When Nelson Mandela came to Britain, the one place he visited beyond Westminster and Buckingham Palace was Brixton – and he had a rapturous welcome. Here Darcus Howe looks back at how the anti-apartheid movement interwove with the experience of black people in the UK
Brian Ashley of South Africa's Amandla magazine says that in the battle to overcome inequality and achieve social justice, we will need many more Nelson Mandelas
William Gumede pays tribute to the anti-apartheid leader – and contrasts his example to today's ANC
On the 25th Anniversary of Sankara's assassination Sokari Ekrine considers the importance of his vision for women's emancipation.
On the 25th anniversary of Sankara's assassination, Nick Dearden argues we need to remember him to challenge dominant views of Africa and fight our own debt crisis in Europe
The struggle of miners at the Lonmin mine in South Africa is a turning point in organised workers’ relationship with the now thoroughly neoliberal ANC argues Leonard Gentle, setting the strike in historical and political context
Róisín Hinds reports from the Zambian Copperbelt, a site of intense labour conflict linked to Chinese investment
No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way, reviewed by Martin Legassick
While the media again reports 'famine in the horn of Africa' caused by 'drought', Rasna Warah looks at the real reasons why people are going hungry
Bandile Mdlalose talks to Lorna Stephenson about Abahlali baseMjondolo, a radical poor people’s movement in South Africa
South African activist Vishwas Satgar looks at post-apartheid South Africa 17 years on
Sokari Ekine meets women’s movements in the Niger Delta and discovers that in this militarised country even small acts take courage
Justin Pearce asks when African hope will translate into real change
Firoze Manji charts the revolts and rebellions that have been occurring not just in northern Africa but across the whole continent
The National Transitional Council’s ‘new Libya’ is all too familiar, writes Tommy Miles
Nick Dearden looks at the theories of one of Africa's greatest radical thinkers – still going strong at 80
Marilyn McHarg, from Médecins sans Frontières, argues that aid groups don't discuss the reasons for food shortages
A recent survey reveals that unsafe abortions are killing three women and girls daily in Malawi
Peter Apps on a public art memorial to executed activist Ken Saro-Wiwa
Bobby Peek tells how the struggle for environmental rights is intertwined with the one over access to energy
Amanda Sebystyen profiles individuals who participated in the Tunisian revolution, and their stories
Amanda Sebestyen reports from a solidarity visit to Tunisia organised through the World Social Forum
Tahrir Square activist Gigi Ibrahim shares her experience of overthrowing a dictator
Mansoor Mirza on the Muslim Brotherhood
The internet and the Arab uprisings. By Zahera Harb
How the Egyptian revolution unfolded on Twitter
In the case of Libya, liberal interventionists ignore the history of imperialism and the realities of power, writes Mike Marqusee
Gilbert Archar interviewed by Stephen R. Shalom about the situation in Libya.
Phyllis Bennis argues that foreign military intervention in Libya has little to do with humanitarian concerns, and protracted militarization could threaten the country's chance for real democratic development.
Caroline Elliot reports on a wave of grass-roots organising in sub-Saharan Africa bringing together workers in the informal economy
The importance of the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings for sub-Saharan Africa should not be overlooked, says Nicolo Gnecchi.
Salwa Ismail on the fall of the Mubarak regime, and the new politics emerging in Egypt
Red Pepper rounds up the best commentary and analysis on the situation in Egypt after the fall of Mubarak.
Waseem Wagdi: 'I have seen a new humanity being born in Tahrir Square'
Leigh Phillips on Catherine Ashton and the EU's response to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.
Red Pepper’s Christine Morderbacher spoke to five Tunisians about recent events and the hopes they have for their country.
After years of repression in the name of the war on terror, Tunisians are using the internet to exercise their freedom of speech. Christine Moderbacher reports.
Mike Marqusee has just returned from a visit with trade unionists and democracy activists in Swaziland
As football fans worldwide turn their attention towards South Africa, Ashwin Desai and Patrick Bond look at what impact hosting the World Cup is having on the world's most unequal large country
Angola has been going through a process of widespread privatisation apparently at odds with the ruling party's left-wing reputation. Justin Pearce spoke to Rafael Marques, a campaigning journalist in the country
Pauline Kimani is one of Kenya's few openly lesbian women. Interview by Arusha Topazzini
In the first of a new regular column for Red Pepper, Mike Marqusee finds hope for a new internationalism in the actions of South African dockworkers and their allies
Nyasha del Campo, the daughter of Zimbabwe's acting president Joice Mujuru, is accused of trying to set up a deal involving illegal gold, Makusha Mugabe reports
Joaquin Nzuzi Mbambi is UK general secretary of Abako, the oldest anti-colonial party in the Congo. He escaped the country six years ago after a crackdown on the outlawed group and has been seeking asylum in the UK ever since
In the past, Zimbabweans have looked to African heads of state to support their struggle for democracy. But in the face of their refusal to act, civil society organisations are considering more direct kinds of action. Mary Ndlovu writes from Zimbabwe
The peace agreement between the Kenyan president Mwai Kibaki and opposition leader Raila Odinga achieves calm but not peace. Meanwhile, many Kenyans are trying to make peace themselves. Ewa Jasiewicz talks to some of those involved
Campaigners are exposing the conditions that predominantly women workers suffer in Kenya to bring cheap cut flowers to western Europe, writes Siobhan McGuirk
More than 30 years since the end of Spanish colonial rule, the Sahrawi people are still awaiting self-determination and an end to Moroccan occupation. Toby Shelley reports from Mauritania, where a forgotten Sahwari population lives in a permanent state of transit
Slavery isn't dead, writes Robtel Neajai Pailey. Its modern-day variant is just found on a different kind of plantation
There are echoes of Afghanistan in the Horn of Africa, writes Nick Dearden. Will a quick victory for a foreign-backed warlord government be followed by further instability and an Islamist insurgency?
With around four million dead and the country in the hands of competing warlords, the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire) has seen the world's worst conflict in the past decade. David Renton and Leo Zeilig see little cause for optimism in the recent multiparty elections
In these days of the rehabilitation of the language of "liberal imperialism", it is important to recall that empire can be an expensive undertaking, and overseas involvement must be justified to an electorate arguably more interested in the mundane infrastructure of a welfare state for example.
Ten years ago, beginning on 6 April 1994, more than one million Rwandans were massacred in a three-month bloodbath. The dead were mainly Tutsis, the minority ethnic group in Rwanda who made up about 14 percent of the then eight million population. All were unarmed civilians. Their killers, extremists from Rwanda's ruling Hutu majority, had embarked on a premeditated mission: to exterminate an entire people. But it was not only Tutsis who suffered. Tens of thousands of moderate Hutus were also slaughtered because they were political opponents of the one-party Hutu state and natural obstacles to the genocide.
Up to 1000 protestors coursed through the streets of Dakar in April 2004 to protest against a plan aimed at privatising the Senegalese national lottery, LONASE. The protest took place on the same day that the World Bank announced the cancellation of $850m dollars of Senegal's debt.
Ten years ago, beginning on 6 April 1994, more than one million Rwandans were massacred in a three-month bloodbath. The dead were mainly Tutsis, the minority ethnic group in Rwanda who made up about 14 percent of the then eight million population.
Despite the ANC's record landslide in April's South African general elections, there is growing domestic resistance to the party's lurch to the right.
April 2004 is the tenth anniversary of the genocide that killed a million Rwandans. Mark Curtis describes Britain's role in the slaughter