Fair Observer: Best of the Month

August 30, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of August. In large parts of the northern hemisphere, August is a month of humidity and heat. When it comes to developments this month, there has been no dearth of the latter. The Syrian saga carries on like a tragic and bloody melodrama. The Bashar al-Assad...

Zimbabwe: Diamonds Are Worth More Than Democracy

July 31, 2013

Whether Zimbabwe's elections are free and fair matters little for the international community. Amid the hand wringing from the outside world over how free and fair Zimbabwe's elections will be, one uncomfortable question lingers. Does it really matter? Yes, 1 million dead voters...

Elections in Zimbabwe: A Day to Remember?

July 30, 2013

The elections in Zimbabwe might mark the end of Mugabe. Zimbabwe is approaching the historic date that will mark a new era for the country. On July 31, the last chapter of the power sharing saga will come to an end with the long awaited presidential and parliamentary elections taking...

Could Zimbabwe’s Transition Be Headed for a Dead-end?

December 20, 2012

Without credible commitment of all political actors, a smooth transition to democracy will be hard to achieve.  Four years into the Inclusive Government (IG) formed amongst the disputant political parties to unlock the 2008 election deadlock, parties are now readying themselves for another...