There are many reasons for trepidation among millions of Zimbabweans as they gear up to cast their votes at the end of this month. Chief among them are the relentless and ruthless attempts by the ruling ZANU-PF party under President Emmerson Mnangagwa to cling onto power. Weighing equally on voters’ minds will be the dire state of the country’s economy. Jonathan Munemo sets out just how bleak things are for ordinary Zimbabweans. He also identifies solutions,
such as fixing weaknesses in how the government is run – the first step to weeding out corruption and ending wasteful public spending.
Some of Hawaii’s most beautiful places were destroyed last week when wildfires ripped through parts of Maui, leaving much of the idyllic town of Lahaina in charred ruins. President Joe Biden issued a disaster declaration, greenlighting assistance from the federal government. But that doesn’t mean the disaster aid response will happen quickly and smoothly. Ivis García explains why.
It all started on Aug. 11, 1973, when DJ Kool Herc mixed some beats during a back-to-school party in the South Bronx. Since then, hip-hop has left a significant footprint on modern culture. It also revealed the pain and struggle of growing up and living on the margins of mainstream society, not only in America but across the world. To mark its 50th anniversary, A. D. Carson reflects on what the word ‘dope’ means to him.