In Zimbabwe, Tough Economic Times Bring Old Foes Together
Perhaps one of the most divisive policies adopted by Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe was the practice of appropriating land from whites and giving it to blacks as repayment for the ills of colonial rule. But with a struggling economy, some whites and blacks are forging new partnerships that combine the experience of the whites with the resources of the blacks.
“For whites who were stripped of their property, Mugabe’s policy of land reform amounted to theft. For blacks who profited from the redistribution, it was justice after nearly a century in which a small group of British settlers and their descendants controlled the country. The rift between those perspectives has long appeared unbridgeable. But with the economy spiraling downward, the ‘joint partnerships’ are becoming more common,” reports The Washington Post.
The Role Of The Supreme Court In An Interdependent World
While great attention has been paid to high-profile Supreme Court cases involving gay marriage, Obamacare and voting rights, the justices are finding themselves more often having to weigh in on laws of other nations.
“Today a considerable number of cases require us to examine the law and practices of other nations. Legal problems—human-rights violations, threats to national security, computer hacking, environmental degradation, corporate fraud, copyright infringement—surface beyond our borders and may become potential threats to us at home,” writes Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in the Wall Street Journal.
“The legal questions that arise when something goes wrong in a consequential way with an American abroad, or a foreign national here, are among the most challenging that the court must decide,” adds Breyer.
The Migration Crisis Is Changing The Geography Of Europe
The dream of a European continent unified by the rule of law and shared social goals is crumbling under the weight of the thousands of migrants and refugees fleeing from the Middle East, argues Robert Kaplan in Bloomberg View.
“As Europe’s postmodern period commences, a fluid geography is reasserting itself and erasing the last remaining divisions of the Cold War. For it was the survival of totalitarian states in the Middle East and North Africa into the 21st century that helped keep the Islamic masses locked up and safely away from Europe. But as significant parts of the Middle East dissolve into anarchy, from Libya to Afghanistan, Fortress Europe is no more,” he writes.