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Searching for Hope in Zimbabwe

Monday, August 04, 2014

Four African leaders are missing from the White House's U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit because of their records on human rights. One of them is Robert Mugabe, who has ruled Zimbabwe since 1980. 


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Farai Maguwu on Conflict Diamonds

Monday, October 31, 2011

Director of the Center for Research and Development in eastern Zimbabwe, Farai Maguwu, is being honored by Human Rights Watch with the Alison Des Forges Award for Extraordinary Activism. He will be discussing his activism around conflict diamonds in Zimbabwe and why the diamond trade is so destructive for his country.

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Peter Godwin: The Fear

Friday, April 08, 2011

Peter Godwin, author of The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe, discusses his new book and provides an update on the current situation in Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwean Women Break the Stigma of HIV Through Soccer

Friday, April 23, 2010

Despite the giant strides made in recent years to provide effective drug treatments to combat HIV and AIDS, there's still a long way to go. Particularly in Africa, where the virus has hit hardest and thousands continue to die every year. One of the biggest problems in tackling the epidemic is the reluctance of those carrying the virus to come forward for testing. But an extraordinary group of women in Zimbabwe has found a new way to beat the stigma of HIV by forming a womens soccer league where all the players are HIV positive.




Elinor Burkett Responds to Oscar Night Criticism

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

In what proved to be the most viral moment of the Academy Awards, "Music By Prudence" producer Elinor Burkett stole the mic from the film's director, Roger Ross Williams, and proceeded to give her own (half-sensical) acceptance speech after winning the “Best Documentary Short” category.

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After Thirty Years of Mugabe, Zimbabweans Still Wait for Liberation

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Thirty years ago today, Robert Mugabe was elected as Zimbabwe’s first Black Prime Minister, and the country erupted in celebration. But in the interem, many have regretted his era of rule, which has been sometimes characterized by executive power-grabbing and economic disaster.


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The Human Cost of Zimbabwe's Troubles

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tvangirai, is in Washington this week to meet with President Obama. He’s here to garner support for Zimbabwe’s power-sharing “Unity” government. What's the real state of the country, politically and economically? The BBC Mike Thomson has just returned from an undercover reporting trip to the country, and joins The Takeaway to talk about Zimbabwe's troubles, and the orphans who suffer the price.


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The U.S. casts an eye to South Africa's elections

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Fifteen years ago, Nelson Mandela swept to an historic victory to become the first black President of South Africa. That victory was the start of the dominance of Mandela's African National Congress Party. A decade and a half later, the African National Congress Party's candidate, Jacob Zuma, is again poised to reign supreme. Today is the last day of campaigning before South Africans head to the polls on Wednesday.

To help us understand what Zuma's presumed leadership will mean for South Africa and what the U.S. will be watching in this election, The Takeaway talks to Dan Simpson. Simpson is currently an editor at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Before taking the reigns at the paper, he was Director of Southern African Affairs in the State Department in the 1980s and has been U.S. Ambassador to several African countries.


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Team of Rivals: Morgan Tsvangirai sworn into office by Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Morgan Tsvangirai, head of the opposition Movement for Democratic Change was sworn into office as Zimbabwe's Prime Minister by his long-time rival President Robert Mugabe. Tsvangirai's swearing in caps nearly a year of turmoil that began in March 2008, when he won a first-round presidential vote that was greeted with nationwide violence, mostly against his supporters. For more we are joined by the BBC's Jonah Fisher in South Africa.



Liyana's Music from Zimbabwe

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

This is Liyana performing their song "Never Give Up" at Teachers College-Columbia University on January 27th. The band's eight members all have physical disabilities. One is hearing impaired and four rely on wheelchairs.

People with disabilities are often shunned in Zimbabwe. Singer Marvelous Mbulo says some people believe they are under the influence of witchcraft. Mbulo has muscular dystrophy. He's 23 years old and sings backup. Lead singer Prudence Mabhena, who's 21, says her parents wanted nothing to do with her when she was born with arthrogryphosis, which withers the joints. She was raised by a grandmother and says doctors removed three of her limbs to ease her discomfort. Her remaining left arm is twisted, but she is able to manage her motorized wheelchair. Mabhena started singing when she was four years old with her grandmother. Her musical idol is the late South African singer and civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, and her voice is often compared to Makeba's. Mabhena also loves the American pop stars Alicia Keyes and Beyonce.

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Want good government in Zimbabwe? Start with a summit

Monday, January 26, 2009

Last September, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU PF party and the opposition MDC party signed a power sharing agreement. However, they have been unable to agree on how to form their government leaving the country without effective leadership. In an effort to resolve the ongoing political deadlock in Zimbabwe, heads of state from southern African nations are holding a summit meeting in Pretoria, South Africa. For more on this we are joined from South Africa by BBC Correspondent Jonah Fisher.

Watch a BBC report on the situation in Southern Africa:


On Being

Isabel Mukonyora — Sacred Wilderness, An African Story [remix]

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Isabel Mukonyora has followed and studied a religious movement of her Shona people, the Masowe Apostles, that embraces Christian tradition while addressing the drama of African life and history. The founder of this movement, Johane Masowe, emphasized an a