Commonwealth accused of loss of 'moral leadership'

23 November 2009

By Michael Holman in London and William Wallis in Accra

Commonwealth leaders gathering in Trinidad for Friday's summit have surrendered their "moral leadership" by failing to act on the crisis in Zimbabwe, according to a report published today. 


What next for Zimbabwe - Q&A with Michael Holman

2 April 2008

The opposition Movement for Democratic Change is claiming victory in Zimbabwe's elections. But the announcement of the official results is being delayed, amid allegations of vote-rigging by President Robert Mugabe's ruling Zanu-PF party. Journalist and author Michael Holman answers questions. 

A rescue package for Zimbabwe

1 April 2008

By Michael Holman

If bravey shaped reality, Zimbabwe would be starting a new era. In the face of thuggery and in defiance of years of state intimidation, the country's opposition has swept the election board. But it would be premature to celebrate the political demise - and foolish to underestimate the resolve - of the 84-year-old Robert Mugabe. 

Africa's democratic pains

25 January 2008

Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Africa and Kenya: four African countries regarded until recently as successes of political reform and economic progress, and with wider potential.

African legacies: settler-colonialism, land-politics

11 December 2007

When Robert Mugabe complained at the European Union-Africa summit in Lisbon on 8-9 December 2007 about the "arrogance" of Europe's leaders he was on the right track. Add "hypocrisy" and "ignorance" to arrogance, and he hits the target.

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