“The United States has said it will only lift sanctions on Zimbabwe if there are further political reforms, following disputed elections in July” says the news the other day. The first question that springs to mind is, ‘Who are these sanctions really serving?’
The United States Embassy in Harare states in their document: U.S. Sanctions Policy: Facts and Myths that, ‘U.S. sanctions apply to fewer than 120 Zimbabwean individuals‘. Many would find it difficult to comprehend the effectiveness of these measures on the said individuals in the 12 years they have been in operation. There is ample evidence that this targeted group has thrived during the sanctions, and honestly, one would struggle to find the kind of opulence outside of this target group.
Do these individuals care any less about travel bans to the West? That foreign travel still accounts for…
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