Thousands march against Mugabe, Egypt-Gaza border opens for a time

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  • Thousands of Zimbabweans marched throughout the capital city of Harare in support of President Robert Mugabe stepping down after 30 years of rule. The military and the ruling Zanu-PF party, which Mugabe belongs to, backed the protest. Reuters reports that the military is expected to instill former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa, as the the next President of Zimbabwe.
  • The border between Egypt and Gaza opened for the first time since 2007 under the control of the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. Haaretz reports that the border will remain open for three days for humanitarian cases, as well as for Egyptian citizens and students. The border was initially closed in 2006 because of national security concerns when the Hamas political party took control of the border after being elected. Hamas claims that 30,000 Gazans have already applied for permission to cross into Egypt, according to the Washington Post.
  • President Donald J. Trump will halt his administration’s decision to allow the import of elephant hunting trophies. On the evening of November 17, President Trump sent a tweet: “Put big game trophy decision on hold until such time as I review all conservation facts. Under study for years. Will update soon with Secretary Zinke.” (Full Story Here). The ban had been implemented under the Obama Administration in 2014 to boost conservation and anti-poaching efforts, which explicitly mentioned the elephant population of Zimbabwe as a concern.

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  • Der Speigel reports how German Chancellor Angela Merkel is struggling to form coalition government between her centrist Christian Democrats Union party, the pro-business Free Democrats party and the Green Party. After losses in the September elections, such a coalition is key for Chancellor Merkel to remain as the leader of the country, but the issue of climate change has held up talks. The Green Party wants stricter emission standards, while the other two parties are concerned of the economic impact. — Charles Turner
  • How could the breadbasket of Africa have deteriorated so quickly into the continent’s basket case? The answer, this Atlantic piece from 2003 posits, is Robert Mugabe, who by his actions has compiled something of a “how-to” manual for national destruction. Here Samantha Power lays bare that manual. “The Zimbabwe case offers some important insights,” she writes. “It illustrates the prime importance of accountability as an antidote to idiocy and excess. It highlights the lasting effects of decolonization—limited Western influence on the continent and a reluctance by African leaders to criticize their own. And it offers a warning about how much damage one man can do, very quickly.” — Charles Anderson

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