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Ethiopians Celebrate 20 Years of Meles Zenawi Rule

Meskel Square is empty on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the bloodless coup that brought a band of Marxist Tigrayan rebels to power in Ethiopia. Only a few workers are here setting up the sound system and stage.In a few hours, throngs of government supporters will pour into the square to celebrate the day in 1991 when the 17-year rule of the...

Zimbabwean Conservationist Seeks to Protect Black Rhinos

Zimbabwe has one of the largest populations of black rhinos in the world.But conservationists say their numbers are declining, mostly because of man-made problems, including poaching and human encroachment, as people look for new land to farm. Every year hundreds of rhinos are killed for their horns, which are sold for medicinal purposes in...

Partisan Zimbabwe Police Flourish Under Attorney General

Many of Zimbabwe's top lawyers say the country's 2008 political agreement, the foundation of the inclusive government, will not achieve its goal of producing undisputed elections, unless the present attorney general is replaced with a professional legal officer.  Two human rights defenders were arrested this week while managing a workshop in...

Zimbabwe Farmers Increasing Tobacco Production on Seized Land

Zimbabwe’s new farmers are growing massive amounts of tobacco, mainly on formerly white-owned farms, and some of them are earning more than they ever dreamed possible. Tens of thousands of new farmers are working land seized from whites by President Robert Mugabe since 2000.Peter Garaziwa, who is 55, was a potato farmer in eastern Zimbabwe’s...

Zimbabwe State Media Increase ZANU-PF Propaganda

Zimbabwe’s state media have escalated propaganda for the party of President Robert Mugabe since southern African leaders met Friday in Namibia. Analysts say the high level of publicity, including alleged misrepresentation of facts, appears to be a reaction to the Southern African Development Community’s recent criticism of the ZANU-PF party.South...

Unpaid Debt Grounds Air Zimbabwe Flights

Zimbabwe's state-owned airline, Air Zimbabwe, has cancelled all regional flights after a creditor took back a plane because of unpaid debt.The action is the latest blow to the national carrier, which is struggling with financial problems.On Sunday, the International Air Transport Association suspended Zimbabwe from its flight booking services...

Mediators 'Concerned' About Health of Zimbabwe's Mugabe

South Africa's ruling party says the health of Zimbabwe's aging President Robert Mugabe could affect talks on a new Zimbabwean constitution.The African National Congress says in its weekly newsletter that negotiators are "concerned" about Zimbabwe's succession law should Mugabe "die or retire" before a new constitution is adopted.Questions have...

Tough Road Ahead For Zimbabwe’s New Constitution

Zimbabwe's main political parties are at odds again, this time over the process of transferring public opinion into 17 clauses of the proposed new constitution. About a million people attended some 5,000 public meetings last year, and President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party says its supporters’ views dominated this outreach program and should...

Zimbabwe's National Airline Defaults

Zimbabwe’s national airline has been suspended from the International Air Transport Association for failing to pay its dues. Air Zimbabwe, one of Africa’s oldest airlines, has other major financial and operational difficulties.Top executives at Air Zimbabwe say they are trying to find about $280,000 from the government to pay the International Air...

Amnesty International Releases Annual Report on Human Rights

Amnesty International says in its latest annual report that recent uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa show that freedom of expression lies at the heart of human rights. 2010 ended with a public uprising in Tunisia that forced that country’s longtime leader from power.  Then in the new year, similar public demonstrations prompted Egypt's...

Southern Africa Mediators Report Progress in Zimbabwe Political Talks

For the first time mediators have reported progress toward agreement on a multi-party plan for elections in Zimbabwe. South African mediator Lindiwe Zulu said she hopes the Southern African Development Community will endorse this progress.  Ambassador Lindiwe Zulu, who is also South African President Jacob Zuma’s international advisor, said the...

Zimbabwe's MDC: Ready to Govern Alone

Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) has elected a new team to take the party into the next elections.  Thousands of exuberant delegates voted for a new executive and made resolutions to underpin MDC policy should it become the next government of Zimbabwe.The MDC says that before it holds its next congress in five years, it will be...

Global Press Freedom at Lowest Level in More Than Decade

A U.S.-based group that monitors human rights says the number of people with access to free and independent media has declined to its lowest level in more than a decade. In its newly released annual survey of 193 countries and territories, Freedom House says it rated 68 as "free," 65 "partly free" and 63 as "not free.”The group says during the...

Members of Zimbabwe's MDC Contend for Top Party Posts

There is strong campaigning within Zimbabwe's Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) for the top 12 positions in the party.   Many analysts believe the MDC will win the next countrywide elections against President Robert Mugabe's ZANU-PF party.   Around the football stadium in a poor part of Bulawayo, more than 5,000 MDC delegates began gathering...

Zimbabwe Police Arrest Human Rights Lawyers

Zimbabwe police arrested two human rights lawyers Tuesday as they travelled to represent a Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) cabinet minister and a Catholic priest who were detained in western Zimbabwe late last week. The MDC has complained, since the start up of the inclusive government more than two years ago, that the police are not public...