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Zimbabwe Transition to Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2010 Introduced in the US Senate May 14th, 2010

zimbabwe-1The Zimbabwe Transition to Democracy and Economic Recovery Act of 2010 (S.3297) has been introduced in the US Senate by a bi-partisan group: Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and John Kerry (D-MA). The bill seeks to create new United States policy towards Zimbabwe.

Current U.S. policy towards Zimbabwe is characterized by the Zimbabwe Economic and Democracy Recovery Act of 2001 (ZEDERA) and an Executive Order declared by President Bush in 2003. Extended by President Obama until March 2011, this lists more than 200 individuals and business entities subject to a travel ban and whose assets have been frozen.

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Zimbabwe Bishops Call for National Reconciliation October 12th, 2009

The Zimbabwe Catholic Bishops’ Conference has issued a pastoral letter: “National Healing and Reconciliation – God can heal the wounds of the afflicted”. The pastoral statement released on October 1 says, “Zimbabweans have been divided by disagreements on how national resources and social goods are to be owned, used and distributed. At the centre of economic conflicts has been the distribution and re-distribution of land. The post independence economic downturn that was partly caused by the experimentation with structural adjustment programmes and the crisis of leadership that has continued to dog our country led to frustration.”

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U.S. Catholic Bishops Visit Zimbabwe and South Africa September 8th, 2009

zimbabwe4-752333A delegation of American Catholic bishops has recently visited the church in Zimbabwe and South Africa. Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola, Florida, and Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City, Utah visited Zimbabwe from August 26 to 28. They then traveled to  South Africa where they stayed until September 6th, and where they were joined by Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Archbishop of Washington D.C.  The purpose of the delegation was to observe first-hand the important humanitarian aid work done by the Church, especially in fighting HIV/AIDS and poverty. The bishops are members of the USCCB Subcommittee on Africa. They visited church officials and projects funded by the Pastoral Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa which raises money in the US to help the Church in Africa.

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First 100 Days of Zimbabwe’s Transitional Government May 28th, 2009

On Sunday May 24, Zimbabwe marked the first 100 days of the Government of National Unity between President Robert Mugabe (ZANU-PF) and Movement for Democracy Change (MDC) under Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangairai. It has a difficult and challenging 100 days of strained relations between rival political factions in Zimbabwe.

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Zimbabwe Forms Unity Government February 12th, 2009

The leaders of Zimbabwe’s two main political parties have formed a unity government. Movement for the Democratic Change (MDC) agreed last week to form a unity movement with President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-party. Leader of the opposition MDC, Morgan Tsvangirai was sworn in as Prime Minister on February 11 in Harare while MDC secretary- general assumed the position of Finance Minister in the unity government.

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Zimbabwe: Cholera epidemic adds more misery to Political Crisis December 6th, 2008

The South African government is sending more military doctors to its northern border to treat Zimbabwean cholera victims fleeing their collapsing homeland for help. Cholera is an infectious intestinal disease contracted by consuming contaminated food or water. It is easily prevented and cured, but Zimbabwe’s medical and water-treatment systems have collapsed under the Mugabe regime.

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