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Zimbabwe crisis taxing neighbors

(April 14th, 2008)

Today, Zimbabawe’s High Court is supposed to rule on election results — from two weeks ago. Meanwhile, as the country’s severe economic crisis worsens, 3 million people have fled to neighboring countries. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Voting with their stomachs

(March 28th, 2008)

Zimbabwe has gone from being a net food exporting country to one with a critical food shortage — all of which will play into Sunday’s presidential election. Marketplace’s Africa correspondent Gretchen Wilson talks with Kai Ryssdal about the nation’s crisis.

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Zimbabwe’s new ‘empowerment’ law

(March 11th, 2008)

Listen to this story TEXT OF STORY Scott Jagow: The presidential candidates may find it daunting to come up with an economic plan people will embrace. Imagine if they were running for president in Zimbabwe. Inflation there is more than 100,000 percent. The incumbent, Robert Mugabe, is pushing a campaign theme of “economic empowerment.” He […]

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Kenyans seek food, shelter in crisis

(January 7th, 2008)

The violence in Kenya has uprooted a quarter of a million people, and the U.N. is rushing provisions to the country to combat hunger and malaria. Gretchen Wilson reports Kenyans also face an identity crisis.

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Kenya turmoil’s impact felt across region

(January 4th, 2008)

The turmoil in Kenya has subsided but it is still sending economic ripples across East Africa. Correspondent Gretchen Wilson is monitoring the situation. She spoke with host Bob Moon.

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Violence closing Kenya for business

(January 4th, 2008)

Kenya’s unrest has resulted in a temporary close of its stock market, looted stores and significantly reduced trade. Gretchen Wilson reports on the economic damage from the violence.

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South Africa backs Zuma for change

(December 19th, 2007)

Newly elected South African President Jacob Zuma came to office after a bribery scandal last year. Gretchen Wilson reports what made him a strong candidate this time, even despite strong opposition.

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S. African candidate campaigns in U.S.

(December 5th, 2007)

A leading candidate for president of South Africa is lobbying in the United States for business partnerships and investment. He’s shaken off rape charges and corruption allegations but he’s yet to make peace with the international business community. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Hungry for Change, or Just Plain Hungry?

(April 4th, 2005)

It’s impossible to understand Zimbabwe’s parliamentary elections last week without understanding the extent of the nation’s hunger. Last year, President Robert Mugabe suspended the vulnerability assessments traditionally used to predict how much food aid will be needed from NGOs and U.N. agencies, claiming that Zimbabwe would produce a bumper harvest and that extra food would […]

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Zimbabwe votes, Mugabe wins, economy stinks

(April 1st, 2005)

Listen to story Zimbabweans cast their votes today in a parliamentary election. We can safely project a winner. President Robert Mugabe and his party. This despite the fact that his country’s economy is not what you’d call healthy. You may have heard of Mugabe’s land reform program… The one to transfer farm ownership from whites […]

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