Africa


Why we’ve joined the global climate strike

22 September 2019 Landry Ninteretse and Ian Rivera share perspectives from Kenya and the Philippines and call for universal energy systems that are clean and renewable, public and decentralised

The colonial origins of Africa’s health crisis

15 November 2018 Formerly colonised nations are still suffering the effects of underdevelopment and underinvestment in health infrastructure, writes Jessica Lynne Pearson.

Resistance and revolution in colonial Kenya

22 October 2018 Shehina Fazal reviews 'Kenya’s War of Independence: Mau Mau and its Legacy of Resistance  to Colonialism and Imperialism, 1948-1990' by Shiraz Durrani. 

‘The most potent weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed’

18 October 2018 Mike Peters explores the legacy of Steve Biko, a radical who spent his life fighting for Black liberation and for the overthrow of the Apartheid government in South Africa.

Samir Amin: a vital challenge to dispossession

13 August 2018 Nick Dearden looks at the theories of one of Africa's greatest radical thinkers

China vs the US: The new imperial scramble for Africa

23 May 2018 Lee Wengraf writes that the rush for profits, economic volatility and militarization across Africa promises only instability, rising exploitation and violence.

After Zuma: Corruption and Capital in ‘BRICS’ South Africa

1 March 2018 Jacob Zuma's legacy of corruption and economic mismanagement will not be cured by a simple transfer of leadership. Patrick Bond examines the impact of steering South Africa towards BRICS membership.

Transition or succession? Zimbabwe’s future looks uncertain

8 December 2017 The fall of Mugabe doesn't necessarily spell freedom for the people of Zimbabwe, writes Farai Maguwu

The West owes Zimbabwe a future.

27 November 2017 Nick Dearden from Global Justice Now argues that after years of colonial domination and dodgy trade deals, the UK must make amends and support Zimbabwe in this uncertain time.

The Marikana women’s fight for justice, five years on

13 October 2017 Marienna Pope-Weidemann meets Sikhala Sonke, a grassroots social justice group led by the women of Marikana

The violence of coltan: purchase of a global silence

24 June 2017 The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) continues to witness devastating political violence, but the world refuses to act. Ishiaba Kasonga and Serge Egola Angbakodolo ask why?

The ‘new colonialism’: Rio Tinto in Madagascar

12 July 2016 As its wealth is seized by foreign interests, Africa is facing a colonial invasion in many ways as devastating as the one it suffered in the nineteenth century. Ross Hemingway reports.

Ken Saro-Wiwa and the power of resistance

25 October 2015 On the 20th anniversary of Saro-Wiwa’s murder, Nigerian activist Ken Henshaw describes how his struggle put justice at the centre of environmentalism

Burkina Faso: Liberation not looting

23 March 2015 Firoze Manji argues that the recent uprising in Burkina Faso throws light on the debate around development, and calls for our solidarity, not charity

Sherlock Holmes, the British Museum & an oily villain

14 February 2015 On Global Divestment Day Chris Garrard says its time for cultural institutions to cut their ties with the fossil fuel industry

Culture and Revolution: The Pan-African Festival of Algiers

31 October 2014 Hamza Hamouchene introduces the revolutionary documentary, The Pan-African Festival of Algiers 1969

Support the South African platinum miners’ strike

19 June 2014 The six-month strike action might be nearing its end, but the suffering of union members and their families will continue. Supporters have begun a campaign calling for donations, Edward Dingwall reports.

Oil uprising: Two decades after Ken Saro-Wiwa’s death, the Ogoni struggle is reigniting

7 March 2014 Patrick Kane of War on Want and Sarah Shoraka of Platform report from the Niger Delta on the Ogoni people’s struggle against Shell and the wider mobilisation in Nigeria towards 2015 as a ‘year of change’

Nelson Mandela, CLR James and the Brixton radicals: how South Africa inspired South London

6 December 2013 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

To do justice to Mandela’s life, the struggle must continue

5 December 2013 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

Nelson Mandela: a man who showed that individuals can make a difference

5 December 2013 William Gumede pays tribute to the anti-apartheid leader – and contrasts his example to today's ANC

‘I can hear the roar of women’s silence’

15 October 2012 On the 25th Anniversary of Sankara's assassination Sokari Ekrine considers the importance of his vision for women's emancipation.

