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ZIMBABWE: Rural living standards now apply in the capital

HARARE, 2 August 2007 (IRIN) - The lifestyle normally associated with an urban society is fast disappearing from Zimbabwe's once bustling capital, Harare.

The city's 2.8 million residents are adopting a way of life more akin to the country's rural areas, where drinking water is drawn from shallow pits and electricity is all but unavailable, although the metropolitan area's population density has produced its own quirks, such as untreated sewage spilling onto the streets.

Great moments in nationalisation

Mugabe ready to seize foreign companies

President Robert Mugabe's government is preparing to seize majority
shares in all of Zimbabwe's foreign-owned businesses and mines, a move
that economists warn would be as damaging as the widespread land
seizures in the country.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2089641,00.html

Rock, Cricket Australia, Hard place.

There seems to be almost universal support in this country for the abandonment of Australia's ODI cricket tour of Zimbabwe pencilled in for September. The pollies all agree, the commentariat seem to all agree, the Roman Catholic Church agrees, the only dissenting voices I have seen are from the Zimbabwean Ambassador to Australia (well he would, wouldn't he?) and former Test batsman Vusi Sibanda, who now lives in Sydney.