South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa relaunches neo-liberalism

by Patrick Bond

Pambazuka News | February 23, 2018


Cyril Ramaphosa’s soft-coup firing of Jacob Zuma from the South African presidency on 14 February 2018, after nearly nine years in power and a bitter struggle to avoid resignation, has contradictory local and geopolitical implications. Amidst general applause at seeing Zuma’s rear end in the society, immediately concerns arise about the new president’s neo-liberal, pro-corporate tendencies, and indeed his legacy of financial corruption and class war against workers given the lack of closure on the 2012 Marikana Massacre.

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South Africa’s Assembly Approves Land Expropriation Without Compensation

teleSUR | February 27, 2018

The legislation, approved by an overwhelming majority, was proposed by the left-wing Economic Freedom Fighters party.

South Africa’s parliament passed Tuesday a motion brought by the leftist party Economic Freedom Fighters, or EFF, to carry out land expropriation without compensation, a key pillar of the ruling ANC government and new President Cyril Ramaphosa.

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What Western imperialism is up to now in Zimbabwe

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Out with the old, in with the not so new

by Shawn Hattingh

Pambazuka News | February 16, 2018

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New evidence of Africa’s systematic looting, provided by an increasingly schizophrenic World Bank

by Patrick Bond

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Tunisia: Bright anger amid dismal atmosphere

by Sam Albert

Pambazuka News | February 01, 2018

The recent demonstrations and fighting that broke out across Tunisia for about ten days in January 2018 are all the more significant in that Western representatives and apologists for the current state of the world have held up Tunisia’s political situation as the most successful outcome of the 2011 “Arab Spring”, that is, from the point of view of maintaining the status quo.

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Communists call for release of jailed Sudanese comrades

People’s World | February 06, 2018

Communists call for release of jailed Sudanese comrades

An undated photo shows Sudanese security forces on the offensive against demonstrators.

Sixty communist and workers’ parties from around the world have signed a new statement in support of jailed Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) leaders.

The statement, released today, condemned President Omar al-Bashir’s “dictatorial regime” for the arrests made during and following last month’s SCP-organized protests in Khartoum against International Monetary Fund-demanded cuts to wheat subsidies.Read More »

A revolutionary calling and my socialist expedition

by Christina Mfanga

Pambazuka News | February 01, 2018

The commitment to the struggle of the working class was valorised, as African activists spent time with Brazilian rural farmers in their simple lives, but yet filled with abundant joy, love and humility. Within the walls of their homes, one could see a strong sense of hunger in striving for the burial of the downtrodden and barbaric system of capitalism. 

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The co-optation of the African National Congress: South Africa’s original ‘State Capture’

by Sampie Terreblanche

Pambazuka News | January 25, 2018

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Sudan: Communists vow to bring down ‘dictatorial regime’ as nation wide bread protests continue

Morning Star | January 23, 2018

Protests at soaring bread prices are continuing in Sudan’s main cities, the communist party said last night as it vowed to bring down the country’s “dictatorial regime.”

The Sudanese Communist Party (SCP) political bureau said the protests against International Monetary Fund-pushed austerity measures were still going on despite the jailing of six of its leaders in the past two weeks.

SCP general secretary Muhammad Mukhtar al-Khatieb was arrested last Wednesday.Read More »