400 years (1619-2019) after the beginning of African enslavement in the British colony of Virginia

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | February 24, 2019

Africans arrive in Jamestown Settlement in August 1619

Six months from now, a commemoration of the long saga of struggle against national oppression and economic exploitation will take place.

In late August of 1619, approximately 20 Africans were brought to the shore of Jamestown Settlement in Virginia, then a colony of Britain, having been captured by Portuguese colonisers in the Ndongo and Kongo kingdoms (in the vicinity of modern day Angola, Republic of Congo-Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo) and then stolen again en route to Vera Cruz on the coast of Mexico by British traders operating a warship flying a Dutch flag for the purpose of labour exploitation.

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The people’s movement for change in Sudan deserves our support

Morning Star | January 31, 2019

THE current uprising in Sudan is no sudden development and has been in the making for a number of years.

However, it has now reached a qualitatively new stage and become a country-wide mass movement to end the despotic rule of Omar al-Bashir, who has been president of Sudan since the army coup of 1989. It is a movement that shows no sign of abating despite the brutality of the response.Read More »

Life After War: How Young People in Uganda Are Coping

by Teddy Atim

The WireJanuary 19, 2019

Life After War: How Young People in Uganda Are Coping

People gather to watch a film in Lira district, north of Uganda’s capital Kampala. Credit: Reuters

For over two decades between 1986 and 2006, northern Uganda experienced a prolonged conflict pitting government forces against the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. The conflict, the longest of Uganda’s post independence struggles, was rooted in the colonial legacy of divide-and-rule. This was often along ethnic and regional lines.Read More »

Africa in Review 2018, part III: Imperialist militarism and the quest for reconstruction

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | January 07, 2019

Ethiopia and Eritrea leaders embrace in Asmara during historic 8-9 July  2018 state visit

Efforts of Africa’s unity and regional integration are obstructed by continuing outside interference and destabilisation of the continent. 


Bombing operations by the United States military against the Horn of Africa state of Somalia have escalated during the course of 2018.

Once the administration of President Donald Trump came into office nearly two years ago, purported “restrictions” placed on Pentagon operations through the US Africa Command (AFRICOM) were lifted.

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Africa in review 2018, part II: Regional instability and the politics of underdevelopment

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | January 04, 2019

Cameroon demonstration in support of separation of Angolphone regions


Over the last 12 months events on the African continent have reinforced the centuries-long relationship with the imperialist nations through the process of economic exploitation of human and natural resources, fuelling the profitability of the dominant forces within the world system. Although there are subtle and profound variations manifesting this reality in the 55 designated countries making up the African Union (AU), the similarities across the continent far outweigh the differences. Read More »

Africa in review 2018: Electoral politics, social stability and the need for genuine economic development

by Abayomi Azikiwe

Pambazuka News | January 03, 2019

From the Democratic Republic of Congo to Sudan the need for continental solutions is apparent.


There is much to be learned from developments on the African continent in 2018 where the nation states and masses of people are continuing their quest for authentic national liberation and unity. This is a first in a series of articles which highlight aspects of events on the continent, which point to the necessity of building an independent existence for working class, peasantry and youth that can guarantee a prosperous future free of the legacy of slavery, colonialism and neo-colonialism.

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South Africa: The ANC: The Story of a Liberation Movement That’s Lost Its Lustre

by Steven Friedman

South Africa’s governing African National Congress (ANC) celebrates its 107th birthday this year against a backdrop of an election campaign it’s likely to win handily – but which is likely to mask its longer-term decline.

January 8 is the day the ANC was founded. It observes it by issuing a statement compiled by its national executive committee which sets out its plans for the year. The statement, once the subject of endless analysis, is now often better at saying what the ANC would like to do than what it really will.

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