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 … Continue reading ANC Leaders Put Aside Old Rhetoric
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 … Continue reading South Africa’s AIDS Policy Opens Worldwide Debate
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 … Continue reading The Only Road for Africa – and the World
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 … Continue reading Apartheid is Still Alive in 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 … Continue reading Strike Hits South Africa
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 … Continue reading 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. … Continue reading After Mandela, Will the ANC Deliver?
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 … Continue reading Imperialism and Genocide in Namibia
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 … Continue reading Zimbabwe Torn by Western Banks, Corruption