Renewing the United States’ long-standing sanctions on Zimbabwe for another year, President Donald Trump stated that “the actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the foreign policy of the United States”.
Zimbabwe security forces’ extrajudicial killing of 12 people during recent protests against the government’s hiking of fuel price by 150% has dashed Zimbabweans’ hope for real democracy under President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The ruling Zanu PF party’s new parliamentary majority and the military’s post-2018 election killings in Harare cast doubt on President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s promise of a new dawn for Zimbabwe after Mugabe.
Zimbabwe’s first presidential elections without Robert Mugabe on the ballot are likely to end in a crisis requiring mediation by Canada and other neutral members of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the international community.
Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica’s scandalous harvesting and use of Facebook user data highlights the urgent need for robust public debate on the emerging problem of “surveillance capitalism” in our increasingly digital society, suggests Jennifer Cobbe, the co-ordinator of Cambridge University’s Trustworthy Technologies strategic research initiative.