Earth Matters Around the Web

Even before  Zimbabwean voters took to the polls last week Wednesday, allegations of voting irregularities began to emerge.

Robert Mugabe via Wikimedia Commons

Robert Mugabe via Wikimedia Commons

The presidential elections in Zimbabwe has a history of being controversial  regarding the  fairness and the legitimacy of the process,  including its respective result.  Surprisingly and, not so surprisingly, the election commission has declared  Robert Mugabe as the winner of this years election.

For more more information on the elections check out the links below:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/zimbabwe-shows-how-to-steal-an-election/2013/08/06/d6008f54-fdf9-11e2-bd97-676ec24f1f3f_story.html

Let’s take a look into the history of  Zimbabwe from 1980, the year the ZANU-PF wins the elections and leads Zimbabwe into independence.   Check out the link below which also includes audio bits of Zimbabweans talking about their memories  and reflections of Mugabe’s leadership.

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/interactive/2013/07/20137316254438777.html

Zimbabwe has been faced with many challenges since its independence, from farm seizures, food shortages, massive inflation to the election crisis in 2008.  Zimbabwean artists such as Dan Halter , who is featured in Earth Matters, create artworks that explore some of these issues.

Halter’s work One Dollar  (2011)  represents the amount of Zimbabwean dollars that was required to buy 1 US Dollar, 300 trillion Zimbabwean dollars to be exact.  Have a look at  this work here:  http://danhalter.com/one-dollar-2011/

Berry Bickle  is another Zimbabwean artist featured in the Earth Matters exhibition.  Check out Bickle’s installation titled Sarungano (2001) on the link below for more information on this piece.

http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/earthmatters/power.html

Victoria Fall via WikiCommons

Victoria Falls via Wikimedia Commons

These challenges aside, Zimbabwe is also home to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins , a unique testimony to the Bantu civilization of the Shona between the 11th and 15th centuries, and the magnificent Victoria Falls, the is the world’s greatest sheet of falling water and World Heritage. If you ever find yourself in Zimbabwe, be sure to make a visit to one of these sites.

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