Female Students Claim Discrimination Over Short Hair Policies at Some Uganda Schools

Region: Uganda

Topics: EducationHuman Rights

Girls of black African descent are upset over policies at some Ugandan schools that require them to cut their hair. The female students say the policies discriminate against them, as some girls of other ethnicities are allowed to grow their hair long.

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Q&A: Zimbabweans, Divided on Land Reform, Discuss Pros and Cons of Mugabe’s System

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Politics

Zimbabwe’s land reforms led to widespread evictions and neglected farms, but it returned prime agricultural space to people who hadn’t been legally able to own or manage it for generations. GPJ sat down with two men – an activist and a one-time farmer – to discuss the land reforms’ long-term impacts.

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Thokozani Khupe: The Trailblazer

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Elections

Despite an extensive policy platform and a resume including a stint as deputy prime minister, much of the public attention on the presidential candidacy of Thokozani Khupe has focused on her identity. She’s Ndebele and a woman, and both of those make her an outlier in Zimbabwe’s public life – as well as a target.

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With Election Days Away, Zimbabweans Hope New President Will Bring New Jobs

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Elections

Under former President Robert Mugabe, who was ousted from office in November after nearly four decades of authoritarian rule, Zimbabwe’s economy fell apart so badly that economists today are challenged even to calculate the country’s astronomical unemployment rate. With structural problems and long-standing friction between the country’s major population groups, presidential candidates and citizens alike are wondering how to address the persistent lack of jobs.

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Zimbabwe’s Wetlands Threatened, as Illegal Development Goes Unpunished

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: EnvironmentLegal Rights

Building on Zimbabwe’s wetlands is illegal, but that hasn’t stopped the important ecosystems from being developed. Lax enforcement of the law means developers don’t face repercussions, but environmentalists argue that dire environmental consequences – for all Zimbabweans – are inevitable.

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Curing Tobacco in Zimbabwe Requires Trees. Can Tobacco Farmers Plant Enough of Them to Save Their Own Industry?

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessEnvironment

Zimbabwe’s tobacco industry is thriving, but its forests are not even though the government has set aside money for reforestation. Now, tobacco farmers, who rely on burning wood to cure their crop, are taking those efforts into their own hands.

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Argentina’s Deportation Changes Prompt Concern In Nation Known to Champion Immigrant Rights

Region: Argentina

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

President Mauricio Macri’s emergency decree to speed up deportations and bar entry for immigrants with criminal charges or convictions has sparked a national debate in Argentina. Human rights groups say immigrants who have committed even minor offenses will lose the ability to defend themselves and keep their families together, but proponents say the changes are necessary to prevent crime and to rid the nation of foreign narcotics traffickers, arms dealers and money launderers.

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Ambrose Mutinhiri: The Loyalist

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Elections

Ambrose Mutinhiri is angling to be the heir to ousted President Robert Mugabe, but to prove his loyalty, he had to leave the party Mugabe that led for decades. Mutinhiri says Mugabe has rewarded that loyalty with his support. Now, he hopes Zimbabweans will reward him with their votes.

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In Zimbabwe, Debate Over Exhuming Controversial Colonialist from Sacred Site Continues

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: AutonomyCulture

When colonialist Cecil John Rhodes died, he asked to be buried in Zimbabwe’s sacred Matobo Hills. His gravesite has long been a popular and lucrative tourist destination. As the threat of COVID-19 has shuttered the site and killed the nation’s tourism industry, local people are renewing the debate over whether the polarizing politician deserves to stay.

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Zimbabwe’s Land Seizures Leave Farm Workers Jobless and Homeless

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Redistribution of farm land has created ongoing problems in Zimbabwe since independence. Evictions continue to disrupt lives of farmers, both black and white.

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