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Opinion | The Surprising Path That Some Kids Take to the Ivy League
Aug. 24, 2019 | The New York Times | By Frank Bruni.

Overcoming life’s basic truth: Talent is universal, but opportunity is not.
career_paths  Colleges_&_Universities  Frank_Bruni  Ivy_League  nonprofit  philanthropy  resilience  strivers  unevenly_distributed  Zimbabwe 
august 2019 by jerryking
US abdication in Africa hands political opportunities to China
| FT | by David Pilling

America’s shrinking influence in Africa, the second-largest continent geographically and epicentre of a gathering population explosion, did not begin under Mr Trump. The commitment of Barack Obama, his Kenyan roots notwithstanding, fell short of that shown by George W Bush, whose conversion to African causes — particularly the fight against HIV — made him a hero on the continent.

The sense of US withdrawal has accelerated with this administration. Mr Trump’s threat to cut the US aid budget by 30 per cent signals a massive scaling down of its commitment to a health and poverty-reduction agenda that has enjoyed bipartisan support in Washington for decades. A year into the US president’s administration, he is still without an ambassador to Pretoria or an assistant secretary of state for Africa. ....The US business relationship with Africa is almost exclusively extractive. Oil majors, such as Chevron and ExxonMobil, secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s old company, are the biggest investors....GE, Google and Citigroup are among a handful of non-extractives.....there are non-commercial reasons to think harder about Africa. By 2050, the number of Africans will have doubled to more than 2bn and may double again by the end of the century. Within a generation or so, Nigeria is expected to surpass the US to become the world’s third-most populous country.

The danger is that Africa will become home to a restless, jobless urban youth tempted to join the swelling flow of emigrants to Europe or prone to radicalisation at home. The persistence of Africa-based militant Islamist groups, from Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria to al-Shabaab in Somalia, is a worrying omen.

As the US presence fades, that of China — and, to a lesser extent, of India, Turkey and Morocco — has grown. China’s influence is everywhere: in roads, rail, telecoms, infrastructure and in Djibouti, in a naval base.
Africa  benign_neglect  Chevron  China  China_rising  Donald_Trump  epicenters  ExxonMobil  India  influence  mass_migrations  migrants  Nigeria  population_movements  refugees  South_Africa  threats  Turkey  U.S.foreign_policy  Zimbabwe 
february 2018 by jerryking
‘No One Is Safe’: Zimbabwe Threatens to Seize Farms of Party Defectors - The New York Times
By NORIMITSU ONISHIAUG. 24, 2016
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august 2016 by jerryking
Mugabe takes the stage, and steals the show, in South Africa visit - The Globe and Mail
GEOFFREY YORK
Mugabe takes the stage, and steals the show, in South Africa visit
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JOHANNESBURG — The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Apr. 08 2015
Robert_Mugabe  Zimbabwe  South_Africa  Jacob_Zuma  despots  tyrants  autocrats 
april 2015 by jerryking
On a milestone of misrule, Mugabe fumes as Zimbabwe falls apart
Apr. 21 2014 | G&M | GEOFFREY YORK.

Mr. Mugabe’s rule is unchallenged these days, after a landslide victory in a 2013 election that was widely seen as tainted and rigged. But while he dominates the country, the Zimbabwean economy is continuing to slide towards disaster – even though Western sanctions on the Mugabe regime have been largely eliminated.

Consumer spending fell by 30 per cent in February (the most recent data available); government revenue dropped by 10 per cent in the same month; civil-service wages have been delayed because the government cannot pay them; and dozens of factories have shut down in recent months, eliminating more than 9,000 jobs at a time when unemployment is already estimated at about 60 per cent...Just 14 years ago, Zimbabwe was one of the wealthiest economies in Africa. Today it has fallen into the bottom half of the continent’s economies. Mr. Mugabe’s misrule has cost Zimbabwe about $96-billion (U.S.) in those 14 years, according to an analyst at the U.S.-based Centre for Global Development. The country’s GDP would be more than twice as big today if it had followed the growth pattern of neighboring Zambia in that period, he noted.

