Letter from Zimbabwe: Hard Times and No Prospect of Relief

By Barry D. Wood HARARE, Zimbabwe: Joy has turned to despair in Zimbabwe. The optimism that greeted the coup that ousted tyrant Robert Mugabe in November 2017 vanished this January amid army bullets and beatings against citizens protesting a doubling of fuel prices. Zimbabweans had dared to hope that the coup plotters who were Mugabe loyalists for three decades had broken with his repressive ways, … Continue reading Letter from Zimbabwe: Hard Times and No Prospect of Relief

Judith Todd and a Confused, Complicated Zimbabwe

By Barry D. Wood BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe: Veteran human rights activist Judith Todd is deeply distressed by the deaths, macabre beatings, and arrests of hundreds of Zimbabweans following demonstrations earlier this month against a doubling of fuel prices. But Todd says the situation since January 14th “is confused and complicated with few angels on either side.” To the dismay of some, she declines to place sole … Continue reading Judith Todd and a Confused, Complicated Zimbabwe

Public Relations Deserves its Bad Rap

WASHINGTON:  On November 26thGeneral Motors announced it was closing five plants in the US and Canada, dismissing 14,000 employees. But GM chose to obfuscate what should have been straight-forward information. A three-page press release  bore the misleading title, “General Motors Accelerates Transformation.” the words “closing” and “layoffs” were never used. Indeed, that news is buried, appearing nonsensically midway down the second page. To avoid speaking … Continue reading Public Relations Deserves its Bad Rap

Tomas Masaryk and Czechoslovakian Independence 100 Years Ago

Few people are aware that, implausibly, Czechoslovak independence was declared from Philadelphia 100 years ago.  That’s because Tomas Masaryk, the father of the new state, was in the U.S. seeking support from President Woodrow Wilson as world war one was winding down Masaryk was born in 1850 to a Czech mother and a Slovak father who was a coachman on a Hapsburg estate in Moravia. … Continue reading Tomas Masaryk and Czechoslovakian Independence 100 Years Ago

Latvia: Success at a Price

RIGA: On this 10thanniversary of the U.S. triggered global crisis, spare a thought for lightly populated Latvia, the Baltic nation in Europe’s far northeast. Over-confident from a get rich quick, multi-year property boom, the global crisis struck Latvia with unanticipated force. Citizens and government were ill prepared for the disaster. Economic activity slowed at once. Swedish banks that dominated local credit markets closed the lending … Continue reading Latvia: Success at a Price

Please, Mr. Bezos, Don’t Bring Amazon HQ 2 to the DC Area

WASHINGTON, DC/SEPTEMBER 10, 2018:  Rumors persists that when Amazon chief Jeff Bezos visits Washington this week he is likely to announce that northern Virginia will be the site of Amazon’s second headquarters. Let’s hope this is NOT the case. Other cities among the 20 finalists for Amazon’s HQ 2 need the promised economic stimulus of 50,000 new jobs and $5 billion of investment. Metropolitan Washington … Continue reading Please, Mr. Bezos, Don’t Bring Amazon HQ 2 to the DC Area