Swaziland http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19834/all en From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here are the world's forgotten revolutions http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/110607/swaziland-albania-burma-myanmar-chinese-protests-mongolia-revolutions <p> LONDON &mdash; From Swaziland to Papua to Georgia, here&#39;s what the media have been neglecting &mdash; and why.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/war/conflict-zones/110607/swaziland-albania-burma-myanmar-chinese-protests-mongolia-revolutions" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Albania Arab Spring Burma China Egypt Georgia Libya Mongolia Myanmar Swaziland Syria Uighurs World Leaders Yemen Conflict Zones Europe China Culture & Lifestyle Middle East Wed, 08 Jun 2011 10:29:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5649774 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland angry with King Mswati and his 13 wives (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111009/swaziland-king-mswati-13-wives <p> GlobalPost editor Andrew Meldrum wrote in August that King Mswati, Africa&#39;s last absolute monarch, bought a $500,000 Mercedes Maybach limousine in 2005 and new BMWs for each of his wives. Meanwhile, each wife already has her own palace.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/111009/swaziland-king-mswati-13-wives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Swaziland World Leaders Culture & Lifestyle Mon, 10 Oct 2011 03:12:43 +0000 News Desk 5677398 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland: King Mswati challenged by economic crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120109/swaziland-news <p> MANZINI &mdash; Swaziland King Mswati III is confronted with a crippling economic crisis and growing dissent in his tiny mountain kingdom in southern Africa. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120109/swaziland-news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Occupy World Swaziland World Leaders Tue, 10 Jan 2012 11:34:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5686586 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland to ban Twitter, Facebook posts critical of King Mswati III http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120323/swaziland-bans-twitter-facebook-criticism-king-mswati JOHANNESBURG — Swaziland plans to make it illegal to criticize King Mswati III on Facebook and Twitter, in an apparent attempt to curb criticism of the king after a year in which he faced unprecedented protests stoked by the country's economic crisis.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120323/swaziland-bans-twitter-facebook-criticism-king-mswati" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Facebook Swaziland Twitter Fri, 23 Mar 2012 20:44:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5697460 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland king demands cows for his birthday http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-birthday-cows-mswati-iii <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Swazi king has ordered the subjects of his tiny, impoverished country to donate cows for his birthday celebrations. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Erin Conway-Smith </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> JOHANNESBURG &mdash; Swaziland&#39;s <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mswati_III">King Mswati III</a> is celebrating a birthday this month, and he has ordered up some gifts from the subjects of his impoverished mountain kingdom: cows to be slaughtered for the celebrations.</p> <p> Mswati, Africa&#39;s last absolute monarch and one of the world&#39;s richest royals, has demanded that chiefs from Swaziland&#39;s Shiselweni region, where his 44th birthday party is to be held, canvas their subjects for cattle, <a href="http://news.yahoo.com/swazi-king-demands-birthday-cows-subjects-145630757.html">Agence France-Presse reported</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> The order comes at a time of continuing economic crisis in the landlocked southern African country, where two-thirds of the 1.4 million population live on less than $1 a day.</p> <p> While ordinary Swazis are suffering, Mswati, his 13 wives and sprawling family have apparently remained unscathed by the government&rsquo;s severe budget shortfall. &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>More from GlobalPost: <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120109/swaziland-news">Swaziland: King Mswati challenged by economic crisis</a></strong></p> <p> Prince Gcokoma, the home affairs minister, said the country&#39;s dire financial situation means the government doesn&#39;t have enough money in the budget to pay for the event to mark Mswati&#39;s April 19 birthday, although it will be contributing about $650,000 from the public coffers.</p> <p> &quot;Chiefs from the Shiselweni, as hosts, are expected to provide cattle to be slaughtered on the day,&quot; Gcokoma told AFP.</p> <p> Last year, birthday celebrations were canceled because of Swaziland&#39;s financial crisis, &quot;a decision that was applauded by many,&quot; <a href="http://www.observer.org.sz/index.php?news=36750">the Swazi Observer noted</a>.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-birthday-cows-mswati-iii" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Royals Swaziland Weird Wide Web Tue, 03 Apr 2012 08:37:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5698975 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland protests: Police arrest union leaders in crackdown on pro-democracy marches http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120412/swaziland-protests-crackdown-union-leaders-arrested JOHANNESBURG — Swaziland police cracked down on pro-democracy protests Thursday, arresting union leaders and stepping up armed patrols to disperse planned gatherings in the capital, Mbabane.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120412/swaziland-protests-crackdown-union-leaders-arrested" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Labor Union Royals Swaziland Thu, 12 Apr 2012 18:02:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5700179 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland King Mswati III receives luxury jet from 'sponsors' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120425/swaziland-king-mswati-iii-receives-luxury-jet-sponsors <p> Government spokesperson Percy Simelane said the DC-9 twin-engine aircraft is for the use of the king and his 13 wives, and denied allegations by Swaziland&rsquo;s banned opposition party that taxpayer cash must have been used to buy it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/120425/swaziland-king-mswati-iii-receives-luxury-jet-sponsors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Swaziland World Leaders Wed, 25 Apr 2012 17:19:44 +0000 Luke Browne 5701819 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland King Mswati 'left by another of his wives' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-mswati-wife-leaves-him-angela-lagija-dlamini JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — The sixth wife of Swaziland's polygamous King Mswati III has left him, according to a report.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/weird-wide-web/swaziland-king-mswati-wife-leaves-him-angela-lagija-dlamini" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Royals Swaziland Politics Weird Wide Web Sun, 06 May 2012 18:47:05 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5703294 at http://www.globalpost.com Swaziland votes after king's democratic 'vision' during thunderstorm http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130919/swaziland-elections-king-mswati-monarch-democracy-hiv <p>JOHANNESBURG, South Africa &mdash; It was a stormy night in Swaziland, a few weeks before general elections, and King Mswati III awoke with a thundering vision for his country&rsquo;s political future.</p> <p>But &ldquo;the more things change the more things stay the same in Swaziland,&rdquo; said Zakhele Mabuza, an opposition group spokesman.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/130919/swaziland-elections-king-mswati-monarch-democracy-hiv" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Swaziland World Leaders Elections Strange But True Fri, 20 Sep 2013 10:02:34 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5939258 at http://www.globalpost.com