“Mugabe has the ignominious distinction of being the only African head-of-state to preside over an average decline in both economic output and life expectancy since 1980,”
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  Geoffrey_York  indigenization  tyrants  misrule  misgovernance  mismanagement  poor_governance  decline  GDP  life_expectancy 
april 2014 by jerryking
Mugabe skirts Zimbabwean parliament, calls election - The Globe and Mail
GEOFFREY YORK

JOHANNESBURG — The Globe and Mail

Last updated Thursday, Jun. 13 2013
Robert_Mugabe  Zimbabwe  tyrants  Geoffrey_York 
june 2013 by jerryking
Debt-stressed Zimbabweans auction off prized possessions
CRIS CHINAKA

CHINHOYI, Zimbabwe — Reuters

Published Thursday, Aug. 16 2012
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  economic_downturn  debt  downsizing 
march 2013 by jerryking
Shadow of the past
July 24, 2004 | G&M |

A quarter of the resolutions centre on the pinprick state of Israel, not to mention 90 per cent of the discussions. Hellhoìes and regimes iike Syria. Egypt, Sudan` Iran, Russia, China and North Korea rarely come under discussion. How could they? They are the honoured delegates - some of them are even Security Council members - who, as you sayv are using Israel as their "favourite punching bag."
anti-Israel  UN  letters_to_the_editor  Zimbabwe  North_Korea  hypocrisy 
march 2013 by jerryking
Tips for our man in Harare
October 1, 2002 | G&M | by Gregory Dole
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe 
august 2012 by jerryking
Zimbabwe's New Export - WSJ.com
August 3, 2004 | WSJ | Editorials

The fate of the evicted white farmers has been less publicized. While many left the continent, others have been welcomed by neighboring African countries eager to profit from their agricultural knowledge and expertise. Zimbabwe's loss has been their gain.

Zambia led the move, and the country has moved from food shortages in the 1990s to actually exporting food -- ironically much of it to Zimbabwe. Tens of thousands of jobs have been created and related industries are growing. Noting Zambia's success, other African countries are following suit. Last week Nigeria's western state of Kwara enticed a group of former Zimbabwean farmers to set up shop with promises of tax breaks and loans.

Mugabe unleashed mob rule on Zimbabwe a decade ago, purporting to right colonial wrongs by "reclaiming" (mostly) white-owned farms for family and friends. It's no small irony that some of those who were dispossessed are now rebuilding their lives and work elsewhere, while those Mugabe claimed to be helping are hungrier and worse off than before.

The welcoming of Zimbabwe's white farmers into other African countries, and the benefits they bring in terms of agricultural know-how, is another reminder of Mugabe's personal culpability in ruining Zimbabwe. It also makes the silence of African leaders as Zimbabwe descends further into chaos all the more inexcusable.
dislocations  Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  editorials  farming  agriculture  brain_drain  evictions  farmland  dispossessions  whites  industry_expertise  expulsions 
august 2012 by jerryking
If Economists Are So Smart, Why Is Africa So Poor? - WSJ.com
July 30, 2003 | WSJ | By STEPHEN HABER, DOUGLASS C. NORTH and BARRY R. WEINGAST
economists  Africa  Zimbabwe  Liberia  Congo  poverty 
august 2012 by jerryking
Africa Needs Tough Love - WSJ.com
July 15, 2003 | WJS By GEORGE B.N. AYITTEY.

President Bush correctly recognized that what Africa needs is straight talk, tough love. Short of recolonization, there's only so much he can do to help unless Africa's leadership is willing to get serious about tackling its innumerable woes.
Africa  tough_love  foreign_aid  failed_states  Robert_Mugabe  truth-telling  Zimbabwe  capital_flight  sub-Saharan_Africa  leaders  leadership 
august 2012 by jerryking
Dictatorship comes naturally to them, right?
June 24, 2008 | Globe & Mail | Jonathan Zimmerman.

