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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500 Years is Long Enough! Human Depravity in the Congo

Native Prisoners at Boma Taking the Air, The mortality rate among natives at Boma  [under Leopold] is enormous, the normal death rate being 50-70%, under favorable conditions . . . by Robert J. Burrows, originally published on CounterCurrents Blog, May 25, 2018 I would like to tell you something about human depravity and illustrate just how widespread it is among[…]

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In Praise of Blood

African dictators Paul Kagame and Laurent Kabila slaughtered and impoverished the people of central Africa on behalf of and assisted by western corporations and western governments. The following has been excerpted from Judi Rever’s compelling new book, In Praise of Blood: The Crimes of the Rawandan Patriotic Front, with permission of the publisher, Random House Canada. Originally published on Black[…]

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UN Declared Humanitarian Crisis in the DRC, President Kabila Rejects Aid

President Joseph Kabila insists that there is no humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, even as millions of children starve. Kabila “doesn’t want anything to reinforce what is widely understood: that the instability in the country is caused in large part by his refusal to step down from power,” says Friends of the Congo’s Maurice Carney Interview with[…]

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Congolese Youth Face Repression for Speaking Up

Young activists who are in the forefront of challenging the Joseph Kabila regime have been subjected to indefinite detention By Kate Janse van Rensburg, originally published on The Dawn News, April 10, 2018 Christian Lumu Lukusa and James Katshingu were kidnapped by the National Intelligence Agency (ANR) of the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa on November 22, 2017. They[…]

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