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More bad news from Zimbabwe

June 13, 2008 | 11:21 am

The Times of London reports the brutal murder of Dadirai Chipiro, wife of a Zimbabwean opposition leader:

The killing last Friday – one of the most grotesque atrocities committed by Robert Mugabe’s regime since independence in 1980 – was carried out on a wave of worsening brutality before the run-off presidential elections in just over two weeks. It echoed the activities of Foday Sankoh, the rebel leader in the Sierra Leone civil war that ended in 2002, whose trade-mark was to chop off hands and feet.

Check out the editorial board's take on Zimbabwe from earlier this month, which begins, "It's a shame that the Iraq war has made it impossible to advocate regime change, because Zimbabwe's strongman, President Robert Mugabe, is such a deserving candidate."

Also see our post on violence in South Africa against Zimbabwean refugees, and frequent Times contributor James Kirchick's Op-Ed on what South Africa should do to help Zimbabwe.

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