Zimbabwe:Britain Says Financial Support to Be Linked to Democratic Progress

[The Source] Britain could extend financial support to Zimbabwe to help stabilize its economy and clear its debts with international lenders but such support will be linked to ‘democratic progress, foreign secretary Boris Johnson has said.

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To silence dissidents, Gulf states are revoking their citizenship

You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave SINCE the small Gulf states became independent from Britain in the latter half of the 20th century, their ruling families have sought fresh methods to keep their subjects in check. They might close a newspaper, confiscate passports or lock up the most troublesome. Now, increasingly, they are stripping dissidents, and their families, of citizenship, leaving them stateless.

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South Africa’s Public Protector finds “state capture” by the president’s pals

Zuma’s latest headache ON THE day that Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, was due to meet his Zimbabwean counterpart in Harare, an anti-corruption ombudsman back home released a report that may make his continued rule every bit as precarious as that of the ailing Robert Mugabe. The report into “State Capture”, compiled by the former Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela, details a disturbing web of influence exerted over parts of the South African state by a powerful family of Mr Zuma’s chums.

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Bad robots

IN 1927 an industrialist named Isidore Schlesinger installed Johannesburg’s first traffic light. It drew crowds of onlookers, but was short-lived: an errant motorist soon knocked it down. Today the city’s “robots” (as they are called in South African English) are still unreliable, especially when it rains

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