Paying in Stones

Zimbabwe has introduced a new currency, in an effort to resolve the years-long currency crisis and economic troubles plaguing the southern African country, the Associated Press reported. Last week, the government issued banknotes and coins of the ZiG – short for “Zimbabwe Gold” – nearly a...

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Shunned

The US government this week imposed sanctions against Zimbabwe’s newly reelected president, his vice president and other senior officials, based on their alleged involvement in corruption and human rights abuses in the southern African country, Al Jazeera reported. On Monday, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign...

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Staying Put

Zimbabwe’s ruling party secured a super-majority in parliament after winning by-elections on Saturday, enabling them to modify the constitution and extend the president’s rule, amid allegations from the opposition of fraud and political maneuvers, Agence France-Presse reported. The ZANU-PF party won all the by-elections held in...

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The Purge

Human rights groups are accusing the Zimbabwean authorities of launching a crackdown against opposition politicians and their supporters shortly after the country’s general elections that many critics say were stolen by the incumbent President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his ruling party, the Guardian reported Tuesday. Following last...

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Rinse and Repeat

Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa won a second term in office following general elections, a vote that was marred by irregularities, delays and allegations of fraud, Sky News reported. Election officials announced Saturday that Mnangagwa of the ruling Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) had secured more...

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Lose, Lose

Police in Zimbabwe arrested 40 leaders of the opposition Citizens’ Coalition for Change (CCC) party on charges of blocking traffic about a week before the southern African country’s voters go to the polls to choose a new president, parliament, and local councils. Law enforcement claimed that...

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The Right to Toys

Zimbabwean women are challenging a law that bans sex toys in the southern African country, a legal dispute that underscores the issue of women’s rights and the nation’s patriarchal outlook regarding female sexuality, the Associated Press reported. In March, women’s rights advocate Sitabile Dewa sued the...

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On the Offensive

Zimbabwean prosecutors accused 39 opposition activists of “demolishing” one of the ruling party’s offices, allegations that come amid increased tensions ahead of Zimbabwe’s highly anticipated national elections in August, Agence France-Presse reported this week. Authorities allege that the individuals attacked the offices of the ZANU-PF party...

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Pay Up

Zimbabwe is planning to launch a digital currency this month to address the depreciation of its national currency caused by longstanding economic challenges, the Associated Press reported. The new currency will introduce “tokens” that are supported “by physical gold held by the bank.” Zimbabweans can buy...

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No Poaching

Zimbabwe is planning to ban the recruitment of its health workers by other countries, a move aimed at tackling a shortage of personnel as the southern African nation experiences a worsening economic situation, Africanews reported Thursday. Vice President Constantino Chiwenga announced the bill this week, saying...

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The Puppetmasters

Police in Zimbabwe recently arrested more than two dozen members of the Citizens Coalition for Change (CCC) opposition political party during an “unsanctioned gathering.” It was the latest example of “a wave of politically motivated violence against opposition supporters,” reported Reuters. That wave is likely due...

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Stay Local

Zimbabwe banned the exports of raw lithium, an important component in electronic batteries, as the government seeks to develop its own processing and battery industry in-country, Business Insider South Africa reported. The ban would require mining companies to either set up local processing plants or show...

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Gold Rush

Zimbabwe launched gold coins to be sold to the public this week, a move economists say is aimed at curbing soaring inflation that has eroded the value of the African country’s unstable currency, Al Jazeera reported Tuesday. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe said the newly-minted Mosi-oa-Tunya...

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The Tusk Dilemma

Zimbabwe is proposing to sell its stockpile of seized ivory to gather funds needed for the conservation of its rapidly increasing elephant population, the Associated Press reported. Wildlife officials in the central African nation appealed to foreign diplomats and the international community to support the sale...

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