The headlines on the homepage of most national news agency websites offer a snapshot of a country going about its ordinary business. Which is why a quick scan of Zimbabwe Online is so revealing, painting the picture of a country lost in a daily routine of hunger, corruption and bloody chaos:
Zimbabwe protestor killed, Tsvangirai, Mutambara arrested
Zimbabwe student leaders in hiding
Mugabe says will stand in poll if nominated
Mugabe purges security forces
Milling firms suspend flour deliveries to bakers
US says Harare is abusing its power to retain control
37 arrested for defying demo ban
Zimbabwe runs out of maize
Oh, and just to show the durability of the ordinary in extraordinary times:
Bosso stagger to a draw against Masavino.
Read ’em and weep.