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Zimbabwe: Foreigners must close shops by Jan 1.

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwean authorities say they have given foreign shop-owners —mostly Chinese and Nigerian nationals— an ultimatum to shut down their businesses by Jan. 1. A top official of the black empowerment ministry said only Zimbabweans had the right to run shops that have sprung up across the …

Latin America’s new authoritarians

CARACAS, Venezuela – More than two decades after Latin America’s last right-wing dictatorships dissolved, a new kind of authoritarian leader is rising in several countries: democratically elected presidents who are ruling in increasingly undemocratic ways. Unlike the iron-fisted juntas of a generation ago, these leaders do not assassinate opposition figures …

Richard Grenell and the Republican Party’s anti-gay bias – The Washington Post

Only Ric Grenell can explain the “personal reasons” that compelled him to leave Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. If his departure was influenced even the slightest by the anti-gay attacks that followed his appointment, I sympathize. In 2001, when I, an openly gay career Foreign Service officer, was sworn in to …