Monthly Archives: July 2008

Zimbabwe crisis talks break down?

ABC Radio Australia The World Today – Wednesday, 30 July, 2008 12:40 Reporter: Eleanor Hall Interview with Senator David Coltart ELEANOR HALL: In South Africa the crisis talks between Zimbabwean leaders stalled overnight. South Africa’s President, Thabo Mbeki, who brokered the deal for the meeting, said while the negotiators have now returned home, the talks […]

Towards a negotiated settlement Part 1

The Standard Opinion by David Coltart 28 July 2008 WHILST the MOU will undoubtedly be a positive step forward towards a negotiated settlement in Zimbabwe, many pitfalls still lie ahead and we will need Mandela-like wisdom to negotiate them. A few weeks ago in London Nelson Mandela commented on the Zimbabwean crisis using four words […]

Ditch this old dictator

The Australian By David Coltart July 25, 2008 WITH talks between the Movement for Democratic Change and ZANU-PF set to determine the future of Zimbabwe, it is incumbent on all to refer to the vision of Zimbabwe held by its most important stakeholders: Zimbabweans. That vision reaches out to gather in the desires and hopes […]


COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS 25 JUly 2008 • A selection of op-eds and editorials from the U.S. and around the world. Sign up for the email alert or subscribe to the RSS feed. Obama In Berlin, U.S. Mideast Policy, and Zimbabwe’s National Unity July 25, 2008 Australian o National Unity: David Coltart of the opposition […]

GNU, TG Which way forward?

The Zimbabwe Independent Opinion By Constantine Chimakure 25 July 2008 TALKS to find a settlement to Zimbabwe’s decade-long crisis started in Pretoria this week with Zanu PF and the MDC still deeply divided over what the process should produce. The negotiations followed Monday’s momentous occasion when President Robert Mugabe and leaders of the two MDC […]

Habakkuk in Zimbabwe

Christianity Today By a Zimbabwean pastor-scholar Posted 7/24/2008 We’re hungry, angry, and depending on a sovereign God. How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen? Or cry out to you, “Violence!” but you do not save? Why do you make me look at injustice? Why do you tolerate wrong? […]

Firm with licence to print Mugabe’s money

The Independent By Daniel Howden and Tom Armitage in Zurich Thursday, 24 July 2008 The Mugabe regime’s final lifeline is a small Vienna-based software company that helps it to keep printing the money it relies on for its survival, The Independent can reveal. Jura JSP, an Austro-Hungarian firm with just 50 employees, has been dealing […]

A Mugabe deal could land Britain with a dilemma

The Telegraph By David Blair 23 July 2008 A Zimbabwean opposition leader, lauded for his brave struggle against Robert Mugabe, arrives in London on an official visit as the new prime minister. Morgan Tsvangirai asks Britain to recognise his government and offer millions of pounds of aid. He urges the lifting of all sanctions and […]

Zimbabwean leaders agree to negotiations

The Washington Post By Craig Timberg Published: Tuesday, July 22, 2008 Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai agreed Monday to start urgent negotiations toward forming a new government, a first but very tentative step toward ending that nation’s political stalemate. The deal signed on national television was vague, leaving aside nearly every […]

In Conversation – Remembering Zimbabwe By Alex Stevenson 22 July 2008 Lauren St John has first-hand experience of politically inspired violence in Zimbabwe. But she still loved living in the country, where awe at its natural beauty sat side by side with an all-pervasive fear of violence and retribution. Oppression still lingers today, as Ms St John knows only […]