Since the coronavirus pandemic began, several organizations, including the United Nations and Human Rights Watch, have warned that it has unleashed a global wave of hate speech and xenophobic attacks. In many countries, from the United States and Europe to Brazil and Kenya, people of Asian descent have been targeted with discrimination, verbal abuse and xenophobic attacks. And around the world, religious minorities, migrant workers and foreigners are being targeted as well.
In Asia and Africa, fast-growing megacities have attracted waves of new urban migrants of different ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds from those of established city residents. We wanted to know whether new threats — like the pandemic and climate change — would undermine tolerance and leave cities more divided and dangerous.… Seguir leyendo »
Zimbabwe’s ruling party, Zimbabwe African National Union — Patriotic Front, or (ZANU-PF), is convening a party congress. Typically held once every four years, Thursday’s event will bring together nearly 6,000 officials from all levels of the party.
The congress comes in the wake of last month’s military intervention in Zimbabwe, which forced president Robert Mugabe’s resignation after 37 years in power. Crowds poured into the street to cheer the end of Mugabe’s rule. Yet Mugabe’s replacement, former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, is a regime insider. He has since announced a Cabinet composed of ruling party loyalists and several military officials.
To understand these events, it is useful to pay attention to one factor that differentiates Zimbabwe from most of Africa’s authoritarian regimes: a powerful and well-institutionalized ruling party.… Seguir leyendo »