Zimbabwe on the Upswing

The following opinion editorial was penned by Rt. Hon. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai (MDC-T) and originally published in the Wall Street Journal Europe: Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change recently commemorated its 13th anniversary at a ceremony in the city of Bulawayo. Contrary to popular belief, my political party had much to celebrate. Four years ago, […]

Russia Abroad: Rosneft Nears African Pipeline Deal

The Moscow Times and Steel Guru have reported that Rosneft is looking to build a $700 million oil-products pipeline from Mozambique to Zimbabwe in an unprecedented effort to expand its international reach in to Africa. The new route seeks to compete with shipments to Zimbabwe by road from neighboring South Africa that supplement supplies through […]

Peril and Progress in Zimbabwe

The following editorial was originally published in the Wall Street Journal, penned by Marian Tupy and Craig J. Richardson: At a summit in Luanda last weekend, the Southern African Development Community rejected Robert Mugabe’s plan to call snap elections and jettison Zimbabwe’s 2008 power-sharing agreement. The Zimbabwean president announced his plan last month, fearing that […]

Zimbabwe Education and The Next Generation

The following was originally published in Education News, penned by Zimbabwe Minister of Education David Coltart: Despite massive challenges including political interference and lack of human resource capacity, Zimbabwe has seen change in one of its most fundamentally-critical sectors, change that has come about as a direct result of international support. More must be done, […]

Missing Zimbabwean Activist Chizuze Feared Murdered

Concern is building in Zimbabwe over the fate of a human rights activist who has been missing for roughly a month, with many fearing the worst. Paul Chizuze has been missing since the 8th of February and since his disappearance and in the name of open protest, freedom of expression and civility, his friends and […]

Zimbabwe – The Pillar of Education and Fostering a Patriotism That Never Seemed to Waver

Zimbabwe Minister of Education David Coltart is unequivocally on a mission. And his mission is particularly unique here in Zim – it is supported on both (if not more) sides of the proverbial aisle. It is common knowledge that education is a pillar of infrastructural stability, allowing a nation and its respective citizenry to develop […]

Zimbabwe, Venezuela – Resource Nationalism on the Rise

Blackrock, the world’s largest money manager, today warned that “resource nationalism” was a growing trend, on the rise globally. Their investment chief for natural resources, Evy Hambro, particularly singled out the regimes of Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe and Hugo Chavez in Venezuela as extreme examples of government intervention, ultimately hinderances to foreign investment. “We’re seeing a […]

Zimbabwe and Wikileaks – Sir Richard Branson ‘Bankrolled’ Plan to Ease Out Mugabe

Sir Richard Branson recently denied a report in a leaked US embassy cable that he bankrolled a diplomatic effort to sweeten the exit of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, writes Alex Duval Smith in the Independent. A confidential memo released by Wikileaks says that in July 2007, Branson was due to hold a secret meeting with South […]

Zimbabwe Hints at Compromise with Foreign Miners

Zimbabwe again hinted it might show flexibility in its stance towards foreign mining companies, with a government official saying a law forcing them to surrender 51 percent stakes to local people was “an aspiration“, not a hard target. Reuters reports the rather groundbreaking remarks took place at a mining conference today by Prince Mupazviriho, the […]

Zimbabwe’s New Mine Laws May Prevent Platinum Surplus, Standard Bank Says

Zimbabwe, threatening to withdraw the mining license of its largest platinum company, Zimplats, may produce less of the metal next year, preventing a global surplus, Standard Bank Plc said. “Lost supply from Zimplats could be the difference between a platinum market remaining in a deficit next year and a possible surplus,” Walter de Wet, head […]