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    Still No African Leader Worthy of the Ibrahim Award

    For the fourth time in five years the Mo Ibrahim Foundation has failed to find a suitable candidate for the world’s most valuable individual award ($5 million over 10 years, then $200,000 per year for life): the Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Africa is home to some of the world’s … More

    The West Condemns Flawed Elections in Zimbabwe

    Sadly, history has a tendency of repeating itself in Zimbabwe. Once again, while Robert Mugabe’s regional friends have accepted the Zimbabwean elections, the West has deemed them deeply flawed. Unlike the violent 2008 election, last week’s balloting in Zimbabwe was largely peaceful. This led many African governments—in addition to the … More

    Zimbabwe Holds Unfree and Unfair Elections

    Preliminary reports in Zimbabwe point to “seriously compromised” presidential and parliamentary elections. Some sources are stating that over 1 million voters were turned away from polls in the capital city of Harare, known as a stronghold for the opposition party. The exaggerated results in Harare and videos of President Robert … More

    U.S. Ambassador’s Shocking Praise of Mugabe

    The Zimbabwean state-owned newspaper The Herald recently reported that the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, showered “praises” on Zimbabwean autocrat Robert Mugabe at a tourism promotion event in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The more positive statements were the following: “President Mugabe has been calling for peace, and I believe him. … More

    The Arms Trade Treaty, Week Two: The Ways It Might Fail

    In New York, the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) conference is entering its final phase, and the ways in which the negotiations might fail are becoming clearer. A large number of nations—mainly the Middle East but also Bangladesh, Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, and others—are not going to get much of … More

    Africa: Little Change in Economic Freedom

    Africa’s progress in Heritage’s 2013 Index of Economic Freedom remains stagnant. Though making progress last year, with an average score gain of 0.2 points, the continent declined by 0.1 points in 2013. Over the past few years, scores of Western nations have seen their ratings plummet (including the United States). … More

    “Ambassador” or Not, the UNWTO Has Honored Mugabe

    Last week, the Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald published a story that was posted on AllAfrica.com reporting that, in anticipation of the upcoming 2013 U.N. World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly meeting scheduled to take place in Zimbabwe and Zambia, “President [Robert] Mugabe and his Zambian counterpart Michael Sata have been … More

    Chart of the Week: How Countries Compare on Economic Freedom

    Heritage and the Wall Street Journal released the 2012 Index of Economic Freedom on Thursday, ranking 179 countries on 10 benchmarks that gauge their economic success. This year Heritage introduced a new interactive feature that gives you the opportunity to create a comparative graph. This week’s chart shows how the … More

    The Ambassador Doth Protest Too Much

    Was it wise for the Obama administration to reverse the Bush administration’s policy of distancing the U.S. from the United Nations Human Rights Council? With the Council’s 15th session underway, it’s a question worth asking. The Council has been receiving more attention than unusual lately because the administration recently submitted … More

    Why Does UNDP Continue to Aid Repressive Regimes?

    A recent story by Fox News provides yet another example of the United Nations Development Program’s refusal to accede to an unfortunate reality: that the organization’s efforts to work with, and through, the world’s most despotic regimes are regularly twisted to serve the goals of the regime rather than the … More