EU’s ‘aid for trade’ policy towards Africa

by Daouda Cissé

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The Russian Revolution and Pan African revolutionary traditions

by Horace G. Campbell

Pambazuka News | November 16, 2017

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The Afro-Asian Writers Association and Soviet engagement with Africa

by Rossen Djagalov

Black Perspectives | November 02, 2017

 

W. E. B. Du Bois and others with hands linked and raised at the Afro-Asian Writers Conference in Tashkent in October 1958. W. E. B. Du Bois Papers (MS 312). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

In October 1958, over two hundred writers from Asia and the emerging African nations descended onto Tashkent, the capital of the Soviet Republic of Uzbekistan. Among the participants was W. E. B. Du Bois, who at age 90 had just flown in from Moscow (where he persuaded Nikita Khrushchev to found an Institute for the Study of Africa). Alongside leading Soviet writers and cultural bureaucrats,  some of the major figures of the 1930s literary left outside of Europe or the Americas were in attendance: the Turkish modernist poet Nazim Hikmet and his Pakistani counterpart Faiz Ahmad Faiz, the Chinese novelist Mao Dun and Mulk Raj Anand. Though poorly known at the time, some of the younger delegates at that meeting would go on to become the leading literary figures of their countries: the Senegalese novelist-cum-filmmaker Sembene Ousmane, the Indonesian writer Pramoedya Toer, the poet and founder of Angola’s Communist Party Mario Pinto de Andrade, and the Mozambican poet and FRELIMO politician Marcelino dos Santos. By all accounts, Tashkent impressed visitors with its mixture of Western modernity and familiar “eastern-ness,”—an effect carefully curated by the Soviet hosts who sought to make it a showcase city for Third-World delegations.Read More »

Why is the US at war in West Africa?

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Ugandans resist land grabbing and US-backed dictatorship

An interview with activist Phil Wilmot

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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

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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

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Granma | September 06, 2017

French soldiers in the Central African Republic. Photo: http://www.hispantv.com

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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