Africa

Ethiopia: Collective Punishment by Internet Clampdown

by Alemayehu G. Mariam

Shutting down and criminalizing use of the internet has become a weapon in the government’s cyber warfare strategy against the Ethiopian people, particularly the youth. The internet is making it exceedingly difficult for dictatorships to cling to power and rule tyrannically. It has created a walless, borderless, wireless, seamless, restless and fearless world.

“Zuma Must Fall” and the Left: Lessons from Zimbabwe

by Munvaradzi Gwisai

Faced with a growing crisis, South African President Zuma has raised the prospect of a radical reorientation of the ANC and the possibility of radical economic transformation. Alarmed, another faction of the South Africa’s capitalist class has thrown its support behind the Zuma Must Fall” movement. The author says there are lessons for South Africa from the movement that rose up against Mugabe in Zimbabwe in the late 1990s.

The Failure of the Socialist Movement in Nigeria

by Osaze Lanre Nosaze

Africa’s most populous nation has lots of parties that call themselves “socialist” or “communist,” but “all of them fail by the crucial criterion of possessing sufficient interventional capacity for sustained and broad-based influence over the agenda, course, pace, and outcomes of the social conflict between the oppressed and the oppressors.”

Fortress Europe: The Rise of Fascism and Racism in the Netherlands

by Thomas C. Mountain

Police in a small Dutch town broke up a long-scheduled and totally peaceful gathering of Eritreans from all over Europe, as the event was besieged by Ethiopians pretending to be Eritreans. Meanwhile, “a well known Dutch ‘human rights activist’” was heard on her cell phone “ranting and raving against Eritrea and provoking the ‘protesters’ to carry out their attacks.”

Rwanda: Starvation in the Shadow of a Star


by Ann Garrison

Paul Kagame, the dictator that presides over Rwanda’s minority government, is the darling of the U.S., the former colonial powers, and Israel. Bill Clinton claims “the economic and social gains in Rwanda have been nothing short of astonishing under Kagame.” So, it may surprise his sponsors that Rwanda is in the grip of famine. Kagame also requires that candidates in the current election submit their media messages to the state for approval.

Africa at the Crossroads: the Fate of the African Union

by Abayomi Azikiwe

History is not as far removed from the crises afflicting Africa today as many people seem to think. Imperialism has fought against the continent’s genuine independence and socialist development over the last five decades. As Nkrumah said, independence was only the prelude to a tougher struggle for the right of Africans to conduct their affairs according to their own aspirations.

In the Light of African Liberation Day Imperialist Rats Will Run Away

by Mark P. Fancher

The heroic African guerilla struggles against colonialism are history. The African present is dominated by AFRICOM, the U.S. military octopus with tentacles deep in the militaries of supposedly independent African states. “If Africa’s enemies have retreated like cowardly rats to the safety of their offices and boardrooms, then it’s time for us to drag their deliberations and plans out into the light of day -- African Liberation Day.”

Hail Emmanuel Caesar! The Bankster Macron and Pax Francais in Africa

by Thomas C. Mountain

The blood of millions stains France’s colonialist hands, crimes that dwarf and mock its claims to authorship of “liberty, fraternity and solidarity.” The new bankster-in-charge in Paris is dedicated to wealth accumulation through looting, understanding that “the continued super exploitation of Africa is essential to the maintenance of the French economy.”

A Certain Amount of Madness: From Endless Protests to Revolution

by Henry Makori

Often too reform-oriented, current activism is incapable of mid-wifing radical transformation. Today’s activism is only mildly disruptive, is fragmented and addresses symptoms, not systems. Its aims are short-term and it doesn't engage the masses. No coherent and convincing alternative visions are proffered. Instead, activists are busy petitioning the same oppressive powers they should be fighting. Africa needs a revolution.

Zuma and the Real Story of the Capture of the ANC and the State

by Dale T. McKinley

The continuity of corporate capture, of corruption, of the arrogance of state and executive power, of the demobilization of the grassroots, is crucial to understanding what Zuma has done and will continue to do. And this rot did not start with the rise of Zuma to the throne. It is deeply rooted in the politics of the ruling ANC party post-apartheid.

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