Zimbabwe's chaos has brought about unprecedented cooperation in the UN, with even China and Russia switching sides to condemn Mugabe's government. So -- what should this united UN DO to force change?

Posted by David Ignatius and Lauren Keane on June 27, 2008 11:11 AM


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.

UN Condemnation Too Little, Too Late

The world should not punish the Zimbabwean people for not having oil to warrant international intervention like Iraq has.

Posted by Bashir Goth Somalia/UAE | 6 COMMENTS
Jun 30, 2008 at 12:29 PM
Charles "Mase" Onyango-Obbo a Ugandan author, journalist, former editor of The Monitor and political commentator of issues in East Africa and the African Great Lakes region. He writes a column, Ear To The Ground in The Monitor, and a second column in the regional weekly, The EastAfrican. He is currently managing editor in charge of media convergence at the Nation Media Group in Kenya. Born in the town of Mbale in eastern Uganda, Onyango-Obbo studied at Makerere University in Kampala, and the American University in Cairo where he obtained a Masters degree in journalism. In 1991, he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. On May 1999, during the Second Congo War, Onyango-Obbo and other editors of The Monitor – Wafula Ogutu and David Ouma Balikowa – were arrested and charged with "sedition" and "publication of false news"´, following the publication of a photograph of a naked woman being sexually abused by men in military uniform. Ugandan officials insisted that the assailants might be soldiers from Congo or Zimbabwe (who where also involved in the Congo war), and could not possibly be Ugandan soldiers as the photo caption claimed. Onyango-Obbo and the other editors were acquitted on March 6, 2001.

To Save Zimbabwe, Do Nothing

The best way to save Zimbabwe is to let matters get worse.

Posted by Charles Onyango-Obbo Kampala, Uganda | 56 COMMENTS
Jun 27, 2008 at 11:21 AM
Njoroge is a journalist who formerly worked for the Kenya-based People Daily. He was Africa Correspondent for the Science and Development Network (, a UK-based web site highlighting science and technology issues from developing countries. He also freelanced for the Switzerland-based Bulletin of the World Health Organization (WHO). Njoroge was a press fellow at the Wolfson College, University of Cambridge for four months in 2003, where he researched the role of alternative press in the democratization process in Africa. Njoroge currently lives in the U.S. He has studied Journalism and Technical Communication at the graduate level.

Hold South Africa Responsible for Zimbabwe's Mess

South Africa stands in the way of Zimbabwe’s salvation.

Posted by Njoroge Wachai Kenya | 23 COMMENTS
Jun 27, 2008 at 11:14 AM
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: Africaʼs Wasted Years, will be released in the U.S. in May, 2009.

A Way Forward for Zimbabwe

What the world should do after Mugabe “wins” today’s election.

Posted by William M. Gumede South Africa | 11 COMMENTS
Jun 27, 2008 at 11:08 AM
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar is the Consulting Editor of The Economic Times, India's largest financial daily. He writes a popular weekly column, titled Swaminomics in the Times of India. He spends roughly half the year in New Delhi and half in Washington D.C., where he is a research fellow at the Cato Institute and an occasional consultant to the World Bank. He has been the editor of India's two main financial dailies, The Economic Times (1992-94) and Financial Express (1988-90). He was also the India Correspondent of the British weekly, The Economist, for most of two decades between 1976 and 1998.

No Moral Ground to Oust Mugabe Alone

Blood on his hands is not a disqualification to rule.

Posted by Swaminathan A. Aiyar New Delhi, India | 127 COMMENTS
Jun 25, 2008 at 6:44 PM
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.

Don't Let Zimbabwe Fester

The problems in Zimbabwe have accumulated over four decades.

Posted by Ali Ettefagh Tehran, Iran | 1 COMMENTS
Jun 25, 2008 at 1:06 PM

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