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The truth about Zimbabwe: A new flurry of media attention on Robert Mugabe

There seems to be a mini-revival of media interest in Zimbabwe, including in the U.S. where the country’s crisis rarely gets much attention. Last night PBS Frontline ran “Zimbabwe: Shadows and Lies”, a well done documentary exposing the growing tyranny and propaganda of the ruling regime. Journalist Alexis Bloom (repeating stunts previously done by BBC reporters since the government banned foreign media a few years ago) snuck into the country pretending to be a tourist and shot in secret.

CPIA Revealed: World Bank sheds more light on its country ratings

In a barely-noticed step, the World Bank has recently revealed a lot about what it thinks. While most donors are rushing to concentrate their aid in ‘good performers’, the World Bank has been using ‘performance based allocation’ in one form or another since the late 1970s. Every year, it systematically rates low income countries, giving each one a score on the Country Policy and Institutional Assessment (CPIA).