THE QUESTION

If Robert Mugabe refuses to give up power in Zimbabwe, should other nations intervene? How?

Posted by David Ignatius on April 10, 2008 11:00 AM

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William M. Gumede is a former deputy editor of The Sowetan, Johannesburg. He is the author of the bestselling Thabo Mbeki and the Battle for the Soul of the ANC. His new book, The Democracy Gap: AfricaŹ¼s Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

Time to Intervene in Zimbabwe

South African President Thabo Mbeki's effective support for Robert Mugabe is absolutely disgraceful. Should Zimbabwe be razed to the ground before African leaders insist on change?

William M. Gumede South Africa | 42 COMMENTS
Apr 10, 2008 at 12:18 PM
Bashir Goth is a veteran journalist, freelance writer, the first Somali blogger and editor of a leading news website. He is also a regular contributor to major Middle Eastern and African newspapers and online journals.

Not Another Rwanda

Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 10 COMMENTS
Dr. Ali Ettefagh serves as a director of Highmore Global Corporation, an investment company in emerging markets of Eastern Europe, CIS, and the Middle East. He is the co-author of several books on trade conflict, resolution of international trade disputes, conflicts in letters of credit, trade-related banking transactions, sovereign debt, arbitration and dispute resolutions and publications specific to the oil and gas, communication, aviation and finance sectors. Dr. Ettefagh is a member of the executive committee and the board of directors of The Development Foundation, an advisor to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and an advisor to a number of European companies. Dr. Ettefagh speaks Persian (Farsi), English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and Turkish.

Evict the Politically Bankrupt

Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 3 COMMENTS
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» D. Hodara | The question comes very late. Intervention should have already occured at the previous elections. In fact, a once prosperous and agriculturally suffic...
» wardropper | See, the problem is, it's HIS country. Like Iraq was Saddam Hussein's country. And when the international community (whatever that might be) decides w...
» Greg | The U.S. and Britain should stay out of Zimbabwe's electoral mess. There is too much history of colonialism and American economic support of aparthei...
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