Bad To Worse

HOWARD BURDITT / REUTERS

A Zimbabwean stacks the equivalent of U.S. $1,000

President Robert Mugabe's policies to stem Zimbabwe's economic meltdown are once more attracting attention of all the wrong kind. Last year, in an operation called Murambatsvina (or "drive out trash"), soldiers destroyed the homes and market stalls of thousands of small traders and opposition supporters and forced many of them to resettle in grim camps or return to their rural homes. Recently, troops have swept rural areas, ostensibly to help boost agricultural productivity by growing food on idle farms. In reality, though, human-rights advocates say the army has begun seizing food from peasant farmers, raising fears that this year's harvest will...

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