FROM Peter Godwin
Poisoned ice cream and the coup against Africa’s oldest dictator A military coup in Zimbabwe has placed its longtime president, Robert Mugabe, under house arrest. The 93-year-old Mugabe has dominated Zimbabwe politics for nearly four decades. In his early years, he was hailed as a leader of the African liberation movement. But he has come to be seen as a brutal dictator running a corrupt government.
How Will the World Respond to Mugabe's Re-Election? Zimbabwe, which used to be called "the breadbasket of Africa," is now an economic basket case, with half the people depending on food aid and inflation pegged at nine million percent. After weeks of bloody political violence and political opposition, the UN Security Council will debate Robert Mugabe's re-election, despite his already having been sworn in. Mugabe is now in Egypt for a summit of the African Union, which may, or may not, play a crucial role in restoring stability to his devastated country. Is there any chance for political reconciliation? Will the opposition try to set up a government in exile? Can international intervention avert an extended bloodbath?
President Mugabe's Advisors Discuss Ceding Power in Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has run Zimbabwe for 28 years, but it's reported today that his advisors are negotiating a way for him to resign. This comes three days after an election, the results of which have not yet been released. But Mugabe appears to have lost to Morgan Tsvangirai . Peter Godwin, who grew up in Zimbabwe, is author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun .
Robert Mugabe and the Ruin of Zimbabwe In 1980, Robert Mugabe became the first black leader of Zimbabwe after a seven-year civil war against the rule of white settlers. Based on a solid economy, he made his country the envy of Africa for healthcare, education and per-capita income. That's according to a white reporter, born and raised in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe will hold a presidential election on Saturday, and 84-year old Mugabe is expected to be re-elected. But it won't be due to popularity or successful administration, says Peter Godwin, author of When a Crocodile Eats the Sun .
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Will the Senate write a healthcare bill in secret? While Democrats and Republicans argue White House relations with Russia, another question is being decided behind closed doors: who gets help buying health insurance and who doesn't? We hear how the pros and cons are being shrouded in secrecy.
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.