President Mugabe has managed to hang on to power despite his fierce unpopularity (especially in urban areas and among the Ndebele). Mass fraud marred the 2002 general elections. And Mugabe’s men have stooped to dirtier and more direct tactics since: infiltrating the opposition MDC to split it in 2005, beating up presidential candidate Morgan Tsvangirai and then defending the deed as “deserved” in 2007, and beating hundreds of MDC supporters—and killing many—during the 2008 election cycle.
But there are forces for good at work in Zimbabwe, too. Read about them here.