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Moroccan protests combat repression, poverty and inequality

Moroccan protests combat repression, poverty and inequality The movement has revived again on a national scale with tens of thousands involved in demonstrations

South African student revolt grows amid repression from cops

South African student revolt grows amid repression from cops South African authorities are trying to criminalise a wave of protests on campuses, writes Charlie Kimber

Capitalism's growing pains

Young adults in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa are on average 5cm shorter than their counterparts 40 years ago, revealed an extraordinary study released this week.

Elections in South Africa could mean hope as Economic Freedom Fighters take on ANC

Elections in South Africa could mean hope as Economic Freedom Fighters take on ANC South Africa’s local government elections, set for 3 August, will see a bitter battle between the ruling African National Congress and its opponents on both left and right.

Protests sweep Zimbabwe

Protests sweep Zimbabwe Protests, strikes and stay-aways have swept Zimbabwe in southern Africa as people revolt against food shortages, unpaid wages, corruption and repression.

Cameron's 'fantastically corrupt' claims hypocritical, says Nigerian socialist

Camerons fantastically corrupt claims hypocritical, says Nigerian socialist David Cameron’s description of Nigeria and Afghanistan as “fantastically corrupt”, on the sidelines of the bosses’ anti-corruption summit in London last week, was extraordinarily hypocritical.

South African students ignite growing protest movement

25 February 2016
SOUTH AFRICAN university campuses are burning with revolt. Protests are bursting out across the country over fees, racism, exclusions and the way the apartheid past still shapes education. At least eight universities have seen battles in the past week.

Five-day general strike in Guinea ends with workers winning many key demands

23 February 2016
A general strike that began in west Africa’s Guinea on Monday of last week ended after five days with significant gains.

Tens of thousands of workers in Guinea enter fourth day of general strike

18 February 2016
A general strike that began on Monday of this week continues today, Thursday, in west Africa’s Guinea. Tens of thousands of workers are taking part.

Dripping blood from every pore—why Rhodes must fall

29 January 2016
Oriel College, part of Oxford University, announced this week that having considered all the arguments—in particular those from its wealthy donors—it had decided not to remove a statue of Cecil Rhodes.

Planning the end of Europe's empires—the 1945 Pan-African Congress

13 October 2015
In 1945 Pan-African nationalists met in Manchester to debate the fight against racism and imperialism. Only 200 people attended the event. But the meeting helped plant the seeds of revolt across a continent, writes Ken Olende

South African Miner's murder case dropped

25 August 2015
The attempted murder case against South African trade unionist Makhanya Siphamandla was thrown out on the first day of his trial on Wednesday of last week.

Obama leads a new scramble for Africa

28 July 2015
Barack Obama has economic as well as strategic motivations in mind for his extended interest in Africa, writes Alex Callinicos

Concerning Violence—a powerful depiction of the struggle against oppression

02 December 2014
Director Goran Olsson new film is a first hand account of the anti-colonial struggles in Africa—and calls on us to carry on the fight today, writes Saba Shiraz

Why is Africa poor?

25 November 2014
Ken Olende argues that Africa doesn’t need Bob Geldof’s charity, or anyone else’s - but solidarity in the struggle against the system of poverty that keeps them down

The rich could stop Ebola in a day

04 November 2014
The Ebola crisis which has already killed 5,000 people in west Africa could be halted with £600 million - and the world's top 85 billionaires are getting £50,000 a second

Ebola deaths grow as US and Britain send in troops

21 October 2014
Some 500 people died of Ebola during the last week, taking the total of this outbreak past 4,500. 

West Africa's Ebola crisis is a symptom of capitalism

14 October 2014
The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has cost thousands of lives. Ken Olende looks at how inequality and the legacy of colonialism lie behind the crisis. Marcia, an aid worker in Sierra Leone, writes exclusively from the front line

The soldiers that Empire forgot

30 September 2014
Troops from Europe’s empires who fought in the First World War were quickly erased from official histories. They are remembered by John Siblon

An empire bathed in blood: when Britannia ruled the waves

23 September 2014
In a desperate bid to head off a Scottish Yes vote, David Cameron evoked a mythical British Empire that had given democracy to the poor and freedom to the slaves. Here Ken Olende looks back at what life was really like when Britannia ruled the waves

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