Thomas Sankara: an African leader with a message for Europe

14 October 2012 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

Marikana miners: The massacre of our illusions

25 August 2012 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

African labour and the Chinese dragon

8 July 2012 Róisín Hinds reports from the Zambian Copperbelt, a site of intense labour conflict linked to Chinese investment

Review: No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way

16 January 2012 No Land! No House! No Vote! Voices from Symphony Way, reviewed by Martin Legassick

Don’t feed the world? How food aid can do more harm than good

2 January 2012 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

Shack fightback: Bandile Mdlalose on Abahlali baseMjondolo

30 December 2011 Bandile Mdlalose talks to Lorna Stephenson about Abahlali baseMjondolo, a radical poor people’s movement in South Africa

Reclaiming the South African dream

28 December 2011 South African activist Vishwas Satgar looks at post-apartheid South Africa 17 years on

Niger Delta: a quiet resistance

26 December 2011 Sokari Ekine meets women’s movements in the Niger Delta and discovers that in this militarised country even small acts take courage

Aspiring to Tahrir

23 December 2011 Justin Pearce asks when African hope will translate into real change

African awakenings: Hope for the future

22 December 2011 Firoze Manji charts the revolts and rebellions that have been occurring not just in northern Africa but across the whole continent

Libya after Gaddafi: ‘The continuity is striking’

19 December 2011 The National Transitional Council’s ‘new Libya’ is all too familiar, writes Tommy Miles

Somalia: shocking images aren’t enough

26 November 2011 Marilyn McHarg, from Médecins sans Frontières, argues that aid groups don't discuss the reasons for food shortages

Malawi’s unsafe abortion toll

9 November 2011 A recent survey reveals that unsafe abortions are killing three women and girls daily in Malawi

Remember the dead, fight for the living

9 October 2011 Peter Apps on a public art memorial to executed activist Ken Saro-Wiwa

South Africa: Power to the people

20 September 2011 Bobby Peek tells how the struggle for environmental rights is intertwined with the one over access to energy

Voices from the Tunisian Revolution

23 May 2011 Amanda Sebystyen profiles individuals who participated in the Tunisian revolution, and their stories

Dispatches from Tunisia

23 May 2011 Amanda Sebestyen reports from a solidarity visit to Tunisia organised through the World Social Forum

Revolt like an Egyptian

12 April 2011 Tahrir Square activist Gigi Ibrahim shares her experience of overthrowing a dictator

Brothers unbanned

11 April 2011 Mansoor Mirza on the Muslim Brotherhood

Egypt: Ammar 404

11 April 2011 The internet and the Arab uprisings. By Zahera Harb

Tweets from Tahrir

11 April 2011 How the Egyptian revolution unfolded on Twitter

A vicarious potency

3 April 2011 In the case of Libya, liberal interventionists ignore the history of imperialism and the realities of power, writes Mike Marqusee

Libyan Developments: interview with Gilbert Achcar

24 March 2011 Gilbert Archar interviewed by Stephen R. Shalom about the situation in Libya.

Libya: war is not the answer

23 March 2011 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.

Organising on the edge

18 March 2011 Caroline Elliot reports on a wave of grass-roots organising in sub-Saharan Africa bringing together workers in the informal economy

Revolution on the Nile: Lessons for Africa

16 February 2011 The importance of the Egyptian and Tunisian uprisings for sub-Saharan Africa should not be overlooked, says Nicolo Gnecchi.

The first lesson from the Egyptian revolution

16 February 2011 Salwa Ismail on the fall of the Mubarak regime, and the new politics emerging in Egypt

Where next for Egypt? A roundup

14 February 2011 Red Pepper rounds up the best commentary and analysis on the situation in Egypt after the fall of Mubarak.



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