Where are the mock shantytowns at North American universities, dramatizing the brutality of Mr. Mugabe's regime? Where are the actors and congressmen, staging sit-ins at Zimbabwean embassies and consulates? Where are the concerts and benefits to generate support for the dissidents? These tactics were staples of the anti-apartheid movement in my college days, but I haven't heard about any large-scale protests here against Mr. Mugabe, who has proven every bit as cruel and cynical as the apartheid rulers.

Why the double standard? You already know the answer: South Africa's oppressors were white. Thanks to our own racial blinders and stereotypes, we expect more of white leaders; they should know better. But blacks? Dictatorship comes naturally to them, right?
Obama  dictatorships  apartheid  Africa  Zimbabwe  tyrants  misinformation  double_standards 
august 2012 by jerryking
Can Greed Save Africa? -
November 29, 2007 | BusinessWeek | By Roben Farzad. Fearless investing is succeeding where aid often hasn't
Africa  private_equity  investing  emerging_markets  Nigeria  Mozambique  Zimbabwe  fearlessness 
may 2012 by jerryking
Zimbabwe’s first black Rhodes scholar - FT.com
March 23, 2012 7:48 pm
Zimbabwe’s first black Rhodes scholar

By Jonathan Waters
Zimbabwe  obituaries  investment_banking  Rhodes  scholars 
april 2012 by jerryking
Untapped and Growing, Frontier Markets Beckon - NYTimes.com
September 28, 2011, 6:42 pm Mergers & Acquisitions | Special Section Fall 2011
Untapped and Growing, Frontier Markets Beckon
By AZAM AHMED and MICHAEL J. DE LA MERCED

