that Mugabe is not the President, and...

Zimbabwe: The opposition leader, Robert Mugabe!

  11 April 2008

Hope blogs about the “opposition leader, Robert Mugabe”: “The opposition leader, Robert Mugabe, has a long history of using taxpayers’ money to prop up his regime. His election rallies and his birthday parties show seas of ‘happy’ faces, but the crowds are all swelled out by school children, vendors and...

Zimbabwe: Blank Billboards

  11 April 2008

Comrade Fatso writing about billboards in Zimbabwe: “The billboards are blank. Like the people’s faces. Everything seems to have stopped. Billboards that used to be megaphones for products now become the products of politics. They are littered around the city. Huge metallic creations that proclaim nothing. Empty. Apart from several...

Zimbabwe: Post-election violence

  10 April 2008

Post-election violent attacks in Zimbabwe: “The two men in these images are both MDC office bearers in the Mashonaland East Province of Zimbabwe. They were beaten on Tuesday night by Zanu PF militia based in the area. Last night, three houses were burned down in the same area.”

Zimbabwe: Bread, Milk and Toilet Paper

  9 April 2008

Comrade Fatso on the situation in Zimbabwe: “The parallel realities we live in have become the only reality now. The other one is paralysed. So bread is now hustled on street corners for two US dollars. Like an illegal drug. Milk has also joined the list of ‘goods’ that are...

Tunisian Journalist Covers Elections in Zimbabwe

Bassam Bounenni, a Tunisian journalist who blogs at Wherever I Roam, That's My Home, describes covering the elections in Zimbabwe for Al Jazeera [Fr]: “We have been stopped repeatedly and our hotel was surrounded by snipers, who had come to look for Western journalists without accreditation. The country is beautiful...

Zimbabwe: Fighting for democracy with FrontlineSMS

  9 April 2008

Kenny writes about the use of FrontlineSMS in Zimbabwe: “A local NGO seeking to promote human rights and good governance, Kubatana were the very first users of FrontlineSMS when it launched back in 2005, starting a trend which has seen the software used for similar activities in a number of...

Zimbabwe: An eyewitness account

  8 April 2008

An eyewitness account of elections in Zimbabwe: “I travelled up to Zimbabwe on Tuesday the 25th March to help the MDC Tsvangirai faction with election preparations. I volunteered to help three candidates , Joseph Mutsvanga from Zvimba East, Knox Danda from Zimbabwe West and Edward Musumbu from Norton.(For those who...

Zimbabwe: Verifying votes in secrecy

  8 April 2008

Brenda Burrel blogging about the latest turn of events in Zimbabwe: “According to the MDC’s latest press statement the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission (ZEC) has disbanded the National Command Centre and shifted the ‘verification process’ to an undisclosed location.”

Iran: Mugabe and Ahmadinejad

Moeeni, an Iranian blogger, has published a photo of Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, with president Robert Mugabe from Zimbabwe. The blogger considers[Fa] Ahmadinejad's close relationship with leaders like Mugabe who destroyed their own country, is a bad thing for Iran and Iranians.

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe in photos final edition

  7 April 2008

The story of Zimbabwe in pictures has come to an end: “Many thanks for your overwelming response to our photo-newsletter. This is our final edition. As you read this Zimbabweans and the world –at-large are sitting on the edge – anxious to know the full results. We hope that the...

Zimbabwe: Media crakdown

  7 April 2008

Peta Thornycroft blogs about media crackdown in Zimbabwe: “There has been a heavy crackdown on Zimbabwe’s small group of journalists, many of them forced to work under cover.”

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