The new President of Zimbabwe was sworn in a late last month. He had served as the Vice President as a member of the Marxist-oriented party that had ruled since full independence for the former colony of
from the British in 1980 under former tyrant Robert Mugabe. The socialist Mugabe negotiated terms for his
resignation which included immunity from prosecution for his crimes and a large
payoff. Mugabe had angered his ruling
party by attempting to have his much-younger wife succeed him.
Meanwhile, in an encouraging sign, a prominent human rights activist was acquitted of all charges, after having been prosecuted by Mugabe’s regime for non-violent political expression.
The Supreme Court of Bolivia last week nullified term limits for the President. Bolivians had rejected in February of last year a constitutional referendum to eliminate presidential term limits.
The socialist Bolivian President was inspired by the Venezuelan socialist regime of late dictator Hugo Chavez that had been elected democratically, but seized authoritarian powers. The Venezuelan tyrant had been attempting to spread socialist revolution throughout
Latin America. The elimination of presidential term limits
is one of the hallmarks of Chavism and a critical step toward
authoritarianism. Rigged elections and
restrictions on basic liberty had been typically occurring in an increasing
number of states. A few such
democratically-elected left-wing authoritarians have since been voted or forced
out of power elsewhere in Latin America, as I
have been posting, but several remain.
There were more protests in
, led by the opposition
leader. There have been many more
arrests in Russia ,
as the purge continues by the authoritarian Turkish leader, who continues to
use last summer’s attempted military coup as an excuse to silence dissent. The civil war continues in Turkey . In both Syria Syria
the last significant pockets of the Islamic State have been cleared. As I had posted, major strongholds had been
liberated by various forces, but a few minor ones had remained, especially in
the desert area between the two states.
A few affiliates in Africa and Asia remain loyal to the self-declared caliphate
based in Iraq Syria that was an
offshoot of Al Qaeda in ,
while others around the world have kept their oaths to the parent organization. Iraq