A New Era for Africa


FIGHTER: Mugabe in his days of opposing white rule in Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe, the physical heart of southern Africa, is once again its political and spiritual battleground. As I write this, President Robert Mugabe is trying to block democratic change that challenges his 28-year rule. But he and his party, the Zimbabwe African National Union–Patriotic Front, do not regard the people's votes as the arbiter of power — or, if they do in theory, they do not accept in practice that they could ever lose an election. In Mugabe's eyes, his right to rule derives from his status as the leader of the liberation movement, the breaker of white power and the creator...

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