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Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Zimbabwe’s Forgotten 20%

Zimbabwe makes a good story for western writers and readers. The staggering racism of the Rhodesian whites, the heroic liberation uprising, and Mugabe; a freedom fighter not unlike Nelson Mandela, who having spent more than a decade in prison, won the first democratic election and immediately called for racial reconciliation. Then, from the late ‘90s,

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

100 Years of Land Dispossession in South Africa

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Natives Land Act, which ratified and legalized the exclusion of  South Africa’s black majority from land ownership in favor of the white minority. The result was “just 7% of agricultural...

Friday, October 14th, 2011

The news about land reform in Zimbabwe

Land reform and Zimbabwe; say those words in any order and you get a reaction. It obviously was a failed and atrocious attempt of a corrupt leader who bribes people to vote for him and then still...

Friday, March 19th, 2010

“We want what’s our (land)”

“We Want What’s Ours,” a documentary film in progress on the complications of land reform in South Africa in Soweto–in this case competing claims between groups of black South Africans–by Chicago law professor Bernadette Atuahene and Sifuna...

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

Mugabe’s propaganda coup

I finally had a chance to watch Christiane Amampour’s recent interview with Robert Mugabe (to launch her new show) on CNN. I have some comments below, but first here is a link to the video of the...