Lord of Misrule

Photograph by ANNA ZIEMINSKI/AFP

"The economy is the land," President Robert Mugabe declared repeatedly in the run-up to Zimbabwe's presidential election last March. Mugabe finally made good on his plan to redistribute his country's farms, and as a result Zimbabwe's economy — once among Africa's strongest — is in freefall. A land that was once fertile now lies scorched and fallow. Comrade Mugabe, as he is still known in Zimbabwe's state media, bludgeoned his way to re-election, beating out opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai in a poll marred by violence and allegations of official vote rigging. European, American and Commonwealth observers all questioned the election's...

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