Zimbabwe

Ex SAS man is secret soldier for Rhodesia regime

The Guardian, August 3 1979

Peter McAleese, the man who took over from the notorious 'Callan' as the leader of British mercenaries in Angola, is now an active member of the Rhodesian army fighting guerrillas of the Patriotic Front. He owes his place on the front lines to his earlier career with the Special Air Services regiment.
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How British SAS provides mercenaries for the world

The Guardian, August 3 1979

Rhodesia was a natural stopping-off point for Peter McAleese. Although he differed from the cowboy image of the Angolan mercenaries and their leader, Mr Costas Georgiou (Callan), he had one solid advantage, the fact that he had once belonged to the British Special Air Service Regiment.
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Opposition leader accuses Mugabe of attempted murder

The Guardian, March 7 1983

The leader of the Zimbabwe opposition, Mr Joshua Nkomo, who has been missing since his home was attacked by government troops during a sweep through Bulawayo on Saturday, spoke to foreign reporters in a safe house in the town's suburbs late last night.
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Mugabe sets out to liquidate the opposition

The Guardian, March 7 1983

In the last few days, the Mugabe government in Zimbabwe has abandoned the task of reconciliation with its old rivals on which it based its political programme after independence three years ago.
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Armed troops spread fear in Bulawayo

The Guardian, March 8 1983

Four black townships in Bulawayo, the provincial capital of Matabeleland, were sealed off by government troops yesterday as the purge of Opposition supporters continued with detentions, beatings and house-to-house searches.
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Mugabe troops accused of killings and beatings

The Guardian, March 9 1983
with Nick Worrall

Government troops pulled out of the township of Bulawayo before dawn yesterday, releasing a tide of allegations of arbitrary killings, beatings, and intimidation.
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Opposition leader flees to Botswana

The Guardian, March 10 1983
with Nick Worrall

Joshua Nkomo, the veteran nationalist leader, was in exile in Botswana last night as Zimbabwe's violent internal strife threatened to boil over into civil war.
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Nkomo's family members said to be under arrest

The Guardian, March 11 1983
with Nick Worrall

Joshua Nkomo's wife, daughter and son-in-law were reportedly under arrest in Zimbabwe last night as the veteran nationalist leader pondered his next move from exile in Botswana. He apparently wants to fly to London as soon as possible.
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Zimbabwe slides through paranoia to slaughter

The Guardian, March 11 1983

Zimbabwe's slide into crisis is a story of tragic confusion — like a man in a hall of mirrors who attacks his own distorted reflection, cuts his hand on the broken mirror, and sees the injury as proof that he really was under attack.

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ZAPU politicians follow Nkomo into exile

The Guardian, March 15 1983

Senior members of Joshua Nkomo's ZAPU party have followed their leader into exile in a further polarisation of Zimbabwe's fraught internal politics.

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Mugabe ducks debate on 'terrorism' by his troops

The Guardian, March 16 1983

White members of Zimbabwe's Senate yesterday attacked the Prime Minister, Mr Robert Mugabe, for refusing to make a public statement on allegations that the Fifth Brigade has attacked innocent villagers in Matabeleland.

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Mugabe has his fingerprints on atrocities in Matabeleland

The Guardian, March 23 1983

Robert Mugabe's plans to make Zimbabwe a free, peaceful, socialist African state have crumbled in the face of external pressure and internal dissent. The slaughter of innocent villages in Matabeleland is only the most bloody symptom of a Government clampdown which has seen thousands detained without trial, opponents tortured, the press muzzled, the courts defied and trade unions brought to...

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White wealth diverts the new Zimbabwe from its socialist goals

The Guardian, March 24 1983

Zimbabwe is divided now, as it has been for years, over one bitter issue - land. The same struggle between black peasants and wealthy white farmers which dragged the country into civil war under Ian Smith has flared again.
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Mugabe betrays the liberation struggle to create a one-party state

The Guardian, March 25 1983

Beneath my passport stamp, the immigration officer wrote: “CIO R 3817/83”. CIO — the best known initials in Zimbabwe — stand for Central Intelligence Organisation, Ian Smith's men in macs, now busier than ever, spreading fear on behalf of the state.

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