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GDP fell 40% in a decade

GDP fell 40% in a decade

Ben Freeth is anxious as we return to Mount Carmel, the 2,400-hectare farm in central Zimbabwe that his family once owned. He is worried that President Mugabe's 'war veterans' — the thugs who seized the property in 2009 — might still be around. His fears are however groundless. The place is deserted.

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The ruins of Mount Carmel farm

The ruins of Mount Carmel farm

Why white Zimbabwean farmer, Ben Freeth, returned to his farm eight years after it was destroyed by pro-Mugabe forces

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Land nationalisation and slavery

Land nationalisation and slavery

Last week I went back to the grave of my father-in-law, Mike Campbell, on De Rus farm in Chegutu, 100 km south of Harare. I snuck onto the farm, which was taken over last year, on foot. It was eerie walking down the towering avenue of jacarandas planted by my friend’s great grandfather. They were bare without a single flower, nor even any leaves. Normally there would have been a haze of cooling blue in the high canopy but there wasn’t even one pool of blue flowers in the driveway.

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A hungry nation can be controlled

A hungry nation can be controlled

Ever since 2001, a year after the brutal invasion of Zimbabwe’s commercial farms began, the country has been dependent on vast volumes of international food aid. Thanks to the generosity of farmers and tax payers in the USA, the UK and elsewhere, mass-scale starvation has largely been averted, but the cost and complex logistics have posed a massive, 15-year long challenge.

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Is it really so good to be black in Zimbabwe

Is it really so good to be black in Zimbabwe

The State-owned Herald newspaper writes that "Zimbabwe is the only country where it is economically beneficial to be a person of colour.” However, the fact that over a quarter of the black population has fled the country suggests this is not so, writes Ben Freeth

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No food, no plan B

No food, no plan B

SO PRECIOUS are the last grains of mealie meal in Rosina Mpovu’s hut that she sleeps with the bag under her bed. It’s enough for one meal for her, her daughter and the six grand¬children she looks after.

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Workers turn screws on Mugabe’s aide

Workers turn screws on Mugabe’s aide

Centenary Farm workers in Figtree have joined their employer in challenging one of President Robert Mugabe’s aides’ controversial take-over of the property, in what has been described as a test case.

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Farm court battles

Farm court battles

The ongoing harassment via Zimbabwe’s highly compromised court system of commercial farmer David Conolly is impacting severely on his displaced farm workers and on agricultural production, says the SADC Tribunal Rights Watch.

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U.S. Congress hearing

U.S. Congress hearing

WASHINGTON DC— Zimbabwe will be the focus of a congressional hearing in Washington on Wednesday set to discuss a wide range of issues including sanctions imposed on President Robert Mugabe and his inner circle and future relations between the two nations.

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Mugabe runs rings around the West

Mugabe runs rings around the West

Thirty cars and a mob of drunken and drugged up Zimbabwean youths arrived outside the gate of Caledonia farm on the outskirts of Harare in a cloud of dust on the afternoon of Tuesday 5 May. In minutes, the invaders were through the gate and in the house

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