Africa


The EU’s ‘orderly transition’

10 February 2011 Leigh Phillips on Catherine Ashton and the EU's response to the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

‘Our victory belongs to our young generation’

23 January 2011 Red Pepper’s Christine Morderbacher spoke to five Tunisians about recent events and the hopes they have for their country.

Tunisians break 23 years of silence

12 January 2011 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.

Small country, big struggle

26 August 2010 Mike Marqusee has just returned from a visit with trade unionists and democracy activists in Swaziland

South Africa’s own goal

16 June 2010 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

Contracts to corrupt

16 April 2010 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

Coming out in Kenya

23 August 2009 Pauline Kimani is one of Kenya's few openly lesbian women. Interview by Arusha Topazzini

Contending for the living

7 May 2009 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

Dirty gold is a family affair

17 January 2009 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

Win one day

11 December 2008 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

We, the people of Zimbabwe

4 August 2008 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

Hope in dark times

16 April 2008 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

Wake up and smell the roses

15 April 2008 Campaigners are exposing the conditions that predominantly women workers suffer in Kenya to bring cheap cut flowers to western Europe, writes Siobhan McGuirk

Sons of the Clouds

1 December 2007 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

The foul stench of Firestone

1 June 2007 Slavery isn't dead, writes Robtel Neajai Pailey. Its modern-day variant is just found on a different kind of plantation

The war on terror comes to Africa

1 February 2007 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?

Plunder and war

1 October 2006 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

Mau Mau and the British Newspapers

1 July 2004 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.

Background to Rwanda

1 May 2004 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.

Senegalese workers bet against lottery privatisation

1 May 2004 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.

Uncovering the financiers of the genocide

1 May 2004 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.

South Africa’s faded rainbow

1 May 2004 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.

From bloodbath to whitewash

1 March 2004 April 2004 is the tenth anniversary of the genocide that killed a million Rwandans. Mark Curtis describes Britain's role in the slaughter



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