Congo in the Abyss

By Ann Garrison, published on Black Agenda Report, October 17, 2018 The imperial aggressions of western governments have inflicted multiple holocausts on the Congolese people. “In Congo, globalized capitalism creates permanent chaos.” This week I spoke to Swiss Congolese historian, activist and coordinator of the Congolese movement Likambo Ya Mabele Bénédicte Kumbi Ndjoko about recent developments in the Democratic Republic[…]

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Todays Wars Have Roots in Tragic 1993 US Intervention in Somalia

By Ann Wright, previously published on CodePink.org and WorldBeyondWar.org Several days ago, a journalist contacted me about a memorandum titled “Legal and human rights aspects of UNOSOM military operations” I had written in 1993, twenty-five years ago.  At the time, I was the chief of the Justice Division of the United Nations Operations in Somalia (UNOSOM).  I had been seconded[…]

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Samir Amin: A Vital Challenge to Dispossession

Samir Amin (1931-2018) was one of the world’s greatest radical thinkers – a “creative Marxist” who went from Communist activism in Nasser’s Egypt, to advising African socialist leaders like Julius Nyerere to being a leading figure in the World Social Forum. by Nick Dearden,  A segment of a Retrospective on Samir Amin Published on Pambazuka News, August 23, 2018 Samir[…]

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Divide and Rule: Balkanizing the Democratic Republic of Congo

Photo left: Congloese join Rawanda Day protests, 2012; Photo right: Former U.S. President Bill Clinton visits Rwandan President Paul Kagame on Kagame’s farm in Muhazi.“Carnage on such a scale could not have occurred were it not for the connivance of the United States, which has nurtured Kagame at every juncture. … ~September 2010 by Ann Garrison interviews Boniface Musavuli on[…]

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Was Patrice Lumumba’s Assassination the Most Important of the Last Century?

by Maurice Carney, first published on TRTWorld, August 6, 2018 The assassination was a disaster not only for the Democratic Republic of Congo, but for the entire African continent. More than half a century later, its shockwaves still reverberate. The assassination of Congo’s first democratically elected prime minister, Patrice Emery Lumumba on January 17, 1961 has been famously termed “the[…]

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The Land Question: Unpacking Expropriation Without Compensation in South Africa

by Nombuso Mathibela, originally published on Pambazuka News “Pay no one for land acquired illegally.” The radical thesis of seizing property from white landholders without compensation was adopted in the ANC’s 54th National Conference in December 2017 and subsequently most vehemently motioned in the National Assembly by the opposition party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The motion was passed with[…]

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Regional Geopolitics and the Future of the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Congolese policemen arrest opposition activists participating in a march to press President Joseph Kabila to step down in the Democratic Republic of the Congo capital Kinshasa, September 19, 2016 ~Reuters by Kambale Musavuli, Published on The Daily Maverick, 22 June 2018 The uncertainty in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has garnered the full attention of regional and continental[…]

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General strike in South Africa

Strikers in Johannesburg, SA, April 25, 2018 protest austerity and oppression of workers by Marty Goodman, originally published on Socialist Action, May 30, 2018 Worsening poverty and attacks on organized labor by South Africa’s neo-liberal African National Congress (ANC) government have ignited a wave of working-class militancy, resulting in a general strike on April 25. The militant action targeted a[…]

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