The dictator in Zimbabwe who recently had nothing to celebrate on his 86th birthday is coming under intense pressure from the international community once again. The U.S. President Barack Obama has made a decision to extend sanctions against Zimbabwe’s corrupt President Robert Mugabe and his key supporters for another year. In a statement on Monday, Mr. Obama said the travel and financial restrictions on Mr. Mugabe and his allies will extend at least through March 6, 2011. The sanctions were first imposed by President George W. Bush in 2003, accusing Mr. Mugabe of undermining Zimbabwe’s democratic institutions and causing instability in southern Africa. President Obama said the crisis has not been resolved, and that Mr. Mugabe’s actions continue to pose a threat to U.S. foreign policy interests.
The tyrant Mugabe has demanded an end to the sanctions and similar measures imposed by Britain and the European Union. The sanctions were put in place a few years after Mr. Mugabe’s government began seizing white-owned farmland for transfer to landless blacks. The dictator said he was correcting a colonial-era injustice. Critics say the move triggered a sharp drop in food production and the collapse of Zimbabwe’s economy. A good number of Zimbabweans have fled the country in the past decade. Most of them had made their way to South Africa. Mugabe continues to harass his own people and stifle the rule of law to ensure his continued dominance of the political circumstance of Zimbabwe.
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