Mugabe's statist misrule has brought tragedy to a country that should be booming. At the very least, Zimbabwe should copy the neighboring nation of Botswana. Ideally, it could go farther and become the Chile or Estonia of Africa
There is a long list of people who can be blamed for the catastrophe that is modern Zimbabwe. But Labour's Clare Short, possibly the worst person ever to be appointed Minister for Overseas Development, really takes the biscuit
Zimbabwe has gone from being the breadbasket of Southern Africa to its basket case. And due to the seizure of white-owned farms and Comrade Bob's murderous rule, it's all self-inflicted. So remember that when the bleeding hearts ask you to give to the forthcoming famine relief appeal
Western leaders hope and pray that by beatifying Mandela, by turning him into a secular saint, his strength of character will somehow live on after his death, and chaos, Zimbabwe style, will be avoided
It is going to be very difficult to make Iran a popular cause. The Iranian regime's position is strengthened by the fact that it is virulently anti-western and therefore, in the minds of many western activists, worthy of sympathy.