Conflict in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe has struggled for much of its nearly three decades of independence. Under one ruler since 1980, Zimbabwe now faces vast economic and class gaps and an inflation rate that tops 100,000 percent. Only recently has President Robert Mugabe allowed opposition parties to take part in elections, implementing a power-sharing agreement in the dawning days of 2009, though he has shown little sign of loosening his grip on the troubled, poverty-stricken country.
As the absolute head of state for all of Zimbabwe’s independence, much of the blame and credit for the country’s current state is placed on the former independence leader Robert Mugabe.
The New York Times’ Robert Mugabe page
provides a comprehensive biography of Mugabe, presenting the paper’s expansive coverage of the president, as well as up-to-date headlines about the 84-year-old’s often violent actions, as he stands as the continent’s last “ big man.”
The History Channel U.K.
has a Zimbabwe Political History section that traces Zimbabwe’s history from its earliest known inhabitants through decades of colonial rule, its fight for independence and into the Mugabe era.
“Ironing the Lawn in Salisbury, Rhodesia”
is The Guardian’s Simon Hoggart’s glimpse of a new nation as Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980, exploring the racial and class tensions between the different factions that made up the country’s population in a turbulent time of change.
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