Spotlight: Zimbabwe

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe is used to ignoring international vilification. But the domestic outcry that followed police beatings of opposition leaders and the subsequent squashing of grass-roots protesters may offer players within his own party a chance to depose the octogenarian autocrat, whose rule has yielded 1,700% inflation, an 80% unemployment rate and average life expectancy of 35, the lowest in the world. Mugabe's chief rivals include a former army chief and an ex-- intelligence chief. Sure, they don't carry very progressive credentials, but in the eyes of many, anyone but Mugabe will do.

Imams Down Under

In a new report...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!