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    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41992351

    Not an important or significant country really, but the president is legit jokes and the typical African dictator type so will be interesting to see whether twitter can get some good memes out of this
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    https://www.wsj.com/articles/explosi...tal-1510712556


    Zimbabwe’s Military Commandeers State TV as Gunfire, Explosion Heard in Capital


    Military says President Robert Mugabe and his family are safe; U.S. Embassy urges Americans in Harare to ‘shelter in place’
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    (Original post by Ladbants)
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-41992351

    Not an important or significant country really, but the president is legit jokes and the typical African dictator type so will be interesting to see whether twitter can get some good memes out of this
    It’s an important country in Africa, it used to be called Africa’s breadbasket as it exported so much food before its current ruler took power.
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    (Original post by paul514)
    It’s an important country in Africa, it used to be called Africa’s breadbasket as it exported so much food before its current ruler took power.
    Cool, shame it declined so badly
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    The BBC and other media putlets are covering this story like crazy when it doesn't affect us and it isn't really an important country that has any sort of impact on global affairs. There are so many important stories like the Parliament vote on Brexit or Scotland setting a minimum price for alcohol or the ongoing Westminster sexual harassment scandal.
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    I am a bit surprised at this myself, it's just another African cesspit at the end of the day. If it was somewhere interesting like in Turkey last year then I'd see why they would want to make it their first headline but this is a bit over the top.
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    Because it's happening now.

    Curse of 24hr rolling news channels means you need something to fill the airtime.
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    (Original post by serions871)
    The BBC and other media outlets are covering this story like crazy when it doesn't affect us and it isn't really an important country that has any sort of impact on global affairs. There are so many important stories like the Parliament vote on Brexit or Scotland setting a minimum price for alcohol or the ongoing Westminster sexual harassment scandal.
    It's important that they do. Understanding and covering news from all the world is just as important as understanding news from our own country. All of those stories are covered in detail too, just go and look for them, but you can't expect a major media news outlet to just ignore an incredibly important event happening in our world in favour of 'British news'. There are separate sections on the BBC news website for news from different regions, as well as for other news outlets, so if you want to find British news then just search for it.

    However, news outlets cover world news for a reason. I don't think it's a problem at all, especially as companies that cover news are expansive enough to focus on our own news and important news from other parts of the world.
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    (Original post by serions871)
    The BBC and other media putlets are covering this story like crazy when it doesn't affect us and it isn't really an important country that has any sort of impact on global affairs. There are so many important stories like the Parliament vote on Brexit or Scotland setting a minimum price for alcohol or the ongoing Westminster sexual harassment scandal.
    How short sighted of you.

    Brexit is covered ad nauseum.
    Scotlands min price is covered.
    The sexual harassment investigation has been covered for weeks.

    The Zimbabwe story is new and an unfolding event.
    The UK has links to Zimbabwe as do many UK citizens, with it being an ex colony.
    Any country where there is a coup can be of interest, especially if theres the risk of civil war because there are knock on effects on its neighbours and then ripples out.

    I would think a coup affecting millions is more importnat than smeone placing their hand on someones knee or even a grope from 20 years ago. Is the alcohol pricing relevant to those who do not drink? Wjat exactly happened in Brexit? Sweet FA so far. They are just playing over tyng themselves down to a date when they dont have to.

    Nobody forces you to watch, listen or read. If it doesnt interest you then do something else. Not hard.
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    It’s absurd to believe it’s not globally important when there are parallels everywhere. Phillipine is also militarily controlled. Venezuela. Saudi is gearing up.

    It is not only the individual people which you are ignoring here, you may somehow lack empathy.

    You must consider where Zimbabwe is. What commodities are produced there and in neighbouring countries? What political ideas spread from there? Will it aggravate refugee crises? Does it affect how countries’ relations work?\
    It’s foolish to believe oneself isolated.
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    Zimbabwe is an important country symbolically in Africa. Africa is going to be the most important continent in the world at the end of the century.

    There is a reason the WHO chose Robert Mugabe as its goodwill ambassador.

    Europeans are still stuck in the 20th century, still believing the world revolves around the West, ignoring their decline.
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    (Original post by serions871)
    The BBC and other media putlets are covering this story like crazy when it doesn't affect us and it isn't really an important country that has any sort of impact on global affairs. There are so many important stories like the Parliament vote on Brexit or Scotland setting a minimum price for alcohol or the ongoing Westminster sexual harassment scandal.
    How very blinkered of you..
    It's worth baring in mind that traditionally in Africa when one country has wobbled and fell it generally takes all of the countries surrounding it down or atleast has some very unpalatable knockon effects to them. This isnt the 17th century where you can look upon other countries affairs as completely irrelevant, everything effects everyone in some way these days.
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    (Original post by FriendlyPenguin)
    Zimbabwe is an important country symbolically in Africa. Africa is going to be the most important continent in the world at the end of the century.

    There is a reason the WHO chose Robert Mugabe as its goodwill ambassador.

    Europeans are still stuck in the 20th century, still believing the world revolves around the West, ignoring their decline.
    lmao
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    (Original post by Drewski)
    Because it's happening now.

    Curse of 24hr rolling news channels means you need something to fill the airtime.
    Also tbf because Zimbabwe was once a British colony and has had a long standing relationship with the country, not least as part of the Commonwealth.

    Then there's Mugabe, who is globally celebrated as one of the worst government leaders on the planet.
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    (Original post by FriendlyPenguin)

    There is a reason the WHO chose Robert Mugabe as its goodwill ambassador.
    Well it wasn't for the quality of their healthcare - Zimbabwe has destroyed what used to be one of the best health systems in Africa under Mugabe. The Dear Leader and his lovely wife, 'Gucci' Grace, go to Switzerland for their medical treatment.
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    (Original post by Atheist1234)
    lmao
    https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/v...1950-21001.png

    It is inevitable. Europe has already declined hugely relative to the rest of the world. Back in the first half of the 20th century, the world really did revolve around Europe. Of course it will probably still be richer per capita, but Africa will catch up gradually, just like Asia has. And even with a lower GDP per capita, it will be stronger, just like China.

    But it isn't just economic power that dictates importance. Africa will determine the future of Europe through future migrant crises. If you thought the last one was big, you're in for a fun ride.
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    If we end up with hundreds of thousands of Zimbabwean refugees heading our way it may concentrate everybody's mind
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    (Original post by FriendlyPenguin)
    There is a reason the WHO chose Robert Mugabe as its goodwill ambassador.
    You do know the appointment was rescinded, don't you? For even better reasons.
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    (Original post by Fullofsurprises)
    Then there's Mugabe, who is globally celebrated as one of the worst government leaders on the planet.
    Well. Was...think that title has been rather stolen in the last year and a bit.
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    (Original post by serions871)
    it isn't really an important country that has any sort of impact on global affairs.
    Time was when Zimbabwe fed Africa, had the fastest-growing economy on the continent and exported maize, cotton, beef, tobacco, flowers and sugarcane. The current regime has bankrupted it, and destroyed the farming industry through corruption, violent cronyism and incompetence. The world is interested in whether the country can be brought back from the brink and start to play a positive role again.
 
 
 
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