A treat for avid readers, political clashes in Zimbabwe and more: Last week around the globe


By Prachi Mahima

Unrest prevailed in various regions around the globe last week including Zimbabwe and India where several people became victims of a political clash in the former while millions faced a sudden uncertainty of fate in the latter. Also, the North Korean leader became the blame target of UN owing to his ever- continuing nuclear program despite the imposed sanctions by the UN. On the brighter side, last week brought a treat for Hemingway fans with a new publication.

Ernest Hemingway’s short story published

The reputed English writer Ernest Hemingway who served as a correspondent in the second world war wrote five short stories, only one of which “Black ass at the crossroads” was published until last week. The literary quarterly ‘The Strand magazine’ published the 2100-word story in the preceding week, the New York Times reported. According to the managing director of the magazine Andrew F. Gulli – “Hemingway’s deep love for his favorite city as it is just emerging from Nazi occupation is on full display, as are the hallmarks of his prose” in this newly published work. The story titled “A room on the Garden side” is set in a luxury hotel of Paris at the time in the war when Paris was liberated from the Nazi domination.

Kirk Curnutt who is a board member of the Hemingway society left his note in the same magazine saying – “the piece contains all the trademark elements readers love in Hemingway and captures the importance of Paris”. The five short stories were written during war with a special instruction to Hemingway’s publisher- “You can always publish them after I am dead” which is what happened. 


Opposition protests in Zimbabwe turned wild after recent elections

After the ousting of former president Robert Mugabe in Zimbabwe in November, the first election was held on Monday. While the elections remained peaceful, the situation after the results were declared was not. The governing party ZANU-PF won with a sweeping majority which was not received well in the nation. Supporters of the opposition party took to streets on Wednesday in the capital Harare to protest. Their claim was that the elections were rigged and the whole process was a sham. Soon after the protests started, the government sought the help of military to curb the growing unrest in Harare which went badly wrong with 6 killed in the deadly clash and 14 injured. The militants used bullets and tear gas along with make-shift batons to silence the protestors which claimed lives as well as left several people injured thereafter.

Emmerson Mnangagwa who took over after Mugabe is said to be an aide of Mugabe and he is contesting against Nelson Chamisa in the recent elections. The country witnessed a major setback in economy while Mugabe was in power and  it is a major point of contention as well. Although the ZANU-PF won with sweeping majority, the electoral board has delayed announcing the results which strengthens the doubt as to whether the elections were rigged or not.


North Korea nuclear programmes have not stopped- UN

In the previous week, reports of UN experts revealed that Pyongnang is violating UN sanctions while it continues military cooperation with Syria. The sanctions were imposed by the security council after the first nuclear tests by North Korea in 2006. These sanctions were made tougher seeing the following nuclear tests and the sophisticated ballistic missile programme of North Korea. The report by the experts suggest that North Korea has not ceased its nuclear programme and ship-to-ship transfer of petroleum products, oil and coal are also happening in defiance of the UN sanctions.

Last month the US said that North Korea illegally smuggled petroleum products much above the UN sanctioned quota of 5,00,000 barrels into the country. These reports brought to the fore the continuing nuclear programme of North Korea which stands in disagreement with the Singapore summit between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un in June as well.