I met Robert Mugabe in the late 1970s. What he told me still haunts me. (Vox.com)

“We are not going to make the same mistake the rest of Black Africa has made,” Robert Mugabe told me in the late 1970s in an interview for Newsweek. “We are going to learn from their mistakes.” We met in Mozambique, the headquarters for his guerrilla army, which was then locked in a seemingly interminable […]

Darfur: Covering the “forgotten” story (Arab Media & Society)

Issue 2, Summer 2007 There is no issue in Arab journalism today that is more controversial than how the region’s media cover Darfur. Not Iraq, where, according to a new report from the Arab Archives Institute, 52 Arab journalists have lost their lives since 2001; not Palestine, where journalists are caught between Israel and the […]

Wary Guerrillas Meet Peacekeepers (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Jan. 4, 1980 DENDERA MISSION, Rhodesia – They stare through suspicion-filled eyes,  clinging to their weapons. A week ago, these men and women would have killed any white man they  encountered. Today, they walk among white men in military uniforms who,  their commanders assure them, are foreigners and neutral. They […]

Replay of violent decade faces Southern Africa (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Jan. 2, 1980 SALISBURY – Although it enters the 1980s with a major peace agreement,  Southern Africa faces the prospect of a replay of the bloodshed of the  past decade. Few seasoned observers doubt that post-election Zimbabwe (Rhodesia)  will be a nation torn by armed clashes between political groups seeking  […]

Car Crash Kills Rhodesian Guerrilla (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

Salisbury RHODESIA (Dec. 28, 1979)  — Special to The Globe and Mail  – The future of the Rhodesian ceasefire was in jeopardy  yesterday with a warning from Patriotic Front guerrilla alliance  co-leader Robert Mugabe that he might not take part in the operation and  with the news that the commander of Mr. Mugabe’s forces, Gen. […]

British Troops Arrive in Rhodesia (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Dec. 21, 1979 SALISBURY – The first contingent of British troops for the ceasefire monitoring force arrived here yesterday to develop the military infrastructure to support about 750 fellow Britons and another 350 soldiers from four other Commonwealth nations. The 110 soldiers arrived aboard a Royal Air Force VC-10 within […]

Zambia’s future hinges on farm campaign (The Toronto Globe & Mail)

The Toronto Globe & Mail, Nov. 25, 1977 LUSAKA – On a flight over the Zambian bush, it quickly becomes obvious that something is missing. The veldt stretches as far as the eye can see, a vast, unbroken sea of brown grasses gently swaying in the hot breeze. What is missing is the patchwork quilt […]