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…

The Only Road for Africa – and the World

By NAT WEINSTEIN Imperialism’s relentless super-exploitation and oppression of the people of the neo-colonial world has steadily reduced the 4.75 billion human beings in Africa, Asia, and Latin America down to the lowest depths of poverty. That means that the great majority of this planet’s 6 billion souls live as though scientific, technological, and economic…

Apartheid is Still Alive in South Africa

By CHARLIE VAN GELDEREN When the South African freedom fighters were still battling against apartheid, a dispute arose inside the Fourth International. Jack Barnes and the hijacked Socialist Workers Party in the United States argued that the ANC’s Freedom Charter was the program which would lead to the end of apartheid. It is useful to…

Strike Hits South Africa

In the largest labor action since apartheid ended, hundreds of thousands of public workers held a one-day strike on Aug. 24. The action was a sharp rebuke to the newly elected African National Congress (ANC) government of Thabo Mbeki. Twelve unions-representing over 800,000 workers-took part. They included affiliates of the Congress of South African Trade…

After Mandela, Will the ANC Deliver?

By CHARLIE VAN GELDEREN South Africa’s second election on a full non-racial franchise has resulted in an overwhelming victory for the ANC slate, led by Thabo Mbeki, achieving an even bigger victory than Mandela’s in 1994. The ANC, with 66.4 per cent of the vote, fell short of its target of a two-thirds majority. That…

After Mandela, Will the ANC Deliver?

  By CHARLIE VAN GELDEREN South Africa’s second election on a full non-racial franchise has resulted in an overwhelming victory for the ANC slate, led by Thabo Mbeki, achieving an even bigger victory than Mandela’s in 1994. The ANC, with 66.4 per cent of the vote, fell short of its target of a two-thirds majority.…

Imperialism and Genocide in Namibia

By TOM SANDERS How did Adolph Hitler acquire many of his racist ideas? Strangely enough they came out of Africa in the form of a book written by Eugen Fischer, a prominent German scientist, who went to Namibia (South West Africa) in 1904 and made a study of the mixed ethnic children of German men…

Zimbabwe Torn by Western Banks, Corruption

By JOHN RUHLAND HARARE, Zimbabwe-People in this country warn that speaking out against the government may lead to one’s disappearance, but this does not prevent people from discussing the corruption of President Mugabe’s administration. The consensus is that Mugabe’s days are numbered, and he is busy consolidating the great personal wealth he squeezed out of…