Topic: Africa

  • Two directions in South Africa

    Ronnie Kasrils and Cyril Ramaphosa exchanged harsh words in the run-up to the recent elections in South Africa.

  • Behind the dirty war in Nigeria

    Outrage at the abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls is being used to build support for actions that will make the violence worse.

  • A break with the past in South Africa

    What does the refusal of South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers's to endorse the African National Congress mean?

  • What's behind the violence in South Sudan?

    A conflict between political leaders has spilled over into bloodshed, causing more suffering in the newest nation in Africa.

  • A life shaped by the struggle

    Many of the tributes to Nelson Mandela ignore how he was influenced by political ideas and liberation struggles of his time.

  • Amandla!

    After decades of struggle against apartheid, Black South Africans celebrated in 1994 as they took part in elections for the first time.

  • Don't African lives matter?

    When they teach us about Africa, why don't we learn about the Great African War and King Leopold's reign of terror in the Congo?

  • Mandela and the world of sports

    Nelson Mandela's relationship to the sports world has been lionized, but there was a side that was far more controversial.

  • Mandela was not alone

    We must honor Nelson Mandela's legacy, but also remember that the struggle to liberate South Africa was a collective effort.

  • When Mandela was president

    Ending apartheid was an immense achievement, but the system Nelson Mandela led afterward didn't end the suffering of the majority of Blacks.

  • Praised by his persecutors

    The defenders of apartheid have to scramble in Mandela's shadow for a space to declare that they admired him after all.

  • Britain's gulag in Kenya

    Today's leaders of imperial Britain and apologists for the empire want us to move on and forget the atrocities of the past.

  • What's behind the bloodshed in Nairobi?

    The deadly assault at a Kenyan mall is being portrayed as mindless fanaticism--but its roots lie in the U.S.-led "war on terror" coming to Africa.

  • South African labor goes into battle

    A new wave of strikes in South Africa is continuing the conflict between workers and the business-backed ANC government.

  • A South African October?

    South African socialist Neville Alexander envisioned a movement that simultaneously fought apartheid and capitalism.

  • Aftershocks of the miners' revolt

    A yearlong wave of strikes has rocked South Africa's ruling alliance following a police massacre of miners in Marikana.

  • Behind Mugabe's landslide

    Zimbabwean socialists explain the backdrop to the sweeping election victory for the regime of dictator Robert Mugabe.

  • Obama's message in South Africa

    Barack Obama had U.S. corporate access to Africa's mineral and petroleum wealth on his mind when he met with the ANC elite.

  • Mali under indefinite occupation

    France's parliament voted to extend military intervention in Mali, as the UN Security Council readies a policing force.

  • What will bring justice in Mali?

    Opposition to France's intervention in its former colony must include a recognition of the struggle against national oppression.

  • What France wants in Mali

    The French government says its military intervention in Mali is a last resort, but the plans were in the making for some time.

  • Who are the Tuareg?

    The Tuareg people in Northern Mali are attacked as Islamic jihadists--while their grievances against the state are ignored.

  • France's "long haul" in Mali

    The French government's intervention in Mali is not motivated by humanitarian reasons, but imperialist interests.

  • The French plan for Mali

    François Hollande is using French intervention in Mali to position France as West Africa's "indispensable power."

  • Habits of French colonialism

    François Hollande's claim that French military intervention in Mali will protect the country from Islamism is deceitful.