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Moolaadé — a battle of traditions

11 June 2005
Moolaadé Directed by Ousmane Sembène

Interview with Ousmane Sembène — father of African film

11 June 2005
In London to promote his new film, Moolaadé, Senegalese film maker and novelist Ousmane Sembène spoke to Ken Olende and Charlie Kimber

Meetings on Africa at Marxism 2005

28 May 2005
The Marxism 2005 event in central London from 7-11 July will feature meetings on Africa. Including: Resistance in Africa Today, Britain’s Legacy: the Mau Mau, How Europe Underdeveloped Africa, and What Happened to the Dream of African Liberation?

Africa is crying out for justice

28 May 2005
Every G7 or G8 summit has been punctuated by statements on "debt relief". They all turned out to be broken promises. The statement on debt issued in London on 5 February this year by G7 finance ministers dashed hopes and expectations raised by an impassioned plea made by Nelson Mandela to the same ministers the day before. Yet, chancellor Gordon Brown hailed the statement as "a breakthrough" and said, "It is the richest countries hearing the voices of the poor."

Revolt in Togo after dictator’s son claims election win

05 May 2005
The presidential election in Togo, west Africa, has unleashed protests, strikes and riots. At least 20 people have been killed in the fighting.

Joy as stolen objects are returned to Africa

05 May 2005
An extraordinary event has taken place in one of Africa’s most significant historic sites.

Algeria — the war didn’t end in 1945

05 May 2005
Sixty years ago, on 8 May 1945, millions of people celebrated VE (Victory in Europe) Day. There was genuine enthusiasm that the Nazis were gone at last. But in North Africa things looked rather different.

South African activist rejects Blair’s neo-liberal agenda for Africa

30 April 2005
I hear that Trevor Manuel, South Africa’s finance minister, has appeared in the British press calling for people to vote Labour because of the party’s commitment to tackling world poverty.

Voices from Africa, Voices of Resistance — an inspiring day of debate on Africa

30 April 2005
Around 300 people gathered in Glasgow last Saturday for a conference on "Voices from Africa, Voices of Resistance".

Labour’s election pledges will be blocked by Blair’s alliances

16 April 2005
Challenging world poverty is the promise in Labour’s manifesto. "Put the Iraq war behind you and join us to help Africa," is their pitch. But Tony Blair’s ties to George Bush, his partner in crime in Iraq, destroy any hope of this.

Mombasa 1505 — how Europe began the great plunder of Africa

16 April 2005
Kenyan socialist Mary Oredi and Charlie Kimber look back at a crucial moment in African history, when Portuguese forces attacked the African city of Mombasa

South African strike wins some real harmony for workers

16 April 2005
The two-week strike by miners at the Harmony gold mines in South Africa (Socialist Worker, 9 April) has won important concessions.

Miners battle against South Africa’s glittering elite

09 April 2005
At the start of this week there were over 20,000 miners on strike in Free State at gold mines owned by the Harmony firm. Workers are 100 percent behind the action and are determined to fight until they win. The company has claimed that the strike is about job losses, but this is not true.

Bushmen's rights ignored by mining company in Botswana

02 April 2005
The Gana and Gwi Bushmen have launched an appeal against attacks by the government of Botswana in southern Africa, and the mining corporations.

Black pupils still face exclusion

26 March 2005
African-Caribbean children are more than three times as likely to be excluded from school as white pupils, according to independent research done for the government.

The Commission for Africa is a miserable response

19 March 2005
A government that gives in to multinationals at home cannot curb their ravages abroad. That is the central reason why Tony Blair’s Commission for Africa is little more than a PR exercise.

These anti-terror powers are about controlling dissent

19 March 2005
There were many telling moments after South Africa’s first democratic election. I’d like to touch on one which I think is relevant to the changes being made to our country’s law.

CD round-up

19 March 2005
African SpiritsVarious artistsSoul Brother In 1995 the John Coltrane disciple Pharoah Sanders sang the refrain, "Our roots began in Africa." He was recreating a form of music that developed in the late 1960s, known as "spiritual jazz".

Trevor Ngwane backs protests against Gleneagles G8 summit

19 March 2005
I will be coming from South Africa to Edinburgh in July to confront the G8. I hope you will be marching with me.

Aid for Africa, or aid for the bond markets?

05 March 2005
The centrepiece of chancellor Gordon Brown’s "Marshall Plan for Africa" came under fire from the World Development Movement (WDM) last week. Far from helping the world’s poorest, it will actively undermine the campaign to end global poverty.

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