Bush Expands Zimbabwe Sanctions

Thwarted at UN, president follows EU in trying to clamp down on Mugabe regime
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 2:00 PM CDT
President Bush speaks about the USAID Freedom Agenda, Thursday, July 24, 2008, in the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington.    (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds)
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(Newser) – President Bush is expanding US sanctions against Zimbabwe, the New York Times reports, two weeks after Russia and China vetoed his call for UN action. “No regime should ignore the will of its own people and calls from the international community without consequences,” Bush said today.

Bush isn’t alone, however; the EU also stepped up its pressure on Robert Mugabe’s regime this week. The US already had sanctions standing against Mugabe, 129 other people and 35 businesses. Today’s action targets 17 more businesses identified as “regime cronies.”