Last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump white nationalists, far-right extremists, QAnon adherents, and members of white supremacy groups "reflects a long history" of U.S. political leaders encouraging deadly white supremacist violence against democratic governments, writes Shannon M. Smith, a historian of protests and Reconstruction.
Zimbabwe security forces killed seven unarmed protesters in Harare just after the Southern African country's first election without Robert Mugabe on the ballot. Nearly two months later, President Emmerson Mnangagwa's Zanu PF government continues to persecute the opposition while proposing a post-Mugabe economy that favours unfettered global capitalism.
This week, Zimbabwe's Constitutional Court heard the opposition MDC Alliance's historic petition against the questionable results of the 2018 presidential election. In his challenge, opposition leader Nelson Chamisa argued that "gross irregularities" effectively invalidated the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission's declaration of Emmerson Mnangagwa as the winner of the election.
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.
A coalition of Zimbabwean civic society organizations convening under the banner of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition says Zimbabwe's 2018 harmonized elections failed to pass the credibility test and "seem to have betrayed the national aspiration".
The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission has delayed announcing the outcome of Zimbabwe's first post-Mugabe elections, raising opposition fears that the commission is trying to manufacture victory for President Emmerson Mnangagwa and the ruling Zanu PF party.