U.S. court frames Somalis for ‘terrorism’

By STEFANIE LEVI On May 16, a group of about 200 Somali people—mostly women—and their supporters from other communities assembled at the federal building in downtown Minneapolis. The people came to support Hawa Mohamed Hassan, 64, and Amina Farah Ali, 35, both residents of Rochester, Minn., at their sentencing hearing. The courtrooms were filled to…

Imperialists tighten grip on Sahara-Sahel

By CHRISTINE MARIE The two-month period of April-May 2013 will be remembered as marking a significant advance in the imperialist project in the Sahara-Sahel region of Northern Africa. On April 29, the UN authorized the deployment of 11, 200 troops to Mali. Beginning on July 1, this large international force will function alongside the French…

A new Arab revolt?

By ANDREW POLLACK In recent weeks the masses of Egypt and Tunisia have re-entered the streets and taken workplace action in significant numbers, boldly defying their rulers out of dissatisfaction with how the latter are throttling the promise of their revolutions. In response the parties in power in each country—bourgeois populist parties with an Islamist…

The con that knows no borders

By BARRY WEISLEDER Book Review: Will Ferguson, “419” (Penguin Canada, Toronto, 2012, 399 pages). How are the sins of imperialism visited upon the common people of the “rich” countries? One way is “419.” That is the law against fraud in the criminal code of Nigeria. It is also the title of the Giller Prize-winning book by…

Egyptian regime attacks protesters

By ANDREW POLLACK The regime headed by President Mohamed Morsi shot down dozens in protests in Egypt at the end of January. All the while it continued to meet with International Monetary Fund officials to dicker over the terms of a promised loan, terms that it knows can only be enforced if militancy in the…

Behind the French & U.S. attack in Mali

By CHRISTINE MARIE On Feb. 1, The New York Times published a major article by Adam Nossiter and Neil MacFarquhar entitled “Algeria Sowed Seeds of Hostage Crisis as It Nurtured Warlord.” The warlord in question is Iyad Ag Ghali, who heads Ansar Dine, one of the three Islamic groups that The Times says threatened to…

No to French intervention in Mali!

Statement by National Secretariat of the PST (Socialist Workers Party, Algerian section of the Fourth International), Jan. 17 — After the Ivorian episode in 2010, the French military intervention in Mali, with its colonialist overtones, is above all an expression of France’s determination to regain its “African garden”, which is being gnawed away at by…

S. Africa: Latest attack on miners condemned

By DEMOCRATIC LEFT FRONT (South Africa) Oct. 29—The Democratic Left Front condemns the police for shooting workers in Rustenburg on October 27. Two workers who work at Amplats were hit by live ammunition, and one, hit in the chest, is in a critical condition in hospital. Eleven other mineworkers were injured by rubber bullets. The…

Washington threatens new military strikes

By DANIEL XAVIER  As the presidential election rapidly approaches, it is predictably clear that the imperialist foreign policy agenda of the U.S. government will continue to advance unabated regardless of whether Barack Obama or Mitt Romney occupies the White House come January. Obama, the Nobel Peace Prize winner (!), has continued and expanded U.S. military…

S. African miners continue strikes

By DANIEL XAVIER (Updated, Oct. 7) Miners at South Africa’s Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), who are on strike for higher wages, have vowed to resist new measures to repress their struggle. In early October, two leaders of their branch of the National Union of Mineworkers were killed. One of them was shot when police attacked…

Tunisia: An ongoing revolution

Following are portions of an interview with Jalel Ben Brik Zoghlami, a lawyer and one of the leaders of the Ligue de la Gauche Ouvrière (LGO, Workers’ Left League). He was formerly a leader of the Organisation Communiste Révolutionnaire (OCR, Revolutionary Communist Organisation, Tunisian section of the Fourth International). He was interviewed by Jan Malewski…

French, UN forces install new president in the Ivory Coast

by Michael Schreiber Weeks after Alassane Ouattara replaced Laurent Gbagbo as president, the Ivory Coast (Côte d’Ivroire) remains in chaos. The capital city, Abidjan, has been wracked by looting and gun battles by rival armies professing loyalty to Ouattara. The discord came to a head on April 27, when Ibrahim Coulibaly, commander of the so-called…

Tunisia, North Africa, and the Arab Revolution

Statement by Socialist Action (U.S.), Jan. 17, 2011 The year 2011 has begun with the heroic ousting of the dictator Ben Ali by the Tunisian people. The recent Tunisian uprising against rising food prices, unemployment, and political repression is not a new occurrence. The liberalization of economic policies in North Africa has had a devastating…

Support Striking Namibian Workers at Lev Leviev Diamonds!

The Congress of South African Trade Unions pledges its support for the 153 diamond polishers employed by the Lev Leviev Diamond (LLD) Polishing Company in Windhoek, Namibia, who have been on strike since June 19th to protest abusive managers as well as job appraisals and promotions, wages and outstanding overtime. Adalah-NY, the Coalition for Justice…

Kenya Explodes!

The mass explosion and conflicts that followed the obvious falsification of the results of the Dec. 27 Kenyan presidential election have raised many questions. But one thing is absolutely clear. Kenya can no longer be held up by the imperialist governments and publicists as a model of stability and prosperity for post-colonial Africa. It is…

Review of “Hotel Rwanda”

by Gaetana Caldwell-Smith & Michael Schreiber– February, 2005   “Hotel Rwanda.” Starring Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, and Nick Nolte; directed by Terry George.   “Hotel Rwanda” is a heartrending exposé of the consequences of the policies of the major Western powers toward the neo-colonial world. The European and U.S. imperialists orchestrated the conditions for the…

Fissures in South African Communist Party

By GORAN KARRMAN On Oct. 1, tens of thousands of protesters marched in Johannesburg, demanding an end to the African National Congress-led government’s program to privatize state resources, which has resulted in job losses. The demonstration was part of a two-day nationwide general strike, which was supported by the Congress of South African Trade Unions…

Files Opened on 27 Years of US Terror in Angola

By JEFF MACKLER After 27 years in the service of one or another imperialist power, Jonas Savimbi fought his last “rebel” battle in February when he met his end at the hands of Angolan government military forces. Savimbi headed the National Union for the Total Liberation of Angola (UNITA), a military/political force armed over the…

South Africa’s Mbeki Promotes Bush Agenda; Ducks UN AIDS Conference

By GERRY FOLEY South African President Thabo Mbeki’s June 25 White House visit with George Bush shattered a few more illusions that Mbeki’s African National Congress (ANC) government represents the interests of the South African people. The Mbeki-Bush meeting was widely reported in the capitalist media. A June 25 CBS interview had Mbeki urging “stability”…

ANC Leaders Put Aside Old Rhetoric

By CHARLIE VAN GELDEREN John Saul, whose Toronto-based South African Report played a big role in keeping the world informed about South African affairs in the days of apartheid, has just left South Africa after a term teaching sociology in the University of the Witwatersrand. He has come away bitterly disillusioned. As someone close to…

South Africa’s AIDS Policy Opens Worldwide Debate

By RON JEFFRIES The July 9 opening day speech to the 13th International AIDS Conference by South Africa President Thabo Mbeki sent shock waves across the globe and opened a critical debate about how to fight the AIDS pandemic that has already infected 34.3 million people worldwide, mostly Africans. As President Mbeki, the successor to…