The education of investors has followed recognition of a pattern in frontier markets. The first deals struck are those related to commodities like oil or metals. As countries grow more advanced, consumer goods companies and media and telecommunications concerns are the next to be scooped up.
Africa  private_equity  Wal-Mart  JPMorgan_Chase  local_knowledge  Tanzania  Zimbabwe  joint_ventures  frontier_markets  emerging_markets 
september 2011 by jerryking
Zimbabwe Sets Deadline for Foreign Miners to Sell Stakes - WSJ.com
MARCH 28, 2011 WSJ By DEVON MAYLIE and FARAI MUTSAKA. Zimbabwe Shuts Out Foreign Miners
Chinese Firms Are Exempt as Government Gives Companies Until Sept. 25 to Sell Majority Stakes to Local Investors
Zimbabwe  mining  expropriations  indigenization 
april 2011 by jerryking
Zakaria: Rising Powers Aren't Acting Like It -
Sept. 25, 2010 | Newsweek | by Fareed Zakaria. The newly
rising powers—China, India, Brazil—rightly insist that they be more
centrally involved in the structures of power & global decision
making. But when given the opportunity, do they step up to the plate
& act as great powers with broad interests? On trade? Energy use?
Climate change? No. Many of these countries seek deference on matters of
regional peace & stability while pursuing their national interests
even more zealously. Perhaps the most egregious e.g. is South Africa,
which has insists that it is Africa’s natural leader. Yet S. Africa has
been shamefully absent in the efforts to rescue the people of Zimbabwe
and Sudan from the tragedies unfolding in their lands. Says Shimon
Peres, “You can call yourself a decision maker, but if you are not ready
to donate, to sacrifice life, to take risks—not because your country is
being attacked but because peace is being put into danger—then it’s
more of a perception than reality.”
Fareed_Zakaria  BRIC  Iran  Ahmadinejad  Turkey  rising_powers  South_Africa  Shimon_Peres  leadership  Zimbabwe  Sudan  rogue_actors 
september 2010 by jerryking
Roger Bate: Zimbabwe's Road to Ruin - WSJ.com
SEPTEMBER 21, 2010 | Wall Street Journal | by ROGER BATE.
Nationalizing foreign-owned businesses could doom what's left of this
economy. Zimbabwe is back in the news, and again for all the wrong
reasons. Last week Indigenization Minister Saviour Kasukuwere announced
that any firm worth more than $500,000 will be required to sell a
controlling 51% stake to black Zimbabweans. This effectively means that
all of Zimbabwe's foreign-owned industries are to be nationalized.
nationalizations  Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  despots  tyrants 
september 2010 by jerryking
Selling Zimbabwe's economy, at a loss
Apr. 07, 2010 | The Globe and Mail | Innocent Madawo .
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  South_Africa 
august 2010 by jerryking
Corruption You Can Count On --- Crooked governments don't inevitably kill an economy; Trouble emerges when the rules of the game are unpredictable
3 April 2010 | Wall Street Journal | By Raymond Fisman.
Raymond Fisman is professor of economics and director of the Social
Enterprise Program at the Columbia Business School. He is author, with
Edward Miguel, of "Economic Gangsters."
corruption  economic_development  LDCs  Zimbabwe  China  Suharto  Indonesia  developing_countries  rules_of_the_game  unpredictability 
april 2010 by jerryking
Op-Ed Columnist - Postcard From Zimbabwe - NYTimes.com
April 7, 2010 | New York Times | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF. "Here’s a
measure of how President Robert Mugabe is destroying this once lush
nation of Zimbabwe: In a week of surreptitious reporting here
(committing journalism can be a criminal offense in Zimbabwe), ordinary
people said time and again that life had been better under the old,
racist, white regime of what was then called Rhodesia."
Zimbabwe  Nicholas_Kristof  Robert_Mugabe 
april 2010 by jerryking
Mugabe's annual bash to be scaled down
February 27, 2009 Globe and Mail article by GEOFFREY YORK AND
SHAKEMAN MUGARI
While the lavish feast is prepared for tomorrow's party, millions of
Zimbabweans remain at risk of hunger or death from poverty and disease.
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe 
february 2009 by jerryking
globeandmail.com: Zimbabwe's new unity government is doomed
February 18, 2009 Op-ed by INNOCENT MADAWO, a freelance Zimbabwean journalist based in Toronto
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  MDC 
february 2009 by jerryking
Mugabe Vows to Hold Power - WSJ.com
June 19, 2008 WSJ op-ed by Roger Bate arguing for foreign intervention.
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  crisis 
january 2009 by jerryking
Africa's reputation
07-09-2008 Globe & Mail editorial on Zimbabwe and the AU.
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  editorials  Africa 
january 2009 by jerryking
The 'Zimbabwean way' tars all of Africa
07-04-2008 | Globe & Mail column | by Jeffrey Simpson on
Mugabe's Zimbabwe and the almost willful, cynical neglect by its
neighbours. Also opines on the Africa Unions' fecklessness and the UN's
'Responsibility to protect' principle.
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  Jeffrey_Simpson  Africa  feckless  African_Union 
january 2009 by jerryking
Why all Africa needs Mugabe to go - globeandmail.com
April 12, 2008 column by Stephanie Nolen on the unfolding human tragedy that is Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  AIDS  good_governance  Africa  Stephanie_Nolen 
january 2009 by jerryking
Comrade Bob's Staying Power - WSJ.com
April 18, 2008 op-ed in the WSJ lamenting Robert Mugabe's
refusal--with impunity--to honour the outcome of Zimbabwe's March 29
elections
Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe  repression  bogeyman  elections 
january 2009 by jerryking
From King to Mugabe - Global View - WSJ.com
Bret Stephens' piece comparing Robert Mugabe to MLK and questions why progressivism sometimes gives way to nihilism.
racism  MLK  race  Bret_Stephens  Zimbabwe  Robert_Mugabe 
january 2009 by jerryking

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