Pentagon Human Rights Auxiliary pushes ICC to indict Burundi

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‘Africa rising’: Hope or impossibility?

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Reflections on Kenya: Whose capital, whose state?

by Yash Tandon

Pambazuka News | September 14, 2017


Following the bungled presidential election, Kenya is heading to a repeat poll on 17 October. Regardless of the outcome, the election will not resolve the country’s deep neo-colonial contradictions. Progressive forces must consider building a socialist Revolution to bring about democratic control of the means of production and a fair system of the distribution of the fruits of labour for the benefit of all.

In The Trial of Dedan Kimathi, Ngugi wa Thiong’o challenges the colonial presentation of Kimathi as a depraved, mad, terrorist. Ngugi presents an alternative nationalist narrative of Kimathi as a revolutionary, admired by peasants and workers of Kenya. In the courtroom – interspersed with Gikuyu songs and dances that interpret episodes from Kenya’s history – Kimathi emerges as a hero.

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War and colonialism in the Central African Republic


Granma | September 06, 2017

French soldiers in the Central African Republic. Photo:

For the vast majority of media outlets Africa is a continent in chaos, a place of countless massacres, epidemics, and starvation caused by conflicts, that generate extremist groups which mercilessly loot, rape, and kidnap.

Also a place with enchanting landscapes, abundant mineral resources, and at the same time threatened by drought and desertification, for many in the West, Africa is the kingdom of tribal conflicts, smuggling, and inevitable poverty.Read More »

Why is Canada supporting Africa’s most ruthless dictator?

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Reflections on South Africa: whose capital, whose state?

by Yash Tandon

Pambazuka News | August 31, 2017

Daily Maverick

Even if embattled President Zuma were to leave (and replaced by, say, Cyril Ramaphosa), the country is nowhere near getting out of its political crisis.  Why not? It is because the problem lies, essentially, in the captured polity of the South African state and economy.  This has deep historical and systemic roots.


Main argument summarised

President Jacob Zuma narrowly survived the recent (9 August 2017) parliamentary secret ballot on no confidence in him.  177 MPs voted for the motion, 198 against and 9 abstained. Clearly, many African National Congress (ANC) MPs had voted for the motion and against their president. It was a close call. Had the motion been carried, the President and his cabinet would have had to resign immediately. [1]

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Two attempts to build a Black capitalist class

by Ronald Wesso

Pambazuka News | August 31, 2017


Attempts to foster a Black capitalist class in South Africa in co-operation with white capital have failed spectacularly. The price that white capital extracted for their co-operation was a neoliberal state that trapped the Black working class and poor in unemployment, inequality, poverty and gender based violence inherited from Apartheid and made worse.


Does the majority of Black people have an interest in supporting the development of a Black capitalist class?

If Mike Morris did not manage to raise this question it would be easy to see his article ‘South Africa’s problem is greater and deeper than the Guptas, Zuma, and their cronies’ as just another repetition of the racist assumptions underlying the dominant liberal position on the Zuma group. All the familiar tropes are there.

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An off-the-record genocide

by Deborah S. Rogers

Pambazuka News | August 17, 2017

Global resource extraction interests in collaboration with corrupt local elites are providing incentives for a genocide against Indigenous people in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a virtual media blackout allows this travesty to continue unchecked.

On April 27, 2017, a hapless cow wandered off-course during a seasonal cattle drive in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and ended up over the campfire of some Indigenous hunters. The traditional lands of these groups (Batwa and related groups) are routinely trampled by cattle, cut for old-growth timber, or grabbed for mineral resources including diamonds and coltan — generally illegally. As their wild game diminishes from these impacts, the Batwa have come to view cattle as fair game.

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The huge scam that was Nigeria’s oil subsidy

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Congo Genocide: An interview with Sylvestre Mido

by Ann Garrison

Genocost, a UK-based Congolese advocacy group, commemorated Congo Genocide this week on August 2nd. August 2nd is the day that US allies Rwanda and Uganda invaded the Democratic Republic of the Congo, starting the Second Congo War in 1998. Though a peace treaty was signed in 2003, the violence, displacement, and mass killing continue. War epidemiologists working with the International Rescue Committee estimated the death toll at 5.4 million during just 10 years of the nearly 20-year old conflict.

Genocost asks that nations formally recognize August 2nd as Congo Genocide Commemoration Day. I spoke to Genocost spokesperson Sylvester Mido, a Congolese British IT professional and activist. His family fled Congo in 1999, when he was 16 years old.

Ann Garrison: Sylvester, why does your group want to “commemorate” a genocide that is ongoing? Aren’t genocides and other tragedies usually commemorated in retrospect?

Sylvestre Mido: We want to commemorate the genocide in Congo because Congo has a history filled with forgotten tragedies.There are no commemorations for the 10 million Congolese killed under Belgium’s King Leopold II’s reign of terror. King Leopold II wiped out half our population at that time—over a century ago—for the sake of rubber, ivory, and gold.Read More »