>Zimbabwe held sham elections today. They’re not even trying. People are instructed to copy down the serial number of their ballot so it can be verified that they voted for the country’s dictator, Robert Mugabe. Those who cannot prove they voted for him are being threatened with expulsion from their rented vendor stalls and other consequences. The election was supposed to be a run-off between the previous election’s winner, Morgan Tsvangirai, and the dictator, but Mr. Tsvangirai dropped out after being repeatedly harassed, arrested, beaten, and his supporters were likewise treated harshly and in some instances, killed.
Zimbabwe currently suffers from the world’s worst current inflation rate, in excess of nine million percent. The Zimbabwe dollar exchanges at Z$100,000,000,000 to the US dollar. I have seen videos of people buying groceries, where half of the shopping basket has food, and the other half is full of bricks of currency.
I do not understand why this country has not had a civil war, or how inflation like this is able to happen for years. I would have expected a complete collapse of the government or a violent revolution.