U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Harry K. Thomas Jr. in his Harare office on Dec. 7, 2017. (Cynthia Matonhodze for Foreign Policy)

An Emissary to Tyranny

Serving as a U.S. diplomat in Zimbabwe is tough. Life for African-American diplomats there is even harder.

Former President Robert Mugabe during a speech on Nov. 8 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe Is a Goner, But His Looting Machine Is Here to Stay

Zimbabwe’s military didn’t topple the regime. It just restored the ruling party’s corrupt old guard to power.

Soldiers deployed to the streets of Zimbabwe's capital, Harare, on Nov. 15 as the military appeared to seize control. (AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s Military Says There’s Nothing to See Here

Robert Mugabe is under house arrest, and the generals are in charge. But the top brass still insist there hasn’t been a coup.

Abdul Karim from Nigeria pursues a B.Sc in Information Technology from NIMS, Jaipur.

Out of India

A wave of brutal violence against visiting college students is forcing the country to examine its racism problem.

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Mugabe and Entourage Live it Up in Cancún While Zimbabwe Suffers

What’s a $1,500-a-day travel allowance for hard-working flunkies?

TOPSHOT - A Democratic Alliance (DA) party's supporters holds a placard reading "Jacob Zuma must go" during a march against South African president Jacob Zuma on April 7, 2017 in Johannesburg.
Thousands of protesters marched through South African cities on April 7, 2017 demanding President Jacob Zuma's resignation, as a second ratings agency downgraded the country's debt to junk status. Zuma's sacking of respected finance minister Pravin Gordhan last week has fanned public anger, divisions within the ruling ANC party and a sharp decline in investor confidence in the country.
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South Africa’s Zimbabwe Moment

President Jacob Zuma is toying with land expropriation policies that threaten the country's economy — and his own leadership.


The Do’s And Don’t’s of Planning Birthday Parties: Robert Mugabe Edition

Who better to guide your birthday party planning than nonagenarian African autocrats?


How Not to Handle Criticism, Brought to You By Robert Mugabe

The Zimbabwean dictator’s very public, very amusing fallout with a former political ally in South Africa.

A man wearing a hat decorated with worthless note bearers' cheques during a protest against government plans to introduce bond notes -- a local token currency equivalent to the US dollar, and unemployement on August 3, 2016 in Harare. 

Many Zimbabweans fear the bond notes could revive the hyperinflation that destroyed the economy in 2008 and 2009. Police squads had earlier closely monitored the marchers, who had planned to hand in a petition at the finance ministry to demand the bond notes are not issued. / AFP / ZINYANGE AUNTONY        (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images)

Zimbabwe’s Currency Hail Mary

Faced with a crippling cash crisis, the southern African country has designed a solution that nobody thinks will work.


Zimbabwe Kidnaps and Tortures Activists Amid Protests Over Currency Reforms

The specter of hyperinflation is driving demonstrations against Mugabe, and security forces are responding with brutality.


How Zimbabwe Made Zimbabwe’s Flag Illegal

The country's own flag has become an anti-government symbol of protest.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro gestures at a press conference after the summit of the Non-Aligned Movement in Porlamar, Margarita Island, Venezuela, on September 18, 2016. / AFP / RONALDO SCHEMIDT        (Photo credit should read RONALDO SCHEMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)

Venezuela’s No Good, Rotten, Terrible Meeting of the Non-Aligned Club

The once-mighty Non-Aligned Movement mustered just a shadow of its former self in a sad summit in Venezuela.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe addresses at a rally in Harare on July 28, 2013. Zimbabweans go to the polls on July 31 to choose between veteran President Robert Mugabe and long-time rival Morgan Tsvangirai. AFP PHOTO / ALEXANDER JOE        (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

A New Statue of Zimbabwe’s 92-Year-Old President Is Being Compared to a ‘Simpsons’ Character

Amid protests and economic turmoil, Twitter mocked the authoritarian president’s new cartoonish likeness.

A protester holds up a street sign with President Robert Mugabe name on it as Zimbabwe opposition supporters clash with police during a protest march for electoral reforms on August 26, 2016 in Harare.
Riots erupted in Zimbabwe's capital Harare after police fired tear gas and beat protesters who responded by throwing stones in the latest of a string of tense demonstrations.  The violence came a day after a High Court judge had ordered police "not to interfere (with), obstruct or stop the march". Dozens of police blocked off the site of an opposition rally to demand electoral reforms before 2018 when 92-year-old President Robert Mugabe, who has ruled the southern African country for decades, will seek re-election. / AFP / WILFRED KAJESE        (Photo credit should read WILFRED KAJESE/AFP/Getty Images)

Mugabe’s Last Stand

Whether it’s an Arab Spring-style uprising that gets him or simply old age — Zimbabwe’s firebrand autocrat is on his way out.

TOPSHOT - Illegal migrants sit on the dock at the Tripoli port after 115 migrants of African origins were rescued by two coast guard boats at sea when their boat started sinking off the Libyan coast on April 11, 2016.  / AFP / Mahmud TURKIA        (Photo credit should read MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP/Getty Images)

There Are No Successful Black Nations

And the indignity and helplessness of blacks in America won’t end until we have a first-world African nation to lift up our people.

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