Endgame in Zimbabwe

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UNBOWED: A bruised Tsvangirai, at right, is escorted to court

Suddenly Zimbabwe seems different. Is it just those shocking pictures of the battered face of Morgan Tsvangirai, Zimbabwe's burly opposition leader? If President Robert Mugabe deliberately allowed them to be taken to show what happens to people who oppose him, the strategy drastically backfired, emboldening opponents at home and abroad. Change is in the air — but of what kind?

Tsvangirai was beaten after being detained at a protest rally in the capital, Harare, on March 11. Condemnation came not just from the usual quarters such as Britain and the U.S. South Africa, which has long advocated a...

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