papersinzim

Complex politics: When the Media follows

Are our politicians prisoners of an uninformed, ignorant yet overbearing media? Or are they playing political games with and through a pliant media? I raise these questions in relation to the whol...

6morgantsvangirai

MDC-T: A crisis of command

Was it Antonio Gramsci who wrote: “ . . . intellectuals have the function of organising the social hegemony of a group and that group’s domination of the state . . . the function of organising the...

US: Bitten by own Pet

The September 15th to 21st issue of the Economist has a huge leader splash titled “Murder in Libya”. The gist of the leader piece is to urge “the world’s policeman not (to) retreat from the world’...

crying

South Africa: Readings from Marikana

I am very mindful of one rule of life, namely that distance simplifies things. I am watching events in South Africa from across the Limpopo, and of course there is a vast distance between the grea...

Zanu-PF: Clearing the crowded deck

Before I get into matters of the week, my humble acknowledgement to one of my alert readers. Two weeks ago I mistakenly suggested that the late Zanu-Ndonga leader, Ndabaningi Sithole, sought and g...

ndabaningisithole

MDC: Futility of reinventing heroism

Talk to those involved in the mired draft constitution and they will tell you that the endless parleys between Zanu-PF and the two MDC formations over the constitution amounted to a relationship b...

robertrgmugabe

Zim: Yawning beneath the Tower of Babel

Is Zimbabwe a victim of the Babel Curse? I wonder. But first, Tendai Biti. Quite a humourous guy, is he not? So humourous that he does not mind laughing at himself even. I am of course referring t...

eric bloch

Zimbabwe — When Caliban becomes a hero

The beauty about running a muscular column is that oftentimes you sting your opponents into an ungainly self-display. My bad friend Muckraker did just that this week. Stung by my exposé on duplici...